New Commission's strategy plan launched to safeguard Europe's waters

The European Commission presented a new plan that has as main objective ensuring that enough good quality water is available to meet the needs of people, the economy and the environment.

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Money given with the Nobel Peace prize to the EU will support children affected by war and conflicts

The European Commission formally accepted on behalf of the European Union the Nobel Peace prize money which is approximate of €930,000. Moreover, the European institution confirmed that the prize money will be allocated to projects that support children affected by war and conflicts.

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Eight third countries warned by the Commission that would be considered as non-cooperative in the fight against illegal …

The European Commission warned Belize, Cambodia, Fiji, Guinea, Panama, Sri Lanka, Togo and Vanuatu that they risk being identified as countries it considers non-cooperative in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The Commission identified concrete shortcomings, such as lack of dialogue or lack of actions to address deficiencies in monitoring, controlling and surveillance of fisheries, and suggests corrective actions to resolve them.

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First ever published report on mobile financial services in the Mediterranean partner countries

The European Investment Bank (EIB) launched a report on the role of mobile financial services to address financial exclusion in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean. The report underlines that financial services are accessible to only a small part of the region’s population unlike mobile phones which have high penetration rates.

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The EESC wants to ensure that EU companies enjoy equal access to public funding both in procurement and state aid cases

Members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) called for better access to public procurement and more flexible state aid rules in the November plenary session. One of the opinions adopted highlights that some of member states are reluctant to cooperate and open up the public procurement market to competition, despite the EU efforts to promote e-procurement.

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