European Commission
European Commission proposes €81.4 billion to mitigate consequences of pandemic

The European Commission has presented proposals to grant financial support of €81.4 billion to 15 Member States under the SURE instrument. The SURE instrument will provide loans to Member States to cover the costs related to national short-time work schemes as a response to the pandemic. The proposals now need to be approved by the Council.

 National updates
Finland: Body cameras for police to be introduced nationwide (link) Germany: Police under pressure for allegations of excessive force (link) Spain: Police officers injured in violence at Melilla (link)
Other news
Trade Unions call on EU to defend the workers’ right to strike in Belarus

The European Trade Union General Secretary has called for EU leaders to support the right of workers to take strike action in Belarus as enshrined in ILO Conventions 87 and 98 (link).

ETUI calls for COVID-19 to be classified as an occupational disease

The European Trade Union Institute suggests that COVID-19 should be classified as an occupational disease to mitigate its impact (link).

Interpol: Women increase operational effectiveness of policing in ASEAN region

A new report, ‘Women in Law Enforcement in the ASEAN’ region, has found that women contribute to more effective law enforcement. The paper, drafted by Interpol, UNODOC and UN Women, also found that some women still experience barriers to progressing to the highest ranks (link).

Look ahead
–          31 August: European Parliament Employment and Social Affairs Committee meets

–          2 September: Member State officials discuss cooperation in criminal matters

–          3 September: European Parliament Petitions Committee meets

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