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Joint press statement following the fifth Association Council meeting between the EU and Ukraine

18 December 2018
On 17 December, the EU and Ukraine held the fifth meeting of the Association Council in Brussels. The Council took place after the first full year since the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (including its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area) entered into force on 1 September 2017 which,…
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Georgia: EU Monitoring Mission rewards Gori area schoolchildren in 16 Days of Activism drawing contest

17 December 2018
On 13 December, the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) Georgia hosted eleven prize-winning schoolchildren and their teachers as part of the campaign “16 days of activism: end violence against women and girls”. In connection with the campaign, the Mission organised a children’s drawing competition on…
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Statement by the European Commission on International Migrants Day 2018

17 December 2018
On the occasion of International Migrants Day on 18 December, the European Commission and the High Representative made the following statement: “The history of humankind is a history of migration. For thousands of years people have migrated from one place to another, for a variety of reasons, and…
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EU provides further humanitarian funding for Ukraine

14 December 2018
On 13 December, the EU announced that it has allocated an additional €4 million to continue delivering much-needed humanitarian assistance in eastern Ukraine at the onset of winter. This brings the EU’s humanitarian assistance in Ukraine to €116 million since 2014. The conflict has affected over 4…
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EU disburses €20 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to Georgia

14 December 2018
The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has disbursed €15 million in loans to Georgia under the first instalment of its new Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) programme. The grant component of €5 million will be disbursed in the coming days, bringing the total amount of this instalment to €20…
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EU-Belarus Coordination Group meeting: EU reaffirms its commitment to work with the country

14 December 2018
On 12–13 December, the EU-Belarus Coordination Group came together in Brussels for its sixth meeting. The EU reaffirmed its commitment to work with Belarus, in line with its policy of critical engagement, to support a stable, democratic and prosperous future for Belarus, directly benefiting its…
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European Parliament awards Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov the 2018 Sakharov Prize

13 December 2018
Oleh Sentsov, a Ukrainian film director being illegally detained by Russia, is this year’s winner of the European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The award ceremony was held in Strasbourg on 12 December. Sentsov was not in Parliament to collect his award in person, as he remains…
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Federica Mogherini on the state of play of the implementation of the Association Agreement with Ukraine

13 December 2018
On 11 December, the European Parliament (EP) held a plenary session on the state of play of the implementation of the Association Agreement with Ukraine. Addressing the Parliament, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini referred to the awarding of the Sakharov Prize to Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg…
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Armenia: Young European Ambassadors invite citizens of Gyumri for a cup of coffee to mark Human Rights Day

13 December 2018
On 15 December, Young European Ambassadors (YEAs) in Armenia will visit Aregak bakery and coffee shop in the country’s city of Gyumri. Known as the very first barrier-free, inclusive coffee shop and bakery in the country, Aregak was supported by EU. YEAs will offer free coffee to visitors of…
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EU on the early parliamentary elections in Armenia

12 December 2018
“On 9 December, Armenia held early elections to the National Assembly, which were the first national elections after the political transition of April-May 2018,” said the EU in a statement the day after the elections. The EU referred to the International Elections Observation Mission, which stated…