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2010*50Years of Traineeships at the European Commission*

2010*50Years of Traineeships at the European Commission*
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Friday, April 10, 2020

🇪🇺Highlights from the Eurogroup.



Eurogroup Highlights


Highlights from the Eurogroup video conference call, taking place on 7-9 April 2020.



Remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni at the Eurogroup press conference

"Check against delivery"

"Good evening from Brussels.
First of all, on behalf of the Commission, let me thank Mário Centeno for your really relentless efforts over the course of more than twenty hours.
I think that tonight we have an agreement that brings us closer to the economic response that Europe needs to complement the strong monetary policy response that the ECB is already implementing.
We are doing this with an unprecedented package of coordinated fiscal policy.
Our governments have put on the table a lot of money – around 3% of GDP in fiscal measures and 16% of GDP in liquidity guarantees – but these commitments often reflect countries' fiscal space more than the scale of their needs. That risks further increasing divergence between our economies, something we cannot afford.]
Tonight's agreement brings us a step closer to delivering the coordinated economic response Europe needs – to complement the strong monetary policy response that the ECB is already implementing.
The Commission has already taken significant decisions in this direction over the last month:
allowing Member States to use EU funds in an extremely flexible way,
adapting our state aid rules
and suspending, with the general escape clause, the Stability and Growth Pact.
The Council has supported these measures.
One week ago, we made another ambitious proposal, SURE, unlocking €100 billion support to preserve jobs. I am particularly pleased that we have reached an agreement to support this proposal. Member States will strive to make it operational with their guarantee as soon as possible. There is no time to lose on jobs. As we are seeing, for example, in the United States where one in ten American workers have lost their jobs in the last three weeks.
I also welcome the other two measures that Mario presented to us.
The initiative of the European Investment Bank Group, with it's €200 billion in financing for companies, focused on SMEsand the ‘Pandemic Crisis Support', to be made available from the ESM. On this, we reached a very good agreement, concentrating on healthcare costs. We will also have other tools of safety for non euro area countries using the the Balance of Payments facility.
These three pillars will be joined by a fourth pillar, which is the commitment to work on a Recovery Fund. I think this gives us the scale of the intervention which will be necessary to relaunch our economy. The design of this fund will need to be discussed, as Mário has said, based on guidance from the European Council. Something is already clear. This fund will be crucial to address the challenge of relaunching our economy over the next period, avoiding divergence. The symmetric crisis and the recovery will mitigate the risk of having asymmetric consequences. These asymmetric consequences would be a danger for our Union.
In this recovery plan, a central role will be played by a revised proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework. The situation Europe faces has changed beyond recognition since the last round of budgetary negotiations by the European Council. We will need a powerful, flexible EU budget for the coming years and we will need an agreement to that end very quickly.
The Commission will present our proposal at the end of April.
I want to thank Mario on behalf of the Commission for his determination and perseverance and congratulate him on this agreement.
In conclusion, this is for sure not the end of the road. Thousands of European citizens are still fighting for their lives. On this occasion, I would like to thank the healthcare workers that are helping them to save lives. We have much hard work still before us, hard times still lie ahead for all Europeans. But tonight Europe has shown that it can deliver, when the will is there. Now we must swiftly take forward each of these strands of work so that together we can deliver the common and coordinated response Europe needs.
Thank you."

@MorganeBravo 
Former trainee (Blue Book) of the European Commission, 
at the General Secretariat in Brussels. 
Founder,
"THE HUB EUROPEAN UNION"🇫🇷🇪🇺

Fondatrice du HUB (2006)
UNION EUROPÉENNE, EUROPEAN UNION, UNION EUROPEA.
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"THE HUB EUROPEAN UNION"🇫🇷

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 « ECOLOGIE&INNOVATION : DEVELOPPEMENT DURABLE DU XXIE SIÈCLE!».


President & Founder
HUB « DIGITAL DIPLOMACY» «DIPLOMATIE NUMERIQUE ».

Thursday, April 09, 2020

🇪🇺EP President : solidarity towards the Brussels region...!

Statement by David SASSOLI, EP President

 on concrete measures of solidarity towards the Brussels region.


David SASSOLI, EP President makes a statement on concrete measures of solidarity towards the Brussels region, in the European Parliament in Brussels.


Les 10 mesures européennes pour lutter contre le coronavirus!



"Depuis la propagation de la pandémie de coronavirus, l'UE joue un rôle majeur dans la coordination de la réponse. Voici les dix principales mesures que l'UE a adoptées pour lutter contre le COVID-19. Ralentir la transmission. À problèmes sans précédent, mesures sans précédent. En fermant les frontières extérieures et l'espace Schengen aux déplacements non essentiels, l'UE a contribué à limiter la propagation du virus, à la fois en Europe et au-delà. Fournir des équipements. L'UE a instauré des voies vertes pour garantir les livraisons transfrontalières, a libéré des stocks de matériel médical et a invité les États membres à participer à des commandes conjointes de masques et de ventilateurs. Stimuler la recherche. Les fonds européens soutiennent 140 équipes de recherche pour trouver un vaccin et mieux comprendre le COVID-19, améliorer le diagnostic, la prise en charge clinique et le traitement. Assurer la reprise économique. Pour aider l'UE à rebondir après l'impact économique et social de la pandémie, la Commission va proposer un programme de relance dans le cadre du prochain budget à long terme. Rapatrier les citoyens. Le mécanisme de protection civile de l'UE a aidé des milliers d'Européens bloqués dans le monde à rentrer chez eux. Solidarité européenne. Le Parlement a encouragé de nouvelles règles permettant au fonds de solidarité de l'UE de couvrir les urgences sanitaires. Jusqu'à 800 millions d'euros seront mis à disposition des États membres cette année. Soutenir l'économie. La Banque centrale européenne alloue 750 milliards d'euros pour alléger la dette publique des gouvernements. En outre, les députés européens ont approuvé un paquet de mesures d'une valeur de 37 milliards d'euros pour soutenir les soins de santé, les entreprises et les travailleurs. Protéger les emplois. Pour s'assurer que les travailleurs conservent leur emploi dans le cas où leurs entreprises rencontrent des difficultés, la Commission propose de nouvelles mesurespour autoriser le travail à temps partiel subventionné. Sauvegarder Internet. Avec des millions de travailleurs à domicile, des débits Internet rapides sont essentiels. Pour éviter de surcharger le Web, l'UE a demandé à Netflix, Facebook et YouTube de réduire la qualité de leur diffusion pour permettre à tout le monde d'utiliser Internet, que ce soit pour le travail ou pour les loisirs. Protéger l'environnement et les compagnies aériennes. Le Parlement européen a adopté de nouvelles règles mettant un terme aux « vols fantômes » et aidant les compagnies aériennes à s'adapter à une baisse de la demande en voyages aériens."


Lutte contre la désinformation au sujet du Covid19.


"Aujourd'hui, dans toute l'Europe, un nouveau virus se propage. Fausses informations et désinformation à propos du coronavirus. Internet est inondé de théories du complot sur le Covid19 mais aussi de fausses affirmations telles que « L'UE ne fait rien pour les personnes atteintes du coronavirus ». C'est faux. L'Union européenne ne dispose d'aucun mandat dans le domaine de la santé, mais elle trouve des moyens concrets pour apporter son aide. L'UE a proposé des plans d'aide pour la recherche et pour réduire les conséquences sociales et économiques du coronavirus. La désinformation menace non seulement notre santé en faisant courir la rumeur de remèdes non prouvés, mais elle porte aussi atteinte à la confiance en notre démocratie. La riposte européenne. L'UE a fait pression sur les géants de la technologie tels que Facebook, Twitter, Google et Microsoft pour stopper la diffusion de fausses informations à propos du Covid19. Les entreprises se sont engagées à lutter contre les mensonges au sujet de la pandémie et à donner la priorité aux informations fiables. Les membres du Parlement ont exprimé leurs inquiétudes quant aux dangers liés à l'augmentation des fausses informations. Le groupe de travail de l'UE qui lutte contre la désinformation a rassemblé des centaines d'exemples où des acteurs pro-Kremlin ont utilisé la crise pour semer la division au sein de l'UE. Les médias ont rapporté que des responsables chinois tentent eux aussi d'exploiter la crise. Comme pour le coronavirus, il est de la responsabilité de chacun de stopper la propagation des fausses informations. Consultez des sources telles que EUvsDisinfo, le Centre européen de prévention et de contrôle des maladies et l'Organisation mondiale de la santé, mais aussi d'autres sources officielles fiables, avant de partager des informations."


@MorganeBravo 
Former trainee (Blue Book) of the European Commission, 
at the General Secretariat in Brussels. 
Founder,
"THE HUB EUROPEAN UNION"🇫🇷🇪🇺

Fondatrice du HUB (2006)
UNION EUROPÉENNE, EUROPEAN UNION, UNION EUROPEA.
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"THE HUB EUROPEAN UNION"🇫🇷

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🇪🇺Coronavirus outbreak : State aid Polish.



State aid: Commission approves € 700 million Polish loan and guarantee scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has approved a PLN 3.5 billion (approximately €700 million) Polish aid scheme to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Frameworkadopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020.
Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The €700 million Polish scheme approved today will enable public guarantees on loans and loans with subsidised interest rates to support the Polish economy during the coronavirus outbreak. It will help businesses cover immediate liquidity needs and continue their activities in these difficult times. We continue working closely with Member States to ensure that national support measures can be put in place in a timely, coordinated and effective way, in line with EU rules.”
The Polish support measure
Following the approval by the Commission of a Polish guarantee scheme on 3 April, Poland notified to the Commission a new scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak under the Temporary Framework. The new scheme will be co-financed by European Union funds under shared management, notably the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund.
Under the scheme approved today, the Polish authorities will be able to grant aid to support Polish companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak by providing liquidity support in the form of guarantees on loans and subsidised interest rates for loans.
The Commission found that the Polish measure is in line with the conditions set out in the Temporary Framework. In particular, the loan amount per company is limited to what is needed to cover its liquidity needs for the near future, and the guarantee fees and interest rates correspond to the minimum levels laid down the Temporary Framework. The guarantees and loans will be provided until the end of this year, with a maximum duration of six years. Aid may be granted only to companies that were not in difficulty before 31 December 2019, but were significantly affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Poland estimates that around 20,000 companies will benefit from around PLN 3.5 billion (€0.7 billion) loans and guarantees under the scheme.
The Commission concluded that the measure is necessary, appropriate and proportionate to remedy a serious disturbance in the economy of a Member State, in line with Article 107(3)(b) TFEU and the conditions set out in the Temporary Framework.
On this basis, the Commission approved the measure under EU State aid rules.
Background
The Commission has adopted a Temporary Framework to enable Member States to use the full flexibility foreseen under State aid rules to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The Temporary Framework, as amended on 3 April 2020, provides for the following types of aid, which can be granted by Member States:
(i)  Direct grants, equity injections, selective tax advantages and advance payments of up to €100,000 to a company active in the primary agricultural sector, €120,000 to a company active in the fishery and aquaculture sector and €800,000 to a company active in all other sectors to address its urgent liquidity needs. Member States can also give, up to the nominal value of €800,000 per company zero-interest loans or guarantees on loans covering 100% of the risk, except in the primary agriculture sector and in the fishery and aquaculture sector, where the limits of €100,000 and €120,000 per company respectively, apply.
(ii)  State guarantees for loans taken by companies to ensure banks keep providing loans to the customers who need them. These state guarantees can cover up to 90% of risk on loans to help businesses cover immediate working capital and investment needs.
(iii) Subsidised public loans to companies with favourable interest rates to companies. These loans can help businesses cover immediate working capital and investment needs.
(iv) Safeguards for banks that channel State aid to the real economy that such aid is considered as direct aid to the banks' customers, not to the banks themselves, and gives guidance on how to ensure minimal distortion of competition between banks.
(v) Public short-term export credit insurance for all countries, without the need for the Member State in question to demonstrate that the respective country is temporarily “non-marketable”.
(vi)  Support for coronavirus related research and development (R&D) to address the current health crisis in the form of direct grants, repayable advances or tax advantages. A bonus may be granted for cross-border cooperation projects between Member States.
(vii)  Support for the construction and upscaling of testing facilities to develop and test products (including vaccines, ventilators and protective clothing) useful to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, up to first industrial deployment. This can take the form of direct grants, tax advantages, repayable advances and no-loss guarantees. Companies may benefit from a bonus when their investment is supported by more than one Member State and when the investment is concluded within two months after the granting of the aid.
(viii) Support for the production of products relevant to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in the form of direct grants, tax advantages, repayable advances and no-loss guarantees. Companies may benefit from a bonus when their investment is supported by more than one Member State and when the investment is concluded within two months after the granting of the aid.
(ix) Targeted support in the form of deferral of tax payments and/or suspensions of social security contributions for those sectors, regions or for types of companies that are hit the hardest by the outbreak.
(x)    Targeted support in the form of wage subsidies for employeesfor those companies in sectors or regions that have suffered most from the coronavirus outbreak, and would otherwise have had to lay off personnel.
The Temporary Framework enables Member States to combine all support measures with each other, except for loans and guarantees for the same loan and exceeding the thresholds foreseen by the Temporary Framework. It also enables Member States to combine all support measures granted under the Temporary Framework with existing possibilities to grant de minimis to a company of up to € 25,000 over three fiscal years for companies active in the primary agricultural sector, €30,000 over three fiscal years for companies active in the fishery and aquaculture sector and €200,000 over three fiscal years for companies active in all other sectors. At the same time, Member States have to commit to avoid undue cumulation of support measures for the same companies to limit support to meet their actual needs.
Furthermore, the Temporary Framework complements the many other possibilities already available to Member States to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, in line with EU State aid rules. On 13 March 2020, the Commission adopted a Communication on a Coordinated economic response to the COVID-19 outbreak setting out these possibilities. For example, Member States can make generally applicable changes in favour of businesses (e.g. deferring taxes, or subsidising short-time work across all sectors), which fall outside State Aid rules. They can also grant compensation to companies for damage suffered due to and directly caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
The Temporary Framework will be in place until the end of December 2020. With a view to ensuring legal certainty, the Commission will assess before that date if it needs to be extended. 



@MorganeBravo 
Former trainee (Blue Book) of the European Commission, 
at the General Secretariat in Brussels. 
Founder,
"THE HUB EUROPEAN UNION"🇫🇷🇪🇺

Fondatrice du HUB (2006)
UNION EUROPÉENNE, EUROPEAN UNION, UNION EUROPEA.
🇪🇺CANDIDAT PRIX EUROPCOM 2017:
"THE HUB EUROPEAN UNION"🇫🇷

Fondatrice en 2006, 
 « ECOLOGIE&INNOVATION : DEVELOPPEMENT DURABLE DU XXIE SIÈCLE!».


President & Founder
HUB « DIGITAL DIPLOMACY» «DIPLOMATIE NUMERIQUE ».