Action Plan On Integration And Inclusion 2021-2027

The European Commission presented the action plan on Integration and Inclusion for the period 2021-2027. The action plan promotes inclusion for all, recognising the important contribution of migrants to...

€14 Billion Under SURE Disbursed To 9 Member States, Including...

The European Commission has disbursed €14 billion to nine EU countries in the second instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument....

EU Budget: Agreement On €1.8 Trillion Package

The European Parliament and EU Member States in the Council, reached an agreement to help build a greener, more digital and more resilient Europe.

EU Equal Pay Day – 10 November 2020

Women in the European Union still earn less than men. The EU Equal Pay Day marks the day when women stop getting paid compared to men for the same job.

Public opinion in the EU survey

Results of a Standard Eurobarometer survey released today, show that European citizens identify the economic situation, the state of Member States’ public finances 

European Green Deal: new EU energy policy proposals

The European Commission has adopted a series of energy policy proposals and reports, which are fundamental to the implementation of the European Green Deal, and to...

€2.5 million Maltese direct grant scheme to support farmers

The European Commission has approved a €2.5 million Maltese scheme to support animal farmers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the...

Commission publishes public opinion survey on EU food and farming

Three out of four Europeans are aware of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and consider all citizens benefit from it, according to the latest EU-wide Eurobarometer...

Commission launches Access2Markets portal to support trade by small businesses

The European Commission has today launched the Access2Markets online portal to help small and medium-sized firms trade beyond the EU’s borders. The new portal responds to requests...

EU Code Week 2020 kicks off to promote skills for...

The 8th edition of the European Code Week, a grass-roots initiative supported by the European Commission, will open on Thursday 8 October with an online event....

Rule of law: First Annual Report published

The European Commission has published the first EU-wide report on the rule of law. The report includes input from every Member State and covers both positive and...

New Pact on Migration and Asylum proposed

The EU must move away from ad-hoc solutions and put in place a predictable and reliable migration management system. The European Commission is proposing a new Pact...

State of the Union 2020

“It is up to us what we do with our future. It is up to us which Europe we want." Ursula von der Leyen In...

Young translators contest

The European Commission announced the launch of its annual translation contest for secondary school students from across Europe, Juvenes Translatores. Schools from all EU countries will...

Coronavirus: Commission proposes €81.4 bn (€244 mn for Malta) in...

The European Commission has presented proposals to the Council for decisions to grant financial support of €81.4 billion to 15 Member States under the SURE...

Coronavirus: first agreement on a potential vaccine

The European Commission has reached a first agreement with the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19 as well as to donate...

Access to treatment of COVID-19

The European Commission has signed a contract with the pharmaceutical company Gilead to secure treatment doses of Veklury, the brand name for Remdesivir. Veklury was...

Protecting European Consumers through action on dangerous products

Today the European Commission published its latest report on the Commission’s system to prevent or restrict the selling of dangerous products on the market, the so-called ‘Rapid...

New Europass for students and workers

As Europe starts the long path to recovery from COVID-19, on 1 July 2020, the European Commission has launched a new, modernised Europass. The new...

Re-Open EU

The European Commission has launched ‘Re-open EU' - a web platform to support a safe relaunch of travelling and tourism across Europe. The platform will provide...

World Environment Day

World Environment Day is commemorated each year on June 5. The Day is the United Nations' principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment....

Next Generation EU: A recovery plan for Europe

The European Commission has put forward its proposal for a major recovery plan. To ensure the recovery is sustainable, even, inclusive and fair for all Member...

Country-Specific Recommendations for a coordinated response to coronavirus

The Commission has proposed country-specific recommendations (CSRs) providing economic policy guidance to all EU Member States in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, focused on...

Commission approves €11.5 mn Maltese scheme to support the production...

The European Commission has approved a Maltese aid scheme of €11.5 million to support investments in the production of products that are relevant to the coronavirus outbreak, including...

9 May: Europe Day celebrating European solidarity and unity

Europe Day 2020 takes place under very exceptional circumstances in all Member States, as Europe is active on all fronts to fight the coronavirus crisis....

Spring 2020 Economic Forecast: A deep and uneven recession, an...

The coronavirus pandemic represents a major shock for the global and EU economies, with very severe socio-economic consequences. Despite the swift and comprehensive policy response...

Commission approves €215mn Maltese employment aid scheme

The European Commission has approved a €215mn Maltese wage subsidies scheme to support companies operating in the sectors affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme...

European Council approves €540 bn recovery package

On 23 April 2020 EU leaders discussed progress on the various dimensions of the European response to the COVID-19 outbreak. It was the fourth video...

Commission approves €5.3 million Maltese scheme

The European Commission has approved a €5.3 million Maltese direct grants scheme to support investment in research and development (R&D) related to the coronavirus outbreak....

Coronavirus: roadmap for lifting of containment measures

The Commission, in cooperation with the President of the European Council, has put forward a European roadmap to phase-out the containment measures due to the coronavirus outbreak....

Coronavirus: EU Medical Corps deployed to Italy

Coronavirus: EU Medical Corps deployed to Italy A team of European doctors and nurses from Romania and Norway, deployed through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism,...

Commission approves €350mn Maltese guarantee scheme

The European Commission has approved a Maltese State aid scheme to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved...

Coronavirus: €100 billion to help workers

Saving lives and supporting livelihoods in these times of acute crisis is paramount. The Commission is further increasing its response by proposing to set up...

Coronavirus: Commission boosts budget for repatriation flights and rescEU stockpile

The European Commission has proposed to make €75 million from the EU budget available to help Member States repatriate EU nationals and to increase the...

Coronavirus: supply of personal protective equipment for the EU successful

The joint procurement of personal protective equipment launched by the European Commission to address the coronavirus crisis has proven successful. Producers made offers covering and...

COVID-19: RescEU stockpile of medical equipment

The European Commission has decided to create a strategic rescEU stockpile of medical equipment such as ventilators and protective masks to help EU countries in the context...

COVID-19: guidance on EU passenger rights

To mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission has today published guidelines to ensure EU passenger rights are applied in a consistent manner across the...

COVID-19: border measures to protect health

The Commission presented guidelines to Member States on health-related border management measures in the context of the COVID-19 emergency. The aim is to protect citizens’...

COVID-19: European Council

Heads of State and Government held a video conference on 10 March to agree on common priorities on COVID-19. Statement by President of the European...

Gender Equality Strategy: Striving for a Union of Equality

The European Commission has presented its strategy for equality between women and men in Europe. While the EU is a global leader in gender equality...

EU’s response to COVID-19 outbreak

The European Commission has launched the corona response team, a team of five Commissioners who will coordinate work on halting COVID-19 outbreak. The EU continues to work on all fronts to...

Malta Country Health Profile 2019

The Maltese population enjoys one of the longest life expectancies in the EU.  Maltese people spend the majority of their lives in good health, with...

Country Reports Published

The Commission has published country reports, including Malta’s analysing each Member State’s key socio-economic challenges. The analysis in the country reports reflects the Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy…

COVID-19: EU working on all fronts

The European Commission is working around the clock to support EU Member States and strengthen international efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. New EU funding worth €232...

Shaping Europe’s Digital future – new strategies unveiled

Today, the Commission published its ideas and actions for a digital transformation that works for all, reflecting the best of Europe: open, fair, diverse, democratic and confident....

Winter 2020 Economic Forecast: Offsetting forces confirm subdued growth

The Winter 2020 Economic Forecast projects that the European economy is set to continue on a path of steady, moderate growth. The euro area has...

112 Day: Celebrating the EU’s Single Emergency Number

Every year on 11 February, the European Union places its Single European Emergency Number ‘112’ in the spotlight. Since 1991, thanks to EU legislation people in distress can call...

A new dawn for Europe

Statement by Presidents Michel, Sassoli and Von der Leyen on Brexit

European Commission 2020 Work Programme

The European Commission adopted its 2020 Work Programme. It sets out the actions the Commission will take in 2020 to turn the Political Guidelines of President von der Leyen into...

Conference on the Future of Europe

The European Commission has set out its ideas for shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe, which should be launched on Europe Day, 9 May...

Brexit: withdrawal agreement signed by the EU

On 24 January, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel and the President of the Europan Commission, Ursula von der Leyen signed the Agreement...

Clean mobility solutions for Europe

On Friday 17 January, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans visited the Brussels Motor Show in his capacity as Executive Vice-President for the...

Less than half of EU travellers are aware of EU...

The European Commission released the results of a Eurobarometer survey on passenger rights in the European Union. According to the survey, 43% of EU citizens...

New Deal for Consumers: new rules to boost consumer protection...

The European Commission welcomes the entry into force of new EU rules for consumer protection, as part of the New Deal for Consumers. On this occasion,...

The European Green Deal announced

The European Commission presented The European Green Deal – a roadmap for making the EU's economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas...

First Juncker Plan project in Malta: broadband to 70,000 homes

The European Investment Bank is providing a €28 million loan to Maltese telecommunications provider GO p.l.c. to extend and improve its broadband network. The Europen Investment Bank (EIB)...

Parliament elects the new Commission

The European Parliament yesterday approved the new College of Commissioners by 461 votes to 157 against, with 89 abstentions. President-elect Ursula von der Leyen -...

Autumn Fiscal Package: Commission adopts Opinions on Budgets

The European Commission has presented its Opinions on euro area Member States’ Draft Budgetary Plans for 2020, taken steps under the Stability and Growth Pact...

European Solidarity Corps: Opportunities in 2020 for Young People

The European Commission published its 2020 call for proposals under the European Solidarity Corps. An expected budget of €117 million will be available to support solidarity activities, opening...

WiFi4EU: Wi-Fi hotspots for 1,780 municipalities

A total of 1,780 municipalities will benefit from a total of €26.7 million, to cover the cost of installing free public WiFi hotspots. The municipalities...

VET for All – Skills for Life

The 2019 European Vocational Skills Week will take place in Helsinki, Finland from 14 to 18 October. Hosted by the European Commission, in partnership with...

New rules make household appliances more sustainable

In a continued effort to reduce Europe’s carbon footprint and to make energy bills cheaper for European consumers, the Commission has adopted new eco-design measures...

European Reference Networks welcome new members

Healthcare providers in Europe can apply from 30 September until 30 November to become members of one of the 24 European Reference Networks (ERNs). ERNs are virtual networks...

Formation of new European Commission (2019-2024)

European Commission President-elect, Ursula von der Leyen, gave her agreement to the draft list of Commissioners-designate provided to her by the Council of the European Union....

Brexit ‘no-deal’ preparedness

With 8 weeks to go until the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union on 31 October 2019, the Commission has today – in its 6th Brexit...

EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme

With the start of a new school year, the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme will resume in participating EU countries for 2019-2020, including...

Young translators: 2019 translation contest for schools launched

The European Commission has announced the 13th edition of its annual Juvenes Translatores competition for secondary-school students from across Europe. As of 2 September, schools...

G7 Summit: €550 million UE contribution to save 16 million...

During the G7 summit in Biarritz, dedicated to the fight against inequalities this year, the EU announced a €550 million pledge to The Global Fund, to...

Spring 2019 Standard Eurobarometer

The latest Eurobarometer survey shows a strong increase in citizens’ positive perception of the European Union. The positive outlook is reported across the board –...

Launch of “Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach

The European Commission has launched the 2019 edition of an EU-wide contest for the "Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach". This prize is awarded to outstanding...

First Female Commission President elected

Ursula von der Leyen has been elected President of the next European Commission by the European Parliament in a secret ballot on 16 July. She gained 383 votes in favour, 327...

EU and Mercosur reach agreement on trade

The European Union and Mercosur - a bloc comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay - reached a political agreement for an ambitious, balanced and comprehensive...

EU invests €35 million for cancer prevention and treatment

The European Commission launched a call for proposals with €35 million available aimed to support  the development of analysis of health images for cancer diagnostics based on...

Horizon 2020: €11 billion to address societal challenges

The European Commission has announced how it will spend the last and biggest annual share of €11 billion of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020.

2018 Report on Asylum in the EU

According to the 2018 Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the EU+ published by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), last year asylum applications in the EU returned to pre-crisis levels in 2018.

EU Protects

EU reports on progress in fighting disinformation ahead of European Council.

Country Specific Recommendations 2019

The European Commission presented the 2019 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), giving economic policy guidance to all EU Member States for the next 12 to 18 months. The...

Learning Corner launched

The European Commission recently launched a brand new website - Learning Corner. Learning Corner is targeted at primary and secondary school pupils, their teachers and parents. Available in...

Calls to other EU countries become cheaper

As of 15 May, a new maximum price will apply for all international calls and SMS within the EU. As a result, consumers calling from...

Strength in unity: EU leaders to look ahead to common...

On 9 May 2019, EU leaders will meet in Sibiu, as suggested by President Juncker in his 2017 State of the Union address, to discuss...

Preventing Food Waste

The European Commission has adopted a methodology to measure food waste across the EU. Each year around 20% of food produced in the EU is lost or wasted, causing...

15th Anniversary of EU Accession

On May 1, Malta and 9 other countries celebrate their 15th anniversary of the 2004 accession to the EUropean Union: Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta,...

Strength in unity: Commission recommendations for the Sibiu Summit

Ahead of the meeting of EU27 leaders in Sibiu, Romania, on 9 May 2019, the European Commission is today setting out a number of policy...

European Youth Week 2019: “Democracy and me”

European Youth Week takes place every two years. It celebrates and promotes activities targeted at young people through events organised in all countries participating in...

Europe is biggest development donor – €74.4 billion in 2018

The European Union and its Member States continued to be the world's leading provider of official development assistance in 2018 and stepped up their efforts...

€4 billion investment package for projects across 10 Member States

The European Commission announced investments of €4 billion of EU Cohesion Policy funds in 25 large infrastructure projects in 10 Member States. The investment package...

EU channels further support for Mozambique following Cyclone Idai

At the request of Mozambique, the European Commission announced that the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated to help those affected by the devastating...

EU action leads to clearer and more transparent pricing

Following a call from the European Commission and EU consumer authorities, five industry leaders (Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and Sixt) have changed the way they...

Removal of Galileo back-up sites from UK territory

As part of its Brexit preparedness work, the Commission announced that it is taking the necessary operational steps to ensure business continuity and preserve the...

Brexit preparedness: EU completes preparations for possible “no-deal” scenario on...

As it is increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on 12 April, the European Commission has today completed its “no-deal” preparations....

Employment and social developments in Europe: Record number of people...

The spring edition of the Commission's Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) Quarterly Review published today shows that the number of people in employment and the...

Commission reviews relations with China

Against the backdrop of China's growing economic power and political influence, the European Commission and the High Representative have reviewed European Union-China relations and the...

Foreign Direct Investment: rise of foreign ownership in key sectors

The Commission has released a detailed overview of the foreign direct investment situation in the EU. The report (http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2019/march/tradoc_157724.pdf) is the first of its kind...

Adoption of several “no-deal-BREXIT” contingency measures

The Commission has welcomed the swift adoption by the European Parliament of a number of “no-deal” contingency measures. This will help ensure that the EU...

New clearer energy efficiency labels

To make energy labels more understandable for consumers and help them make better informed purchasing choices, the Commission has adopted new energy efficiency labels applicable from...

International Women’s Day 2019: Gender Equality Report

On the occasion of this year's International Women's Day, the Commission has published its 2019 report on equality between women and men in the EU....

The European Agenda on Migration: EU needs to sustain progress...

Ahead of the March European Council, to be held on 21 and 22 of the month, the European Commission is today taking stock of progress made...

2018 General Report on the Activities of the EU

The European Commission adopted the 2018 edition of the General Report. This fulfils its legal obligation under Article 249(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of...

€251 million more for Erasmus+ in 2019

The European Commission has adopted the revised Erasmus+ Annual Work Programme for 2019, allocating an additional €251 million to the already planned €3 billion budget for the...

EU asylum figures 2018: Applications return to 2014 levels

New figures just published by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) show for a third consecutive year that asylum applications in the EU continue to...