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…
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…
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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Extension of Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps and Horizon 2020 deadlines for submission of applications

23 March 2020
As a result of difficulties experienced by applicants due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has extended the deadlines for submission of applications under the Erasmus+ Programme, European Solidarity Corps and Horizon 2020. For more information about the extensions, please…
COVID-19: Temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU

COVID-19: Temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU

19 March 2020
EU Leaders agreed to temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries into the EU area for 30 days. Any possible prolongation of this period should be assessed depending on further developments. The temporary travel restriction foresees exemptions for nationals of all EU Member…
A Union that strives for more: the first 100 days

A Union that strives for more: the first 100 days

09 March 2020
The new Commission led by President Ursula von der Leyen took office on 1 December 2019. Within its first 100 days, the Commission focused on delivering its most important priorities set in the President's political guidelines. President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said: “The…
COVID-19 outbreak: the presidency steps up EU response by triggering full activation mode of IPCR

COVID-19 outbreak: the presidency steps up EU response by triggering full activation mode of IPCR

03 March 2020
Over the last weeks, the Council has taken a number of steps to coordinate the EU's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The current scale of the outbreak has demonstrated the need to coordinate even more our actions at EU level. The Croatian presidency therefore decided on 2 March 2020 to escalate…
World NGO Day: Statement by the HR/VP Josep Borrell

World NGO Day: Statement by the HR/VP Josep Borrell

27 February 2020
On world Non-Governmental Organisation Day, celebrated on 27 February, the European Union applauds the fundamental contribution made by civil society organisations to the promotion of human rights, good governance, democracy and the rule of law. As such, they are key partners for the successful…
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-…