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Coronavirus crisis: Commission launches #CreativeEuropeAtHome

The European Commission has launched #CreativeEuropeAtHome, a social media campaign running on its Creative Europe accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

“Opening of accession talks sends a loud and clear message not only to the two countries, but to the Western Balkans as a whole..."

Commission welcomes the green light to opening of new accession talks

By: EBR | Thursday, March 26, 2020

The European Commission welcomes the Council’s decision to open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, subject to final endorsement by the European Council members

"In the midst of a crisis, the EU has overcome divisions and demonstrated a genuine solidarity with our friends and partners. I welcome the belated decision to open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia, while regretting that we had to wait till now for this important step..."

EU opens accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Foreign Affairs Committee Chair welcomes EU member states’ decision to open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia

Logically, the coronavirus now ravaging parts of Italy and Spain and sweeping across the continent should be the ideal opportunity for the EU to move away from complacency and national individualism to solidarity and European integration. Instead, the pandemic, so far, has proved the opposite.

The Coronavirus Pandemic Should End Europe’s Comfort Zone

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The deadly coronavirus that has killed so many Europeans, especially in Italy and Spain, ought to jolt Europe out of its complacency. Don’t bet on it

Staff members for the EU Commission need a secure messaging tool for unified communication in order to ensure greater mobility with collaboration, to centralize information, and to boost overall efficiency.

The story behind the Commission’s new emphasis on encryption

By: EBR | Monday, March 23, 2020

The European Commission has begun taking more decisive steps toward secure, encrypted communications. But while all of these steps may be positive, not all of them are identical

"..The Commission was very fast in launching a special call for expressions of interest from Horizon 2020 and involving relevant stakeholders under the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) public-private partnership".

COVID-19: research package welcomed by EU

By: EBR | Friday, March 20, 2020

Crisis-response measures should be combined with a long-term commitment to EU research programmes, says Research MEP

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Some workers decided to pack their bags and leave as soon as they heard about border closures, especially if they have young children or vulnerable elderly relatives at home.

Virus frontier closures hamper cross-border workers

By: EBR | Friday, March 20, 2020

Return home or stay to earn a living far from your loved ones? That’s the dilemma being thrown up for workers who rely on shuttling across frontiers in Central Europe now that the coronavirus pandemic has seen several countries shut their borders

“With the first ever common European reserve of emergency medical equipment we put EU solidarity into action. It will benefit all our Member States and all our citizens. Helping one another is the only way forward.”

First ever rescEU stockpile of medical equipment

By: EBR | Thursday, March 19, 2020

Today, the European Commission has decided to create a strategic rescEU stockpile of medical equipment such as ventilators and protective masks to help EU countries in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

According to the commission, disinformation is “verifiably false or misleading information created, presented and disseminated to achieve economic benefits or to intentionally deceive public opinion.”

Russia’s Long-Term Campaign of Disinformation in Europe

By: EBR | Thursday, March 19, 2020

Knowing the strategic goals of Russian foreign policy, the EU must prepare for Russian disinformation being a long-term tool for contesting the order in Europe

"The European Green Deal is promoted as a means to save our planet, but many measures have little to do with the health of the planet, for example, the ambitions to create new jobs, accomplish gender equality and identify new food products based on algae."

Why I oppose the European Green Deal

By: EBR | Thursday, March 19, 2020

The European Green Deal may be a flagship EU policy, but we should be realistic that it is unlikely to prove the panacea, or beacon for other countries, that we hope

"To limit the spread of the virus globally, we agreed to reinforce our external borders by applying a coordinated temporary restriction of nonessential travel to the EU for a period of 30 days"

EU leaders agree to shut external borders, grapple with coronavirus response

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 18, 2020

EU leaders confirmed the proposed closure of the EU’s external and Schengen borders for at least 30 days on Tuesday (17 March) as the bloc continued struggling to come up with a unified response to the coronavirus outbreak

"Finally, we are showing a real sense of solidarity.."

Positive from EUCO: Europe shows it is united and ready to act

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Statement by the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli

As nation states around the world vie with each other to protect their own citizens first, have they instead eroded public confidence in their authority and perspicacity?

"Whatever" it takes must be EU member states’ Covid-19 pledge

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 17, 2020

How shaken should be our faith in governments’ handling of the Corona virus?

Over €119 million from the Cohesion Fund will finance the purchase of 21 new electric trains to boost service quality, reduce delays and encourage more people to use a sustainable transport type.

EU invests over €1.4 billion in green projects in 7 Member States

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Today the European Commission has approved an investment package worth more than €1.4 billion of EU funds in 14 large infrastructure projects in 7 Member States, namely Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain

“The impacts on our economy are now tangible. The Committee on Budgets stands ready to quickly process all the necessary budgetary initiatives destined to alleviate the negative impacts on our health systems, our economy and on the EU citizens”.

Budget MEPs ready to adopt all necessary measures to tackle the Corona emergency

By: EBR | Monday, March 16, 2020

BUDG Chair and coordinators welcome Commission announcements, but deplore mere “re-use” of existing funds and insist on fresh and additional financial means to tackle the coronavirus crisis

The public awareness of the power of photonics has grown steadily in the last years, also because photonics is listed by the European Commission as one of the Key Enabling Technologies. The Commission has emphasised the enormous growth potential this advanced technology presents for Europe.

Photonics, the ‘Green Deal’ technology

By: EBR | Monday, March 16, 2020

Photonics has been defined as a vital technology in Europe’s future digital transformation as well as helping the bloc achieve broader sustainability goals and strategic autonomy. However, there remains a deficit in public awareness on the technology

"We will use all the tools at our disposal to make sure the European economy weathers this storm. This requires coordination between Member States, the Commission and the ECB."

Coronavirus crisis

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 11, 2020

“Commission will use all the tools at its disposal to make sure the European economy weathers the storm”

“The global economy is evolving rapidly, and major new challenges and opportunities are emerging. Today’s industrial strategy does not offer enough to convince our 20 million+ member businesses – especially SMEs – that they will be at the centre of the von der Leyen Commission’s thinking”.

EUROCHAMBRES disappointed with European Commission’s ‘Industrial Strategy’

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, March 11, 2020

EUROCHAMBRES, the association of European Chambers of Commerce & Industry, has expressed its disappointment with the Industrial Strategy adopted by the European Commission on SMEs, Industrial Policy and the Single Market

"A perfect storm is brewing up for Ursula von der Leyen. She faces five major crises which she will have to overcome."

2020: Europe’s Annus Horribilis?

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Germany/s Ursula von der Leyen and the European Commission have to overcome five major challenges

Despite the scale and complexity of the task, carbon-neutral industry is feasible and offers a major investment opportunity. If done right, and by 2050 at the latest, the industrial pillar of the Green Deal can make Europe a world leader in climate-neutral and circular technologies, products and services.

A credible industrial pillar for the European Green Deal

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 10, 2020

If done right, the industrial pillar of the Green Deal can make Europe a world leader in climate-neutral and circular technologies, products and services

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