The Coronavirus pandemic and the new world it is creating

The Coronavirus pandemic and the new world it is creating

27 March 2020
" COVID-19 will reshape our world. We don’t yet know when the crisis will end. But we can be sure that by the time it does, our world will look very different. How different will depend on the choices we make today ", writes the High Representative for Security and Foreign Policy Josep Borrell in a…
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EU4Energy supports Georgia in ensuring uninterrupted gas supply for its citizens

26 March 2020
On 25 and 26 March, EU4Energy launched a technical assistance project to support Georgia in developing rules for appointing a gas supplier of last resort. The aim of the project is to ensure uninterrupted gas supply to customers whose original supplier has stopped providing services due to…
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EU supports Georgia in producing 40,000 medical gowns in response to COVID-19

26 March 2020
A Georgian medical textile company produced 40,000 medical gowns in one week, after purchasing 12 additional sewing machines with support from the EU project ‘Clusters 4 Development’. With a total of 18 sewing machines, the company can now meet the high demand for surgical gowns in Georgia, and…
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EU keeps lookout for COVID-19 disinformation

26 March 2020
According to the EUvsDisinfo website, cases of disinformation related to coronavirus have been spotted for over 2 months now. EUvsDisinfo reports that as disinformation related to the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, its narrative remains the same: the virus is man-made, and it is a…
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Energy and Climate Committee reviews progress on national climate commitments under Paris Agreement

26 March 2020
The fifth Energy and Climate Committee meeting was held on 25 March to discuss countries’ progress on updating their nationally determined contributions (NDC2) and integrated national energy and climate plans (NECPs). The event, which was attended by 70 participants, was held online in light of the…
European Commission approves additional support via Horizon 2020 to strengthen priorities, including coronavirus research

European Commission approves additional support via Horizon 2020 to strengthen priorities, including coronavirus research

26 March 2020
The Commission has adopted an update of the 2020 Work Programme of Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme to allocate increased funding to its priorities, including urgently needed research and innovation projects into the coronavirus. The update includes €47.5 million in funding…
Human rights and democracy: a new Action Plan for new challenges

Human rights and democracy: a new Action Plan for new challenges

25 March 2020
Today, the European Commission and the High Representative set out the priorities and way ahead on Human rights and Democracy, adopting a Joint Communication and the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for 2020-2024. Further, they put forward a joint proposal to the Council to act by…
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EU allocates funds for small and medium-sized businesses in Ukraine’s east

25 March 2020
The EU has launched a programme to support small and medium-sized businesses in the government-controlled east Ukrainian region of Donbas. The ‘FinancEast’ programme has a total budget of €9.5 million and covers up to 50% of the cost of investment projects financed by selected Ukraine-based banks…
European Endowment for Democracy launches 2019 Annual Report

European Endowment for Democracy launches 2019 Annual Report

25 March 2020
This year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is launching its 2019 Annual Report online. This year’s report provides an overview of EED’s work during the past year, supporting activists, independent media and human rights defenders in the European…
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Ukraine: First country in Energy Community to implement Gas Capacity Allocation Network Code

25 March 2020
Ukraine is the first country in the Energy Community to implement the Capacity Allocation Network Code. Gas TSO of Ukraine LLC will start using the Polish GSA Platform to allocate gas capacities on the interconnection points on the Ukraine–Poland border. This is the result of the joint efforts of…