The European Commission estimates that this year the EU and the eurozone will grow by 4.2% and 4.3%, respectively.
Brussels had been considering both applications together, but last week Olivér Várhelyi, the European commissioner for enlargement, told Euronews that decoupling the bids "might be an option" if Bulgaria continues to oppose North Macedonia's entrance in the bloc.
Valdis Dombrovskis, the EU's trade chief, told Euronews that other measures, besides patent waivers, need to be considered to ramp up global production of COVID-19 vaccines.
The European Commission has identified 137 products in strategic sectors, like healthcare and high tech, where the EU is highly dependent on imports.
The European Commission has proposed a new law to investigate the activity of companies that receive subsides from non-EU governments.
The future of the agreement had already been thrown into doubt after Beijing imposed sanctions on several Members of the European Parliament.
"There is nothing in our European rules recognising the special role of the media as one of the pillars of democracy."
Brussels considers that the latest scientific advice indicates that vaccination "considerably helps to break the transmission chain".
The European Commission reached out to gamification, storytelling and immersive technologies to save the bees.
Brussels considers that Apple breaches EU competition law because it charges high commission fees on rivals on the App store.
The European Commission president has announced that 70% of the adult population in the EU will receive at least one vaccine dose by July.
Prime Minister António Costa announced the plan's submission via Twitter on Thursday morning.
"The list of exceptions to the already narrow prohibition leaves ample room for the use of biometric technologies to watch and monitor us," writes Sarah Chander at European Digital Rights.
Systems considered high risk, such as facial recognition, will be subject to extra scrutiny, says the European Commission.
The multilingual platform is the starting point of a year-long exercise to reshape and reform the European Union.
The European Commission unveiled a new strategy this week to tackle organised crime and combat human trafficking.