2022 May

31 May: Statement by the spokesperson of Charles Michel, President of the European Council, regarding Armenia and Azerbaijan – 31 May 2022

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

In the context of the past days’ tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan, President Michel reiterated the EU’s commitment to deepen its cooperation with both countries to promote a South Caucasus that is secure, stable, peaceful and prosperous for the benefit of all people living in the region.

He welcomed the first historic meeting of both countries’ Border Commissions on 24 May and stressed the paramount importance of ensuring stability and security along the state border between Armenia and Azerbaijan as delimitation will be pursued.

More broadly, President Michel stressed that for a …

31 May: Syria: Council extends sanctions against the regime for another year

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

The Council extended EU restrictive measures against the Syrian regime for an additional year, until 1 June 2023, in light of  its continued repression of the civilian population in the country.

The Council also removed from the list three persons. The list now includes 289 persons targeted by both an assets freeze and a travel ban, and 70 entities subject to an assets freeze.

Sanctions in place against Syria were introduced in 2011, in response to the violent repression of the civilian population. They also target companies and prominent business people benefitting …

31 May: Remarks by President Charles Michel at the final press conference of the special meeting of the European Council on 30 and 31 May 2022

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

Nous venons de clôturer la réunion du Conseil européen.

Vous le savez, hier soir avant minuit, nous avons pu valider des points importants qui touchent au soutien à l’Ukraine, le soutien financier pour l’Ukraine, le soutien politique pour l’Ukraine. Nous avons également pu prendre des décisions en termes de sanctions, qui représentent un pas en avant extrêmement important pour exercer davantage de pression sur le Kremlin afin d’encourager tous les efforts pour terminer cette guerre.

Ce matin et cet après-midi, nous avons eu l’occasion d’aborder les autres sujets qui étaient à l’ordre …

31 May: EIB President highlights opportunities for strengthening urban investment across Romania

(Source: European Investment Bank)

Romanian mayors and MEP visit EIB headquarters for working meeting with EIB President, Vice President, financing and technical experts Mayors discuss investment needs in urban development, energy efficiency, urban road safety, sustainable transport and public services Unique EIB climate, financing and technical expertise offered to strengthen impact of investment across Romania

New opportunities to increase the impact of sustainable urban investment and access to dedicated financing were outlined during a visit to the Luxembourg headquarters of the European Investment Bank by a delegation of Romanian mayors and an MEP who were received by European Investment Bank …

31 May: Video message for ‘The New European Bauhaus in Spain’ event at Madrid school of architecture

(Source: European Commission)

“Check against delivery”

Dear colleagues,

My thanks to the organisers of this event. To our hosts, the Madrid school of architecture, to the Spanish government, and to Marcos Ros Sempere, honourable Member of the European Parliament.

There is no better illustration of the collaborative spirit of the Bauhaus than your joint organisation of this event. You bring together three very different walks of life, the political, the scientific and the cultural.

And Spain has been contributing to the multidisciplinary, collaborative, creative power of the New European Bauhaus from the very start of the initiative. You have the …

31 May: Opening Remarks EVP Timmermans at Ministerial on Climate Action in Stockholm, Sweden

(Source: European Commission)

“Check against delivery”

Thank you very much, minister Blomqvist and good morning, friends. It is great that we are sitting around the table again. Some of us are on screen; I’m sure we all prefer sitting around the table to be able to exchange on these important issues. Thank you to Sweden and Stockholm for hosting us. And for making us all feel at home. Especially with the rain this morning.

I think it is difficult to overstate the importance of the conclusions we were able to draw during Glasgow. I think setting a map to get …

31 May: Opening remarks by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel following the special meeting of the European Council of 31 May 2022

(Source: European Commission)

You might remember that in Versailles, the Leaders decided to phase out the dependency on Russian fossil fuels as soon as possible. We started with coal. Yesterday, in the middle of the night, we decided then to have a ban now on de facto 90% of Russian oil imports to the European Union by the end of the year. And this comes at a time when we see that Russia has disrupted supplies to, by now, five Member States. You know them: Finland, Bulgaria, and Poland; but now also to a company in the Netherlands and to …

31 May: Hanover Fair: speech at the Leaders’ Dialogue of the Industry 4.0 Platform

(Source: European Commission)

Dear all,

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has been a wake-up call on many fronts, including the need for the European Union to cater for its own security and prosperity.

Remaining an industrial powerhouse is more vital than ever, by leading an unprecedented transformation – an industrial revolution – and by ensuring that we are a strong and credible global player.


The future of European industry: data, cloud and chips

In July 2020, I addressed Hanover Messe with the message “The real industrial revolution is starting now – provided we make the right investments in key digital …

31 May: At the European Council, President von der Leyen reiterates support for Ukraine, welcomes leaders’ agreement on further sanctions against Russia

(Source: European Commission)

On the first day of the special European Council taking place on 30-31 May, EU leaders agreed on the sixth package of sanctions against Russia, that includes a ban on crude oil and petroleum products, with a temporary exception for crude oil delivered by pipeline.

President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen welcomed the agreement, calling it an important step forward. She also recalled other restrictive measures that this package of sanctions includes, such as de-SWIFTing Sberbank, by far Russia’s largest bank, and the suspension of broadcasting of three big Russian state-owned broadcasters from EU airwaves.…