Commission Activities

30 Jun: Questions and Answers: Roaming*

(Source: European Commission)

Why is a new Roaming regulation needed?

The new Roaming regulation enters into force on 1 July 2022. Building on the outcome of the public consultation, the Commission proposed on 24 February 2021 a new Roaming regulation aimed at extending the rules for another 10 years and further enhancing its benefits for citizens. The previous EU Roaming regulation of 2017, ended on 30 June 2022. Europeans travelling within the EU will continue pay domestic prices for calls, SMS and data.

In November 2019, the Commission published an extensive review of the roaming market, showing that travelers across …

29 Jun: Questions and answers on the 2022 Strategic Foresight Report

(Source: European Commission)

What is strategic foresight and how does it support the EU’s policymaking?

Strategic foresight is a systematic approach to look beyond current expectations and explore plausible future developments. Its aim is to identify policy implications for the present. Using a range of methods, such as horizon scanning, megatrends analysis and scenario planning, the von der Leyen Commission has started to embed strategic foresight across its major initiatives, in support of the EU’s political agenda. Ultimately, this anticipatory governance helps us future-proof our policies.

Annual Strategic Foresight Reports are the flagship products of the Commission’s strategic foresight agenda. …

29 Jun: Questions and Answers: Cohesion Policy steps up support to address the consequences of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine with the ‘Flexible Assistance to Territories’

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Why did you propose ‘Flexible Assistance to Territories’ (‘FAST-CARE’)?

EU Member States are facing a major influx of people fleeing the Russian aggression against Ukraine. Since the beginning of the war, more than 6.2 million people arrived in the EU and efforts continue on the ground to welcome and swiftly integrate the displaced people in their hosting communities.

The war in Ukraine is also causing delays in the implementation of Cohesion Policy projects due to shortages of workers and inflated costs of raw materials, at a moment when the 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy programmes are in the process …

27 Jun: Questions and answers on Spain’s second payment request under NextGenerationEU

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How did the Commission assess Spain’s second payment request?

On 30 April 2022, Spain submitted to the Commission a request for the disbursement of €12 billion in non-repayable support (net of pre-financing) under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The request was based on the achievement of the 40 milestones and targets for the second instalment, as outlined in the Council Implementing Decision approving the plan. They cover investments and reforms in the areas of green and just transition, the labour market, pensions, regulated professions, digital connectivity and R&D. Other areas covered are healthcare, education, support to …

27 Jun: Questions and answers on Slovakia’s disbursement request under NextGenerationEU

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How did the Commission assess Slovakia’s first payment request?

On 29 April 2022, Slovakia submitted to the Commission a request for the disbursement of €398.7 million (net of pre-financing) in grants under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The request was based on the achievement of the 14 milestones, as outlined in the Council Implementing Decision approving the plan, for the first instalment. They cover reforms of the judicial system, and in the areas of higher education and R&D, the fiscal framework, the energy system, sustainable mobility, anti-corruption, the digitalisation of public sector as well as Slovakia’s …

24 Jun: Questions and Answers on International Ocean Governance

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Why a new agenda on International Ocean Governance and what is in it?

The Joint communication on the renewed EU agenda on International Ocean Governance (IOG) updates the 2016 Joint Communication and strengthens the EU’s commitment to safe, secure, clean, healthy and sustainably managed ocean. The new agenda reflects a number of significant global developments since 2016 such as: the urgent need to act on the triple crisis of climate, biodiversity and pollution; the more and more recognised role of the ocean in our lives, but also the profound changes happening to it due to climate change …

22 Jun: Questions and Answers on Nature Restoration Law: restoring ecosystems for people, climate and planet

(Source: European Commission)

What is nature restoration and why do we need it?

Restoration is a process to support the recovery of degraded, damaged or destroyed ecosystems and bring more nature and biodiversity back everywhere, from agricultural and forest land to marine environment and urban spaces. Healthy ecosystems are more resilient to the impacts of climate change, they also help with adaptation to climate change, improve connectivity with other ecosystems and increase populations of species living there. Measures can include enhancing degraded soil and agricultural land with natural features like hedgerows and trees, restoring monoculture forest plantations with mixed native …

22 Jun: Farm to Fork: New rules to reduce the risk and use of pesticides in the EU

(Source: European Commission)

What has been proposed today and what are the next steps?

The Commission has proposed new rules to reduce the use and risk of pesticides in the EU, delivering on the Farm to Fork Strategy objective of a fair, healthy and environmentally respectful food system.

They introduce:

Legally binding targets: binding EU-level targets to reduce by 50% the use and risk of chemical pesticides and the use of the more hazardous pesticides by 2030. Member States will have to set their own reduction targets within clearly defined parameters as well as their own strategies to ensure that…

17 Jun: Memo: Georgia

(Source: European Commission)

INTRODUCTION

Since its independence, Georgia has clearly expressed its European aspirations. This European ambition is included in the Georgian Constitution, and is supported by the people of Georgia (83% of Georgians approve joining the EU[1]) and across the political spectrum. This has been a driver for a number of key reforms founded on European values and standards. Georgia’s commitment to progress on its European path was underlined by the Government’s initial intention to submit an application in 2024.

Application for membership

In this Opinion, the Commission assesses Georgia’s application on the basis of its capacity to meet …

17 Jun: Memo: Moldova

(Source: European Commission)

INTRODUCTION

In the past two years, the Republic of Moldova (hereinafter Moldova) has taken a decisive step towards reforms, with a clear mandate from its citizens. Following the 2020 presidential and 2021 parliamentary elections, there is a clear alignment of the presidential, executive and legislative powers on a pro-reform, anti-corruption European path for the first time since independence. This follows a period where the independence of key institutions was seriously compromised.

The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine is having serious effects on Moldova. In a real spirit of solidarity and upholding European values, Moldova is actively …