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Opinion: Litvinenko inquiry another blow to EU-Russia relations

Opinion: Litvinenko inquiry another blow to EU-Russia relations

Theresa May’s announcement on 22 July that there would be an inquiry into the death in 2006 of Alexander Litvinenko is one of the most important of these unsolved problems that keeps returning to haunt the UK’s relationship with Russia.  At the time, Litvinenko’s gruesome murder contributed significantly to the deterioration of the UK’s relations […]

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Committee of Permanent  Representatives discusses Ukraine restrictive measures

Committee of Permanent Representatives discusses Ukraine restrictive measures

As requested by the Foreign Affairs Council of 22 July, the Council’s Committee of Permanent  Representatives today (24 July) discussed EU restrictive measures in view of the situation in eastern Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea. The Committee agreed to add further persons and entities responsible for action against Ukraine’s territorial integrity to the […]

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Med Maritime Projects Launch Event: An integrated maritime approach toward Blue Growth in the Med

Med Maritime Projects Launch Event: An integrated maritime approach toward Blue Growth in the Med

The 14 Med Maritime projects approved by the Med Programme under its last call for proposals in October 2013 and dealing with Maritime Innovation and Economic Development (priority 1), Environmental Protection (priority 2), Transport and Accessibility (priority 3), and Governance and Policy Response (priority 4), were launched together last on 15-16 July 15-16 in the […]

EU-Taiwan ties dynamic and robust on multiple fronts says EETO

EU-Taiwan ties dynamic and robust on multiple fronts says EETO

In a statement released on 8 July, the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) in Taipei said that the European Union and Taiwan enjoy “a dynamic and robust relationship on multiple fronts”. In addition to strong economic ties, the EU and Taiwan also co-operate in many other fields, such as research and technology, nuclear safety, […]

Ex-MEP Nikki Sinclaire charged with money laundering and misconduct

Ex-MEP Nikki Sinclaire charged with money laundering and misconduct

Former MEP Nikki Sinclaire has been charged with money laundering and misconduct in public office. Sinclaire, 45, who represented the West Midlands for UKIP, then as an independent, will appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on 17 September. She is accused of making false and dishonest submissions for travelling expenses and transferring the proceeds of fraud […]

Opinion: Litvinenko inquiry another blow to EU-Russia relations

Opinion: Litvinenko inquiry another blow to EU-Russia relations

Theresa May’s announcement on 22 July that there would be an inquiry into the death in 2006 of Alexander Litvinenko is one of the most important of these unsolved problems that keeps returning to haunt the UK’s relationship with Russia.  At the time, Litvinenko’s gruesome murder contributed significantly to the deterioration of the UK’s relations […]

Committee of the Regions: President Lebrun welcomes 6th Cohesion Report

Committee of the Regions: President Lebrun welcomes 6th Cohesion Report

“The sixth report on economic, social and territorial cohesion shows that EU regional policy has made a big difference in reducing the impact of the crisis, but development gaps are on the rise again and the unemployment tragedy has still not been adequately tackled,” said European Committee of the Regions (CoR) President Michel Lebrun, commenting […]

Opinion: Manipulation by Commission top brass would leave EU dependent on Putin’s fuel

Opinion: Manipulation by Commission top brass would leave EU dependent on Putin’s fuel

The European Commission today (24 July) presented a communication on energy efficiency, which should guide EU governments in their decision on a 2030 energy savings target for the EU. The Greens have hit out at the manipulation of the findings on which the communication were based and the subsequent downgrading of the ambition for EU […]

2.2 billion people are poor or near-poor, warns 2014 Human Development Report on vulnerability and resilience

2.2 billion people are poor or near-poor, warns 2014 Human Development Report on vulnerability and resilience

Persistent vulnerability threatens human development. Unless it is systematically tackled by policies and social norms, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable. This is the core premise of the 2014 Human Development Report, released on 23 July by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Entitled Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience, the report provides […]

Labour MEP pressures Italian EU Presidency for more help for young jobseekers

Labour MEP pressures Italian EU Presidency for more help for young jobseekers

Labour MEP Siôn Simon on 23 July called on the EU Council of Ministers to place more emphasis on providing quality jobs for young people who all too often find themselves at the sharp end of the job market. Simon, Labour’s European spokesperson on employment and social affairs, told the Italian employment minister about a […]

Launch of European Academy for constructive dialogue

Launch of European Academy for constructive dialogue

The Academie Européenne – a Strasbourg-based NGO has introduced a programme of constructive European dialogue with neighbouring non-EU states. Speaking at the launch meeting in Brussels on 22 July, MEP Professor Jean-Luc Schaffhauser stressed the need to improve the quality of communications about EU-Russia and EU-Ukraine affairs; it would be a prime function of the […]

Lithuania to adopt euro on 1 January 2015

Lithuania to adopt euro on 1 January 2015

On 23 July, the Council today 1 adopted a decision allowing Lithuania to adopt the euro as its currency. The decision will enlarge the eurozone to 19 member states, including all three Baltic states, and give Lithuania more than five months to prepare for the changeover. The Council also adopted regulations setting a permanent conversion […]

Opinion: A healthier Europe – equality, morals and ethics

Opinion: A healthier Europe – equality, morals and ethics

By Anastassia Negrouk, Head of International Regulatory and Intergroup Office, EORTC, Chair of European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM) Working Group on Regulatory Affairs, Magdda Chlebus, Director Science Policy, Denis Horgan, EAPM Executive Director. One of the basic tenets of the European Union is equality. In a multi-cultural union of 28 states with 500 million […]

More than 100,000 displaced: UNRWA appeals for support

More than 100,000 displaced: UNRWA appeals for support

As the violence engulfing Gaza enters its third week, Palestinians throughout the small coastal territory are being affected in ever-growing numbers.   The ground offensive launched by the Israeli military only compounds the destruction and suffering already caused by shelling from land, air and sea. With hundreds dead and thousands injured, the number of displaced Palestinians […]

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