2021 November

30 Nov: Video message from Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski to LEADER 30 Years celebration and conference, Halmstad, Sweden.

(Source: European Commission)

It gives me great pleasure to send you this message of congratulations on your 30th anniversary. 

For 30 years, LEADER has helped to transform rural areas by combining the initiative, creativity, and enthusiasm of local communities, with the resources of EU and other public funding .

The European Commission is paying closer attention to the future of its rural communities and territories, as set out in the Long term Vision.

I want to thank Vice-President Šuica for introducing the structure and objectives of the Long-term Vision.

I would like to briefly outline how the Rural Action Plan of the …

30 Nov: Introductory remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni at the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Tax Matters, 30 November 2021

(Source: European Commission)

“Check against delivery”

Honourable members,

I am pleased to be with you today for this exchange of views on taxation. This exchange of views was initially intended to mark FISC’s first anniversary. It is never too late, so let me wish you a belated happy anniversary and congratulate and thank you for being such an important actor in the fight against tax evasion and avoidance.

The year ahead of us is going to be very demanding. We will soon enter the second half of this Commission’s mandate and we need to work at speed on many fronts:…

30 Nov: Commission welcomes political agreement to boost data sharing and support European data spaces

(Source: European Commission)

The Commission welcomes the political agreement reached today between the European Parliament and EU Member States on a European Data Governance Act. Trilogue negotiations have now concluded, paving the way for final approval of the legal text by the European Parliament and the Council.

Executive Vice-President for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, Margrethe Vestager, said: “This Regulation is a first building block for establishing a solid and fair data-driven economy. It is about setting up the right conditions for trustful data sharing in line with our European values and fundamental rights. We are creating a …

30 Nov: Data governance: deal on new rules to boost data sharing across the EU

(Source: European Parliament)

• Parliament and Council have agreed on a Data Governance Act• Scheme aims to boost data sharing through trust, giving more control to citizens and companies• MEPs secured tight provisions to ensure fair access and stimulate voluntary data sharing

Rules to make more data available to start-ups and businesses to stimulate innovation were informally agreed by MEPs and the Council Presidency on Tuesday.

The Data Governance Act (DGA) aims to increase trust in data sharing, creates new EU rules on the neutrality of data marketplaces and facilitates the reuse of certain data held by the public sector, e.g. …

30 Nov: Promoting data sharing: presidency reaches deal with Parliament on Data Governance Act

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

Today, negotiators from the Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on a new law to promote the availability of data and build a trustworthy environment to facilitate its use for research and the creation of innovative new services and products.

The Data Governance Act (DGA) will set up robust mechanisms to facilitate the reuse of certain categories of protected public-sector data, increase trust in data intermediation services and foster data altruism across the EU.

It is an important component of the European strategy for data, which aims to bolster the data economy, increase wealth and …

30 Nov: EIOPA sets out a framework for delivering better value for money in a consumer-centric way

(Source: EIOPA)

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) issued today a supervisory statement, which sets out the common principles needed so unit-linked products can offer value for money.

EIOPA considers that reliably putting consumer outcomes at the heart of product design, distribution and monitoring processes is critical for tackling value for money issues. Hence it has issued a supervisory statement to outline how supervisory authorities will monitor manufacturers’ and distributors’ product oversight and governance processes.

With this statement EIOPA highlights that while value for money is embedded already within product oversight and governance requirements, more convergence is needed …

30 Nov: EYR 2021 conference at CoR

(Source: European Committee of the Regions)

​Role and importance of rail transport in the European regions. Building effective transport systems based on rail – 17 November 2021

Co-organised by the CoR, East Poland House and Polish rail operator PKP, the conference brought together local and regional authorities, sectoral stakeholders and EU institutions. The importance of close cooperation between all levels of governance and sectoral stakeholders for the shift to rail objectives set out under the EU Green Deal and in the context of the European Year of Rail 2021 (EYR 2021) was underscored from the outset by Marie-Antoinette MAUPERTUIS (FR/EA), second Vice-President of …

30 Nov: Gender-based cyberviolence: MEPs demand harmonised sanctions and victim support

(Source: European Parliament)

Seven out of ten women have experienced cyber-stalkingNeed for a common criminal law definition to ensure convergence of national and EU levelEU-wide sanctions in line with standards set out in Istanbul ConventionA minimum level of protection and reparation for victims

On Tuesday, the committees on Civil Liberties and Women’s Rights demanded legislation to fight gender-based cyber violence.

The draft legislative initiative report, approved with 76 votes in favour, 8 against and 8 abstentions, restates the EU’s lack of a legal framework to combat gender-based cyber violence as well as lacking effective protection and support mechanisms for victims, …

30 Nov: Sport: Council resolution stresses key features of values-based sport model

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

Today, the Council approved a resolution on the key features of a European Sport Model. The key features include a pyramidal structure, organised sport, structured on a national basis, and by one federation per sport, solidarity with lower-tier sport levels and the promotion of open competitions.

“This resolution is the first agreement on key features of a European model of sport. This is a very important achievement and step forward not just for the Slovenian presidency but also for sport as such. We all know that on the one hand sport enthuses …

30 Nov: The EU is prepared to tackle ongoing pandemic challenges, says EMA chief

(Source: European Parliament)

Health MEPs quizzed the EMA’s Executive Director on Tuesday on the current situation around COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, as well as the Agency’s future role.

In light of increasing COVID-19 cases across the EU and concerns raised by a new variant, members of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee focused the debate on COVID-19 vaccines, recent developments in COVID-19 therapeutics and the Agency’s capacity to deal with current and future challenges. MEPs asked whether the agency is prepared to deal with new variants, about the use and effectiveness of booster vaccines, clinical trials transparency and coordination with European and …