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The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020, after 47 years of EU membership. In accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, it is now officially a third country to the EU and hence...

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03/07/2020 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission has launched a revamped version of the ‘Have Your Say' portal. This online platform invites all citizens, (including businesses and non-governmental organisations), to share their views on Commission initiatives at key stages in the legislative process.

The island of Samsoe: an example of a self-sufficient community in renewable energy © EU
03/07/2020 - Energy, environment and climate / Research and innovation

The Commission is launching today the first call for proposals under the Innovation Fund, one of the world's largest programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies, financed by revenues from the auction of emission allowances from the EU's Emissions Trading System.

Investment plan for Europe illustration © EU
02/07/2020 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group have delivered on their pledge to mobilise €500 billion in investment under the Investment Plan for Europe.

02/07/2020 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights
Young women using laptop © EU
01/07/2020 - Business, taxation and competition / Employment and social rights

Today the European Commission is taking action to give young people all possible opportunities to develop their full potential to shape the future of the EU and thrive in the green and digital transitions.

Workshop employees © EU
01/07/2020 - Business, taxation and competition / Employment and social rights

Today the Commission presents the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience. It sets ambitious, quantitative objectives for upskilling (improving existing skills) and reskilling (training in new skills) to be achieved within the next 5 years.

Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel © EU
30/06/2020 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

EU and Republic of Korea leaders discussed how to foster global cooperation in the post-Covid recovery phase and reaffirmed their commitment to overcoming this challenge by working together including in the G20 and the United Nations system.

Marija Vučković © EU
29/06/2020 - Food, farming and fisheries

Agriculture and fisheries ministers exchanged views on the progress achieved on the common agricultural policy reform and the road ahead. They also discussed the fishing opportunities for 2021.

Global Goal: Unite for our future poster © EU
27/06/2020 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19

The ‘Global Goal: Unite for our Future' pledging summit organised by the European Commission and Global Citizen mobilised €6.15 billion in additional funding to help develop and ensure equitable access to coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments.

Urban traffic © EU
26/06/2020 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate

The assessment of Member States' first programmes of measures to control air emissions finds that the implementation of the new European clean air rules needs improvement. Member States need to step up efforts across all sectors to make sure their citizens can breathe clean air, preventing respiratory diseases and premature death caused by breathing polluted air.

25/06/2020 - Covid-19 / Energy, environment and climate
25/06/2020 - International aid, development and cooperation
Ship cleaning pollution of the coast of Estonia © EU
25/06/2020 - Energy, environment and climate / Food, farming and fisheries

The Commission adopted a report on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) which reveals that, while the EU's framework for marine environmental protection is one of the most comprehensive and ambitious worldwide, persistent challenges remain, such as excess nutrients, underwater noise, plastic litter, and other types of pollution as well as unsustainable fishing.

24/06/2020 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Transport and travel
24/06/2020 - Justice and citizens’ rights
Illustration of the EU budget with a graph © EU
24/06/2020 - Covid-19 / Economy and the euro

The Commission has today proposed an EU budget of €166.7 billion for 2021, to be complemented by €211 billion in grants and approximately €133 billion in loans under Next Generation EU. Together, the annual budget and Next Generation EU will mobilise significant investments in 2021 to address the immediate economic and social damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, kick-start a sustainable recovery and protect and create jobs.

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