€20 million from EU funds to support the reform process in Georgia

The European Union and Georgia signed a Financing Agreement totalling €20 million to support the reform process in Georgia. The funding will support key Georgian institutions to undertake the necessary reforms in three main areas: trade, oversight and public accountability, and co-ordination of EU-Georgia agreements.

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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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€50 million from the EU to support the African-led International Support Mission to Mali

The European Commission announced that the EU will allocate €50 million to support an African-led peace operation (AFISMA). The EU’s financial support for AFISMA will come from the African Peace Facility, which is used to support peace operations conducted by the African Union and African regional organisations.

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Turkey becomes the second-largest country of operations for the EBRD

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced that Russia remained the EBRD’s biggest country of operations with over €2.5 billion invested in 2012, and Turkey becomes the second-largest country of operations for the EBRD in terms of annual business volume.

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The Council launched a mission to support the training and reorganisation of the Malian Armed Forces

The Council announced the creation of a Common Security and Defence Policy mission to support the training and reorganisation of the Malian Armed Forces. Brigadier General François Lecointre from France was appointed as the EU mission commander.

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Four African countries will get duty- and quota-free access to the EU market

The European Parliament endorsed the EU's first economic partnership with an African region deal that grants Madagascar, Mauritius, the Seychelles and Zimbabwe duty- and quota-free access to the EU market.

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€100 million from EU funds will be allocated for assisting Palestinian people

The European Union decided to bring forward the first part of its 2013 assistance package for the Palestinian people to the beginning of the year. This means that €60 million will be allocated to the PEGASE mechanism, which supports the Palestinian National Development Plan, and €40 million will be allocated to UNWRA's 2013 regular budget in order to support its education, health, relief and social services programmes.

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The EURAXESS Links project seeks to maintain the link between Europe and European researchers working abroad

EURAXESS Links' main objective is to maintain the link between Europe and European researchers, scientists and scholars working abroad. According to the European Commission, they are an important resource for European research and for stimulating scientific cooperation between Europe and their host countries.

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