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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Gaza: Statement by the High Representative on Israel’s operation in Rafah

The European Union urges Israel to end its military operation in Rafah immediately. This operation is further disrupting the distribution of humanitarian aid in Gaza and is leading to more internal displacement, exposure to famine and human suffering. More than a million civilians are sheltering in and around Rafah and have been told to evacuate to areas that, according to the United Nations, c...
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Animal Health Matters: AnimalhealthEurope’s Manifesto for the EU elections

Brussels, 15 May 2024; Europe is the birthplace of modern veterinary medicine and home to world-leading animal health companies. With the EU elections just around the corner the animal health industry has four clear ambitions for Europe to maintain its first-class reputation for animal health and welfare, sustainability and innovation. Firstly, One Health action must be the priority for decisio...
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Tunisie : Déclaration de la porte parole sur les récents développements dans le pays

L’Union européenne a suivi avec inquiétude les récents développements en Tunisie, notamment les arrestations concomitantes de plusieurs figures de la société civile, de journalistes et d’acteurs politiques. Les associations de la société civile et les médias jouent un rôle fondamental dans toutes les démocraties en participant directement au développement économique et social du pays. Les liber...
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National hydrogen associations commit efforts to advance clean hydrogen

On 14 May 2024, national hydrogen associations from across Europe gathered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to strengthen their cooperation in the deployment of hydrogen technologies. The outcome of the meeting was the signature of a Cooperation Charter for European Associations Advancing Clean Hydrogen, which will guide the joint efforts to establish favourable conditions for European leadership in...
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Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the ECOFIN Press conference

Thank you Vincent. Good afternoon, everyone. I will start with taxation. We have taken a significant step in our fair taxation agenda with today's general approach on new rules to make withholding tax procedures more efficient and secure. This will have a positive impact on investors, financial intermediaries – like banks – and national tax administrations. Today, these procedures vary...
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New Eurobarometer survey shows young people’s active participation in civic and democratic life ahead of the upcoming European elections

Ahead of the European elections taking place from 6 to 9 June, the Commission has published today a Eurobarometer on Youth and Democracy, revealing early indications of 64% of young people saying they intend to vote. However, while 38% indicated that they think voting is the most effective action to make their voice heard, some 19% said they were not interested in politics and 13% were not i...
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Tchad : Déclaration de la porte-parole lors du premier tour de l’élection présidentielle

L’UE prend note du déroulement du premier tour des élections au Tchad et de la publication des résultats provisoires. Étant donné l’importance d’un processus électoral inclusif, libre, transparent et apaisé, l’UE ne peut que déplorer la non-accréditation d’un nombre important d’observateurs de la société civile à la veille du scrutin. Elle s’inquiète également des violences post-électorales et ...
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