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Kazakhstan: Raising competitiveness

Kazakhstan: Raising competitiveness

With the introduction of a tenge floating course and the freezing of all its project initiatives up 2018, Kazakhstan has entered a tough struggle for competitiveness with its two neighbours, Russia and China, but in spite of the hardships for the population is clearly increasing its attractiveness for European investors, who have already developed a special relationship with […]

| August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

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‘The migration crisis is not somewhere far away. It is happening right in front of us’

‘The migration crisis is not somewhere far away. It is happening right in front of us’

The news of the 50 migrants found asphyxiated in the hull of a ship last night (27 August), and the lost souls of 20 or more migrants discovered abandoned in a truck on an Austrian highway today are frankly shocking. These are sinister, criminal acts, carried out by smugglers with no scruples whatsoever. In a […]

‘Commission must provide more resources to help Western Balkan countries deal with refugee crisis’ says S&D Vice President

‘Commission must provide more resources to help Western Balkan countries deal with refugee crisis’ says S&D Vice President

Socialist and Democrat Group Vice President Knut Fleckenstein (pictured) in the European Parliament, has called on the European Commission to make more resources available to Western Balkan governments to help deal with the refugee crisis in a co-ordinated and humane way.  Speaking ahead of a summit of Western Balkan leaders in Vienna, Fleckenstein said: “The countries […]

Joint statement on signature by President Kiir of peace agreement for South Sudan

Joint statement on signature by President Kiir of peace agreement for South Sudan

Joint Statement by High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini, International Cooperation and Development Commissioner Neven Mimica and Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides on the signature by President Kiir of the peace agreement for South Sudan. “Today (26 August), President Kiir decided to sign the peace agreement endorsed by other South Sudanese parties in […]

Agreement on establishing LEU bank in Kazakhstan signed in Astana

Agreement on establishing LEU bank in Kazakhstan signed in Astana

On 27 August, 2015, the government of Kazakhstan signed an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on establishing an international low-enriched uranium (LEU) bank in the country in 2017. The ceremony took place in Astana and was attended by delegates from countries that have supported the project, including the five permanent members of UN […]

Regional policy: EU invests €34 million in border regions of Croatia and Serbia

Regional policy: EU invests €34 million in border regions of Croatia and Serbia

The new 2014-2020 programme adopted by the Commission will invest in the border regions of Croatia and Serbia. It will focus on improving the quality of public social and health services, on increasing the use of sustainable resources, on boosting cross border tourism activity and on strengthening the links between businesses and research institutions. Regional […]

Statement by Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides on attack against International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen

Statement by Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides on attack against International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen

“The European Commission strongly condemns the recent attack by armed gunmen on the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Aden, Yemen, which has caused the ICRC to relocate its staff. “Such attacks are an affront to International Humanitarian Law (IHL). They not only threaten the safety of humanitarian workers, but […]

EU support for Western Balkans at 2015 Summit in Vienna

EU support for Western Balkans at 2015 Summit in Vienna

The summit will build on the progress made since the Berlin Summit in August last year, and will seek to further develop the co-operation between the 6 Western Balkans countries. High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini,  Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and  European Neighbourhood […]

The views of people with disabilities are relevant: Putting an end to tokenistic consultations

The views of people with disabilities are relevant: Putting an end to tokenistic consultations

Opinion by Inclusion Europe: The European Association of Societies of People with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families   It is almost ironic. While the European Commission is busy developing and preparing for the imminent release of the draft European Accessibility Act and the Non-Discrimination Directive, the institution is breaking the very rules it is working so […]

Hungary moves to secure border as migrants stream in

Hungary moves to secure border as migrants stream in

By Marton Dunai (Reuters) Hungary made plans on Wednesday to reinforce its southern border with helicopters, mounted police and dogs, and was also considering using the army to confront a record number of migrants trekking into Europe, many fleeing war in Syria. Unrest flared briefly at a crowded reception centre in the border region of […]

On the Go: Photo competition to capture the pace of life in Asia and Europe

On the Go: Photo competition to capture the pace of life in Asia and Europe

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) invites budding and professional photographers to participate in On the Go, a photo competition to showcase the stride of life in Asia and Europe. The contest, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), is currently open for entries. The competition will run until 6 September 2015. So far On […]

Suffering of thousands of EU calves exposed on 4000km journey to Israel

Suffering of thousands of EU calves exposed on 4000km journey to Israel

A new joint investigation by Compassion in World Farming, Animal Welfare Foundation and Tierschutzbund Zürich, has found that thousands of young, un-weaned calves are being transported on journeys up to 4000km long with little or no provision for welfare. The investigation teams found calves, some just a few weeks old, being exported live from the […]

Taiwan Youth Ambassadors come to Luxembourg

Taiwan Youth Ambassadors come to Luxembourg

Since 2009, the ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has conducted the ‘International Youth Ambassadors Exchange Programme’. It allows talented Taiwanese youth to participate in international affairs and broaden their horizons. Through international exchange, the Youth Ambassadors have demonstrated Taiwan’s role as a provider of humanitarian aid and peace-maker. The Youth Ambassadors will give several […]

Changing times call for changing relationships

Changing times call for changing relationships

By European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM) Executive Director Denis Horgan It’s a fast-changing world, especially in health. And, arguably, the rise of personalised medicine – which aims to give the right treatment to the right patient at the right time – is only being outstripped in this arena by the rise of new digital […]

Bangkok blast casts doubt on Thailand tourism

Bangkok blast casts doubt on Thailand tourism

The devastating recent blast that killed 20 people,  half of them foreigners, in Bangkok undermines the current regime’s claim to safeguard internal security and casts serious doubt on the immediate future of the country’s lucrative tourism trade.  Visitors from Britain, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia were among the victims in the bombing at […]

| August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
EU-funded invention by Israeli start-up helps Palestinians and Bedouin live easier and healthier lives

EU-funded invention by Israeli start-up helps Palestinians and Bedouin live easier and healthier lives

With its EU-funded invention of a portable anaerobic digester (pictured) that turns kitchen waste and livestock manure into cooking and lighting gas, an Israeli start-up is making the lives of Palestinians in rural areas of the West Bank and Bedouin in the Negev desert easier and healthier.  40 portable digester generators designed by HomeBioGas, a […]

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