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The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated to tackle forest fires, following a request for assistance from the Israeli authorities last night (23 May). In an immediate response, the European Union has already helped mobilise 4 firefighting planes (2 from Italy and 2 from Cyprus) to be dispatched swiftly to the affected areas. Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said: “The European Union stands in solidarity with Israel at this difficult time. European support is already on its way. I thank Italy and Cyprus for their tangible solidarity. Our thoughts are with all those affected and the first responders working on the ground. We stand ready to provide further assistance.” The European Union's 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Centre is in regular contact with the Israeli authorities to closely monitor the situation and channel the EU assistance.
Some 150 young entrepreneurs, economic leaders and drivers of socio-economic change from Europe's Southern Neighbourhood have set out their most urgent priorities for policy makers in the region and in the EU, to overcome barriers to higher economic growth and job creation.
The European Union has today issued a report on developments in Armenia and EU-Armenia relations between June 2018 and early May 2019.
On 21 May, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, in cooperation with Albania, will launch its first joint operation on the territory of a non-EU country.
On 21 and 22 May, 150 young entrepreneurs, economic leaders and change-makers from the Arab countries in Europe’s Southern Neighbourhood will gather in Brussels and the region to discuss ways to overcome barriers to higher economic growth and job creation in the region.
The Commission reported today good progress in the implementation and programming of €6 billion of the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey.
EU ministers of finance met in Brussels today with their counterparts from the Western Balkans and Turkey as part of the region’s annual economic and financial dialogue with the EU. The ministers agreed Joint Conclusions outlining the key economic challenges for the Western Balkans and Turkey, as well as targeted policy guidance addressing the most acute socio-economic reform needs the region has.
"I am very pleased to see the commitment of our partners in the Western Balkans and Turkey to implement important and sometimes difficult structural reforms. Without a functioning rule of law, deep public administration reform and a strengthened economic governance, sustainable growth will not happen. This is the only way to ensure more prosperous and inclusive economies", said Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.
A la veille du Conseil d'Association de l'Union européenne avec la Tunisie prévu pour 17 mai, l'UE a publié aujourd'hui le nouveau rapport sur les développements dans les relations avec la Tunisie. Le rapport détaille des aspects majeurs de la coopération de début 2018 à mars 2019.
On 14 May, the European Union, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine marked the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership with a High Level Conference in Brussels.