06 Jul: Western Balkans Summit 2021

(Source: European Investment Bank)

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Excellencies, Prime Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is great to join you to celebrate the Berlin Process that has brought the region and its citizens closer together – and closer to the EU.

As we have heard already, the funding associated with this progress has been impressive. And this support did not diminish during these times of need:  the Team Europe initiative – to which EIB is the leading financier – underlines the EU’s commitment and solidarity with the region.

Building on sound partnerships, building on the ambitious commitments undertaken by the Western …

09 Jun: LUX Audience Award 2021 goes to Collective

(Source: European Parliament)

President David Sassoli awarded the 2021 LUX Audience Award to Collective during a ceremony in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

“After the period we have just lived through, the need for people to come together, not only in spaces made for debate, but also in places like cinemas, is growing and urgent”, said David Maria Sassoli (S&D, IT)  during the ceremony, which took place in Strasbourg as well as online.

Accepting the award, director Alexander Nanau paid tribute to the victims and families involved in the tragedy and the independent press that uncovered it. “We want to fight corruption in Europe …

03 Jun: EU and UK reach agreement in principle on fishing opportunities for the remainder of 2021

(Source: European Commission)

The EU and the United Kingdom concluded today the negotiations on an agreement in principle setting out catch limits for jointly managed fish stocks for 2021. This was finalised  in a phone call this afternoon between Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, and UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Rt Hon George Eustice MP.

Today’s agreement closes the first ever annual consultations on fishing opportunities between the EU and the UK under the terms of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). The successful conclusion of the negotiations, which started in …