Tag: COVID-19

Green light from 27 to use EU recovery funds

Yesterday, the EU Council announced it has received formal notifications about the approval of the own resources decision from all 27 member states. National ratifications being completed, the EU can now start making available funds under the Recovery and Resilience Facility. With a financial envelope of €672.5 billion, the facility is the central part of

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Summer 2021 is open!

  After a year of restrictions, the upcoming summer can be spent on vacation. Agreement found at EU level between those who want a “Green Pass”, a temporary and non-mandatory document, freedom of EU countries to maintain any restrictions in case of need and freedom not to get vaccinated. It seemed impossible to reconcile very

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The New ERASMUS+ is coming…

This week the European Parliament will confirm the agreement with Council on two important european initiatives. Two flags that have characterised Europe that everyone has known and touched: Erasmus and the support to film production/distribution and Culture. Near €29 billion for the next seven years. Here are some insights on the main decisions that will

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Biden to meet EU leaders next Thursday evening

Charles Michel, President of the European Council, informs this evening EU Heads of State and government that they will have a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden, to discuss future cooperation between EU and U.S., next Thursday evening. They will ask Joe Biden for strong cooperation in the fight against Coronavirus worldwide (vaccines to Europe

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COVID-19: Beyond a pandemic

We do not know if the new Coronavirus pandemic will be eradicated quickly. In the meantime it has brought the entire planet to its knees, even with great differences from country to country. Above all, it has annihilated the responsiveness of health systems to all other diseases. Many patients have stayed out of hospitals, clinical

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COVID19: Today a showdown at the European Council?

At the Extraordinary European Council of 25-26 February, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, put the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic on the agenda. It might seem routine to talk among prime ministers about the coronavirus, in reality it could be a showdown between member countries and the European Commission. Click on the picture

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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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