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EU Commission launches new 10-year plan to support Roma in the EU

The European Commission has today adopted a new 10-year plan, including a proposal for a Council Recommendation, to support Roma in the EU. There are seven key areas of focus: equality, inclusion, participation, education, employment, health, and housing. For each area, the Commission has put forward new targets and recommendations for Member States on how to achieve them, both of which will serve as important tools to monitor progress and ensure that the EU makes more headway in providing the vital support that so many Roma living in the EU still need. Vice-President...

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EU Commission assesses and sets out reform priorities for the countries aiming to join the EU

Today, the Commission adopted its Communication on EU enlargement policy and the 2020 Enlargement Package: The annual reports, assessing the implementation of fundamental reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey, are presented together with clearer and more precise recommendations and guidance on the next steps for those partners, in line with the enhanced enlargement methodology. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, said: "The citizens of the Western Balkans are part of Europe and...

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European Parliament: EVP Dombrovskis speech at the hearing for the Commissioner-Designate for Trade

Statement | 2 October 2020 | By Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, Commissioner-Designate for Trade Honourable Chairman, Esteemed Members of the European Parliament, I was honoured when President von der Leyen placed her trust in me to continue to lead our shared European trade agenda. I hope that at the end of this hearing, you too will feel satisfied that you can place your trust in me. Honourable members, you already know me. I have worked with this house on many...

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IMF | Public Investment for the Recovery

Governments around the world are taking extraordinary measures to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. While maintaining the focus on addressing the health emergency and providing lifelines for households and businesses, governments need to prepare economies for the transition to the post-COVID-19 world—including by helping people get back to work. Public investment has a central role to play. Our new Fiscal Monitor shows that increasing public investment in advanced and emerging market economies could help revive economic activity from the sharpest and deepest...

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Special European Council, 1-2 October 2020

Main results On 1 and 2 October, EU leaders met in Brussels to discuss foreign affairs and the EU's economic base. On Thursday, they discussed the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean. They also addressed relations with China, the situation in Belarus, the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh and the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. On Friday, COVID-19, the single market, industrial policy and digital transition were on the agenda. Leaders were also updated on EU-UK relations and the MFF negotiations with the European Parliament. European Council conclusions, 1-2 October 2020 Remarks by President Charles Michel after the Special...

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ECB intensifies its work on a digital euro

Publication of Eurosystem High-Level Task Force report on digital euro Eurosystem needs to be ready for possible future decision to introduce digital euro Public consultation and experimentation to be launched The European Central Bank (ECB) today published a comprehensive report on the possible issuance of a digital euro, prepared by the Eurosystem High-Level Task Force on central bank digital currency (CBDC) and approved by the Governing Council. A digital euro would be an electronic form of central bank money accessible...

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Achieving a European Education Area by 2025 and resetting education and training for the digital age

September 30, 2020, the Commission adopted two initiatives that will strengthen the contribution of education and training to the EU's recovery from the coronavirus crisis, and help build a green and digital Europe. Setting out a vision of the European Education Area to be achieved by 2025, the Commission proposes new initiatives, more investment and stronger cooperation of Member States to help all Europeans, of all ages, benefit from the EU's rich education and training offer. The Commission also adopted a...

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Investing in new energy infrastructure: Green light for EU grants worth nearly €1 billion

EU Member States agreed yesterday on a Commission proposal to invest €998 million in key European energy infrastructure projects under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Yesterday's positive vote provides financial aid for works and studies for ten projects. The largest amount of funding goes to the Baltic Synchronisation Project (€720 million), to better integrate the electricity markets of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Other projects include a smart electricity grid linking Hungary and Slovakia (€102 million), and the first-ever CEF grant for works on a CO2 transport project for...

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Press statement by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič following the third meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee

Statement by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič | 28 September 2020 | Brussels Good afternoon everyone! We have just concluded our third meeting of the Joint Committee on the implementation and application of the Withdrawal Agreement. Our main message was on the much-needed acceleration of the implementation work to prepare for the 1st January 2021 and on the need to ensure a full, timely and effective implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement. Much work remains to be done before the transition period ends in...

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ESMA updates statements on the impact of Brexit on MIFID II/MIFIR and the benchmarks regulation

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets regulator, has updated two statements on its approach to the application of key provisions of MiFID II/MiFIR and the Benchmark Regulation (BMR). The Impact of Brexit on MiFID II/MiFIR The Impact of Brexit on the BMR Today’s statements update previous ones issued in March 2019 and October 2019 reflecting ESMA’s approach, should the UK have left the EU under a no-deal Brexit. However, as the Withdrawal Agreement entered into force on 1...

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