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  • POPCRU Media Statement [press release]

    The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU), a non-racial organisation of progressive civil servants in the safety and security cluster, welcomes the ground-breaking decision handed down by the Constitutional Court of South Africa on Tuesday 2 S…

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  • Spread of ISIL in Iraq and Syria an affront to enjoyment of human rights

    8 Sep 2014

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    Human Rights Council. Photo by Jean-Marc FerrŽ

    The new UN Human Rights Chief says attempts by the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ISIL to govern parts of Iraq and Syria is an affront to the promotion and protection of human rights in the region.

    In his maiden statement to the UN Human Rights Council Mr Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the ISIL group has demonstrated absolute and deliberate disregard for human rights.

    Mr Zeid said the systematic attacks on segments of the civilian population because of their ethnic background or religious beliefs, may constitute a crime against humanity for which those responsible must be held accountable.

    He called on the international community to make every effort to protect minority groups, children – who are at risk of forcible recruitment and sexual violence and women, who have been the targets of severe restrictions.

    “From a human rights perspective, it is clear that the immediate and urgent priority of the international community should be to halt the increasingly conjoined conflicts in Iraq and Syria. The Takfiris who recently murdered James Foley and hundreds of other defenseless victims in Iraq and Syria – do they believe they are acting courageously? Barbarically slaughtering captives? What virtue are they demonstrating exactly? They reveal only what a Takfiri state would look like, should this movement actually try to govern in the future. It would be a harsh, mean-spirited, house of blood, where no shade would be offered, nor shelter given, to any non-Takfiri in their midst. International law requires that both the State and armed groups take all measures to minimize the impact of violence on civilians, respect the principles of distinction and proportionality when carrying out military operations, and ensure that civilians can leave areas affected by violence in safety and dignity.”

    Mr Zeid also called for an end to the seven year blockade on Gaza by Israel.

    He said the worsening human rights situation in conflict ravaged states including Libya, Ukraine, South Sudan and the Central African Republic is a matter of grave concern and called on all parties to the conflicts comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law.

    Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.

    Duration 2.27″

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  • Daily News of 2014-09-08

    EXME 14 / 08.09

    DAILY NEWS

    08 / 09 / 14

    The Commission sets out cooperation priorities for the Eastern and the Southern Neighbourhood for coming years

    Following consultation with partner countries, EU member States and the European Parliament, the European Commission has taken decisions providing important EU funding to the partners in the EU Neighbourhood in the coming years. This package includes programming documents for Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaïjan, Belarus, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, as well as for regional cooperation in both the Eastern and Southern neighbourhood and for European Neighbourhood-Wide programmes. The total amount of these programmes is over €5,5 billion.

    Commission services consult on cross-border mergers and divisions

    European Commission services have today launched a consultation on cross-border mergers and divisions. The purpose of this consultation is to collect information which would allow the Commission to assess if the existing rules for cross-border operations of companies need to be changed. The questions focus in particular on the improvement of the existing EU legal framework for cross-border mergers under Directive 2005/56/EC and on possible new EU rules for cross-border divisions of companies. The consultation follows the Commission’s 2012 Action Plan on European company law and corporate governance ( IP/12/1340), which included consultations and research in these areas. The consultation will run until 1 December 2014. Contributions are particularly sought from parties who have experience with national and cross-border mergers and divisions.

    Almost all Europeans say protecting the environment is important to them

    Three years on from the most recent similar Eurobarometer survey, it is clear that, despite the economic crisis, Europeans’ concern about the environment has not diminished. In an overwhelming consensus, 95 % of the 28.000 interviewed citizens said that protecting the environment is important to them personally and many think more can be done. A strong majority of people also share the view that the efficient use of natural resources (79 %) and the protection of the environment (74 %) can boost economic growth. 77 % of EU citizens agree that European environmental legislation is necessary to protect the environment. Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “It is good to see such solid and widespread support for the protection of the environment, even in difficult times. People are particularly concerned about air and water pollution, chemicals and waste, and they feel that more must be done by everyone to protect the environment.”

    How can we make the EU a better place for SMEs? Commission seeks your views

    What do small and medium sized enterprises in Europe need from future EU policy? This is the core question of a consultation the Commission launched today to help upgrade the EU’s Small Business Act (SBA). The SBA – a wide-ranging set of measures designed to make life easier for small companies – has already proved to be a good basis for SME policy. As it is built upon the exchange of best practices, support for internationalisation and entrepreneurship as well as access to finance (implemented via the financing instruments of CIP and COSME), it encourages EU countries to take up effective solutions that have worked elsewhere and to come up with equally good ideas themselves. Combined with strong initiatives for smart regulation it has contributed to SMEs’ ability to weather the economic crisis.

    EU fleet to start fishing in Moroccan waters

    The European Commission welcomes Morocco’s announcement that European fishing boats are now able to start their fishing operations in Moroccan waters. The Moroccan authorities issued the fishing licenses for vessels from Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Latvia, and Lithuania on the evening of Friday 5 September. The announcement was made following the first EU-Morocco Joint Committee meeting held in Rabat on 4-5 September where the implementation of the new four-year EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) was on the agenda.

    Further information is available online .

    State aid: Commission endorses investment aid to Apollo Hungary for production of tyres in Gyöngyöshalász

    The European Commission has found that regional investment aid totalling €95.7 million (approximately HUF 29 billion) to Apollo Tyres (Hungary) Kft. for the construction of a tyre plant in Gyöngyöshalász (Northern Hungary) is in line with EU state aid rules. The Commission found that the aid granted by Hungary favours regional development while any distortions of competition will remain limited.

    What Commissioners said

    President Barroso attended Ambrosetti Forum, 6 September

    President Barroso and other members of the European Commission have participated in this year’s Ambrosetti Forum, organised by the renowned think tank “The European House – Ambrosetti”. At the event, titled “ Intelligence on the World, Europe and Italy ”, President Barroso said: “At European level, in particular reforms of European economic governance, of financial markets, of public finances and fiscal frameworks paved the way for a recovering economy and stabilised sovereign debt markets. And last but certainly not least, although it is easy to overlook, we secured a European investment budget of € 1 trillion for the period 2014-2020. At the instigation of the European Commission, this important budget is largely geared towards the objectives of Europe 2020, in support of Member States reforms and competitiveness. Taken together, the sheer volume and pace of reforms at both Member State and EU level should put Europe’s recovery on a sound and sustainable footing. What matters now is that structural reforms are carried through and further completed. Because, we are not there yet; there is still a long way to go. We have to show resilience, stick with the reform agenda and demonstrate courage and patience in seeing through what we have begun. »

    The video of the full speech is available online on EBS , and a transcript will shortly be available on RAPID .

    Restoring growth and jobs – How can Cohesion Policy contribute to a sustainable recovery of EU?

    In his opening speech at the 6th Cohesion Forum in Brussels, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, stated:  “Cohesion Policy became a significant source of investment, especially in the less developed Member States, where now Cohesion funding represents more than 60% of the investment budget.  The fact is that Cohesion Policy has prevented a total collapse of public investment in many Member states during the crisis. As outlined in the Cohesion Report and also confirmed by subsequent analysis of the Partnership Agreements and Operation Programmes submitted by Member States there are already encouraging signs as to how the reform is being translated in practice. It is already evident that there is a strategic underpinning for all the investments to be made. And there is a clear shift in terms of funding priorities in comparison with the 2007-2013 period. Cohesion Policy is targeting the low carbon economy, investing in energy efficiency, in research and innovation, new technologies and alternative energy sources, employment and business support.  Moreover, the new Policy is also linked to the economic governance and to the European Semester”.   

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  • The Commission sets out cooperation priorities for the Eastern and the Southern Neighbourhood for coming years The European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI)

    European Commission

    Press release

    Brussels, 8 September 2014

    The Commission sets out cooperation priorities for the Eastern and the Southern Neighbourhood for coming years

    Following consultation with partner countries, EU member States and the European Parliament, the European Commission has taken decisions providing important EU funding to the partners in the EU Neighbourhood in the coming years. This package includes programming documents for Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaïjan, Belarus, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, as well as for regional cooperation in both the Eastern and Southern neighbourhood and for European Neighbourhood-Wide programmes. The total amount of these programmes is over €5,5 billion.

    Catherine Ashton said: “Our relationship with the countries in our Neighbourhood has always been one of my priorities. We have strong links with these countries and an important role to play in helping them deal with the political and economic challenges they face. We are committed to accompany them on their path to peace, democracy and socio-economic development.”

    Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, said: “Ambition and commitment to reforms will guide the massive EU funding for our Neighbours for the coming years. Priorities for support have been established through close dialogue with our partners, involving all the relevant stakeholders, in the spirit of ownership and partnership. The funding will help them address key challenges their societies are facing”.

    Following the adoption of programming documents for Georgia and Moldova in June 2014, in July the EU Commission adopted a package of bilateral and multi-country programming documents that will chart EU support to the partners for the coming years. These funds will come from the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) that will provide the bulk of EU assistance to partners over coming years.

    Programming is done only for the first years of the Multi-annual Financial Framework period (MFF 2014-2020) to allow adaptation of EU support to evolving situation in each country/region. In the spirit of differentiation, the timeframes of the programming documents differ and take into account the specificity of the country situation and/or programmes concerned.

    The programming priorities have been developed in close cooperation with the national authorities of partner countries, civil society and other relevant stakeholders, and in coordination with EU Member States. They are also fully coherent with existing agreed documents setting policy priorities between the EU and the partner countries, such as Action plans and other jointly agreed documents. They were also subject of a Strategic Dialogue on programming with the European Parliament.

    In accordance with the aid effectiveness principles, programming documents for bilateral cooperation present in general three priority sectors. Each sector of concentration will encompass sector-related capacity development and institution building activities, including technical cooperation, to support in particular approximation to EU legislation and technical standards.

    In addition, a specific financial envelope in bilateral programming documents will allow notably for complementary support for capacity development and Civil Society. In principle, support to civil society will be also mainstreamed throughout all three sectors of intervention, with the ultimate goal of ensuring effective and inclusive policies at the national level. Efforts will be made to support civil society capacities and engagement, in the development, implementation and monitoring of national public policies supported by the EU, including through participation in policy dialogue.

    The programming documents for Egypt and Cross-border Cooperation are expected to be adopted in fall 2014. Based on the programming documents, relevant implementation measures will be adopted and launched.

    Background

    The European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI)

    The new European Neighbourhood Instrument with a budget of €15.4 billion for the period 2014-2020 will provide the bulk of funding to the 16 partner countries1 covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Building on the achievements of the previous European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), the ENI will support strengthening of relations with Neighbourhood countries and bring tangible benefits to both the EU and its partners. It will provide support through bilateral, multi-country and Cross Border Co-operation (CBC) programmes as well as through “Umbrella programmes” that will represent the key mechanism for applying an incentive-based approach.

    A. Bilateral programming documents

    1. Algeria: the indicative allocation for the period 2014-2017 is between €121,000,000 – €148,000,000. The three priority sectors of intervention to be financed through this envelope are the following:

    1. Justice reform and strengthening of citizen participation in public life (indicative 25%)

    2. Labour market reform and employment creation (indicative 30%)

    3. Support to the management and diversification of the economy (indicative 30%)

    1. Armenia: the indicative allocation for the period 2014-2017 is between €140,000,000 – €170,000,000. The three priority sectors of intervention to be financed through this envelope are the following:

    1. Private sector development (indicative 35%)

    2. Public administration reform (indicative 25%)

    3. Justice sector reform (indicative 20%)

    1. Azerbaijan: the indicative allocation for the period 2014-2017 is between €77,000,000 – €94,000,000. The three priority sectors of intervention to be financed through this envelope are the following:

    1. Regional and rural development (indicative 40%)

    2. Justice sector reform (indicative 20%)

    3. Education and skills development (indicative 20%)

    1. Belarus: the indicative allocation for the period 2014-2017 is between €71,000,000 – €89,000,000. The three priority sectors of intervention to be financed through this envelope are the following:

    1. Social inclusion (indicative 30%)

    2. Environment (indicative 25%)

    3. Local and regional economic development (indicative 25%)

    1. Jordan: the indicative allocation for the period 2014-2017 is between €312,000,000 – €382,000,000. The three priority sectors of intervention to be financed through this envelope are the following:

    1. Reinforcing the rule of law for enhanced accountability and equity in public delivery (indicative 25%)

    2. Employment and private sector development (indicative 30%)

    3. Renewable energy and energy efficiency (indicative 30%)

    1. Lebanon: the indicative allocation for the period 2014-2016 is between €130,000,000 – €159,000,000. The three priority sectors of intervention to be financed through this envelope are the following:

    1. Justice and security system reform (indicative 15%)

    2. Reinforcing social cohesion, promoting sustainable economic development and protecting vulnerable groups (indicative 40%)

    3. Promotion of sustainable and transparent management of energy and natural resources (indicative 20%)

    1. Libya: the indicative allocation for the period 2014-2015 is between €36,000,000 – €44,000,000. The three priority sectors of intervention to be financed through this envelope are the following:

    1. Democratic governance (indicative 45%)

    2. Youth: active citizenship and socioeconomic integration (indicative 28%)

    3. Health (indicative 16%)

    Depending on the evolution of the political and security situation in Libya, the content of the priority sectors could however be readjusted to meet the needs of the Libyan population and institutions.

    1. Morocco: the indicative allocation for the period 2014-2017 is between €728,000,000 – €890,000,000. The three priority sectors of intervention to be financed through this envelope are the following:

    1. Equitable access to basic social services (indicative 30%)

    2. Support to democratic governance, the Rule of Law and mobility (indicative 25%)

    3. Jobs, sustainable and inclusive growth (indicative 25%)

    Further support to the Action Plan and Civil Society (indicative 20%)

    1. Tunisia: the indicative allocation for the period 2014-2015 is between €202,000,000 – €246,000,000. The three priority sectors of intervention to be financed through this envelope are the following:

    1. Socio-Economic reforms for inclusive growth, competitiveness and integration (indicative 40%)

    2. Strengthening fundamental elements of democracy (indicative 15%)

    3. Sustainable regional and local development (indicative 30%)

    B. Multicountry programming documents

    1. Regional East: the indicative allocation for the period 2014-2017 is between €418,000,000 – €511,000,000. The four priority sectors of intervention to be financed through this envelope are the following:

    1. Eastern Partnership including Flagship Initiatives (indicative 75%)

    2. Regional cooperation frameworks (indicative 10%)

    3. Energy and transport initiatives involving the wider region (indicative 5%)

    4. Horizontal and sectoral support for multilateral cooperation (indicative 10%)

    1. Regional South: the indicative allocation for the period 2014-2017 is between €371,000,000- €453,000,000. The four priority sectors of intervention to be financed through this envelope are the following:

    1. Building a partnership for liberty, democracy and security (indicative 20%)

    2. Building a partnership for inclusive and sustainable economic development (indicative 20%)

    3. Building a partnership between the people (indicative 25%)

    4. Support regional and sub-regional institutional cooperation (indicative 15%)

    1. European Neighbourhood-wide programme: the indicative allocation for the period 2014-2017 is between €1,675,000,000 to €1,876,000,000 of which €770,000,000 for specific support (“Umbrella programmes”) for countries progressing further towards deep and sustainable democracy and implementing agreed reforms contributing to that goal. The other three priority sectors of intervention to be financed through this envelope are the following:

    1. Building a partnership for inclusive and sustainable economic development and integration (indicative 55%), notably support to the Neighbourhood Investment Facility.

    2. Building a partnership between people: Erasmus+ in the Neighbourhood and Russia (indicative 40%)

    3. Building capacity for European Neighbourhood countries (indicative 5%)

    For more information

    Website of Commissioner Stefan Füle

    Website of ENP EEAS

    Website of DG Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid

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