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Commission steps up EU action to protect and restore the world's forests

23 July 2019
Today the European Commission adopted a comprehensive Communication setting out a new framework of actions to protect and restore the world's forests, which host 80% of biodiversity on land, support the livelihoods of around a quarter of the world's population, and are vital to our efforts to fight…
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EU4Monitoring Drugs: new EU-funded project launched to respond to drug-related security and health threats

23 July 2019
In 2019, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) launched a new technical cooperation project called EU4Monitoring Drugs (EU4MD). The three-year project, funded by the European Union, will involve countries in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) area, supporting…
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European Parliament hosts urgency debate on Russia, notably the situation of environmental activists and Ukrainian political prisoners

19 July 2019
On 18 July, the European Parliament held a plenary session urgency debate in Strasbourg to discuss cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Russia, notably the situation of environmental activists and Ukrainian political prisoners. “The European Union has repeatedly…
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European Union presents its progress towards sustainable development

19 July 2019
Yesterday, at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development in New York, the EU reaffirmed its strong commitment to deliver on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a shared global roadmap for a peaceful and prosperous world, with human well-being…
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Announcement about the fourth edition of the European Vocational Skills Week

19 July 2019
The fourth edition of the European Vocational Skills Week, as announced by the Commissioner Ms. Marianne Thyssen, will take place from 14-18 October 2019 in Helsinki (Finland). Everyone with an interest in vocational education and training, both from the European Union and its neighbouring…
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Tragic downing of MH17 flight above Ukraine: EU reiterates full support to investigation, calls on Russia to accept responsibility

17 July 2019
On 17 July, the world marks five years since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 above the territory of Ukraine, which led to the death of 298 people on board. On the occasion of this tragic anniversary, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini issued a declaration. “[…] our hearts…
European Parliament elects Ursula von der Leyen as first female Commission President

European Parliament elects Ursula von der Leyen as first female Commission President

17 July 2019
With 383 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen President of the next European Commission in a secret ballot on 16 July. She is set to take office on 1 November 2019 for a five-year term. EP President David Sassoli said: "On behalf of Parliament, I congratulate you…
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Ukraine: Police and civil society share dialogue platform ahead of July elections

12 July 2019
The European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) this week brought police officers together with civil society groups in two Ukrainian cities, Lviv and Kropyvnytskyi. The aim is to establish dialogue and trust ahead of Ukraine’s parliamentary elections on 21 July. With a few valuable lessons learnt…
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Commissioner Stylianides addresses the 16th Batumi International Conference in Georgia

12 July 2019
On 11–12 July, the Georgian city of Batumi is hosting an international conference entitled “Georgia’s European Way”. Bringing together high-level officials and representatives from academia, the non-governmental sector and business sector from the EU and its six Eastern partner countries, the…
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Official handover to Ukraine of the Chornobyl permanent shelter

10 July 2019
On 10 July, the EU said it welcomes the official handover to the Ukrainian authorities of the permanent shelter – known as the New Safe Confinement – built to secure the site of the devastating reactor blast at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine in 1986. The world's largest mobile metal…