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State aid: EU Commission approves €199.45 million Italian support to compensate Alitalia for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has found Italian €199.45 million support in favour of Alitalia to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure aims at compensating the airline for the damages suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “This measure will enable Italy to compensate […]

Global Goal Unite for Our Future,’ Global Citizen and The European Commission Mobilize $1.5 Billion In Cash Grants

… and $5.4 Billion In Loans and Guarantees—For A Total Of $6.9 Billion Pledged—To Combat the Disproportionate Impact of Covid-19 On Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Communities Summary ‌‌International‌ ‌advocacy‌ ‌organization‌ Global Citizen and the European Commission (EC) today‌ hosted Global Goal: Unite for Our Future – The Summit and The Concert, as part of a global […]

Coronavirus Global Response: EIB and EU Commission pledge additional €4.9 billion

The ‘Global Goal: Unite for our Future’pledging summit organised today by the European Commission and Global Citizen mobilised €6.15 billion in additional funding to help develop and ensure equitable access to coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments. The money raised will also support economic recovery in the world’s most fragile regions and communities. This amount includes […]

State aid: EU Commission approves €7.6 billion Italian tax schemes to support companies and self-employed workers affected by coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has approved four Italian aid schemes to support companies and self-employed workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The four measures, which are part of a wider Italian support package included in the so-called “Decreto Rilancio”,were approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended […]

Sudan Partnership Conference: EU mobilises more support for Sudan’s transition

Today, Sudan, the European Union, Germany, and the United Nations co-hosted a virtual High-Level Sudan Partnership Conference. The Joint Communiqué adopted by the participants, confirmed the support of the international community to the democratic and economic transition in Sudan headed by the civilian-led transitional Government. In addition to displaying strong political support to the ongoing […]

Emergency Trust Fund for Africa: EU mobilises almost €100 million to support the most vulnerable in the Horn of Africa

The European Union is mobilising €97.2 million of additional funding for programmes in the Horn of Africa to support the creation of job opportunities, public finance management, and access to education for vulnerable groups, in particular refugees and displaced persons, under the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF). Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta […]

State aid: EU Commission approves €280 million Cypriot schemes to support companies and self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has approved two Cypriot schemes providing direct grants and subsidised interest rates to companies and self-employed workers 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 and 8 May 2020. The first […]

State aid: EU Commission approves a €2.6 million Czech scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak in the Moravia-Silesia region

The European Commission has approved a €2.6 million Czech scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme, set up by the Moravia-Silesia region, was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020 and 8 May 2020. The public support […]

State aid: EU Commission approves €50 million Lithuanian measures in support of companies operating in the travel sector affected by the coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission approved two Lithuanian measures, with an estimated total budget of €50 million, to support travel agencies, tour operators, accommodation and catering businesses which were affected by the measures adopted by the Lithuanian authorities to face the coronavirus health emergency. The measures were approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the […]

Coronavirus: EU channels further assistance to Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus

This week, an Emergency Medical Team of 10 doctors and nurses from Italy are preparing their mission to Armenia, via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. They will provide further assistance in addition to last week’s deployed medical experts from Lithuania. In addition, in response to requests for assistance under the Mechanism, Poland has offered disinfectant, […]

Cohesion policy: better quality emergency care in rural Romania

The European Commission has approved an investment worth €47 million from the European Regional Development Fund to build and equip an emergency hospital in Cluj, Romania, which will serve the largely rural North West region. This project consists of nearly 850-bed hospital equipped with advanced technology to ensure better quality emergency care and access to […]

State aid: EU Commission approves €40 million Portuguese scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak in the autonomous region of Madeira

The European Commission has approved a €40 million Portuguese scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak in the autonomous region of Madeira. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Frameworkadopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020 and on 8 May 2020. The support will […]

State aid: EU Commission approves €21 million Belgian scheme to support the production of coronavirus-relevant products in the Flemish region

The European Commission has approved a €21 million Belgian scheme to support the production of coronavirus-relevant medical products, equipment, technologies and raw materials in the Flemish region. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020 and 8 May 2020. […]

State aid: EU Commission approves modified €288 million Hungarian scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has found the modification of a previously approved Hungarian scheme to support the Hungarian economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules, in particular with the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April […]

World Refugee Day: The EU reaffirms its unwavering commitment to refugees and displaced persons in the midst of the global pandemic

On the occasion of the World Refugee Day on 20 June, the European Commission and the High Representative issued a joint statement reaffirming the EU’s unwavering commitment to support people in need of international protection across the world: “This year, World Refugee Day comes at a time when the world is facing a global pandemic […]

State aid: EU Commission approves €4 billion Slovak direct grant and guarantee schemes to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has approved three Slovak aid schemes, with an overall budget of €4 billion, to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The measures were approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April and 8 May 2020. The support will take […]

State aid: EU Commission approves €449 million Polish scheme to support research and development, testing and production of coronavirus relevant products

The European Commission has approved a PLN 2 billion (approximately €449 million) Polish scheme to support research and development (R&D) and production of coronavirus relevant products. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020 and 8 May 2020. The […]

Aides d’État: la Commission autorise un régime luxembourgeois de 7 millions d’euros en faveur des sociétés de production audiovisuelle touchées par la pandémie de coronavirus

La Commission européenne a autorisé un régime luxembourgeois d’un montant de 7 millions d’euros visant à soutenir les sociétés de production audiovisuelle dans le contexte de la pandémie de coronavirus. Ce régime a été autorisé en vertu de l’encadrement temporaire des aides d’État adopté par la Commission le 19 mars 2020, tel que modifié le […]

Coronavirus: EU Medical Team deployed to Armenia

A team of medical experts from Lithuania is on their way to Armenia, mobilised via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The team consists of volunteers and members of the Lithuanian coronavirus crisis management team who will work alongside their Armenian colleagues to fight the virus for an initial 14 days. Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis […]

Coronavirus: EU Commission approves reprogramming of €275 million in cohesion policy funding to mitigate economic and social impact of the pandemic in Slovenia

The Commission has today approved a programme modification, which provides the basis to use around €275 million of cohesion policy funding to mitigate the harmful consequences of the coronavirus outbreak and its economic and social effects in Slovenia. The resources will be invested in strengthening the emergency response capacities in the healthcare sector, providing liquidity […]

EU Eastern Partnership: Leaders endorse a new framework that is adapted to the new reality, listens to citizens and focuses on joint priorities

President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, participated yesterday in the Eastern Partnership leaders’ videoconference. Together with European Council President Charles Michel, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell, and the 33 Heads of State or Government of the EU Member States and six Eastern Partners (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine), the […]

Investment Plan in Spain: European Investment Bank and Banco Sabadell join forces to provide €576 million in loans to small businesses

The European Investment Bank is providing Spanish bank Banco Sabadell with a €96 million guarantee, allowing it to lend €576 million to SMEs and mid-cap companies in Spain. This financing agreement will benefit around 1,400 companies, which employ some 79,000 people. In addition, part of the loans must go to ‘green’ projects such as energy […]

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