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EC ADOPTS EU ACTION PLAN TO MEET ZERO POLLUTION TARGET

On May 12, the Commission adopted the EU Action Plan “Towards Zero Pollution for air, water and soil” in the framework of the European Green Deal and as a fundamental theme for the EU Green Week. The plan combines both the objective of reducing emissions levels through EU policies and the support of technology instruments against pollution.

Specifically, among the actions that are required for the delivery of better results in line with the goals of the European Green Deal there are: achieving better air quality standards close to World Health Organisation recommendations, reviewing water quality standards, reducing soil pollution, reviewing EU waste law and adapt them to circular economy principles, reducing EU’s external pollution footprint. 

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EC PROPOSES TO RESPOND TO ECONOMIC CRISIS THROUGH VAT EXEMPTION

On April 12, the European Commission put forward a proposal to apply VAT exemption on goods and services in times of crisis, in order to act as a cost relief during present and future economic emergencies.

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CONNECTIVITY TOOLBOX: THE AGREEMENT OF MS ON THE DEPLOYMENT OF 5G AND FIBRE NETWORKS 

On 25 March, Member States, in close cooperation with the EC, agreed on a Union-wide Connectivity Toolbox, pursuant to the Connectivity Recommendation of 18 September 2020.

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EUROPEAN STRUCTURAL AND INVESTMENT FUNDS: SPENDING DOUBLED IN 2019-2020

On April 28, the Commission published a report stating that the rate of investment of the five European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds), the major source of funding to support the objectives of the European Green Deal has accelerated significantly in the past two years in the EU.

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COVID-19: THE COMMISSION MOBILISES €123 MILLION FOR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION 

The EC is mobilising €123 million from Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme, for urgent research into coronavirus variants.

We continue to mobilise all means at our disposal to fight this pandemic and the challenges presented by coronavirus variants”. Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said.

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ERASMUS+: AN INVESTMENT OF 28 BILLION EUROS TO SUPPORT MOBILITY IN THE EU

On March 25, the Commission adopted the first annual Erasmus+ work programme for the period 2021-2027. With an investment of 26.2 bn, supplemented by 2.2 bn derived from external EU instruments, the new programme will finance mobility programmes for learning and of cross-border cooperation for 10 million EU citizens of all ages and walks of life.

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THE EUROPEAN CLIMATE LAW MARKS A NEW STEP TOWARDS EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL 

On April 21, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union reached an agreement regarding targets contained in the European Climate Law and the EU’s commitment to reach climate neutrality by 2050. The deal constitutes a milestone in the pathway outlined by the European Green Deal and sets out intermediate binding targets to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

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