• Annual Convention debates Social Europe post 2020

      Annual Convention debates Social Europe post 2020

      Few days before the European elections, the fourth edition of the Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth that took place in Brussels brought together civil society organisations and policymakers to discuss the opportunities and challenges ahead. The main focus this year was the future of Social Europe.

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    • EU-wide system keeps eye on tobacco goods

      EU-wide system keeps eye on tobacco goods

      Consumers will soon see new traceability markings on the packs for cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco products, together with the required security features, as the European system of tobacco traceability and security features has become operational as of 20 May. The first producers in the EU have requested and received traceability markings for these products.

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    • Erasmus+ makes students more successful in their jobs and life

      Erasmus+ makes students more successful in their jobs and life

       EU's flagship programme Erasmus+ is giving chances to higher education students to study, train, obtain experience in work and volunteer abroad, but is also opening opportunities to doctoral candidates, staff and higher education institutions. Two extensive studies, the Higher Education Impact Study and a study on the impact of Erasmus+ Higher Education Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Alliances , published by the Commission, show what the programme's value is and how it is transforming the life of its beneficiaries.

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    • EU border guards start patroling in Albania

      EU border guards start patroling in Albania

      The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, in cooperation with the Albanian authorities, launched the first ever joint operation on the territory of a neighbouring non-EU country, EU press service reported. As of 22 May, teams from the agency will be deployed together with Albanian border guards at the Greek-Albanian border to strengthen border management and enhance security at the EU's external borders.

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    • Juncker Fund to mobilise almost €400bn in investment

      Juncker Fund to mobilise almost €400bn in investment

      Following the latest meeting of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Board of Directors, the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) - the Juncker Fund - is now expected to trigger €398.6bn in investments. As of May 2019, the deals approved under the Juncker Fund amount to €73.8bn in financing and are located in all 28 Member States.

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    •  EU-China strengthen aviation cooperation

      EU-China strengthen aviation cooperation

      The European Union and China signed on Monday an agreement on civil aviation safety and a horizontal aviation agreement to strengthen their aviation cooperation. The main objective of the bilateral civil aviation safety agreement (BASA) is to support worldwide trade in aircraft and related products. This agreement will remove the unnecessary duplication of evaluation and certification activities for aeronautical products by the civil aviation authorities, and therefore reduce costs for the aviation sector.

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    • Germany spends record €23bn to integrate refugees

      Germany spends record €23bn to integrate refugees

      In 2018, Germany spent a record €23bn on helping to integrate more than one million refugees and fighting the root causes of migration abroad, a government document seen by Reuters showed on Monday. That marks an increase of nearly 11% on the €20.8bn that Germany spent the previous year, the document prepared by the Finance Ministry showed.

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