Commission 

 

EESC calls for new EU Strategy for Sustainable Development

The European Union should grasp the opportunity of the new political mandate and financial period to improve its economic policy coordination and governance, says the EESC. The European Semester should become the most important element of economic policy coordination and a multi-level and multi-actor governance approach should be implemented, says the European Economic and Social…

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EU Action Against Wildfires

Following a request for assistance from Greece on 13 August 2019, rescEU assets have been mobilised to tackle forest fires ravaging several areas of Greece.  As an immediate response, the European Union has already helped to mobilise 3 forest fighting planes from rescEU reserve from Italy and Spainto be dispatched swiftly to the affected regions….

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State of the Energy Union

In its yearly opinion on the State of the Energy Union, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has taken stock of the progress made so far and calls on the European Commission to focus more on social aspects. It says, “The Energy Union is not a reality yet. It may be a reality in…

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Council 

 

Charles Michel elected President of the Council

The European Council has elected Charles Michel as President of the European Council.  The President of the European Council is elected for the period from 1 December 2019 until 31 May 2022. The mandate of two and a half years of the President of the European Council is renewable once.  The European Council also welcomed the decision of the…

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Cohesion Funds for Climate Action

EU ministers meeting at an Energy Council and a General Affairs Council this week will discuss respectively the priorities for the future energy infrastructure and for the future EU Cohesion Policy funding for climate action in the regions.  According to the current state of play of negotiations, EU Member States, as they plan to continue investments…

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The Council of Europe Lifts Sanctions against Russia Disregarding Human Rights

On Tuesday (25 June), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) lifted sanctions against the Russian delegation, a decision correctly named by some media as a “moral victory of the Kremlin.” The Ukrainian delegation walked out in protest and slammed the decision as an “unacceptable concession to Russia”, write Aaron Rhodes and Willy…

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Parliament

 

Major Green success: Commission recommends revolution in combating anti-money laundering

While the newly elected Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is still busy with recruiting members for her college, the existing EU Commission outlined future priorities in the field of anti-money laundering (AML). The ne Communication ‘Towards a better implementation of the EU’s AML/CTF framework’ gives an overview of the four reports published this week…

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Alyn Smith MEP elected President of EFA

Alyn Smith, who continues to campaign fiercely against Brexit, has been elected President of the European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament. He succeeds Catalan MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras who stood down at the recent European election. An MEP for the Scottish National Party (SNP) since 2004, Smith was recently re-elected to the European Parliament, where he…

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Green Call for EU Tax Justice

The Greens/EFA group have launched a 10-point plan for tax justice in the European Union, which will form part of its core demands for the coming legislative period in the European Parliament.  The Greens/EFA Group has already been at the forefront of driving demands to combat excessive tax avoidance, tax evasion and money laundering in…

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Regions

 

EU Action Against Wildfires

Following a request for assistance from Greece on 13 August 2019, rescEU assets have been mobilised to tackle forest fires ravaging several areas of Greece.  As an immediate response, the European Union has already helped to mobilise 3 forest fighting planes from rescEU reserve from Italy and Spainto be dispatched swiftly to the affected regions….

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25th Sarajevo Film Festival

The Western Balkans’ film scene has been thriving in recent years, reaching audiences across the world and winning awards at major festivals.  The EU seeks to support the film industry and film events in the region, and this week sees the opening of one of these; the 25th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival. Founded…

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Promoting US-Balkan Student Exchanges

On the anniversary of two high water marks of multilateralism  NATO completes seventy (70) years and the Kosovo war completes twenty (20) years, the West faces an existential crisis., writes Gregory Melus. Presently, the populist political star burns bright, cultural and political trends reorient themselves inwards, societies differ and people drift apart.  In these quiet…

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