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…
VET mobility results

VET mobility scheme: Commission selects three projects for Western Balkan and African countries

15 January 2020
The Commission has made available €8.5 million for two pilot projects with Africa and one with the Western Balkans in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) mobility scheme sector.  Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, said: “Africa and the…
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…
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…
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…
Tunisia: EU-funded programme supports awareness-raising activities to fight against illegal migration

Tunisia: EU-funded programme supports awareness-raising activities to fight against illegal migration

07 January 2020
The EU-funded Tfanen-Tunisie Créative programme supports the organisation of graffiti and pop art workshops for the youth of El Amra in Sfax, Tunisia. Apart from being a source of personal fulfilment to the participants, these workshops which are part of the project “the season of migration…
European Commission publishes video to highlight International Partnerships priorities for 2020-2025

European Commission publishes video to highlight International Partnerships priorities for 2020-2025

06 January 2020
The European Commission has published a short video showing Jutta Urpilainen, the new EU Commissioner for International Partnerships, member of the new College of the Von der Leyen Commission which took office on 1 December 2019. Mrs Urpilainen is entrusted with the mission to lead the global…