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EP voted for CETA


The European Parliament voted on the 15 February in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada, concluding the ratification process of this deal at the EU level. CETA creates new opportunities for EU companies. It will save EU businesses over €500 million a year currently paid in tariffs [...]

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Proposed changes in the Comitology Regulation

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The Commission proposed on the 14 February to amend the Comitology Regulation, increasing transparency and accountability in the procedures for implementation of EU legislation. The Commission is delivering on President Juncker’s pledge in his State of the Union Speech in September 2016 when he stated :  “It is not right that when EU countries cannot [...]

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Winter 2017 Economic Forecast: Navigating through choppy waters


In its Winter Forecast released today, the European Commission expects euro area GDP growth of 1.6% in 2017 and 1.8% in 2018. This is slightly revised up from the Autumn Forecast (2017: 1.5%, 2018: 1.7%) on the back of better-than-expected performance in the second half of 2016 and a rather robust start into 2017. GDP [...]

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EC report on migrants relocation and resettlement

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Today, 8.2. 2017 the Commission adopted its ninth progress report on the EU’s emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken since 8 December 2016. During the reporting period, Member States have continued to increase their efforts on resettlement offering legal and safe pathways to 13,968 people so far. Regarding relocation, the overall positive trend [...]

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Aid to Bolgaria and Greece tackling migration crisis


The European Commission has decided on the 7.2. 2017 to award an additional €3.9 million in emergency funding to Greece under the Internal Security Fund (ISF) to help improve reception conditions for migrants on the Greek islands. This is to further support EU financed actions carried out by the Ministry of Defence to provide catering, [...]

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Consumer Classroom Inter-School Competition 2016 – 2017

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Competition open to primary and secondary schools (12-18 year old students) across the European Union from 10th October 2016 to 17th March 2017, midnight, (Central European Time) Take part in our fourth edition of Inter-School Competition on: Smart Energy Consumers Nowadays, your pupils are familiar with the global fight against climate change towards a more [...]

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Malta Declaration by the members of the European Council on the external aspects of migration: addressing the Central Mediterranean route

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We welcome and support the Maltese Presidency’s efforts to take forward all elements of the EU’s comprehensive migration policy. We reaffirm our determination to act in full respect of human rights, international law and European values, and in conjunction with UNHCR and IOM. A key element of a sustainable migration policy is to ensure effective [...]

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Slovenia passes amendments to close border in case of migrant crisis


Slovenia passes amendments to close border in case of migrant crisis on 27 January 2017. The amendments to the law on foreigners were supported by 47 parliament members , with 18 voting against them. The approved measures will allow to curb the flow of migrants into Slovenia by sealing the borders to most illegal migrants [...]

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Dialogue Pristina – Belgrade – statement by HRVP Mogherini Federica

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“Together with Presidents Hashim Thaçi and Tomislav Nikolić and Prime Ministers Aleksandar Vučić and Isa Mustafa I had on 1.2. 2017 another high level meeting of the Dialogue for normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina. In our meeting today we followed up on the discussions we had in the Dialogue on 24 January. I [...]

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End of roaming charges by 15 June 2017


On 8 February 2017 member states’ ambassadors endorsed the deal on wholesale caps that will put an end to retail mobile roaming charges in the EU on 15 June this year. The presidency reached a provisional agreement on the wholesale rules with the European Parliament on 31 January. As the last step towards the end of [...]

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Eurostat – contingent liabilities and non – performing loans in the Member States

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Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, publishes today, 30 January 2017, information on contingent liabilities and non – performing loans of government for the year 2015. These data have been provided by the EU Member States in the context of the reinforcement of European economic and fiscal governance (the “six-pack”). The contingent liabilities [...]

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Grants for post-doctoral researchers

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The European Commission  today, 27 January 2017, announced the results of the 2016 bid for post-doctoral research funding from the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions, part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. Almost 1 200 researchers with the highest potential to make a game-changing impact on our society and economy were awarded grants totalling more than €218 million. [...]

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3o anniversary of the Erasmus programme


The European Commission published on the 26 January  new figures showing that the EU’s education and training programme, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is more successful and open than ever. In 2015, Erasmus+ enabled 678,000 Europeans to study, train, work and volunteer abroad, more than ever before. In the same year, the EU invested [...]

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Tourism in EU


Number of tourism nights spent in the EU is slightly up in 2016, despite substantial falls in France and the United Kingdom. In 2016 the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the European Union (EU) is expected to have reached more than 2.8 billion, up by 2.0% compared with 2015. Since 2009, [...]

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New EP president


The newly-elected president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, has already indicated he wants to be more of a “speaker” than a “prime minister,” a not-too-subtle dig at his predecessor Martin Schulz, who, during his five years at the helm, gained a reputation for meddling in all aspects of parliamentary life. “It is not for [...]

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