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Albania and North Macedonia: MEPs demand EU starts accession talks

(Source: European Parliament)

The Parliament urges the Council to open negotiations on EU membership with Albania and North Macedonia, especially in the geostrategic context of war in Ukraine.

Failure to act could have historically important security implications for Europe’s stability

Both countries have met the conditions and delivered sustained results

Bulgaria and North Macedonia encouraged to […]

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Video message for the event “Towards zero segregation in education in Europe” (Romani Week)

(Source: European Commission)

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Dear colleagues,

Our Europe is founded on solid values: solidarity, inclusion, equal rights for all.

But segregation goes against those values.

Segregation is unequal access. And segregation in education is perpetuating inequalities and discrimination.

So I fully support this essential goal of zero segregation in European education. And I am delighted to […]

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Speech by Commissioner Reynders on the 2022 EU Justice Scoreboard

(Source: European Commission)

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Mesdames et Messieurs,

Je suis heureux de vous retrouver pour la présentation de l’édition 2022 du Tableau de bord de la justice de l’Union européenne.

Aujourd’hui, c’est une édition encore plus spéciale car nous fêtons le 10ème anniversaire de cet outil important d’analyse des systèmes de justice dans l’Union.

Au cours de […]

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OSCE Permanent Council No. 1374 Vienna, 19 May 2022

(Source: EEAS)

EU statement in response to the Representative on Freedom of the Media, Ms Teresa Ribeiro

The European Union warmly welcomes the Representative on Freedom of the Media, Ms Teresa Ribeiro, to the Permanent Council and thanks her for her comprehensive report.
We congratulate the RFoM on the 25th mandate anniversary with the theme “No […]

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Local EU statement on the situation in Libya

(Source: EEAS)

The Delegation of the European Union issues the following statement together with the diplomatic missions of the EU Member States in Libya.

We are seriously concerned following the recent armed confrontations and incitement to violence in Tripoli. We call for calm and underline that violence would only threaten Libya’s unity, stability and prosperity. We recall […]

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Customs: Provisional agreement reached on EU single window which will make customs clearance easier and faster

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

Today, the Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on a single window for customs which sets the appropriate conditions for digital collaboration between customs and partner competent authorities. The aim is to make international trade easier, shorten customs clearance times and reduce the risk […]

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Local dialogue in Cluj-Napoca brings together young people to discuss democracy, education and Europe’s future with EU, national and local leaders

(Source: European Committee of the Regions)

​The Romanian Prime Minister, Nicolae Ciucă, the President of the European Committee of the Regions, Apostolos Tzitzikostas and the Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, Emile Boc exchanged views with citizens in the aftermath of the Conference on the future of Europe.

The Romanian Prime Minister, Nicolae Ciucă, the President of […]

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The reconstruction of Ukraine can only deliver results if the EU, national and local authorities work hand in hand

(Source: European Committee of the Regions)

​​​​​​​Statement by the President of the European Committee of the Regions, Apostolos Tzitzikostas.

​​​​​The European Committee of the Regions welcomes the European Union’s pledge today to help Ukraine rebuild its cities, villages and infrastructure. As the voice of regions and municipalities within the EU and given our long-standing […]

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Recovery will succeed only if the European organised civil society is systematically involved

(Source: European Economic and Social Committee)

In its resolution on the involvement of organised civil society in the implementation and monitoring of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs) the European Economic and Social Committee calls for clear rules to effectively involve social partners and civil society organisations in the Member states’ strategies […]

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In front of the EESC members President Charles Michel comments on prospect of Ukraine EU membership and calls for the creation of a European Geopolitical Community

(Source: European Economic and Social Committee)

The May plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted a debate led by its President Christa Schweng and the President of the European Council Charles Michel on Europe’s response to this turning point in history. For the first time Charles Michel introduced the […]

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ECB amends monetary policy implementation guidelines

(Source: European Central Bank)

First step in gradually phasing out the pandemic collateral easing measures introduced in April 2020
Eligibility criteria of sustainability-linked bonds and asset-backed securities (ABSs) further clarified
Eurosystem collateral framework adapted in light of the Covered Bond Directive

The European Central Bank (ECB) today published amendments to its guidelines on the implementation of […]

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National Bank of Ukraine Governor Kyrylo Shevchenko attends ad hoc meeting of ECB General Council

(Source: European Central Bank)

Governor invited to discuss the impact of Russia’s war against Ukraine
ECB to offer traineeships to Ukrainian citizens

Today, the Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, Kyrylo Shevchenko, joined an ad hoc meeting of the European Central Bank’s (ECB’s) General Council.[1] During the meeting participants discussed the economic impact […]

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Finland: Self-driving technology firm Sensible 4 receives €8 million to boost sustainable transport

(Source: European Investment Bank)

Sensible 4’s software enables vehicles to operate under the most challenging weather conditions, including snow, heavy rain, fog and sandstorms.
Autonomous driving contributes to sustainable transport, reducing the number of traffic accidents and carbon dioxide and polluting emissions. It also provides a solution to the shortage of public transport and logistics drivers […]

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An accused person who cannot be located may be tried or convicted in absentia but has the right, subsequently, to secure the reopening of the proceedings on the merits of the case in his or her presence

(Source: Court of Justice of the European Union)

However, that person may be denied that right if he or she deliberately evaded the judicial proceedings by preventing the authorities from informing him or her of the trial.

Criminal proceedings were brought in Bulgaria against IR, who was accused of having participated in a criminal organisation with […]

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Ryanair flight and cabin crew not covered by E101 certificates who work for 45 minutes per day in that airline’s premises intended to be used by staff located at Bergamo airport and who, for the remaining working time, are on board that airline’s aircraft are subject to Italian social security legislation

(Source: Court of Justice of the European Union)

Following an inspection, the Istituto nazionale della previdenza sociale (the INPS) took the view that the 219 Ryanair employees assigned to the airport of Bergamo (Italy) were employed on Italian territory and were required, pursuant to Italian law and Regulation No 1408/71, to be insured with the […]

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Customs: Provisional agreement reached on EU single window which will make customs clearance easier and faster

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

Today, the Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on a single window for customs which sets the appropriate conditions for digital collaboration between customs and partner competent authorities. The aim is to make international trade easier, shorten customs clearance times and reduce the risk […]

Read More »

Video message for the event “Towards zero segregation in education in Europe” (Romani Week)

(Source: European Commission)

“Check against delivery”

Dear colleagues,

Our Europe is founded on solid values: solidarity, inclusion, equal rights for all.

But segregation goes against those values.

Segregation is unequal access. And segregation in education is perpetuating inequalities and discrimination.

So I fully support this essential goal of zero segregation in European education. And I am delighted to […]

Read More »

Speech by Commissioner Reynders on the 2022 EU Justice Scoreboard

(Source: European Commission)

“Check against delivery”

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Je suis heureux de vous retrouver pour la présentation de l’édition 2022 du Tableau de bord de la justice de l’Union européenne.

Aujourd’hui, c’est une édition encore plus spéciale car nous fêtons le 10ème anniversaire de cet outil important d’analyse des systèmes de justice dans l’Union.

Au cours de […]

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Digital fairness – fitness check on EU consumer law

(Source European Commission)

Deadline 14 June 2022

Summary

The Commission announced in the New Consumer Agenda that it will analyse whether additional action is needed to ensure an equal level of fairness online and offline.

This fitness check (evaluation) will look at the following pieces of EU consumer protection legislation to determine whether they ensure a high […]

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Funded traineeship for young graduates at the EU Delegation to Guyana for Suriname and with responsibility for Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Saint- Barthélémy, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten

Deadline: 31-05-2022

(Source: EEAS)

The deadline for submitting applications is 31/05/2022. Are you a young graduate interested in international relations? Are you curious to learn more about work of a diplomatic mission and how the EU Delegation represents EU interests and values in Guyana Suriname, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Saint- Barthélémy, Sint Eustatius and Sint […]

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The European Union and the United States are powerful giants in the global economy and on the international stage. Both are ambitious and competitive, both are also protectionist in their own ways. Each is aware of the need for comprehensive and close collaboration to counterbalance other […]

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Who's out, Who's in?

Who’s out, Who’s in? | European Commission | April 2022

(Source: Publications Office of the European Union)

Directorates-General and Services

Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)

OUT – Nathalie Sauze-Vandevyver as Director of Directorate F (Outreach, Research and Geographical Indicators).

IN – João Onofre Antas Goncalves as Director of Directorate F (Outreach, Research and Geographical Indicators).

Competition (COMP)

OUT – Pierre Regibeau as Head of Unit (Economic Analysis in Merger, Antitrust and […]

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