Commission recommends to EU member states to open negotiations with Serbia on EU accession

The European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy published a report that recommends to EU member states that negotiations be opened with Serbia on EU accession, and with Kosovo on a Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the EU. This recommendations is based, among other things, on the historic agreement reached by Serbia and Kosovo in the EU-facilitated dialogue.

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€272.75 million from EU funds to promote regional cooperation in the Western Balkans

A series of measures to promote regional cooperation between Western Balkan countries totalling €272.75 million for the period 2012-2013 were finalised by the European Commission. This European institution highlighted that the funds will support among others cooperation with international financial institutions to mobilise funding and help develop civil society.

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€48 million, the second part of the 2013 assistance package for Palestine, adopted by the EU

In order to ensure that critical support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for the provision of vital services in the area of health, education and social services to the Palestinian people is not interrupted, the European Union has adopted the second part of its 2013 assistance package for Palestine.

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Croatia is ready to join the EU, according to the European Commission

The European Commission's last Monitoring Report on Croatia's preparations for joining the EU show that this country has completed the ten priority actions identified in the previous report in October, and has shown the will and ability to fulfil all outstanding commitments in good time before accession.

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The Commission presented an Action Plan for Visa Liberalisation with Georgia

The European Commission presented an Action Plan that represents a further step towards full visa liberalisation with Georgia. The Commission highlighted that it clearly sets out all technical conditions to be met by Georgia before the possible establishment of a visa-free travel regime.

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Kosovo’s current capacity to fight organised crime and corruption remains limited, says a Commission's report

The European Commission published the report on the progress achieved by Kosovo in fulfilling the requirements of the visa liberalisation roadmap. The report shows that Kosovo has established a legal and institutional framework in certain areas, but also identifies two new pieces of legislation that Kosovo should adopt: a law on inter-agency cooperation in integrated border/boundary management and a law to combat trafficking in human beings.

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Foreign Affairs Committee stressed that EU accession talks with Serbia should start without delay

MEPs at the Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament voting on the Commission's 2012 progress report on Serbia, they stressed that starting the talks in June 2013 is achievable.

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€250 million from the European Investment Bank will support SMEs projects in Croatia

The European Investment Bank (EIB) announced the lending of €250 million to the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development to finance smaller projects promoted by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), mid-cap companies and municipalities in Croatia.

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€65 million from EU funds to support Kosovo's efforts to implement its EU-reform agenda

The European Commission announced the allocation of €65 million to support Kosovo's efforts to implement its EU-reform agenda. In particular, the funds will be used for reforms of the justice and public administration systems, investments in education and regional development, and to provide housing and job opportunities for Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian families who are currently living in lead-contaminated camps.

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€84,8 million from the EU funds to support reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The European Commission announced the allocation of €84,8 million in Bosnia and Herzegovina to support reforms necessary to help the country move forward on its path towards European integration.

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€171,6 million from the EU funds to support on-going reforms in Serbia

The European Commission announced the allocation of €171,6 million to support Serbia's efforts to implement its EU reform agenda. The funds will be aimed at improving social inclusion, (in particular of the Roma population), employment and human resources development, human rights, protection of minorities, anti-discrimination policies and education.

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€46,8 million to help Croatia to become a successful EU Member State

The European Commission announced the approval of the last pre-accession and transition assistance programme for Croatia, which will focus on strengthening administrative capacity for an efficient justice system and the protection of fundamental rights.

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