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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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15/01/2021 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission responded to the European Citizens' Initiative ‘Minority Safepack – one million signatures for diversity in Europe', the fifth successful Initiative supported by over 1 million citizens across the EU. The Initiative aims to improve the protection of persons belonging to national and linguistic minorities.

Child using water fountain © EU
15/12/2020 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate / Justice and citizens’ rights

The new rules are designed to offer high quality tap water across the EU. This is in response to the demands of over 1.8 million Europeans who signed the first-ever successful European Citizens’ Initiative, “Right2Water”, in support of improving access to safe drinking water for all Europeans.

03/12/2020 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights
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03/12/2020 - Justice and citizens’ rights

Standing up to challenges to our democratic systems from rising extremism and perceived distance between people and politicians, the Action Plan sets out measures to promote free and fair elections, strengthen media freedom and counter disinformation.

02/12/2020 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence
Justice © EU
02/12/2020 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission adopted a package of initiatives to modernise the EU justice systems. The two main pillars of the new package are the Communication on the digitalisation of justice in the EU, and the new Strategy on European judicial training.

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27/11/2020 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

MEPs approved new rights for consumers, called for an end to homelessness and set out their position on the EU’s industrial strategy during the 23-26 November plenary session.

25/11/2020 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights
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25/11/2020 - Business, taxation and competition / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Regulation will facilitate data sharing across the EU and between sectors to create wealth for society, increase control and trust of both citizens and companies regarding their data, and offer an alternative European model to data handling practice of major tech platforms.

Josep Borrell Fontelles, Jutta Urpilainen © EU
25/11/2020 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy put forward ambitious plans to promote gender equality and women's empowerment through all external action of the European Union.

Children playing basketball © EU
24/11/2020 - Asylum and migration / Justice and citizens’ rights

The action plan promotes inclusion for all, recognising the important contribution of migrants to the EU and addressing the barriers that can hinder participation and inclusion of people with a migrant background, from newcomers to citizens, in European society.

Pedestrians on shopping street © EU
24/11/2020 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

Parliament endorsed a new law that will allow groups of consumers to join forces and launch collective action in the EU. The new rules introduce a harmonised model for representative action in all member states that guarantees consumers are well protected against mass harm, while ensuring appropriate safeguards to avoid abusive lawsuits.

Vĕra Jourová, Helena Dalli © EU
12/11/2020 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission presented the first-ever EU Strategy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) equality, as announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union Address.

30/10/2020 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights
Adequate minimum wages illustration © EU
28/10/2020 - Employment and social rights / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission proposed an EU Directive to ensure that the workers in the Union are protected by adequate minimum wages allowing for a decent living wherever they work.

Didier Reynders © EU
09/10/2020 - Justice and citizens’ rights

Justice ministers discussed antisemitism and hate speech, the EU strategy to combat sexual abuse of children and digitalisation in the field of access to justice.

09/10/2020 - Asylum and migration / Justice and citizens’ rights
Vera Jourova, Elena Dalli © EU
07/10/2020 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission has today adopted a new 10-year plan, including a proposal for a Council Recommendation, to support Roma in the EU. There are seven key areas of focus: equality, inclusion, participation, education, employment, health, and housing.

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