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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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01/06/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate
Didier Reynders © EU
31/05/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19 / Transport and travel

The European Commission has proposed an update to the Council Recommendation on the coordination of free movement restrictions in the EU, which were put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

28/05/2021 - Business, taxation and competition / Research and innovation
27/05/2021 - Food, farming and fisheries
Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel © EU
27/05/2021 - Covid-19 / Energy, environment and climate / Enlargement, external relations and trade

At a summit held by videoconference, the leaders of the EU and Japan concluded a ‘green alliance’ that will boost cooperation to accelerate climate and environmental action. They also discussed global access to COVID-19 vaccines, digital transformation, bilateral relations, and foreign and security policy.

Woman with mobile phone and laptop © EU
26/05/2021 - Business, taxation and competition / Research and innovation

The Commission has published its guidance on how the Code of Practice on Disinformation, the first of its kind worldwide, should be strengthened to become a more effective tool for countering disinformation.

Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel © EU
25/05/2021 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs / Security and defence

On 24 and 25 May 2021, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, climate change, Belarus, Russia, the UK, the Middle East and Mali.

Two women using laptop © EU
25/05/2021 - Covid-19 / Economy and the euro

The European Commission has today disbursed €14.137 billion to 12 EU Member States in the seventh instalment of financial support under the SURE instrument.

European Parliament, Brussels © EU
21/05/2021 - Institutional affairs

Parliament debated waiving vaccine patent rights and outside plenary reached a deal with the Council on an EU Covid certificate to facilitate travelling in Europe during the pandemic.

Paschal Donohoe © EU
21/05/2021 - Economy and the euro

The Eurogroup discussed macroeconomic and fiscal developments in the euro area and looked into the functioning of adjustment mechanisms. Ministers also adopted the Eurogroup work programme for the second half of 2021 and heard the reports from the chairs of the ECB Supervisory Board and of the Single Resolution Board.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Augusto Santos Silva © EU
20/05/2021 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council exchanged views on the trade policy review. Ministers reviewed the state of play of the WTO reform and preparations for the next Ministerial Conference of the WTO and took stock of latest developments and prospects in EU-US trade relations.

Mobile phone displaying Covid-19 certificate © EU
20/05/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19 / Transport and travel

EP and Council negotiators reached a provisional deal for an EU digital Covid certificate to facilitate free movement in Europe during the pandemic. The certificate will be available in either digital or paper format. It will attest that a person has been vaccinated against coronavirus or has a recent negative test result or has recovered from the infection.

Box of vaccine vials © EU
20/05/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19

The European Commission has signed a third contract with the pharmaceutical companies BioNTech and Pfizer. It reserves an additional 1.8 billion doses on behalf of all EU Member States, between end 2021 to 2023.

Mariya Gabriel, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues © EU
18/05/2021 - Culture, education and youth

Ministers met in Brussels to discuss equity and inclusion in education and training, the European Universities initiative and participation of young people in decision-making processes. They adopted conclusions on the recovery and resilience of the cultural sector, Europe's media in the digital decade and sport innovation.

Researcher using computer © EU
18/05/2021 - Research and innovation

The Commission has adopted a Communication on its Global Approach to Research and Innovation, Europe's strategy for international cooperation in a changing world. With this, the EU aims to take a leading role in supporting international research and innovation partnerships, and to deliver innovative solutions to make our societies green, digital and healthy.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Paolo Gentiloni © EU
18/05/2021 - Business, taxation and competition

The European Commission has adopted a Communication on Business Taxation for the 21st century to promote a robust, efficient and fair business tax system in the European Union. It sets out both a long-term and short-term vision to support Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure adequate public revenues over the coming years.

Boat in the port of Antwerp © EU
17/05/2021 - Food, farming and fisheries

The European Commission has proposed a new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU for the industries and sectors related to oceans, seas and coasts. A sustainable blue economy is essential to achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal and ensuring a green and inclusive recovery from the pandemic.

Frans Timmermans, Virginijus Sinkevičius © EU
12/05/2021 - Energy, environment and climate

The European Commission has adopted the EU Action Plan: “Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil” – a key deliverable of the European Green Deal and the main topic of this year's EU Green Week.

Paolo Gentiloni © EU
12/05/2021 - Economy and the euro

The Spring 2021 Economic Forecast projects that the EU economy will expand by 4.2% in 2021 and by 4.4% in 2022. The euro area economy is forecast to grow by 4.3% this year and 4.4% next year.

Maroš Šefčovič, Ana Paula Zacarias © EU
11/05/2021 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

Ministers focused on the state of play on the COVID-19 EU coordination and the Conference on the Future of Europe. Under any other business, the Council was informed about matters related to the Enlargement and Stabilisation and Association Process, and the EU-Switzerland relations.

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