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Today, Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn opened the Med4Jobs Stakeholder dialogue organised by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) in Barcelona. The promotion of start-ups, innovation and investment is at the heart of the EU agenda in the Southern Neighbourhood to provide prospects for the young generation. Med4Jobs is a flagship UfM initiative targeting employability, job intermediation and an enabling business environment.
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society is today in Podgorica, Montenegro, and will travel to Pristina, Kosovo, on 11-12 October to promote the Commission's strategy for a credible enlargement perspective through an enhanced support to the Western Balkan countries in the digital transformation of their economies and societies.
On Thursday and Friday, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos and Commissioner for Justice, Gender Equality and Consumers, Vĕra Jourová will participate in the EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum on Justice and Home Affairs in Tirana, Albania. On Thursday, Commissioner Jourová will discuss with Justice Ministers how to strengthen the rule of law through the promotion of standards for the judiciary. They will also exchange views on the indicators necessary to assess the progress of justice reforms. The Commissioner will then make a statement on media freedom on behalf of the European Commission.
On 30 September, citizens of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia had the opportunity to vote for the future of their country. In a peaceful and democratic vote an overwhelming majority of those who exercised their right to vote said yes to the Prespa agreement on the name issue and their European path.
Today, the European Commission proposed additional support for UNRWA to allow the agency to keep providing access to education for 500,000 Palestine refugee children, primary health care for more than 3.5 million patients and assistance to over 250,000 vulnerable Palestine refugees.
The European Union will organise a third Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region in the last week of March 2019. This was announced on Wednesday by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini during a high-level ministerial meeting on the Syria crisis, hosted by the EU in the margins of the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York and attended by a large number of foreign ministers and representatives of international NGOs. For more information see the press release. The complete coverage of the high level meeting in New York is available on EbS.
Today, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos and Nebojša Stefanović, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the Republic of Serbia, initialled a status agreement that will allow European Border and Coast Guard teams to be deployed in Serbia.
The Agency will be able to assist Serbia in border management and carry out joint operations with Serbia, in particular in the event of a sudden change in migratory flows.
On 14 September, the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, visited Morocco, where he was received by the Head of the Government, Saadedine El Othmani, and held meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita and with the Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohammed Benchaaboun.
The EU stepped up its support to media freedom and development in the Western Balkans, with a focus on media accountability, funding, capacity building, regional cooperation and young journalists. This was confirmed at the second EU-Western Balkans Media Days conference on 17-18 September in Skopje.
The European Commission has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ukraine in Kyiv for Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) of up to €1 billion in the form of medium- and long-term loans.