The European Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation at EU level aimed at harmonising the rules of private international law related to parenthood. The proposal will provide legal clarity for families who find themselves in a cross-border situation within the EU.
The Commission is presenting an EU Action Plan on the Western Balkans. The Action Plan aims to strengthen the cooperation on migration and border management with the Western Balkans considering their unique status with EU accession perspective and their continued efforts to align with EU rules.
The EU will invest an additional €125 million to strengthen health systems, in particular to help extend universal health coverage, through a partnership programme with the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules on packaging to tackle this constantly growing source of waste and consumer frustration. The rules will ensure reusable packaging options for consumers and create new business opportunities for the industry.
The Commission is proposing a new structure to make sure Russia is held accountable for the atrocities during the war in Ukraine. While continuing to support the work of the International Criminal Court, the Commission is ready to work on setting up a specialised ‘hybrid' tribunal.
The African Union and European Union Commissions engaged on their strategic partnership and reviewed progress on joint commitments agreed in their February Summit. This included discussions about development, peace and security, migration and the Global Gateway Africa-Europe Investment Package.
The European Commission announced the EU-wide harmonised number for helplines for victims of violence against women – 116 016. Women who are victims of violence will be able to call the same number across the EU to get advice and support.
The Commission has launched the 2023 European Semester cycle of economic policy coordination. The package draws upon the Autumn 2022 Economic Forecast which showed that after a strong first half of the year, the EU economy has now entered a much more challenging phase.
The Commission has proposed a Market Correction Mechanism to protect EU businesses and households from episodes of excessively high gas prices in the EU. This mechanism complements measures to reduce gas demand and ensure security of supply through diversification of energy supplies.
The Commission is calling on public and private entities in the EU and beyond to join forces and show solidarity, by donating in the coming months buses that are essential to bring Ukrainian children safely back to their schools.
The Commission takes stock of Bulgaria, Romania, and Croatia´s strong record of achievements in the application of the Schengen rules and calls upon the Council to take the necessary decisions to allow the three Member States to fully participate in the Schengen area.
In the joint statement the leaders reaffirm their steadfast support for Ukraine and offer full support for and assistance with Poland’s ongoing investigation.
The Commission is stepping up support to help those most affected by the devastating effects of rising food insecurity globally. A new humanitarian aid package of €210 million will be provided in 15 countries to meet their growing needs.
Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a global mineral fertiliser and energy crisis is now weighing on global food security and food prices. The European Commission therefore presented a Communication on ensuring availability and affordability of fertilisers.
The Commission and the High Representative put forward an Action Plan on Military Mobility and a Joint Communication on an EU Cyber Defence policy as part of a European Security and Defence package to boost the EU's capacity to protect its citizens and infrastructure.
The Commission presented a proposal to reduce air pollution from new motor vehicles sold in the EU to meet the European Green Deal's zero-pollution ambition, while keeping vehicles affordable for consumers and promoting Europe's competitiveness.
The Commission has proposed an unprecedented support package of up to €18 billion to cover a significant part of Ukraine’s short-term funding needs for 2023. With this package, Ukraine will be able to keep on paying wages and pensions, maintain essential public services and restore infrastructure.
The European Commission has adopted a Communication setting out orientations for a simpler, more transparent and effective EU economic governance framework to strengthen debt sustainability and enhance sustainable and inclusive growth through investment and reforms.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen signed five Memoranda of Understanding for a Forest Partnership with Guyana, Mongolia, the Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zambia. The partnership aims at reversing deforestation in supported countries.
By the end of 2024, the EU will have one single charger for all mobile phones and tablets. USB Type-C port will be the new standard for portable devices, being beneficial for both consumers and the environment.
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