European Commission

24 Sep: Healthy Lifestyle: Commission launches a European-wide campaign

(Source: European Commission)

Yesterday, the Commission launched the HealthyLifestyle4All campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle for all, across generations and social groups, with the objective to improve the health and well-being of Europeans. Linking sport and active lifestyles with health, food and other policies, this two-year campaign involves civil society, non-governmental organisations, national, local and regional authorities and international bodies. All involved will implement several actions for Europeans to be more active and more mindful of their health.

The actions will support the three objectives of the HealthyLifestyle4All campaign:

Raise more awareness for healthy lifestyles across all generations;Support an easier access to sport, physical activity…

24 Sep: Energy Transition: Commission announces three Energy Compacts at UN High-Level Dialogue in New York

(Source: European Commission)

At the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy this week in New York, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans and Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson presented three Energy Compacts, in partnership with the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency. In their roles as Energy Access Champion and Just Transition Champion in this UN process respectively, the Executive Vice-President and the Commissioner highlighted the EU’s willingness to lead the global efforts to reach universal energy access by 2030 and accelerate the clean energy transition, and showed concretely how the European Green Deal plays a role on the …

27 Jul: State aid: Commission approves €525.3 million German aid in favour of airline Condor in context of coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has found an aid package by Germany in favour of the airline Condor to be in line with EU State aid rules. The approval of the aid package, based on three separate Commission’s decisions, relates to two measures to compensate Condor for damages suffered as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, worth in total €204.1 million, and €321.2 million of restructuring support to enable Condor’s return to viability.  

Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The aviation sector has been hit particularly hard by the various travel restrictions necessary to contain the spread of …

27 Jul: Statement by President von der Leyen on a new milestone in the EU Vaccines Strategy

( Source: European Commission)

The EU has kept its word and delivered.

Our target was to protect 70% of adults in the European Union with at least one vaccination in July. 

Today we have achieved this target. And 57% of adults already have the full protection of double vaccination.

These figures put Europe among the world leaders.

The catch-up process has been very successful – but we need to keep up the effort.

The delta variant is very dangerous. I therefore call on everyone – who has the opportunity – to be vaccinated. For their own health and to protect others.

The EU will …

26 Jul: President von der Leyen at the event “Fighting Infectious Diseases – Focus on Africa”

(Source: European Commission)

“Check against delivery”

Dear Dr Tedros,

dear President Hoyer,

dear Dr. Özlem Türeci

dear Professor Uğur Şahin,

distinguished guests.

The history of science is made of long periods of slow progress, followed by great breakthroughs and scientific revolutions.

Our fight against malaria is a case in point.

For decades, science has worked hard to eradicate malaria.

And the European Union has been a proud partner in this work.

We have supported tens of malaria research projects, ranging from diagnostics to treatments, from prevention to vaccines.

And in the last twenty years, the number of malaria victims was …

26 Jul: Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the ECOFIN press conference

(Source: European Commission)

“Check against delivery”

First of all, Europe’s recovery, and as the minister already said, some positive news from today’s ECOFIN meeting. Ministers discussed four more recovery and resilience plans: from Croatia, Cyprus, Lithuania and Slovenia.

The plans are of high quality with a balanced mix of reforms and investments, along with comprehensive milestones and targets to ensure their implementation in the coming years.

The ministers’ discussion was positive, which means that the only thing remaining is to formalise approval of these four plans via written procedure in the coming days.

This will bring the total number of …

06 Jul: EU VACANCY: Buildings Administrator

Deadline: 23-07-2021

(Source: European Commission)

Reference: N/A

Deadline: 23/07/2021 – 12:00(Brussels time)

Location(s): Brussels (Belgium)

Grade: FG III

Institution/Agency: European Commission

Type of contract: Contract staff

More information: https://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/informatics/job-vacancies-digit/logistic-a……

23 Jun: NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Belgium’s €5.9 billion recovery and resilience plan

(Source: European Commission)

The European Commission has today adopted a positive assessment of Belgium’s recovery and resilience plan. This is an important step towards the EU disbursing €5.9 billion in grants under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). This financing will support the implementation of the crucial investment and reform measures outlined in Belgium’s recovery and resilience plan. It will play a key role in enabling Belgium to emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The RRF – at the heart of NextGenerationEU – will provide up to €672.5 billion (in current prices) to support investments and reforms across the EU. …

22 Jun: EU TENDER: Maintenance of catering, kitchen and cafeteria equipment for the requirements of the European Commission in Luxembourg

Deadline: 22-07-2021

(Source: European Commission, Office for Infrastructure and Logistics in Luxembourg (OIL))

Scope of the procurement

Title: Maintenance of catering, kitchen and cafeteria equipment for the requirements of the European Commission in Luxembourg

Reference number: OIL/LUX/2021/OP/0003

Main CPV code

50000000 Repair and maintenance services

Type of contract

Services

Short description:

The purpose of the contract is maintenance services that are necessary for the proper functioning of the kitchen equipment used on the various ‘Catering’ sites of the European Commission in Luxembourg. The services are divided into line items:

— line item 1: preventive maintenance,

— line item 2: curative maintenance,…

22 Jun: Antitrust: Commission carries out unannounced inspections in the manufacturing and distribution of garments sector

(Source: European Commission)

On 22 June 2021, the European Commission has carried out unannounced inspections in Germany at the premises of a company active in the sector of manufacturing and distribution of garments.

The Commission has concerns that the inspected company may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices (Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union). The Commission officials were accompanied by their counterparts from the German competition authority.

Unannounced inspections are a preliminary investigatory step into suspected anti-competitive practices. The fact that the Commission carries out such inspections does …