Monthly Archives: April 2015

European Commission calls for renewed commitments to reach targets on official development assistance

The European Union and its Member States have kept their place as the world’s largest aid donor in 2014. They provided more than half of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) reported last year to the Development Assistance Committee of the … Continue reading

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Investment Plan for Europe: Luxembourg to contribute €80 million

Luxembourg has announced that it will contribute €80 million to projects benefiting from finance by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which is the core element of the €315 billion Investment Plan for Europe. The contribution will come via … Continue reading

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International Roma Day: celebrating Europe’s largest ethnic minority

International Roma Day is held every year on 8 April to celebrate Romani culture and raise awareness of the issues facing Roma people. Europe’s largest ethnic minority – an estimated 10 million Roma live in Europe and six million within … Continue reading

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World Health Day: “Basic healthcare services need to be accessible to all”

World Health Day is marked every year on 7 April, the ideal opportunity to highlight what still needs to be improved. “Basic healthcare services need to be accessible to all, regardless of income,” said UK S&D member Linda McAvan, chair … Continue reading

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Statement by the EU High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the terrorist attacks in Garissa, Kenya

Violent extremism has once again targeted the right of the people of Kenya to live in peace and freedom of religion. By attacking students in the college near Garissa, killing 147 young people and injuring many more, the terrorists showed … Continue reading

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Joint statement on confirmation of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, and Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement negotiations, issued the following statement yesterday: “Today’s confirmation of the Council of Ministers … Continue reading

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March guest photographer contest topic: women and girls

Take part in our new guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. Every month until September we will be announcing a different topic linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the theme of … Continue reading

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Joint statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on the impact of fighting in Yemen

The impact on the civilian population, in particular on children, of the ongoing fighting between different militias, bombardments and disruption of essential services is reaching alarming proportions and exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation. The airstrike on the Al-Marzaq camp … Continue reading

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Interview with Sabine Lautenschläger, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB and Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Single Supervisory Mechanism,

Interview with Sabine Lautenschläger, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB and Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Single Supervisory Mechanism, conducted by Mark Fehr and Malte Fischer and published on 2 April 2015 Ms Lautenschläger, you have … Continue reading

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1. Review of financial, economic and monetary developments and policy options

Financial market developments Mr Cœuré reviewed recent financial market developments. Since the Governing Council’s previous monetary policy meeting on 21-22 January 2015, the announcement of the ECB’s expanded asset purchase programme (APP) had had a significant impact on euro area … Continue reading

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