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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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Virginijus Sinkevičius © EU
23/10/2020 - Energy, environment and climate

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.

Young people and European flag © EU
23/10/2020 - Covid-19 / Economy and the euro / Statistics

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.

Johannes Hahn © EU
21/10/2020 - Covid-19 / Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights

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.

View of Council meeting room © EU
20/10/2020 - Food, farming and fisheries

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.

Berlaymont building, Brussels © EU
19/10/2020 - Institutional affairs

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.

Woman using mobile phone app © EU
19/10/2020 - Covid-19

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'.

Michel Barnier, Charles Michel © EU
16/10/2020 - Covid-19 / Energy, environment and climate / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

On 15 and 16 October, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, EU-UK relations, climate change and external relations.

Dr. Véronique Yvette Miendje Deyi working in laboratory © EU
15/10/2020 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19

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.

EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability illustration © EU
14/10/2020 - Energy, environment and climate

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.

Energy efficient apartments in Germany © EU
14/10/2020 - Energy, environment and climate / Research and innovation

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.

Maroš Šefčovič © EU
13/10/2020 - Covid-19 / Institutional affairs

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.

Passengers wearing face masks at Brussels airport © EU
13/10/2020 - Covid-19 / Transport and travel

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.

Josep Borrell Fontelles © EU
12/10/2020 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

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.

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