Brussels strengthens the fight against trafficking in human beings

The European Commission has proposed new rules to step up the fight against trafficking in human beings. The new proposal will help to combat modern slavery by ensuring consistency of national rules on crimes and penalties, better assistance for victims and tougher action to prosecute criminals responsible for trafficking.

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Conference showcasing EU-funded projects to improve lives of Roma.

As part of its contribution to 2010, the European Year Against Poverty and Social Exclusion, DG Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth (EAC) is organising a conference and exhibition to discuss how EU programmes help the Roma minority.

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The Spanish Presidency of the EU activates the co-ordination mechanisms for sending aid to Chile

Spain, as the Presidency in Office of the European Union, has activated the co-ordination mechanisms existing in the heart of the EU for catastrophes such as the one which occurred this Saturday in Chile, with a view to sending immediate aid to this country, once the damages have been assessed and such aid is requested by the Chilean authorities.

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Public hearing of the new Bulgarian commissioner-designate

Further to the decision of the Bulgarian government to withdraw Rumiana Jeleva as commissioner-designate, a new hearing will take place on 3 February with the new Bulgarian commissioner-designate, Mrs Kristalina Georgieva.

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EU FAC furthers humanitarian aid to Haiti and agrees 300 police capability temporary reinforcement

The Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), chaired by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, January 25th 2009, discussed the coordination of the Union's overall response to the earthquake in Haiti as well as issues related to Iran, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Somalia which were in the agenda for discussion. The Council agreed that Member States would provide a collective EU contribution of at least 300 police personnel as a temporary reinforcement of the police capability of the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

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Kristalina Georgieva is new Bulgarian commissioner-designate

After Rumiana Jeleva's withdrawal from her candidature as Humanitarian Affairs Commissioner, Bulgaria has proposed Kristalina Georgieva to replace her. The ne hearing is set for 3 February, to be followed by parliament vote on the new commission on 9 February.

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EU coordinates aid for Haiti earthquake

In their extraordinary meeting last monday, EU ministers of Foreign Affairs agreed to channel over €130 million relief and rehabilitation efforts for Haiti. More will follow.

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Bulgarian candidate withdraws bid for Commission

One week after her hearing before MEPs, the candidate for the position of Commissioner of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Rumiana Jeleva, has resigned from her appointment. European Parliament's vote on next commission unlikely before February.

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Caherine Asthon explains EU role in Haiti to MEPs

Members of the Europeoan Parliament urged that the EU deliver on its aid pledge as soon as possible and give a solid commitment to reconstruction. "Our goal is to ease suffering and our commitment to rebuild is long-term", said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Lady Ashton in her first statement to Parliament.

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Commission to boost humanitarian effort to €30 million in Haiti

After the catastrophic earthquacke that has devasted Haiti, the European Commission and its department of Humanitarian Aid have launched a new aid decision to provide assistance to victims.

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