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News from EU

 
* Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA)
 
The Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) is fully operational in all eurozone countries on 1st August 2014.
 
Check here and here for more.
 
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* Lithuania to Join Euro Area
 
EU Council formally approved the accession of Lithuania to the euro area and single supervisory mechanism (SSM) on 1 January 2015.
 
Read more here.
 
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* Southern African Region and the EU – EPA
 
The European Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) EPA Group (Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland) concluded negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
 
For more information click here.
 

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News from EU

 
 
* EU – Simpler and Fairer VAT System
 
The change in VAT rules will be applied from January 2015.
 
Check here from details.
 
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* EU – International Trade in Services
 
EU28 surplus up to €173 bn in 2013 and United States, Switzerland and China are the main partners.
 
Download the report here.
 
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* EU – Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
 
The European Commission has today adopted two communications – an Action Plan to address infringements of intellectual property rights in the EU and a Strategy for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) in third countries.
 
Read more about it here.
 

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Armenia Choose Customs Union

 
Armenia will join to the Customs Union led by Russia and block its chances of signing an agreement with the European Union.
 
 The EU respects the decision on joining the Customs but ‘two systems are incompatible” . Russia considers it a diplomatic victory.
 
Please follow the link for more.
 

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EU – Employment and Social Developments 2012

8 January 2013, Brussels
 
European Commission released the 2012 edition of the Employment and Social Developments in Europe Review.
The review analyzes the impact of the crisis on the social situation all over the Member States.
 
Please find more:
Press release
Memo
Speech
 
The publication is available here.
 

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EU/Mercosur Trade Talks Suspended

The European Union (EU) negotiations with Mercosur have been suspended and they will be resumed after Paraguayan elections of April 2013.

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EU-Philippines Partnership and Cooperation Agreement

11 July 2012, Phnom Penh (Philippines)
 
The European Union (EU) and the Philippines signed a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement on issues such as migration and energy.
 
For more click here.

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Europe 2020 Project Bond Initiative

5 July 2012, Brussels
 
The European Parliament adopted the proposal for a pilot phase of the Project Bond Initiative. This is an important initiative to mobilise the necessary funding for project financing in sectors of transport (TEN-T), energy (TEN-E) and information and communication technology (ICT).
 
Please check the next links:
 
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/12/525&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en
 
http://www.eib.org/about/news/key-role-for-the-eib-in-europe-2020-project-bond-initiative.htm
 
http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/consultation/index_en.htm

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EU & Central America Signed a Comprehensive Association Agreement

29 June 2012, Tegucigalpa (Honduras)
 
The European Union (EU) and Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama) signed a Comprehensive Association Agreement including an ambitious trade component and which will open up markets on both sides.
 
More here.

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EU Signed a Trade Agreement with Colombia & Peru

26 June 2012, Brussels
 
The European Union (EU) signed a Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru.
 
Further information and other EU agreements can be found here.

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EU Sanctions Regarding Luxury and Dual Use Goods to Syria

15 June 2012, Luxembourg
 
The Council of the European Union approved implementing rules on certain EU sanctions against Syria to apply from 17 June:
–      ban on exports of luxury goods
–      ban on additional dual use goods
 
More here.

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