EU-funded project organises workshop for Southern neighbourhood countries on collaboration with European civil protection mechanism

EU-funded project organises workshop for Southern neighbourhood countries on collaboration with European civil protection mechanism

22 January 2020
PPRD South 3 is holding its second high level workshop on how to work with the European civil protection mechanism (UCPM) for preventing, preparing and managing major emergencies. Countries outside the EU can ask the Mechanism to intervene during a disaster. Participants from Algeria, Israel,…
European Endowment for Democracy panel discussion tackles perspectives for change in Tunisia

European Endowment for Democracy panel discussion tackles perspectives for change in Tunisia

20 January 2020
In December 2019, members of Tunisia’s civil society attended an EED Panel discussion entitled “An evolving role for Civil Society within Tunisia's new political reality?” to discuss perspectives for change in Tunisia and the potential role of civil society in this new post-election period.…
European Economic and Social Committee president Luca Jahier

European Economic and Social Committee president Luca Jahier: Now more than ever, it's time for the EU to speak with one voice

16 January 2020
Here is an excerpt of the statement that the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) president Luca Jahier published on 14 January: On behalf of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), representing the organised civil society at EU level, I am deeply concerned about the increased…
EU-funded scholarships empower Syrian refugees

EU-funded scholarships empower Syrian refugees

15 January 2020
EU-funded scholarship programmes are helping young Syrian refugees pursue an education, learn hands-on job skills and become self-reliant in tough circumstances. But thanks to projects financed by the €1.9 billion EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, these young people with…
EU-funded Med Pearls project: a new approach to sustainable tourism

EU-funded Med Pearls project: a new approach to sustainable tourism

15 January 2020
The opening conference of the EU-funded Med Pearls project has taken place in Barcelona with a contribution of 15 speakers from the tourism sector and about 70 attendees. The Med Pearls project is part of the ENI CBC Med Programme of the European Commission and will work during the next 3 years to…
meeting between President Charles Michel and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Egypt: meeting between President Charles Michel and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

13 January 2020
On 12 January, Charles Michel, President of the European Council met with Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President of Egypt, in Cairo. The crisis in Libya was at the core of their discussion. President Michel reiterated that a political process is the only way forward and the Libyans should be at the heart…
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development boosts small firms in Tunisia

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development boosts small firms in Tunisia

09 January 2020
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is helping to increase the availability of funds for small firms in Tunisia through a local currency loan equivalent to €2 million to Advans Tunisie, an international microfinance institution serving more than one million customers…
Irregular migration into EU at lowest level since 2013

Irregular migration into EU at lowest level since 2013

09 January 2020
The number of irregular border crossings detected on the European Union’s external borders last year fell to the lowest level since 2013 due to a drop in the number of people reaching European shores via the Central and Western Mediterranean routes. Preliminary 2019 data collected by Frontex, the…
Statement by President von der Leyen

Statement by President von der Leyen after the special College meeting on 8 January 2020

08 January 2020
President von der Leyer issued the following statement on 8 January 2020 after the special College meeting: This morning the College met to discuss the situation stemming from the tensions in Iraq, Iran, the wider Middle East as well as Libya. And while we are standing here, we are still following…
The Union for the Mediterranean labels the thematic clusters of the ENI Cross Border Cooperation Med Programme

The Union for the Mediterranean labels the thematic clusters of the ENI Cross Border Cooperation Med Programme

08 January 2020
The Senior Officials of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) have unanimously labelled the ENI CBC Med Programme, in particular its four thematic clusters of projects: environment and climate change, business and SMEs development, technological transfer and innovation and social inclusion and…