COVID-19: EU working on all fronts, €232 million for global efforts to tackle outbreak

COVID-19: EU working on all fronts, €232 million for global efforts to tackle outbreak

24 February 2020
The European Commission is working around the clock to support EU Member States and strengthen international efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. To boost global preparedness, prevention and containment of the virus the Commission announced, on Monday 24 February, a new aid package worth €232…
Joint statement marking Safer Internet Day 2020

Joint statement marking Safer Internet Day 2020

11 February 2020
On the occasion of Safer Internet Day 2020, the Commission highlighted, on 11 February, the need to raise awareness and act on online safety issues.  Executive Vice-President for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, Margrethe Vestager, Vice-President Věra Jourová for Values and Transparency, Vice-…
New EU visa rules

New EU visa rules

03 February 2020
New EU rules on short-stay visas apply worldwide from 2 February 2020. They make it easier for legitimate travellers to apply for a visa to come to Europe, facilitating tourism, trade and business, while providing more resources for countering irregular migration risks and threats to internal…
Statement by President von der Leyen

Statement by President von der Leyen after the special College meeting on 8 January 2020

08 January 2020
President von der Leyer issued the following statement on 8 January 2020 after the special College meeting: This morning the College met to discuss the situation stemming from the tensions in Iraq, Iran, the wider Middle East as well as Libya. And while we are standing here, we are still following…
International Migrants Day: statement of the European Commission and the High Representative

Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative on the occasion of International Migrants Day 2019

18 December 2019
On the occasion of International Migrants Day on 18 December, the European Commission and the High Representative made the following statement: ” Throughout its history, the European continent has been shaped, and continues to be shaped, by migration. Some people move in search of safety, new…
EU at the Global Refugee Forum

EU at the Global Refugee Forum

16 December 2019
The European Union is represented at the first Global Refugee Forum, taking place in Geneva from 16-18 December, by Commissioners for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič, for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi, and for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen. Co-hosted by the United…
The EU stands up for human rights

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on Human Rights Day

10 December 2019
We celebrate this year the 10th anniversary of the Charter of the Fundamental Rights and the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Yet these rights continue to be challenged around the world. In particular, children and youth continue to be the main victims of human…
HR/VP Josep Borrell

HR/VP Josep Borrell: A stronger European Union within a better, greener and safer world

02 December 2019
On 1 December, Josep Borrell assumed the post of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission. " I am privileged and honoured to take up the role of the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and…
President-elect von der Leyen

Speech by President-elect von der Leyen in the European Parliament Plenary on the occasion of the presentation of her College of Commissioners and their programme

28 November 2019
Mr President, Honourable Members,  Exactly thirty years ago, today - the 27th of November, the clock strikes twelve.Church bells ring. Sirens blare. Workers down tools. Factories, mines and shops empty as the streets fill up with dance and hope. The historic two-hour general strike in the middle…
European Parliament elects the von der Leyen Commission

European Parliament elects the von der Leyen Commission

28 November 2019
In a roll call vote that took place at noon on Wednesday, MEPs approved the new College of Commissioners with 461 votes in favour, 157 against and 89 abstentions. During her opening statement, European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen reiterated many of the commitments she made in…