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EU-Belarus Coordination Group met to discuss cooperation and agreement on 20 Eastern Partnership deliverables

21 December 2017
On 19-20 December, the EU-Belarus Coordination Group met in Brussels for the fourth time, following previous meetings in the same format in April and November 2016 and April 2017. According to an EU press release, the meeting was an opportunity to exchange views on the latest political developments…
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EU statement on deterioration of humanitarian and security situations in eastern Ukraine: “ceasefire needs to be respected”

21 December 2017
“The humanitarian and security situations have deteriorated abruptly in eastern Ukraine, where we have seen the highest number of ceasefire violations since February 2017, the ensuing loss of life and the destruction of property,” said the EU Spokesperson on 20 December. “The positioning of armed…
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Ukraine: New agreement to boost energy efficiency investments in universities

21 December 2017
On 19 December, the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine and Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) signed a € 30 million loan agreement for an EU-supported project on higher education in Ukraine, implemented within the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P). The…
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EU report: EU and Azerbaijan renew engagement and dialogue

21 December 2017
A Joint Report on Azerbaijan, released on 20 December by the European External Action Service and the European Commission ahead of the EU-Azerbaijan Cooperation Council,highlighted that the EU and Azerbaijan have renewed their engagement and dialogue. This includes the launch of negotiations on a…
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EU reports on implementation of visa liberalisation benchmarks for Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

21 December 2017
On 20 December, the European Commission (EC) reported on the continuous fulfilment of the visa liberalisation benchmarks by the Eastern Partner countries Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The report, which also includes Western Balkan countries, shows that, whilst the visa…
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EU-supported software to help monitor local food market prices in Georgia

21 December 2017
Georgian farmers and policymakers now have a new and innovative tool at their fingertips. A new data source will allow Georgians to monitor local prices for up to one hundred agricultural and food products in markets throughout the country. This tool can be found on the farmers’ online portal,…
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EU appoints new Head of its Monitoring Mission in Georgia

20 December 2017
On 19 December, the EU's Political and Security Committee appointed Erik Høeg, a Danish diplomat, as the new Head of the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia. Høeg succeeds Lithuanian Kęstutis Jankauskas, who held the post for more than two and a half years. Høeg is currently…
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EU supports capacity building of Ukrainian entrepreneurs on export practices and trade financing

20 December 2017
Entrepreneurs from the Zaporizhia region of Ukraine recently had the opportunity to take part in an EU4Business training on export practices and trade financing, organised by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and hosted by the Zaporizhia Business Support Centre. The three…
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Latest opportunities from the Eastern Neighbourhood

20 December 2017
'EU NEIGHBOURS east’ has picked out a selection of exclusive new opportunities for citizens of the Eastern Neighbourhood countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine Are you currently looking for scholarships? Have a look at this week’s selection: the…
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EU Advisory Mission extends its regional presence in Ukraine

20 December 2017
At a meeting of the Council of the European Union on 18 December, EU member states agreed to set up a regional presence of the EU Advisory Mission Ukraine (EUAM) in Odesa. EUAM, which is headquartered in Kyiv, will now have a total of three regional presences, following the opening of offices in…