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Forward look: 7 – 20 December 2020

Overview of the main topics and events at the Council of EU and European Council. The location and the format (physical or virtual) indicated for each meeting are subject to change. 7 December 2020 Foreign Affairs Council EU ministers of foreign affairs will be briefed about current affairs and exchange of views on transatlantic relations and strategic autonomy Video conference of telecommunication ministers Ministers will discuss the proposal for a data governance act, published by the Commission on 25 November Video conference of European affairs ministers European Council and (poss.) EU-UK relations will be on the agenda of the videoconference of EU Affairs ministers 8 December 2020 Video conference of transport ministers Ministers will discuss a proposal to revise the EU road-charging directive (Eurovignette), and the Commission's proposals concerning the Single European Sky 10-11 December 2020 European Council EU leaders will meet in Brussels to discuss further coordination on COVID-19, climate change, security and external relations 14 December 2020 Justice and Home Affairs Council Home affairs ministers will discuss the migration and asylum pact, as well as how to improve EU engagement with third countries on migration. The Council is also expected to approve conclusions on internal security and the European Police Partnership and to take stock of progress in the implementation of interoperability Video conference of energy ministers Energy Ministers will exchange views on Energy System Integration and receive information from the Commission on recent developments in the field of external energy relations 15-16 December 2020 Agriculture and Fisheries Council Ministers will seek to agree the fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea, Mediterranean and Black Seas for next year and adopt conclusions on animal welfare and front-of-pack nutrition labelling 17 December 2020 Environment Council Environment Ministers will aim to reach a general approach on the European Climate Law reflecting the outcome of the discussions in the European Council of 10-11 December 2020 For video coverage of Council sessions and audiovisual material, please see the following Council websites: Let's block ads! (Why?)

Weekly schedule of President Charles Michel

Monday 7 December 202017.30 Phone call with UN Secretary-General António Guterres Wednesday 9 December 2020EU-African Union leaders' meeting via video conference Thursday 10 December 202013.00 European Council Friday 11 December 2020European CouncilEuro Summit Saturday 12 December 2020Climate Ambition Summit 2020 Let's block ads! (Why?)

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04/12/2020 ΑΡΘΡΟ ΥΠΟΥΡΓΟΥ ΥΓΕΙΑΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΗ ΚΙΚΙΛΙΑ ΣΤΗΝ ΕΦΗΜΕΡΙΔΑ «ΤΑ ΝΕΑ»Τα εμβόλια θα είναι ασφαλήΤην περασμένη Τετάρτη, ο Γενικός Διευθυντής του Παγκόσμιου Οργανισμού Υγείας Dr Hans Kluge, στο πλαίσιο της ενημέρωσης του Υπουργείου Υγείας, απηύθυνε μήνυμα προς τον ελληνικό λαό για την αξία του εμβολιασμού. Ως παράδειγμα αποτελεσματικής εμβολιαστικής απόδοσης, ανέφερε τη χώρα μας. Ενώ το 2018 εμβολιάστηκαν 2.000.000 συμπολίτες μας για τον ιό της γρίπης, φέτος οι δόσεις φτάνουν τις 4.200.000.Έχουμε από νωρίς παρουσιάσει με στοιχεία, το εμβολιαστικό μας πλάνο απέναντι στη νόσο COVID-19: 25.000.000 δόσεις εμβολίων (καθώς τα περισσότερα είναι σε 2 δόσεις), 1018 εμβολιαστικά κέντρα, με δυνατότητα να εμβολιαστούν 2.000.000 πολίτες ανά μήνα.Όλα γίνονται με διαφάνεια, σωστή προετοιμασία, με βάση τα διεθνή ιατρικά πρωτόκολλα ασφαλείας και σύμφωνα με τις οδηγίες της Εθνικής Επιτροπής Εμβολιασμών.Ο εμβολιασμός είναι μέρος της λύσης, ο οποίος και προφανώς αποτελεί το σημαντικότερο όπλο μας στη δημιουργία τείχους ανοσίας απέναντι στον κορονοϊό.Και όλοι μπορούμε και πρέπει να συνεισφέρουμε σε αυτήν την εθνική εκστρατεία. Από την ιατρική και την επιστημονική κοινότητα μέχρι την Εκκλησία, την Τοπική Αυτοδιοίκηση, τα πολιτικά κόμματα και τους εκπροσώπους του πνευματικού κόσμου.Τα εμβόλια θα είναι αποτελεσματικά, ασφαλή και θα αλλάξουν τα δεδομένα. Θα δημιουργήσουν ανοσία και σιγά-σιγά θα μας δώσουν πίσω την εργασία μας, την κοινωνικότητά μας, την ζωή μας.Όμως, σε καμία περίπτωση, μέχρι να ολοκληρωθεί αυτή η προσπάθεια, δεν πρέπει να χάσουμε την κουλτούρα της αυτοπροστασίας μας. Το αντίθετο.Κανένας εφησυχασμός.Τώρα που βλέπουμε ότι υπάρχει φως στην άκρη του τούνελ, πρέπει να είμαστε πιο προσηλωμένοι στην τήρηση των μέτρων προστασίας.Εμβολιάζομαι και παράλληλα συμμορφώνομαι με τους κανόνες δημόσιας υγείας, σημαίνει προστατεύω τον εαυτό μου, την οικογένειά μου, τους γύρω μου.Αρκεί να αντιληφθούμε όλοι, ότι πρέπει να περιορίσουμε τις μετακινήσεις μας, στις απολύτως αναγκαίες. Να κρατάμε φυσικές αποστάσεις, να φοράμε σωστά τη μάσκα μας – και όχι κάτω από τη μύτη – να πλένουμε συχνά τα χέρια μας, να αποφεύγουμε τους κλειστούς χώρους, ιδιαίτερα όπου υπάρχει πολυκοσμία και κακός εξαερισμός.Ας έχουμε πάντα στο μυαλό μας ότι οι υγειονομικές αποφάσεις του ενός επηρεάζουν το σύνολο.Ας έχουμε στο μυαλό μας ότι προσέχοντας, βοηθάμε τους υγειονομικούς μας, τους γιατρούς, τους νοσηλευτές, που δίνουν τιτάνια μάχη αυτή τη στιγμή στα Νοσοκομεία της χώρας, και έτσι στηρίζουμε και τους συμπολίτες μας που μπορεί να χρειαστούν τις υπηρεσίες του Εθνικού Συστήματος Υγείας.Αυτόν τον χειμώνα αντιμετωπίζουμε τη μεγαλύτερη πρόκληση στη σύγχρονη ιστορία μας. Η Ελλάδα ποτέ δε σώθηκε με πολλά λόγια. Σώθηκε και θα σωθεί ακόμα μια φορά με γενναίες αποφάσεις και με μεγάλες πράξεις. Διαβάστε επίσης Let's block ads! (Why?)

Michel Barnier and Mayor of London debate Brexit with EU regional and local leaders

​​​Also on #CoRplenary agenda: German Minister and four European Commissioners to discuss climate targets, integration, agriculture, enlargement, and the EU's strategic thinking.The European Union's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Kahn, and the President of Brittany, Loïg Chesnais-Girard, will address the European Committee of the Regions' first fully virtual plenary on 9 December. The debate on Brexit, which comes just over three weeks before the transition period of the United Kingdom's withdrawal comes to an end and with a trade deal yet to be finalised, will discuss the territorial impact and future relations of Brexit on UK-EU regions and cities and the devolved administrations.Follow the plenary on the CoR website8 December, Stepping-up climate action in times of COVID-19Two days before the European Council discuss a potential new 2030 climate target, the European Committee of the Regions will also welcome Svenja Schulze - German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety – to its plenary.  The Minister will take stock of the progress made during the German EU Presidency on climate and energy, and discuss the proposals made by regions and cities in tackling climate change and ensuring a green European recovery – a priority for the Committee.9 December, The future of EU enlargementOlivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, on 9 December will discuss the EU's relations with neighbouring countries, including would-be EU members from the Western Balkans.10 December, Recovery through European foresightMaroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight will present the first Foresight report focussing on resilience and the Commission's work programme for 2021 – including the EU's efforts to help the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.10 December, Migration: Committee of the Regions and European Commission to launch Action PlanYlva Johansson, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, on 10 December will discuss the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, as well as a core pillar of the Pact, the action plan for inclusion and integration. Building on the Integration Initiative launched in 2019, the European Commission and Committee will kick off a tailored partnership to support local and regional authorities in implementing integration of migrants policies into their communities.10 December, Supporting recovery in Europe's rural areasJanusz Wojciechowski European Commissioner for Agriculture will discuss how to boost recovery in Europe's rural areas. The plenary debate will focus on how to coordinate EU's Common Agricultural Policy, structural funds and the recovery and resilience facility to support local producers, boost the greening of the agro-food industry, strengthen cohesion and diversify growth opportunities in rural communities.Members of the CoR will also debate and adopt nine opinions with recommendations that reflect these political priorities of the EU's regions and cities. It will also adopt a resolution on the European Commission's Work Programme for 2021.KEY DEBATES8 December, 4.15 p.m.: Statement and debate on Stepping up climate ambitions in times of COVID-19, with Svenja Schulze, German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety9 December, 2.30 p.m.: Debate on EU-UK Agreement and the territorial consequences of Brexit, with Michel Barnier, Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom, European Commission9 December, 5.00 p.m.: Debate on Enlargement Package and European Neighbourhood Policy, with Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement10 December, 11 a.m.: Debate on The New Pact on Migration and Asylum, with Ylva Johansson, European Commissioner for Home Affairs10 December, 2.30 p.m.: Debate on R​ecovery and resilience in rural areas, with Janusz Wojciechowski, Commissioner for Agriculture10 December, 3.30 p.m.: Debate on the European Commission 2021 Work Programme and the First EU Strategic Foresight Report, with Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations and ForesightOPINIONS FOR ADOPTION·       Economic governance review. Rapporteur: Elio Di Rupo (BE/PES), Minister-President of the Government of Wallonia.·       Strengthening local governance and representative democracy via new digital technology instruments. Rapporteur: Rait Pihelgas (EE/ Renew Europe), Järva Rural Municipality Council.·       The impact of climate change on regions: an assessment of the European Green Deal. Rapporteur: Andries Gryffroy (BE/EA), Flemish Parliament.·       Opportunities and synergies of a precautionary adaptation to climate change to promote sustainability and quality of life in regions and municipalities. Rapporteur: Markku Markkula (FI/EPP), Espoo City Council.·       Challenges for public transport in cities and metropolitan regions. Rapporteur: Adam Struzik (PL/EPP), President of Mazovia Region.·       From Farm to Fork – the local and regional dimension. Rapporteur: Guido Milana (IT/PES), Olevano Romano Municipal Council.·       EU Strategy for Rural Revival. Rapporteur: Enda Stenson (IE/EA), Leitrim County Council.·       European Commission report on the implementation the renewed strategic partnership with the EU's outermost regions. Rapporteur: Ángel Víctor Torres Pérez (ES/PES), President of the Government of the Canary Islands.·       Towards more sustainable tourism for EU cities and regions. Rapporteur: Manuel Alejandro Cardenete Flores (ES/Renew Europe), Deputy Minister for Tourism, Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration of the Regional Government of Andalusia.Practical information:Location: VirtualDate: Tuesday, 8 December – Thursday, 10 December 2020.Background material: The plenary agenda and opinions and amendments.Webstreaming: On the website of the CoR.Contact:[email protected]'s block ads! 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Sevilla acoge la presentación de la Nueva Bauhaus Europea

​La apertura de la jornada corrió a cargo del Alcalde de Sevilla, Juan Espadas, y contó con la participación de Ursula von der Leyen, presidenta de la Comisión EuropeaLa ciudad de Sevilla ha acogido la presentación de la Nueva Bauhaus Europea, una iniciativa lanzada por la presidenta de la Comisión europea, Ursula von der Leyen, que busca agrupar a arquitectos, artistas, estudiantes, científicos, ingenieros y diseñadores en un nuevo movimiento y espacio de colaboración creativa con el objetivo de trasformar el Pacto Verde Europeo en proyectos de innovación, sostenibilidad e inclusión local.La Nueva Bauhaus Europea es una iniciativa de la presidenta de la Comisión Europea, Ursula Von der Leyen, y tiene como objetivo el desarrollo del Pacto Verde Europeo con iniciativas concretas que se centren en la resiliencia urbana, la inclusión, la digitalización y la economía circular unidas a la arquitectura, el diseño del paisaje y el urbanismo.  Con la celebración de las jornadas de lanzamiento a nivel nacional de la Nueva Bauhaus Europea, Sevilla se ha situado como referente en la nueva estrategia europea para el desarrollo de proyectos de innovación, sostenibilidad e inclusión que orienten el uso de los fondos europeos del Plan de Recuperación.“La ciudad de Sevilla va estar en este gran movimiento ciudadano. Es un momento muy difícil en el que las ciudades tenemos un papel fundamental en la reactivación y en la generación de proyectos que se puedan ejecutar aprovechando los fondos de recuperación. Se trata de encontrar las mejores iniciativas y ejecutarlas en Sevilla para mejorar la vida de la ciudadanía”, apuntó durante la apertura de la jornada el Alcalde de Sevilla, Juan Espadas (ES/PES), presidente de la Comisión de Medo Ambiente, Cambio Climático y Energía (ENVE) del Comité Europeo de las Regiones, así como del grupo de trabajo sobre el Pacto Verde.Por su parte, Ursula von der Leyen, presidenta de la Comisión Europea, destacó que "la pandemia puede ser una oportunidad para replantearnos cómo queremos vivir juntos. La Nueva Bauhaus Europea demostrará que lo necesario también puede ser hermoso y hacer la vida mejor. Este mundo más sostenible, más hermoso y humano debe construirse en toda Europa, de Vilna a Sevilla, de Dublín a Sofía. Por esta razón queremos que todos participen: cada región, ciudad o comunidad pueden formar parte de este movimiento."El evento tuvo lugar el jueves 3 de diciembre de 2020 y es fruto de la colaboración del Ayuntamiento de Sevilla con la Comisión Europea, el Comité Europeo de las Regiones y, especialmente, con el Centro Común de Investigación (JRC por sus siglas en inglés).“Los retos de la recuperación y del Pacto Verde forman parte del mismo esfuerzo europeo: diseñar un futuro sostenible para los lugares en los que vivimos. La Nueva Bauhaus Europea articulará de forma innovadora tres dimensiones: sostenibilidad, que incluya la circularidad, calidad de vida, teniendo en cuenta la estética e inclusividad, abarcando la asequibilidad”, señaló Stephen Quest, Director General del Centro Común de Investigación de la Comisión Europea.En esta misma línea, Míkel Landabaso, director en Sevilla del Centro Común de Investigación de la Comisión Europea, incidió en que "en tiempos de recuperación, debemos hacer que las ciudades sean más inclusivas, sostenibles y ecológicas para nuestras comunidades, nuestras familias y las generaciones venideras”. Además, destacó el trabajo conjunto con gobiernos locales y regionales para “pensar en estrategias urbanas que impulsen la recuperación y usen como inspiración la iniciativa Nueva Bauhaus Europea."La celebración de este evento en Sevilla tiene como objetivo que la ciudad se sitúe en una posición de referencia a nivel internacional en cuanto a la elaboración de proyectos ligados a la arquitectura, la tecnología, el arte y la ciencia que puedan ser oportunidades para la captación de fondos europeos.Durante la jornada, expertos europeos expusieron las líneas de trabajo que se deben ejecutar en las grandes ciudades para el cumplimiento de los objetivos de la Nueva Bauhaus Europea en una sesión de trabajo en abierto que se repetirá en 2021 de forma presencial para evaluar los avances de este nuevo movimiento.Contacto con la prensa: [email protected]'s block ads! (Why?)

“Stop jeopardising the recovery” – Local and regional leaders call out EU

​​CoR President and the Presidents of six European territorial associations met on 4 December online to discuss the challenges ahead of the year 2021 for the European Union from the point of view of local and regional governments and issued a political Declaration in which they address their priorities. They also reiterated their steady commitment to help people and communities suffering the heavy social, health and economic consequences of the pandemic and to offer quality public services, sustainable local economies and a liveable environment.Key messages of the Declaration are:- Economic recovery will only be achievable if local and regional governments have a central role in their design and delivery.- The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the European Recovery Instrument ("Next Generation EU") should be adopted by the Members States with no delay so that recovery can start.- Cohesion is our fundamental value and it must become the compass of all EU policies to guarantee that no people and no places are left behind.- Regions, cities and municipalities should be given direct access to funds to deliver local green projects and support the objective of creating a carbon-neutral EU by 2050.- The Conference on the Future of Europe (the Conference) should kick-off as soon as possible with input from local and regional level focussed on policy areas with a strong territorial impact.- The Conference should lead to a revision of the governance of the EU to move towards a three-dimensional Europe where all levels of governance – European, national, regional and local – work together on an equal footing.CoR President Apostolos Tzitzikostas stated: "We call on Member States to swiftly adopt the next MFF and Next Generation EU to allow regions and cities to quickly access the much needed funds and lead Europe's recovery locally. Europe's recovery after the pandemic will succeed only with the help and the support of its regional and local authorities. 300 regions and 90,000 municipalities are the EU’s democratic foundations and its safety net. They help bring Europe closer to its citizens. Let's acknowledge that, today, two-dimensional Europe has reached its limits. We need a three-dimensional Europe with all levels - EU, national, regional and local - working together, for the people".Magnus Berntsson, President of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) said: "Local and regional authorities have been on the frontline in responding to this crisis. For a resilient recovery across Europe, they need to have a key role in all efforts to stimulate the economy and ensure a liveable and healthy future – both in big cities and rural regions."Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) said: "The recent adoption by EU Member States of the European Territorial Agenda 2030 is a clear sign of awareness by national governments about the role and potentiality of a stronger participation of local and regional authorities in European governance, and this approach should be followed at the Conference on the Future of Europe and in the reconstruction period. On the other hand, if (cross-)border regions have become laboratories of European integration during decades, now they can be perfect laboratories for European reconstruction".Dario Nardella, President of EUROCITIES said: “Now is no time for national vetoes on the EU budget - even an additional month can spell disaster for cities ability to recover from this pandemic. Let's ensure the recovery efforts focus on people, for a green, just and digital recovery. This should include strengthening and localising our democracy by engaging people through the Conference on the Future of Europe.”Cees Loggen, President of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) said: “Regions are already providing a massive contribution to achieving the EU objectives on climate and digital. More than 80 billion euros of ESIF funding have been spent in these two areas since 2014. Regions therefore ought to play a major role in the design and delivery of EU Recovery plans in light of the required focus on digital and climate".Christoph Schnaudigel, Co-President of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) said: “The Conference is the moment for Europe to demonstrate its ability to help citizens achieve their aspirations, and improve the conditions in which they live and work. European associations of local and regional governments should have a seat at the table to articulate the needs of our territories. This is crucial for local governments, which are particularly close to the citizens, in order to be heard and to bring their interests into the conference debate.”Gustavo Matos, President of the Conference of the Regional Legislative Assemblies of the European Union (CALRE) said: “Any problem affecting an EU region must be seen as a matter for the whole of Europe and must be approached with a sense of solidarity and shared responsibility, at all levels of governance, European, National and regional. Regional services play the role of “quick response” at any emergence situation, so regions must have also a central role in recovery measures design and delivery”.This declaration is one contribution to the European Work programme 2021. It will be followed by the vote of a resolution on the EC 2021 work programme at the CoR Plenary and a debate with European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič on 10 December.The CoR as well as associations representing the interests of local and regional governments also continue working together to influence EU decision-making through the Fit4Future platform and RegHubs 2.0 network.Contacts: ​Let's block ads! (Why?)