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Speech by President von der Leyen at the international symposium “The idea of Europe” in the context of Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022, via video message

Dear President Nausėda, Rector Augenis, Ms Vitkienė, Friends and distinguished guests. This past year, Kaunas has been "one big stage for Europe". A European Capital of Culture! A stage bustling with creativity, diversity and positive energy. Your programme included over 4000 artists, 60 exhibitions and over 250 concerts. You have opened a creative space which gives shelter to U...
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Palestine: Statement by the Spokesperson on the Israeli demolition of school in Masafer Yatta

The European Union deplores the demolition of the donor-funded Sfai school in Masafer Yatta in the occupied Palestinian territory by the Israeli Defence Forces on Wednesday 23 November. The EU recalls that demolitions are illegal under international law, and children’s right to education must be respected. This unacceptable development comes while 1.200 Palestinians in Masafer Yatta remain at r...
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EU Code of Conduct against online hate speech: latest evaluation shows slowdown in progress

Today, the European Commission released the results of its seventh evaluation of the Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online. This year's results unfortunately show a decrease in companies' notice-and-action results: the number of notifications reviewed by the companies within 24 hours dropped as compared to the last two monitoring exercises, from 90.4% in 2020, to 81% in 20...
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The EU and EIB Global team-up to upgrade digital connectivity to the Southern Neighbourhood

Today, in the margins of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Regional Forum and the EU-Southern Neighbourhood Ministerial meeting, the European Commission signed an agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) for a €40 million EU grant to support high-speed fibre-optic connection under the Mediterranean as part of the “MEDUSA” project supported by the EU's Economic and Investment pla...
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S&D Group: European Parliament demands immediate EU exit from the Energy Charter Treaty, as S&Ds requested

As proposed by the Socialists and Democrats, the European Parliament today urged the Commission to proceed immediately with the coordinated exit of the EU from the ECT and called on member states to support such a proposal. This is the best option to prevent the ECT from putting the EU’s climate and energy security ambitions in jeopardy. Last Tuesday, the Energy Charter Conference was meant to ...
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The Bright Festival returns to Brussels from 16 to 19 February

The unmissable Bright Festival of Lights returns to round off the winter and illuminate our evenings. The programme includes three routes through several Brussels communes enhanced by more than twenty original art installations. This year, Schaerbeek is joining in the event. And that's not all! Art Nouveau will also be in the literal and figurative spotlight. Lastly, several museums will offer a f...
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Remarks by President von der Leyen at the plenary session of the New European Bauhaus goes Into the Woods event

Thank you very much, Prime Minister Marin, dear Sanna, Prime Minister Kallas, dear Kaja, Deputy Prime Minister Ebba Busch, Distinguished guests and dear friends, It is a pleasure to be here with you. Indeed, we are a relatively short drive from Helsinki and we are in the heart of nature. I could not think of a better place than this one to discuss the importance of forests. We ar...
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European Council President Charles Michel travels to China

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, will be travelling to Beijing on 1 December to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The visit to Beijng takes place following the European Council‘s strategic discussion on the European Union’s relations with China in October. Against the backdrop of a tense geopolitical and economic environment, the visit is a timely opportunity for ...
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Israel: Statement by the Spokesperson on the attacks in Jerusalem

The European Union condemns in the strongest possible terms the latest terror attacks in Jerusalem. Two explosions at the entrance to Jerusalem and the Ramot junction have killed at least one person and injured a number of people. We express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to all the injured. The EU is worried about the dangerous escalation ...
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Erasmus+ 2023 call launched: €4.2 billion to support mobility and cooperation in education, training, youth and sport

Today, the Commission launched the call for proposals for 2023 under the Erasmus+ programme. With an annual budget of €4.2 billion, Erasmus+ is increasing its support for inclusion, active citizenship and democratic participation, and green and digital transformations in the EU and internationally. Erasmus+ flagship feature being mobility, next year, the programme will continue to support...
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