EU’s top diplomat welcomes Israel-UAE peace deal

Europe’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell has welcomed the historic peace agreement achieved between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, citing its importance for regional stability. ”I welcome Israel-UAE normalisation; benefits both and is important for regional stability,” Borrell said in a Twitter post on Friday. I welcome Israel-UAE normalisation; benefits both & is important […]

Industry Commissioner says Europe will speed up space ambitions

Thierry Breton, Internal Market Commissioner said on Sunday EU is planning to invest in rocket launches, satellite communication and space exploration, in light of rapid progress by the US and China.  “Space is one of Europe’s strong points, and we’re giving ourselves the means to speed up,” Breton told Reuters in an interview, on Sunday. […]

MEPs vote for new Committee of Inquiry on #AnimalTransport

Today (19 June), the EU Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favour of the establishment of a Committee of Inquiry on animal transport. Compassion in World Farming and FOUR PAWS are delighted with the outcome of the vote. At present, EU member states are poorly enforcing the EU law that is meant to protect the millions of farmed animals […]

#WorldHealthOrganization – Joint Statement by High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell and Commissioner Stella Kyriakides on the  adoption of the resolution on COVID-19 response at the World Health Assembly

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General  “We welcome the World Health Assembly’s adoption by consensus of the resolution initiated by the European Union and its member states on the importance of a collective response to the coronavirus pandemic. The 195 member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) have convened at the Assembly in unprecedented […]

The remake of Europe (III): Anatomy of the Loot

This episode is rather long, more than 3000 words but is very informative. I suggest to save it for future reference. The lack of any political control of the European Commission’s services has allowed civil servants to become autonomous and non-accountable. This anomaly is particularly reflected in the way tenders, projects, and programmes are funded […]

EU helps to avoid almost empty ‘ghost flights’, reduce CO2 emissions

In order to ease the economic and environmental impact of the COVID-19 outbreak outbreak, the European Commission decided on 10 March to put forward very rapidly targeted legislation to temporarily alleviate airlines from their airport slot usage obligations under EU law. A so-called “use-it-or-lose-it” rule has forced European airlines to run near-empty flights in order […]

Brexit bill passes first EP test, gets signed by von der Leyen, Michel

Ursula von der Leyen, EU Commission’s chief and Charles Michel, EU Council President formally signed on Friday the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) that paves the way for UK’s divorce from the EU on 31 January. “Things will inevitably change but our friendship will remain. We start a new chapter as partners and allies,” tweeted Michel on […]

MPs vote in favour of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal

The members of the UK parliament voted today in favour of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, paving the way for UK’s scheduled divorce from the European Union on 31 January 2020. With 358 votes in favour to 234 against, MPs agreed to give the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) a second reading, to be further debated and […]

#Brexit – ‘We are ready to start the next phase, to defend and promote Europe’s interests’ #EUCO

  The decisive victory by the British Conservatives in yesterday’s general election was widely and enthusiastically welcomed by European leaders attending today’s (13 December) European Council. Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said that they welcomed the certainty that the election provided and said that it had been difficult when things had been agreed in Brussels, […]

Commission reinforces tools to ensure Europe’s interests in #InternationalTrade

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (pictured) said: “A stronger Europe in the world implies efficient EU leadership on global trade and appropriate powers to ensure that international trade rules are respected. For that reason, I start my mandate by taking swift action to strengthen our trade toolbox. Today’s proposals will let us defend […]