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Refugee crisis: Commission reviews 2015 actions and sets 2016 priorities

At their weekly meeting today, the College of Commissioners discussed the refugee crisis, looking at the measures taken in 2015 and the initiatives to be presented in spring 2016. In the past year an unprecedented rise in the number of … Continue reading

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Commission consults the public on tax rules for alcoholic beverages

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to assess whether some of the rules on excise duty on beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages should be changed to fight tax fraud and reduce the sale of counterfeit alcohol. The … Continue reading

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Funding to main migration-related activities in the Western Balkans and Turkey

For candidate countries (Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) and potential candidates (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo), the EU provides both financial and technical support. The aim of this support is to help the beneficiaries … Continue reading

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Outcome of the bilateral EU-Ukraine gas meeting in Vienna

Outcome of the bilateral EU-Ukraine gas meeting in Vienna. Today, European Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič chaired talks on energy security with Ukraine in Vienna. Ukraine was represented by the Minister for Energy and Coal Industries, Mr … Continue reading

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Statement by First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos

The news of the 50 migrants found asphyxiated in the hull of a ship last night, and the lost souls of 20 or more migrants discovered abandoned in a truck on an Austrian highway today are frankly shocking. These are … Continue reading

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Joint Statement on the signature by President Kiir of the peace agreement for South Sudan

Joint Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on the signature by President Kiir of the peace agreement for South Sudan “Today, President Kiir … Continue reading

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Regional Policy: the EU invests €34 million in the border regions of Croatia and Serbia

The new 2014-2020 programme adopted by the Commission will invest in the border regions of Croatia and Serbia. It will focus on improving the quality of public social and health services, on increasing the use of sustainable resources, on boosting … Continue reading

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Have your say on the review of the Satellite and Cable Directive

In a public consultation launched today, the European Commission aims at evaluating if EU rules on copyright licensing for TV and radio broadcasting by satellite and cable are still up-to-date in our online environment. It will also look into whether … Continue reading

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Nelson Housing Accord agreed between Govt and Council

A Nelson Housing Accord aimed at improving the supply and affordability of housing in the district has been signed today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Rachel Reese. “Nelson’s housing issues are not as acute as … Continue reading

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$485k funding for councils to support youth

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye says 25 councils will benefit from around $485,000 of funding under the 2015 Youth Development Partnership Fund. “This fund is about helping councils get young people aged 12 to 24 involved in and leading projects that … Continue reading

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