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    • New guidance to help Member States run joint defence procurements

      New guidance to help Member States run joint defence procurements

      The European Commission has published on Friday guidance on cooperative defence procurement to help Member States apply the Defence Procurement Directive consistently and make use of all the cooperation possibilities it offers. The move is aimed at facilitating Member States' participation in collaborative defence projects under the future European Defence Fund and its current precursor programmes. 

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    • Significant decrease of CO2 emissions in the EU in 2018

      Significant decrease of CO2 emissions in the EU in 2018

      Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion significantly decreased in the European Union by 2.5% over the course of 2018, according to early estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU. According to figures, CO2 emissions fell in 2018 in the majority of the 28 EU nations, with the highest decrease being recorded in Portugal (-9.0%), which was followed by Bulgaria (-8.1%), Ireland (-6.8%), Germany (-5.4%), the Netherlands (-4.6%), and Croatia (-4.3%).

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    • Commissioner Hogan on high-level mission in Japan

      Commissioner Hogan on high-level mission in Japan

      EU Commissioner  for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan will be visiting Japan from 8 to 11 May 2019 accompanied by a business delegation of 61 senior representatives from the European agri-food sector. The purpose of the visit is to promote European agricultural food and beverage exports to Japan to ensure that EU producers benefit to the fullest possible extent from the opportunities under the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement in force since February 2019.

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    • Regions, Member States get industrial transition support

      Regions, Member States get industrial transition support

      Ten EU regions and two Member States will each receive a €300,000 EU grant to help their industrial transition under an initiative launched a year ago by the Commission, the EU press service reported. They have applied to receive EC support and expertise in designing development strategies based on their areas of competitive strength, the so-called “smart specialisation” assets.

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    • Growth continues at a moderate pace

      Growth continues at a moderate pace

      The European economy is to continue expanding for the seventh year in a row in 2019, with real GDP expected to grow in all Member States, according to the EC Spring 2019 economic forecast presented last Tuesday. Although global uncertainties continue, domestic dynamics are set to support the European economy, with growth expected to gather pace again next year.

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    • Building Europe never stops

      Building Europe never stops

      We have good reasons to hope and no reasons to fear the future, said on Tuesday EC President Jean-Claude Juncker at the Commission's pressroom presenting to the EU correspondents the political messages that he will be taking to Sibiu summit. 

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    • The time for new tasks has come

      The time for new tasks has come

      Preparing its homework for the informal EU27 leaders' meeting in Sibiu rather in time, the Commission finalised on Tuesday its contribution to this landmark event that will take place on 9 May. In fact, the EU executive announced a number of policy recommendations for how Europe can shape its future in an increasingly uncertain world, which also contain the next five-year strategic agenda.

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