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    • EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements to be signed

      EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements to be signed

      The Council of Ministers today approved the EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements, paving the way for their signature and conclusion at the end of the week. EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom and Romanian Minister for Business, Trade and Entrepreneurship Stefan-Radu Oprea are now expected to sign the agreement on the EU's behalf in Hanoi on Sunday 30 June.

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    • Europe's top tourist cities go against Airbnb

      Europe's top tourist cities go against Airbnb

      Ten tourist cities in Europe have joined together in a stand against world’s most popular online hospitality service Airbnb. In a joint statement addressed to the EU institutions last week, the signatories (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bordeaux, Brussels, Krakow, Munich, Paris, Valencia, and Vienna) are asking bloc's authorities to assist them in their battle against the short-term lettings website, which they consider is not only locking locals out of the housing market, but also leading to the 'touristification of numerous neighbourhoods' and the increase of rental costs.

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    • EU, WHO team up to boost access to health services

      EU, WHO team up to boost access to health services

      The European Union signed yesterday a €102m contribution agreement with the World Health Organisation (WHO) at the European Development Days in Brussels. As stated by the European Commission, the bloc will invest in building health care systems to provide quality services in more than 80 African, Caribbean, Pacific, and Asian countries. The “Health Systems Strengthening for Universal Health Coverage Partnership Programme” launched today will also benefit in a longer term from an EU overall contribution of €118m out of a total budget of €123m. 

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    • EU increases support for its beekeeping sector

      EU increases support for its beekeeping sector

      European Union's executive arm announced it will provide €120m to the EU's beekeeping sector over the next three years to support its essential role in agriculture and the environment. As stated by Commission's press office, this amount, doubled by national contributions from Member States, will apply to national apiculture programmes starting on 1 August 2019 and running until 31 July 2022. It also represents an increase of €12m compared to the support provided for the period from 2017 to 2019. 

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    • Commission to launch evaluation of EU State aid rules

      Commission to launch evaluation of EU State aid rules

      The European Commission has launched on Monday an evaluation of the EU State aid rules applicable to services of general economic interest in the field of health and social services, such as medical care provided by hospitals, long term-care, childcare and social housing as these services form an essential part of the welfare system of each Member State.

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    • EU needs to accelerate digital transformation

      EU needs to accelerate digital transformation

      The European Union needs to speed up its digital transformation to keep the bloc globally competitive, bloc's 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) shows. Released today by the European Commission, the results of the index present Europe’s overall digital performance and track the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.

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    • New EU rules and guarantees in criminal proceedings in force

      New EU rules and guarantees in criminal proceedings in force

      The directive on special safeguards for children enters in force as of today. It is the last in a set of six EU directives guaranteeing procedural rights for people across the EU, completing the full set of rights. In addition to these new rights for children, the directive guaranteeing access to legal aid started to apply on 5 May. This package of rules ensures that EU citizens' fundamental rights of fair and equal treatment are respected in criminal proceedings and that they are applied in a similar way in all Member States.

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