The EU’s European Research Council (ERC) supports scientists globally to push the boundaries of frontier research in different fields and help advance scientific knowledge. Here’s a small glimpse of the work the ERC has been supporting over the years.

. EU-supported science has helped break barriers over the years. © Event Horizon Telescope

There are things we know that we do not know and then there are unknown unknowns. We are aware that we cannot yet cure all types of cancer or generate energy sustainably. But we are oblivious to many current and future challenges, as well as to untapped solutions lurking in unexpected places. …


In Afghanistan, the Taliban are now in control, nearly two decades after being ousted by a US-led military coalition. Despite the security and logistical challenges due to recent developments, the EU continues to provide life-saving assistance in the country.

A boy and his mother travel through the desert to their village near Herat in western Afghanistan. Photo: © Peter Biro.

Prior to the current crisis, Afghanistan suffered 40 years of war, chronic poverty and climate change-driven natural hazards, causing large scale suffering and displacement of people in Afghanistan and the region. The humanitarian situation is now deteriorating day by day, with a devastating impact on people — particularly women and children.

One of the world’s largest aid donors, the EU has funded humanitarian operations in Afghanistan since 1994, providing €57 million in 2021 alone. Even before the Taliban takeover, humanitarian agencies have been working in areas controlled by all sides of the conflict, including in disputed or Taliban-controlled territories.

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Do not miss out on this opportunity! Hear from our former trainees who are sharing their experiences and giving some good reasons for you to apply.

Chara, trainee during the October 2016 session (left). One of our trainees meeting the Commission president Ursula von der Leyen. (right)

The European Commission offers 5-month paid traineeships twice a year in its Directorates-General, agencies, and bodies.

Here are just six reasons why you should send us your digital application form.

1. It’s tried and tested

The Blue Book traineeship has been around since 1960. That’s 60 years of happy trainees!

But there’s no need to take it from us — ask Karen and Jurgen instead.

2. A traineeship with an impact

As a trainee at the European Commission, you can expect to make a real contribution. Trainees enjoy full trust within the Commission, but also freedom in the way they can contribute and propose new ideas. …


EU humanitarian aid experts visited Wukro, a town 50 km away from Mekelle, Ethiopia’s capital city. During the fighting in November 2020, the hospital in Wukro was damaged by shelling. It normally serves a population of 1.2 million people. © European Union, 2021

Since the start of the conflict in Tigray 9 months ago, thousands of civilians have been killed or fled their homes, and most basic infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed. There have been countless reports on serious human rights violations and systemic violence against civilians.

The EU’s team of humanitarian experts has been working tirelessly to support humanitarian partners to address the massive humanitarian needs of the affected population.

Yassine Gaba is the Head of the EU’s Humanitarian Aid Office in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. He has more than 20 years of experience in managing humanitarian assistance.

The EU…


Our planet is facing serious environmental challenges. That is why we have the European Green Deal.

Would you like to join the fight against the climate emergency, for example by contributing to nature conservation or helping reduce pollution? Here are four European Union programmes that you can join to help with the transition to a healthier planet.

DiscoverEU participants ©European Union, 2020
  1. Volunteer with the European Solidarity Corps

Do you have a passion for nature and would like to help make our planet healthier? So would the European Union. That’s why we are offering volunteering opportunities to young people. …


Whether cut into cubes or melted over meals, many of our favourite varieties of cheese are protected by EU quality labels.

Neufchâtel PDO from Normandy, France, one of the more than 200 varieties of cheese protected by the EU.

More than 200 varieties of cheese are protected in the EU. These cheeses and other unique foods and flavours from across Europe are protected through quality labels. The labels safeguard the names of products that are closely linked with specific regions and traditional production processes.

Quality labels include:

protected designation of origins (PDO): the raw ingredients need to come from the region of origin, where all steps of production must also take place.

protected geographical indications (PGI): at least one of the…


What do EU consumer rights and Digital Single Market have in common? They both make shopping in the EU so much better & simpler.

The Single Market offers you a huge choice online and protects your rights as a consumer. 📸 © European Union, 2020 & 2021 / Source: EC — Audiovisual Service / Photographer: Claudio Centonze

Covid-19 happened. Our social lives and our habits changed, including shopping. We are shopping online more than ever before.

But did you know your consumer rights are well-protected online and how Digital EU makes things so much easier for you?
Here’s how:

1. You can shop from stores in 27 countries

You can buy products and services from shops and businesses in 27 European countries with no additional charges except shipping. There’s no more ‘geo-blocking.’ …


20 years ago, the world’s first legally recognised same-sex marriage took place in the Netherlands.

Everybody in the European Union should be safe and free to be themselves. © European Union, 2020, 2018 📸 Jennifer Jacquemart, Lukasz Kobus

Last year the European Commission adopted its first LGBTIQ Equality Strategy. Today, the European Union is an LGBTIQ Freedom Zone.

1. Show your support with the rainbow flag


The novel coronavirus pandemic has shown that no country is immune to disasters. The European Union plays a key role in coordinating the response to disasters in Europe and beyond. According to the Special Eurobarometer on EU Civil Protection , over 90% of Europeans think that it is important that the EU helps coordinate the response to disasters, wherever they occur. See what EU citizens think about the EU’s role in civil protection.

EU civil protection teams supported the emergency response in Beirut, Lebanon, following the deadly explosions at the seaport. ©European Union, 2020 (photographer: Bernard Khalil)

1. EU citizens are aware that the EU helps coordinate the disaster response

A majority of Europeans (51%) are aware that the EU helps coordinate the response to disasters, of whom 92% say they are aware that their countries participate…


Many buildings of the old Beirut were damaged by the port explosion of August 2020. ©Pascal Maitre/MYOP. All rights reserved. Licensed to the European Union under conditions.

When a massive explosion tore through Beirut’s port in August 2020 it was the last straw for many people in Lebanon. The explosion killed hundreds, while it damaged thousands of homes in one of the country’s poorest communities. It left large areas of the city without water, sewage, or electricity, and disrupted Lebanon’s food supplies. It was a devastating blow in a year of turmoil.

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