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01/12/2021 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Research and innovation

The European Commission has adopted several initiatives to digitalise EU justice systems, making them more accessible and effective. The overarching aim of the measures is to make digital communication channels the default channel in cross-border judicial cases, thus translating one of the priorities set out in last year's Communication on the Digitalisation of Justice into action.

Ursula von der Leyen  © EU
01/12/2021 - International aid, development and cooperation

The European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy launch the Global Gateway, the new European Strategy to boost smart, clean and secure links in digital, energy and transport and strengthen health, education and research systems across the world.

"La Défense" business district, Paris © EU
25/11/2021 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Commission has adopted a package of measures to improve the ability of companies to raise capital across the EU and ensure that Europeans get the best deals for their savings and investments.

Didier Reynders © EU
25/11/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19 / Transport and travel

The European Commission has proposed to update the rules on coordination of safe and free movement in the EU, which were put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Paolo Gentiloni, Nicolas Schmit © EU
24/11/2021 - Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights

The European Commission has launched the 2022 European Semester cycle of economic policy coordination. The European Semester Autumn Package includes the Annual Sustainable Growth Survey, Opinions on euro area Draft Budgetary Plans (DBPs) for 2022, policy recommendations for the euro area and the Commission's proposal for a Joint Employment Report.

Margrethe Vestager © EU
18/11/2021 - Business, taxation and competition

The European Commission has adopted a Communication on a competition policy fit for new challenges, which frames the important role of competition policy for Europe's path towards recovery, the green and digital transitions, and for a resilient Single Market.

Eric Mamer, Frans Timmermans, Virginijus Sinkevicius © EU
17/11/2021 - Energy, environment and climate

The Commission adopted three new initiatives that are necessary for making the European Green Deal a reality. The Commission is proposing new rules to curb EU-driven deforestation, as well as new rules to facilitate intra-EU waste shipments to promote circular economy and tackle the export of illegal waste and waste challenges to third countries.

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16/11/2021 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

The Council reached an agreement with the European Parliament on the 2022 EU budget, setting total commitments at €169 515,8 million and payments at €170 603,3 million. Next year’s budget strongly reflects the EU’s main priorities: economic recovery, fighting climate change, and the green and digital transitions.

15/11/2021 - Food, farming and fisheries
Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with Valneva to secure a new potential vaccine
10/11/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19

The European Commission approved the eighth contract with a pharmaceutical company with a view to purchasing its potential vaccine against COVID-19. The contract with Valneva provides for the possibility for all EU Member States to purchase almost 27 million doses in 2022.

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02/11/2021 - Energy, environment and climate

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced €1 billion at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow as the European Union contribution to the Global Forests Finance Pledge. This 5-year support package from the EU budget will help partner countries to protect, restore and sustainably manage forests worldwide and deliver on the Paris Agreement.

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29/10/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission has taken action to improve the cybersecurity of wireless devices available on the European market. As mobile phones, smart watches, fitness trackers and wireless toys are more and more present in our everyday life, cyber threats pose a growing risk for every consumer.

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27/10/2021 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Commission has adopted a review of EU banking rules (the Capital Requirements Regulation and the Capital Requirements Directive). These new rules will ensure that EU banks become more resilient to potential future economic shocks, while contributing to Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to climate neutrality.

State of the Energy Union 2021: Renewables overtake fossil fuels as the EU's main power source
26/10/2021 - Energy, environment and climate

The Commission adopted its State of the Energy Union Reports for 2021, taking stock of the progress that the EU is making in delivering the clean energy transition, nearly two years after the launch of the European Green Deal.

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22/10/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

EU leaders met in Brussels to discuss COVID-19, energy prices, trade and external relations. They also held a debate on the rule of law and discussed migration and the EU’s digital transition.

Valdis Dombrovskis © EU
19/10/2021 - Economy and the euro

The European Commission has adopted a Communication that takes stock of the changed circumstances for economic governance in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis and relaunches the public debate on the review of the EU's economic governance framework.

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