Earlier this month France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands joined forces to form the Inclusive Vaccine Alliance, in order to have a stronger negotiating position in the race for a coronavirus vaccine. All EU member states will have the opportunity to sign up to the deal, under the same conditions as the
alliance members. But something might go wrong at the last minute and production might just end up where all pipe dreams go — down the drain!
Too many were not there on time when Italy needed a helping hand. For that, it is right that Europe as a whole offers a heartfelt apology. But now the real Europe is standing up, the one that is there for each other when it is needed the most. Now Europe is where paramedics from Poland and doctors from Romania save lives in Italy. Where ventilators from Germany provide a lifeline in Spain. Where hospitals in Czechia treat the sick from France. And where patients from Bergamo are flown to clinics in Bonn. . .
BREXIT SERIES: (2) “A New Dawn for Europe,” Joint op-ed by President von der Leyen, President Michel and President Sassoli »
As the night draws in this evening, the sun will set on more than 45 years of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union. For us, as Presidents of the three main EU institutions, today will inevitably be a day of reflection and mixed emotions – as it will for so many people. Our thoughts are with all of those who have helped to make the European Union what it is today. Those who are concerned about their future or disappointed to see the UK leave. We will think of the UK and its people, their creativity, ingenuity, culture, and traditions, that have been a vital part of our Union’s tapestry.
Given that a ‘no-deal’ scenario remains a possible outcome, the Commission strongly encourages all stakeholders to use the extra time provided by the extension of the Article 50 period (till 31 October 2019) to ensure that they have taken all necessary measures to prepare for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
The fast approaching European Mobility Week is spotlighting safe walking and cycling as a means of clean and sustainable transport. Join the campaign!
MEET THE CHIEF NEGOTIATOR FOR SPAIN’S ADMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES & FATHER OF ERASMUS, MANUEL MARIN »
As State Secretary for Relations with the European Communities he was, effectively, Chief Negotiator for Spain's admission to the European Communities. He was, moreover, considered the father of the Erasmus Programme
Spain is the top favorite of Erasmus students. And Madrid has beaten Paris, Rome and London in the Erasmus 'popularity contest'!
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Our parents and grandparents founded this Union with one common vision: never again war. After Rome this 60th anniversary of the Union, and however it is paved, there is only one way forward: European unity."