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Informal EU summit: Ska Keller on #EUBudget and #Spitzenkandidaten

Informal EU summit: Ska Keller on #EUBudget and #Spitzenkandidaten

| February 22, 2018

On Friday (23 February), European leaders will arrive in Brussels for an informal meeting of the European Council in the EU-27 format.    The agenda includes discussions on Spitzenkandidaten for future European elections and the political priorities for the multiannual financial framework (MFF) after 2020. Greens/EFA Co-President Ska Keller said: “If we want the European Union […]

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#Brexit talks update: Russell – ‘Clock ticking on Scotland’s future’

#Brexit talks update: Russell – ‘Clock ticking on Scotland’s future’

| February 22, 2018

“There is an urgent need for clarity to protect jobs and living standards with just months to go before a Brexit deal has to be signed,” UK Negotiations Minister on Scotland’s Place in Europe Michael Russell said.  Following the latest meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee on European Union Negotiations, Russell said the Scottish Government […]

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#Forestation: A tangible measure of hope and progress in Western Balkans?

#Forestation: A tangible measure of hope and progress in Western Balkans?

| February 22, 2018

On Monday 26 February the leaders of the Western Balkans countries arrive in London for the annual European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) investment conference for the region. This year’s conference follows on from the latest European Union initiative (“A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans”) to address […]

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#CaribbeanExport and #CaribbeanDevelopmentBank partner to provide greater access to finance for women-owned businesses

#CaribbeanExport and #CaribbeanDevelopmentBank partner to provide greater access to finance for women-owned businesses

| February 22, 2018

Accessing finance to fund business ventures has long been an issue across the Caribbean, especially for women. Now that the Caribbean Export Development Agency and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have joined forces to tackle this challenge, sourcing funds could become easier for women-owned businesses in the region.  The two organizations on 20 February signed […]

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EU supports victims of tropical cyclone #Gita

EU supports victims of tropical cyclone #Gita

| February 22, 2018

The European Commission has mobilized its emergency assistance tools following significant damage caused by tropical cyclone Gita in the South Pacific, in particular on the islands of Tonga. Initial emergency assistance of €100,000 has been released to the disaster fund of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help provide life-saving aid, […]

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Johnson says UK can leave #CustomsUnion and have no hard border in Ireland

Johnson says UK can leave #CustomsUnion and have no hard border in Ireland

| February 22, 2018

Britain should be able to leave the European Union’s single market and customs union and still ensure there is no hard border in Ireland after Brexit, Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday (20 February), writes Andrew MacAskill. Johnson was responding to a question in parliament about why he failed mention Northern Ireland once in […]

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UK promises post-#Brexit agriculture plan as farmers demand more clarity

UK promises post-#Brexit agriculture plan as farmers demand more clarity

| February 22, 2018

The British government will publish a consultation paper on future agriculture policy “very shortly”, Environment Minister Michael Gove (pictured) said on Tuesday (20 February), as farmers demanded more clarity on their prospect after the country quits the European Union, writes Nigel Hunt. “Our consultation paper will outline how we plan to change things more broadly. […]

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