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World Humanitarian Summit

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On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May in Istanbul, Turkey, Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Commission, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development and Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, have issued the following statement: “Every day, thousands of innocent people are the victims of natural [...]

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56 million aid to migrants in Greece

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The European Commission has awarded €56 million in emergency funding to improve conditions for migrants in Greece, to increase the capacities of the Greek authorities to register newly arriving migrants and to process their asylum claims. €46 million is provided under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and €10 million comes from the Internal [...]

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President Juncker appoints the Special Envoy for freedom of religion and beliefs


Speaking at the Vatican today on the occasion of the award of the Charlemagne Prize to Pope Francis, President Jean-Claude Juncker announced his decision to appoint Mr Ján Figeľ (former European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth from 2004-2009) as the first Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside [...]

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The refusal of the migrants will cost

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On May 4, 2016, the European Commission presented proposals to reform the Common European Asylum System by creating a fairer, more efficient and more sustainable system for allocating asylum applications among the Member States. The basic principle will remain the same – asylum seekers should unless they have family elsewhere, apply for asylum in the [...]

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Fears and doubts about the TTIP agreement is proving to be reasoned and justified

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Environmental organization Greenpeace today, on the 2. 5. 2016 published parts of transatlantic trade and investment agreement (TTIP), which is negotiated between the US and the European Union. With the publication of documents for the first time since the beginning of the negotiations is clearly visible the position of the United States. MEP Igor Šoltes [...]

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Employment in the EU

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The latest figures from Eurostat show that in 2015 the share of employed among the population aged 20-64 in the European Union amounted to 70.1%. The share of employees was thus higher than in 2014 (69.2%) but lower than the peak in 2008 (70.3%). A similar pattern was observed for men. In 2015, it was [...]

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Serbs support EU accession


Serbia’s pro-European ruling party appeared headed for a victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, as early returns gave the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić more than half the vote. With 65 percent of votes counted, the SNS got 51 percent, according to the Centre for Free Elections and Democracy (CeSID) — that’s [...]

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Thirteenth round of TTIP negotiations


From 25-29 April the thirteenth round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the EU and the US will take place in New York. This round of talks represents an additional step in the very intensive period of the talks which started at the beginning of this year. The objective of this round [...]

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Signing climate agreement on the Earth Day celebration

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On the 22 April in New York a historic meeting took place, as 155 countries and the EU, have committed to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the headquarters of the United Nations (UN) in New York. With each country’s signing of the agreement, they must also submit a proposal plan for actions [...]

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Antitrust – Commission sends Statement of Objections to Google

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The European Commission has informed Google of its preliminary view that the company has, in breach of EU antitrust rules, abused its dominant position by imposing restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators. The Commission’s preliminary view is that Google has implemented a strategy on mobile devices to preserve and strengthen its dominance [...]

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The European Parliament approved glyphosate for 7 years


“Immediate ban on the use of the herbicide glyphosate in the EU would be in favor of the countries that produce GMO agricultural products, and shot in the knee for the EU agriculture”, says MEP Bogovič. The European Commission has proposed to renew  the approval  of the herbicide glyphosate in the EU for 15 years [...]

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Humanitarian aid to Ecuador


Following the deadly earthquake, which caused multiple casualties and left many injured in Ecuador on Saturday evening on the 16 April 2016, the Commission has taken immediate steps to provide coordinated European support to the relief efforts. The EU has today released € 1 million as the initial humanitarian aid to the victims of the [...]

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Police arrest the third airport terrorist suspect

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Police have arrested Mohammed Abrini said the report in The Bulletin (10 April 2016), who is thought to be the suspect who has come to be known as “the man in the hat”, the third suspect in the terrorist bombings at Brussels Airport on 22 March.New video footage was released  last week of one of [...]

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The effectiveness of national justice systems in EU – recommendations for Slovenia


The European Commission published on the 11 April 2016 EU Justice Scoreboard which gives a comparative overview of the efficiency, quality and independence of justice systems in the EU Member States. The aim of the Scoreboard is to assist national authorities in their efforts to improve their justice systems, by providing this comparative data. For [...]

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Reform of the asylum policy


Under a new system for allocating asylum applications in the EU, determination of responsibility would, for the most part, no longer be linked with the Member State of  the first application or irregular entry. Instead, responsibility would be primarily allocated on the basis of a distribution key reflecting the relative size, wealth and absorption capacities [...]

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