Tag: COVID-19

On 19 February the EU Recovery Package will enter into force

After the European Parliament, EU Council adopted the Instrument, too. However, the decision authorizing the Commission to borrow on the capital markets to finance this instrument needs to be ratified in all Member States. This financial instrument will make €672.5 billion in grants and loans available for public investment and reforms in the 27 member

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EU and its New Mediterranean Strategy

  For the third time, after 1995 and 2008, Europe tries to relaunch the Mediterranean Partnership. EU has now two major challenges: the pandemic and the green transition. The first requires a coordinated approach between Europe and its neighbours. The second needs wide partnerships that can accompany strategies and investments. Why not Mediterranean, knowing that

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European Parliament votes on the Recovery Fund: what about sovranist parties?

  During the February Plenary Session, the European Parliament will debate five topics regarding COVID-19. One concerns the EU’s mega aid plan for countries in difficulty: the Recovery and Resilience Fund of € 750 billion. What will be the vote of the sovereign parties of the right and the extreme left? The question is legitimate

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What’s in the EU-UK Trade Cooperation Agreement after BREXIT?

Who wins, who loses? Since 1st January the Agreement has been applied provisionally, pending the vote of the European Parliament. The EU Commission proposed to apply the Agreement on a provisional basis only for a limited period of time, until 28 February 2021.    After a process that started in 2016, the UK has left the EU.

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Covid-19, economic crisis and EU integration: The importance of the moral dimension in the European project*

The Covid-19 crisis led European public opinion to believe that the EU did not have the capacity to forecast or respond to health crises such as the pandemic. “Europe is not responding“, the Italian daily La Repubblica dramatically deplored.   (*The initial version of this article was published by The Robert Schuman Foundation (European Issue

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€600 billion Recovery & Resilience Fund agreed by EP-ECON

After the compromise agreed last December by EU national leaders on the financial facility and on MFF 2021-2027, on 11 January 2021, the ECON committee of the European Parliament (EP) votes the EU Regulation on Recovery and Resilient Fund. Then, on 9 February it will be voted by the EP Assembly and later by the

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EU distributes 2 vaccines and buys 300 million doses more

  On 11 November, the European Commission approved a fourth contract with a pharmaceutical company, BioNTech – Pfizer. The contract provides for the initial purchase of 200 million doses on behalf of all EU Member States.  Plus an option to purchase up to a further 100 million doses once a vaccine has proven to be

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Budget, Climate, Vaccines: the EU Summit finds a compromise

On 10 and 11 December, EU leaders met in Brussels for the last European Council of the year.   This year they already met 10 times, in regular, special and videoconference meetings, essentially for urgent matters related to the pandemic. Here all the conclusions. This time, they discussed a very long and sensitive agenda. In particular:

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Coronavirus – The EU Commission presents the Winter recommendations

Nearly 500 million Europeans are approaching Christmas and don’t know how to prepare. This time the EU sets the rules. On the eve of the much agonized vaccine, the winter months pose a greater risk for the spread of the virus, for essentially two reasons. First, it was understood that the colder months are propitiatory

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The EU at the crossroads: either it wins the virus war or loses it

Europe has launched an unprecedented bailout plan in EU history. The crisis triggered by the new Coronavirus is worse than the crisis of 2008 and the measures launched are only the beginning.