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Georgia: EU disburses €13 million grant in Macro-Financial Assistance

Georgia: EU disburses €13 million grant in Macro-Financial Assistance

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, disbursed €13 million in grants to Georgia. This represents the grant part of the first tranche of the EU’s €46m Macro-Financial Assistance programme (MFA) for Georgia approved in August 2013. This tranche also includes €10m in loans, which will be disbursed shortly. The second tranche, amounting to […]

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Pesticides: Experts endorse EU list of candidates for substitution

Pesticides: Experts endorse EU list of candidates for substitution

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

A European Commission proposal to establish an EU list of 77 candidates for substitution was today endorsed by EU member state experts. Candidates for substitution (CfS) are pesticides for which national authorities need to carry out an assessment to establish whether more favourable alternatives to using the plant protection product exist, including non-chemical methods. The […]

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Commission and Parliament implement rules on transparency register

Commission and Parliament implement rules on transparency register

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

A new version of the EU Transparency Register is being launched today following joint work by the European Commission and the European Parliament. This ‘second generation’ of the register implements the provisions of the revised Inter-institutional Agreement signed between the European Parliament and the European Commission in April 2014. The new system brings changes to […]

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MEPs to discuss investor protection and regulatory aspects of TTIP

MEPs to discuss investor protection and regulatory aspects of TTIP

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Investor protection, including investor-to-state disputes, and regulatory aspects in the forthcoming Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will be discussed on Tuesday (27 January), at a joint hearing with the trade and legal affairs committees. MEPs will discuss the enforcement of the TTIP investment protection provisions, investor-to-state-dispute settlement and regulatory coherence and cooperation between the […]

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Campaigners claim too many active EU lobbyists are not listed in EU register

Campaigners claim too many active EU lobbyists are not listed in EU register

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Campaigners say that too many major lobby organizations are not listed in the European Union´s lobby transparency register despite being “active” in EU lobbying.  It is claimed these include financial lobbyists the City of London Corporation and Credit Suisse; major corporations such as Electrabel, Anglo American and General Motors; law firms such as Covington & […]

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Martin Schulz: ‘We have to stick to agreements made to stabilize Greece and the EU’

Martin Schulz: ‘We have to stick to agreements made to stabilize Greece and the EU’

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

The legislative elections in Greece on 25 January brought to power Syriza, a leftist group which campaigned on an anti-austerity platform. We asked European Parliament’s president Martin Schulz as well as representatives of the various political groups to share their views and expectations after the vote. Read on to find out what they had to […]

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Juncker Plan will create 1.3 million jobs, Katainen tells economic affairs MEPs

Juncker Plan will create 1.3 million jobs, Katainen tells economic affairs MEPs

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

The European Commission calculates that the Juncker Plan for a European Strategic Investments Fund will create 1.3 million jobs, said Commissioner for Growth and Jobs Jyrki Katainen (pictured) in a debate with Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs on Monday (26 January). If projects incur losses, the public share of their funding will take the first […]

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