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New EP president

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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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Malta took over the EU presidency

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Malta takes over the rotating presidency from Slovakia. The priorities of this first-ever Maltese presidency are three M : Maritime, Mediterranean, Migration. “The next six months must be about putting citizens at the heart of the EU agenda”, she added. “Europe needs to start listening to its people and acting on their concerns and aspirations,” [...]

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College Members participate in World Economic Forum in Davos

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The 2017 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos takes place from 17 to 20 January. This year’s meeting will put the focus on “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”. The Commission will contribute to this debate by explaining and promoting its priorities and policy actions to address challenges in areas like migration, security, economy, [...]

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Return intervention Team

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The European Border and Coast Guard Agency has formally launched the European Return Intervention Teams composed of 690 return specialists, return escorts and return monitors. The Agency will now be able to deploy these experts to support Member States to organise and coordinate return operations and cooperate with third-countries on returns and readmission, whenever considered [...]

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Austria will maintain border controls ‘indefinitely’

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“A return to Schenghen borders is not ‘justifiable”, said an interior minister of Austria, on the 6 January 2017. “As long as the European Union is not in a position to protect its external borders, Austria will rely on national measures.” Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka told the German newspaper. “It’s essential to our own security [...]

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Negotiations to reunify Cyprus

Cyprus

It’s make-or-break week for Greek and Turkish Cypriots, as their leaders enter the toughest stretch yet of negotiations to reunify the long-divided island. It’s a make-or-break week for the EU as well. A successful outcome for them in Geneva — and the odds of that are about if not a bit better than even — [...]

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Humanitarian aid to Iraq

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The European Commission is currently working alongside EU Member States to facilitate emergency aid deliveries in Iraq, to help people affected by the crisis in Mosul. Three additional planes carrying emergency assistance from Austria and France have now touched ground in Iraq, bringing the total number of flights facilitated and co-financed by the Commission to [...]

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Commission sets date to put standardised European railway signalling system in place

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Today the European Commission adopted an implementing regulation on the new European Rail Traffic Management System European Deployment Plan (ERTMS EDP). ERTMS allows trains to run seamlessly across borders by replacing differing national technical systems. The plan sets new targets until 2023 by which about 50% of the Core Network Corridors shall be equipped. In [...]

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EU statement at the of a cessation of hostilities in Syria

Syria

Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini: “Reports of continued air strikes and fighting in Wadi Barada are a matter of concern. But if implemented fully, the cessation can open the way to unhindered and countrywide humanitarian access to those in need. And, most of all, if successful it can open the way to a [...]

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Use of internet advertising by enterprises

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In the last 15 years,the internet has redefined the output of traditional broadcast media — television and radio — as well as print media, such as magazines and newspapers. It offers a number of new or extended services, particularly in marketing and advertising.However, while around three-quarters of enterprises located in the European Union (EU) and [...]

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End of roaming charges in 15 June 2017

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15.12.2016 negotiators from the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission reached a political agreement on an EU-wide approach for the use of the ultra-high frequency band of 700 MHz for mobile services, an important milestone and the first agreement under the Digital Single Market strategy. The 700 MHz band will be made available for [...]

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Agreement between the EU and Cuba

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High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, Foreign Ministers of the European Union and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla signed,12.december 2016, the first ever agreement between the EU and Cuba. This Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement constitutes the new legal framework for EU-Cuba relations. It will facilitate an enhanced political dialogue, [...]

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Presidental elections in Austria

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Norbert Hofer lost to former Greens leader Alexander Van der Bellen, who had put the June Brexit referendum at the center of his campaign. Hofer, of the anti-immigration and anti-Islam Freedom Party (FPO), was seeking to become Europe’s first freely elected far-right head of state since World War Two but conceded defeat soon after polls [...]

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Agreement on the Road charging in Germany

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In the margins of the Transport Council held on 30 November 2016 in Brussels, EU Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, met with the German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt.  After years of discussions between the Commission and the German authorities, both parties agreed on a solution to put an end to [...]

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European Defence Fund

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The European Commission proposes on 30. November 2016, the European Defence Fund and other actions to support Member States’ more efficient spending in joint defence capabilities, strengthen European citizens’ security and foster a competitive and innovative industrial base. The European Commission proposes a European Defence Fund and other actions to support Member States’ more efficient [...]

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