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Kazakhstan: ‘Light Path’ to Europe

Kazakhstan: ‘Light Path’ to Europe

The construction of transport infrastructures and modern hubs connecting Western China to Europe, declared by President Nursultan Nazarbayev on 11 November, is a new large-scale Kazakhstan development programme – good news for EU economies, amid the global economic and financial crisis. The idea of an economic belt connecting two civilisations through Kazakhstan began to materialize rapidly, in view of […]

| November 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

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Statement by European Commission and European Central Bank following conclusion of second post-programme surveillance mission to Ireland

Statement by European Commission and European Central Bank following conclusion of second post-programme surveillance mission to Ireland

Staff teams from the European Commission and European Central Bank (ECB) visited Ireland to carry out the second post-programme surveillance (PPS) mission on 17-21 November. This was co-ordinated with the IMF’s second post-programme monitoring (PPM) mission. The European Stability Mechanism also participated in the meetings on aspects related to its Early Warning System. The economic […]

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Humanitarian approach to migration needed in EU ‘to protect migrants and safeguard their rights’

Humanitarian approach to migration needed in EU ‘to protect migrants and safeguard their rights’

At the conference ‘Promoting a humanitarian approach within the European Union Migration Agenda’ organized by the Red Cross EU Office and hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels on 20 November, high-level speakers from the European Union (EU) institutions, the UN, EU Red Cross Societies and other civil society organizations discussed how […]

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Two decades of European Parliament observation missions

Two decades of European Parliament observation missions

The European Parliament is not only the EU’s only directly elected institution, but it also does its best to promote democracy outside Europe. This year marks 20 years of European Parliament involvement in election observation. Last year the Parliament sent delegations to observe elections in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Nepal, Pakistan, […]

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Social Platform calls on European Commission to invest in ambitious and integrated social policies

Social Platform calls on European Commission to invest in ambitious and integrated social policies

Social policies need to be at the forefront of European Commission efforts to alleviate poverty and improve social inclusion, claimed Heather Roy, president of Social Platform, at the Commission’s annual meeting on poverty in the EU. Speaking at the European Platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion (EPAP) in Brussels (20 November), Roy warned the Commission […]

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
EU policymakers urged to support European engineers

EU policymakers urged to support European engineers

European Union policymakers have been urged to support European engineers in addressing a range of critical issues. These include raising public awareness of the profession and the need for “unprecedented” levels of public funding. Major European engineering federations made the appeal at a European Engineers’ Day conference in Brussels on Thursday (20 November). It is […]

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Pope Francis to pay official visit to European Parliament

Pope Francis to pay official visit to European Parliament

Pope Francis will pay an official visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday 25 November. He will deliver a formal address to the members in the Chamber. The Pope was invited by President Schulz, on behalf of the European Parliament, when he paid an official visit to the Vatican on 11 October 2013. […]

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Fifteenth report on practical preparations for euro: Lithuania’s preparations well on track overall

Fifteenth report on practical preparations for euro: Lithuania’s preparations well on track overall

It is only a few weeks to go until Lithuanians start using euros to pay for everyday transactions in their country. On 1 January 2015, Lithuania will become the 19th member of the eurozone, which will then encompass all three Baltic States. Today, the Commission has adopted its fifteenth report on the practical preparations for […]

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Plastic bags: Local government hopes for outright ban dashed as EU leaders agree compromise

Plastic bags: Local government hopes for outright ban dashed as EU leaders agree compromise

The Committee of the Regions (CoR) expressed disappointment as member states and MEPs came to an agreement that would ensure that by 2019 no more than 90 plastic bags per person per year will be used. The Committee – which represents Europe’s local and regional authorities – had hoped for an outright ban of free […]

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Commissioner Crețu marks important milestones to start flow of EU regional investments

Commissioner Crețu marks important milestones to start flow of EU regional investments

Regional Policy Commissioner Corina Crețu today (21 November) announced the adoption of strategic programmes that pave the way for EU investments in hundreds of cross-border and regional projects in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The first of Europe’s cross-border co-operation or INTERREG programmes – worth some €444 million, between Germany and the Netherlands […]

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Social inclusion of migrants in EU-28: Non-EU citizens twice as likely to be at risk of poverty or social exclusion as nationals in 2013

Social inclusion of migrants in EU-28: Non-EU citizens twice as likely to be at risk of poverty or social exclusion as nationals in 2013

In 2013 in the EU-28, almost half (48.7%) of non-EU citizens aged 18 and over were at risk of poverty or social exclusion1, while the levels for citizens of the reporting country, referred to as nationals, and for citizens of another member state were much lower (22.8% and 28.1% respectively). Full text available on EUROSTAT website.

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
New EUA publication: E-learning in European Higher Education Institutions

New EUA publication: E-learning in European Higher Education Institutions

The European University Association (EUA) has published a new study, entitled E-learning in European Higher Education Institutions, which aims to contribute to ongoing policy discussions on e-learning in Europe and to support universities in their efforts to further enhance and promote innovation in learning and teaching. The new publication presents and analyses the results of […]

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Four Commissioners from ‘Team Juncker’ join 6th European Innovation Summit

Four Commissioners from ‘Team Juncker’ join 6th European Innovation Summit

Commissioners Carlos Moedas (Research, Innovation & Science), Corina Cretu (Regional Policy), Phil Hogan (Agricultural and Rural Development) and Günther Oettinger (Digital Economy & Society) made their first public appearance in the European Parliament at the 6th European Innovation Summit, organized by Knowledge4innovation. ‘A Mandate for Innovation in Europe’ – the topic of this year’s summit […]

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Week ahead 24-30 November:  Plenary session and committee meetings, Strasbourg

Week ahead 24-30 November: Plenary session and committee meetings, Strasbourg

Pope Francis. Pope Francis will pay an official visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday 25 November. The head of the Vatican state and the Roman Catholic Church will be welcomed by Parliament President Schulz at 10h30 and deliver a formal address to MEPs at 11h15. Sakharov Prize 2014. Dr Denis Mukwege, a […]

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Fundamental rights conference: ‘Things are improving’

Fundamental rights conference: ‘Things are improving’

Tirana in Albania is hosting a conference on fundamental rights, non-discrimination and the protection of vulnerable groups, including LGBTI, on 21 November, organized by the Parliament, the European Commission and the Italian Presidency. European Parliament Vice President Ulrike Lunacek (pictured), who wrote a report on homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender […]

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

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