Latest European Commission News

Aircrafts of the German airline Lufthansa are parked at the airport in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Germany on Monday approved a 9 billion-euro ($9.8 billion) aid package for stricken airline Lufthansa to keep a major employer going through the turbulence of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

$10 billion bailout for Germany's Lufthansa passes hurdle

May. 30, 2020 4:50 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German flagship airline Lufthansa agreed Saturday to a compromise worked out between the government and the European Union, overcoming a major hurdle toward final approval of a 9 billion-euro ($10 billion) bailout from Berlin. Lufthansa said in a statement it had agreed to the compromise...

European Commissioners for European Green Deal Frans Timmermans speaks during a joint video press conference on Green and Just recovery at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Aris Oikonomou/Pool Photo via AP)

EU pledges to stay green in recovery from coronavirus

May. 28, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission pledged Thursday to stay away from fossil-fueled projects in its coronavirus recovery strategy, and to stick to its target of making Europe the first climate neutral continent by the mid-century, but environmental groups said they were unimpressed. To weather the...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, right, gestures hello to an MEP prior to addressing the European Parliament plenary in Brussels, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The European Union is to unveil Wednesday a massive coronavirus recovery plan worth hundreds of billions of euros to help countries rebuild their ailing economies, but the bloc remains deeply divided over what conditions should be attached to the funds. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

EU proposes 750 billion-euro coronavirus recovery fund

May. 27, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union proposed a 750 billion-euro ($825 billion) recovery fund to help countries weather a painful recession triggered by the coronavirus and sought Wednesday to bridge divisions over the conditions that should be attached for access to the money. The fund, to be mostly made up...

FILE - In this Monday, May 4, 2020 file photo, aircraft of German Lufthansa airline are parked on a runway at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany. German airline Lufthansa said Monday May 25, 2020, it has received approval for a 9 billion-euro ($9.8 billion)

Germany approves 9 billion euro aid package for Lufthansa

May. 25, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany on Monday approved a 9 billion-euro ($9.8 billion) aid package for stricken airline Lufthansa to keep a major employer going through the turbulence of the coronavirus pandemic. But officials said Berlin was still in talks with the European Union's executive commission...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 file photo, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks during a media conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels. European Union leaders are preparing for a new virtual summit, which will take place Thursday, April 23, 2020, to take stock of the damage the coronavirus has inflicted on the lives and livelihoods of the bloc's citizens and to thrash out a more robust plan to revive their ravaged economies. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, File)

'Frugal' EU nations push back vs French-German recovery plan

May. 20, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Living up to their reputations for budgetary frugality — the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark and Sweden are working on a proposal for a European recovery fund that will have tough conditions attached for countries that seek financial help. And it could derail or water...

Merkel: "Intensive" talks over possible rescue for Lufthansa

May. 20, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that her government is in “intensive talks” with Lufthansa and the European Commission over a potential bailout for the airline, whose business has dwindled due to the virus outbreak. Merkel said that an agreement could...

A lorry drives along a country road that between a flowering rape field and a freshly tilled field in Pattensen, Germany, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

EU wants to reduce pesticides use, promotes organic farming

May. 20, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission unveiled plans Wednesday to protect biodiversity across the 27-nation bloc while building a more sustainable food system, insisting on the need to both reduce the use of pesticides and promote organic farming. In line with its ambition of cutting greenhouse gas...

People sit at a cafe in Milan, Italy, Monday, May 18, 2020. On Monday, Italians enjoyed a first day of regained freedoms, including being able to sit down at a cafe or restaurant, shop in all retail stores or attend church services such as Mass. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP)

EU says virus fund access to be linked to its budget advice

May. 20, 2020 7:30 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union signaled Wednesday that it will not punish member countries for breaking the bloc’s deficit rules to tackle the coronavirus but that it could condition their access to sorely-needed recovery funds on them following its advice on how to manage their budgets. The...

A man with a facemask walks past a wall mural in Singapore’s Little India district on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Wearing of facemarks is mandatory for everyone who goes outside their homes to control the spread of the coronavirus in the city state. Singapore has reported more than 27,000 COVID-19 cases, with 90% of the cases linked to foreign workers dormitories, but it has a low fatality rate of 21 deaths. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: UN chief warns pandenic threatens Africa

May. 20, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN Secretary-General warns virus pandemic threatens...

FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2020 file photo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization speaks during a news conference on updates regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Outbreak experts say the increasing attacks from U.S. President Donald Trump on the World Health Organization for its handling of the coronavirus demonstrates a profound misunderstanding of the U.N. health agency's role and could ultimately serve to weaken global health. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, file)

US, China standoff ensnares WHO meeting on COVID-19 fight

May. 19, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Facing the most disruptive pandemic in generations, the technocratic halls of the World Health Organization are now the scene of pitched battles in an increasingly bitter proxy war between the China and the United States. At the U.N. health agency's annual assembly this week, Chinese...