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Published 10.07.2020 18:37
The European Commission has launched a new €122 million coronavirus research funding call.
The money is mobilised from the Commission’s research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, for urgently needed research into the coronavirus. The programme’s money will fund switching production lines to make medical products, the development of digital tools and studies. It will also improve understanding of the behavioural and socio-economic impacts…
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Published 24.06.2020 14:55
Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands have signed a contract for pre-orders of 300 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine currently in development.
The deal was signed with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for a promising coronavirus vaccine currently still in the experimental phase. All EU countries will be able to take part in the program. The vaccine is expected to be finished by the end of 2020.
Published 19.06.2020 06:17
European researchers are testing osteoporosis drug Raloxifene against Covid-19.
They are researchers from the EXSCALATE4CoV (E4C), a public-private consortium supported by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 tender for projects to ease the pandemic. The researchers used supercomputers to virtually screen more than 400,000 molecules. They announced “promising results” for a potential Covid-19 treatment, according to the European Commission press…
Published 15.06.2020 09:12
The European Commission is asking member states to agree on a list of non-EU countries whose citizens could travel to Europe starting in July.
A list that should be reviewed on a regular basis and would be based on each country’s infection rates and capability to deal with the virus. The Commission said restrictions should be lifted from July 1 for the Western Balkans six – Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia…
Published 02.06.2020 06:36
The European Commission adopted a new Farm to Fork Strategy.
The document explains that they are presenting this strategy now because the coronavirus crisis “has underlined the importance of a robust and resilient food system”. The strategy includes reaching 25% of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030, a reduction by 50% of the sales of antimicrobials for farmed animals…
Published 27.05.2020 13:05
The European Union unveiled a €750-billion unprecedented recovery plan.
This pots-coronavirus fund will include €500 billion given to member states through grants and €250 billion given via loans.  The announcement came days after France and Germany presented a joint plan calling for the creation of a €500-billion recovery fund. This stimulus package is part of the multiannual financial framework…
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Published 21.05.2020 14:10
The European Commission invited Schengen Member States to extend the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 June.
In the Netherlands, the government has extended the entry ban until June 15. France will also maintain international travel restrictions until at least mid June and when they lift the restrictions they will require to quarantine. Germany has also extended its warning against any international travel until June 14. However,…
Published 27.04.2020 18:43
As German farmers are missing seasonal workforce in the fields, they hire people who work in catering or retails, or students who are now out of work.
Volunteers and people of other professions will step up to fill the gap left by travel restrictions in Europe. In addition, the UK has decided to bring skilled workers from Romania to help train pickers. There will also be charter flights that will bring seasonal workers from Eastern Europe to…
Published 27.04.2020 12:18
130 research organisations from eight European countries are working on different proposals for contact tracing.
It is called a Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing, and it is a larger software system that provides technology that governments can use to build national coronavirus contact-tracing apps. This, however, raises questions about privacy and GDRP in Europe.
Published 27.04.2020 11:30
Pan-European Hackathon connects innovators, civil society and investors across Europe.
It is launched by the European Commission and EU member states. Its target is to develop innovative solutions to coronavirus. The hackathon will take place on 24, 25 and 26 April. It is structured in several categories of problems regarding health and life, business continuity, remote working and education, social…

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