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#StateAid: Commission approves creation of #MaltaDevelopmentBank

#StateAid: Commission approves creation of #MaltaDevelopmentBank

The Commission has found Malta’s plans for setting up a development bank to be in line with EU state aid rules. The bank will carry out non-commercial activities to facilitate access to finance for SMEs and to support infrastructure investment, without unduly distorting competition. In July 2016, Malta notified to the Commission plans to support […]

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Towards better social statistics for a #SocialEurope

Towards better social statistics for a #SocialEurope

Today (24 August) the European Commission adopted a proposal for a regulation on new, integrated ways to collect and use data from social surveys so as to better support policy making in general and social policy in particular. A more solid evidence base in terms of social indicators will improve the analysis of social developments […]

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#Russia: Mufti of the North Caucasus supports #FGM for all Russian women

#Russia: Mufti of the North Caucasus supports #FGM for all Russian women

The  Chairman of the Coordinating Center of Muslims of the North Caucasus Ismail Berdiyev supports women’s circumcision. “It is necessary to make circumcision to all women to reduce lechery, to reduce sexuality,” the mufti told an Interfax-Religion correspondent on Wednesday (24 August). He pointed out that the circumcision is practiced in some towns and villages […]

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#Ukraine: Is the situation tense in #Odessa?

#Ukraine: Is the situation tense in #Odessa?

According to the majority of Odessa residents (54.5%), the situation is tense in the city.  Some 30.1% of respondents said the situation was more or less stable, 9.9% called the situation explosive and 5.5% of residents were undecided, a recent opinion survey said. On the eve of the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the […]

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Earthquake leaves at least 21 dead in central #Italy

Earthquake leaves at least 21 dead in central #Italy

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 21 people dead and many others trapped under rubble, reports say. Many of the dead were in the village of Pescara del Tronto which was levelled to the ground and there were fears the number could rise. Much of the town of Amatrice was […]

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#NATO: Biden says there is overwhelming bipartisan support for defence of Baltic States and NATO

#NATO: Biden says there is overwhelming bipartisan support for defence of Baltic States and NATO

During his visit to Latvia on 23 August, US Vice President Joe Biden reaffirmed US commitment to the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The reassurances come after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that the United States would not automatically defend the Baltic states from Russia if they were invaded. Trump’s comments where […]

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Democratic control: #Parliament’s powers of investigation

Democratic control: #Parliament’s powers of investigation

Parliament is the only directly-elected EU institution and as such is responsible for keeping an eye on how the EU operates. Its scrutiny powers have been clearly defined by the EU treaties. MEPs often prefer to set up special committees to look into more general issues or issues involving countries outside the EU. Parliament has […]

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