eTwinning, the virtual classroom network for schools, will be extended to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

The European Commission reported that the 'eTwinning' network, the virtual classroom network for schools, that has encouraged 100,000 schools in 33 European countries to talk to each other via the internet, will be extended from today to schools in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

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New agreement on customs cooperation between Canada and the EU

The European Commission announced the signature of an agreement between the EU and Canada to cooperate more closely to ensure the security of their supply chains. The Agreement builds on the existing customs cooperation agreement with Canada and extends it to include supply chain security and related risk management matters.

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President of the CoR stressed that EU funds must be far better targeted to match the needs of Europe's key growth sectors

The President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR), Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, highlighted during a conference held in Dublin that it is extremely important to involve local and regional authorities in delivering the new "Youth Guarantee" scheme to answer to the youth unemployment challenge. He also pointed out that cities and regions are key to creating workforce that meets needs of labour market.

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The Commission proposed to use ICT to speed-up, facilitate and reinforce border check procedures

The European Commission proposed a 'smart border package' that consists of a Registered Traveller Programme (RTP) and an Entry/Exit System (EES) that, according to the EU institution, will simplify life for frequent third country travellers at the Schengen external borders and enhance EU border security.

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New regulation that bans the placing of illegally harvested timber on the European market enters into force

On 3 March, the new EU Timber regulation that prohibits the placing of illegally harvested timber on the European market in an effort to tackle the problem of illegal logging across the world, entered into force.

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