GREECE
GREECE: Political agreement hoped for on finalisation of second monitoring mission, despite differences of opinion over debt

Brussels, 22/05/2017 (Agence Europe)The Eurozone finance ministers were hoping to achieve a political agreement on Greece, during the evening of Monday 22 May, despite differences of opinion between the various parties on the question of debt relief for the country.

No political agreement had been reached at Eurogroup on the finalisation of the second monitoring mission of the third Greek bailout plan as we were going to press on Monday evening . However, all partners were united in their hopes of reaching a political agreement by the end of the meeting,  as illustrated by the...

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Europe Diplomacy & Defense No. 988
International community calls for restraint

Brussels, 22/05/2017 (EDD)On 20 May, the European Union and the permanent member countries of the United Nations Security Council called for restraint following the attack on a military base in southern Libya.  At least 141 people, most of whom were soldiers loyal to Khalifa Haftar, were killed in the attack carried out by rival groups.  The UN also spoke of “reports of summary...

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1953 - 2017

On 12 March 1953, the first issue of the daily news bulletin "Europe" was published, and we are therefore celebrating our sixty-fourth anniversary. This is a ripe old age for a press agency, but is not extraordinary in and of itself: older news agencies exist, some of them much older. What is unusual about us is that we are exactly as old as the first European Community, the forerunner of today's European Union. In July 1952, the Paris Treaty came into force, giving rise to the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), and it was at the beginning of 1953 that the "ECSC levy" started being applied, the first European tax. In February 1953, the coal and steel markets were opened up to the six participating countries. This moment marked the end of prehistory and the beginning of history for the united Europe, and Agence Europe's newsletter took on its role of closely following developments in Europe's history from one day to the next.

Bulletin Quotidien Europe 11793 - 23/5/2017
ECONOMY - FINANCE - BUSINESS
GREECE: Political agreement hoped for on finalisation of second monitoring mission, despite differences of opinion over debt
ECONOMY: Commission takes position in favour of Portugal and Croatia coming out of excessive deficit proceedings
EUROZONE: Germany and France launch 'working group' on Eurogroup integration
FINANCE: New initiatives in sight to complete Capital Markets Union between 27
TAXATION: Malta hit by revelations about its tax system
INSTITUTIONAL
UNITED KINGDOM: EU just awaiting London so talks can start
EXTERNAL ACTION
BANGLADESH: Dhaka still far from improving workers' rights in Sustainability Compact
KOSOVO: EU calls for calm and open election campaign
LIBYA: International community calls on different factions for restraint
ALGERIA: EU-Algeria meetings on security and Sahel-Sahara zone
MEDITERRANEAN: EU hails UfM's adoption of Urban Agenda for Mediterranean
IRAN: EU hails re-election of Hassan Rouhani as President of Republic
CLIMATE: EU begins Petersburg Dialogue buoyed by Bonn progress
SECTORAL POLICIES
AGRICULTURE: Council critical of MEPs' amendments to omnibus regulation
CIRCULAR ECONOMY: European Parliament/Council negotiations on revision of 'wastes' directives are going to be difficult
REGIONS: Regions and cities want to set up coalition to defend cohesion policy
SOCIAL: European trade unions call on Commission to improve protection of workers in Country Specific Recommendations
ENERGY: Greenpeace welcomes European Parliament's movement to increase level of ambition for renewables
EDUCATION - CULTURE
EDUCATION: Council defends policy 'for' and 'with' young people
CULTURE: European film makers at Cannes Festival call on EU to protect European cultural creative content
NEWS BRIEFS
MALI: Federica Mogherini and Abdramane Sylla discuss security in the Sahel and migration
INTERNAL MARKET: EuroCommerce pleased with Advocate General's opinion strengthening legal environment of retailing
UKRAINE: EU calls for respect of freedom of expression
WEEKLY SUPPLEMENT
European Library: No. 1183