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Syria: Statement by the Spokesperson on the bomb attack in Damascus and shelling in the northwest

The EU is concerned about the increasing violence in Syria, as we witnessed on Wednesday in Damascus and in the northwest, where at least 27 people lost their lives in one of the deadliest days in the country in recent times. We offer our condolences to the families and friends of the victims and wish the wounded a speedy recovery. The EU calls on all sides to refrain from violence a...
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S&D Group: Pandora Papers: conservatives trying to sweep tax abuse of their own politicians under carpet

The European Parliament will today adopt an ambitious resolution on the Pandora Papers, which has S&D fingerprints all over it.  The Socialists and Democrats have been leading the fight against tax abuse in the European Parliament, and today reiterated their call for abandoning unanimity in the Council on tax matters, reform of the Code of Conduct on business taxation, tougher criteria for tax...
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India: background information on India’s vaccination campaign

One Billion Vaccinations Background information   India’s Covid-19 vaccination drive has achieved a historic milestone of administering 1 billion vaccine doses. Around 75% of the eligible population (18+) has been given the first dose, while around 30% has been given both doses. India has achieved this mark of 1 billion vaccine doses in less than 40 weeks. This milestone exemplifies ...
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S&D Group: S&Ds: EU parliament calls on governments, civil society and industry to come together and make COP26 successful

The European Parliament has just approved, with an overwhelming majority, a resolution on COP26 that our S&D delegation will take to the upcoming UN Conference in Glasgow. We will work hard to raise ambition to make sure we meet the 1.5 degree target set in the Paris Agreement. The EU has translated into legislation our ambitious goals in order to become the first continent to be climate neutr...
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Media Advisory: Telephonic Press Briefing with State Department Coordinator for Global Covid-19 Response Gayle E. Smith and USAID Covid-19 Task Force Executive Director Jeremy Konyndyk

The U.S. Department of State will host a telephonic briefing on Thursday, October 21 at 8:00 AM Eastern Time with State Department Coordinator for Global Covid-19 Response Gayle E. Smith and USAID Covid-19 Task Force Executive Director Jeremy Konyndyk. The officials will discuss the United States commitment to global vaccine distribution and the milestone of the United States donating 200 milli...
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EU Farm to Fork strategy: AnimalhealthEurope welcomes European Parliament support for EU food system transformation based on innovative solutions

  Brussels, 20 October 2021; The EU Farm to Fork strategy is full of ambition, and AnimalhealthEurope welcomes the support of the European Parliament for a transition to a more sustainable EU food system. We know that changes must be made, and the animal health industry is ready to play a role in supporting farmers with innovative tools and best practices for more holistic animal health ma...
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European Council: Invitation letter by President Charles Michel to the members of the European Council ahead of their meeting of 21 and 22 October 2021

I would like to invite you to our European Council meeting on 21 and 22 October. During our first working session, we will address the current hike in energy prices which is challenging the post-pandemic recovery and severely affecting our citizens and businesses. Building on the Commission’s recent communication, we will look closely into what can be done at the EU and national level, both in ...
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S&D Group: EUCO cannot turn a blind eye to the migration drama, particularly at the Polish-Belarusian border, says Iratxe García

Today during the plenary debate ahead of the summit of EU heads of state and government starting tomorrow, the president of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament called on the national leaders to be brave and confront the abuses of the PiS-led government in Poland. Iratxe García insisted in the plenary that the Commission and the Council must use all the instruments available ...
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Western Balkans: Joint Statement following the meeting of High Representative Josep Borrell and Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Following the recent meeting between EU High Representative Josep Borrell and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week in Washington, the EU and United States agreed to further strengthen their joint engagement in the Western Balkans in support of the region’s progress on its European path. We underscore our full support for the EU’s enlargement process. EU accession, a stated p...
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Maritime security: EU and Oman carry out joint naval exercise

The European Union (EU) and Oman conducted a joint naval exercise in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Salalah on 19 October 2021. The exercise involved naval assets of the EU Naval Force Somalia – Operation Atalanta and of the Royal Navy of Oman. The two sides practiced naval communication, complex tactical evolutions at sea and a search and rescue operation. After the exercise, the flagsh...
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