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20.07.2021 - 08:03 [ Politico.eu ]

5 things to know about EU’s Fit for 55 climate package

(21.07.2021)

It’s the first time that a major economy is radically overhauling its climate rules, and is being watched around the world.

The Fit for 55 package will be announced on July 14.

20.07.2021 - 07:59 [ europarl.europa.eu ]

Legislative train: Fit for 55 package under the European Green Deal

The following initiatives were announced for second quarter (Q2) of 2021. The Commission has announced a postponement of the initial batch to 14 July 2021:

– Revision of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), including maritime, aviation and CORSIA as well as a proposal for ETS as own resource
– Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) and a proposal for CBAM as own resource
– Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR)
– Revision of the Energy Tax Directive
– Amendment to the Renewable Energy Directive to implement the ambition of the new 2030 climate target (RED)
– Amendment of the Energy Efficiency Directive to implement the ambition of the new 2030 climate target (EED)
– Reducing methane emissions in the energy sector
– Revision of the Regulation on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF)
– Revision of the Directive on deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure
– Revision of the Regulation setting CO₂ emission performance standards for new passenger cars and for new light commercial vehicles

The following initiatives are announced for fourth quarter (Q4) of 2021:

– Revision of the energy performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)
– Revision of the Third Energy Package for gas (Directive 2009/73/EU and Regulation 715/2009/EU) to regulate competitive decarbonised gas markets

22.06.2021 - 13:51 [ Express.co.uk ]

‚More like the USSR at every turn!‘ Britons chilled as EU to censor UK television content

Scheming eurocrats provoked outrage when it emerged they were drawing up plans to pull our critically-acclaimed shows like The Crown and Peaky Blinders from European streaming services. The news – which emerged in a memo sent to the EU’s 27 member states – was quickly compared to Soviet Russia which was notorious for its thought police tactics.

22.06.2021 - 13:48 [ HollywoodReporter.com ]

European Union Prepares to Cut Brit Film and TV Content Post Brexit

The EU is considering proposals to exclude British programs from European quotas, a move that could severely hit international sales of U.K. films and TV series to the EU.

17.06.2021 - 17:52 [ Achse des Guten ]

EU-Kommission will den EU-weiten Notstand ermöglichen

Welche praktischen Maßnahmen der EU-Chef-Epidemiologe später legitimieren soll, findet sich zwei Punkte weiter:

„Die EU sollte einen Rahmen zum Ausruf eines Pandemie-Notstands in der EU und ein Instrumentarium für Krisensituationen schaffen.“

Die EU-Kommission möchte also die Ermächtigung für die Brüsseler Institutionen zur Verhängung des Notstands? Soll dies später Legitimation genug für den Grundrechtsentzug sein, so wie es in Deutschland jetzt die Feststellung der epidemischen Lage von nationaler Tragweite ist? Sollen sich die Nationalstaaten dem EU-Notstand entziehen dürfen oder nicht? An der zusätzlichen Exekutivgewalt in solchen Notstandszeiten möchte die EU-Kommission offenbar mindestens teilhaben. So lässt sich zumindest der nächste Punkt im Maßnahmenkatalog verstehen:

„Koordinierte Maßnahmen sollten in Europa selbstverständlich werden. Die europäische Gesundheitsunion sollte noch vor Jahresende beschlossen werden.

25.05.2021 - 19:31 [ Aktion Freiheit statt Angst ]

Impfausweis soll „weitere Daten“ verknüpfen?

Auch die österreichischen Datenschützer sind empört, dass die Regierung die Datenbank mit den vorgenommenen Impfungen in ein anderes Register, das Epidemiologische Meldesystem (EMS) einfügen will. Damit werden mit Corona Infizierte und gegen Corona Geimpfte in die gleiche Datenbank gepackt. Beide Informationen könnten genauso gut in getrennten Datenbanken liegen.

Doch es folgt ein weiterer Schritt: Im EMS-Register soll auch eine Verbindung mit aktuellen und historischen Daten über das Erwerbsleben, das Einkommen, etwaige Arbeitslosigkeiten, den Bildungsweg, Reha-Aufenthalte und Krankenstände einer Person hergestellt werden.

18.05.2021 - 06:05 [ KleineZeitung.at ]

Europäisches Zertifikat: EU-Gipfel bringt „Grünen Corona-Pass“ in Stellung

Die deutsche Kanzlerin Angela Merkel geht davon aus, dass der EU-Impfpass bis zum Sommer entwickelt werden kann. „Die politische Vorgabe ist, dass man das in den nächsten Monaten erreicht, ich habe ja von drei Monaten gesprochen“, sagte die Merkel nach dem EU-Videogipfel laut der Deutschen Presse-Agentur.

Ähnlich äußerte sich EU-Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen.

08.05.2021 - 22:07 [ ABC News ]

EU agrees potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab

The European Union cemented its support for Pfizer-BioNTech and its novel COVID-19 vaccine technology Saturday by agreeing to a massive contract extension for a potential 1.8 billion doses through 2023.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said her office has approved a contract for a guaranteed 900 million doses with the same amount of doses as a future option.

02.05.2021 - 09:04 [ ORF.at ]

EU will Abwasser untersuchen lassen

Sinkevicius verwies zudem darauf, dass die Analyse von Abwasser „ein bewährtes Konzept bei der öffentlichen Gesundheitsüberwachung ist“. Hintergrund: Beispielsweise nutzen mehrere europäische Metropolen wie Barcelona Stichproben von Abwassern, um Erkenntnisse über die Menge und die Art des Drogenkonsums zu gewinnen.

26.04.2021 - 06:55 [ EU Commission / EU Kommission - ec.europa.eu ]

ROADMAP FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIONS BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION BASED ON THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION AND THE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION ON STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AGAINST VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES

(March 2019)

Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens (that takes into account potentially different national vaccination schedules and), that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders, without duplicating work at national level.

17.04.2021 - 05:57 [ ec.europa.eu ]

ROADMAP FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIONS BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION BASED ON THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION AND THE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION ON STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AGAINST VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES

(March 2019)

Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens (that takes into account potentially different national vaccination schedules and), that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders, without duplicating work at national level.

27.03.2021 - 10:52 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Bundesverfassungsgericht: EU-Corona-Hilfen vorläufig gestoppt

Der Bundespräsident darf das beschlossene Gesetz nicht ausfertigen, denn in Karlsruhe liegt ein Eilantrag gegen die deutsche Beteiligung vor. Bis das Gericht darüber entschieden hat, sollen keine Fakten geschaffen werden.

Eine Begründung für den Beschluss veröffentlichte das Bundesverfassungsgericht zunächst nicht.

25.03.2021 - 18:09 [ theTimes.co.uk ]

EU contract with AstraZeneca is inferior to UK’s, says Matt Hancock

Britain negotiated a better contract to secure vaccine supplies with AstraZeneca that trumps the EU’s agreement with the company, the health secretary has said.

EU leaders will today discuss European Commission proposals for export bans if there are new supply shortages this spring amid a dispute over who gets a stock of four million doses made by AstraZeneca’s Dutch factory.

25.03.2021 - 18:07 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Großbritannien zu AstraZeneca-Impfstoff „Unser Vertrag übertrumpft deren“

Mit Blick auf den Streit zwischen der EU und AstraZeneca über gekürzte Liefermengen sagte Hancock der „Financial Times“: „Unser Vertrag übertrumpft deren. Das nennt sich Vertragsrecht und ist eindeutig.“ Die EU habe einen Vertrag, der lediglich „beste Bemühungen“ seitens des Impfstoffherstellers zusichere, London habe sich hingegen Exklusivität zusichern lassen.

22.03.2021 - 09:01 [ ORF.at ]

EU-Staaten bremsen bei neuen Kompetenzen für Europol

Aus dem zugehörigen Erwägungsgrund 34 geht hervor, dass die Kommission Datenzugriff auch für Europol vorgesehen hat, wenn der betreffende Kriminalfall von den Europol-Kompetenzen gedeckt ist. Das heißt, Europol sellbst obläge die Prüfung, ob man berechtigt ist, die Daten mitzulesen oder ob darauf verzichtet werden muss, weil in diesem speziellen Fall ein Zugriff über das Europol-Mandat hinausginge.

21.03.2021 - 18:49 [ DavidAllenGreen.com ]

What the AstraZeneca agreement actually says

(31.01.2021)

First, the parties.

The agreement is between the European Commission, acting on behalf of European Union member states, and AstraZeneca AB, incorporated in Sweden.

That this is the AstraZeneca entity that is party to the agreement may be significant, for (all other things being equal) only that entity will be bound by obligations on AstraZeneca in the agreement – and not any other AstraZeneca entity.

21.03.2021 - 18:43 [ Express.co.uk ]

EU vaccine export ban: Can Ursula von der Leyen REALLY block jab export? Is it legal?

Ms von der Leyen said Brussels had the right to ban the export of vaccines to the UK. But according to a UK Government official, such a move would be illegal.

The source told the Daily Mail: “The reality is our contract with AstraZeneca is rock-solid and better than the EU’s.

“And we’re only getting what we helped to develop and paid for.”

21.03.2021 - 13:30 [ Al Jazeera ]

EU threatens to ban AstraZeneca exports if vaccines not delivered

Von der Leyen said Anglo-Swedish pharma giant AstraZeneca had delivered only 30 percent of the 90 million vaccine doses it had promised for the first quarter of the year.

The company has blamed production delays at its EU plants, but European officials are furious that AstraZeneca has been able to deliver its United Kingdom contract while falling short on the continent.

21.03.2021 - 13:26 [ Politico.eu ]

AstraZeneca cuts EU vaccine delivery targets again

(12.03.2021)

But the 180 million doses expected in the second quarter are now also in jeopardy, since half of these doses were planned to be sourced from the global supply chain.

18.03.2021 - 12:35 [ EU Kommission / EU Commission ]

ROADMAP FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIONS BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION BASED ON THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION AND THE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION ON STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AGAINST VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES

(March 2019)

Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens (that takes into account potentially different national vaccination schedules and), that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders, without duplicating work at national level.

18.03.2021 - 12:27 [ Heise.de ]

Von der Leyen: EU-Verordnung für Corona-Pässe bis Juni

Gestern präsentierte die deutsche EU-Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen zusammen mit Justizkommissar Didier Reynders ihre Pläne für „Digitale Grüne Zertifikate“. Zu deren Ausstellung werden die 27 EU-Mitgliedsländer ihrem Willen nach durch eine Verordnung verpflichtet. Ihrem Entwurf dazu sollen das EU-Parlament und die Mitgliedsländerregierungsvertreter im EU-Rat bis spätestens 1. Juni zustimmen.

13.03.2021 - 13:59 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Vereinbarte Impfstoff-Lieferung: AstraZeneca kürzt erneut Nachschub für EU

Der Konzern begründete dies gestern so: „Leider werden Exportbeschränkungen die Lieferungen im ersten Quartal nun reduzieren, und werden dies wahrscheinlich auch im zweiten Quartal.“ Weitere Details wurden nicht genannt

13.03.2021 - 13:52 [ Tagesschau.de ]

AstraZeneca: Warum die USA keinen Impfstoff abgeben

Die US Regierung wehrt sich gegen Vorwürfe, sie würden Hersteller mit einem Exportstopp daran hindern, zugesagten Impfstoff nach Europa zu liefern. Es gebe kein Exportverbot. Der Impfstoff im Kühlschrank gehöre den USA, sei gekauft und bezahlt, den gebe man nicht einfach ab. Das habe nichts mit Exportverbot zu tun.

12.03.2021 - 08:42 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Johnson & Johnson-Vakzin: EU-Kommission genehmigt vierten Impfstoff

Es gibt Befürchtungen, dass das Unternehmen nicht rechtzeitig liefern kann – unter anderem, weil der Impfstoff in den USA abgefüllt wird und dort faktisch ein Exportstopp für Corona-Impfstoffe herrscht. Der Hersteller hat aber zugesagt, ab April zu liefern. Die EU-Kommission ist nach eigenen Angaben im Gespräch mit den US-Behörden, um die Lieferungen zu sichern.

07.03.2021 - 20:44 [ Krone.at ]

Von der Leyen: „Staaten entscheiden selbst über Corona-Pass“

Zum Israel-Trip von Kurz und der dänischen Ministerpräsidentin Mette Frederiksen sagte die Kommissionspräsidentin, die beiden Regierungschefs hätten das Land besucht, „um von einem guten Beispiel zu lernen“. Israel habe wie Dänemark keine eigenen Produktionsstätten für Corona-Impfstoffe. „Wenn nun die Lehre daraus ist, eigene Produktionskapazitäten aufzubauen, zum Beispiel in Dänemark oder Österreich, dann kann ich das mit ganzer Kraft unterstützen, denn das brauchen wir.“

07.03.2021 - 20:35 [ ORF.at ]

Knapper Impfstoff: EU wendet sich an die USA

Brüssel will konkret über die Lieferung von US-Produkten verhandeln, die für die Herstellung von Impfstoffen benötigt werden, aber strikten Exportbeschränkungen unterliegen.

Bei den Beratungen soll es unter anderem um spezielle Taschen für Impfstoffbehältnisse gehen, die vor allem von US-Unternehmen in der EU sowie von europäischen Unternehmen in den USA hergestellt werden. Thema sollen außerdem Ampullen, Spritzen und Lipidnanopartikel sein, die zur Verkapselung von mRNA-Impfstoffen benötigt werden.

07.03.2021 - 20:32 [ Noen.at ]

EU-Kommissar: Nur EU kann viel Impfstoff produzieren

Nur die Europäische Union und die USA könnten große Mengen an Corona-Impfstoffen herstellen, sagte der für die Impfstoffproduktion zuständige EU-Kommissar Thierry Breton am Freitag nach einem Treffen mit Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) in Wien. Von Kurz sei er auch über die Kooperation mit Israel und Dänemark informiert worden.

05.03.2021 - 08:29 [ ORF.at ]

WHO lehnt von EU-Kommission geplante Impfpässe ab

Zwar sei die für den Sommer angekündigte Einführung „wohl unvermeidlich“, sagte der Regionaldirektor der WHO Europe, Hans Kluge, der deutschen „Welt“, „aber es ist keine Empfehlung der WHO“. Es gebe ernste Bedenken: So sei unsicher, wie lang die Immunität anhalte. Auch könne ein Impfstoff „nicht unbedingt die Ansteckung anderer Menschen verhindern“.

26.02.2021 - 03:40 [ ec.europa.eu ]

ROADMAP FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIONS BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION BASED ON THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION AND THE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION ON STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AGAINST VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES

(March 2019)

Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens (that takes into account potentially different national vaccination schedules and), that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders, without duplicating work at national level.

20.02.2021 - 07:04 [ researchgate.net ]

Cybersecurity-Regulierung 2021: Update

– Schaffung eines einheitlichen EU-Regulierungsrahmens als strategisches Ziel, Deutschland sollte als Vorreiter der europäischen Position agieren.

Cyber-Sicherheitsstrategie 2021

→ Aktuell: Beschlussfassung geplant für Mai 2021

Übersicht
– Deutsche Cyber-Sicherheitsstrategie 2021
– Zweites Gesetz zur Erhöhung der Sicherheit informationstechnischer
Systeme (IT-SiG 2.0)
– The EU’s Cybersecurity Strategy for the Digital Decade
– Proposal for a Directive on measures for a high common level of
cybersecurity across the Union, repealing Directive (EU) 2016/1148
(NIS 2)
– EU DID- und WK-Richtlinie inkl. nationaler Umsetzungsrechtsakte

20.02.2021 - 06:54 [ connect.geant.org ]

Running your own DNS service? There may be changes ahead.

(22.01.2021)

As a consequence of this directive’s quite broad definition of DNS, every organisation or individual running their own DNS will have to comply by registering their DNS service with ENISA, the EU agency for Cyber Security. This applies not only to top level domain DNS, but also to universities, companies of all sizes and ICT-enthusiasts who run their own DNS service at home.

20.02.2021 - 06:20 [ jdsupra.com ]

New EU Cybersecurity Strategy: European Commission Accelerates Push for EU to Lead in Cybersecurity Regulation

(24.12.2020)

Broadening the extra-territorial effect already in place under the current regime, selected providers of digital infrastructure or digital services who do not have a European establishment, but offer services in the EU, will also fall under the scope of the proposed NIS 2 Directive (and, to that end, will have to designate a representative in the EU). This will affect DNS service providers, TLD name registries, cloud computing service providers, data centre service providers and content delivery network providers, as well as providers of online marketplaces, online search engines and social networking services platforms.

20.02.2021 - 06:06 [ ec.europa.eu ]

Proposal for directive on measures for high common level of cybersecurity across the Union

(16.12.2020)

The Commission proposal establishes a basic framework with responsible key actors on coordinated vulnerability disclosure for newly discovered vulnerabilities across the EU and creating an EU registry on that operated by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA).

20.02.2021 - 06:00 [ Wikipedia ]

Europäisches Zentrum zur Bekämpfung der Cyberkriminalität

Das EC3 wurde am 11. Januar 2013 offiziell eröffnet. Es bestand zunächst aus 30 Mitarbeitern, eine spätere Aufstockung auf 40 war bis 2015 geplant.[4]

Der Leiter des EC3 ist dem Leiter von Europol direkt unterstellt.

20.02.2021 - 05:58 [ Wikipedia ]

Agentur der Europäischen Union für Cybersicherheit

Die Agentur der Europäischen Union für Cybersicherheit (bis zum 28. Juni 2019: Europäische Agentur für Netz- und Informationssicherheit, ENISA; englisch European Network and Information Security Agency) ist eine 2004 von der Europäischen Union gegründete Agentur.

20.02.2021 - 05:55 [ jdsupra.com ]

Meet the ECCC – the EU’s new cybersecurity competence center

(18.02.2021)

Cybersecurity and cyber-resilience has been an overarching priority of EU financial services policymakers and an area that the European Commission has been seeking to improve for all market participants in the EU’s Single Market. This issue has increased in priority in line with the exponential growth in cyber-incidents and threats, including throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

15.02.2021 - 21:43 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Corona-Impfquote: Deutschland nicht auf dem letzten Platz

Deutschland liege bei der Impfquote international auf dem letzten Platz: Diesen Eindruck vermittelt eine Grafik, die unter anderem SPD-Politikerin Schwesig geteilt hat. Tatsächlich sind die EU und Deutschland global gesehen weit vorne.

15.02.2021 - 21:37 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

EU vaccine drive is a ‚fiasco‘, says Guy Verhofstadt

„Europe is no more, no less than the world leader in vaccine production today. More than 75 per cent of vaccines worldwide are produced in Europe. Nevertheless, there is a crucial lack of supply,“ he said, adding the UK, Canada, Israel and the US are not facing the same shortages.

05.02.2021 - 12:27 [ theGuardian.com ]

Ursula von der Leyen: UK is Covid vaccine ’speedboat‘ compared with EU ‚tanker‘

“I am aware that alone a country can be a speedboat, while the EU is more like a tanker,” Von der Leyen said. “Before concluding a contract with a pharmaceutical company, the 27 member states had five full days to say whether they agreed or not.

“This naturally delays the process. Indeed, we must constantly put pressure on ourselves so that each step of the decision-making process is as fast and efficient as possible.

“But I am absolutely convinced that the European approach is the right one. On these vaccines, we worked faster than usual.

02.02.2021 - 08:56 [ Killian Foley-Walsh, Esq. / Twitter ]

Sabine Weyand was Michel Barnier’s number 2 in the Brexit negotiations. If she is responsible for triggering Art. 16, it’s not credible to suggest she didn’t understand its implications.

02.02.2021 - 08:54 [ Irish Times ]

‘I regret that article 16 was mentioned’: Von der Leyen statement in full

Below are the responses in full from European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen to questions posed by Irish Times Europe Correspondent Naomi O’Leary.

01.02.2021 - 17:34 [ Tagesschau.de ]

DAX macht Boden gut: Impfgipfel rückt in den Fokus

Nach wochenlangen Problemen bei der Lieferung von Corona-Impfstoff sind Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel und die Ministerpräsidenten der Länder am Montag zu einem „Impfgipfel“ zusammengekommen. An der Videokonferenz nehmen auch mehrere Bundesminister, Vertreter der Impfstoffhersteller sowie der EU-Kommission teil. Letztere kauft die Vakzine für die gesamte Europäische Union bei verschiedenen Produzenten ein.

30.01.2021 - 11:44 [ Independent.ie ]

Covid-19 vaccine chaos as EU is forced into U-turn after blocking supplies to the North

A government source said the Taoiseach had not been given any advance warning of the EU decision to invoke the article in the protocol.

The source said the article may have been inadvertently triggered by “someone who did not understand the political implications” of the decision.

Some EU officials are understood to be livid about the move, which they see as ruining the work they’ve done since the Brexit vote in 2016.

30.01.2021 - 11:32 [ Irish Times ]

EU backs down on plan to control export of Covid-19 vaccines across Border into North amid outcry

In a steep escalation of the EU’s fight to secure vaccine supplies, Brussels had said it would trigger clauses in the Northern Irish Protocol in the EU-UK withdrawal agreement to control shots moving across the open Border between the State and the North. It said this plan aimed to prevent the movement of vaccines onwards into the rest of the UK via a Northern Ireland “backdoor”, while preserving the capacity to allow shipments into the North.

30.01.2021 - 11:27 [ Belfastlive.co.uk ]

EU withdraws threat to trigger Article 16 of Northern Ireland Protocol

It comes after the bloc invoked part of the Northern Ireland Protocol in an attempt to stop vaccines made in the EU from getting into the UK through the back door.

The protocol, which is part of the Brexit deal, allows goods from the EU to be exported to Northern Ireland without checks.

However the EU triggered Article 16 of the protocol tonight to slap temporary export controls on vaccines sent to Northern Ireland.

30.01.2021 - 11:01 [ Rob Gillies, Chief of Bureau for The Associated Press in Canada / Twitter ]

EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and British leader Boris Johnson had an unexpected phone call, during which the UK PM “expressed his grave concerns about the potential impact which the steps the EU has taken today on vaccine exports could have

28.01.2021 - 15:37 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Streit über AstraZeneca-Impfstoff: Hoffen auf einen Kompromiss

Die EU sieht das anders: Man habe dem Unternehmen einen Vorschuss gewährt, um auf Halde zu produzieren. Vor der erwarteten Zulassung des Impfstoffs am Freitag durch die Europäische Arzneimittelbehörde hätte AstraZeneca also längst Impfdosen zurückstellen müssen. Stattdessen habe das Unternehmen die für Europa bestimmten Ampullen nach Großbritannien ausgeliefert.

28.01.2021 - 15:31 [ theHindu.com ]

Vaccine factory in Belgium inspected amid European Union dispute with AstraZeneca

The Novasep’s factory in the town of Seneffe is part of the European production chain for the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.

28.01.2021 - 15:27 [ .puls24.at ]

Belgien entsendet Ermittler in AstraZenecas Impfstofffabrik

Beamte der belgischen Arzneimittelbehörde statteten dem AstraZeneca-Standort in Seneffe einen Besuch ab. Die EU-Kommission hatte die Untersuchung angefordert. Sie will wissen, ob auf EU-Gebiet produzierte Dosen nach Großbritannien umgeleitet wurden.

27.01.2021 - 19:15 [ SAfm news / Twitter ]

The EU Commission has confirmed that a meeting with the Astrazeneca pharmaceutical company will go ahead later today.

The meeting comes as a row escalates over the supply of its coronavirus vaccine. #sabcnews

27.01.2021 - 16:25 [ ZDF ]

Live: Kyriakides zu Impfstoff-Knappheit

In der EU herrscht Impfstoff-Knappheit. Verfolgen Sie die Pressekonferenz mit der EU-Gesundheitskommissarin Stella Kyriakides jetzt hier im Livestream.

27.01.2021 - 14:48 [ Dr. Dr. Rainer Zitelmann / Twitter ]

Der mit großem Abstand beste Artikel von @janfleischhauer , dessen Beiträge ich ohnehin schätze. Eine Abrechnung mit der Unfähigkeit der Politiker in Berlin und Brüssel – und mit den Medien, die mehrheitlich die Unfähigkeit vertuschen. UNBEDINGT LESEN!

(09.01.2021)

27.01.2021 - 14:28 [ Zeit.de ]

Die beste Werbung für den Brexit

Die britische Regierung hatte sich mit dem Konzern im Alleingang bereits im Mai 2020 auf die Produktion und Lieferung des Impfstoffes geeinigt. Einen Monat später gab es zwar eine vorläufige Absprache von AstraZeneca mit Deutschland, Frankreich, den Niederlanden und Italien. Doch der im Juni von diesen Ländern ausgehandelte Vertrag wurde nicht abgeschlossen, sondern von der EU erst Ende August unterzeichnet. Das habe den Aufbau der Produktion der Impfdosen in Belgien entsprechend verzögert, argumentiert man bei AstraZeneca.

27.01.2021 - 14:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

German media savages the EU for its vaccine shambles and tears into Ursula von der Leyen’s UK jabs threat – while jealously admiring ‚Brexit Brits‘ for ordering vaccines THREE MONTHS before Brussels

Embarrassingly for the bloc, it appears that Germany, the Netherlands, France and Italy had originally been looking to do a deal with AstraZeneca in May alongside the UK – but were blocked by the EU, which insisted it take over negotiations.

According to ITV’s Robert Peston: ‚The extra talks with the European Commission led to no material changes to the contract, but wasted time on making arrangements to make the vaccine with partner sites.‘

26.01.2021 - 16:39 [ Reuters ]

EU to monitor vaccine exports, but says it’s not a ban

EU countries learnt late last week that deliveries of the vaccine from AstraZeneca, which is expected to be approved on Friday, would be some 60% lower in the first quarter than initially indicated.

There have also been reduced deliveries of a vaccine jointly produced by Pfizer and BioNTech.

26.01.2021 - 16:32 [ ORF.at ]

Kommission: Keine Exportverbote von CoV-Impfstoffen

„Wir sehen, dass Dosen anderswohin geliefert werden“, sagte der Kommissionssprecher. Da die EU Vorauszahlungen für die Produktion geleistet habe, „sollten diese Dosen eigentlich für die Lieferung verfügbar sein“, sobald die EMA grünes Licht gebe.

AstraZeneca konnte bei zwei Treffen mit der EU-Kommission und den Mitgliedsstaaten gestern Brüssel zufolge nicht ausreichend erklären, wie es zu den Lieferengpässen gekommen ist.

26.01.2021 - 10:05 [ Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety / Twitter ]

With our Member States, we have requested from AZ a detailed planning of vaccine deliveries and when distribution will take place to Member States. Another meeting will be convened on Wednesday to discuss the matter further.

25.01.2021 - 20:25 [ Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety / Twitter ]

In addition, today we discussed with the 27 Member States in the Steering Board that an export transparency mechanism will be put in place as soon as possible. We want clarity on transactions and full transparency concerning the export of vaccines from the EU.

25.01.2021 - 20:20 [ EU Commission ]

Press statement by Commissioner Kyriakides on vaccine deliveries and on the vaccine export transparency scheme

Good evening.

You know that AstraZeneca’s vaccine is currently in the final stages of the approval process with the European Medicines Agency.

If all requirements are met, the European Medicines Agency could recommend market authorisation by the end of this week.

But there is a problem on the supply side.

Last Friday, the company AstraZeneca surprisingly informed the Commission and the European Union Member States that it intends to supply considerably fewer doses in the coming weeks than agreed and announced.

This new schedule is not acceptable to the European Union.

25.01.2021 - 20:02 [ South China Morning Post ]

Coronavirus: EU locks horns with AstraZeneca on vaccine deliveries amid ‘supply shock’

n a sign of the EU’s frustration – after Pfizer also announced a temporary slowdown in vaccine supplies earlier in January – EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides proposed forcing drug makers to register in advance their Covid-19 vaccine exports, so the bloc can keep track of what they are doing.

25.01.2021 - 19:53 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Streit über Impfstoff: EU besteht auf zugesagte Lieferungen

In der ersten Gesprächsrunde zwischen AstraZeneca, Vertretern der EU-Kommission und den Mitgliedsländern gab es dem Vernehmen nach keine Fortschritte. Man hat die Positionen ausgetauscht. Es sei jedoch nicht sicher, ob AstraZeneca den Ernst der Lage verstanden hat, hieß es aus der Kommission. Am Abend soll eine zweite Gesprächsrunde folgen.

23.01.2021 - 11:00 [ Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety / Twitter ]

. @EU_Commission and Member States expressed deep dissatisfaction with this. We insisted on a precise delivery schedule on the basis of which Member States should be planning their vaccination programs, subject to the granting of a contitional marketing authorisation. /2

The @EU_Commission will continue to insist with @AstraZeneca on measures to increase predictability and stability of deliveries, and acceleration of the distribution of doses/3.

21.01.2021 - 18:06 [ SimpleFlying.com ]

European Commission Working On Standard COVID Passports

(20.01.2021)

The European Commission is exploring proposals to introduce vaccine passports, a move that will facilitate greater travel across borders within the EU. Member states will discuss the idea at a summit this week, with many already signaling their approval for a passport-style document.

25.07.2020 - 11:12 [ ec.europa.eu ]

The Digital Services Act package

The new Digital Services Act package should modernise the current legal framework for digital services by means of two main pillars:

First, the Commission would propose clear rules framing the responsibilities of digital services to address the risks faced by their users and to protect their rights. The legal obligations would ensure a modern system of cooperation for the supervision of platforms and guarantee effective enforcement.

Second, the Digital Services Act package would propose ex ante rules covering large online platforms acting as gatekeepers, which now set the rules of the game for their users and their competitors.

25.07.2020 - 11:00 [ euinternetpolicy.wordpress.com ]

The EU Digital Services Act: What it is and Why it Shouldn’t Happen

(30.09.2019)

Crucially, the Commission shifted the focus from ISSs to platforms.1 Soon thereafter, the language in the many policy documents on platforms changed. Platforms, the Commission claimed, need to act “responsibly” if they are to continue to benefit from insulation. In its highly controversial Copyright in the DSM Directive the Commission suggests that even ISSs falling under Article 14 ECD need to have effective protective technologies and that they cannot rely on the article if they do not. ‘Active’ providers cannot rely on the protection as they are not responsible enough in the Commission’s mind.

08.07.2020 - 19:25 [ ec.europa.eu ]

State aid: Commission approves German fund to enable up to €500 billion of liquidity and capital support to enterprises affected by the coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has approved German plans to set up a fund with a budget of up to €500 billion for providing guarantees and investing through debt and equity instruments in enterprises affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework.

02.04.2020 - 10:38 [ EDRI.org ]

Open letter: Civil society urges Member States to respect the principles of the law in Terrorist Content Online Regulation

On 27 March 2020, European Digital Rights (EDRi) and 12 of its member organisations sent an open letter to representatives of Member States in the Council of the EU. In the letter, we voice our deep concern over the proposed legislation on the regulation of terrorist content online and what we view as serious potential threats to fundamental rights of privacy, freedom of expression, etc.

16.02.2020 - 16:19 [ theGrayzone.com ]

State-backed Alliance for Securing Democracy disinfo shop falsely smears The Grayzone as ‘state-backed’

Western government-funded German Marshall Project, falsely and hypocritically characterized The Grayzone and independent journalist Jordan Chariton as “state-backed media,” smearing them for their factual reporting on the shadowy network behind the controversial app that undermined the integrity of the Iowa caucuses.

The Grayzone has exposed the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) in a series of investigative reports as a neo-McCarthyite outfit prone to spreading disinformation, staffed by counter-terror cranks and national security hustlers.

17.07.2019 - 20:41 [ Claire Fox / Twitter ]

For those asking, here is LP’s weasily apologetics for voting to endorse an unpopular conservative politician. Not inspiring #vonderLeyen :

17.07.2019 - 20:38 [ Tom Huxley / Twitter ]

All 10 Labour MEPs voted for Ursula von der Leyen to be President of the EU Commission. Her margin of victory was nine votes.

17.07.2019 - 10:00 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

New EU Commission president sets up clash with Boris Johnson as she warns Brexit deal is non-negotiable

Ursula von der Leyen, who was confirmed as the first woman president of the European Commission in Strasbourg on Tuesday, has said she would support a Brexit extension but warned the Withdrawal Agreement would not be renegotiated.

17.07.2019 - 09:48 [ Spiked ]

Europe’s unelected leader: Ursula von der Leyen’s coronation is an insult to democracy.

Ursula von der Leyen has been confirmed as the next president of the EU Commission, winning a vote in the European Parliament by 383 to 327.

But despite the involvement of MEPs, the process that put von der Leyen in place was nothing short of a coronation.

10.07.2019 - 21:27 [ Costas Lapavitsas / Independent.co.uk ]

The EU’s scurrilous anti-democratic dealings prove once again that it is beyond reform

(05.07.2019)

There has been plenty of earnest talk since the financial crisis about reform and facing up to the challenge from the populist and authoritarian right. The appointments have shown that most of it was hot air

10.07.2019 - 20:49 [ Telegraph ]

European Commission president-in-waiting warns Britain over ‚tone and attitude‘ of Brexit

Ursula von der Leyen, the woman nominated as the new president of the European Commission, has warned the next prime minister of Britain over the “tone and attitude” of Brexit.

04.07.2019 - 11:02 [ Politico.eu ]

Ursula von der Leyen: In her own words

„My aim is the United States of Europe — modelled on federal states like Switzerland, Germany or the U.S.,“ she told Der Spiegel in 2011. She repeated her call for a federal EU in an interview with Die Zeit in 2016, adding: „I imagine the Europe of my children or grandchildren not as a loose union of states trapped by national interests.“

As defense minister, she pushed for greater security cooperation in the EU, urging a „defense union“ and calling for the establishment of an „army of Europeans.“

04.07.2019 - 10:32 [ Telegraph ]

The EU is a sham democracy, and its pitiful new leaders are the proof

Thank you, Eurocrats, for being yourselves. The best cure for Europhilia is always to observe the EU’s big beasts at their unguarded worst, wheeling and dealing in their natural habitat, unencumbered by any attachment to democracy, accountability or even basic morality.

The spectacle of the past few days made for compulsive watching: we witnessed rare footage of the secretive process that propels so many retreads and second-rate apparatchiks into positions of immense power in Brussels and Frankfurt, utterly disregarding public opinion.

30.06.2019 - 18:52 [ BBC ]

EU summit: Centre-left Timmermans tipped for top post

EU leaders will gather in Brussels shortly for talks to decide who should get the EU’s top jobs, including a new Commission president.

Reports say the current favourite to head it is Dutch centre-left politician Frans Timmermans. He is a Commission first vice-president.

08.06.2019 - 10:13 [ Matthias Monroy ‏/ Twitter ]

EU surveillance state: This week the Justice and Home Affairs Ministers debated increasing the surveillance in their Member States. US authorities could soon also wiretap legally in Europe. #5G #DataRetention #eEvidence #cloudACT

06.06.2019 - 19:52 [ Techdirt ]

AG William Barr Doesn’t Want The Government Spying On The President But Thinks It’s OK If It Spies On Everyone Else

Let me restate that: William Barr is opposed to certain, very narrow subsets of domestic surveillance. Specifically, Barr doesn’t think the government should have spied on Trump and his campaign staff, if that’s what actually happened, which Barr doesn’t actually seem to know.

But if you’re literally anyone else, domestic surveillance is just another name for national security, whether you’re a random Verizon customer or one of the world’s most useful websites.

The Wikimedia Foundation sued the federal government over domestic surveillance back in 2015. The suit lives on four years later …

06.06.2019 - 19:22 [ europa.eu ]

Security Union: Commission receives mandate to start negotiating international rules for obtaining electronic evidence

Today, EU Member States agreed to give two mandates to the Commission to engage in international negotiations to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence in criminal investigations.The Council agreed to provide the Commission with negotiating mandates for negotiations with the United States and for the Second Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe “Budapest” Convention on Cybercrime.

01.06.2019 - 12:42 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Why are Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel clashing over who should be the next European Commission president?

Each political group in the European parliament – the centre-left socialists, the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), the liberals, greens etc, propose a lead candidate. In theory, the candidate from the group that comes top becomes the president.

But this system isn’t written into the treaties, and has only been used once in 2014 – it’s not clear whether it will survive. Member states don’t like it because it takes power away from them and gives it to the parliament, and they’re under no legal obligation to follow it.

30.05.2019 - 12:26 [ @DPWF0 / Twitter ]

This is highly potentially highly significant: Sanchez and Macron are trying to get a social democrat (Frans Timmermans) to block Weber’s bid for the Presidency of the European Commission. The UK media are (of course) largely ignoring this.

30.05.2019 - 12:10 [ Politico.eu ]

Portugal’s Costa says Weber should not be Commission chief

(28.05.2019)

The interview took place late Monday, just after Costa had a conference call with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, the Netherlands‘ Mark Rutte and Belgium’s Charles Michel.

21.05.2019 - 10:04 [ Euractiv ]

The EU Game of Thrones explained

This week’s European parliamentary elections will launch a scramble for the continent’s top leadership jobs, but won’t decide the winners. Here is a guide to the horsetrading.

08.04.2019 - 14:25 [ trustedreviews.com ]

The EU just revealed the 7 laws of AI – and they’re nowhere near as cool as Asimov’s

Despite the lack of a firm “don’t kill humans” law the EC seems pretty chuffed with its guidelines. Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip said the laws were created in partnership with industry experts and include robust “ethical” elements.

06.03.2019 - 11:01 [ IrishExaminer.com ]

European Commission accuses internet giants over disinformation

(28.2.2019) The European Commission has accused Facebook, Google and Twitter of failing to provide enough details on the steps they have taken to cut disinformation on their services.
As part of its Code of Practice against disinformation, which the three internet giants signed up to last year, they must provide monthly updates on their actions ahead of European Parliament elections in May.

31.01.2019 - 19:10 [ Reuters ]

EU charges eight banks over alleged government bond cartel

The European Commission said in a statement that some traders at the banks exchanged commercially sensitive information and coordinated trading strategies on the euro-denominated bonds, mainly through online chatrooms.

11.01.2019 - 05:53 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Brexit ministers paid EU £1.5m for translations amid white paper embarrassment

Labour MP Jo Stevens, a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said: “What an embarrassment – the Government has had to hand over huge sums of money to the EU to translate their negotiations for them.

“Maybe the original tactic of trying to talk slower and louder didn’t work?”

30.12.2018 - 20:18 [ Sky News ]

EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker tells UK: ‚Get your act together‘ on Brexit

The European Commission president denies attempting to keep the UK in the EU as Brussels waits for MPs to approve a Brexit deal.

28.12.2018 - 16:36 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

EU planning to hit small businesses in UK with VAT bombshell after Brexit, MPs warn

Brussels is preparing to reduce the threshold at which businesses start paying VAT from a turnover of £85,000 to £76,700 in a bid to „harmonise“ tax systems.

MPs on the EU scrutiny committee warned Britain will have to accept the move if it comes into force after Brexit in March 2019 because it will lose its right to veto the plans.

27.12.2018 - 17:18 [ George Eaton / Twitter ]

After EU forces Italy to reduce planned deficit from 2.4% to 2%, France is permitted 3.2%.

27.12.2018 - 15:58 [ theSun.co.uk ]

BREXIT BLUFF: Germans sound the alarm at cost to EU of No Deal Brexit if we don’t give £39bn

If Theresa May’s deal is approved by Parliament next month, Britain will pay a £39billion divorce bill to Brussels.

But if we leave without a deal in March, we may end up paying nothing at all.

15.12.2018 - 02:27 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Tories need to prepare the country now for potential ‘No Deal’ Brexit and its consequences

As Theresa May’s tour of Berlin and Brussels ended in failure, it is more important than ever for the government to prepare for the potential damages of a ‚No Deal‘ Brexit

14.12.2018 - 21:31 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚You called me nebulous!‘: Lipreaders reveal what furious Theresa May said to Jean-Claude Juncker as she handbagged him over his late-night jibe in Brussels following collapse of Brexit talks

– Theresa May seen on camera in tense standoff with EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at summit
– Mr Juncker launched an extraordinary attack on the UK’s new demands as ’nebulous imprecise‘ last night
– Mrs May said she was ‚robust‘ with Mr Juncker and ‚crystal clear‘ with leaders about what she needs on Brexit
– The rescue mission came after she scraped through Tory vote of no confidence by a margin of 200 to 117 MPs
– She had hoped to wring more ‚legally binding‘ concessions from EU leaders over the Irish border backstop

14.12.2018 - 12:32 [ theSun.co.uk ]

EU TURN THE SCROOGE: Begging Theresa May handed WORSE Brexit deal by vengeful EU

They are apparently playing hardball because they believe that if the deal is vetoed by Parliament, a second referendum is more likely than No Deal.

Tony Blair has been egging the EU on today, telling them they should prepare for Brexit to be delayed and then cancelled.

14.12.2018 - 12:26 [ Faisal Islam, @SkyNews Political Editor ‏/ Twitter ]

Confirmation that post-Brexit visa free travel for tens of millions of Brits to Spain/France etc will incur 7 euros charge for every UK citizen for a 3 year waiver. Obviously only applies because of Brexit. Some in UK thought could negotiate this away.

29.11.2018 - 11:24 [ Tony Tassell ‏/ Twitter ]

“The power is with us,” said Martin Selmayr, according to one note of a “sherpa” meeting on Friday – from an analysis by @alexebarker on why the EU thinks it has leverage on future trade talks with UK after #Brexit

(27.11.2018)

29.11.2018 - 10:39 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The Martin Selmayr affair displays the breathtaking arrogance of Brussels

(4.9.2018) The Martin Selmayr affair, which reveals much about attitudes to power and accountability at the top of the EU, is both depressing and depressingly familiar.

29.11.2018 - 10:35 [ theparliamentmagazine.eu ]

EU Parliament backs resolution criticising Selmayr appointment – but falls short of demanding his resignation

(18.4.2018) The non-binding text adopted in Strasbourg on Wednesday says ……..

29.11.2018 - 10:18 [ Politico.eu ]

‘Monster’ at the Berlaymont

For a true believer in democracy, Martin Selmayr runs the European Commission not as some curator of debate but like the merciless hand of a king, who will stop at nothing to protect his vision of the realm: Europe, united and free.

Make that an extremely heavy hand. Or maybe an armored bulldozer.

26.11.2018 - 10:12 [ Express.co.uk ]

‚Italians will SUFFER!‘ Tajani WARNS ‚isolated‘ Italy change budget or face CONSEQUENCES

He said: „Italy seems to me isolated.

„Italy must not threaten. It seems that the government has understood the mistakes, but we will see if it will change.

„If it doesn’t, Italians will suffer. We’ll see. I do not think there’s a desire to change, but we’ll see.“

26.11.2018 - 10:01 [ Morningstar.co.uk ]

EU Is Not At „War“ With Italy, Juncker Says After Budget Row Meeting

„I made it very clear that we are not [at] war with Italy. Italia for me is a lifelong story because I grew up with young Italians, immigrants […] Ti amo Italia,“ Juncker said in Brussels.

The Italian part of his remarks translate as „I love you Italy“.

On Saturday, Juncker hosted a dinner with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who emerged from the meeting saying he hoped to avoid EU punitive action.

23.11.2018 - 16:57 [ Portugal News ]

Visa-free travel between EU-UK even with no-deal Brexit

Britons travelling to EU nations after Brexit should not have to get an entry visa even if Britain leaves without a deal, the European Commission has said.

11.10.2018 - 09:45 [ Kingdom of Cambodia - Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation ]

Communiqué in response to the EU’s announcement on the Everything But Arms (EBA) and Cambodia.

The Cambodian Government can only take this decision as an extreme injustice when the EU disregards the considerable progress made by the country, despite its recent tragic past, in the implementation of numerous international conventions to which the grant of the EBA preferences is linked, particularly in the areas of labor and land rights.

12.04.2018 - 01:14 [ Canary ]

People’s reactions to Murdoch being raided are absolutely priceless

The Commission will reportedly be sifting through Fox‘s office until Thursday. Let’s hope that the paper shredders and recycle bins at Fox haven’t been too busy. As the last time Murdoch was involved in a major scandal, his staff allegedly “destroyed millions of emails and hundreds of computer hard drives”. Move along. Nothing to see here, guvnor.

06.04.2018 - 13:17 [ CJ Hopkins, Berlin / Counterpunch ]

Then They Came for the Globalists

(23.3.2018) Fortunately, the lexicography experts in the corporate media and the Anti-Defamation League cleared that up for me earlier this month. According to these experts, words like “globalist” and “globalism” don’t really mean anything. They are simply Nazi code words for “the Jews.” There is actually no such thing as “globalism,” or “global capitalism,” or “transnational capitalism,” or “supranational quasi-governmental entities” like the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the European Commission, and the European Central Bank … or, OK, sure, there are such entities, but there is no legitimate reason to discuss them, or write about them, or even casually mention them, and anyone who does is definitely a Nazi.

05.04.2018 - 17:22 [ EVRY ]

PSD2 – the directive that will change banking as we know it

Through the directive, the European Commission aims to improve innovation, reinforce consumer protection and improve the security of internet payments and account access within the EU and EEA. It introduces two new types of players to the financial landscape: PISP and AISP. AISP (Account Information Service Provider) are the service providers with access to the account information of bank customers. Such services could analyze a user’s spending behavior or aggregate a user’s account information from several banks into one overview. PISP (Payment Initiation Service Provider) are the service providers initiating a payment on behalf of the user. P2P transfer and bill payment are PISP services we are likely to see when PSD2 is implemented.