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EU Digital COVID Certificate – Brussels © EU
01/02/2022 - Covid-19 / Transport and travel

To facilitate safe travel in the EU, vaccination certificates will now be valid for 270 days after 14 days have passed following completion of the primary vaccination cycle. The certificate will also include booster shots.

Margrethe Vestager and Thierry Breton © EU
26/01/2022 - Research and innovation

The draft declaration on digital rights and principles aims to give everyone a clear reference point about the kind of digital transformation Europe promotes and defends. It will also provide a guide for policy makers and companies when dealing with new technologies.

25/01/2022 - Consumer affairs and public health
A woman presenting her boarding pass © EU
25/01/2022 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19 / Transport and travel

Under the new recommendation, COVID-19 measures should be applied taking into account the person's health status rather than the epidemiological situation at regional level, with the exception of areas where the virus is circulating at very high levels (dark red areas). This means that a traveller's EU digital COVID certificate should be the key determinant.

President Metsola is the youngest MEP to hold the office of the President © EU
18/01/2022 - Institutional affairs

Roberta Metsola won the election in the first voting round, where she received an absolute majority of 458 votes out of 690 cast in the remote secret vote, among three candidates. At the beginning of the day’s proceedings, Kosma Złotowski (ECR, PL) withdrew his candidacy, bringing the number of candidates down to three.

The main building of the University of Ljubljana © EU
18/01/2022 - Culture, education and youth

Today, European society needs the contribution of universities and other higher education institutions more than ever. The two new initiatives adopted today, a European strategy for universities and a Commission proposal for a Council Recommendation on building bridges for effective European higher education cooperation, will support universities in this endeavour.

Julien DENORMANDIE, French Minister for Agriculture and Food © EU
17/01/2022 - Food, farming and fisheries

The French Minister for Agriculture and Food, Julien Denormandie, presented the presidency’s priorities in the area of agriculture and fisheries. These priorities include, on the one hand, the reciprocity of trading standards – in other words, ensuring (chiefly by means of ‘mirror clauses’) that agri-food products imported into Europe abide by the EU’s environmental and health standards, particularly as regards the sustainable use of phytopharmaceutical products – and, on the other hand, low-carbon agriculture, in particular carbon sequestration in agricultural soils.

17/01/2022 - Economy and the euro
MEPs honoured the memory of Parliament’s late President David Maria Sassoli © European Union 2021
17/01/2022 - Institutional affairs

MEPs honoured the memory of Parliament’s late President David Maria Sassoli in a ceremony during the Plenary in Strasbourg on Monday. Opening the ceremony, Parliament’s acting President Roberta Metsola said: “Europe has lost a leader, democracy has lost a champion and we have all lost a friend. He always knew how to translate the values he believed in into concrete action.”

Young people wearing the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) T-shirt  © EU
13/01/2022 - Culture, education and youth

As one of the first concrete initiatives under the 2022 European Year of Youth, the Commission published its proposal for a Council Recommendation on youth volunteering to facilitate transnational youth volunteering under the European Solidarity Corps or other schemes at national level.

Reel of film on a European background © EU
13/01/2022 - Culture, education and youth

The Commission has adopted the 2022 work programme of Creative Europe, which will be followed by the launch of the relevant calls for proposals. With a budget of around €385 million, nearly €100 million more compared to 2021, Creative Europe strengthens its support to creative and cultural partners taking due account of the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and the growing global competition.

11/01/2022 - Institutional affairs
10/01/2022 - Justice and citizens’ rights
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10/01/2022 - Business, taxation and competition / Covid-19 / Economy and the euro

Today, the Commission and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) launched the new EU SME Fund, which offers vouchers for EU-based SMEs to help them protect their intellectual property (IP) rights. This is the second EU SME Fund aiming at supporting SMEs in the COVID-19 recovery and green and digital transitions for the next three years (2022-2024).

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