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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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Dana Spinant, Didier Reynders © EU
31/03/2021 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding the law on the judiciary of 20 December 2019, which entered into force on 14 February 2020. The Commission also decided to ask the Court of Justice to order interim measures until it has issued a final judgment in the case.

Man and woman working in restaurant © EU
30/03/2021 - Covid-19 / Employment and social rights

The European Commission has disbursed €13 billion to six EU Member States in the sixth instalment of financial support under the SURE instrument. This is the third disbursement in 2021. As part of today's operations, Czechia has received €1 billion, Belgium €2.2 billion, Spain €4.06 billion, Ireland €2.47 billion, Italy €1.87 billion and Poland €1.4 billion.

Cancer Treatments – Chemotherapy © EU
26/03/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19

EU4Health will make a significant contribution to the post-COVID-19 recovery by making the EU population healthier, supporting the fight against cross-border health threats and boosting the EU's preparedness and capability to respond effectively to future health crisis, as part of a future strong European Health Union.

Ms Ursula VON DER LEYEN, President of the European Commission; Mr Charles MICHEL, President of the European Council © EU
25/03/2021 - Covid-19 / Economy and the euro / Enlargement, external relations and trade

EU leaders met via video conference to take stock of the COVID-19 epidemiological situation. They also discussed transatlantic relations together with US President Joe Biden. The situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, relations with Russia, the single market, digital agenda and the international role of the euro were also on the agenda.

Mariya Gabriel © EU
25/03/2021 - Culture, education and youth

The Commission adopted the first annual work programme of Erasmus+ 2021-2027. With a budget of €26.2 billion, (compared to €14.7 billion for 2014-2020), complemented with about €2.2 billion from EU's external instruments, the new and revamped programme will fund learning mobility and cross-border cooperation projects for 10 million Europeans of all ages and all backgrounds.

Janusz Wojciechowski © EU
25/03/2021 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Commission has presented an Action Plan for the development of organic production. Its overall aim is to boost the production and consumption of organic products, to reach 25% of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030, as well as to increase organic aquaculture significantly.

Children in classroom © EU
24/03/2021 - Culture, education and youth / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission has adopted the first comprehensive EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child, as well as a proposal for a Council Recommendation establishing a European Child Guarantee, to promote equal opportunities for children at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

Boxes of vaccines supply in Portugal © EU
24/03/2021 - Covid-19 / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Commission has introduced the principles of reciprocity and proportionality as new criteria to be considered for authorising exports under the transparency and authorisation mechanism for COVID-19 vaccine exports.

Josep Borrell Fontelles © EU
22/03/2021 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

The Foreign Affairs Council was briefed about current affairs and exchanged views on Southern neighbourhood and Turkey. Ministers also held an informal exchange with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

SURE illustration © EU
22/03/2021 - Covid-19 / Economy and the euro

The Commission has published its first preliminary assessment of the impact of SURE, the €100 billion instrument designed to protect jobs and incomes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Launch of the European Innovation Council illustration © EU
18/03/2021 - Research and innovation

The European Commission launched, at an online event, the European Innovation Council (EIC) with a budget of over €10 billion (in current prices) for 2021-2027 to develop and expand breakthrough innovations.

Woman using mobile phone by train © EU
17/03/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19 / Transport and travel

The European Commission has proposed to create a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Digital Green Certificate will be a proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19.

SURE illustration © EU
16/03/2021 - Covid-19 / Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights

The European Commission has disbursed €9 billion to seven EU Member States in the fifth instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument.

Paschal Donohoe © EU
15/03/2021 - Covid-19 / Economy and the euro

The Eurogroup discussed the impact of the pandemic on various sectors of the euro area economy, as well as possible structural changes it may have triggered. Ministers also exchanged views on the fiscal support measures.

A researcher looking at samples © EU
15/03/2021 - Research and innovation

The European Commission has adopted the first strategic plan for Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme worth €95.5 billion in current prices. The strategic plan is a novelty in Horizon Europe and sets the strategic orientations for the targeting of investments in the programme's first four years.

Ursula von der Leyen, Antonio Costa, David Sassoli © EU
12/03/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate / Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

During a busy plenary session MEPs marked International Women´s Day, adopted investment and health programmes and paved the way for the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Person holding syringe © EU
11/03/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Covid-19

The European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine developed by Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, and the fourth COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU.

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