23 October 2014, Brussels - The European Commission has today announced €24.4 million from the EU budget for urgently needed Ebola research. The funding will go to five projects, ranging from a large-scale clinical trial of a potential vaccine, to testing existing and novel compounds to treat Ebola. The money from Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme, will be provided via a fast-track procedure in order to start work as soon as possible. The Commission is also working with industry on the further development of vaccines, drugs and diagnostics for Ebola and other haemorrhagic diseases within the Innovative Medicines Initiative.
23 October 2014, Brussels - EU leaders will meet on 23/24 October 2014, marking mark the last European Council meeting chaired by Herman Van Rompuy before the entry into office of the newly-elect president, Donald Tusk.
A main objective of the European Council is to reach agreement on the outlines of the 2030 EU's climate and energy policy. Issues of international concern like the Ebola crisis, the situation in Ukraine and in Middle-East are also likely to be debated.
22 October 2014, Strasbourg – Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) approved the new college of 27 Commissioners, as presented by its President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday morning, with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. The new Commission now needs to be formally appointed by EU heads of state or government to enable it to take up duty on 1 November for a five-year term.