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The EU boosts youth employment in the Western Balkans with €10 million for small and medium enterprises

The EU boosts youth employment in the Western Balkans with €10 million for small and medium enterprises

| August 7, 2020

Thanks to a €10 million guarantee package financed by the European Union, businesses offering employment or training to young people in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo will benefit from €85m in loans. An estimated 1,200 businesses will be able to benefit from these loans, which will allow them to create 1,300 vocational training courses, […]

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Read-out of the phone call between Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab

Read-out of the phone call between Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab

| August 7, 2020

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke on 6 August with Lebanon Prime Minister Hassan Diab. She expressed the EU’s condolences and support to the people of Lebanon in the face of the devastating catastrophe that has hit the city of Beirut and the country as a whole. The president and the prime minister discussed […]

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#UNIC – Survival of cinemas at stake

#UNIC – Survival of cinemas at stake

| August 6, 2020

The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the body representing cinema trade associations and operators across 38 European territories, has issued the following statement: “As European cinema operators finally emerge from a period of extended closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak and work hard to welcome audiences back, the focus of the entire industry must be […]

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#Coronavirus – A timeline of EU action

#Coronavirus – A timeline of EU action

| August 6, 2020

The EU is taking many measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and its impact. Check out this timeline for a clear picture by theme. Find out what the EU is doing for health care, research, economy, employment, society, travel and transport while helping its partners worldwide to fight COVID-19. Health care Supporting public health sectors […]

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Report highlights huge impact of #Coronavirus on Brussels’ hotels

Report highlights huge impact of #Coronavirus on Brussels’ hotels

| August 6, 2020

The pandemic has had a catastrophic impact on hotels in Brussels, according to a new report which says occupancy rates at many are a tiny fraction of this time last year.  The Belgian capital’s hotels have ground to a halt, with tourists staying away from the country which is set to be added to the […]

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Commission approves €200 million voucher scheme to support access to broadband services by low-income families in #Italy

Commission approves €200 million voucher scheme to support access to broadband services by low-income families in #Italy

| August 6, 2020

The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules a €200 million voucher scheme to help low-income families in Italy access high-speed broadband services. The measure will contribute to reducing the digital divide in Italy, whilst limiting possible distortions of competition. Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “This €200m […]

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#Coronavirus response: Commission extends support for health systems and businesses in Italy through Cohesion policy funding

#Coronavirus response: Commission extends support for health systems and businesses in Italy through Cohesion policy funding

| August 6, 2020

The European Commission has approved the modification of two Cohesion policy Operational Programmes, in the Italian regions Umbria and Campania. The modifications make it easier to use EU funds in fighting the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. They also include the increasing EU financing rate for cohesion policy projects tackling the pandemic to 100%, made […]

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