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#LIFE – EU invests €116.1 million to improve the quality of life of Europeans

#LIFE – EU invests €116.1 million to improve the quality of life of Europeans

| February 18, 2019

The new LIFE programme funding will unlock more than €3.2 billion of additional support to 12 large-scale environmental and climate projects in ten member states to support Europe’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy. The European Commission today announced an investment of €116.1 million for the latest integrated projects to be funded under the LIFE […]

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EU rules cut #RedTape for citizens living or working in another member state

EU rules cut #RedTape for citizens living or working in another member state

| February 18, 2019

As of 16 February, new EU rules to cut costs and formalities for citizens living outside their home country will start to apply across the European Union. Currently, citizens moving to or living in another EU country must obtain a stamp to prove that their public documents (such as a birth, marriage or death certificate) […]

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#Rohingya crisis: EU releases €24 million for Bangladesh

#Rohingya crisis: EU releases €24 million for Bangladesh

| February 18, 2019

The European Commission has released an additional €24 million in humanitarian aid for vulnerable Rohingya refugees and host communities living in Cox’s Bazar district, in Bangladesh. Part of the funding will also cover disaster preparedness initiatives in the country. Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides said: “The humanitarian community and the government of Bangladesh […]

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#China – ‘Carry forward the cause of ‘Icebreakers’ from generation to generation’

#China – ‘Carry forward the cause of ‘Icebreakers’ from generation to generation’

| February 18, 2019

As I walked into the Great Hall to meet President Xi in October 2018, many memories of my father in the early 1950s mixed with deep impressions of Chinese history and the great significance of the man I was about to meet, writes Stephen Perry. As I left with our group, I looked at my […]

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‘We need to learn to listen to #China’

‘We need to learn to listen to #China’

| February 18, 2019

In 1995, I attended the World Conference on Women held in Beijing, which was my first time in China. It was an important moment, the world’s female leaders gathered in China to carry out dialogues on topics concerning women’s development and rights. At that time, China had just began to show confidence in international exchanges […]

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Leading candidate for EU’s new #AntiCorruptionAgency faces major investigation

Leading candidate for EU’s new #AntiCorruptionAgency faces major investigation

| February 15, 2019

Romania’s under-fire former anti-corruption chief has been indicted on charges of bribery, abuse of office and false testimony.  The charges against Laura Codruta Kovesi (pictured) come on the eve of hearings in Brussels about her candidacy as EU chief prosecutor, the new EU agency that will tackle financial fraud across the European Union. Kovesi said […]

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#FinnishEUPresidency urged to toughen up human rights rules on business

#FinnishEUPresidency urged to toughen up human rights rules on business

| February 15, 2019

The tragic dam collapse in Brumadinho, Brazil, on 25 January, which saw at least 150 lives lost and thousands of livelihoods destroyed, highlights the human cost of weak regulations on business operating in the global south. Yet despite these dangers, most European companies’ approach to human and labour rights remains superficial, putting lives at risk […]

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