In a fast-track procedure, the European Parliament and Council adopted new rules for gas storage on Monday, 27 June, only two months after the Commission’s initial proposal. The rules will foster energy security in light of the Russian war in Ukraine that is affecting the EU’s energy market.
Ukraine and Moldova are EU candidates
Ukraine and Moldova are now officially candidates for joining the European Union. This is the conclusion reached by EU leaders at the European Council summit on Thursday, 23 June.
War in Ukraine increases support for the EU
The war in Ukraine has brought Europeans’ support for the EU to the highest levels in fifteen years. This is the key takeaway from the latest Eurobarometer survey, published on Wednesday, 22 June.
MEPs: ‘Nuclear power and gas are not sustainable’
In a committee vote on Tuesday, 14 June, Members of the European Parliament objected to the Commission’s proposed classification of some nuclear and gas energy activities as sustainable economic activities in the EU Taxonomy.
EU Parliament: start treaty change now
Laws as envisioned by the European Parliament, no more Hungary blocking sanctions against Russia because of their de facto veto power. This is what Members of the European Parliament want for the future of the EU.
EU legislation for adequate minimum wages
On Monday night, the Parliament and Council came to an agreement on the Commission’s proposal for a legal text on adequate minimum wages in the EU. The Directive aims to ensure that adequate minimum wages that allow for a decent standard of living exist in all Member States.
Russian oil embargo secured
European leaders finally reached a consensus on the Commission’s proposed sixth sanctions package in the late evening of Monday, 30 May. The new sanctions include a phase-out of Russian oil by the end of this year, which has been the main point of contention in the negotiations over the past weeks.
Commission wants new rules to seize Russian Assets
In light of the war in Ukraine and the sanctions against Russian oligarchs, the Commission proposed new rules on freezing and confiscating assets on 25 May.
Eurojust authorised to preserve evidence of war crimes
The Council and European Parliament will sign off new rules for Eurojust, the EU’s agency for Criminal Justice and Cooperation, on 30 May, allowing it to store and preserve evidence related to war crimes and process and share it with relevant authorities.
Close to a billion euros to increase EU defence capabilities
The European Commission is allocating close to 1 billion euros to the 2022 European Defence Fund (EDF) work programme. Together with a number of new tools, the fund is meant to improve European defence capabilities.