Brussels Pride 2024 brought together 200 000 people

200 000 people took part in Brussels Pride – In the capital of Europe. Rainbow colours washed over the streets of the capital on Saturday 18 May. This year, the theme of the event was ‘Safe Everyday, Everywhere’, promoting a society where everyone can feel free and safe every day, everywhere. With the Pride Village, the Pride March, the Rainbow Village and the Mont des Arts stage, Brussels had eve...
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18 EU Member States commited to pursue a European policy for LGBTIQ rights

The Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) hosted a high-level conference in Brussels on Friday 17 May. This date of 17 May is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia and Intersexophobia (IDAHOT). The event brought together the European Commissioner for Equality, the relevant Ministers and Secretaries of State from several EU Member States, members ...
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Media advisory: Eighth Brussels Conference on “supporting the future of Syria and the region”, 27 May

The eighth edition of the Ministerial Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” will take place on Monday 27, in Brussels. The Ministerial meeting will see the participation of representatives from the EU Member States, Syria’s neighbouring States, and third countries, as well as representatives from the United Nations, international organisations, and Syr...
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Cultural heritage: Joint Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner Ivanova on the 70th anniversary of the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of Armed Conflict and its first Protocol

70 years ago, in May 1954, the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of Armed Conflict, together with its first Protocol, was adopted. It was the first international multilateral treaty exclusively focused on the protection of cultural heritage. It has paved the way for manifold efforts and instruments for the protection of cultural heritage, including the fight aga...
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Beer&Politics event: “Confessions of EU journalists: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Dirty”.

On May 15 we welcomed the Beer&Politics event on “Confessions of EU journalists: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Dirty”. The debate turned the tables on EU journalists, inviting them to share their professional confessions. Discussions delved into how EU-focused journalism differs from national or international reporting, the challenges of reaching desired audiences, the driving mo...
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EU2024BE: Belgium, Ireland and the UK are stepping up their cooperation to make the North Sea the largest sustainable power plant in Europe

Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten and her Irish and British counterparts, Eamon Ryan and Andrew Bowie, signed a Joint Statement in Bruges on Wednesday to explore the commissioning of an interconnector between the wind farms off the Irish coast and the Princess Elisabeth energy island, with the aim of creating an energy corridor between the three countries. This Joint Statement marks a new ...
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Statement by Commissioner Gentiloni at the presentation of the Spring 2024 Economic Forecast

Let me begin with the five key messages from this forecast: First, after a difficult 2023, economic activity rebounded in the first quarter of this year. Economic momentum is expected to gather pace over the coming quarters, leading to an annual growth rate for the EU of 1% this year and 1.6% in 2025. Second, private consumption is set to drive the economic rebound, thanks to continued...
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Georgia: Statement by High Representative Josep Borrell and with the European Commission on the adoption of the “transparency of foreign influence” law

The EU stands with the Georgian people and their choice in favour of democracy and of Georgia’s European future. The intimidation, threats and physical assaults on civil society representatives, political leaders and journalists, as well as their families is unacceptable. We call on the Georgian authorities to investigate these documented acts. The European Council granted Georgia the status of...
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