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Animals must be better protected during transport

(Source: European Parliament)

EU rules on animal transport are outdated, misleading and poorly enforced

New update and more political will is needed

Limit transport time, increase animals’ comfort and control exports more tightly

After 18 months of fact-finding, MEPs call on EU countries to respect animal welfare during transport and to transition to transporting meat and […]

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NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €271 million in pre-financing to Finland

(Source: European Commission)

The European Commission has today disbursed €271 million to Finland in pre-financing, equivalent to 13% of the country’s financial allocation under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The pre-financing payment will help kick-start the implementation of the crucial investment and reform measures outlined in Finland’s recovery and resilience plan.

The Commission […]

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Iraq: Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the joint press point with Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein

(Source: EEAS)

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I am very pleased to welcome you Minister [for Foreign Affairs of Iraq, Fuad] Hussein here in Brussels again. It is a pleasure to meet you, because, we, the European Union, have had intense and very good bilateral engagement over the past years with Iraq, and me personally – if I may say – with you and with the government of Prime Minister [of Iraq, Mustafa Al-]Kadhemi. Please, send my best wishes to him.

A stable and prosperous Iraq is something that […]

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Canada: Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the joint press point with Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly

(Source: EEAS)

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Mélanie, c’est un grand plaisir de t’accueillir à Bruxelles.

L’Union européenne et le Canada ont établi une relation importante – je dirais unique. Le Canada est un ami proche – est lointain du point de vue géographique, proche du point de vue de nos rapports, un partenaire précieux.

Nous apprécions l’engagement de longue date que vous avez envers la paix et la sécurité et nous […]

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Presidency press release – Informal meeting of health ministers Omicron: public health measures, 4th vaccine dose, prospects for medium-term management of the covid-19 crisis

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

This Friday, 21 January 2022, the European health ministers had a special meeting via videoconference to share best practices in managing the crisis and to align national strategies to the greatest extent possible. They agreed to strengthen coordination of national strategies by sharing information on […]

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Intervention by President Charles Michel at the ‘Climate and energy in the Africa-Europe partnership’ debate

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

Je suis extrêmement heureux d’avoir l’occasion de participer de manière virtuelle à cette rencontre.

Je voudrais commencer par remercier la Fondation Afrique Europe pour son implication, pour son engagement. Merci Mo (Ibrahim) pour ton implication constante afin de rapprocher les points de vue européens et africains.

Maybe a few words. […]

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Local leaders to discuss how to deliver an EU rural revival and €500bn regional investment

(Source: European Committee of the Regions)

Also on #CoRplenary agenda: delivering zero-emissions transport, Mayor of Cologne presented local democracy award and a debate on the Conference on the Future of Europe.

The EU’s support for a rural revival, delivering cohesion policy, the European Green Deal and the Conference on the Future of Europe will be central themes […]

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EESC backs priorities of French EU Presidency

(Source: EEAS)

At its January plenary, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) threw its support behind the agenda of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union focusing on the following watchwords: resilient, strong, sustainable and inclusive Europe.

Recovery, strength and a sense of belonging are the three main objectives of […]

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Lithuania: State Investment Management Agency and European Investment Bank launch first support for Lithuanian Mid-Caps under European Guarantee Fund

(Source: European Investment Bank)

Lithuanian national promotional institution VIVA agrees guarantee with European Investment Bank under “European Guarantee Fund” (EGF) to finance local Mid-Caps
The financing comes in the form of a link risk sharing guarantee that will support a portfolio of up to €50 million in new lending to Mid-Caps, and by extension, SMEs.
The EGF […]

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Advocate General Collins: EU law precludes a national provision or practice according to which national courts have no jurisdiction to examine if a provision of national law, that a decision of the constitutional court of the Member State has found to be constitutional, is in conformity with EU law

(Source: Court of Justice of the European Union)

It also precludes the initiation of disciplinary proceedings and the application of disciplinary penalties in respect of a judge arising from that examination

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According to Advocate General Richard de la Tour, the indexation of the family allocation and tax advantages granted by Austria to workers whose children permanently reside in another Member State is contrary to EU law

(Source: Court of Justice of the European Union)

In Austria, workers from other Member States must be able to access the same allocations and tax advantages as Austrian workers, irrespective of the place of residence of their children, since they contribute to the financing of the Austrian social security and tax system in the same […]

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Presidency press release – Informal meeting of health ministers Omicron: public health measures, 4th vaccine dose, prospects for medium-term management of the covid-19 crisis

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

This Friday, 21 January 2022, the European health ministers had a special meeting via videoconference to share best practices in managing the crisis and to align national strategies to the greatest extent possible. They agreed to strengthen coordination of national strategies by sharing information on […]

Read More »

NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €271 million in pre-financing to Finland

(Source: European Commission)

The European Commission has today disbursed €271 million to Finland in pre-financing, equivalent to 13% of the country’s financial allocation under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The pre-financing payment will help kick-start the implementation of the crucial investment and reform measures outlined in Finland’s recovery and resilience plan.

The Commission […]

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EU challenges Russian export restrictions on wood at WTO

(Source: European Commission)

Today, the EU is requesting consultations with Russia at the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning export restrictions placed by Russia on wood products. The export restrictions consist of significantly increased export duties on certain wood products and a drastic reduction in the number of border crossing points through which exports […]

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1st Women in Rail Award launched

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The rail sector faces many challenges in a rapidly changing environment, in particular with an ageing workforce and an overall shortage of staff. It is also very male dominated with women representing only around 20% of the workforce. By increasing the attractiveness of the sector to women, the sector can […]

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