The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today disbursed €600 million in macro-financial assistance (MFA) to Ukraine. This is the second and final tranche under Ukraine's current MFA programme following the first €600 million disbursement in December 2020. With this disbursement, the outstanding amount of loans to Ukraine under its multiple MFA programmes reaches €4.4 billion.
€25 million loan for a greener and more competitive private sector to be complemented by grants
• EBRD to lend €25 million to TBC Bank for on-lending to private companies
• Borrowers to further benefit from EU-funded grants and technical assistance
• Fresh funding to help Georgian firms become greener and more competitive
• The EU bank extends a first credit line to Terabank under its SME Outreach Initiative.
• The loan reinforces Team Europe’s support for the recovery of Georgian micro, small and medium-sized enterprises from the COVID-19 pandemic by sustaining jobs and maintaining liquidity.
• Affordable long-term financing in local currency avoids exposing businesses to foreign currency fluctuations.
Today, the European Union has published a report on the Association Implementation of the EU-Republic of Moldova Association Agreement. The report is published ahead of the 6th EU-Moldova Association Council on 28 October. It concludes that, while the second half of 2020 saw Moldova backsliding in rule of law standards and reforms, the early parliamentary elections on 11 July 2021, gave a clear and strong mandate to pro-reform forces to pursue an ambitious agenda on anti-corruption, an improved justice system and fighting poverty, in line with Moldova's commitments under the Association Agreement.
We have - as always - a very complex and long meeting. We will start with the Gulf, a very complex region where we have the highest GDP per capita and the most worrisome humanitarian crisis in Yemen. From Qatar to Yemen the situation is very different. We have to see how we engage more with the region, I am coming back from this part of the world, paying a visit, and we will see what we can do to engage more with this region.
Children account for 22% of all victims of trafficking. The majority of child victims are girls, almost 78%. The EU Anti-Trafficking Day is a reminder that trafficking of children remains a serious threat in the EU.