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#Merkel: ‘Europe must take its fate into its own hands’

#Merkel: ‘Europe must take its fate into its own hands’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the days when Europe could completely depend on others are over. Merkel said that this was what she had experienced over the last few days, referring to the NATO and G7 Summits, writes Catherine Feore. Trumps first foreign trip and participation at two high-level summits provided the back drop to the Chancellor’s […]

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Council and Parliament agree on new mechanism to better protect Europeans from new #PsychoactiveSubstances

Council and Parliament agree on new mechanism to better protect Europeans from new #PsychoactiveSubstances

On 29 May, the Council and the Parliament reached a political agreement on a package reforming the legislation on new psychoactive substances (NPS) used as alternatives to illicit drugs.  The new mechanism will allow for a more effective and efficient EU response to new psychoactive substances, which are appearing on the EU market at an […]

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Commission welcomes adoption of new rules to block #TaxAvoidance

Commission welcomes adoption of new rules to block #TaxAvoidance

The European Commission has welcomed the formal adoption today (29 May) of new EU rules to prevent tax avoidance via non-EU countries. The agreed rules will stop companies from escaping tax by exploiting the mismatches between Member States’ and non-EU countries’ tax systems (“hybrid mismatches”). Today’s (29 May) agreement completes the Anti Tax Avoidance Directive […]

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Over €44 million of funding to help people in need in #Afghanistan, #Iran and #Pakistan

Over €44 million of funding to help people in need in #Afghanistan, #Iran and #Pakistan

The European Commission has announced humanitarian assistance of over €44 million to help people in need in South-West and Central Asia, who continue to face the consequences of years of conflicts and displacement, as well as recurrent natural disasters. The funding will support Afghan refugees and their families in Iran and Pakistan, help victims of […]

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#CaribbeanExport: More firms set to get #Angel investment

#CaribbeanExport: More firms set to get #Angel investment

The Caribbean Export Development Agency co-hosted the inaugural Caribbean Angel Investor Forum in Montego Bay on 12 May, 2017 together with the World Bank Group. The event, which attracted some of the region’s most influential business people, came together to lay the foundation for a more buoyant and active Angel Investor ecosystem within the Caribbean.  […]

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A new strategy to put culture at the heart of EU #InternationalRelations

A new strategy to put culture at the heart of EU #InternationalRelations

Why has the Commission adopted an EU Strategy for international cultural relations? In a fast-changing, inter-connected world, cultural relations offer a unique opportunity for improving relations with EU partner countries. Culture is a valuable resource to tackle many of the challenges Europe and the world are currently facing – such as the integration of refugees […]

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#StateAid: Commission approves Slovak support of €36 million for construction of the national football stadium

#StateAid: Commission approves Slovak support of €36 million for construction of the national football stadium

The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules Slovakia’s support for the construction of the national football stadium in Bratislava. The Commission found that the measure will further the promotion of sport and culture while preserving competition in the EU’s Single Market. Slovakia notified the Commission of its plans to grant in total […]

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