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The Commission adopted an Action Plan to support the recovery and transformation of the media and audiovisual sector. These sectors, particularly hit by the coronavirus crisis, are essential for democracy, Europe's cultural diversity and digital autonomy.
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.
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.
The European Commission and the High Representative put forward a proposal for a new, forward-looking transatlantic agenda.
Ministers discussed amendments to the Council directive on administrative cooperation in the field of taxation ('DAC 7'), confirming their support for the agreement reached at technical level. They also exchanged views on the banking union, the capital markets union, the European Semester, international taxation and international debt relief.
The European Commission has disbursed €8.5 billion in the third instalment of financial support to five Member States under the SURE instrument. As part of today's operations, Belgium has received €2 billion, Hungary €200 million, Portugal €3 billion, Romania €3 billion and Slovakia €300 million.
The Eurogroup reached a political agreement on the reform of the ESM Treaty and the early introduction of the common backstop to the Single Resolution Fund (SRF) by the beginning of 2022. Ministers also discussed the eighth enhanced surveillance report on Greece and greenlighted the release of the fourth tranche of policy-contingent debt measures.
The Commission adopted its annual EU Climate Action Progress Report, covering the EU's progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions in 2019. Greenhouse gas emissions in the EU-27 decreased by 3.7 % year-on-year, while GDP grew by 1.5%. Emissions have now been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels.
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.
At a leaders' virtual meeting President Michel, President von der Leyen and Australian Prime Minster Morrison highlighted their resolve to fight the pandemic together and build more sustainable, inclusive and resilient economies. They also noted the good progress made towards a trade agreement.
The Commission has today a Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe to ensure patients have access to innovative and affordable medicines and to support the competitiveness, innovative capacity and sustainability of the EU's pharmaceutical industry.
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.
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.