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This year, the EU celebrates the 30th anniversary of 'Erasmus' programme – now Erasmus+ - in Europe as well as in neighbouring and partner countries. In Palestine, EU Representative Ralph Tarraf, Palestinian Minister of Education Dr. Sabri Saidam, and Director of Erasmus National Office in Palestine Dr. Nidal Jayousi joined over 200 Palestinian Erasmus alumni to celebrate 30 years of Erasmus in Ramallah.
The Erasmus programme started as a voluntary cooperation of 11 European countries. This cooperation has developed to 33 programme countries. This is in addition to the 27 partner countries. What started back in 1987 with only 3200 students in its first year has grown over the last 30 years into a flagship programme benefiting nine million people.
80 young people from the EU and the EU's Eastern Partnership countries will spend six days in Georgia using art to discuss European values and intercultural dialogue.
With an additional €90 million support from the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis, the EU is enabling UNICEF to provide critical services and support to Syrian refugee and host community children and young people in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
The additional EU funding was signed today by EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. This latest contribution brings the total funding from the EU Trust Fund for UNICEF's work on the Syria crisis response to nearly €200 million.
As families around the world prepare for the return to school, the European Union (EU) has renewed its commitment to get children affected by the war in Syria into education. This €90 million support is provided by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis and will enable UNICEF to provide critical education and protection services to Syrian refugee and host community children in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, so that they can attend school and learn.
In the context of its ongoing support to the reform efforts in the country, European Commission has asked the same independent senior rule of law experts who prepared a report in 2015 to assess the progress made in implementing their previous recommendations. Following a visit to the country from 17-21 July where they met relevant Ministers and civil servants, judiciary and prosecution services, independent and regulatory bodies, media, civil society as well as representatives of government and opposition parties, relevant parliamentary committees and members of Constitutional Court, the group has drawn up the attached report.
Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations is travelling to Belgrade, Serbia the day after the State of the European Union, to reaffirm the EU's perspective for the country and the Western Balkan region, as set out by President Juncker in his address yesterday. Commissioner Hahn will reiterate the unquestionable commitment of the EU to Serbia's EU integration and support for its reform process. He will discuss with his interlocutors the state of play of Serbia's accession process as well as priority issues such as the implementation of the Regional Economic Area and the connectivity agenda.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today delivered his 2017 State of the Union Address, before the Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, presenting his priorities for the year ahead and outlining his vision for how the European Union could evolve by 2025 (see full speech). He presented a Roadmap for a More United, Stronger and More Democratic Union (see Roadmap Factsheet).
The 2nd Eastern Partnership Media Conference, taking place in Kyiv on 13 September 2017, aims to shine a spotlight on the growing challenges facing journalists in the EU’s Eastern partner countries.
Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations is in Tunisia today and tomorrow to reiterate the EU commitment to support the Tunisian people on their path towards a modern democracy based on fundamental freedoms and socio-economic development.
Today, the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine enters fully into force.
Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations is in Budapest, Hungary, today to participate at the informal Eastern Partnership V4 ministerial meeting.