Presidency calls for an informal European Council

To coordinate EU’s position in view of the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Swedish Prime Minister and European Council President Fredrik Reinfeldt today called for an extra informal European Council meeting to take place in Brussels on Thursday the 17th of September.

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EU-North America longstanding cooperation provides more students the chance to study abroad

The European Union invested up to 6.8 M€ for academic cooperation with industrialised countries in North America, through its longstanding cooperation with the US and Canada. Under this cooperation scheme, de Commission has announced the launch of 33 new and innovative projects involving universities and training institutions on both sides of the Atlantic.

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EU action in Afghanistan to support democratic process

Afghanistan is set to hold presidential and provincial council polls on August 20th 2009 and National Assembly and district elections in 2010. These elections present a formidable challenge because of the recent history of the country, the youth of the democratic institutions and the deteriorating security situation and the fractured political scene in the country, being the first ever Afghan-led elections in the country. This time the elections will be conducted under the sole stewardship of the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) with the UN acting only in support.

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EC adopts new additional restrictive measures against Burma/Myanmar

In reaction to the verdict against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and given the gravity of the violation of her fundamental rights, the Council adopted on August 13th 2009 a Common Position imposing a new set of targeted measures against Burma/Myanmar. These measures, published in the OJEU on August 15th 2009, where announced by Swedish presidency on August 11th, after the verdict was published.

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EU Ministers discussed Iceland’s application for membership

The Council for General Affairs and External Relations met on 27 July. The Ministers discussed EU enlargement and agreed to pass on Iceland's application for membership to the Commission. The ministers were also given a presentation of the Commission's proposal for a Baltic Sea Strategy, and discussed about other external issues. 

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Iceland applies for membership of the EU

 Iceland today formally presented its application for accession to the European Union, a week after the national Parliament of this small Scandinavian country, with just 320,000 inhabitants, authorized the Government to negotiate the entry.

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Iceland's EU membership application imminent,

The meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs with Swedish Minister for this area worked on the imminent accession of Iceland and external relations with Honduras and Iran, and security priorities.

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The European Commission allocates €70 million for key investment projects in the EU’s Neighbourhood

The Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF), a key instrument of the intensified European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), will benefit in 2009 from a €70 million contribution by the European Commission. These resources will allow neighbouring partner countries to leverage increased funding for major investment projects in areas such as energy, transport and environment, and also SME development and the social sector.

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Sweden's presidency of the EU: climate change, economic crisis, Lisbon Treaty

Parliament heard today from Sweden's Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, about his government's plans for its six-month presidency of the EU. Economic crisis, Lisbon Treaty and climate change are their priorities for the presidency.

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Commission proposes visa free travel for citizens from the Western Balkans

The European Commission's long standing commitment to visa free travel for the people of the Western Balkans has been confirmed with the adoption of a proposal for granting visa free travel to the citizens of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Today's proposal enables the citizens of these three countries to travel to the all the EU countries, except United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, with the new biometric passports.

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G8 summit in L'Aquila with economy and climate change as main topics

Alongside with the leaders of Sweden as holder of the EU Council presidency, the four European Union G8 members (France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom) as well as the United States, Russia, Canada, and Japan, President Barroso will represent the Commission as full member of the G8 summit for the fifth time

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