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30/07/2020 - Culture, education and youth

The Commission has proposed Erasmus+ funding for five new Platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence, to meet the needs of an innovative, inclusive and sustainable economy.

29/07/2020 - Covid-19 / International aid, development and cooperation
Coronavirus treatment illustration © EU
29/07/2020 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19

The European Commission has signed a contract with the pharmaceutical company Gilead to secure treatment doses of Veklury, the brand name for Remdesivir. Veklury was the first medicine authorised at EU level for treatment of COVID-19.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Elisabetta Siracusa, Phil Hogan, Michael Hager © EU
28/07/2020 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Union and China held today their 8th High-Level Trade and Economic Dialogue (HED). The HED focused on the joint response to coronavirus and global economic governance issues, bilateral trade and investment concerns, and cooperation in the area of financial services and taxation.

A lorry going through an x-ray container scanner in Sweden © EU
24/07/2020 - Security and defence

The European Commission sets out a new EU Security Union Strategy for the period 2020 to 2025, focusing on priority areas where the EU can bring value to support Member States in fostering security for all those living in Europe. 

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24/07/2020 - Covid-19 / Economy and the euro

The European Commission has adopted a Capital Markets Recovery Package, as part of the Commission's overall coronavirus recovery strategy. Today's measures aim to make it easier for capital markets to support European businesses to recover from the crisis. 

Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel, David Sassoli © EU
23/07/2020 - Covid-19 / Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

In an extraordinary plenary session, MEPs commented on the 17-21 July European Council deal on EU financing and the recovery plan to tackle the pandemic fallout.

Ursula VON DER LEYEN, President of the European Commission; Charles MICHEL, President of the European Council © EU
21/07/2020 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

EU leaders agreed a recovery package and the 2021-2027 budget that will help the EU to rebuild after the pandemic and will support investment in the green and digital transitions.

Ms Julia KLOCKNER, German Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture © EU
20/07/2020 - Food, farming and fisheries

In the first physical meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council since January 2020, ministers discussed in detail the farm to fork strategy, the green architecture of the common agriculture policy (CAP) reform package and the market situation in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. The German presidency presented its work programme and priorities in the area of agriculture and fisheries.

20/07/2020 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro
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16/07/2020 - Economy and the euro / Transport and travel

The EU is supporting the economic recovery in all Member States by injecting almost €2.2 billion into 140 key transport projects. These projects will help build missing transport links across the continent, support sustainable transport and create jobs.

Seasonal worker picking fruit © EU
16/07/2020 - Covid-19 / Employment and social rights

The European Commission presents Guidelines to ensure the protection of seasonal workers in the EU in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

European Court of Justice building, Luxembourg © EU
16/07/2020 - Business, taxation and competition / Justice and citizens’ rights

However, it considers that Commission Decision 2010/87 on standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to processors established in third countries is valid. The General Data Protection Regulation (‘the GDPR’) provides that the transfer of such data to a third country may, in principle, take place only if the third country in question ensures an adequate level of data protection.

Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel © EU
15/07/2020 - Covid-19 / Enlargement, external relations and trade

Leaders adopted a joint statement, reaffirming their commitment to strengthen the EU-India strategic partnership. This should be based on shared principles and values of democracy, freedom, rule of law, and respect for human rights, aiming at delivering concrete benefits for the people in the EU and India.

Valdis Dombrovskis © EU
15/07/2020 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Commission has adopted an ambitious new Tax Package to ensure that EU tax policy supports Europe's economic recovery and long-term growth. The Package is built on the twin pillars of fairness and simplicity.

Scientists wearing masks © EU
15/07/2020 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19

The Commission has presented immediate short-term measures to strengthen EU health preparedness for COVID-19 outbreaks. The Commission has from the outset coordinated the exchange of information and recommendations with regard to cross border health actions and measures.

Calculator and receipt © EU
14/07/2020 - Business, taxation and competition

The European Commission has recommended that Member States do not grant financial support to companies with links to countries that are on the EU's list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.

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