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EU Strategy to tackle Organised Crime

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14.4.2021 – the Commission is presenting a new EU Strategy to tackle Organised Crime, focusing on boosting law enforcement and judicial cooperation, tackling organised crime structures and high priority crimes, removing criminal profits and ensuring a modern response to technological developments. Organised crime groups continue to develop and evolve, as shown by their rapid adaptation to the coronavirus pandemic, for example through the increase in counterfeit medical products and online crime. Organised crime groups active in [...]

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New rules to modernize the European Border Surveillance System


10.4.20121 -The European Commission adopted new rules to modernize the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) in order to fight crime and save lives at sea. It is a cooperation mechanism for the exchange of information between the authorities responsible for managing the EU’s external borders. In order to allow for a proper risk analysis and [...]

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€5.3 billion mobilised by donors for 2021and beyond

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31.3.2021 – At the fifth Brussels Conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the Region’ co-chaired today by the European Union and the United Nations, the international community pledged €5.3 billion for 2021 and beyond for Syria and the neighbouring countries hosting the largest Syrian refugee population. Of this amount, €3.7 billion were announced by the [...]

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EU rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products

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2.3.2021 – The European Commission published its annual report on the Safety Gate, which is the EU rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products helping to take dangerous non-food products off the market. The report shows that the number of actions taken by authorities following an alert is growing year by year, reaching a new [...]

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EU dispatches additional medical material to neighbouring countries


10.2.2021 – The European Union is sending medical supplies, such as gloves, masks and overalls to Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia following their requests for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The EU will draw on its rescEU medical reserve based in Greece to respond to the request of Montenegro and North Macedonia. [...]

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Defeating trip to Moscow

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8.2.2021 – After a defeating trip to Moscow, EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell on Sunday (7 February) tried to explain and justify his controversial trip to Moscow but admitted that relations between the EU and Russia have hit rock bottom. Borrell’s controversial visit to Moscow, which ended on Saturday, had raised eyebrows among EU diplomats [...]

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The second COVID-19 vaccine authorised in EU


7.1.2021 – Today, the European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine developed by Moderna, the second COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU. This authorisation follows a positive scientific recommendation based on a thorough assessment of the safety, effectiveness and quality of the vaccine by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) [...]

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2021!


25.12.2020 – Blessed Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful 2021! Euportal

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Brexit trade deal

Brexit deal 2020

24.12.2020 – The U.K. and the EU finally announced they had struck a deal governing their future trade relations. The deal will avoid tariffs when the Brexit transition period ends on December 31. “We have finally found an agreement. It was a long and winding road but we have got a good deal to show [...]

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Janssen Pharmaceutical NV Companieies got a contract


8.10.2020 -Today, the European Commission approved a third contract with a pharmaceutical company, Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Once the vaccine has proven to be safe and effective against COVID-19, the contract allows Member States to purchase vaccines for 200 million people. They will also have the [...]

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EU and China sign landmark agreement protecting European Geographical Indications


14.9.2020 – Today, the EU and China signed a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (GIs) in China and 100 Chinese GIs in the European Union against usurpation and imitation. This agreement, first concluded in November 2019, should bring reciprocal trade benefits as well as introducing consumers to guaranteed, quality products on both [...]

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Aid to Lebanon

Beirut 2020

6.8.2020 -The European Union continues to help Lebanon. In a conversation with Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab today, European Commission President von der Leyen expressed the EU’s condolences and support for the Lebanese people, and discussed EU assistance. The EU has deployed more than 250 rescuers and chemical and health experts to the affected area [...]

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Remdesivir – cure for COVID -19

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29.7.2020 – Yesterday, the European Commission has signed a contract with the pharmaceutical company Gilead to secure treatment doses of Veklury, the brand name for Remdesivir. Veklury was the first medicine authorised at EU level for treatment of COVID-19. As from early August onwards, and in order to meet immediate needs, batches of Veklury will [...]

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Public consultation on migration


22.7.2020 – The Commission launched a public consultation at EU level to obtain opinions on new measures that could be taken at EU level to promote the integration and social inclusion of migrants and people with a migrant background. The consultation will run until 16 October in all official EU languages. It has also launched [...]

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Hong Kong report

Hong Kong

22.7.2020 – The European Commission and the High Representative have  adopted their 22nd annual report to the European Parliament and the Council on political and economic developments in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (S.A.R.) in 2019. The report attests to the deep partnership between the European Union and Hong Kong S.A.R., encompassing wide-ranging trade, [...]

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