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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

The European Commission looks at Fincantieri’s proposed acquisition of Chantier de l’Atlantique

The European Commission has agreed to the request submitted by France and Germany asking it to look at Fincantieri’s proposed acquisition of Chantier de l’Atlantique in the light of the European merger regulation. The Commission considers that the transaction could harm competition at European and global level. The proposed acquisition of Chantiers de l’Atlantique by Read more about The European Commission looks at Fincantieri’s proposed acquisition of Chantier de l’Atlantique[…]

European Union invests in infrastructure and cultural heritage in Napoli – Italy

The European Union adopted five major Cohesion Policy projects, altogether worth 868 million euros, for better transport and water infrastructure and to preserve cultural heritage in the Italian city of Napoli This investment package will allow the finalisation of works started in the previous 2007-2013 budget period. These five projects will be completed between 2020 Read more about European Union invests in infrastructure and cultural heritage in Napoli – Italy[…]

Back to school: schoolchildren to receive milk, fruits and vegetables at school thanks to european programme

The European school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme resumes with the school year in the participating european Countries. Aimed at promoting healthy eating habits among children, the European school scheme includes the distribution of fruits, vegetables and milk products, as well as dedicated educational programmes to teach pupils about the importance of good nutrition and Read more about Back to school: schoolchildren to receive milk, fruits and vegetables at school thanks to european programme[…]

Employment and social situation in the european Union continues to improve

Backed by a robust economic growth, employment in the european Union continued to rise more strongly than expected in the third quarter of 2017, while unemployment figures declined further according to the latest Quarterly review on Employment and social developments in Europe. The Commissione for Employment, social affairs, skills and labour mobility, commented: Growth is Read more about Employment and social situation in the european Union continues to improve[…]

Launch of the european Year of cultural heritage 2018 in Belgium

Today, in the afternoon, the President of the european Commission and the college of the Commissioners will participate in the launch of the european year of Cultural heritage in Belgium, at the invitation of the Mayor of the city of Bruxelles. This unprecedented occasion will reflect the excellent relations between the european Union and the Read more about Launch of the european Year of cultural heritage 2018 in Belgium[…]

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