Coronavirus: Belgium death toll passes 10,000, UK breaks new daily cases record

Belgium, one of the countries worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic in Europe, has seen the death toll from COVID-19 pass the 10,000 mark, according to the latest figures. The densely-populated country of about 11.5 million inhabitants recorded 10,001 deaths on Wednesday, rising by 13 in 24 hours, and 117,115 positive cases in total against 115,353 […]

Spain Bankia trial: Thirty-four cleared of bank privatisation fraud

The former head of Spain’s Bankia bank, Rodrigo Rato, and 33 other defendants have been acquitted of defrauding investors and false accounting in the bank’s stock listing in 2011. Bankia came to be a symbol of Spain’s financial crisis when the scale of its losses became clear in 2012. Some 300,000 small investors lost out […]

UN and EU sign agreement to enhance cooperation and strengthen response in peace operations

29 September 2020, New York—The United Nations and the European Union signed an agreement today in the margins of the 75th session of the General Assembly to enhance cooperation and strengthen collective response in peace operations and crisis management. The “Framework Agreement Between the United Nations and the European Union for the Provision of Mutual Support […]

EU and Georgia sign Financing Agreements for COVID-19 Recovery worth €129 million

Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi and the Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia, signed two financing agreements worth €129 million to assist Georgia in coping with the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the country’s economy. Commissioner Várhelyi commented: “The European Union is standing by Georgia in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to […]

EU action on child poverty needs greater focus, say auditors

It is almost impossible to assess how the EU contributes to Member States’ efforts to reduce child poverty, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA). The relevance and strength of EU instruments examined are limited because they are not legally binding – and more powerful tools, such as the European […]

Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 25 September 2020

In the week ending 25 September 2020 the net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency (asset items 2 and 3 minus liability items 7, 8 and 9) increased by EUR 0.6 billion to EUR 315.2 billion. As a result of the Eurosystem’s open market operations and standing facilities, net lending to credit institutions (asset item 5 minus liability items 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 […]

Coronavirus: Crew on first post-lockdown Greek cruise test positive for COVID-19

The first cruise ship to return to Greece since pandemic restrictions were eased docked at the port of Piraeus in Athens early on Tuesday morning after the discovery on board of a dozen suspected coronavirus contaminations, the Greek news agency ANA announced. The ship, Mein Schiff 6, flying the Maltese flag and operating for the […]

Belarus: Putin denounces ‘external pressure’ as Macron meets Tsikhanouskaya

French President Emmanuel Macron pushed for European mediation in the Belarus political crisis after a meeting with the country’s opposition leader on Tuesday. During his visit to Lithuania, Macron met with exiled Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the main opponent of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. Tsikhanouskaya left Belarus immediately after the August 9 presidential election, which saw long-time […]

EASO publishes ‘Country Guidance: Syria’

Over the last seven years, Syria has consistently been the top country of origin of applicants for international protection in EU Member States and associated countries. Today, EASO published the ‘Country Guidance: Syria’, a tool for decision-makers and policy-makers in the EU and beyond, which aims to ensure that similar cases are treated and decided on […]