The EU expressed grave concern about the situation in Gaza and Israel

The Foreign Affairs Council meeting took stock of developments in the Middle East Peace Process among other issues. It expressed its grave concern about the situation in Gaza and Israel and called for an urgent de-escalation and cessation of hostilities. The Council also welcomed the formation of the national Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces and considered them legitimate representatives of the aspirations of the Syrian people.

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€1 million more for helping to the victims of major floods in Bangladesh

The European Commission will give an additional €1 million for food and livelihood support for around 49,000 vulnerable households in Bangladesh, while this country recovers from the flood impact in the worst affected areas of the north-western region of the country.

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€81 million from the EU funds to support key reforms in Albania

The European Commission announced the EU's renewed financial support to Albania's reform efforts. The €81 million will fund projects to reform of the judiciary system, fight against organised crime, and the reform of the public administration system. In addition, infrastructure funding will contribute to constructing the Rrogozhina bypass, thus improving road transport and safety.

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€63 million from the EU to support Kosovo's efforts to implement its EU-reform agenda

The European Commission allocated €63 million to bring Kosovo closer to Europe. In particular, the funding will be used for reforms of the justice and public administration systems, to support the readmission and reintegration of refugees and to improve correctional and probation services.

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Preserving interests of vulnerable EU banana producers is a priority for MEPs

The International Trade Committee in the European Parliament approved two safeguard measures to preserve the interests of vulnerable EU banana producers in forthcoming EU trade deals with Central America and Peru and Columbia. In particular, the two measures seek to establish a general safety-net for all EU producers to help them adapt to liberalisation of trade.

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The Commission proposes to update the EU visa policy to spur the tourism

The European Commission adopted a Communication that examines how the implementation and development of the common visa policy could help growth in the EU by facilitating travel opportunities for third country nationals willing to visit the EU.

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€150 million loan to Vietnam from the EIB for climate change mitigation

The European Investment Bank (EIB) provided a €150 million loan to the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam with the purpose of part-financing projects that will contribute to the mitigation of climate change.

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