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Creative Europe – call for proposals

Creative Europe

18.9. 2017-Today, under its Creative Europe program for the cultural and creative sectors, the Commission launches a call for proposals to fund transnational cooperation projects linked to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. The call is an invitation to cultural actors such as concert halls, opera houses and theatre groups across the EU to [...]

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The Polish Law on the retired age of the judges is incompatible with the EU law

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13.9.2017-The European Commission maintains its position that the Polish Law is incompatible with EU law because by introducing a different retirement age for female judges (60 years) and male judges (65 years), it discriminates against individuals on the basis of gender. This is contrary to Article 157 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the [...]

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“State of the Union” Speech

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13.9.2017-At 9.00 on Wednesday 13 September 2017, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his speech in the European Parliament Plenary Chamber in Strasbourg.  After a broad debate across our continent on the #FutureofEurope, with citizens, with the European Parliament, national Parliaments, local and regional authorities, and civil society at large, the President will take these ideas [...]

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Volkswagen to finalise repairs of all cars affected by emissions scandal


7.9.2017-Today the EU consumer authorities and the European Commission sent a joint letter to the CEO of Volkswagen urging the group to swiftly repair all cars affected by the “dieselgate” scandal. This is part of a coordinated action by EU consumer authorities to make sure that the Volkswagen group respects consumer law in the aftermath [...]

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Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland breaching their legal obligations


6.9.2017-In four progress reports adopted today, the Commission is calling on all parties to sustain and further accelerate the good progress made in managing irregular migration flows, protecting the EU external borders and supporting the frontline Member States under pressure. With 27,695 persons relocated so far, the EU relocation mechanism is working and delivering results. [...]

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Better water in Croatia thanks to Cohesion Policy


4.9.2017- Almost €96 million from the Cohesion Fund is being invested to upgrade water supply and waste water networks in Croatia’s Slavonia and Istria regions and on the island of Krk. This investment package includes (1) €19.3 million for the construction of a waste water treatment plant and of filtration systems in the urban area [...]

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EU-Ukraine Association Agreement fully enters into force


1.9.2017- The Association Agreement, including its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), is the main tool for bringing Ukraine and the EU closer together: it promotes deeper political ties and stronger economic links, as well as respect for common European values. The DCFTA provides a framework for modernizing Ukraine’s trade relations and economic development [...]

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EU supports USA


30.8.2017-The European Commission’s 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Centre has recently been in regular contact with the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) over Hurricane Harvey and any EU support that could help the US authorities. The EU’s emergency Copernicus Emergency Management Service has been activated at the request of FEMA and it is now providing [...]

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African and European leaders agreed on migration plan

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28.8. 2017- Seven African and European leaders have met in Paris to try to build a new relationship aimed at cutting migration into Europe from northern Africa in return for aid. On Monday, the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, and Spain agreed to help Chad and Niger with border control to stem the flow of [...]

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EC investigates Monsanto and Bayer

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23.8.2017-The Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission has preliminary concerns that the proposed acquisition could reduce competition in areas such as pesticides, seeds, and traits, resulting in higher prices, lower quality, less choice and less innovation. The proposed acquisition [...]

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Terrorist attack in Finland


21.8.2017-Two people were killed and eight injured in knife attack in Turku on the 18 August 2017. The country’s law enforcement agencies said they had detained  18-year-old MoroccanaAbderrahman Mechkah in connection with the attack. He was known to local police. Four other Moroccan citizens are suspected of involvement but deny the accusations. An international warrant [...]

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Barcelona attack – some facts


18.8.2017-A white van was driven into a crowd on one of Barcelona’s most popular boulevards, Las Ramblas, late on Thursday afternoon. Catalan authorities later announced six bystanders and one police officer were injured in an anti-terror operation in the coastal town of Cambrils, southwest of Barcelona, during which police killed four suspects and injured another, [...]

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Fires in Portugal


17.8.2017-The European Union continues to assist Portugal in managing forest fires that ravage across the country and tackling its consequences. Since August 12, when Portugal has applied for EU assistance this year, more than 160 firefighters, 27 vehicles and four firefighters have been deployed to the country through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Today the [...]

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Egg scandal exposed the weaknesses in the crisis comminication

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10.8.2017-The latest health scare follows a bird flu epidemic that swept northern Europe late last year, exposed weaknesses of the crisis communication in the Member States and in the European Commission. For the EC the issue is considered under the fraud procedure and not under public health procedure. Eggs contaminated with the harmful chemical fipronil [...]

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Divided Venezuela

Pro-government supporters holding Venezuela's flag march in Caracass

9.8.2017- Critics of the Venezuelan president Madure have long referred to him as a dictator, especially since his loyalist Supreme Court started nullifying laws passed by the opposition-controlled Congress. Maduro has said the assembly is the nation’s only hope of peace but many Venezuelans say it has left them without any democratic options to oppose [...]

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