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    • Juncker Plan triggers €410bn in investment across the EU

      Juncker Plan triggers €410bn in investment across the EU

      As of June 2019, the deals approved under the Juncker Plan amount to €75bn in financing and are located in all 28 Member States, with some 952,000 start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) expected to benefit from that improved access to finance, the European Commission announced today. This has, as a result has triggered €410bn in investment across the bloc.

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    • EU, WHO team up to boost access to health services

      EU, WHO team up to boost access to health services

      The European Union signed yesterday a €102m contribution agreement with the World Health Organisation (WHO) at the European Development Days in Brussels. As stated by the European Commission, the bloc will invest in building health care systems to provide quality services in more than 80 African, Caribbean, Pacific, and Asian countries. The “Health Systems Strengthening for Universal Health Coverage Partnership Programme” launched today will also benefit in a longer term from an EU overall contribution of €118m out of a total budget of €123m. 

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    • Member States urged to step up plans to follow Paris agreement

      Member States urged to step up plans to follow Paris agreement

      The national draft plans to implement the EU's Energy Union objectives, and in particular the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets already represent significant efforts but in several areas there is a room for improvement, according to the Commission's latest assessment published last Tuesday. The EU is the first major economy to put in place a legally binding framework to deliver on its pledges under the Paris Agreement and this is the first time that Member States have prepared draft integrated national energy and climate plans (NECPs).

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    • EU increases support for its beekeeping sector

      EU increases support for its beekeeping sector

      European Union's executive arm announced it will provide €120m to the EU's beekeeping sector over the next three years to support its essential role in agriculture and the environment. As stated by Commission's press office, this amount, doubled by national contributions from Member States, will apply to national apiculture programmes starting on 1 August 2019 and running until 31 July 2022. It also represents an increase of €12m compared to the support provided for the period from 2017 to 2019. 

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    • Commission to launch evaluation of EU State aid rules

      Commission to launch evaluation of EU State aid rules

      The European Commission has launched on Monday an evaluation of the EU State aid rules applicable to services of general economic interest in the field of health and social services, such as medical care provided by hospitals, long term-care, childcare and social housing as these services form an essential part of the welfare system of each Member State.

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    • Europeans are not fully aware of GDPR

      Europeans are not fully aware of GDPR

      On 13 June, at the occasion of a stock-taking event to mark the first year of application of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Commission published the results of a special Eurobarometer survey on data protection. Figures show that Europeans are relatively well aware of the new data protection rules, their rights and the existence of national data protection authorities, to whom they can turn for help when their rights are violated.

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    • The Dutch damp Tirana's hopes

      The Dutch damp Tirana's hopes

      The Dutch Parliament damped Albanian's hopes for swift opening of the accession negotiations, which they expected to be kicked-off in June. This move came just a day after Albania's PM Edi Rama visited the Belgian capital to meet with the leaders of the Commission and the European Council, where he received confirmation that Tirana's EU journey goes on.

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    • EU needs to accelerate digital transformation

      EU needs to accelerate digital transformation

      The European Union needs to speed up its digital transformation to keep the bloc globally competitive, bloc's 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) shows. Released today by the European Commission, the results of the index present Europe’s overall digital performance and track the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.

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