The Commission has launched on 1 June a public consultation on the Digital Services Act - a landmark package announced by President von der Leyen in her political guidelines and in the Commission's Communication “Shaping Europe's Digital Future” of 19 February.
As part of its commitment to protect consumers online, the European Commission has co-ordinated a screening (‘sweep’) of websites, with the aim of finding out where consumers in the EU are being subjected to content promoting false claims or scam products in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The results show that, following the Commission’s call, platforms have removed or blocked millions of misleading advertisements or product listings.
The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is due to present an official proposal for Europe's economic recovery from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday. Von der Leyen seeks to link the recovery plan to the next seven-year European Union budget.
The European Union Commission will present its plans for more environmentally friendly agricultural production and greater biodiversity on Wednesday as part of its "European Green Deal" policy. The aim is to reduce the use of pesticides and antibiotics and improve fertilizers, according to a draft seen by dpa. Animal welfare is also to be improved and fisheries to are be made more sustainable.
The European Commission has launched today (18 May) a public consultation on the review of the EU rules on trans-European energy infrastructure. The consultation will be open for 8 weeks until 13 July 2020 and all responses gathered will be taken into account for the review of the existing trans-European energy infrastructure (TEN-E) regulation, which will make a fundamental contribution to the European Green Deal.
The European Commission has approved an approximately €18.5bn (CZK 500bn) Czech scheme for guarantees on loans to support lending to companies that are affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April and 8 May 2020.
Bulgaria may enter ERM II, the so-called “waiting room of the Eurozone”, in July as long as it meets one last condition, Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, told Bulgarian National Radio.
EU Member States should guarantee vouchers for travel cancelled during the coronavirus pandemic and start lifting internal border restrictions in a bid to salvage some of the summer tourism season, the bloc’s executive is to insist next week.
Germany, Italy and Spain have joined a call by 12 European Union governments for the EU’s executive body to suspend rules forcing crisis-hit airlines to offer full cash refunds for cancelled flights, France said in a statement on Saturday. The dozen EU governments, including Paris, urged the European Commission on Wednesday to suspend rules forcing the cash-drained airlines to offer refunds instead of vouchers for future travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
European Union's Member States will soon be able to grant subordinated debt to prop up virus-hit economies, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Saturday, as state aid regulators once again loosened rules to make it easier for companies get state support.