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New redundancy plan at Amazon 9,000 more jobs cut worldwide, including in Europe

The CEO of the American company announced on Monday 20 March a new redundancy plan at Amazon involving the loss of 9,000 jobs.

National winners of the 2023 European Charlemagne Youth Prize

Young people aged 16-30 working on EU projects can apply for the European Charlemagne Youth Prize.

Auditors call for further simplification of the complex EU financial landscape

Over decades, the piecemeal approach taken to set up the EU financial landscape has resulted in a patchwork construction that is overly complex and not fully publicly accountable

Climate change, Parliament votes to reduce by 40% the greenhouse gas emissions by member states

The new Effort Sharing Regulation reduces the allowed maximum level of greenhouse gas emissions in member states from transport, buildings and agriculture until 2030.

EU cohesion and agricultural spending: gaps in measures to detect, resolve and report on conflicts of interest

The new report, published on Monday (13 March) by the European Court of Auditors, explored how conflicts of interest are addressed in agricultural and cohesion policies, the two biggest spending areas in the EU which together amount to around half of the EU budget.

Black Sea Grain Initiative extended on deadline day

The announcement was made in a Note to Correspondents, released by the UN Secretary-General’s spokesperson’s office on Saturday, which emphasized that the Initiative allows for the “facilitation of the safe navigation for the exports...

Ukraine-Russia: Extension of grain export deals vital to global food security

Martin Griffths, the UN Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefed ambassadors on the eve of the expiration of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which has allowed nearly 25 million metric tonnes of foodstuff...

Human rights breaches in Iran, Tunisia and Cambodia

On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions against Human rights breaches in Iran, Tunisia and Cambodia.

Russia: International Criminal Court issues arrest warrant for Putin

“The contents of the warrants are secret to protect the victims,” said ICC President Piotr Hofmański. “Nevertheless, the judges decided to make the existence of the warrants public, in the interest of justice and...

Ukrainian region of Kirovohrad in search of partnerships in Brussels to feed the world

On 9-10 March, the head of the regional council of Kirovohrad Oblast (region), Sergii Shulga, visited European institutions in Brussels to raise awareness about the future of his region in the EU and the...

Rapid deployment capacity to protect EU citizens, interests and values

The Foreign Affairs Committee adopted on Thursday a series of proposals on the new European Rapid Deployment Capability, to be deployed in the event of a crisis.

Russia’s energy grid attacks, torture in Ukraine, could be crimes against humanity: UN rights probe

According to the Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, set up one year ago at the request of the Human Rights Council, Russian troops committed a “wide range” of violations across the country, many of...

MEPs demand the EU boosts clean tech industry and fights human trafficking

In a debate with Presidents Michel and von der Leyen, MEPs reviewed the outcomes of the 9 February EU summit and outlined their expectations for the 23-24 March European Council.

EU-UK relations – Parliament assesses UK Withdrawal Agreement and citizens’ rights

Assessing how the UK Withdrawal Agreement has been implemented in the three years since Brexit, MEPs note that important improvements are needed to safeguard citizens’ rights, and that the implementation of the Agreement has been tarnished by the UK

International Women’s Day: an invitation for societies to do better

In a ceremony marking International Women’s Day, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi and astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti addressed MEPs in Strasbourg.

Think local, for a “healthy and hunger-free” Europe and Central Asia

Think local, says new FAO report, pointing towards ‘hunger-free and healthy’ Europe, Central Asia

Lithuanian President Nausėda: Ukraine’s fight is also our fight

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda urged the EU to continue supporting Ukraine in its fight for freedom and to keep its doors open to Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine.

Italy’s largest trade union calls on Minister for Universities to settle with non-national teaching staff

As Commission deadline for implementation of discrimination case law of the Court of Justice of the EU approaches, Italy’s largest trade union calls on Minister for Universities to settle with non-national teaching staff In its...

Unemployment Rates, OECD – Updated: March 2023

  OECD unemployment rate remains at record low of 4.9% in January 2023   Download the entire news release (graphs and tables included, PDF) 14 Mar 2023 - The OECD unemployment rate remained at 4.9% in January 2023, the...

UN stresses ‘full commitment’ to Ukraine grain deal as Russia offers 60-day extension

Russia announced earlier that it would agree to a 60-day extension, which is half the number of days agreed when it first expired in November. The UN-brokered deal also endorsed by Türkiye in Istanbul - which...

Parliament and Council negotiators agree on new rules to boost energy savings

MEPs and the Swedish Presidency of the Council agreed on new energy saving targets in both primary and final energy consumption in the EU.

Ukraine: UN aid trucks reach frontline town of Chasiv Yar

The UN aid coordination office, OCHA, said the humanitarian supplies had been off-loaded in Chasiv Yar, which is some 10 kilometres to the west of Bakhmut, which Russian forces are attempting to wrest control...

Rghts experts ‘deeply disturbed’ by Russian Wagner Group recruitment of prisoners

In a statement, the dozen experts said representatives from the Russian-owned mercenary outfit had been “offering pardons for criminal sentences to prisoners who join the group and take part in the war in Ukraine,...

Ukraine, one year after: MEPs debate the energy outlook

Speakers highlighted that while the EU managed to save energy and diversify its supply, it now has to develop its own production and adapt by working on news energy outlook.

Europe‘s New Equality Champions

Europe honors its new equality champions. This happened at a special event in the Berlemont building in Brussels on March 8, and the leaders in the fight for equality within the European Union were...
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