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Extension of Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps and Horizon 2020 deadlines for submission of applications

23 March 2020
As a result of difficulties experienced by applicants due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has extended the deadlines for submission of applications under the Erasmus+ Programme, European Solidarity Corps and Horizon 2020. For more information about the extensions, please…
Lebanon: First introductory meeting of EU-funded MedArtSal project

Lebanon: First introductory meeting of EU-funded MedArtSal project

23 March 2020
As part of the follow-up to the MedArtSal project launched in Rome in January 2020, an introductory meeting with the aim to define future steps required to achieve the success of the project was held in early March in Anfeh, Lebanon. During the meeting, the project partners described in detail the…
Palestine: Head of EU Police Mission meets Minister of Justice to discuss ongoing cooperation

Palestine: Head of EU Police Mission meets Minister of Justice to discuss ongoing cooperation

23 March 2020
An elbow bump rather than a handshake, a respectful distance, and a Ministry of Justice where all but essential staff are teleworking – these were the socially responsible measures that formed the backdrop for a meeting between the Head of EU Police and Rule of Law Mission (EUPOL COPPS) Kauko…
COVID-19: Council takes steps to ensure institutional continuity

COVID-19: Council takes steps to ensure institutional continuity

23 March 2020
The Council is taking measures to ensure the continuity of its work in the current exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On 23 March, it agreed on a temporary derogation to its Rules of Procedure to make it easier to take decisions by written procedure. This derogation allows…
EU supports health sector in Tunisia

EU supports health sector in Tunisia

19 March 2020
The EU supports the health sector in Tunisia in 13 governorates, mainly in first-line health service structures, thanks to the “Essaha Aziza” programme with a budget of €20 million. This programme will help support the Health ministry in its national efforts of prevention and response to COVID19.…
Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2020: Four days to go

Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2020: Four days to go

19 March 2020
Applications for the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2020 are open until 22 March. The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize recognises and celebrates excellence in reporting on sustainable development issues. The prize also gives a voice to those whose vital message is often overlooked or ignored. It was created…
5+5 Dialogue Ministers of Foreign Affairs link migration and development

5+5 Dialogue Ministers of Foreign Affairs link migration and development

19 March 2020
Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Secretaries of State from the member countries of the 5+5 Dialogue gathered in Marrakech in early March to discuss the migration and development issue in the Western Mediterranean, with representatives from the European Union (EU), the African Union (AU), the Union…
Palestine: EU Police Mission held training to help police plan for complex events

Palestine: EU Police Mission held training to help police plan for complex events

19 March 2020
Palestinian Civilian Police (PCP) officers responsible for overseeing the police response to mass events such as riots, demonstrations and sporting fixtures received a five-day training on handling complex operations while keeping people safe and protecting human rights from 29 February – 5 March…
COVID-19: Temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU

COVID-19: Temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU

19 March 2020
EU Leaders agreed to temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries into the EU area for 30 days. Any possible prolongation of this period should be assessed depending on further developments. The temporary travel restriction foresees exemptions for nationals of all EU Member…
COVID-19: Commission launches European team of scientific experts to strengthen EU coordination and medical response

COVID-19: Commission launches European team of scientific experts to strengthen EU coordination and medical response

18 March 2020
On 17 March, the European Commission launched an advisory panel on COVID-19 composed of epidemiologists and virologists from different Member States to formulate EU guidelines on science-based and coordinated risk management measures. This panel, which was created following a mandate by EU Member…