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Statement by European Commission and European Central Bank following conclusion of second post-programme surveillance mission to Ireland

Statement by European Commission and European Central Bank following conclusion of second post-programme surveillance mission to Ireland

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Staff teams from the European Commission and European Central Bank (ECB) visited Ireland to carry out the second post-programme surveillance (PPS) mission on 17-21 November. This was co-ordinated with the IMF’s second post-programme monitoring (PPM) mission. The European Stability Mechanism also participated in the meetings on aspects related to its Early Warning System. The economic […]

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Humanitarian approach to migration needed in EU ‘to protect migrants and safeguard their rights’

Humanitarian approach to migration needed in EU ‘to protect migrants and safeguard their rights’

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

At the conference ‘Promoting a humanitarian approach within the European Union Migration Agenda’ organized by the Red Cross EU Office and hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels on 20 November, high-level speakers from the European Union (EU) institutions, the UN, EU Red Cross Societies and other civil society organizations discussed how […]

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Two decades of European Parliament observation missions

Two decades of European Parliament observation missions

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The European Parliament is not only the EU’s only directly elected institution, but it also does its best to promote democracy outside Europe. This year marks 20 years of European Parliament involvement in election observation. Last year the Parliament sent delegations to observe elections in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Nepal, Pakistan, […]

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Social Platform calls on European Commission to invest in ambitious and integrated social policies

Social Platform calls on European Commission to invest in ambitious and integrated social policies

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Social policies need to be at the forefront of European Commission efforts to alleviate poverty and improve social inclusion, claimed Heather Roy, president of Social Platform, at the Commission’s annual meeting on poverty in the EU. Speaking at the European Platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion (EPAP) in Brussels (20 November), Roy warned the Commission […]

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EU policymakers urged to support European engineers

EU policymakers urged to support European engineers

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

European Union policymakers have been urged to support European engineers in addressing a range of critical issues. These include raising public awareness of the profession and the need for “unprecedented” levels of public funding. Major European engineering federations made the appeal at a European Engineers’ Day conference in Brussels on Thursday (20 November). It is […]

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Pope Francis to pay official visit to European Parliament

Pope Francis to pay official visit to European Parliament

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis will pay an official visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday 25 November. He will deliver a formal address to the members in the Chamber. The Pope was invited by President Schulz, on behalf of the European Parliament, when he paid an official visit to the Vatican on 11 October 2013. […]

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Fifteenth report on practical preparations for euro: Lithuania’s preparations well on track overall

Fifteenth report on practical preparations for euro: Lithuania’s preparations well on track overall

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

It is only a few weeks to go until Lithuanians start using euros to pay for everyday transactions in their country. On 1 January 2015, Lithuania will become the 19th member of the eurozone, which will then encompass all three Baltic States. Today, the Commission has adopted its fifteenth report on the practical preparations for […]

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