EUABOUT WEEKLY SELECTED

EU RECOVERY PLAN: PACKAGE OF 1.8 TRILLION EURO APPROVED

Last week President of the EU Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, held an online meeting with the EP President David Sassoli and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, representing the EU Member States in the Council (Germany holds the Council’s rotating-Presidency), in order to discuss about the Recovery Plan known as Next Generation EU. The three reached an agreement on a package of €1.8 trillion, which will help to strengthen flexibility mechanism, tackling climate change, supporting modernization polices related to research, digital transition, recovery.

Moreover, the agreement led also to the creation of a specific mechanism that protects the budget against breaches of rule of law, complicating the access to EU financial instruments for those Member States which have a low record in terms of rule of law compliance.

EU COMMISSIONER VESTAGER INVESTIGATES OVER AMAZON

On November 10, the EU Commission proceeded with its second formal investigation over Amazon due to alleged breach of European antitrust rules. In particular, the EU institution, represented by Commissioner to Concurrence Marghrete Vestager, sustains that the e-commerce colossus has used independent sellers’ data for its own benefit. At this regard, Vestager stated “Data on the activity of third-party sellers should not be used to the benefit of Amazon when it acts as a competitor to these sellers” and that by investigating through Amazon marketplace’s transactions and products “it became increasingly clear that there might be something that we should look into further on the buy box”. The American company has to review the assumptions of the Commission and reply orally or in writing.

ADOPTION OF EU STRATEGY TO STRENGHTEN LGBTIQ+ RIGHTS

After President Von der Leyen announced it during the 2020 State of Union Address, the EU Commission has approved on Tuesday its first Strategy for LGBTIQ+. The strategy, based on 4 pillars (Fighting discrimination; Ensuring safety; Protecting rights of rainbow families; LGBTIQ equality around the world), aims to tackle hatred crimes, discrimination and rights’ oppression based on sexual orientation all over EU Member States within 2025. In the aftermath of the Strategy’s approval, EU Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli said: “Equality and non-discrimination are core values and fundamental rights in the European Union. This means that everybody in the European Union should feel safe and free without fear of discrimination or violence on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics”.

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