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Citizens demonstrating against Russia's military invasion of Ukraine © EU
15/03/2022 - Economy and the euro / Security and defence

The European Commission welcomes today's agreement by the Council to adopt a fourth package of restrictive measures against Russia in response to its brutal aggression against Ukraine and its people. These sanctions will further contribute to ramping up economic pressure on the Kremlin and cripple its ability to finance its invasion of Ukraine. They have been coordinated with international partners, notably the United States.

Euro coins © EU
14/03/2022 - Economy and the euro

The Commission has approved the disbursement of more than €2 billion under the Brexit Adjustment Reserve to a group of 12 Member States. This funding will help the economies of the Member States in mitigating the adverse impact of Brexit on their economies and regions, through support to regions and economic sectors, small and medium sized companies as well as job creation and protection, such as short-time work schemes, re-skilling, and training.

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.

Commissioner Dalli at the press conference with Vice-President Jourová on combating violence against women and domestic violence © EU
08/03/2022 - Employment and social rights / Justice and citizens’ rights

The new rules also strengthen victims' access to justice and encourage Member States to implement a one-stop shop mechanism, meaning that all support and protection services would be located in the same place. The victims should be able to claim compensation in the course of criminal proceedings.

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.

A man setting his thermostat © EU
07/03/2022 - Energy, environment and climate

The European Commission has proposed an outline of a plan to make Europe independent from Russian fossil fuels well before 2030, starting with gas, in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This plan also outlines a series of measures to respond to rising energy prices in Europe and to replenish gas stocks for next winter. REPowerEU will seek to diversify gas supplies, speed up the roll-out of renewable gases and replace gas in heating and power generation.

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.

Special meeting of the European Council Roundtable © EU
24/02/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Council condemned in the strongest possible terms Russia's unprecedented military aggression against Ukraine and expressed full unity with international partners and full solidarity with Ukraine and its people. The EU has reacted swiftly and decisively to Russia’s recognition of Ukraine’s self-proclaimed separatist entities and deployment of its armed forces by adopting restrictive measures in response, including a package of sanctions adopted on 23 February.

Didier Reynders, on the middle, Thierry Breton, on the right © EU
23/02/2022 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence. The proposal aims to foster sustainable and responsible corporate behaviour throughout global value chains.

A laptop, a pen and a smartphone displaying graphs related to digital growth © EU
23/02/2022 - Economy and the euro / Research and innovation

The Commission proposes new rules on who can use and access data generated in the EU across all economic sectors. The Data Act will ensure fairness in the digital environment, stimulate a competitive data market, open opportunities for data-driven innovation and make data more accessible for all.

23/02/2022 - Employment and social rights / Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation
23/02/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
22/02/2022 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19 / Transport and travel
Josep BORRELL, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy © EU
21/02/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Foreign Affairs Council held a discussion on the European security situation. The Council decided on a series of measures to support Ukraine's resilience. It adopted the decision to provide €1,2 billion in macro financial assistance, and decided to provide support to Ukraine’s professional military education under the European Peace Facility. The EU will also increase its support against cyber-attacks and countering disinformation by sending a mission of experts to the country.

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