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Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, will travel to Skopje on Monday 26 June to discuss the government's reform plans and to reiterate the European Union's support for the country's efforts to advance on the EU reform agenda. Commissioner will meet Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, the new government and country's political leaders. Ahead of the mission, Commissioner Hahn said: "The country has finally overcome, with the continuous support of the European Union, its political crisis through well administered elections and the formation of a new government. Now the new government, together with the opposition, needs to focus on implementing Urgent Reform Priorities and the Pržino agreement in order to bring the country back on its EU integration path. Reforms must be done to improve the lives of the people, to work for stability, prosperity and justice. That is why I tasked a group of independent senior rule of law experts, led by Reinhard Priebe, to help and advise the new government on systemic rule of law issues". Videos and photos of the visit will be available on EbS.
Durant les deux dernières années, l'Union européenne et le Liban ont approfondi leur partenariat. Compte tenu des défis croissants auxquels le pays est confronté, notamment dû à la crise syrienne, l'UE a augmenté son soutien envers le Liban et a renforcé ses liens diplomatiques et la coopération dans les domaines tels que la sécurité, la bonne gouvernance et le commerce. Telles sont les conclusions du rapport conjoint publié aujourd'hui par le Service européen pour l'action extérieure et la Commission européenne sur le partenariat entre l'UE et le Liban pour la période de mars 2015 à avril 2017.
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) Youth Forum is taking place in Warsaw on 22-23 June, bringing together over 300 youth leaders, youth workers and youth policy makers from EU Member States and the EU's six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The Forum, organised by the European Commission and the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the run up to the Eastern Partnership Summit taking place in Brussels in November 2017, will provide a unique opportunity to discuss policies and programmes dedicated to young people.
Today, the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis adopted new projects totalling €275 million. These projects will support refugees and their overstretched host communities in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, the Western Balkans, and Armenia.
The 2017 edition of the 'EU awards for investigative journalism in the Western Balkans and Turkey' rewarding the best investigative stories published throughout 2016 just came to an end with the final award ceremony held in Albania last week. The ceremony also marked the end of the three-year award scheme which was established by the European Commission in 2015.
Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations commented: "The number of good quality and investigative journalism stories that have been submitted for the 2017 edition of the 'EU Investigative Journalism Awards in the Western Balkans and Turkey' is impressive. Through these awards, we are honouring journalists practicing investigative journalism in the seven participating countries in often challenging circumstances. The EU remains fully committed to continue supporting quality and investigative journalism in the Western Balkans and Turkey. Support to professional journalism is the best antidote against disinformation and fake news."
Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations will visit Azerbaijan on 16 June in order to prepare for the Eastern Partnership Summit. Ahead of the mission, Commissioner Hahn said: "I am visiting Azerbaijan, an important partner for the European Union, to discuss the Eastern Partnership Summit and how to best broaden and deepen our cooperation in the near future. The European Union is ready to support Azerbaijan with its efforts to achieve substantial economic and democratic transformation, involving civil society in this process".Commissioner will meet with high-level state representatives to discuss the ongoing negotiations of the new EU-Azerbaijan agreement as well as the Partnership Priorities and future areas of cooperation.
The European Commission welcomes the endorsement by the Council of the agreement reached with the European Parliament to provide Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) to Moldova worth EUR 100 million. Under the assistance, which was proposed by the Commission in January 2017, the country would receive up to EUR 40 million in grants and up to EUR 60 million in medium-term loans at favourable financing conditions.
Over the past two years the European Union and Jordan deepened their partnership. As the country is faced with increasing challenges, notably due to the crisis in Syria, the EU stepped up its support to Jordan, strengthening diplomatic ties as well as economic and trade cooperation.
Following a TAIEX regional workshop on obstacles to good governance in the Western Balkans, preparatory work for the Trieste Summit is being continued today with a TAIEX Regional Workshop on Road Safety and Intermodal Transport.
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint policy initiative between the European Union and its six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
EU Member States and EaP Partner countries share a view that the EaP should focus on delivering tangible results to citizens. In response, the European Commission and the European External Action Service identified a set of 20 deliverables for 2020, first published in December 2016, which aim to deliver concrete results and step up actions in four key priority areas...