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Emily O’Reilly: ‘Being an ombudsman can seem more like an art than a science’

Emily O’Reilly: ‘Being an ombudsman can seem more like an art than a science’

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

“You have to be able to persuade, coax and cajole sometimes reluctant institutions to change long-standing mind-sets or to be more open in their decision making,” said European ombudsman Emily O’Reilly. “This is where being an ombudsman can seem more like an art than a science.” Elected by MEPs in July 2013, the former Irish […]

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Anna Fotyga: ‘We have an asymmetric war against western society coming from all directions’

Anna Fotyga: ‘We have an asymmetric war against western society coming from all directions’

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

As countries all over the world discuss how they can work together to tackle the threat posed by ISIS, MEPs will debate on 17 September what the EU can do to improve the situation in the Middle East. Anna Fotyga, a Polish member of the ECR group and chair of the security and defence subcommittee, […]

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Democracy International: Independence process in Scotland ‘mostly perfect’

Democracy International: Independence process in Scotland ‘mostly perfect’

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The upcoming referendum in Scotland on 18 September 2014 is an exemplary model of how to deal with the process of separation. This is the result of an assessment by Democracy International, which has analyzed the Scottish case by elaborating the three main challenges independence referendums face. Firstly, on combining legitimacy with legality, the referendum […]

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€80 million available for Europe’s SMEs

€80 million available for Europe’s SMEs

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Today (17 September) the European Commission launched the FIWARE Accelerator Programme. €80 million will be awarded to SMEs, Startups and web-entrepreneurs using FIWARE Technologies. The FIWARE Accelerator is a network of European organisations which has already launched first calls for proposals earlier this month. The remaining calls will be presented in Munich on 17-18 September […]

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Commissioner Andor’s statement on roll-out of Youth Employment Initiative

Commissioner Andor’s statement on roll-out of Youth Employment Initiative

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Speaking at the European Parliament plenary session, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor said: “I would like to thank the European Parliament for its support to the Commission’s efforts in developing and implementing the Youth Guarantee. The Youth Guarantee is one of the most important and ambitious reforms proposed by this Commission. As […]

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Europe boosts humanitarian aid for Mali

Europe boosts humanitarian aid for Mali

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The European Commission is increasing by €5 million its humanitarian funding in Mali. This will bring new European support to the victims of extreme food insecurity and renewed violence in the north of the country. The new assistance package brings the total humanitarian aid funding to Mali in 2014 to €40m. “Hunger and conflict continue […]

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