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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.

30/06/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Commission took another important step to help Member States, regional and local authorities and partners to address the consequences of Russia's aggression against Ukraine by adopting the ‘Flexible Assistance to Territories (FAST-CARE)'. This is a new comprehensive package that extends the support already provided under Cohesion's Action for Refugees in Europe (CARE) by offering further support and further flexibility to Cohesion Policy funding.

30/06/2022 - Energy, environment and climate

The Commission has adopted the 2022 Strategic Foresight Report – “Twinning the green and digital transitions in the new geopolitical context”. As we prepare to accelerate both transitions, the report identifies ten key areas of action with the objective of maximising synergies and consistency between our climate and digital ambitions. By doing so, the EU will strengthen its cross-sector resilience and open strategic autonomy, and be better prepared to face new global challenges between now and 2050.

28/06/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The G7 summit, hosted by this year's German G7 presidency, took place from 26 to 28 June. The EU was represented by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. The working sessions of the summit focused on various topics: Ukraine and cooperating on foreign policy, addressing energy and food security, investing in climate and health promoting partnerships for infrastructure and investment, shaping the global economy, advancing gender equality and shaping international cooperation.

24/06/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Mit 529 Stimmen gegen 45 und 14 Enthaltungen nahm das Parlament am Donnerstag eine Entschließung an, in der die Staats- und Regierungschefs, die heute und morgen ihr Gipfeltreffen abhalten, aufgefordert werden, der Ukraine und der Republik Moldau „unverzüglich" den Status eines Bewerberlandes zu gewähren. Georgien sollte derselbe Status eingeräumt werden, „sobald seine Regierung bei den von der Kommission angegebenen Schwerpunktbereichen Ergebnisse erzielt hat“.

24/06/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Council has decided to grant the status of candidate country to Ukraine and to the Republic of Moldova.

24/06/2022 - Energy, environment and climate

The Commission adopted pioneering proposals to restore damaged ecosystems and bring nature back across Europe, from agricultural land and seas, to forests and urban environments. The Commission also proposes to reduce the use and risk of chemical pesticides by 50% by 2030. These are the flagship legislative proposals to follow the Biodiversity and Farm to Fork Strategies, and will help ensure the resilience and security of food supply in the EU and across the world.

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With 529 votes to 45 and 14 abstentions, Parliament adopted on Thursday a resolution calling on the Heads of State or Government to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova “without delay”. They should do the same with Georgia “once its government has delivered” on the priorities indicated by the European Commission.

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To improve the European Capital Markets Union (CMU) and strengthen investor protection, the Council reached agreement on its position (general approach) on a review of the alternative investment fund managers directive, the legislative framework which governs managers of hedge funds, private equity funds, private debt funds, real estate funds and other so-called alternative investment funds in the Union.

20/06/2022 - International aid, development and cooperation

The Commission adopted its Partnership Agreement with Sweden, laying down Sweden's €2.2 billion investment strategy for the economic, social and territorial cohesion for the 2021-2027 period. It will support the country to implement key EU priorities such as the green and digital transition and contribute to the development of a new competitive, innovative and export-oriented growth model.

The Berlaymont building illuminated in blue and yellow in support of Ukraine
17/06/2022 - Institutional affairs

The European Commission presented its Opinions on the application for EU membership submitted by Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova as invited by the Council. Today's Opinions are based on the Commission's assessment in light of the three sets of criteria to join the EU agreed by the European Council: political criteria, economic criteria and the ability of the country to assume the obligations of EU membership (EU acquis).

Group photo with Ursula von der Leyen, 6th from the left, Roberta Metsola, 5th from the right, and Emmanuel Macron, 3rd from the right, at the ceremony of the Conference on the Future of Europe
17/06/2022 - Culture, education and youth / Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights / Energy, environment and climate

The European Commission has adopted a Communication setting out how it can follow up on the outcome of the Conference on the Future of Europe. After a year of deliberations, the Conference came to an end on 9 May 2022. In the closing ceremony in Strasbourg, the Presidents of the European Parliament, Commission and Council received a final report from the Conference participants containing 49 wide-ranging, ambitious and forward-looking proposals and 326 individual measures.

 

09/06/2022 - Employment and social rights

With a deal struck on Monday night, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed on EU rules to set adequate minimum wages, as provided by national law and/or collective agreements. The new legislation will apply to all EU workers who have an employment contract or employment relationship. The EU countries in which the minimum wage is protected exclusively via collective agreements will not be obliged to introduce it nor to make these agreements universally applicable.

08/06/2022 - Economy and the euro

The Commission has proposed an annual EU budget of €185.6 billion for 2023, to be complemented by an estimated €113.9 billion in grants under NextGenerationEU. The EU budget will continue to mobilise significant investments to boost Europe's strategic autonomy, the ongoing economic recovery, safeguard sustainability and create jobs. The Commission will continue to prioritise green and digital investments while addressing pressing needs arising from recent and current crises.

08/06/2022 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate

By autumn 2024, USB Type-C will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras in the EU, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed. The provisional agreement on the amended Radio Equipment Directive, establishes a single charging solution for certain electronic devices. This law is a part of a broader EU effort to make products in the EU more sustainable, to reduce electronic waste, and make consumers’ lives easier.

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