EU Commission

05 Jul: Digital Services Package: Commission welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament of the EU’s new rulebook for digital services

(Source European Commission)

The Commission welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament of the Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act, proposed by the Commission in December 2020.

The Digital Services Package sets out a first comprehensive rulebook for the online platforms that we all depend on in our daily lives. These new rules will be applicable across the whole of the EU and will create a safer and more open digital space, grounded in respect for fundamental rights.

Executive Vice-President for a Europe Fit for the Digital Age, Margrethe Vestager, said: “The European Parliament has adopted a global first: …

05 Jul: Speech by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the Ukraine Recovery Conference

(Source European Commission)

“Check against delivery”

Thank you Chair, honourable colleagues,

We must do everything necessary for Ukraine to prevail against the brutal Russian invasion, to ensure full respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders.

We have mobilised more than EUR 4billion support since the war started. This includes humanitarian assistance, support to the Ukrainian government to maintain its functions through macro-financial assistance and budget support, and further emergency assistance.

We have also allocated EUR 2 billion under the European Peace Facility to reimburse Member States for military assistance provided to the Ukrainian …

04 Jul: Keynote speech by President von der Leyen at the opening ceremony of the Ukraine Recovery Conference

(Source: European Commission)

“Check against delivery”

President Zelenskyy,

President Cassis,

Prime Minister Shmyhal,

Distinguished guests,

One month ago, a young Ukrainian hero died on the battlefield, as he fought for the future of his country. His name was Roman Ratushnyi, and he would have turned 25 tomorrow. Roman belonged to a new generation of young Ukrainians. As a teenager, he was among the first protesters on the Maidan, demonstrating for Europe and for democracy. And ever since, Roman never stopped fighting for a better Ukraine. He fought for a corruption-free Ukraine, both as activist and journalist. He fought for a …

01 Jul: Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with Prime Minister Fiala on the occasion of the College visit to the Czech Presidency

(Source: European Commission)

Thank you very much, dear Prime Minister, dear Petr,

It is wonderful to be here in the majestic town of Litomyšl, the birthplace of Smetana. I was just visiting the room where he obviously was born and spent his early childhood.

Dear Petr,

I know that you have Europe really at heart. It was no coincidence that one of your first trips after becoming Prime Minister led you to Brussels, to the European institutions. And I know that your European passion, and the commitment and the hard work of your government will make this Presidency for sure …

01 Jul: European Commission proposes first €1 billion tranche of the new macro-financial assistance for Ukraine

(Source: European Commission)

The European Commission has today proposed a new €1 billion macro-financial assistance (MFA) operation for Ukraine as the first part of the exceptional MFA package of up to €9 billion announced in the Commission’s communication of 18 May 2022 and endorsed by the European Council of 23-24 June 2022.

Today’s proposal is part of the extraordinary effort by the EU, alongside the international community, to help Ukraine to address its immediate financial needs following the unprovoked and unjustified aggression by Russia. It will complement the support already provided by the EU, including a €1.2 billion emergency MFA …

01 Jul: Ukraine: Commission waives customs duties and VAT on the import of life-saving goods for Ukrainians

(Source: European Commission)

The European Commission has today adopted a Decision enabling Member States to temporarily waive customs duties and VAT on the importation from third countries of food, blankets, tents, electric generators and other life-saving equipment destined for Ukrainians affected by the war. This measure, which was requested by Member States, will apply retroactively from 24 February 2022 and will be in place until 31 December 2022.

In the wake of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine, more than 14 million people, or 30% of Ukraine’s population, are estimated to have been displaced. More than 6.2 million Ukrainians …

01 Jul: Consumer protection: Amazon Prime changes its cancellation practices to comply with EU consumer rules

(Source: European Commission)

Following a dialogue with the European Commission and national consumer protection authorities, Amazon has committed to bringing its cancellation practices in line with EU consumer rules. The platform will enable consumers from the EU and EEA to unsubscribe from Amazon Prime with just two clicks, using a prominent and clear “cancel button”. This change was necessary to comply with the EU rules on consumer protection and, in particular, with the Unfair commercial practices Directive. Following a complaint by the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), the Norwegian Consumer Council and the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue, an action was launched in …

01 Jul: State aid: Commission approves €5 billion French scheme to support energy intensive companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

(Source: European Commission)

The European Commission has approved a €5 billion French scheme to support energy intensive companies across sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022, based on Article 107(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (‘TFEU’), recognising that the EU economy is experiencing a serious disturbance.

Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Energy intensive companies have been hit particularly hard by the current geopolitical crisis and the consequent increase of …

01 Jul: Address of President von der Leyen to the Ukrainian Parliament following the European Council decision granting Ukraine candidate status

(Source: European Commission)

“Check against delivery”

President Zelenskyy, dear Volodymyr,

Chairman Stefanchuk,

Prime Minister Shmyhal,

Members of the government,

Honourable Members of the Rada,

Duzhe dyakuyu, thank you so much for inviting me to address this special session. Just days ago, on Constitution Day, President Zelenskyy, you said that your ‘victory is not far off’. Of course, Putin’s army is still killing your brothers and sisters. They continue occupying your land, stealing your grain and bombing your cities. You are fighting back bravely. And Europe will stand up with Ukraine as long as it takes. We will not rest until …

30 Jun: Press remarks by Executive Vice-President Vestager for the political agreement on the Foreign Subsidies Regulation

(Source: European Commission)

Less than 14 months ago, we presented the Commission’s proposal for a Foreign Subsidy Regulation to address distortions caused by foreign subsidies in the EU Single Market. Regulation. I am proud of how fast an agreement with Parliament and Council on the final text of the Regulation was found  – this is a great success.

This Regulation is the living example of how Europe works together to deliver ground-breaking legislative improvements in record time. And I would like to thank all of Commission, Parliament and Council colleagues for their efforts.

This is a milestone in ensuring our …