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February Newsletter of Publications Office - EU publications
Newsletter Fevrier 2023

Issue 114

February 2023

ISSN 2315-0017

Spotlight on Ukraine

This month marks 1 year since Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine, in a flagrant violation of international law, and causing unimaginable suffering. Families were separated as millions of refugees fled their homes. Tens of thousands of Ukrainian civilians, including children, were killed by Russian shelling and other atrocities. Entire cities were destroyed and names like Bucha, Irpin and Mariupol came to symbolise cruelty and horror. This bitter anniversary, however, marks more. It marks a year of heroic resistance by the people of Ukraine.

The EU has been standing firmly united in support of Ukraine. Among several other actions, it has significantly redesigned its relations and dependencies with Russia, it has put in place unprecedented sanctions and it has provided haven and hospitality to millions of refugees.

Earlier this month, the 24th EU–Ukraine Summit took place in Kyiv, bringing together Presidents Michel (European Council), von der Leyen (European Commission), and Zelenskyy (Ukraine) to discuss key issues for Ukraine as it advances on its EU path. In their joint statement, the leaders emphasised that the EU will be at Ukraine’s side ‘for as long as it takes’. A few days later, President Zelenskyy addressed the European Parliament in Brussels. Through his voice, the voices of millions of Ukrainians echoed through the halls of the assembly. And on 15 February, President von der Leyen addressed the European Parliament Plenary on one year of Russia's invasion.

A year after the beginning of the invasion, our newsletter is devoted to Ukraine and its people. It also brings a selection of EU publications on other interesting topics, from building safety to a better internet for kids.

EU sanctions against Russia following the invasion of Ukraine PDF

Since the beginning of Russia’s illegal and inhumane course of actions against Ukraine, the EU has been responding in the strongest possible terms, by adopting a comprehensive and robust package of unprecedented restrictive measures. This factsheet gives an overview of these measures. If you have a particular interest in the topic, you can find all related legal documents in EUR-Lex, the reference site for EU law.

Available in English, French, German, Russian and Ukrainian

Ukraine PDF

Relief and reconstruction

The EU is contributing substantially to boost Ukraine’s ongoing resilience. A major global financial effort will be required, however, to rebuild Ukraine once the war is over. The EU is ready to contribute to re-establish the foundations of a free and prosperous country, anchored in European values and well-integrated into the European and global economy. This factsheet provides the key points of the reconstruction plan for Ukraine.

Available in English, French, German, Russian and Ukrainian

Tribunal for the crime of aggression against Ukraine PDF

A legal assessment

Members of the European Parliament urge the EU, in close cooperation with Ukraine and the international community, to push for the creation of a special international tribunal to prosecute Russia’s political and military leadership and its allies for the atrocities committed in Bucha, Irpin and other places in Ukraine. This publication examines the innovative character of the proposed tribunal and analyses three main interconnected elements linked to its establishment and functioning.

Available in English

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Forced displacement from and within Ukraine PDF

Profiles, experiences, and aspirations of affected populations

As a result of the Russian invasion, millions were forced to flee their homes in search of a safe haven. This report details forced displacement from and within Ukraine, with the aim of providing a clear picture of the situation, from the perspective of the affected populations.

Available in English

EU’s response to the war in Ukraine PDF

Flash Eurobarometer report

This publication presents the results of a Eurobarometer survey that took place in the first months after the Russian invasion. The survey aimed at examining the attitudes of EU citizens towards the Russian invasion and the respective EU response. Among its key findings is the high level of respondents’ support for the EU economic, military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Available in English

Implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine for the European economy PDF

The Russian invasion and ongoing aggression resulted in several packages of serious EU sanctions and various ancillary measures against businesses and individuals in Russia and Belarus. These came at a time in which the European economy was still recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This publication examines the implications of the Russian invasion for the European economy and makes estimates about its cost.

Available in English

Research and innovation

CORDIS results pack on science communication PDF/Paper

A solid understanding of science is an essential tool for citizens and society. Curating a public discussion of scientific issues means empowering scientists, public authorities, communicators and the public to engage in meaningful dialogue. This CORDIS Results Pack on science communication showcases eight innovative projects building towards this goal.

Available in English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish

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A wealth of EU resources at your fingertips! PDF

Do you want to know what legislation applies to you in a given case? Do you want to stay up to date with EU-funded research and innovation projects? Are you looking to get in touch with someone from the European institutions? Are you a businessperson looking for opportunities? Are you a student, researcher or entrepreneur looking for public data? Are you looking for a factsheet about a particular EU policy, official figures to use in your assignment or a cookbook with European recipes? In all these cases and many more, we have just the thing for you! Find out more in this leaflet.

Available in all official languages of the EU

The effect of communication and disinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic PDF

This study analyses how governments, public health experts and other professionals communicated during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact of these communication strategies. It also investigates COVID-19 misinformation and disinformation practices, and how these practices were addressed by the EU countries and the European Commission. Finally, it draws up recommendations to improve future responses.

Available in English

Open data maturity report 2022 PDF

The EU has set itself the goal of building a data-empowered society, with a European single market for data. Each year, the Open Data Maturity report evaluates the level of open data maturity across Europe. The 2022 edition has recently been published. It provides an overview of progress achieved by European countries as they push forward in creating the necessary conditions to make the most of open data.

Available in English

Strategic crisis management in the EU PDF/Paper

Improving EU crisis prevention, preparedness, response and resilience

The world experiences crises of increased complexity and global impact. These include the 2008 financial crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, the crises engendered by the war in Ukraine and the crises caused by climate change. Focusing on the systemic approach, this scientific opinion provides policy recommendations on how the EU can improve its strategic crisis management and better prepare for, respond to and recover from crises.

Available in English

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Ten issues to watch in 2023 PDF

In-depth analysis

This publication aims at identifying and framing some of the key issues and policy areas that are likely to feature prominently on the political agenda of the EU over 2023. Some of them are: budgeting in times of crises and war, the impact of increasing fuel prices on transport, cyber-resilience in the EU, protecting media freedom and journalists, the future of Russia, and geoeconomics in an age of empires.

Available in English

Security by design PDF/Paper

Protection of public spaces from terrorist attacks

In recent years, public spaces – from shopping malls, open-air markets and churches to metro stations – have been the target of terrorist attacks. This publication, created by a broad range of experts from the European Commission, academia, and the security industry, promotes the concept of security by design and gives useful information on how to apply it when designing and building public spaces

Available in English

The use of Pegasus and equivalent surveillance spyware PDF

The existing legal framework in EU Member States for the acquisition and use of Pegasus and equivalent surveillance spyware

Pegasus is spyware developed by an Israeli company. It can be secretly installed on mobile phones and other devices to read text messages, track calls, collect passwords, track location, access the target device's microphone and camera, and more. This study examines the legal framework governing the use of Pegasus and equivalent spyware in a selection of EU Member States.

Available in English

The European strategy for a better internet for kids (BIK+) PDF/Paper

We want Europe to be a great and safe place to live, including online. Therefore, the European Commission has recently launched a new strategy for a better internet for kids (called BIK+). This publication helps to explain it.

Available in all official languages of the EU except Irish. Also in Icelandic, Macedonian, Norwegian, Serbian, Turkish and Ukrainian

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The second edition of the European Data Conference on Reference and Semantics, ENDORSE 2023, brings into focus the power of multilingual reference data and the role of semantic technologies in our everyday lives. The conference, organised by the Publications Office of the European Union and Interoperable Europe with the support of the Digital Europe Programme, will take place online in three afternoon sessions from 14 to 16 March 2023 and is now open for registration .

The programme features over 40 contributions from EU and international experts in multilingual reference data and semantic technologies, and several panel discussions. The sessions are organised in two parallel tracks to give participants an opportunity to choose a topic of their interest. The tracks cover Multilingual reference data, Using reference data and semantics, and Semantic technologies in our everyday lives - tangible impacts and linked data.

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