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Article – “Together for Europe’s recovery”: Germany takes over Council presidency

We asked German MEPs what they expect from the German presidency. Daniel Caspary (EPP): “The EU multi-annual budget for 2021-2027 and the recovery fund will determine whether the EU emerges stronger from the corona crisis. The German presidency of the Council and Chancellor Angela Merkel can bring experience and expertise on European issues, a positive sign for the controversial and hard discussions." Berlin can also provide an “important impulse” for the success of the negotiations on the EU-UK agreement, he said. Jens…

Luis de Guindos: Interview with La Stampa

INTERVIEWInterview with Luis de Guindos, Vice-President of the ECB, conducted by Marco Zatterin on 26 June 2020 and published on 1 July 2020 1 July 2020 The International Monetary Fund has just revised down all of its projections. How is the European economy looking from the ECB’s perspective? The level of uncertainty is very high, so various scenarios need to be considered while acknowledging that it is difficult to produce projections. In reality, one thing is certain: we have experienced a deep fall in economic activity.…

Fabio Panetta: The price of uncertainty and uncertainty about prices: monetary policy in the post-COVID-19 economy

SPEECHKeynote speech by Fabio Panetta at a Capital Markets webinar organised by the European Investment Bank and the European Stability Mechanism Frankfurt am Main, 1 July 2020 The coronavirus (COVID-19) shock creates a uniquely high degree of uncertainty about the economic outlook. We lack clarity about when the virus will be tamed and when social distancing measures can be relaxed; about the effects of the lockdown on confidence and growth; and about how the structure of the economy itself will evolve in response to the…

Council extends the mandates of EU CSDP civilian missions for one more year

The Council decided to extend the mandates until 30 June 2021 of three of its Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) civilian missions: the European Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya), the European Border Assistance Mission in the Rafah Crossing Point (EUBAM Rafah), and the European Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS). The COVID-19 pandemic has put on hold the implementation of some activities foreseen as part of the mandate of the missions. To allow time to implement these…

Council agrees to start lifting travel restrictions for residents of some third countries

The Council today adopted a recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU. Travel restrictions should be lifted for countries listed in the recommendation, with this list being reviewed and, as the case may be, updated every two weeks. Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, as from 1 July member states should start lifting the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries: Algeria Australia…

Council agrees to start lifting travel restrictions for residents of some third countries

The Council today adopted a recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU. Travel restrictions should be lifted for countries listed in the recommendation, with this list being reviewed and, as the case may be, updated every two weeks. Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, as from 1 July member states should start lifting the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries: Algeria Australia…

Republic of Korea- EU leaders’ video conference meeting

Main resultsThe Republic of Korea-EU leaders' video conference brought together the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the Republic of Korea, Jae-in Moon. EU and Republic of Korea leaders discussed how to foster global cooperation in the post-Covid recovery phase and reaffirmed their commitment to overcoming this challenge by working together including in the G20 and the United Nations system. Today’s Republic of Korea- EU…

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