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Financial aid for SMEs

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23.7.2020 – The European Fund for Strategic Investments is backing a financing agreement which will support small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Austria that have been affected by the coronavirus crisis. The European Investment Fund and UniCredit Bank Austria are increasing their existing guarantee agreement that was signed in 2019, bringing its total available pot [...]

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Public consultation on migration

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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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European Council conclusions for the financila perspective 2020 -2027

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21.7.2020 – On 21 July 2020, the European Council adopted conclusions on the recovery plan and multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027. More on the distribution here

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Economic recovery – fait taxation for the multinational companies

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15.7. 2020 -The European Commission has today adopted an ambitious new Tax Package to ensure that EU tax policy supports Europe’s economic recovery and long-term growth. The Package is built on the twin pillars of fairness and simplicity. Fair taxation remains a top priority for the European Commission, as a means of protecting public revenues, [...]

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Commission recommends not granting financial support to companies with links to tax havens

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14.7.2020 – The European Commission recommended to Member States  not to grant financial support to companies with links to countries that are on the EU’s list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. Restrictions should also apply to companies that have been convicted of serious financial crimes, including, among others, financial fraud, corruption, non-payment of tax and social [...]

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Digital Workin Skills post – corona

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13.7.2020 -The Commission launched new guidelines to help educators, employers and recruiters ensure Europeans are equipped with the digital skills to thrive in the post-coronavirus world of work. The DigComp at Work report and its Implementation Guidelines include practical steps, key actions, tips and online resources to make best use of the EU’s digital competence framework (DigComp) [...]

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Climate-neutral economy: Energy system and clean hydrogen

circular economy

8.7.2020 – To become climate-neutral by 2050, Europe needs to transform its energy system, which accounts for 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.  The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen, adopted today, will pave the way towards a more efficient and interconnected energy sector, driven by the twin goals of a cleaner [...]

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Commission and EIB provide loan for CureVac for vaccine development

COVID -19

6.7.2020 – The European Investment Bank (EIB) and CureVac, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of transformative medicines based on optimised mRNA, entered into a €75 million loan agreement to support the Company’s ongoing development of vaccines against infectious diseases, including its vaccine candidate CVnCoV aimed at preventing SARS-CoV-2 infections. In addition, the [...]

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Commission approves aid to Slovenia

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30.6.2020 – The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a €200 million Slovenian scheme to compensate large companies for the damages suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak and the confinement measures that the Slovenian Government had to implement to limit the spread of the virus. Under the scheme, companies will be entitled [...]

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9 million euros for the coordination of fact-checking

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30.6.2020 – Today, the Commission publishes the second call for proposals to extend the reach of the European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO). The second phase of the project will fund with 9 million EUR through Connecting Europe Facility for the creation of national/multinational digital media research hubs across Europe.The research hubs of the EDMO will [...]

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Commission approves €200 million Slovenian scheme to compensate large companies

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30.6.2020 – The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a €200 million Slovenian scheme to compensate large companies for the damages suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak and the confinement measures that the Slovenian Government had to implement to limit the spread of the virus. Under the scheme, companies will be entitled [...]

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The European Union and China held their 22nd bilateral Summit

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23.6.2020 -The European Union and China held their 22nd bilateral Summit via videoconference on 22 June 2020. President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, accompanied by High Representative Josep Borrell, hold the Summit meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang followed by exchanges with Chinese [...]

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Coronavirus – safe exchange of information

COVID -19

17.6.2020 – Member States, with the support of the Commission, have agreed on a set of technical specifications to ensure a safe exchange of information between national contact tracing apps based on a decentralised architecture. This concerns the vast majority of tracing apps that were already – or are about to be – launched in [...]

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Foreign Antifa agents provoke violence at anti-government protest in Ljubljana

Anti fa in Slovenia

15.6.2020 – Foreign Antifa agents provoked violence at an anti-government protest in Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, on Friday. While such protests are nothing new in Slovenia, this is the first time that international Antifa was involved, and many Slovenes are alarmed. Slovenia’s Left has been holding protests regularly in the capital since the Right-wing populist government [...]

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