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Health groups accuse Commission of abandoning free fruit and vegetables school scheme

Health groups accuse Commission of abandoning free fruit and vegetables school scheme

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

An alliance of health groups say the European Commission may be planning to abandon the EU School Fruit Scheme (SFS), a programme that provides fruit and vegetables and promotes healthy eating habits to more than 8.6 million children and more than 50,000 schools across Europe. Ahead of a Commission meeting this week with member states […]

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Italian President Sergio Mattarella visits the European Parliament

Italian President Sergio Mattarella visits the European Parliament

Sergio Mattarella signs the Parliament’s guest book in the presence of Martin Schulz New Italian President Sergio Mattarella visited the European Parliament in Brussels on 3 March as part of his first foreign visit. He was welcomed by EP President Martin Schulz, with whom he exchanged views on issues such as the economic crisis, migrants […]

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Rural development policy errors due to ‘breaches of conditions’ says ECA

Rural development policy errors due to ‘breaches of conditions’ says ECA

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

A report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) finds that most of the “errors” in rural development policy are due to “breaches of conditions” set by member states. The auditors say tens of billions have been spent “in error” from rural development funds. But the ECA cautions that the control authorities in member states […]

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European Parliament this week: €315 billion investment plan, refugees and International Women’s Day

European Parliament this week: €315 billion investment plan, refugees and International Women’s Day

MEPs will this week focus on the €315 billion investment plan to boost growth in Europe, discussing with experts its three pillars: an investment fund, an advisory hub and a project pipeline. The foreign affairs committee will discuss the refugee situation in the Middle East with UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl, while the EP will also […]

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How is the European Union progressing towards its Europe 2020 targets?

How is the European Union progressing towards its Europe 2020 targets?

The Europe 2020 strategy, adopted by the European Council in June 2010, aims at establishing a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy with high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. The key objectives of the strategy are expressed in the form of five ambitious targets in the areas of employment, research & development (R&D), climate […]

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Statement by High Representative and Commission Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica

Statement by High Representative and Commission Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica

€30.5 billion worth of EU development cooperation to come on stream following entry into force of 11th European Development Fund. The EU and its member states remain collectively the world’s largest donor, providing more than half of global official aid. Today we mark the full entry into force of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF). […]

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EU response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

EU response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

West Africa is facing the largest and most complex Ebola epidemic on record. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are the most affected countries. Over 22 900 people have been infected, more than 9 200 of whom have died. The European Union has been active in the response to the Ebola emergency from the start. It […]

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