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Bauhaus – competition for the Green Deal

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18.1.2021 – the Commission launched the design phase of the New European Bauhaus initiative, announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union address. The New European Bauhaus is an environmental, economic and cultural project, aiming to combine design, sustainability, accessibility, affordability and investment in order to help deliver the European [...]

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Croatia earthquake: EU Member States offer further assistance

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14.1.2021 – Following the initial offers of assistance to Croatia – most of it dispatched in the first 24 hours after the devastating earthquake of 29 December 2020 – EU Member States are offering further in-kind assistance. Sleeping bags, housing containers, lighting systems and mattresses, provided by Germany, France and Austria, are on their way [...]

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Space sector in EU

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13.1.2021 – EIF attracts €300 million to support the innovation and growth of European smaller and medium-sized space technology companies under the InnovFin Space Equity Pilot. New agreements with Orbital Ventures SCA SICAV-RAIF and Primo Space announced at the European Space Conference in Brussels. The EIF’s participation is backed by the European Fund for Strategic [...]

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Valneva has a new potential vaccine

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12.1.2021 – European Commission concluded exploratory talks with the pharmaceutical company Valneva with a view to purchasing its potential vaccine against COVID-19. The envisaged contract with Valneva would provide for the possibility for all EU Member States to purchase together 30 million doses, and they could further purchase up to 30 million more doses.Exploratory talks [...]

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Host countries for rescEU medical supplies

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11.1.2021 – As of today, Belgium, the Netherlands and Slovenia will become new host countries for rescEU medical supplies. In addition, a second medical reserve will be hosted by Germany – already a rescEU host country. In total, there are now nine countries hosting the common European stockpiles of medical equipment. Supplies now include: more [...]

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The second COVID-19 vaccine authorised in EU

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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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Direct equity investment

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6.1.2021 – The Commission has announced today the first round of direct equity investment through the new European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund. 42 highly innovative start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) will together receive equity financing of around €178 million to develop and scale up breakthrough innovations in health, circular economy, advanced manufacturing and other [...]

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2021!

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

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Brexit trade deal

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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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A conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine by BioNTech and Pfizer

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21.12.2020 – Today, the European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer, making it the first 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 [...]

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Three films nominated for LUX reward

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12.12.2020 – Films nominated for the new award were publicly unveiled at the European Film Awards virtual ceremony on 12 December 2020, streamed from Berlin. While the LUX Audience Award normally features five films, this year, due to the Covid-19 crisis, it will  feature three films: Another Round, Collective and Corpus Christi, subtitled in the [...]

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Quality assurance tools

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7.12.2020 – Today, the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has released two new reference materials, which they have developed as quality assurance tools for COVID-19 antibody tests. These antibody tests verify whether an individual has previously been infected by the virus. More:here Source: EC Press

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European Democracy Action Plan

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3.12.2020 – The European Commission is presenting today its European Democracy Action Plan to empower citizens and build more resilient democracies across the EU. Standing up to challenges to our democratic systems from rising extremism and perceived distance between people and politicians, the Action Plan sets out measures to promote free and fair elections, strengthen [...]

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European Citizen Engagement and Deliberative Democracy

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1.12.2020 -   Deliberative democracy and citizen engagement can be effective responses to the erosion of trust in democratic institutions, as well as helping to develop better policies by including all those concerned in more direct ways. A number of recent studies namely the OECD’s report “Catching the Deliberative Wave” and a European Parliament study on [...]

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COVID -19 vaccine: Statement by von der Leyen on Moderna

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24.11.2020 – “This contract allows us to buy up to 160 million doses of a vaccine produced by Moderna. According to the results of clinical trials, this vaccine could be highly effective against COVID-19. Once the vaccine is indeed proven as safe and effective, every Member State will receive it at the same time, on [...]

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