Speech by President Von der Leyen at the European Plenary on the EU coordinated action to combat the Coronavirus pandemic and its consequences

Dear President, Honourable Members, there are no words that can do justice to Europe’s pain or to all those suffering across the World. (…) Honourable Members, you cannot overcome a pandemic of this speed or this scale without the truth. The truth about everything: the numbers, the science, the outlook – but also about our Read more about Speech by President Von der Leyen at the European Plenary on the EU coordinated action to combat the Coronavirus pandemic and its consequences[…]

The European Union approves italian support scheme for production and supply of medical equipment and masks during Coronavirus outbreak

The European Union has approved a € 50 Million italian aid scheme to support the production and supply of medical devices, such as ventilators, and personal protection equipment, such as masks, goglees, gowns and safety suits. The scheme, that will help Italy provide the necessary medical treatment to those infected, while protecting healthcare operators and Read more about The European Union approves italian support scheme for production and supply of medical equipment and masks during Coronavirus outbreak[…]

European guidelines for border measures to protect health and keep goods and essential services available

This week the European Union presented guidelines to Member States on health-related border management measures in the context of the COVID-19 emergency. The aim is to protect citizens’ health, ensure the right treatment of people who do have to travel, and make sure essential goods and services remain available. The President Von Der Leyen said: Read more about European guidelines for border measures to protect health and keep goods and essential services available[…]

Videoconference between President Von Der Leyen and President of the Council of Ministers Conte

President Von Der Leyen, following a preliminar conversation with President Conte and the extraordinary video-meeting of the European Council, expressed appreciation for the efforts undertaken by the Italian Government and recognized the social and economic burden the current crisis imposes to the population. It has been an exchanged views on outcomes of the EUCO teleconference Read more about Videoconference between President Von Der Leyen and President of the Council of Ministers Conte[…]

European Parliament elects the Von Der Leyen Commission

Following the conclusion of the hearings process, European Parliament approved the new Commissioners, presented to plenary by Commission President-elect Von Der Leyen The new College of Commissioners obtained 461 votes in favour, 157 against and 89 abstentions. Different results for the last Jean-Claude Juncker Commission which obtained, during last 2014, 423 votes in favour – Read more about European Parliament elects the Von Der Leyen Commission[…]

Public hearing of the European Commissioner-designate Gentiloni

The Commissioner-designate for Economy Paolo Gentiloni was heard today in Brussels from 9.00 to 12 o’clock. The hearing lasted three hours, during which the Commissioner-designate gave an opening speech and then answered questions posed by committee members.

Constitution of the 9th legislature of the European Parliament

The 9th legislature of the European Parliament was officially constituted the 2nd of July in Strasbourg by outgoing President Antonio Tajani. The new President of the European Parliament is David Sassoli. There is a higher percentage turnover than ever before (61% new MEPs) and a higher percentage of female MEPs than in the past (40%), Read more about Constitution of the 9th legislature of the European Parliament[…]

Copyright reform: The european Parliament votes in favour of modernised rules fit for digital age

The european Parliament voted in favour of the new Copyright Directive designed to bring tangible benefits to citizens, all creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators, and cultural heritage institutions The Vice-President for the Digital single market and the Commissioner for digital economy and society welcome the outcome in a joint statement: “We welcome the approval Read more about Copyright reform: The european Parliament votes in favour of modernised rules fit for digital age[…]

European Union takes Italy to Court over air pollution and failure to properly treat urban waste water

The European Union decided to refer Italy to the Court of Justice of the Eu in two separate cases regarding environment legislation, in the specific – air and water pollution The first case concerns air pollution, and a failure to protect citizens against the effects of nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The European Union is calling Italy Read more about European Union takes Italy to Court over air pollution and failure to properly treat urban waste water[…]

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