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MEPs set out their priorities on digital service rules, artificial intelligence and EU farm policy during the October plenary session.
EU environment ministers reached agreement on a partial general approach on the proposed European climate law and endorsed the objectives of the EU biodiversity strategy for 2030, including its nature protection and restoration targets.
In a troubled period marked by the coronavirus pandemic, trust in the EU remains stable and Europeans trust the EU to make the right decisions in response to the pandemic in the future.
The European Commission issued a €17 billion inaugural social bond under the EU SURE instrument to help protect jobs and keep people in work. The issuing consisted of two bonds, with €10 billion due for repayment in October 2030 and €7 billion due for repayment in 2040.
The Council reached three important political agreements for Europe's agriculture and fisheries sectors during the two-day Council in Luxembourg. Ministers agreed a general approach on the common agriculture policy (CAP) reform package, adopted conclusions on the farm to fork strategy and decided the fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2021.
The Commission adopted its 2021 work programme, designed to make Europe healthier, fairer and more prosperous, while accelerating its long-term transformation into a greener economy, fit for the digital age.
To exploit the full potential of contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections across borders and save lives, the Commission, at the invitation by EU Member States, has set up an EU-wide system to ensure interoperability – a so-called ‘gateway'.
On 15 and 16 October, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, EU-UK relations, climate change and external relations.
Ahead of the discussion of EU Leaders, the Commission is presenting the key elements to be taken into consideration by Member States for their COVID-19 vaccination strategies in order to prepare the European Union and its citizens for when a safe and effective vaccine is available, as well as priority groups to consider for vaccination first.
The European Commission adopted the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The Strategy is the first step towards a zero-pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment announced in the European Green Deal.
The European Commission has published its Renovation Wave Strategy to improve the energy performance of buildings. The Commission aims to at least double renovation rates in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency.
The Council discussed EU-UK relations, the annual rule of law dialogue, and the next multiannual financial framework and recovery package. Ministers also prepared for the upcoming European Council and adopted a recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Council adopted a recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restrictions of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This recommendation aims to avoid fragmentation and disruption, and to increase transparency and predictability for citizens and businesses.
Foreign affairs ministers exchanged views on Belarus, Russia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, and current affairs. The Council also adopted conclusions on Belarus.