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State of the Union

President EC

15.9.2021 – The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, gave her second speech in the European Parliament today on the situation in the Union. In her speech, she focused on Europe’s recovery from the pandemic and the steps the EU must take to achieve a lasting recovery that benefits everyone – from [...]

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EU and ASEAN meeting

ASEAN countries

14.9.2021 – The European Union and ASEAN Member States met virtually today for the Seventeenth ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM)-EU Trade Commissioner Consultations. The Consultations were co-chaired by Dato Amin Liew Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II, Brunei Darussalam, and Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis. The Meeting hailed the [...]

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Climate change, digitalisation,democracy and new global order

Kitajska in NWO

8.9.2021 – The Commission has today adopted its second annual Strategic Foresight Report – “The EU’s capacity and freedom to act”*. This Communication presents a forward-looking and multidisciplinary perspective on the EU’s open strategic autonomy in an increasingly multipolar and contested global order. The Commission has identified four main global trends, affecting the EU’s capacity [...]

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30th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence

ukraina

25.8.2021 – Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Trade, Valdis Dombrovskis, represented the European Commission this week in Ukraine, on the occasion of its 30th anniversary of independence and the International Crimea Platform Summit, where he reiterated with President Charles Michel the European Union’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. In his meetings with [...]

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The archaeologist who sacrificed his life to protect the ancient cultural heritage from the Islamic State

sirski arheolog

18.8.2021 – A man  on his knees waiting for his beheading, in July 2015  is the Syrian archaeologist Dr. Khaled al-Asaad, head of excavation in Palmir (Palmyra). Khaled al-Asaad refused to reveal the location of Tadmur’s treasures and antiquities (the modern Palmyra) he had hidden before the arrival of ISIS. Al-Assad was beheaded in the [...]

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Seven new GMO approved by EC

GMO

17.8.2021 – The Commission authorised seven genetically modified crops (3 maize, 2 soybeans, 1 oilseed rape and 1 cotton) and renewed the authorisations for two maize and one oilseed rape crops used for food and animal feed. All of these GMOs have gone through a comprehensive and stringent authorisation procedure, including a favourable scientific assessment [...]

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Commission reduces the presence of carcinogenic contaminants in food

food testing

11.8.2021 – the Commission is setting new maximum levels for cadmium and lead in a wide range of food products. These measures aim to further reduce the presence of carcinogenic contaminants in food and to make healthy food more accessible. This desire stems from the commitments made within the framework of the European plan to [...]

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First bond issued by the European Commission under NextGenerationEU

euro

23.6.2021 – The Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE) yesterday marked the listing of the first bond issued by the European Commission under NextGenerationEU. The €20 billion ten-year bond is the largest single tranche bond transaction ever issued by the European Union.The bond attracted a significant interest from investors and was 7 times oversubscribed, with demands exceeding [...]

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EU – Canada summit

Council of the European Union

14.6.2021 – On Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 June, the EU hosted summits with its two transatlantic partners: Canada and the United States. First, in the evening of 14 June, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Council President Charles Michel, accompanied by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell  met  with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin [...]

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Restrictive measures

Syria 1

11.6.2021 – The European Commission has adopted three opinions on the application of specific provisions in the Council Regulations on EU restrictive measures (sanctions) concerning Libya and Syria, the Central African Republic and actions undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine. They concern 1) changes to two specific features of frozen funds: their character (sanctions concerning [...]

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Pravila o razširjanju terorističnih vsebin

Africa Sahel

7.6.2021 – Platforms will have to remove terrorist content referred by Member States’ authorities within 1 hour. The rules will also help to counter the spread of extremist ideologies online – a vital part of preventing attacks and addressing radicalisation. The rules include strong safeguards to ensure the full respect of fundamental rights such as [...]

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Green Alliance

JAPAN TOKYO

27.5.2021 – At the summit, the EU and Japan established a Green Alliance, which is the first such bilateral initiative between the EU and a partner country intended to accelerate ambitious action to tackle climate change, environmental degradation, promote green growth and jobs, and achieve sustainable and secure energy supplies. More: here Source: EC Press

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EU Digital COVID Certificate

COVID -19

21.5.2021 – The Commission welcomes today’s provisional political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the Regulation governing the EU Digital COVID Certificate. This means that the certificate (previously called the Digital Green Certificate) is well on track to be ready end of June, as planned. Today’s agreement has been reached in record time [...]

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Brexit fisheries dispute

Brexit fish

EC6.6.2021 – The presence of several hundred patrol boats in the waters around Jersey – one of the picturesque Channel islands that provides offshore banking to the mega-rich – is the latest act in the Brexit farce. Jersey is one of the most patriotic and most pro-Brexit places you will find. Although, adding to the [...]

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Izkrivljanja evropskega trga

China

5.5.2021 – The European Commission proposes today a new instrument to address potential distortive effects of foreign subsidies in the Single Market. Today’s legislative proposal follows the adoption of the White Paper in June 2020 and an extensive consultation process with stakeholders. It aims at closing the regulatory gap in the Single Market, whereby subsidies granted [...]

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