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#NorthMacedonia #Albania – ‘I think it was a historic mistake’ Juncker #EUCO #Enlargement

#NorthMacedonia #Albania – ‘I think it was a historic mistake’ Juncker #EUCO #Enlargement

| October 18, 2019

Both President of the European Council, Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, both expressed their disappointment that the European Council (18 October) could not agree on opening accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia. Juncker described it as a historic mistake, while President Tusk said that while both countries were ready […]

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#IPU – Record number of new cases of persecuted parliamentarians in the world

#IPU – Record number of new cases of persecuted parliamentarians in the world

| October 18, 2019

At the 141st IPU Assembly in Belgrade, Serbia, IPU member parliaments condemned human rights violations against a record number of new cases of abused MPs. The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, the only international body with an exclusive remit to support MPs in danger, examined the cases of 305 parliamentarians in 10 […]

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EU-27 heads of government endorse the #BrexitDeal 

EU-27 heads of government endorse the #BrexitDeal 

| October 17, 2019

The European Council endorsed the newly minted Brexit deal. President of the European Council Donald Tusk said that it looked like the agreement was close to its final stretch, writes Catherine Feore. Tusk explained why a deal that was impossible yesterday, had become possible today. Standing beside Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar he said that Ireland had […]

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#BrexitDeal – European Commission reaches an agreement with the UK

#BrexitDeal – European Commission reaches an agreement with the UK

| October 17, 2019

The European Commission has today (17 October) recommended the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached at negotiator level on the Withdrawal Agreement, including a revised Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland, and approve a revised Political Declaration on the framework of the future EU-UK relationship. The Commission also recommends that the European […]

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Vice President Dombrovskis and Commissioner #Moscovici in #WashingtonDC

Vice President Dombrovskis and Commissioner #Moscovici in #WashingtonDC

| October 17, 2019

Commissioner Moscovici will participate in the meeting of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors. The vice president and the Commissioner will also participate in a series of bilateral meetings and speaking engagements. Vice-President Dombrovskis will meet, among others, Heath Tarbert, Chairman and Chief Executive of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Oksana Markarova, Ukraine […]

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#EuropeanAgendaOnMigration four years on: Marked progress needs consolidating in face of volatile situation

#EuropeanAgendaOnMigration four years on: Marked progress needs consolidating in face of volatile situation

| October 17, 2019

Ahead of the October European Council, the European Commission is reporting on key progress under the European Agenda on Migration since 2015, with focus on steps taken by the EU since the last progress report in March 2019. The Commission also set out those areas where work must continue to address current and future migration […]

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#ConnectingEuropeFacility – €1.4 billion to support sustainable transport projects

#ConnectingEuropeFacility – €1.4 billion to support sustainable transport projects

| October 17, 2019

The European Commission has launched a call worth €1.4 billion to support key transport projects through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the EU’s central funding instrument for infrastructure networks. The investment will help build missing connections across the continent, while focusing on sustainable transport modes. Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said: “To accelerate decarbonisation and contribute to the completion […]

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