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Month: April 2020

117 solutions selected at European Hackathon to support recovery from the coronavirus outbreak

A total of 117 innovative solutions to support recovery from the coronavirus outbreak have been selected as winners of the #EUvsVirus Hackathon that took place last weekend,under the patronage of Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. The winning solutions of the hackathon, which was led by the European Innovation Council in […]

Coronavirus : EU Commission proposes extension of time limit for general meetings of “European companies” (SEs) and cooperatives (SCEs)

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a temporary and targeted derogation from the rules governing “European Companies (SEs)” and the European Cooperative Society (SCEs). A “European Company” is a type of public limited-liability company, whose status allows to run its business in different European countries using a single set of rules. However, the […]

Coronavirus: EU Commission intensifies work on all fronts to prevent scams and protect consumers online

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has been committed to protecting consumers online. In this context, the Commission has recently started coordinating a screening (‘sweep’) of online platforms and advertisements to check that consumers in the EU are not being subjected to content promoting false claims or scam products. These checks […]

Investment Plan for Europe supports €50 million financing agreement with Pluristem to develop coronavirus therapies

Today, the European Investment Bank signed a €50 million financing agreement with Israeli regenerative medicine company Pluristem – through its German subsidiary Pluristem GmbH – to help the company to advance the clinical development of its cell therapies and address a number of severe medical conditions. I n particular, it has recently treated several patients […]

Coronavirus: additional €150 million for the European Innovation Council to fund breakthrough ideas

Today, the Commission announced that an additional €150 million will be made available through the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Pilot to support start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses in developing and deploying innovative solutions for the coronavirus crisis. The additional budget, set out in the revised EIC pilot work programme, is dedicated to companies […]

Coronavirus FDA Q&A for Consumers

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The FDA is working to address the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and keep you and your family informed on the latest developments. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions from consumers about possible treatments and Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs): Q. Can disinfectant sprays or wipes be used on my skin, injected, inhaled, or ingested, […]

EU announces €194 million additional support to the Sahel

The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell participated in the EU-G5 Sahel videoconference. The videoconference provided an opportunity to reaffirm the EU’s support to the region, including in facing the coronavirus […]

Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the press conference on the Commission banking package to facilitate lending to households and businesses in the EU

“Check against delivery” We are dealing with an unprecedented crisis. Our immediate priority is to save lives and protect livelihoods. The EU and its Member States are doing everything possible to support people and companies. Besides the European Central Bank, we have collectively mobilised about €3.4 trillion. This is equivalent to almost 25% of the […]

Western Balkans’ leaders meeting: EU reinforces support to address COVID-19 crisis and outlines proposal for post-pandemic recovery

Today, the European Commission is announcing over €3.3 billion of EU financial support mobilised jointly with the European Investment Bank to the benefit of the Western Balkans’ citizens. This package aims to address the immediate health and resulting humanitarian needs of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as help with the social and economic recovery. In […]

State aid: EU Commission approves €900 million Hungarian schemes to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has approved three Hungarian aid measures, with a total budget of around € 900 million, to support the Hungarian economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The schemes were approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020. Executive […]

State aid: EU Commission approves two additional Estonian schemes to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has approved two Estonian State aid schemes to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The schemes were approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “These aid schemes […]

Coronavirus: EU Commission proposes measures to provide relief and flexibility to the transport sector

The Commission today adopted a package of measures to support companies in the aviation, rail, maritime and road sectors to deal with the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak. They will ease the regulatory burden and reduce costs for transport companies and may be followed by more proposals in the coming weeks. Commissioner for Transport Adina […]

Coronavirus: EU energy sector is well prepared and ready to contribute to economic recovery

Yesterday, EU Energy Ministers, together with the Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, discussed the preparedness of the energy sector in response to the COVID-19 crisis and its potential to contribute to economic recovery programmes. They concluded that the European energy system is resilient and that there is currently no risk to supply disruption. Following the […]

EU Platform of Diversity Charters turns 10 – Diversity, inclusion and solidarity are now more important than ever in time of crisis

The EU Platform of Diversity Charters celebrates today 10 years of connecting companies, civil society and public institutions to promote and strengthen diversity and inclusion at the workplace. With over 12,000 signatories, representing over 16 million employees from across the EU, the Platform has brought about tangible results, such as the introduction of flexible hours […]

EU and Mexico conclude negotiations for new trade agreement

Yesterday afternoon, the European Union and Mexico concluded the last outstanding element of the negotiation of their new trade agreement.Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan and Mexican Minister of Economy Graciela Márquez Colín – in their phone call – agreed on the exact scope of the reciprocal opening of public procurement markets and a high level of […]

DuPont™ Sorona® Brand Launches Fabric Certification Program and New Branded Fabric Collections

To enhance traceability and transparency across the textile industry, the DuPont™ Sorona® brand now offers five certified fabric collections that demonstrate the signature performance attributes across the portfolio. The DuPont™ Sorona® brand team is launching a new brand architecture and hangtag program designed to bring simplicity of choice and fabric confidence to designers and apparel […]

Export restrictions: Fighting COVID-19 with hands tied

COVID-19 is a harsh test not only to the world’s healthcare systems, but also to our trading relationships. We are at a point where the world has already lost hundreds of thousands of lives, and stands to lose many more, while countries are facing difficult decisions as they seek to flatten this pandemic’s curve. However, […]

UNCTAD – Ten-point plan to bolster global transport, ease trade during COVID-19

DOWNLOAD in PDF here COVID-19: A 10-POINT ACTION PLAN TO STRENGTHEN INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND TRANSPORT FACILITATION IN TIMES OF PANDEMIC The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is substantially impacting people’s lives and livelihoods and putting extreme stress on socioeconomic systems. International collaboration, coordination and solidarity among all is going to be key to overcoming this […]

Coronavirus Response: EU Commission adopts banking package to facilitate lending to households and businesses in the EU

The Commission has today adopted a banking package to help facilitate bank lending to households and businesses throughout the European Union. The aim of this package is to ensure that banks can continue to lend money to support the economy and help mitigate the significant economic impact of the Coronavirus. It includes an Interpretative Communication […]

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