Foreign relations of the European Union

Illumina is Committed to Bringing Lifesaving GRAIL Test to People Globally as European Review Process Enters Second Phase

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 5:49pm

We look forward to presenting our position during the Phase II process, said Charles Dadswell, General Counsel for Illumina.

Key Points: 
  • We look forward to presenting our position during the Phase II process, said Charles Dadswell, General Counsel for Illumina.
  • Illumina is also challenging the ECs jurisdiction to investigate the transaction under Article 22 of the European Union (EU) Merger Regulation.
  • Illumina has filed an action in the General Court of the EU seeking annulment of the ECs jurisdiction to review the acquisition.
  • Illuminas re-acquisition of GRAIL means that millions of citizens across the European Economic Area (EEA) will be able to access life-saving early cancer screening years sooner.

DGAP-News: CECONOMY AG further enhances post-pandemic financing structure with €500 million 5-year senior unsecured bond

Friday, June 18, 2021 - 5:01pm

The securities referred to herein are not being offered to the public in the European Economic Area ("EEA") within the meaning of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the ''EU Prospectus Regulation'').

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  • The securities referred to herein are not being offered to the public in the European Economic Area ("EEA") within the meaning of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the ''EU Prospectus Regulation'').
  • In member states of the EEA, this announcement is directed only at persons who are ''qualified investors'' within the meaning of the EU Prospectus Regulation.
  • This announcement must not be acted on or relied on in any member state of the EEA by persons who are not qualified investors.
  • Any investment or investment activity to which this announcement relates is available only to qualified investors in any member state of the EEA.

Highlights - Public hearing on the EU long-term strategy towards Russia - Committee on Foreign Affairs

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 8:01pm

On 10 May, the Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold an online hearing " EU long-term strategy towards Russia ".

Key Points: 
  • On 10 May, the Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold an online hearing " EU long-term strategy towards Russia ".
  • Amid the recent expulsions of diplomats and blacklisting of prominent EU officials as well as Russia's continued crackdown on the opposition, the Foreign Affairs Committee will take stock of the achievements and the shortcomings of the current EU strategy vis vis Russia.
  • Members and experts will discuss how to rethink and update the EU's strategy towards Russia for the years to come.
  • The elements put forward will feed into the forthcoming EP recommendations on Russia.

Europe Day 2021

Friday, May 7, 2021 - 10:02pm

Every year on May 9th - Europe Day -we celebrate peace and unity in Europe.

Key Points: 
  • Every year on May 9th - Europe Day -we celebrate peace and unity in Europe.
  • Traditionally, EU Institutions and local EU offices across the EU open their doors to the public in early May.
  • This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Europe Day is largely celebrated online.
  • For more information about Europe Day 2021 visit:https://europeday.europa.eu/index_en

Media advisory - Press briefing ahead of Foreign Affairs Council (Defence) of 6 May 2021

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 8:00am

Press briefing

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  • Press briefing

    The press briefing ahead of the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence) will take place on Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 14:00by an EEAS senior official

    This briefing is "off the record".

  • Please note that this press briefing will take place remotely.
  • In order to participate and ask questions, EU accredited journalists should register usingthis link.
  • Those who already registered for previous press briefing of Foreign Affairs Council meeting earlier this year do not need to do it again.

Forward look: 3 - 16 May 2021

Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 8:00am

Foreign Affairs Council (Defence), Thursday 6 May

Key Points: 
  • Foreign Affairs Council (Defence), Thursday 6 May

    EU ministers of foreign affairs will be briefed about current affairs and exchange views on the Strategic Compass.

  • Informal meeting of heads of state or government, Saturday 8 May

    An Informal meeting of EU leaders will discuss the European Pillar of Social Rights in Porto.

  • Foreign Affairs Council, Monday 10 May

    EU ministers of foreign affairs will be briefed about current affairs and exchange views on Western Balkans, transatlantic relations and Belarus.

  • General Affairs Council, Tuesday 11 May

    The Council will prepare for the special European Council meeting on 25 May 2021.

Forward look: 26 April - 9 May 2021

Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 12:06am

Foreign Affairs Council (Defence), Thursday 6 May

Key Points: 
  • Foreign Affairs Council (Defence), Thursday 6 May

    EU ministers of foreign affairs will be briefed about current affairs and exchange views on the Strategic Compass.

  • Informal meeting of heads of state or government, Saturday 8 May

    An Informal meeting of EU leaders will discuss the European Pillar of Social Rights in Porto.

  • Foreign Affairs Council, Monday 10 May

    EU ministers of foreign affairs will be briefed about current affairs and exchange views on Western Balkans, transatlantic relations and Belarus.

  • General Affairs Council, Tuesday 11 May

    The Council will prepare for the special European Council meeting on 25 May 2021.

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures against serious human rights violations and abuses

Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 12:05am

On 22 March 2021 the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2021/4811, amending Council Decision 2020/1999.

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  • On 22 March 2021 the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2021/4811, amending Council Decision 2020/1999.
  • The Council Decision adds 11 persons and 4 entities to the EU sanctions list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures set out in the Annex to Decision (CFSP) 2020/1999.
  • The Candidate Countries the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania2 and the EFTA countries Iceland and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, align themselves with this Council Decision.
  • L 99 I/25

    2 The Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

New EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process appointed

Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 12:02am

Today the Council appointed Mr Sven Koopmans as the EU's Special Representative (EUSR) for the Middle East Peace Process from 1 May 2021 to 28 February 2023.

Key Points: 
  • Today the Council appointed Mr Sven Koopmans as the EU's Special Representative (EUSR) for the Middle East Peace Process from 1 May 2021 to 28 February 2023.
  • Mr Koopmans is a peace negotiation specialist, senior diplomat, national politician, and international lawyer.
  • The mandate of the EUSR for the Middle East Peace Process is to provide an active contribution to the final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a two-state solution, in line with the UNSCR 2334 (2016).
  • The EUSR will also support the work of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, on this issue and maintain an overview of all EU regional activities linked to the Middle East Peace Process.

EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement: Council adopts decision on conclusion

Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 12:02am

The Council has today adopted a decision on the conclusion of the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement and the security of information agreement.

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  • The Council has today adopted a decision on the conclusion of the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement and the security of information agreement.
  • Background

    Negotiators reached an agreement on an EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement and a security of information agreement on 24 December 2020.

  • On 29 December 2020, the Council adopted the decision on the signing of the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement and a security of information agreement and on their provisional application as of 1 January 2021.
  • On 26 February 2021, the Council requested the European Parliament's consent to its decision on the conclusion of the agreements, which the European Parliament gave on 27 April.