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Bosnia and Herzegovina: additional €2 million in humanitarian aid

Western Balkans

24.10.2019 – With winter approaching and thousands of migrants and refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina living outside of adequate facilities, the European Commission has today announced an additional €2 million in humanitarian aid. This brings EU humanitarian aid in the country to €5.8 million since 2018. Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, [...]

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Croatia not in Schengen as yet

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22.10.2019 – The Commission is today reporting on Croatia’s progress in meeting the necessary conditions to join the Schengen area. The European Commission considers that, based on the results of the Schengen evaluation process initiated in 2016, Croatia has taken the measures needed to ensure that the necessary conditions for the full application of the [...]

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New Brexit proposal

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17.10.2019 – Michel Barnier hailed the Brexit deal agreed between Brussels and London as a “fair and reasonable result” after days of intensive negotiations.  On customs, both sides agreed to a remarkable balancing act: Northern Ireland will officially be part of the U.K.’s customs territory, meaning that it applies U.K. tariffs and can participate in [...]

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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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October’s infringement report

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10.10.2019 – In today’s regular monthly set of infringement decisions, the European Commission is initiating or continuing proceedings against Member States that have not properly fulfilled their obligations under EU law. Multi-sectoral decisions should ensure that EU law is properly applied to the benefit of citizens and businesses. In addition, the Commission is closing 120 [...]

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National risks assessments on G5

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9.10.2019 – Following the Commission Recommendation for a common European approach to the security of 5G networks, 24 EU Member States have now completed the first step and submitted national risk assessments. These assessments will feed into the next phase, a EU-wide risk assessment which will be completed by 1 October. Commissioner for the Security Union, [...]

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Cultural monitor

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8.10.2019 – Today, the European Commission released the second edition of its Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor, a tool designed to benchmark and boost the creative and cultural potential of European cities, which is vital to driving economic growth and social cohesion. After the success of the first edition in 2017, the 2019 release presents [...]

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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

Eastern Africa

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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Traineeships in EC

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1.10.2019 -  950 traineeships, 300 more than in the previous period started a five-month paid internship at the European Commission today. The beginnings of the internship program date back to 1960, when the institution first hosted three interns. Today, according to the number of applications and participants, the program is the largest internship scheme in [...]

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Hearings of the Commissioners-designate

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27.9.2019 – Before the new European Commission – the EU’s executive body – can take office, Parliament will organise public hearings to assess the commissioners’ suitability for the job. Monday, 30 September on EbS and EbS+ there will be a hearing of Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President-designate, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight from 14:30 – 17:30, Phil [...]

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Report on the agri-food trade figures

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24.9.2019 – The latest agri-food trade report shows that both EU exports and imports in the sector rose in July 2019 compared to a year earlier. Exports of agri-food products reached € 13.07 billion in July 2019, up 12.6% from July 2018. Imports totaled € 9.92 billion, marking a trade surplus of € 3.15 billion [...]

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European arrest warrant

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18.9.2019-Today, the European Commission releases key statistics on the European arrest warrant. With 16,636 warrants issued in 2016 and 17,491 in 2017, the European arrest warrant is the most used EU instrument of judicial cooperation in criminal matters since its launch in 2004. In total, in 2017, over 7,000 people suspected of serious crime and [...]

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Loan of 53 million euro to the Slovenian electric companies

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16.9. 2019 – Slovenian electric companies have recieved  53 million, a loan from EIB. The programme will allow each promoter to maintain or improve the reliability and quality standards of electricity supply, as well as connect new users including distributed renewable generation.. More: here Source: EC Press

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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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