Tag: Ursula von der Leyen

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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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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Debate next week on new U.S. President Joe Biden and relations with EU

10 hours before Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony as the 46th President of the United States, the European Parliament will discuss new perspectives for dialogue and cooperation between the EU and the United States. >> Follow the EP live debate on Wednesday 20 January 2021, starting at 8:30 a.m. here All European leaders recognized that Trump

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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-China 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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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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Why Goulard fired by European Parliament?

Sylvie Goulard, proposed by Emmanuel Macron for the french position of EU Commissioner, did not pass the examination of the Members of the European Parliament, last Thursday in Brussels. It was her second hearing, as the first did not finish better. Reassured by her important friends in the European institutions, because she was MEP within

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Commissioners of Romania and Hungary rejected by Parliament before their hearings

  Ursula von der Leyen is preparing her team and asked her Commissioners to convince the European Parliament,but two Commissioners already rejected. Before the designated Commissioners can take office, the European Parliament in Brussels should carefully examine skills and qualifications of the 26 new EU Commissioners to match the posts proposed for them. First two

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