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European Border and Coast Guard Agency reinforced

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4.12.2019 – Today, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency’s reinforced mandate enters into force, giving it the operational capacity and powers needed to effectively support the 115,000 Member States’ officers on the ground. Starting from January 2021, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency will be equipped with its own standing corps of border [...]

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Victims were University of Cambridge graduates

London Bridge attack

2.12.2019 – Both the victims killed in a terror attack near London Bridge were University of Cambridge graduates, London’s Metropolitan Police said Sunday. Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, were both involved with Learning Together, a network of academics and criminal justice organizations, which was hosting an event at Fishmonger’s Hall where the attack [...]

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EU-Singapore trade agreement enters into force

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21.11.2019 – With the  entry into force of the agreement, Singapore will now: 1. remove all remaining tariffs on EU products;2. provide new opportunities for EU services’ providers, among others in sectors such as telecommunications, environmental services, engineering, computing and maritime transport. It will also make the business environment more predictable; 3.provide legal protection for [...]

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EU – China landmark agreement to protect Geographical Indications

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6.11.2019- Today, the EU and China concluded the negotiations on a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (GI) in China and 100 Chinese GI in the EU against imitations and usurpation. This landmark agreement is expected to result in reciprocal trade benefits and demand for high-quality products on both sides. Delivering on the [...]

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Report on the first residence permits issued in the EU Member States in 2018

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28.10.2019 – In 2018, about 3.2 million first residence permits were issued in the European Union (EU) to non-EU citizens. The number increased by 0.4% (or 13000) compared with 2017, continuing the upward trend observed in each of the three previous years. Family reasons accounted for almost 28%of all first residence permits issued in the [...]

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European Union’s trade network – the largest in the world

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14.10.2019 -Despite the difficult global economic climate, European companies have continued to make good use of the opportunities created by the European Union’s trade network – the largest in the world. In 2018 this network covered 31% of Europe’s trade exchanges, a figure that is set to rise significantly (to almost 40%) as more trade [...]

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Strengthening Whistleblower protection in EU

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8.10.2019 – The Council of Ministers adopted today the directive on whistleblower protection at the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg. The directive will guarantee a high level of protection for whistleblowers by establishing safe channels for reporting both within an organisation and to public authorities, setting EU-wide standards. It will also protect whistleblowers [...]

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Deepening trade relations with Africa

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2.10.2019 – The European Union has opened negotiations on deepening trade relations with five countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe. Exports of goods from the countries concerned to the EU have increased by almost a quarter since 2012, when the current EPA entered into force, reaching EUR 2.8 billion [...]

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EU – Western Balkans Media Days

Western Balkans

13.9.2019 – At the third EU-Western Balkans Media Days taking place from 12-13 September in Podgorica, Montenegro, the European Commission confirmed its support to the region with new initiatives focusing on media accountability, literacy and governance, judicial expertise on freedom of expression and promotion of reconciliation and regional cooperation. This is part of the EU’s firm support to [...]

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Commissioners proposals designate

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10.9.2019 – The new Commission will reflect the priorities and ambitions set out in the Political Guidelines. The Commission is structured around the objectives President-elect von der Leyen was elected on by the European Parliament. At the heart of our work is the need to address the changes in climate, technology and demography that are [...]

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Agri – food export

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5.9.2019 – In a report published today, the EU confirms for yet another year its position as largest global exporter of agri-food products, with EU exports reaching €138 billion in 2018. Agriculture products represent a solid share of 7% of the value of EU total goods exported in 2018, ranking fourth after machinery, other manufactured [...]

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Commission extends anti-dumping on bicycles

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29.8.2019 – The Commission decided  to extend for another 5 years the anti-dumping measures in place on imports of bicycles originating in China. Bicycles imported from Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Cambodia, Pakistan and the Philippines are also covered by these measures after previous investigations found that Chinese bicycles were passing by these countries to [...]

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Summit between EU and Ukraine

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8.7.2019 – The 21st bilateral summit between the European Union and Ukraine takes place in Kyiv this afternoon, with Ukraine’s progress in its reform path, supported by the European Union, high on the agenda. The summit will be the first since the new President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, took office on 20 May, and follows [...]

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Over €152 million for Africa

Africa Sahel

11.6.2019 – As countries in the Sahel continue to suffer from armed conflicts, climate change, and a food and nutrition crisis, the EU is providing €152.05 million to bring relief to people in need in the region. Combined with last year’s funding, humanitarian assistance to the Sahel has been supported with over €423 million in [...]

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Three Seas Initiative in Slovenia

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6.6.2019 – The summit of the  leaders called “The Three Seas Initiative” took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on the 5 and 6 June. The Three Seas Initiative is a flexible political platform at Presidential level, launched in 2015. The Initiative includes the 12 EU Member States located between the Adriatic, the Baltic and the Black seas: [...]

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