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Council of the EU: Council adopts conclusions on role of Intellectual Property in tackling Covid-19 pandemic

The Council today approved conclusions on Intellectual Property (IP) policy. With these conclusions, ministers recall that IP is a major driver for innovation, competitiveness, economic growth and sustainable development, and a key enabler for knowledge and tech-transfer. The conclusions address the role of IP in helping to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and outline the importance of IP for SMEs ...
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Council updates the list of countries, special administrative regions and other entities and territorial authorities for which travel restrictions should be lifted

Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries, special administrative regions and other entities and territorial authorities for which travel restrictions should be lifted. As stipulated in the Council recommendation, this list will continue to be reviewed every two wee...
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Conference on the Future of Europe: EPP Group Caucus ready to shape Europe’s future!

After months of preparations, the Conference on the Future of Europe is finally starting its work! Our EPP Group team of 28 dedicated MEPs - 14 women and 14 men from all over Europe - is very much looking forward to discussing all the topics which are crucial for the future of our continent - creating jobs and growth for the future, making our economies fit for the digital age, fighting against cl...
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GPF event on 22 June: “Progressive policies in local communities can solve everyday problems of citizens”, say S&Ds

On Tuesday, 22 June 2021, the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament and the Global Progressive Forum (GPF) will jointly organise a webinar on Local communities for a sustainable world. The event will take place 14:00-15:30 Brussels time and will be live-streamed at: www.globalprogr...
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EASPD appoints next Secretary General: Maya Doneva

In preparation for the upcoming retirement of its current Secretary General, Luk Zelderloo, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities has today publicly announced the appointment of Maya Doneva as its next Secretary General. Ms Doneva will formally succeed Mr Zelderloo on the 1st November 2021, following a brief transition period. Having worked at both a nation...
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S&Ds: The European Parliament is ready to make the Single European Sky a reality

The Single European Sky is eventually becoming a reality. The vote on the Regulation in the Transport Committee today lays down rules for the creation and effective functioning of the Single European Sky, in order to ensure current air-traffic safety standards. As requested by the S&D Group, it will also contribute to the sustainable development of air transport systems and to improving the ov...
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EEAS: Belarus: Statement by the Spokesperson on a likely execution

The European Union has learned, courtesy of information from reputable human rights organisation Viasna, that a relative of Viktar Paulau, a detainee on death row in Belarus, was recently denied information about his whereabouts. The denial of prompt information to relatives has been an indication on previous occasions of a secret execution having been carried out by the authoritarian regi...
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EPP Group: Soviet deportations during WWII: MEPs read out victims’ names to never, ever forget

In a ceremony marking 80 years since Soviet authorities deported 70,000 Eastern Europeans on the eve of Hitler's attack on the Soviet Union, Members of the European Parliament read out names of the victims, including whole families that perished in the gulags. The EPP Group's Rasa Juknevičienė of Lithuania, Coordinator of the informal MEP Group on European Remembrance, read from the memoir of h...
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EPP Group: Nationalism polluting the European Sky

With the rising pressure on the aviation industry to reduce emissions, the EPP Group calls for more efficiency, clarity and flexibility in the organisation of European airspace. Today, the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee will adopt its position on the planned reform of the Single European Sky and reject the plan of EU Member States to water down the reform. “The cur...
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