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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.

05/04/2022 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Energy, environment and climate
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.

Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice © EU
30/03/2022 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission is presenting today a package of European Green Deal proposals to make sustainable products the norm in the EU, boost circular business models and empower consumers for the green transition. Together with this proposal, the Commission has also adopted an Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan 2022-2024 to cover new energy-related products, update and increase the ambition for products that are already regulated, as a transitionary measure until the new regulation enters into force.

30/03/2022 - Justice and citizens’ rights
30/03/2022 - Energy, environment and climate / EU regional and urban development / Research and innovation
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.

25/03/2022 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Research and innovation
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
22/03/2022 - Institutional affairs
Refugees arriving at a reception centre © EU
18/03/2022 - Asylum and migration

Since the start of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, more than 3 million people have fled the country, with UN estimates suggesting that more than half of them are children. To respond to this unprecedented situation, the EU agreed in record time to activate the Temporary Protection Directive to help people fleeing war in Ukraine. The Directive became immediately applicable on 4 March and now offers immediate protection and a clear legal status to millions of people.

A stock exchange board © EU
16/03/2022 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Commission has proposed changes to the Central Securities Depositories Regulation to enhance the efficiency of the EU's settlement markets, while safeguarding financial stability. Today's proposal is a key component of the 2020 Capital Markets Union Action Plan.

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