2011

19/12/11 - EP President pays tribute to Vaclav Havel

He represented the Velvet Revolution and the reunification of Europe and was a great writer and intellectual who touched millions, EP President Jerzy Buzek said, paying tribute to Vaclav Havel who died Sunday.

18/12/11 - Condolences from President Barroso on the passing away of Mr. Václav Havel

Condolences from the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durao Barroso, on the passing away of Mr. Václav Havel

18/12/11 - Statement by the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the death of Václav Havel pdf

Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission made the following statement:
"It was with great sadness that I learnt today of the death of Václav Havel. He was a man of immense courage, who fought for freedom and democracy in the most difficult circumstances.
Václav Havel was one of the great Europeans of his generation, who went on to become an inspirational leader of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. His name will forever be synonymous with the successful struggle for freedom in Central and Eastern Europe and the reunification of Europe. [...]"

  • 13/12/11 - Common rights and single work and residence permit for non-EU workers

    Third country migrants working legally within the EU will enjoy common rights, similar to those of EU nationals, as regards working conditions, pensions, social security and access to public services, under a new "single permit" law passed by Parliament on Tuesday. The directive will also enable foreign workers to obtain work and residence permits via a single procedure. Member States will have two years to adapt their national laws to the new rules.

  • 11/12/11 - The Lorenzo Natali Grand Prize 2011 awarded

    17 winners from all around the world were awarded Lorenzo Natali Prize for outstanding journalistic work covering issues of development, human rights and democracy during the award ceremony in Brussels tonight. They have been chosen from more than 1300 participants.

  • 09/12/11 - Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of Human Rights Day pdf

    Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of Human Rights Day

  • 09/12/11 - Conclusions of the European Council, 9 December 2011 pdf

    Conclusions of the European Council, 9 December 2011

  • 09/12/11 - Statement by the Euro area Heads of State or Government pdf

    The European Union and the euro area have done much over the past 18 months to improve economic governance and adopt new measures in response to the sovereign debt crisis. However, market tensions in the euro area have increased, and we need to step up our efforts to address the current challenges. Today we agreed to move towards a stronger economic union. This implies action in two directions:
    - a new fiscal compact and strengthened economic policy coordination;
    - the development of our stabilisation tools to face short term challenges.

  • 07/12/11 - Strengthening Europe's place in the world: An external budget for 2014-2020 to respect EU commitments and promote shared values

    The European Commission adopted budget proposals for its external instruments from 2014-2020. They will allow the Union to fulfil its responsibility on the global stage: fighting poverty and promoting democracy, peace, stability and prosperity. The range of instruments will support developing countries as well as countries in the European neighbourhood and those that are preparing accession into the EU.

  • 06/12/11 - EU drugs report: vigilance needed to tackle fast moving markets (European Parliament)

    Use of traditional drugs like cannabis and cocaine is on the decline, replaced by new synthetic drugs, a situation that is "extremely worrying and shows the need for increased monitoring and information at EU level", Civil Liberties Committee Chair Juan Fernando López Aguilar said ahead of the presentation of the latest EU annual drug report in the EP Tuesday.

  • 02/12/11 - Asylum policy: Less talk, more solidarity

    The European Commission is proposing to reinforce solidarity between Member States in the field of asylum and to make sure protection is guaranteed for peºople in need of shelter.

  • 30/11/11 - Read the new edition of the newsletter of AL-INVEST IV Programme pdf

    AL-Invest IV Informs
    N°27 - NOVEMBER 2011
    Special Issue on the Wood and Furniture Industry

  • 29/11/11 - 'Rural Peru gets connected', article about Euro-Solar Programme's actions in Peru at The Guardian (The Guardian)

    More than 100 communities in rural Peru now have renewable energy and internet access, thanks to an aid programme that is being rolled out across the eight poorest nations in Latin America.

  • 27/11/11 - Climate change: Durban must deliver a roadmap for climate action by all major economies

    The United Nations climate change conference starting on 28 November in Durban, South Africa, must agree on a roadmap and deadline for finalising an ambitious, comprehensive and legally binding global framework for climate action by all major economies. Agreement on this roadmap is one of the reassurances the European Union requires for entering into a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Durban also needs to make operational the decisions taken last year in Cancún, Mexico, and tackle major issues not resolved there.

  • 25/11/11 - Internal Security: The EU needs better tools to fight crime, terrorism and extremism

    The European Commission has published the first report on the Internal Security Strategy launched on 2010, outlining issues that need to be given further attention and taking stock of progress made.

  • 25/11/11 - EU statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    Statement by the High Representative / Vice President Catherine Ashton, Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development, and Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2011

  • 24/11/11 - 08/02/12 - Call for Proposal "Participation for Governance in food security"

    the global call for proposals entitled "Participation for governance in food security" aims to strengthen the capacity of producers' organisations (farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolks and fish farmers) to reinforce their participation in policy-making, having an impact on food security and nutrition. The budget for this call amounts to EUR 20 000 000, funded from the Food Security Thematic Programme (FSTP).

  • 23/11/11 - Click to read "Relaciones comerciales UE - Perú", the new publication of the Delegation to Peru (in Spanish)
  • 23/11/11 - Development aid: Europeans show overwhelming support for helping world's poor

    Europeans regard helping the poor as a priority, according to a new survey. 84% of respondents to a new Eurobarometer support development aid to help people across the world out of poverty. The majority of EU citizens (84%) also support the strong focus of EU aid on good governance and human rights in developing countries, a direction proposed by Commissioner Piebalgs in his recent policy proposal, "Agenda for Change".

  • 22/11/11 - Take a look to the EU Immigration Portal

    The EU Immigration Portal is a first point of entry for up to date, practical and understandable information on migration issues. It is addressed to third-country nationals who consider moving to the EU, to those already in the EU as well as to migrants' organisations.

  • 17/11/11 - "Les neiges du Kilimandjaro" wins 2011 LUX film prize (European Parliament)

    The winner of the 2011 LUX film Prize is "Les neiges du Kilimandjaro" by French director Robert Guédiguian. Parliament's President Jerzy Buzek today presented the prize to the film's producer, Marc Bordure, at a formal ceremony in its Strasbourg plenary chamber. The film questions the injustices of today's societies and their political and trade union conflicts, and makes a plea for tolerance.

  • 16/11/11 - Climate summit: EU should champion Kyoto Protocol (European Parliament)

    The EU should show leadership at the UN climate summit in Durban and fight to continue the CO2-cutting Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012, says a resolution voted by the European Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs also say the EU's economy would benefit from aiming above the current 20% greenhouse gas reduction target.

  • 09/11/11 - Opening the world for small and medium sized enterprises to enhance EU growth

    European small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) should better profit from fast growing emerging markets, such as in China, India, Russia or in regions like South East Asia and Latin America. This is the key issue to overcome the crisis addressed in the European Commission communication ‘Small Business, Big World - a new partnership to help SMEs seize global opportunities’ presented today. Only 13 % of EU SMEs are internationally active outside the EU through trade, investment or other forms of cooperation with foreign partners. Therefore, the Commission is working to establish a more coherent and effective EU strategy for supporting SMEs in international markets.

  • 08/11/11 - Kick it out: EU targets violence and intolerance in sport

    The European Commission has awarded grants to support initiatives aimed at tackling violence and intolerance in sport, and to strengthen the way sport is run in Europe. Twelve trans-national projects have received grants ranging from €125 000 to €200 000 (details below) as part of a package of 'preparatory actions' intended to pave the way for the launch of an EU sub-programme for sport, which would also support grassroots campaigns to promote physical activity, social inclusion through sport, and the fight against doping.

  • 07/11/11 - Digital Agenda: European Commission awards €600,000 for new Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom

    The European Commission is establishing a Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom in Florence with a € 600.000 grant to the European University Institute's (EUI) Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.

  • 04/11/11 - Introductory remarks by José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission, following the G20 Summit

    Introductory remarks by José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission, following the G20 Summit

  • 03/11/11 - Joint statement by European Commission President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy on the 1st day of the G20 summit in Cannes

    Joint statement by European Commission President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy on the 1st day of the G20 summit in Cannes

  • 01/11/11 - Commissioner Piebalgs supporting peace agenda, reduction of inequalities and rural development in Colombia

    European Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will visit Colombia between 31 October and 3 November to take stock of the results achieved in EU-funded cooperation programmes, notably in the peace, security and rural development sectors. He will also discuss the future of EU-Colombian cooperation with the national authorities.

  • 20/10/11 - Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rafael Roncagliolo, visits the European Commission (photo gallery)

    Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade receives Rafael Roncagliolo Orbegoso, Peruvian minister for Foreign Affairs.
    Source: EC Audiovisual Service

  • 15/10/11 - EU development policy: European Commission to increase aid impact, concentrating on fewer sectors, focusing on countries most in need

    The EU will re-prioritise its delivery of aid to developing countries to ensure maximum impact on poverty reduction. Today, EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, presented the 'Agenda for Change' of EU Development policy and a new policy for EU budget support. These communications set out a more strategic EU approach to reducing poverty, including through a more targeted allocation of funding.

  • 10/10/11 - Joint declaration by Catherine Ashton, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, on the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, 10 October 2011 pdf

    Joint declaration by Catherine Ashton, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, on the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, 10 October 2011

  • 10/10/11 - EU committed to achieving universal abolition of the death penalty

    10 October marks the World and European Day against the Death Penalty. The abolition of the death penalty worldwide is one of the main objectives of the EU’s human rights policy. The EU considers the death penalty inhumane and a violation of human dignity. It also does not deter violent crime. Any capital punishment resulting from a miscarriage of justice, from which no legal system can be immune, represents an irreversible loss of human life.

  • 10/10/11 - The EU and the abolition of the death penalty in the world

    What is the state of play?
    What is the EU doing in the fight against death penalty?
    A concrete example?

  • 30/09/11 - European Commission report: Social networks can do much more to protect minors' privacy

    The report looks specifically at implementation of the "Safer Social Networking Principles for the EU" by blogging (Skyrock) and gaming (Xbox Live) platforms, photo and video sharing platforms (YouTube, Dailymotion, Flickr), virtual worlds (Habbo Hotel, Stardoll), platforms that have some social networking functionalities (Windows Live) and platforms that allow the creation of personal profiles with the possibility of uploading blog entries, photos and updates (Yahoo! Pulse). The tests were carried out between March and June 2011.

  • 28/09/11 - State of the Union: Barroso warns of dangers of fragmented Europe (European Parliament)

    We must not allow the achievement of a united Europe to be called into question, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso warned in his State of the Union address to MEPs Wednesday, pointing out that the horrors of the world wars of the previous century are now unimaginable, the EU being a guarantee of peace on the continent. MEPs largely supported Mr Barroso's view that more economic government and less intergovernmental bickering is the right response to the crisis.

  • 28/09/11 - European renewal – State of the Union Address 2011 by José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission

    European renewal – State of the Union Address 2011 by José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission

  • 26/09/11 - Joint Declaration of the Council of Europe and the European Commission to mark the 10th anniversary of the European Day of Languages pdf

    On 26 September the Council of Europe and the European Commission mark the 10th anniversary of the European Day of Languages. We welcome the joint progress made during the past decade in raising awareness about Europe's rich linguistic heritage, encouraging multilingualism in society and in motivating European citizens to learn more languages.

  • 16/09/11 - Schengen: EU Commission proposes a European approach to better protect citizens' free movement

    The european Commission proposed today to strengthen the Schengen area to guarantee free movement for the hundreds of thousands of EU citizens and third countries' nationals travelling within this territory every day. The Commission's proposals aim to put in place a more efficient and EU-based approach to Schengen cooperation. Particular challenges that may put the overall functioning of the Schengen area under strain need to be addressed in an effective and coordinated manner.

  • 15/09/11 - 2011 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought - five nominations (European Parliament)

    This year's nominees for the 2011 Sakharov Prize are Izzeldin Abuelaish (Palestinian Territories), a group of five activists from the Arab world , Dzmitry Bandarenka (Belarus), Boris Pahor (Slovenia) and the San José de Apartadó Peace Community (Colombia).

  • 14/09/11 - Fight against tobacco: European Commission launches a pan-European campaign

    "Ex-smokers are unstoppable" is the slogan of the EU-wide campaign launched today by European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, John Dalli. Tobacco is the single largest cause of avoidable illness in the European Union and the estimated cause of death of over 650,000 people in the European Union every year. 1 in 3 people smoke. The 3 year campaign being launched today will focus on the positive effects of stopping smoking and will use a coordinated mix of advertising, social media, events and practical tools to reach smokers and help them quit.

  • 12/09/11 - Forecast of upcoming calls for proposals 2011

    The Delegation of the European Union to Peru is pleased to announce that the European Commission will publish within the next 2 months two global calls for proposals within the framework of the thematic programme "Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development".

  • 11/09/11 - 11 September: Europe remembers

    As the world looks back on the terrible events of 11 September 2001, the EU remembers the victims of terrorism everywhere, and reflects on what has been done to combat the risks of terrorism at home and abroad.

  • 09/09/11 - Statement by President Barroso and President Van Rompuy: "The 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States"

    "Ten years on, the people in the streets of Tunis, Cairo, Benghazi and across the Arab world have sent a strong signal for freedom and democracy. This is the strongest answer to the fatuous hate and blind fanaticism of the 9/11 crimes."

  • 07/09/11 - Final Report of the EU Election Observation Mission to Peru 2011 (EU-EOM Peru 2011) pdf

    The report was produced by the European Union Election Observation Mission to Peru and presents the Mission’s findings on the second round of the presidential election held on 5 June 2011. These views have not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be relied upon as a statement of the European Commission. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in this report, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.

  • 04/09/11 - Head of the EU Electoral Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Peru, MEP José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, in Lima to present the Missionʼs Final Report (EU EOM Peru 2011) pdf

    The head of the EU Electoral Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Peru, MEP José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, is in Lima since last September 1st to present the Mission's Final Report to the Peruvian authorities.

  • 01/09/11 - President Barroso's video message on the priorities for the season

    Following an extended meeting of the European Commission today, President Barroso outlined the most pressing tasks for the weeks and months ahead. He addressed the challenging economic situation and the need to rapidly finalise measures on economic governance and public finances. He also emphasised the Commission's central role in supporting the Libyan people at this momentous time.

  • 31/08/11 - EU reaffirms its support to peace and security in Africa with €300 million

    The European Commission has decided to replenish the African Peace Facility (APF) with €300 million to support African peace and security actions both at regional and continental levels. The funding will be available to the African Union and African Regional Organisations for the period 2011-2013 in order to support relevant, targeted, continental and regional initiatives in the area of conflict prevention, management and resolution, and peace building.

  • 29/08/11 - Public Consultation on a new Trade and Development Communication

    This online consultation provides a large range of international stakeholders with the opportunity to present their views and contribute to set the agenda for next years European Trade and Development actions.
    The accompanying issue paper contains useful background information, current issues and the objectives and invites contributions from stakeholders. It also contains a specific privacy policy statement in relation to the personal data protection of participants in the consultation. The deadline to feed in contributions to this consultation has been extended until 18 September 2011.

  • 27/08/11 - EU, UN to invest US$1.5 mln in disaster prevention in Peru (Andina News Agency)

    The United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) will invest US$ 1.5 million on the “Preparation for an early response and recovery in case of earthquake and/or tsunami” project, which was launched in La Libertad and Lima regions. The project is funded by the  European Commission's Department of Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection.

  • 24/08/11 - What has the EU been doing to support the Libyan people?

    After six months of conflict, events in Libya reached a decisive moment over the weekend of 20-21 August with the rebels' entry into Tripoli. The European Commission has been preparing intensively for this moment – and for the challenges that lie ahead – since the beginning of the Libyan uprising. Below is an overview of some of the key milestones in the Commission's efforts to support the Libyan people, as well as the broader Southern Mediterranean area, at this time of momentous change.

  • 23/08/11 - Remarks of EU High Representantive Catherine Ashton on the situation in Libya

    Remarks of Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, on the situation in Libya

  • 22/08/11 - Joint statement by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy on Libya

    "The quest for freedom by the people of Libya is coming to a historic moment. The relentless efforts of the forces of the new Libya, supported militarily by NATO and several EU Member States, and countries from the region are bringing the Gaddafi regime to its end. We urge Colonel Gaddafi to accept the will of the people, step down immediately, and avoid further bloodshed and sufferance. [...]"

  • 18/08/11 - World Humanitarian Day: Honouring the people helping people

    19 August is World Humanitarian Day and as every year since 2008, the European Commission will honour those who dedicate their lives to preserving and improving the lives of others who need assistance to survive.

  • 15/08/11 - 01/10/11 - Call for proposals of the Thematic Programme for Non-State Actors and Local Authorities pdf - 105 KB [105 KB] español (es)

    The call notice on local proposals of the Thematic Programme for Non-State Actors and Local Authorities opens on Monday, August 15. The Delegation will receive position papers until 30 September at 18.00 hours from Lima.

  • 11/08/11 - European Commission proposes to make 2013 the "European Year of Citizens"

    Union citizenship and the rights that go with it are one of the key pillars of the European Union. As we mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Union citizenship under the Maastricht Treaty, on 1 November 1993, the European Commission has today proposed to designate 2013 as the "European Year of Citizens".

  • 09/08/11 - Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous People pdf

    Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous People  on 9 August 2011

  • 08/08/11 - Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, welcomes the decisions taken to strengthen fiscal discipline and growth (Council of the EU) pdf

    "I welcome the decisions taken over the weekend in Europe both at national level, in Italy and Spain to strengthen fiscal discipline and growth, and by the ECB regarding the active implementation of its Securities Markets Programme. These decisions will contribute to financial stability in the euro area. I also welcome the close cooperation at the global level of the G7 and the G20 to deal with the current challenges both the euro area and the USA are facing. [...]"

  • 07/08/11 - Statement by the President of the ECB (European Central Bank)

    PRESS RELEASE
    7 August 2011 - Statement by the President of the ECB

  • 03/08/11 - EU High Representative Catherine Ashton appoints 25 new Heads of EU Delegations

    Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, announced her intention to appoint 25 new Heads of the European Union Delegations around the world. These appointments are part of the 2011 rotation of heads of delegation and include 16 candidates from Member States diplomatic services, 7 from the EEAS and 2 from the European Commission.

  • 02/08/11 - Three finalists for EP's LUX film prize (European Parliament)

    The European Parliament Tuesday announced the three finalists for the 2011 LUX prize are Greece's "Attenberg" by Athina Rachel Tsangari. France's "Les neiges du Kilimandjaro" by Robert Guédiguian and "Play" by Ruben Östlund - a Swedish, French, Danish production.

  • 30/07/11 - Declaration by Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the EU on the execution of Mr Jackson in Delaware, USA (Council of the EU) pdf

    Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the EU on the execution of Mr Jackson in Delaware, USA, on 29 July 2011.

  • 25/07/11 - EU budget 2012 to be trimmed (Council of the European Union)

    The Council of the European Union adopted its position on the 2012 budget of the EU It takes due account of the difficult economic situation in many EU countries which have taken serious austerity measures.

  • 25/07/11 - President of the European Parliament condemns attacks in Norway

    93 people were killed in the attacks on government buildings and the Labour Party youth camp in Norway. EP President Jerzy Buzek condemned the attacks, calling them a tragedy for Norway and the whole world. "I condemn with the strongest possible means these cowardly attacks on these innocent young people", said Buzek.

  • 23/07/11 - Statement by the High Representative Catherine Ashton on the killings at Utoya Island in Norway pdf

    Statement by the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, on the killings at Utoya Island in Norway

  • 22/07/11 - Statement by the High Representative Catherine Ashton on the bomb attack in Oslo pdf

    Statement by the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, on the bomb attack in Oslo

  • 21/07/11 - Statement by the Heads of State or Government of the euro area and EU institutions pdf

    We reaffirm our commitment to the euro and to do whatever is needed to ensure the financial stability of the euro area as a whole and its Member States. We also reaffirm our determination to reinforce convergence, competitiveness and governance in the euro area. Since the beginning of the sovereign debt crisis, important measures have been taken to stabilize the euro area, reform the rules and develop new stabilization tools. The recovery in the euro area is well on track and the euro is based on sound economic fundamentals. But the challenges at hand have shown the need for more far reaching measures.

  • 20/07/11 - European Agenda for Integration: well integrated migrants enrich the EU economically and culturally

    The European Commission has adopted a 'European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals' to enhance the economic, social and cultural benefits of migration in Europe. The Agenda puts the emphasis on migrants' full participation in all aspects of collective life and highlights the key role of local authorities.

  • 19/07/11 - Trade and Development: Your inputs for the new EU Communication pdf - 174 KB [174 KB] español (es)

    Ten years have passed since the "Assisting Developing Countries to Benefit from Trade Communication". While much of the 2002 Communication philosophy remains pertinent, there have been quite a few significant developments. Because of this, the online consultation provides a large range of international stakeholders with the opportunity to present their views and contribute to set the agenda for next years European Trade and Development actions.

  • 19/07/11 - First EU sustainability schemes for biofuels get the go-ahead

    Biofuels can represent an environmentally-friendly replacement of fossil fuels. However, we need to make sure that tropical forests and carbon rich peatlands are not turned into oil palm or sugarcane plantations. We also have to guarantee that compared to fossil fuels biofuels used in the EU deliver tangible greenhouse gas savings. To this end, the sustainability of biofuels needs to be checked by Member States or through voluntary schemes which have been approved by the European Commission. Today the Commission recognised seven such voluntary schemes and applies directly in 27 EU Member States.

  • 15/07/11 - European Commission publishes the 2011 Report on development and external assistance

    The European Commission publishes the 2011 Report on development and external assistance confirms that EuropeAid is one of the largest providers of development aid in the world, with commitments and disbursements exceeding €11 billion respectively. The priorities for 2010 were to continue ensuring progress of the Millennium Development Goals and to help developing countries tackling the impact of the economic downturn and the food prices instability. EU aid's intention was to prevent progress from backsliding because of the crisis and to consolidate what has been achieved.

  • 13/07/11 - European Commission consults on how best to seize the opportunities for TV and film in the online age

    To gather views on how Europe can seize these opportunities and move towards a digital single market, the European Commission has published a Green Paper on various aspects of online distribution of audiovisual works such as films, documentaries, TV dramas, cartoons etc. Replies can be submitted up until 18 November 2011.

  • 06/07/11 - The European Union and the United Nations join forces to support Argentina's damage assessment after volcano eruption in Chile

    The European Union has deployed experts in geology and environmental pollution to Argentina, where they will participate in the independent risk assessment of the eruption of the Chilean Puyehué volcano. The assessment is led by the Joint Environment Unit of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

  • 05/07/11 - LUX Prize 2011: 10 films in competition unveiled (European Parliament)

    This weekend the European Parliament unveiled the 10 films pre-selected to compete for this year's LUX Prize, during the 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF). The films, produced in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, all reflect the excellence and richness of European cinema.

  • 04/07/11 - 23/09/11 - Call for Proposals 2012: MEDIA Mundus

    With a 5 M€ budget, this second call for MEDIA Mundus capitalises on actions taking place between the 01/02/2012 and 31/03/2013, in the fields of training, market access, distribution and circulation of audiovisual works. The MEDIA Mundus programme (2011-2013, 15 M€) will capitalise on a growing interest and the opportunities offered by global cooperation of the audiovisual industry. It aims at increasing consumer choice by bringing more culturally diverse products to European and international markets and creates new business opportunities for audiovisual professionals from Europe and around the globe.

  • 01/07/11 - Donald Tusk: Poles believe in the European project (Council of the European Union)

    When Poles are asked who they think is best qualified to overcome the current crisis, they point to the European institutions. The achievements of Poland are living proof of the success of the European ideal, says Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister, in an interview stressing that his country now would like to share its experience and ideas with the rest of Europe. Poland holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union during the second half of 2011.

  • 01/07/11 - New website about the Consular Protection for EU citizens

    When living or travelling outside the EU, you sometimes need help from your embassy/consulate - but what if your country has no diplomatic mission in that country? Under EU law, european citizens are entitled to receive help from any other EU Member State's embassy or consulate, under the same conditions as their nationals. So exactly what help can you get in such situations? Take a look in this portal.

  • 30/06/11 - Read the new newsletter of our AL-INVEST programme pdf

    With this newsletter AL-INVEST IV INFORMS, we want to invite you to follow up the next steps of this fourth phase of the Program. This newsletter will let you know all the details of the major European Union Cooperation Program that supports the internationalization of the Latin-American SMEs.

  • 27/06/11 - Torture: Old practices, new names (European Parliament)

    Waterboarding, sleep deprivation, exposure to loud noises or extreme temperatures and being forced to remain in physically uncomfortable positions - it sounds medieval, but these forms of torture are still very much in use today. Ahead of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June, MEPs debated how to bring an end to torture and ill-treatment.

  • 26/06/11 - Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture pdf

    Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission made a statement on the occasion of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26 June 2011

  • 24/06/11 - Equal priority is needed to strengthen policies on disaster response and prevention, says European Commissioner (UNISDR)

    The DEVE Parliamentary Committee debate held in Brussels included Margareta Wahlström, the United Nations Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, and Marcus Oxley, the Chairman of the Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction.

  • 21/06/11 - European Union supports investments in the fight against climate change in Latin America through the Latin America Investment Facility (LAIF)

    On the 16th March 2011 the European Commission and KfW established the delegation agreement for the management of € 3 million contribution from EU Budget to the Climate Change Regional Programme co-financed by KfW and CAF. The programme facilitates and enhances public and private infrastructure investment which uses climate friendly solutions, with an initial total cost of € 300 million and a high potential of further investments.

  • 21/06/11 - European Commission presents policy orientations for the Rio+20 Conference

    The European Commission adopted a Communication preparing the ground for the EU's position at the Rio+20 UN Sustainable Development Conference, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012. The Communication outlines objectives and specific actions on the two inter-linked themes of the Conference: enabling the transition to a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and ensuring better governance for sustainable development.

  • 20/06/11 - European Commission's Humanitarian and Civil Protection Department on the occasion of World Refugee Day

    Today is World Refugee Day. On this occasion, the European Commission's Humanitarian and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), reminds the world of the EU's commitment to refugees and internally displaced persons throughout the planet and expresses its solidarity with all uprooted people.

  • 20/06/11 - EU trade chief travels to USA and Central America to foster transatlantic trade ties

    EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht will travel to Washington this week where he will meet with representatives of the US Administration, Congress and business to discuss the way forward in the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) of international trade talks and the further development of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) as a key instrument of transatlantic relations. He will then travel to Guatemala, to represent the European Union at the International Central America Security Strategy Conference.

  • 20/06/11 - Joint Statement by Commissioners Kristalina Georgieva and Cecilia Malmström on the occasion of World Refugee Day

    Joint Statement By Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response and Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs, on the occasion of World Refugee Day

  • 17/06/11 - Building the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps - pilot is launched

    The Treaty of Lisbon tasked the European Commission with the set-up of a European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps. Now the Commission is moving to the next stage - the set-up of the network of European humanitarian aid volunteers and the launch of three pilot projects.

  • 13/06/11 - Mainstreaming Gender in Development in Peru (capacity4dev.eu)

    The European Commission is committed to promoting gender issues in development cooperation, and that means bringing a gender perspective to all areas of their interventions.

  • 12/06/11 - Joint statement on World day Against Child Labour pdf

    Joint statement by High Representative/Vice-President Catherine Ashton, Vice-President Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht on the World day Against Child Labour, 12 June 2011

  • 06/06/11 - Statement by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton on the elections in Peru pdf

    Statement by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton on the elections in Peru.

  • 01/06/11 - 50,000 tourists to promote low season travel in the EU and South America

    To increase low season travel, the European Commission promotes an innovative collaborative project between South America and Europe aimed at having 50,000 additional tourists. New promotional campaigns will encourage 25,000 South Americans to travel to Europe, notably between October 2012 and March 2013, and 25,000 Europeans travelling to South America, notably between May and October 2013. The project is launched today in Brussels when all partners involved in the process came together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding The Commission is working in collaboration with several European governments, the tourism industry and major airlines to better use the available spare airline and accommodation capacity.

  • 01/06/11 - Common European Asylum System: better protection and solidarity for people seeking international protection

    The European Commission pursues the completion of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) by 2012. The modified proposals on the Reception Conditions and the Asylum Procedures Directives will ensure faster, fairer and more efficient rules to the benefit of Member States and people seeking international protection.

  • 27/05/11 - The European Union at the G8 summit in Deauville –shaping and supporting a changing world

    The European Union, as a full member of the G8, will push for ambitious answers to common challenges at the G8 summit in Deauville from 26-27 May. It is for the first time that G8 leaders meet since the beginning of the transitions in the Arab world and the disaster that has struck Japan earlier this year. The European Union is represented at the G8 and G20 summits by the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy and the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, France holds the G8 and G20 presidency in 2011.

  • 26/05/11 - A group of 24 short term observers joins the EU EOM (EU Election Observation Mission to Peru 2011) pdf

    Press release of the EU Election Observation Mission to Peru 2011.

  • 25/05/11 - Chief observer of EU Election Observation Mission, José Ignacio Salafranca, arrives to the country (EU Election Observation Mission to Peru 2011) pdf

    Press release of the EU Election Observation Mission to Peru 2011.

  • 23/05/11 - Happy 5th birthday ".eu" (European Parliament)

    In the beginning there was ".com", then, ".org", ".int" and following the other dots in the web galaxy, ".eu". Five years after its launch, .eu is fast approaching the 3.5 million registration mark. European businesses, organisations and citizens embraced it after it became publically available on 7 April, 2006 and .eu celebrated its 5th birthday last month in Strasbourg during the plenary.

  • 21/05/11 - European Union contributes to the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    54.5 million Euros to support disaster risk reduction programmes in African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries. The World Bank and the European Commission have signed a financial agreement to support the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) with a contribution of more than 54 million Euros. The signing took place in the presence of the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States during the third session of the UN Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and the first World Reconstruction Conference.

  • 20/05/11 - EUROLAT: MEPs and Latin American MPs close fifth plenary with greater unity on Mercosur and migration (European Parliament)

    EuroLat Co-President José Ignacio Salafranca (EPP, ES) closed the fifth Plenary Assembly in Montevideo (Uruguay) on Thursday with a very positive message on the outcome of the meetings between MEPs and their Latin American counterparts, "which will surely help to push forward negotiations on sensitive agreements like the one with Mercosur".

  • 18/05/11 - Eurolat: MEPs, Latin American MPs to focus on financial crisis, trade ties (European Parliament)

    Security and defense, migration, the financial crisis and climate change will be on the agenda when MEPs and their Latin American counterparts meet 17-19 May in Montevideo, Uruguay, for the fifth plenary of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat). A key issue will be negotiations for a free trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay).

  • 17/05/11 - 04/07/11 - Call for proposals of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights

    European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)
    Reference: EuropeAid/131450/L/ACT/PE
    Published:   17/05/2011
    Human Rights
    Geographic zone: Peru
    Budget: 900 000 EUR

  • 17/05/11 - Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the EU on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia

    "“Today we celebrate the International Day against Homophobia. I want to reaffirm the strong commitment of the European Union – and myself - to the entitlement of all persons to enjoy the full range of human rights without discrimination. [...]"

  • 17/05/11 - Peru: EU to observe the presidential elections

    The European Union is deploying an Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the second round of the presidential elections in Peru, scheduled to take place on 5 June 2011. Led by Jose Ignacio Salafranca, Member of the European Parliament, more than 70 observers will assess pre-election preparations and campaign all over Peru, voting, counting and tabulation of the results of the Election Day, as well as the post-election period.

  • 13/05/11 - Italian football star Roberto Baggio visited EU-FAO project to rural communities affected by floods in Peru (United Nations)

    Former football star and FAO Goodwill Ambassador, Roberto Baggio, today concluded his visit to Peru during which he experienced firsthand the support given by the European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to over 10 000 families affected by the floods that struck the Cusco and Puno regions of Peru in January 2010.

  • 09/05/11 - Statement of High Representative Catherine Ashton on Europe Day pdf

    Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made the following statement:
    " I am delighted to speak to you again on the 9th of May, Europe Day. It seems incredible that a year has passed since we last celebrated this occasion. It is a year in which we have seen fundamental changes that have brought both challenges and opportunities for the international community. [...]"

  • 03/05/11 - Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the EU on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day

    "Freedom of opinion and expression is a fundamental right of every human being and an inherent part of human dignity. It is also a cornerstone of democracy and crucial for the free flow of information to which everyone is entitled. On the occasion of World Press Freedom day, the European Union recalls these basic principles, enshrined in international law, and the vital role played by independent and free press and media. [...]"

  • 03/05/11 - Great stories have the power to change the world – European Commission launches the Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize 2011

    Today, on World Press Freedom Day, the Commission launches the Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize 2011. The Prize is awarded for excellence in written, radio and TV journalism on the theme of development, democracy and human rights across the world.

  • 02/05/11 - Joint statement by European Commission President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy on the death of Osama Bin Laden

    "Osama Bin Laden was a criminal responsible for heinous terrorist attacks that cost the lives of thousands of innocent people. His death makes the world a safer place and shows that such crimes do not remain unpunished.This is a major achievement in our efforts to rid the world of terrorism. The European Union continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States, our international partners and our friends in the Muslim world in combating the scourge of global extremism and in building a world of peace, security and prosperity for all."

  • 02/05/11 - European Parliament: President Buzek on the death of Osama Bin Laden

    The President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, made the following statement on the death of Osama Bin Laden.

  • 25/04/11 - EU draft budget 2012: For 500 million Europeans in times of austerity

    "A delicate balancing act combining austerity and growth boosting measures for 500 million Europeans". This is how Budget and Financial Programming Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski describes the draft EU budget 2012 as adopted by the Commission this 20 April 2011. The draft budget for 2012 represents € 132.7 bn in payments amounting to a 4.9 % increase on 2011. Commitments amount to €147.4bn (+3.7%). The key objective of the 2012 Draft Budget is to fully support the European economy and EU citizens.

  • 13/04/11 - EU Trade Commissioner De Gucht welcomes key step towards finalisation of trade deal with Colombia and Peru

    Together with the Colombian Minister for Trade and the Peruvian Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht today welcomed the initialling of the Trade Agreement between the EU, Colombia and Peru. This ambitious agreement, estimated to be worth overall half a billion Euros in duties saved alone, will open up markets on both sides and increase the stability and predictability of the trading environment.

  • 12/04/11 - Statement by the spokesperson of Catherine Ashton on the elections in Peru

    Statement by the spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative/Commission Vice-President on the elections in Peru

  • 08/04/11 - New Strategy Paper 2011-2013 for the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) pdf

    Launched in 2006, the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) replaces and builds upon the European Initiative (2000-2006). Its aim is to provide support for the promotion of democracy and human rights in non-EU countries.

  • 08/04/11 - New Strategy Paper 2011-2013 on thematic programme for Non-state actors and local authorities in development pdf

    The thematic programme "Non-state actors and local authorities in development" aims at encouraging non-state actors and local authorities, both from the EU and in developing countries, to get more involved in development issues. Based on Article 14 of the EU Regulation establishing the Development Co-operation Instrument (DCI), it replaces the ancient NGO co-financing and Decentralised co-operation programmes.

  • 04/04/11 - European support to Japan's humanitarian needs boosted by €10 million

    The European Commission has just adopted a new humanitarian funding decision of €10 million, to help the Japanese population cope with the massive consequences of the twin disaster. This boosts the European Union's (Member States and Commission) aid to earthquake and tsunami-stricken Japan to more than €15 million. The new funding will provide assistance to more than 30,000 people, who live in temporary shelters and rely on aid for food, water, blankets and mattresses and other immediate provisions.

  • 03/04/11 - European investors' interest in Peru on the rise (Andina News Agency)

    The Head of the European Union Delegation in Peru, Hans Allden, said Sunday that Europe's historic interest in investing in Peru has increased thanks to the macroeconomic and political stability achieved by the Andean country in recent years.

  • 30/03/11 - Bachelet: democracy is not only voting, it is inclusion, pluralism, diversity

    Michelle Bachelet, ex-President of Chile and Director of UN Women (UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) briefed the Women's Committee about the role and objectives of the UN agency 24 March and met EP President Jerzy Buzek 25 March. She took some time to tell us about the remaining obstacles to gender equality, the influence of women in politics, their role in the Arab revolutions and her experience as President.

  • 25/03/11 - Peru-EU FTA opens 350 million people market for Peruvian products (Andina News Agency)

    The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) opens a market of 350 million people, potential buyers of Peruvian products, Peru’s Deputy Foreign Trade Minister Carlos Posada said Friday.

  • 24/03/11 - Goal of 2012 EU budget: to help revitalise Europe's economy (European Parliament)

    Next year's EU budget should be one of the main tools for helping Europe's economy to recover after the crisis, by focusing on employment, economic governance and growth, say MEPs in a resolution setting out their recommendations to the Commission, which is currently preparing the EU's draft budget for next year.

  • 23/03/11 - EU to reinforce citizens' rights to consular protection and assistance in third countries

    During emergencies and crises, such as in Japan, Libya or Egypt, EU citizens abroad have the right to ask for assistance from any EU consulate or embassy when their Member State is not represented in the country. EU Member States must also help citizens evacuate as if they were their own nationals. The EU Treaties and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights guarantee this right, which is a key part of EU citizenship.

  • 22/03/11 - Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of the World and European Water Day pdf

    "Today, the European Union is celebrating the 17th World Water Day and the 2nd annual European Water Day. Access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation are essential if people are to live healthily and with dignity. There is no room for complacency: 884 million people across the world lack access to improved water sources, while more than 2.6 billion people lack access to acceptable sanitation. [...]"

  • 20/03/11 - Peru, EU to sign FTA in Brussels (Andina News Agency)

    Peru and the European Union will be signing the final documents for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) on March 23-24 in Brussels, Belgium, according to a statement from Peru's Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR).

  • 17/03/11 - Development project will power generators in rural communities (PUCP, in Spanish)

    More than 6500 people living in the towns of the districts of Quehue and Litivaca (Cuzco) and Lircay, San Antonio de Antaparco, and Santo Tomás de Pata (Huancavelica) will benefit from the project "Energy interconnection system in rural communities PUCP" in the highlands, which appeals to the use of clean technologies and low cost. The project is funded by the European Union.

  • 15/03/11 - Ready to help Japan (Council of the European Union)

    At the first news of the devastating earthquake and tsunami on 11 March, the European Council expressed its condolences to and support for the affected people and governments. The leaders asked the High Representative and the Commission to mobilise all appropriate assistance. In addition, President Van Rompuy together with Commission President Barroso issued a message of solidarity on behalf of the European Union.

  • 12/03/11 - Peru begins bilateral consultations with the European Union to strengthen a common agenda (Andina News Agency, in Spanish)

    The Peruvian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr Nestor Popolizio, attended the First Meeting of the Bilateral Consultation Mechanism betrween Peru and the European Union. This appointment was held in Brussels to strengthen the common agenda that includes the fight against drugs and climate change. As reported by the Peruvian Foreign Ministry, this mechanism was established on 29 October 2009 and aims to undertake a joint evaluation of the various aspects that make the common agenda between Peru and the EU.

  • 11/03/11 - Message of solidarity by President Barroso and President Van Rompuy on the earthquake in Japan

    "We are deeply concerned at the news of the devastating earthquake which has struck Japan, causing a number of fatalities and serious material damage. The European Union expresses its solidarity and condolences to the people and government of Japan, and to the families of the victims at this difficult time. We stand ready to assist in any way we can in case of need."

  • 11/03/11 - Climate change: European Commission sets out Roadmap for building a competitive low-carbon Europe by 2050

    The European Commission adopted a Roadmap for transforming the European Union into a competitive low carbon economy by 2050. The Roadmap describes the cost-effective pathway to reach the EU's objective of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% of 1990 levels by 2050. Based on the cost-effectiveness analysis undertaken, the Roadmap gives direction to sectoral policies, national and regional low-carbon strategies and long-term investments.

  • 10/03/11 - EU Commission launches ambitious Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity with the Southern Mediterranean

    The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy today presented a Communication on a Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity with the Southern Mediterranean. This Strategy spells out what Europe can do to support the momentous changes in our Southern Neighbourhood and is a contribution to the extraordinary European Council on 11 March.

  • 08/03/11 - Statement High Representative Catherine Ashton on the International Women's Day

    "Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary of International's Women Day. For the past century, this important occasion has marked the economic, social, political and cultural achievements of women around the world. Women have struggled throughout history for greater freedom of choice and liberty. We take this opportunity to reiterate jointly our commitment to promote women’s rights and gender equality. Only by taking bold action now can we ensure a future free of discrimination and violence against women and girls; a world that offers equal opportunities for all.

  • 02/03/11 - Budget Support: Panacea for Poverty Reduction or Catalyst for Corruption? (capacity4dev.eu)

    Should donors be providing more or less budget support and does it have a significant impact on poverty reduction? Is it value for money and how could it be used more effectively? These are just some of the questions the European Commission asked at a recent public consultation.

  • 02/03/11 - Environment: European Commission to provide €267 million for new environmental projects

    The European Commission has launched its annual call for proposals to be funded under the LIFE+ programme, the European fund for the environment. Proposals are welcome under one of the programme’s three components: Nature and Biodiversity, Environment Policy and Governance, and Information and Communication. A total of €267 million is available, in the form of co-funding for grant agreements.

  • 01/03/11 - International Women's Day 2011: "Let's make things happen" (European Parliament)

    The European Parliament will celebrate International Women's Day 2011 with a series of events to be held between the 3-8 March in Brussels and in Strasbourg. While celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women so far, the events are also meant to draw attention to the inequalities still to be redressed, including female poverty, differences in pay and access to jobs as well as maternity issues.

  • 23/02/11 - A Parliamentary 'Who's Who'

    A genuine Parliamentary 'Who's Who' is now available to see courtesy of Europarltv on their website. It contains 53 video profiles of leading people in the European Parliament. It ranges from President Jerzy Buzek who we feature here to Parliament's Vice Presidents, Chairs of the Parliamentary Committees and leaders of the 7 Political groups.

  • 22/02/11 - European Investment Bank delivers record lending for climate action in 2010

    In 2010, the European Investment Bank (EIB) increased financing for climate action projects to EUR 19 billion, representing an impressive 30% of its lending in the European Union. Significantly up from EUR 16 billion the year before, this is a new landmark in supporting sustainable growth and building a low-carbon future in Europe.

  • 21/02/11 - Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union on events in Libya

    "The European Union is extremely concerned by the events unfolding in Libya and the reported deaths of a very high number of demonstrators.  We condemn the repression against peaceful demonstrators and deplore the violence and the death of civilians. We express our sympathy to the families and friends of the victims. [...]"

  • 17/02/11 - Food security under threat: global response needed (European Parliament)

    Climate change and commodity speculation are among the main factors threatening food security inside and outside the EU, according to a European Parliament resolution adopted on Thursday. Members of the European Parliament call for urgent measures to combat food price manipulation and ensure that food production is maintained in the EU.

  • 16/02/11 - European Commission agrees to limited treaty change

    The European Commission has agreed that the Treaty should be amended before 2013 to allow for the establishment of a European stability mechanism to preserve the stability of the euro area.

  • 14/02/11 - Joint statement by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on recent developments in Egypt pdf

    "We welcome the decision made by President Mubarak today. By standing down, he has listened to the voices of the Egyptian people and has opened the way to faster and deeper reforms, and an orderly transition to democracy.
    The EU salutes the courage of the Egyptian people who have pursued their campaign for democratic change peacefully and with dignity.
    It is important now that the dialogue is accelerated leading to a broad-based civilian government which will respect the aspirations of, and deliver stability for, the Egyptian people. An orderly and irreversible transition towards democracy and free and fair elections is the shared objective of both the EU and the Egyptian people.[...]"

  • 11/02/11 - Declaration of the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, on the resignation of Mubarak (European Parliament)

    President Buzek said: "Today the voice of the Egyptian people was heard. Political responsibility has prevailed, and the decision taken by President Mubarak should facilitate democratic transition without further violence. [...]"

  • 11/02/11 - Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on Egypt following the speech of President Mubarak pdf

    Catherine Ashton, the EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made the following statement.

  • 07/02/11 - Launch of ALFA III 3rd Call for Proposals for Latin American Institutions

    ALFA is a programme of co-operation between Higher Education Institutions of the European Union and Latin America. Participant countries are the 27 Member States of the European Union and the following 18 countries of Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The ALFA Programme is defined by the following specific objectives: To improve the quality, relevance and accessibility of Higher Education in Latin America; and To contribute to the process of regional integration in Latin America, fostering progress towards the creation of a joint Higher Education area in the region and exploiting its synergies with the European Union.

  • 07/02/11 - Conclusions of the European Council - 4 February 2011 pdf

    Delegations will find attached the conclusions of the European Council (4 February 2011).

  • 04/02/11 - Article by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: "The EU wants 'deep democracy' to take root" (The Guardian)

    The uprisings across north Africa and the Arab world pose great challenges to Europe and the rest of the western world. Two principles underpin the European Union's actions. The first is that we in Europe know how long and painful the journey towards liberty can be. Our own path to 20th century liberal democracy was a slow one. The EU itself was born in the ashes of conflicts that reminded us how terrible life can be when democracy breaks down. Add in the mixed record of Europe's empires, and some humility is in order, even as we assert that democracy is the necessary foundation of human progress.

  • 04/02/11 - EU Trade Commissioner to discuss Mercosur negotiations in Paraguay and Uruguay

    EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht will visit Paraguay and Uruguay on 7-9 February. Both countries belong to the Southern Common Market, Mercosur, and Paraguay currently holds the presidency of the trading bloc. Commissioner De Gucht will meet with his counterparts and other high-level government officials in an effort to advance the ongoing EU-Mercosur trade negotiations and to promote bilateral trade relations with the two countries.

  • 03/02/11 - Peru-EU FTA legal review to conclude on Friday (Andina News Agency)

    Peru’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) reported Wednesday that Peru and European Union (EU) teams will complete the legal review process of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on Friday.

  • 03/02/11 - European Parliament backs accord aimed at ending 16-year banana war

    The 2009 Geneva agreement on trade tariffs for bananas from Latin American countries, which is designed to end the longest-running dispute in the history of international trade, received the backing of the European Parliament on Thursday. MEPs warn, however, that this deal cannot reconcile the interests of all parties, including those of EU banana producers.

  • 01/02/11 - The European Commission hones the instruments in its humanitarian aid toolbox

    The European Commission has adopted its first ever global funding decisions under a new system for humanitarian assistance, designed to speed up and streamline aid delivery. The main decision, worth more than €564 million, will fund relief operations in crisis zones across the world. Another decision, also adopted today, will provide €34.3 million for risk reduction and preparedness in disaster-prone areas; a further €24 million is allocated to help build the capacity of partner organisations involved in delivering aid on the ground. The three decisions represent 73% of the Commission's annual humanitarian aid budget and are valid for 24 months.

  • 31/01/11 - Remarks by the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the situation in Egypt ahead of the Foreign Affairs Council pdf

    Remarks by the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the situation in Egypt ahead of the Foreign Affairs Council, 31 January 2011

  • 28/01/11 - Aprolab II gives chef diplomas to 200 entrepreneurs under 29 years (Andina Peru News Agency)

    Thanks to Aprolab II project, funded by the European Union and part of EU-Peru bilateral cooperation, 200 young people recently received from a diploma that certifies them as chefs.

  • 27/01/11 - EuropeAid: NEW webpage for Calls for proposals & Procurement notices

    Returns the Forecast and Open calls published during the last ten days.

  • 27/01/11 - Watch what is doing Euro-Solar in Amantani island, Puno (YouTube video in Spanish)

    The EURO-SOLAR regional programme for Latin America is developed in Peru in coordination with the Directorate General of Rural Electrification (in the Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mining), providing access to renewable sources of electricity to 130 rural communities isolated and without electricity. One of these communities is on Amantani island, on Lake Titicaca, Puno. Click to watch what is the programme doing there.

  • 26/01/11 - Ambassador Hans Allden interviewed by the Lima Chamber of Commerce: "Peru has to take over its services sector" (in Spanish) español (es)

    The Ambassador of the European Union in Peru was interviewed by the magazine of the Lima Chamber of Commerce about the importance of the entry into force of the trade agreement between Peru and the EU.

  • 25/01/11 - Ending the banana wars: Who wins and who loses? (European Parliament)

    The EU is the world's biggest importer of bananas. As it produces only about a tenth of the bananas needed to satisfy Europeans' voracious appetite for the world's most important fruit, banana exporters from Africa and Caribbean and their competitors from Latin America fight hard for shares on the EU market. MEPs recently approved plans to make it easier for big multinationals to sell Latin American bananas in the EU, but warned that livelihoods of small farms from ACP might be threatened.

  • 24/01/11 - New measures announced to increase participation in the EU's current Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7)

    The European Commission has adopted measures to make participation in the EU's current Seventh Framework Programme for Research more attractive and more accessible to the best researchers and most innovative companies, especially Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). Based on the simplification plan unveiled by the European Commission in April 2010, these measures will take effect at once.

  • 19/01/11 - A step forward for Serbia's relations with the EU

    European Parliament approved the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Agreement, which needed the EP's consent as well as ratification by all Member States to enter into force. While welcoming Serbia's reforms, MEPs stress that full cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) remains "a fundamental condition for Serbia to progress on the path to EU membership".

  • 18/01/11 - Social media seminar looks at role of Facebook et al in European discourse

    What is the current role and likely future role of social media tools like Facebook and Twitter in framing European discourse? That was the central question debated by MEPs, senior civil servants involved in Communications, bloggers and civil society representatives on 12 January. Italian think tank "Lo Spazio della Politica" organised a round table discussion called "Butterfly Europe" on social media at the European Parliament.

  • 14/01/11 - Digital Agenda: survey highlights strengths and weaknesses of parental control programmes

    Results from a study released today by the European Commission show that while a healthy 84% of the software programs tested enable parents to block access to certain websites, they are less efficient at filtering so-called web 2.0 content such as social networking sites or blogs. In addition, only a few products on the market are able to filter web content accessed via mobile phones or game consoles, at a time when one child out of four in Europe goes online in this way.

  • 13/01/11 - EU economic governance: European Commission sets the yearly priorities for EU growth

    Europe has a comprehensive plan to respond to the crisis and to speed up Europe's economic growth. It now needs to focus its efforts in a coordinated manner and with an eye on priorities. That is what the Commission is presenting today.

  • 13/01/11 - Al-Invest IV Program publishes new sectoral analysis for the approach of Latin American SMEs to the European market

    AL-INVEST IV continues with the publication of detailed analysis of certain sections in the main European Union markets.

  • 12/01/11 - European Capitals of Culture 2011: Tallinn (Estonia) and Turku (Finland)

    The European Capitals of Culture in 2011 have a Baltic flavour including as they do Estonia's main city Tallinn and Turku in Finland. The two will host a series of cultural events throughout the year. As well as bringing investment and tourism, the aim of the year is to raise the profile of the cities involved.

  • 11/01/11 - EU Joint Statement on the situation in Haiti, one year after the earthquake

    Joint Statement of Vice-President and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and EU Commissioner for Humanitarian aid, Kristalina Georgieva, on the situation in Haiti, 1 year after the earthquake.

  • 10/01/11 - A year in photos at the European Parliament

    As a new year gets underway, we take a last look back at some of the key moments which marked the year for the European Parliament in 2010. The year, which began with Parliament's approval of the "Barroso II" Commission, also saw the first year of the Lisbon Treaty. It was also a year of economic crisis and some dramatic political moments. Take a look at our selection of twelve 2010 milestones or relive the year in pictures with a click through to the Flickr photo gallery: "The best of EP 2010".

  • 07/01/11 - Visit the Website of the 2011 European Year of Volunteering

    The 2011 European Year of Volunteering has four main objectives: (1) lowering obstacles to volunteering in the EU; (2) empowering volunteer organisations and improve the quality of volunteering; (3) rewarding and recognise volunteering activities; and (4) raising awareness of the value and importance of volunteering.

  • 06/01/11 - Statement by the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the occasion of her visit to the Middle East

    Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission visited Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory on 5 and 6 January. During her visit in Israel she spoke to Prime Minister Netanyahu and met with Foreign Minister Liberman, Defense Minister Barak and Kadima party leader Tzipi Livni. In the OPTshe met with President Abbas and PM Fayyad. She also visited Bethlehem, including the Aida Camp and the Church of the Nativity. This was her first official trip abroad in 2011.

  • 06/01/11 - Digital Agenda: simple smart phones and remote controls help elderly and disabled to manage their homes

    With € 2,7 million of EU funding, researchers from the Czech Republic, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Sweden have developed a solution to give elderly and disabled people easier control over the various electronic appliances and services in their homes using their mobile phone or other devices. The "I2HOME" project has developed a personalised and simplified Universal Remote Console interface that can be in a universal remote control, a mobile phone, a computer or other devices and can be used to, for example, switch on and programme washing machines, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, DVD players/recorders and other household devices.

  • 05/01/11 - EU ratifies UN Convention on disability rights

    The EU has ratified the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. The Convention aims to ensure that people with disabilities can enjoy their rights on an equal basis with all other citizens. Also, it sets out minimum standards for protecting and safeguarding a full range of civil, political, social, and economic rights for people with disabilities.

  • 04/01/11 - A successful start for the euro changeover in Estonia

    On 1 January, Estonia adopted the euro as its official currency and the changeover is running smoothly and according to plan. The previous national currency – the kroon – will be phased out during a transitional two-week dual circulation period when both currencies have legal tender status in Estonia. By the end of Sunday 2 January some 26 % of payments in shops were made in euro only and over 90 % of customers were getting their change in euro. No major problems were observed in banks or in the retail sector.

  • Please consult the link for more information on how to apply

    New Call for Proposals in the frame of the Thematic Programme Migration and Asylum is now open. Please consult the link for more information on how to apply.