The Netherlands set to become 21st EU member State to join European Public Prosecutor’s Office

New Europe reports that the Netherlands is set to become the 21st EU Member State to join the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) after the European Commission confirmed that Amsterdam plans to take part in the EPPO.

The European Commission hopes the Netherlands’ participation in the EPPO will play a key role in its fight against white-collar crime, including fraud, corruption, and money laundering.… Be Informed

UK Government is engaged in good planning and taking precautions in case of a no-deal Brexit

ITV reports that Downing Street has insisted the Government is engaged in “good planning” and taking “sensible precautions” in case there is a no-deal Brexit.

Asked if Theresa May would continue to lead the country if her negotiations fail and the UK is plunged into a no-deal scenario, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said she is “fully committed to delivering on the will of the British people”.… Be Informed

EU and Japan to sign new Trade Deal to eliminate all tariffs

The European Union and Japan are signing a widespread trade deal that will eliminate nearly all tariffs, seemingly defying the worries about trade tensions set off by President Donald Trump’s policies.

The signing, set for Tuesday in Tokyo, is ceremonial, delayed from earlier this month because Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe canceled going to Brussels over a disaster in southwestern Japan, caused by extremely heavy rainfall.

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Spain and Greece get additional €45.6 million in emergency funds support to respond the migratory challenges

The European Commission has awarded an additional €45.6 million in emergency assistance to support Spain and Greece respond to the migratory challenges they face.

The European Commission has awarded an additional €45.6 million in emergency assistance to support Spain and Greece respond to the migratory challenges they face.

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Breaking News: EU leaders reach migration deal after night long discussions (Continuously Updated)

The ‘Mother of All Summits’ gave birth to an agreement on Immigration.

The agreement reached before dawn included approval of the full set of Council conclusions, along with the migration packageANSA reports that according to Italian sources, the 28 leaders reached an agreement which includes significant contributions from the French and Italian governments, and which agreement satisfied most of the Italian positions, which earlier was blocking the agreement.… Be Informed

European Summit dubbed as ‘Mother of all Summits’ will start today

The European Council will start on Thursday at 15.00 with the traditional exchange of views with the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.

At the first working session the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borissov, of the current rotating presidency of the Council, will provide a state of play on the implementation of previous European Council conclusions.… Be Informed

Eurozone Deal on Greece

Financial Times: Eurozone governments have brokered a long-awaited debt relief deal for Greece, pushing back repayment deadlines on almost €100bn of bailout loans as the country prepares to exit its era of financial rescue programmes. Finance ministers hammered out the final points of an agreement in more than six hours of talks that stretched into the night in Luxembourg on Thursday.… Be Informed

BREXIT: “Stop playing hide and seek” – Michel Barnier to UK Government


European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier urged the British Government ‘to stop playing hide and seek’ over the country’s aims for trade ties and went on warning that delays in agreeing on judicial oversight risk wrecking any Brexit deal.

Barnier said that he would not be intimidated by what he referred to as a “blame game” from the British government of accusing the EU of inflexibility because it rejected some British demands.… Be Informed

EU proposes upgrade for Visa Information System


The European Commission proposed to upgrade the Visa Information System (VIS), the database containing information on persons applying for Schengen visas, in order to better respond to evolving security and migratory challenges and improve the EU’s external border management. The proposed changes will allow for more thorough background checks on visa applicants; close security information gaps through better information exchange between Member States; and ensure full interoperability with other EU-wide databases.… Be Informed

European Agenda on Migration: Still fragile situation gives no cause for complacency

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While joint EU efforts have continued to show results, the situation remains fragile due to ongoing migratory pressure, as evidenced by newly increased arrivals along the Eastern and the Western Mediterranean routes. This requires the EU as a whole to show the necessary vigilance and preparedness to respond to any seasonal peaks or shifts in pressure, including from one route to another.… Be Informed