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Lisboa, 2 de março de 2020.

Commission’s response team to coordinate work on halting COVID-19 outbreak

The European Commission continues working on all fronts to support Member States in preparedness, halt the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of our citizens. Today, we are launching the corona response team, a team of five Commissioners who will coordinate work on halting COVID-19 outbreak; Janez Lenar?i?, who is in charge of crisis management, Stella Kyriakides, in charge of health issues, Ylva Johansson, for border-related issues, Adina V?lean, in charge of mobility and Paolo Gentiloni, for macroeconomic aspects. The response team will be working on three main pillars: first, the medical field; mobility, from transport to travel advice and Schengen-related questions; and economy. Today, the Commission is also launching a dedicated webpage on COVID-19. Then, the Commission has launched an accelerated joint procurement procedure for personal protective equipment with 20 Member States, with invitations to tender sent to a number of selected companies identified through a market analysis. It will facilitate the necessary and equitable access to personal protective equipment for Member States to minimise potential shortages. Tomorrow, Vice-President Jourová is going to meet with representatives of online platforms to discuss the issue of disinformation in the context of COVID-19 outbreak. A press conference with President von der Leyen and Commissioners Lenar?i?, Kyriakides, Johansson, V?lean and Gentiloni took place this morning at the Emergency Response Coordination Centre. The President’s remarks will be available here. You can watch the press conference again on EbS and download pictures here. More information on the EU’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak is available in this Q&A

Commission reports on progress made by Albania and North Macedonia

Today, the Commission presented updates on the progress made by Albania and North Macedonia in further addressing rule of law related reforms, in particular in the areas set by the Council in June 2018. Both countries have delivered further tangible and sustainable results and therefore the Commission’s recommendation to open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia remains valid. The full press release is available online together with the updates on Albania and North Macedonia. The factographs Albania on its European path and North Macedonia on its European path are also available online. 

EU4FairWork: Commission launches campaign to tackle undeclared work

Today, the Commission is launching the first European campaign for declared work. The initiative intends to raise awareness amongst workers, companies and policymakers that undeclared work does not pay off. It deprives workers of social protection, it distorts competition between businesses, and it leads to huge gaps in public finances. A new Special Eurobarometer illustrates the scale of the problem: 1 in 10 Europeans report they have purchased goods or services in the past year that might have derived from undeclared work. The press release is available here.

L'UE finance des projets d'une valeur de 5,1 millions d'euros pour soutenir la liberté et le pluralisme des médias

L'UE soutient la liberté et le pluralisme dans le secteur des médias en mettant à disposition 5,1 millions d'euros pour plusieurs projets débutant en mars 2020. Le premier projet, dirigé par le Centre européen pour la liberté de la presse et des médias, mettra l’accent sur la mise en place d’un mécanisme de réponse paneuropéen en cas de violation de la liberté des médias pour détecter, traiter et empêcher les violations potentielles dans le secteur, ainsi que de fournir une aide pratique aux journalistes menacés. Un deuxième projet, un fonds transfrontalier pour le journalisme d’investigation géré par l’International Press Institute, soutiendra des enquêtes impliquant des journalistes d’au moins deux États membres. Parallèlement, l’observatoire Media Pluralism Monitor, qui met l’accent sur l’identification des risques pour le pluralisme des médias à travers l’Europe, est renouvelé pour une année supplémentaire. Les conclusions préliminaires du rapport de cette année seront examinées lors de l’événement « Médias et démocratie: la voie à suivre », qui se tiendra le 20 mars à Bruxelles et la série complète de rapports devrait être publiée en avril 2020. Enfin, deux projets pilotes présentement en cours, d’une valeur de 1,7 millions d’euros, complètent l’action de l’UE dans ce domaine en soutenant la mobilité des jeunes professionnels des médias et la promotion des conseils des médias à l’ère numérique. De plus amples informations sur les projets sont disponibles ici.

RegioStars Awards 2020: applications now open to reward the best EU Cohesion Policy projects

Today, the European Commission kicks off the 13th edition of the RegioStars competition. From 2 March to 9 May 2020, EU-supported Cohesion Policy projects can submit an application in hopes of receiving an award in one of the five thematic categories: smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, urban development and the 2020 special “topic of the year” on the 30 years of Interreg, the EU’s emblematic scheme for cooperation across borders. The online application platform is accessible here. The guide for applicants is published here. The overview of last year’s RegioStars winners is available here