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New EU sanctions to hit Russia’s energy sector

New EU sanctions to hit Russia’s energy sector

If a war with Ukraine breaks out, the EU will expand sanctions against Russia. New restrictions will affect the energy sector, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said. "We have already agreed on tough …

Over half of EU adults receive COVID-19 booster shots

Over half of EU adults receive COVID-19 booster shots

Over 50% of all adults in the EU have received a booster shot against COVID-19, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen announced on Friday. "More than half of the adults in the European Union have now had their booster shot …

EU to spend 3.5 million euro to return refugees from Belarus

EU to spend 3.5 million euro to return refugees from Belarus

The European Union will spend 3.5 million euro to return refugees from Belarus to their countries, head of the executive European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said at the European Parliament Plenary on the conclusions of the October …

EU says it achieves COVID-29 vaccination target

EU says it achieves COVID-29 vaccination target

Seventy percent of adults in the European Union have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccines, Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen announced on Tuesday. "The EU has kept its word and delivered. Our target was to …

EU summit welcomes COVID certificate to unlock travel

EU summit welcomes COVID certificate to unlock travel

EU leaders on Tuesday welcomed the introduction of a bloc-wide COVID-19 pass that they hope will unlock a tourist surge this summer. The 27 member states want the EU Digital Covid Certificate, to be launched July 1, to turn the page on …

EU gives final approval to Johnson & Johnson vaccine

EU gives final approval to Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The European Commission gave approval for the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, the final step to allowing the European Union to use it across the bloc. “More safe and effective vaccines are coming to the …

EU formally signs post-Brexit trade deal with UK

EU formally signs post-Brexit trade deal with UK

The European Union’s top officials formally signed the long fought-over post-Brexit trade deal with the United Kingdom on Wednesday. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Council president Charles …

EU approves BioNTech-Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

EU approves BioNTech-Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission approved the BioNTech-Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Monday. It means the mass vaccination of some 450 million people across the EU is one …

Why does EU need its own Magnitsky Act?

Why does EU need its own Magnitsky Act?

EU countries have begun talks on which names to hit first with new-model human rights sanctions. The confidential talks come amid preparations to launch the measures next week. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has been …