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European Parliament building, Strasbourg © EU
17/09/2021 - Institutional affairs

MEPs discussed the state of the EU and the situation in Afghanistan and approved the EU Blue Card reform and a fund to help with the impact of Brexit during September's plenary session.

Medical staff in a laboratory © EU
16/09/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19

The European Commission is launching the European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to health emergencies. HERA will anticipate threats and potential health crises, through intelligence gathering and building the necessary response capacities.

European Health Union: better disease prevention and cross-border cooperation
15/09/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health

MEPs are ready to negotiate with member states to reinforce the EU’s disease prevention and control framework and jointly tackle cross-border health threats. The proposal to extend the mandate of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) was adopted with 598 votes in favour, 84 against and 13 abstentions.

Greenbizz building in Brussels © EU
15/09/2021 - Energy, environment and climate

Today, the Commission adopts a Communication setting out the concept of the New European Bauhaus. This includes a number of policy actions and funding possibilities. The project aims at accelerating the transformation of various economic sectors such as construction and textiles in order to provide access to all citizens to goods that are circular and less carbon intensive.

A man with a tablet displaying the State of the Union webpage © EU
15/09/2021 - Research and innovation

Today, the Commission proposed a Path to the Digital Decade, a concrete plan to achieve the digital transformation of our society and economy by 2030. The proposed Path to the Digital Decade will translate the EUʼs digital ambitions for 2030 into a concrete delivery mechanism.

State of the Union 2021
15/09/2021 - Institutional affairs

In her State of the Union address on 15 September 2021, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen outlined flagship initiatives which the Commission plans to undertake in the coming year.

The Parliament proposes policy changes to address discrimination in the EU ©ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN / ANP / AFP
14/09/2021 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The EU should lift all obstacles facing LGBTIQ people when exercising their basic rights, say MEPs. In a resolution on the rights of LGBTIQ persons in the EU (adopted with 387 votes in favour, 161 against and 123 abstaining), the European Parliament emphasises that these citizens should be able to fully exercise their rights, including the right to free movement, everywhere in the Union.

The banner "Recovery Plan for Europe" on the front of the Berlaymont building: Next Generation © EU
14/09/2021 - Covid-19 / Economy and the euro

The European Commission has today raised a further €9 billion to support Europe's recovery from the coronavirus crisis and its consequences, through the fourth NextGenerationEU bond issuance since the start of the programme in mid-June.

Paschal Donohoe © EU
10/09/2021 - Economy and the euro

The Eurogroup discussed the economic situation and how to manage the uneven impact of COVID-19 in the euro area. Ministers also looked into the corporate solvency and adjustment capacity in the recovery period and were informed by the ECB on the latest steps related to the digital euro project.

Maroš Šefčovič © EU
08/09/2021 - Institutional affairs

The Commission has adopted its second annual Strategic Foresight Report – “The EU's capacity and freedom to act”. This Communication presents a forward-looking and multidisciplinary perspective on the EU's open strategic autonomy in an increasingly multipolar and contested global order.

Johannes Hahn © EU
07/09/2021 - Economy and the euro / Energy, environment and climate / Institutional affairs

The European Commission has adopted an independently evaluated Green Bond framework, thus taking a step forward towards the issuance of up to €250 billion green bonds, or 30% of NextGenerationEU's total issuance.

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31/08/2021 - Asylum and migration / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

Home affairs ministers met to discuss developments in Afghanistan, more specifically in relation to potential implications in the areas of international protection, migration and security. The Council adopted a statement on the matter.

Two people with European flag plasters on their arms © EU
31/08/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19

Today, the EU has reached a crucial milestone with 70% of the adult population now fully vaccinated. In total, over 256 million adults in the EU have now received a full vaccine course.

Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel © EU
24/08/2021 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

On 24 August, G7 leaders met via video conference to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and to coordinate international action. Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen represented the EU at the virtual meeting.

Person holding vaccine vial and syringe © EU
04/08/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19

The European Commission has approved its seventh Advanced Purchase Agreement (APA) with a pharmaceutical company to ensure access to a potential vaccine against COVID-19 in Q4 of 2021 and in 2022.

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20/07/2021 - Economy and the euro / Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission has presented an ambitious package of legislative proposals to strengthen the EU's anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing (AML/CFT) rules. The package also includes the proposal for the creation of a new EU authority to fight money laundering.

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