9th EU Trade Policy revision

In its 9th review of the European Union's trade policy, the World Trade Organisation has praised the EU for its instrumental role in strengthening the multilateral trading system and its leadership in the Doha Round of world trade talks. The WTO report highlights the EU's efforts to help integrate developing countries into the international trading system. The report recognises the progress made over the last two years in consolidating EU's Internal Market, and notes the benefits of EU's reformed Common Agricultural Policy. The WTO meeting takes place in Geneva on 6 and 8 April 2009. The revision has been done according to more than 800 advance written questions.

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EU and new US President Barack Obama strengthen bonds

EU Heads of State and Government and US President Barack Obama met in Prague on April 5th 2009 immediately after the G-20 Summit which took place in London on April 2nd, where issues of global financial architecture and the consequences of the financial crisis were addressed,  and after the NATO Summit held in Strasbourg and Baden-Baden and Kehl between April 3rd and 4thApril, focused on safety and military cooperation. At the Agenda in Prague, the position on climate change facing the Kioto protocol review, as well as some major issues on regional policy, such as  Afghanistan or peace process in the Middle East.

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EIB grants 220 M€ for projects under China Climate Change Framework Loan

Drawing from the China Climate Change Framework Loan (CCCFL), signed with the People’s Republic of China in November 2007, the European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a total of EUR 220 million in three operations that will contribute to the mitigation of climate change. All projects will seek CDM registration for carbon credit generation.

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The EU and U.S. continue to cooperate in science and technology

The Council of the European Union has decided to extend for five years over the Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation signed between the EU and United States in 1998. This is the second renewal of this agreement, which will continue in force until 2013.

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London G-20 Summit launched

After Washington Summit, world leaders representing 85% of the world's output meet in London on April 2nd 2009, in order to push further economic reforms and a global plan for economic recovery. On the Agenda, key issues are at stake so that the leading economies move together and lay the foundations for a sustainable economic recovery and reach an economic partnership.

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Commission adopts overall plan and first implementation decision for €1 billion "Food Facility" for developing countries

The European Commission has adopted a € 314 million package of projects to support agriculture and improve the food security situation in 23 developing countries across the globe. This is the first financing decision in the framework of the € 1 billion Food Facility which was adopted at the end of last year as a response to the growing food security problems faced by many developing countries. The Commission also agreed to an overall plan for the use of the entire amount of the Facility, targeting 50 developing countries in total.

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Getting European economy back on track. Council's conclusions

The heads of state and government, meeting in Brussels between March 19th and 20th 2009 affirmed that the implementation of the recovery plan of December is progressing well. The fiscal stimulus of over €400 billion will generate new investments, boost demand and create jobs. The Council also emphasised that the single market was central to making the recession in Europe shorter and less severe. Stressing the need to get lending flowing again to businesses and households, it agreed to speed up agreement on pending legislative proposals on the financial sector.

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The Council reviews plans for convergence of Bulgaria and the Czech Republic

After consulting the Economic and Financial Committee, the Council of the European Union has issued two opinions that analyze the situation in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in the European convergence and serving as a revision to the programs that both countries must follow between 2008 and 2011

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EC releases the General Report on the EU's activities in 2008

The Commission has published the General Report on the activities of the European Union in 2008. Last year was marked in particular by the global financial crisis, climate change and international conflict, all of which brought rapid and effective European reaction that pushed the Union to the forefront of the world political stage. The key institutional event of the year was the process of ratifying the Lisbon Treaty, which faltered in spring with the 'no' vote in the Irish referendum, but was revived at the European Council in December.

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Council publishes its conclusions supporting the Council of Europe's legislative work in the area of criminal justice

The Official Journal of the European Union published on March 3rd 2009, the Council's conclusions of February 26th 2009 supporting the Council of Europe's legislative work in the area of criminal justice. In its conclusions, the Council stresses that many of the Conventions of the Council of Europe form part and parcel of the bedrock of co-operation in criminal matters between the Member States of the European Union.

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EP adopts a directive on crackdown on employers of illegal immigrants

Between 4.5 and 8 million illegal immigrants work in the construction, farming, hotel and other sectors in the EU.  One of the factors encouraging illegal immigration into the EU is the possibility of finding work. This legislation aims to reduce that pull factor by targeting the employment of third-country nationals who are illegally staying in the EU.

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