The European Commission, via its Representation in Malta, is launching a call for proposals to select partners to run EUROPE DIRECT in Malta and Gozo for 2021-2025.
The EU economy will experience a deep recession this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, despite the swift and comprehensive policy response at both EU and national levels. Because the lifting of lockdown measures is proceeding at a more gradual pace than assumed in our Spring Forecast, the impact on economic activity in 2020 will be more significant than anticipated.
The European Commission Representation in Malta will be issuing a call for tenders for the provision of printing, proofreading and graphic design services. The EC Representation is authoring and publishing a Social Studies book, which will include an EU perspective and which will be distributed among all Form 1 and Form 2 students in Malta; and used as a textbook.
On 1st July, the European Commission tookaction to give young people all possible opportunities to develop their full potential to shape the future of the EU, and thrive in the green and digital transitions. The coronavirus pandemic has emphasised the often difficult start many young people face in the labour market. We need to act fast. Now is the time to direct our attention towards the next generation.
On 1st July, the Commission presented the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience. It sets ambitious, quantitative objectives for upskilling (improving existing skills) and reskilling (training in new skills) to be achieved within the next 5 years. Its 12 actions focus on skills for jobs by partnering up with Member States, companies and social partners to work together for change, by empowering people to embark on lifelong learning, and by using the EU budget as a catalyst to unlock public and private investment in people's skills.
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The ‘Global Goal: Unite for our Future' pledging summit organised on 27 June by the European Commission and Global Citizen mobilised €6.15 billion in additional funding to help develop and ensure equitable access to coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments.
The Commission adopted on 25 Junea report on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) which reveals that, while the EU's framework for marine environmental protection is one of the most comprehensive and ambitious worldwide, persistent challenges remain, such as excess nutrients, underwater noise, plastic litter, and other types of pollution as well as unsustainable fishing. This message is further reinforced in the European Environment Agency's “Marine Messages II” also published today.
On 24 June, the European Commission presented its first ever EU Strategy on victims' rights to ensure that all victims of crime can fully rely on their rights, no matter where in the EU the crime took place. The strategy sets a number of actions for the next five years, focusing on two objectives: first, to empower victims to report crime, claim compensation and ultimately recover from consequences of crime; second, to work together with all relevant actors for victims' rights.
On 24 June, the Commission proposed an EU budget of €166.7 billion for 2021, to be complemented by €211 billion in grants and approximately €133 billion in loans under Next Generation EU, the temporary recovery instrument aimed at mobilising investments and kick-starting the European economy.
Every day over the past several months, thousands of headlines have been showing the latest figures on the coronavirus. These figures have been growing at such a rate that no one could put in doubt the seriousness of the situation. While numbers tell a story words can’t, we should never forget that behind them are people, each with their own unique story. We will never forget the fear, anxiety, pain and sorrow that European citizens have gone through over these past months - our children, our elderly, our healthcare workers, families, friends, neighbours. The coronavirus crisis has left no one unaffected.