The European Commission has adopted a strategy for sustainably managing the pandemic over the coming winter months, a period that can bring a risk of increased transmission of the virus owing to specific circumstances such as indoor gatherings. The strategy recommends continued vigilance and caution throughout the winter period and into 2021 when the roll out of safe and effective vaccines will occur. The Commission will then provide further guidance on a gradual and coordinated lifting of containment measures.
To better exploit the potential of ever-growing data in a trustworthy European framework, the Commission has proposed new rules on data governance. The Regulation will facilitate data sharing across the EU and between sectors to create wealth for society, increase control and trust of both citizens and companies regarding their data, and offer an alternative European model to data handling practice of major tech platforms.
Dr John Bell, ‘Healthy Planet’ Director at the European Commission's Directorate General for Research will give the first address in a new lecture series on Environmental Resilience co-organised by the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In his address, Dr Bell will explain how research and innovation (R&I) is a key enabler in the drive towards a green and just transition.
The European Commission Representation in Ireland, in co-operation with European Movement Ireland, is hosting an online event on the theme: ‘Ireland, the EU & the Circular Economy’ on Tuesday morning, 8 December.
This online event will discuss key elements of the circular economy in Ireland, with a particular focus on how Ireland can transition towards a more circular economy and how the EU can help.