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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.

31/05/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

On the first day of the special summit, EU leaders backed the sixth sanctions package against Russia, which covers crude oil and petroleum products. The leaders also agreed to grant Ukraine micro financial assistance of up to € 9 billion and discussed continued EU support to Ukraine, including political, humanitarian, and military support.

Boat sailing
25/05/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

The European Commission is proposing to add the violation of EU restrictive measures to the list of EU crimes. The Commission is also proposing new reinforced rules on asset recovery and confiscation, which will also contribute to the implementation of EU restrictive measures.

Schengen area report
24/05/2022 - Asylum and migration / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Transport and travel

The Commission is presenting the State of Schengen Report 2022. This is the first time the Commission is presenting such report, following last year's Schengen Strategy. This report is part of the Commission's initiative to reinforce the Schengen governance through a yearly reporting exercise presenting the state of Schengen, identifying priorities for the year ahead and monitoring progress made at the end of a given year.

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“.

Two women working in a laboratory © EU
27/04/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Justice and citizens’ rights

As part of the comprehensive approach to migration set out in the Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission is proposing legal, operational and policy initiatives that will benefit the EU's economy, strengthen cooperation with non-EU countries and improve overall migration management in the long term. The set of proposals also includes specific actions to facilitate integration of those fleeing Russia's invasion of Ukraine into the EU's labour market.

EP plenary session © EU
07/04/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

MEPs call for children fleeing war in Ukraine to be given safe passage and for assistance for those internally displaced or unable to leave areas under siege. “Every child has the right to be protected from violence, exploitation and abuse”, say MEPs, calling on EU countries to protect children from the risk of trafficking, illegal adoption and other types of abuse.

Roundtable with the UA Minister © EU
05/04/2022 - Economy and the euro / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council discussed the implementation of the sanctions imposed by the EU on Russia, their effectiveness (with the aim of preventing any circumvention) and their strengthening. The ministers also discussed the economic issues related to the reception of Ukrainian refugees.

A person holding a sign with the inscription: "Help Ukraine"
04/04/2022 - Employment and social rights / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Council adopted legislative amendments making it possible for member states to redirect resources from cohesion policy funds and the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived (FEAD) to assist the refugees escaping the Russian military aggression against Ukraine.

Pin symbolizing solidarity with Ukraine © EU
09/04/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The “Stand Up for Ukraine” global pledging event and campaign has raised 9.1 billion euros for people fleeing the Russian invasion, inside Ukraine and abroad, including €1 billion from the European Commission. On top of that, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced an additional €1 billion in loan to cover the needs of the people displaced by the invasion.

Roundtable with the Ukrainian Minister of Interior via vtc © EU
29/03/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Justice and citizens’ rights

Ministers met to discuss further coordination of the reception of refugees from Ukraine. Since 24 February 2022, around 3.8 million people, mainly women and children, have arrived in the European Union after fleeing from the war in Ukraine. Ministers also addressed the implementation of the decision on temporary protection and expressed their support for further coordination of guidance and travel within the EU.

Joseph R. BIDEN JR. (President of the United States of America), Charles MICHEL (President of the European Council) © EU
25/03/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

The European Council adopted conclusions on the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, security and defence, energy, economic issues, COVID-19 and external relations. On the first day of the summit, EU leaders were joined by US President Joe Biden, in person, to discuss support for Ukraine and the strengthening of transatlantic cooperation, and by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, via video conference.

Classmates waving small self-made Ukrainian flags as Ukrainian children enter their classroom © EU
23/03/2022 - Culture, education and youth / Enlargement, external relations and trade

Today, the European Commission outlines the actions being taken to support Member States in meeting the needs of those fleeing the war against Ukraine and its people. Since the unprovoked and unjustified Russian invasion, some 3.5 million people – mainly women and children – have arrived in the EU in the space of just four weeks.

A harvested field with straw bales that will be used as food for the animals during the winter © EU
23/03/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Food, farming and fisheries

The European Commission has presented a range of short-term and medium-term actions to enhance global food security and to support farmers and consumers in the EU in light of rising food prices and input costs, such as energy and fertilisers. The surge in global commodity prices, further accelerated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, highlights again the need for EU agriculture and food supply chains to become more resilient and sustainable, in line with the Farm to Fork strategy.

A staff member on a bicycle passing by filter separators used for natural gas cleaning © EU
23/03/2022 - Energy, environment and climate / Enlargement, external relations and trade

Following up rapidly on the REPowerEU Communication and the Versailles Declaration, the Commission has set out ideas today for collective European action to address the root causes of the problem in the gas market and ensure security of supply at reasonable prices for next winter and beyond. Leaders will continue the discussion on these options at this week's European Council.

21/03/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
Versailles summit family photo © EU
11/03/2022 - Economy and the euro / Energy, environment and climate / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs / Security and defence

EU leaders adopted a statement on the Russian aggression against Ukraine, discussed its consequences and the EU response. They also discussed how to strengthen European sovereignty, reduce dependencies and design a new growth and investment model.

Unloading of the humanitarian cargo at Chișinău Airport as part of the the EU Civil Protection Mechanism © EU
08/03/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation

In the face of Russia's unprovoked and unjustified military invasion of Ukraine, European solidarity in action is helping people through direct humanitarian aid, emergency civil protection assistance, support at the border, as well as a clear legal status allowing those fleeing the war to receive immediate protection in the EU.

02/03/2022 - Asylum and migration / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Commission is proposing to activate the Temporary Protection Directive  to offer quick and effective assistance to people fleeing the war in Ukraine. Under this proposal, those fleeing the war will be granted temporary protection in the EU, meaning that they will be given a residence permit, and they will have access to education and to the labour market.

Extraordinary plenary session with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky © EU
01/03/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Parliament held an extraordinary plenary session in Brussels to assess Russia’s military assault on Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the Speaker of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (parliament) Ruslan Stefanchuk spoke live from Kiev. European Council and Commission Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen, as well as the EU’s Foreign Policy chief Josep Borrell, also participated in the debate.

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