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Horizon Europe: New Grants to Top Researchers

European Commission presents the first work programme under Horizon Europe, the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2021-2027. It includes three main calls for proposals for frontier research actions for a total amount of €1.9 billion for 2021: Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants and Advanced Grants. UK will participate. Horizon Europe is the research

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Free Interrail Pass for Young people in 2022

Are you 18 years old and a citizen of the European Union? Get ready to explore Europe! The EU, after this long and destabilizing pandemic, which in addition to other personal categories has affected young people very seriously, offers all 18-year-old citizens a free pass to travel for free throughout Europe (except islands and remote

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Cohesion policy contribution to New European Bauhaus

The New European Bauhaus is a European Commission initiative, which links the sustainability, aesthetics and inclusion dimensions of building design. The European Commission launched an initiative last September to link the sustainability, aesthetics and inclusion dimensions of building design. Now we are in the heart of the initiative: projects, funds, prizes and new ideas are

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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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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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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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Today EP discussed EU Rail connectivity: in Europe and beyond, to Asia

    On Tuesday 19 January 2021, the European Parliament debated on a Resolution to accelerate the EU strategy for rail transport. In the European Year of Rail Transport, EP wants to enhance TEN-T (Trans-European Transport Network: Mobility and Transport) connectivity. The European Green Deal strategic plan and all the latest transport growth indicators ask

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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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EU and China reach the Comprehensive Investment Agreement. U.S. criticism.

Leaders from China and EU concluded the long negotiation on the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investments (CAI). Now they have two years to sign, ratify and conclude the agreement. If all goes well, it will have taken almost 10 years of discussions. But the new U.S. administration urges EU leaders to wait. Last December 30, 2020,

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