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.
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.
Michel to Stockholm and Helsinki: ‘EU supports your bid for NATO membership’
European Council President Charles Michel visited Sweden and Finland on 25 May to show the EU’s support in their bid to join NATO after Turkey vetoed their application. Their membership is of high importance, he says.
S&D condemns disinformation by Turkish media
The Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament condemn what they call ‘the disinformation spread by Turkish government-controlled media against EU Member States and politicians’.
Commission: joint procurement of military equipment to counter Russia
The European Commission and the High Representative Josep Borrell presented their plans to improve the EU’s defence standing on Wednesday, 18 May, in light of the war waging in Ukraine. Their plans focus on Member States making joint investments to procure military equipment, on supporting the industry through more money to be put into the European Defence Fund (EDF), and on strategic defence programming.
EU Parliament supports Moldova’s move towards EU membership
In a resolution adopted last Thursday (5 May), MEPs endorsed Moldova’s application for EU membership and acknowledged the enormous challenges the country is facing in light of the war in Ukraine.
Embargo on Russian oil to come in sixth sanctions package
Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented her plans for a sixth package of sanctions against Russia to the European Parliament on Wednesday, 4 May.