Tag: Latvia

€15 million of EU financing for micro-entrepreneurs in #Latvia under #JunckerPlan

€15 million of EU financing for micro-entrepreneurs in #Latvia under #JunckerPlan

| August 9, 2018

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and ALTUM, a state-owned development institution of Latvia, have signed a microfinance guarantee agreement under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). Thanks to this agreement, micro-entrepreneurs will be able to benefit from loans at a reduced interest rate with lower collateral requirements under the EU supported programme. […]

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Combating violence against women: All EU countries must ratify the #IstanbulConvention

Combating violence against women: All EU countries must ratify the #IstanbulConvention

| March 14, 2018

MEPs called on the 11 member states that haven’t ratified the Istanbul Convention to do so, in a plenary debate with Commissioner Ansip on Monday evening (12 March). To date, the 11 member states that still haven’t ratified the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence, known as the […]

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#ECA: Auditors examine EU strategy to combat #desertification

#ECA: Auditors examine EU strategy to combat #desertification

| February 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) is conducting an audit on the EU’s strategic framework for combating desertification – where previously fertile land becomes increasingly dry and unproductive. The audit will examine whether the risk of desertification in the EU is being effectively and efficiently addressed.  Desertification is defined by the United Nations Convention to […]

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Commissioner Vella calls #AirQuality ministerial summit on 30 January, and announces new measures to help member states comply with environmental laws

Commissioner Vella calls #AirQuality ministerial summit on 30 January, and announces new measures to help member states comply with environmental laws

| January 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

In a final push to find solutions to address the serious problem of air pollution in the European Union, Commissioner for Environment, Karmenu Vella has invited ministers from nine member states to convene in Brussels on Tuesday, 30 January. The nine member states, namely the Czech Republic,  Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and […]

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European Commission welcomes first operational steps towards a #EuropeanDefenceUnion

European Commission welcomes first operational steps towards a #EuropeanDefenceUnion

| December 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

The European Commission has welcomed the decision adopted on 11 December by the Council formally establishing Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and the plans presented by 25 EU member states to work together on a first set of 17 collaborative defence projects. President Juncker said: “In June I said it was time to wake up the Sleeping Beauty of the Lisbon Treaty: […]

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#Defence: European Commission welcomes steps towards #PermanentStructuredCooperation

#Defence: European Commission welcomes steps towards #PermanentStructuredCooperation

| November 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

President Juncker has been calling for a stronger Europe on security and defence since his election campaign, saying in April 2014: “I believe that we need to take more seriously the provisions of the existing Treaty that allow those European countries who want to do this to progressively build up a common European defence. I […]

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#CETA: ‘If people want a double-check, let’s do it’

#CETA: ‘If people want a double-check, let’s do it’

| September 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

The trade deal between Canada and the EU is the latest trade agreement to attract controversy. Negotiations for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) have been concluded, but it will still need to be approved by the European Parliament, the Council and the national parliaments. On 31 August the international trade committee discussed the […]

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