€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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MEPs approved the pacts freeing up EU trade with Colombia, Peru and six countries in Central America

The European Parliament approved in plenary session two landmark pacts freeing up EU trade with Colombia, Peru and six countries in Central America. MEPs also voted on the Regulation implementing the bilateral Safeguard Clause of the agreements that will provide a safety net for the EU industries in case of injurious surge of imports from the countries concerned.

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€30 million more from EU funds to help people affected by the Syrian crisis

The European Commission announced the allocation of €30 million to help people affected by the Syrian crisis, bringing its total contribution to over €126 million. The new financial contribution will cover health care for the wounded and others in need of emergency treatment, shelter, food, water, sanitation and household items.

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€300 million will facilitate access to financing for SMEs in the Western Balkans

The European Commission announced that over €300 million will be made available to innovative and high-potential small and medium size companies (SMEs) in the Western Balkans, and to create a regional venture capital market that will facilitate their emergence and growth. The funding will be mobilised through the Western Balkan Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility (WB EDIF).

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Commission will continue to find ways to improve the information gathering on migration flows within the Schengen area

The report on the state of the Schengen area was published by the European Commission. Among the conclusions, the Commission highlights that the Visa Information System (VIS) has worked well but the European institution will continue to find ways to improve the data collection and analysis of irregular migratory movements.

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