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European Economic and Social Committee launches third annual online video competition

European Economic and Social Committee launches third annual online video competition

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

This year’s challenge, organized in partnership with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, is called Europe in Harmony and is open to amateur video-makers, choirs and singing groups from all 28 member states. Unlike the previous editions of the competition, this year’s EESC video challenge has an additional element to it […]

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Is politics back in Brussels?

Is politics back in Brussels?

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Opinion by Policy Network There is now greater clarity over the EU’s future direction of travel. This week the European commission presented a streamlined work programme for 2015. Eighty pending proposals have been withdrawn, and there will be only 23 new initiatives. The first vice-president of the commission, Frans Timmermans, made clear that this did […]

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Martin Schulz on conclusion of Association Agreement between European Union and Republic of Georgia

Martin Schulz on conclusion of Association Agreement between European Union and Republic of Georgia

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

“I warmly welcome today’s (18 December) conclusion of the Association Agreement between the Republic of Georgia and the European Union. I would like to congratulate the people of Georgia on what is nothing less than a historic moment in the relationship between the EU and Georgia. “The conclusion of the agreement was supported by an […]

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Downward trend in bank robberies continues

Downward trend in bank robberies continues

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The number of bank robberies in Europe continues to decline according to data collected by the European Banking Federation. A total of 2,347 bank robberies were reported by the 32 countries that are represented in the EBF over 2013, 11% less than a year earlier. A total of 175 attacks on cash-in-transit were registered, down […]

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‘We need an ambitious review of the EU waste targets – and we need it soon’

‘We need an ambitious review of the EU waste targets – and we need it soon’

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

“The time has come to turn waste into a useful resource by increasing the re-use, repairing, refurbishing and recycling of materials and products,” Mayor of Cumpăna (PES/RO) Mariana Gâju (pictured) has said. She urged an ambitious review of EU  waste targets and called on the European Commission to explain how yesterday’s (17 December) announcement to […]

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EUA statement on European Commission’s EU Investment Plan

EUA statement on European Commission’s EU Investment Plan

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

On 26 November, the European Commission presented details of a new Investment Plan, which it said aimed: “to get Europe growing again and get more people back to work”. Following the EC announcement and the report of the EU Task Force on Investment published on 9 December, the European University Association (EUA) has today published […]

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Impact of TTIP on regions and cities must be clarified and better taken into account within negotiations

Impact of TTIP on regions and cities must be clarified and better taken into account within negotiations

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

A draft opinion on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) adopted on 17 December by the Committee of the Regions’ Commission for Economic and Social Policy (ECOS), warns that the trade agreement’s impact on local and regional authorities has not been sufficiently clarified, especially with regards to public procurement and public services.     Regions and […]

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