InvestEU will bring better jobs
Photo: EP Jose Manuel Fernandes

InvestEU will bring better jobs

The bigger part of the programme reserved to support sustainable infrastructure will serve climate and environmental goals

EFSI, the core pillar of the successful Investment Plan for Europe, known as Juncker Plan, will become a substantial ingredient of the InvestEU initiative for the 2021-2027 programme period. On the last day of the last session of this European Parliament, the lawmakers propped up a provisional and partial deal with the Council on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance during the next seven years with the aim to reduce the significant investment gap that still exists in the EU.

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  • Internet firms have one hour to get rid of terrorist content

    Internet firms have one hour to get rid of terrorist content

    The online platforms will not be obliged to monitor the information they transmit or store

    Terrorist content online should be removed or access to it disabled in all EU member countries by the internet companies one hour, at the latest, after receiving an order from the authorities. This foresee the new rules to tackle the dissemination of terrorist content online across the EU, adopted by MEPs on 17 April in Strasbourg at their plenary sitting. As it was the last session for this EP term, it means that the negotiations with the Member States will be shifted to the programme of the new parliament. 

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  • Beefing up Frontex with 10,000 standing corps by 2027

    Beefing up Frontex with 10,000 standing corps by 2027

    Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, will have 10,000-strong standing corps by 2027, agreed MEPs at their sitting on 17 April. With a big majority, the lawmakers adopted a new law to strengthen this EU agency as to resolve the current shortcomings and better respond to the present needs in security and migration, safeguarding better protection of EU external borders. The revamped rules were already agreed with the Council.

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  • Comedian wins presidency in Ukraine

    Comedian wins presidency in Ukraine

    Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Monday after near final results showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had dramatically up-ended the status quo and won the country’s presidential election by a landslide. The emphatic victory of Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, is a bitter blow for incumbent Petro Poroshenko who tried to rally Ukrainians around the flag by casting himself as a bulwark against Russian aggression and a champion of Ukrainian identity.

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  • Blasts rock churches, hotels in Sri Lanka; multiple fatalities reported

    Blasts rock churches, hotels in Sri Lanka; multiple fatalities reported

    Six nearly simultaneous explosions struck three churches and three high-end hotels frequented by tourists on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, killing nearly 156 people and injuring many more, according to police and hospital sources. Multiple fatalities - including 35 foreigners - resulted among worshipers and hotel guests, a police official said, adding that at least two of the church blasts were believed to have been a coordinated attack carried out by suicide bombers.

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  • WEEKLY DIGEST: Week of fake news and fake reports

    WEEKLY DIGEST: Week of fake news and fake reports

    Eh, is there any other journalist association that, on the one hand, is fighting for the freedom of speech and transparent media but, on the other – is using fake news and still faker information sources? Naturally, we are talking about the Reporters without Borders (RSF), their favourite World Press Freedom Index and their good friends from Economedia sustained by the indicted oligarch Ivo Prokopiev.

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  • Notre Dame fire pledges inflame yellow vest protesters

    Notre Dame fire pledges inflame yellow vest protesters

    Yellow Vest protestors in Paris battled police during violent clashes Saturday - newly enraged at the more than billion dollars that have been pledged to rebuild fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral, overshadowing their anti-wealth cause. Black-hooded demonstrators set fire to trash cans, scooters and a car and pelted police with rocks to draw attention anew to their 23rd weekend of protest.

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  • Ukrainian presidential candidates trade insults in rowdy stadium debate

    Ukrainian presidential candidates trade insults in rowdy stadium debate

    The two men vying to be Ukraine’s next president traded insults in a raucous debate on Friday in front of thousands of supporters before an election that could put a comedian with no political experience in charge of a country at war. The debate, held in a hulking football stadium, was one of the last opportunities for incumbent President Petro Poroshenko to try to overhaul a significant lead in the opinion polls enjoyed by his challenger Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comic.

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  • Country name dispute haunts Macedonian presidential election

    Country name dispute haunts Macedonian presidential election

    Macedonians vote in a presidential election on Sunday shaping up as an unofficial referendum on the hotly disputed change of the country’s name to North Macedonia under a deal with Greece. The country held an actual referendum on the issue last year but it was invalidated due to insufficient turnout. Skopje’s parliament later ratified the accord, which opened the door to Macedonian membership of the EU and NATO.

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  • Egyptians vote on changes that may see Sisi in power to 2030

    Egyptians vote on changes that may see Sisi in power to 2030

    Egyptians began voting on Saturday on constitutional changes that will potentially allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in office until 2030 and bolster the role of Egypt’s powerful military. Sisi’s supporters say the changes are necessary to give him more time to complete major development projects and economic reforms. Critics say they concentrate more powers in Sisi’s hands and return Egypt to an authoritarian model.

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  • Kosovo returns families of jihadists from Syria

    Kosovo returns families of jihadists from Syria

    Dozens of women and children, relatives of Kosovo jihadists fighting in Syria, were flown back home by plane on Saturday under heavy security. “The planned operation for the return of some of our citizens from Syria has ended successfully,” Justice Minister Abelrad Tahiri said at the airport early on Saturday.Details would be released later in the day, he said.

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  • Reporters without Borders in the oligarchy’s looking glass world

    Reporters without Borders in the oligarchy’s looking glass world

    On 18 April, Reporters without Borders (RSF), an organisation based in France, released its 2018 World Press Freedom Index where Bulgaria for the next year in a row ranks 111th out a total of 179 positions in the ranking. This ranking, however, for years has been criticised for obscure points of reference for countries‘selection and superficial propaganda used for the purpose. 

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