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June 17, 2014 Ukraine: EU transfers €500 million in macro-financial assistance The European Commission has disbursed €500 million to Ukraine, the first loan tranche from the new EU Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA II) programme for the country. This follows an earlier tranche of €100 million, paid out on 20 May from the previously agreed MFA programme (MFA I). “The...
June 17, 2014 CBC project brings together rescue services from three countries in accident simulation in Belarus A joint training exercise has been held in Belarus involving emergency services from Belarus, Latvia and Lithuania in a simulation of an ammonia and oil spill caused by the collision of the freight train and passenger bus at a railway crossing, as part of an EU-funded cross-border cooperation project...
June 17, 2014 The Grand Cascade is back to be a Cross-Border Cooperation pearl For the first time since 1850, the Grand Cascade in Pavlovsk Park in Russia is back to its full beauty and functionality. After the completion of reconstruction works under the “Landscape pearls” project – financed by the EU within the framework of the Estonia-Latvia-Russia CBC Programme...
June 16, 2014 Infographic: in which area would you say Civil Society is active in your country? In which area would you say Civil Society is active in your country? To what extent do you trust Civil Society organizations to represent your interests? We have released a new infographic highlighting the answers to these questions across the Southern and Eastern Neighbourhood regions, as posed in a...
June 16, 2014 Van Rompuy and Kristalina Georgieva on Ukraine crisis: civilian lives should be saved but government has to restore order European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has offered condolences to the people and government of Ukraine after the downing of a military aircraft on 14 June that left 49 troops dead near Luhansk in eastern Ukraine. In a statement  issued on the same day he said “the dramatic violence in...
June 16, 2014 Ukraine: ways to de-escalate crisis, implications of Association Agreement signature discussed by Barroso and Putin The EU insists on the need to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine and to secure a ceasefire in its eastern provinces, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso told Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in a phone call last Friday.  Barroso urged the disarmament of separatist groups...
June 16, 2014 New factsheet dispels myths about Ukrainian crisis, Eastern Partnership and EU-Ukraine Association Agreement What has the EU offered Ukraine in real support, beyond intentions and promises? Could signature of the Association Agreement lead to immediate economic difficulties? Does it represent a first step towards EU membership for Ukraine?   You can find answers to these and many more frequently asked...
June 16, 2014 Council clears way for signing Association Agreements with Georgia and Moldova The Council of the European Union has concluded technical preparations for the signature of the Association Agreements with Georgia and Moldova, due to take place in the margins of the European Council on 27 June together with the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The accords will aim “to deepen...
June 16, 2014 Barroso and Aliev tack stock of EU-Azerbaijan agenda Azerbaijan is a very important partner for the European Union, and one with which a reliable strategic partnership in the energy field has been achieved, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said after his meeting with President Ilham Aliev in Baku on 14 June. The EU wants to build...
June 13, 2014 EU pays €250 million in assistance to Ukraine under State Building Contract The EU has disbursed €250 million of non-reimbursable assistance to Ukraine. The payment is the first, fixed tranche of the State Building Contract (SBC) which is worth up to €355 million in total.    The SBC is a major EU initiative to support Ukraine in addressing the fundamental...
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