22/09/2022 - International aid, development and cooperation
The Council formally adopted the decision to provide € 5 billion of additional macro-financial assistance (MFA) to Ukraine, as a matter of urgency. This financial assistance complements other EU support to Ukraine in the humanitarian, development, customs and defence fields.
21/09/2022 - Consumer affairs and public health
As part of the EU Cancer Screening Scheme to be put forward under Europe's Beating Cancer Plan, the Commission presents a new approach to support Member States increasing the uptake of cancer screening.
16/09/2022 - Employment and social rights
The European Commission adopted a European Media Freedom Act, a novel set of rules to protect media pluralism and independence in the EU. The proposed Regulation includes, among others, safeguards against political interference in editorial decisions and against surveillance.
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14/09/2022 - Energy, environment and climate
The Commission is proposing an emergency intervention in Europe's energy markets to tackle recent dramatic price rises. The EU is confronted with the effects of a severe mismatch between energy demand and supply, due largely to the continued weaponisation by Russia of its energy resources.
14/09/2022 - Institutional affairs
In her State of the Union address, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen outlined flagship initiatives which the Commission plans to undertake in the coming year. Many of them are made in response to recommendations citizens made through the Conference on the Future of Europe.
07/09/2022 - International aid, development and cooperation
The Commission is proposing to fully suspend the EU's Visa Facilitation Agreement with Russia. A country like Russia, waging a war of aggression, should not qualify for visa facilitations as long as it continues conducting its destructive foreign policy and military aggression towards Ukraine, demonstrating a complete disregard to the international rules-based order.
06/09/2022 - International aid, development and cooperation / Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence
The Association Council condemned in the strongest possible terms the unprovoked and unjustified Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. “The European Union will continue supporting Ukraine whatever threat, whatever blackmail Russia puts on us. We will provide our support politically, financially, in the humanitarian field and militarily as long as it takes, and as much as needed.” - Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
02/09/2022 - Food, farming and fisheries
The European Commission approved the first package of CAP strategic plans for seven countries: Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, and Spain. This is an important step for the implementation of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on 1 January 2023.
31/08/2022 - International aid, development and cooperation / Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence
The Ministers primarily entertained Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the negative effects of Russia’s policy on the stability of other parts of the world including the Balkans and Africa. In this regard, the Defence Ministers focused both on further practical support to the defending Ukraine by European countries and on the EU’s military engagement outside Europe.
29/08/2022 - International aid, development and cooperation / Justice and citizens’ rights
The European Union has joined the Hague Judgements Convention, an important tool to facilitate rules-based multilateral trade and investment. The Convention sets out conditions for the recognition and enforcement of judgements in civil and commercial matters, including consumer and employment contracts, and possible grounds for their refusal.
23/08/2022 - Energy, environment and climate / Food, farming and fisheries
The European Commission adopted its proposal for fishing opportunities for 2023 for the Baltic Sea. Based on this proposal, EU countries will determine the maximum quantities of the most important commercial fish species that can be caught in the sea basin.
11/08/2022 - International aid, development and cooperation / Justice and citizens’ rights
The EU has coordinated the delivery of 66,224 tonnes of in-kind assistance to Ukraine from 30 countries via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The assistance delivered includes 180 ambulances, 125 fire-fighting vehicles, 300 power generators, 35 heavy machinery vehicles, and 4 pontoon bridges. This is by far the largest, longest lasting and most complex operation via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism since it was established in 2001, with an estimated value so far of over €425 million.
09/08/2022 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19
The European Commission and Moderna have reached an agreement to better address Member States needs for COVID-19 vaccines for the late summer and winter period. This will ensure national authorities have access to the vaccines, including variant-adapted vaccines if authorised, at the time they need them for their own vaccination campaigns and to support their global partners.
03/08/2022 - Employment and social rights
All Member States must now apply EU-wide rules to improve work-life balance for parents and carers. These rules set out minimum standards for paternity, parental and carers' leave and establish additional rights, such as the right to request flexible working arrangements, which will help people develop their careers and family life without having to sacrifice either.
03/08/2022 - International aid, development and cooperation
The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has disbursed €1 billion of the new macro-financial assistance (MFA) operation for Ukraine. The decision about this new exceptional MFA was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on 12 July 2022.
20/07/2022 - Energy, environment and climate
The European Union faces the risk of further gas supply cuts from Russia, due to the Kremlin's weaponisation of gas exports, with almost half of our Member States already affected by reduced deliveries. Taking action now can reduce both the risk and the costs for Europe in case of further or full disruption, strengthening European energy resilience.
18/07/2022 - International aid, development and cooperation
The European Commission has adopted a joint (High Representative-Commission) proposal for a new package of measures to maintain and strengthen the effectiveness of the EU's six wide-ranging and unprecedented packages of sanctions against Russia.
14/07/2022 - Justice and citizens’ rights
The Commission has published the third annual Rule of Law Report. The report comes in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which further showcased the importance of upholding democratic values, human rights and the rule of law.
09/06/2022 - Business, taxation and competition / Justice and citizens’ rights
The so-called “Women on Boards” Directive aims to introduce transparent recruitment procedures in companies, so that at least 40% of non-executive director posts or 33% of all director posts are occupied by the under-represented sex. Thanks to Parliament, companies must comply with this target by 30 June 2026, compared to the Council’s proposal of 31 December 2027. In cases where candidates are equally qualified for a post, priority should go to the candidate of the under-represented sex.
02/06/2022 - Economy and the euro
The European Commission has concluded that Croatia is ready to adopt the euro on 1 January 2023, bringing the number of euro area Member States to twenty. The conclusion is set out in the 2022 Convergence Report, which assesses the progress that Bulgaria, Czechia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Sweden have made towards joining the euro area. These are the seven non-euro area Member States that are legally committed to adopting the euro.