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Scandinavian countries condemn Israel’s ‘disproportionate violence’ and send millions to aid Palestinians

Scandinavian countries condemn Israel’s ‘disproportionate violence’ and send millions to aid Palestinians

Denmark, Finland and Norway are backing the Palestinian people in Gaza with substantial medical aid. As the first two countries in the world to have an official diplomatic Palestinian representative, Denmark and Finland followed the EU position of condemning Israeli attacks on innocent Gazans. This week, Denmark is to send $2 million to protect and […]

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Compromise found: Part of EU fleet can continue fishing in Mauritanian waters until end of 2014

Compromise found: Part of EU fleet can continue fishing in Mauritanian waters until end of 2014

EU vessels fishing shrimps and small pelagics in Mauritanian waters in the framework of the EU-Mauritania Fisheries Protocol will be able to continue to do so until 15 December 2014. This is part of the compromise which EU negotiators found last night in Nouakchott after the Mauritanian authorities had upheld the position that all EU […]

G-7 leaders’ statement on Ukraine

G-7 leaders’ statement on Ukraine

“We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, join in expressing our grave concern about Russia’s continued actions to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. We once again condemn Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, […]

Commission adopts French programme to use €499 million from Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived

Commission adopts French programme to use €499 million from Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived

The European Commission has approved today (31 July) the French Operational Programme to use the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). France, the first member state to have its FEAD programme adopted, will receive €499 million in current prices in the period 2014-2020 to support the provision of food aid to […]

Protecting intellectual property rights: Customs authorities detain nearly 36 million fake goods at EU borders in 2013

Protecting intellectual property rights: Customs authorities detain nearly 36 million fake goods at EU borders in 2013

Customs authorities in the EU detained almost 36 million items suspected of violating intellectual property rights (IPR) in 2013, according to the Commission’s annual report on customs actions to enforce IPR. Although this is less than previous years, the value of the intercepted goods still represents more than € 760 million. Today’s report also gives statistics on the […]

EU develops new driverless car parking system – so you never waste another minute looking for a space

EU develops new driverless car parking system – so you never waste another minute looking for a space

There are only a few minutes before your flight check-in closes, or before your train departs, but you now have to spend precious time hunting for a free space at the airport or station car park. Imagine leaving your vehicle at the main entrance and letting the car do the rest on its own. Researchers […]

Scandinavian countries condemn Israel’s ‘disproportionate violence’ and send millions to aid Palestinians

Scandinavian countries condemn Israel’s ‘disproportionate violence’ and send millions to aid Palestinians

Denmark, Finland and Norway are backing the Palestinian people in Gaza with substantial medical aid. As the first two countries in the world to have an official diplomatic Palestinian representative, Denmark and Finland followed the EU position of condemning Israeli attacks on innocent Gazans. This week, Denmark is to send $2 million to protect and […]

President Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

President Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

The Obama administration has condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza on Wednesday (30 July), using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting civilian casualties stemming from its ground and air war against Hamas.  The US frustrations were compounded by a flurry […]

Adoption of agreed EU sanctions over Crimea and eastern Ukraine

Adoption of agreed EU sanctions over Crimea and eastern Ukraine

The Council has adopted further EU restrictive measures in view of the situation in eastern Ukraine and Crimea by written procedure. The decisions have given legal status to the agreements reached at the Council’s Committee of Permanent Representatives on 28-29 July. Asset freeze and visa ban Eight persons and three entities and the illegal annexation of Crimea […]

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European Commission ‘surrenders’ EU solar industry to China, while US imposes 50% tariffs

European Commission ‘surrenders’ EU solar industry to China, while US imposes 50% tariffs

On 25 July, the US government imposed new anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties of nearly 50% against illegally subsidized and dumped solar products from China. On the same day, the European Commission welcomed a proposal from the Chinese Chamber of Commerce to lower dumped import prices of solar products in the EU, and revise the EU-China […]

Hindus support Sweden’s Sami battling iron mine

Hindus support Sweden’s Sami battling iron mine

Hindus have expressed support for Sami reindeer herders in northern Sweden who are battling an iron ore mine. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has urged Swedish authorities not to approve British company Beowulf Mining’s application for a 25-year mining concession, known as Kallak project. Sweden should not base its decision on mercantile greed only and put […]

Transport: EU supports key TEN-T infrastructure projects with more than €320 million

Transport: EU supports key TEN-T infrastructure projects with more than €320 million

In the last calls of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) Programme the European Commission selected a total of 106 projects that will benefit from more than €320 million in EU support for improving transport infrastructure across Europe. The 52 projects selected from the 2013 Multi-Annual Call and the 54 from the 2013 Annual Call will […]

EU scales up funding in response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa

EU scales up funding in response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa

The European Commission is allocating an additional €2 million to respond to the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded. This brings the Commission’s aid to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to €3.9 million. “The level of contamination on the ground is extremely worrying and we need to scale up our action before many more […]

Unemployment rate for non-EU citizens notably higher than for nationals in the EU-28

Unemployment rate for non-EU citizens notably higher than for nationals in the EU-28

In 2013 in the EU-28, the unemployment rate for non-EU citizens1 (21.3%) aged 20 to 642 was more than twice the level for citizens of the reporting country (10.0%), referred to as ‘nationals1′. However, the share of people unemployed for 12 months or more was at almost the same level for non-EU citizens (48.6%) and […]

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