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A Marshall Plan for #Africa should prioritize Family Planning

A Marshall Plan for #Africa should prioritize Family Planning

| July 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

At this month’s G20 summit, Germany secured a major injection of private investment for Africa as a way to curtail mass migration to Europe. The drive was a win for German chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been driving a campaign for a new Marshall – or “Merkel” – Plan for Africa following the realization that […]

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Commission launches public consultation on health and care in #DigitalSingleMarket

Commission launches public consultation on health and care in #DigitalSingleMarket

Today (20 July) the European Commission launches a public consultation on how Europe should promote digital innovation in health and care, for the benefits of citizens and health systems in Europe. The input will feed into a new policy Communication to be adopted by the end of 2017, as announced in the recent review of […]

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#SecurityandDefence: Significant progress to enhance Europe’s resilience against hybrid threats – more work ahead

#SecurityandDefence: Significant progress to enhance Europe’s resilience against hybrid threats – more work ahead

The European Commission and the High Representative, on 19 July, were reporting on actions taken and next steps to implement the 2016 Joint Framework on countering hybrid threats. The Communication contributes to the creation of a European Union that protects, as promised by President Juncker in the 2016 State of the Union speech. It builds […]

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European Union steps up its support for investigations into war crimes and accountability in #Syria

European Union steps up its support for investigations into war crimes and accountability in #Syria

The European Union has announced it will provide €1.5 million to support the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in Syria. Justice for the victims is key for an effective and inclusive reconciliation process in Syria. This is […]

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#Poland: ECR must speak up for the rule of law in Poland and sanction PiS

#Poland: ECR must speak up for the rule of law in Poland and sanction PiS

| July 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

The European Party for Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) have failed to condemn the introduction of draconian laws removing judicial independence in Poland. The changes were introduced by the ECR’s Polish member party PiS (Law and Justice); the ECR’s second largest member. The group has long hosted those with far-right views, is it time for the ECR and […]

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#ESED2017: European Commission confirms young people are losing out

#ESED2017: European Commission confirms young people are losing out

Today (17 July), the Commission published the 2017 edition of its yearly Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review. This year’s edition confirms positive labour market and social trends and continued economic growth. With over 234 million people having a job, employment has never been as high as today in the EU and unemployment […]

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#FutureofEurope: More than 270,000 citizens take part in debate on the future of Europe

#FutureofEurope: More than 270,000 citizens take part in debate on the future of Europe

In March 2017, the Commission began a debate on the future of Europe with its White Paper offering five scenarios for how the EU could develop over the next decade. The first results published today (17 July) show that, to date, more 270,000 citizens have attended over 1,750 events organized or supported by the Commission. […]

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