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Saudi Arabia: High Representative/Vice-President Borrell meets F

On 29 September, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud, in Brussels.They discussed issues of common interest, including EU-Saudi bilateral relations, joint EU-Saudi initiatives in the context of the ongoing Saudi G20 Presidency, as well as recent regional developments. High Representative Borrell reiterated the EU’s intention to strengthen bilateral engagement and cooperation with Saudi Arabia via the conclusion of a Cooperation Arrangement between the European External Action Service and the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to intensify dialogue on human rights, to which the EU attaches great importance. High Representative Borrell and Foreign Minister Faisal also discussed the ongoing cooperation between the EU and Saudi Arabia in the response to the coronavirus pandemic in the framework of the Saudi G20 Presidency. They both welcomed the successful international pledging conference held in May, co-chaired by the European Commission and Saudi Arabia as rotating chair, and stressed their commitment to supporting international efforts aimed at accelerating the process of manufacturing the vaccine and ensuring its fair distribution to those in need. In the framework of the mandate given to him by EU Foreign Ministers, High Representative Borrell reaffirmed the EU’s willingness to contribute to de-escalation in the Gulf region, support dialogue and promote a regional political solution. High Representative Borrell also recalled the EU’s support to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen and called for all parties to cooperate in bringing the tragic conflict there to an end. The discussion also covered latest developments relating to the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, the Sahel, the Sudanese transition and the Horn of Africa. Let's block ads! (Why?)

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29/09/2020 Η ενημέρωση των διαπιστευμένων συντακτών του Υπουργείου Υγείας, θα πραγματοποιηθεί στο Υπουργείο Υγείας σήμερα, Τρίτη 29 Σεπτεμβρίου και ώρα 18:00, από τον Υφυπουργό Πολιτικής Προστασίας και Διαχείρισης Κρίσεων Νίκο Χαρδαλιά και τον Επίκουρο Καθηγητή της Ιατρικής Σχολής του ΕΚΠΑ και μέλος της Επιτροπής Εμπειρογνωμόνων του Υπουργείου Υγείας, Γκίκα Μαγιορκίνη.Στην ενημέρωση θα συμμετέχει και ο Υφυπουργός Υγείας Βασίλης Κοντοζαμάνης, προκειμένου να απαντά σε ερωτήματα που αφορούν στο σύστημα Υγείας. Διαβάστε επίσης Let's block ads! (Why?)

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29/09/2020 Ο Υφυπουργός Υγείας Βασίλης Κοντοζαμάνης έκανε την ακόλουθη δήλωση:«Σχετικά με τις συμβάσεις επικουρικού προσωπικού οι οποίες λήγουν στο προσεχές χρονικό διάστημα, διευκρινίζεται ότι κατατίθεται διάταξη στη Βουλή για την παράταση των συμβάσεων όλων των κατηγοριών επικουρικού προσωπικού, καταρχάς έως το τέλος του 2020. Η διάταξη θα έχει αναδρομική ισχύ». Διαβάστε επίσης Let's block ads! (Why?)

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​With active judicial support of Eurojust, the Romanian, Lithuanian and Estonian authorities have executed coordinated activities, within a Joint Action Day, to dismantle an Organised Crime Group (OCG) specialized in elaborate cybercrime and fraudulent financial operations, arresting 3 suspects and conducting 4 house searches. The OCG allegedly committed identity theft and lured bank customers in several countries into imputing their access credentials online, via text messages containing links to cloned bank sites, subsequently the perpetrators accessing the victims’ accounts and making fraudulent transfers into specially-created accounts they directly controlled. Eurojust played a pivotal role in the entire operation by setting up and financing a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and facilitating the continuous judicial cooperation between the involved National Authorities. The fraud started in February last year and lasted until recently this month, in various waves. Almost 600 persons, out of which more than 100 in Lithuania and nearly 500 in Estonia fell victim to the OCG members. The victims were mostly natural persons but also companies, with damages in both countries amounting to over EUR 200.000. Additional bank transfers worth approximately EUR  450.000 into the OCG’s were stopped by the banks. For their fraud, the suspects made counterfeit versions of several banks’ sites. By sending SMS and other messages to customers in their banking apps on mobile phones, fraudulous links were sent to account holders to obtain access credentials, so-called phishing. Via multiple online payments, the money was transferred into the bank accounts controlled by the OCG. Through the criminal activities, the OCG also gained fraudulent access to the number of governmental e-services in Estonia. “Further investigative measures will be conducted, to establish the total amount of the proceeds of crime, and the full extent of the criminal activities with possible connections to additional countries”. Since 2019, Eurojust facilitated judicial cooperation in this case, supported the creation of the JIT in March 2020, supported the organisation of four Coordination Meetings to prepare for this week’s action day and provided over EUR 38.000 in funding. This enabled the participation of Estonian police officers during the operation in Romania. Europol supported the operation by facilitating information exchange and providing analytical support. During the action day, Europol deployed an expert on site to cross-check in real-time operational information against Europol’s databases and provide leads to investigators in the field. In Romania, the operation was lead by the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) and Bucharest Brigade for Countering Organized Crime. In Estonia the Riigiprokuratuur (Office of the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Estonia) and Eesti Politsei- ja Piirivalveamet (Estonian Police and Border Guard Board) participated to the action day. In Lithuania, Prosecutor General’s Office and Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau supported the operation. Photos © Romanian Police Let's block ads! (Why?)

#EURegionsWeek 2020 – Registration deadline extended

​​​Following the exceptional situation we are all facing this year, the organisers have decided to gradually extend the registration deadlines to #EURegionsWeek 2020 in 3 steps:Regist​ration to sessions is fully digital, based on the principle of first-registered-first-served. Some sessions are already fully booked, but several places remain available in a number of sessions.Register now to the sessions you do not want to miss among the 500+ scheduled over the three upcoming weeks! Do not forget that no on-site audience will be allowed at this year's #EURegionsWeek, participation in sessions is digital only!We are looking forward to see you online soon!Let's block ads! (Why?)

Nicosia initiative: Developing a strategy for local administrators in Libya

In September, representatives of ten Libyan municipalities and universities met with European provinces, regions and research institutes to discuss how the competencies of local administrators in Libya could further be strengthened. They built on the consolidated partnership within the Nicosia initiative which had developed a decentralised system of continuous learning over the past three years, establishing structured cooperation between governments and universities in the country.Let's block ads! (Why?)

Regions must be at the heart of European economic policy

​Learning lessons from the austerity that followed the last crisis means changing the current EU economic governance rules and promoting public investment The much-needed involvement of cities and regions in shaping the European recovery after the COVID-19 crisis, as well as in shaping a new European economic governance system, were the main focus of the first meeting of the commission for Economic Policy (ECON) after the summer break.Members of the ECON commission held an initial debate on the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), the EUR 672.5 billion instrument (EUR 312.5 billion in grants and EUR 360 billion in loans) designed to support EU countries in carrying out reforms and investing in the EU's common priorities. The RRF is the biggest financial tool included in the EUR 750 billion recovery instrument Next Generation EU, known also as Recovery plan for Europe.Christophe Rouillon (FR/PES), Mayor of Coulaines, is the rapporteur-general of the opinion entitled European recovery plan: Recovery and Resilience Facility and Technical Support Instrument, that will be adopted at the October 2020 plenary session. He stated that "The EUR 750 billion Recovery plan must both enable us to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis and redirect the European development model. As the institutional representatives of cities and regions, we regret that governance is too centralised at national level and that there is insufficient ambition in terms of sustainable development. In relation to the structural funds of cohesion policy, we must avoid duplication and robbing Peter to pay Paul. The Recovery fund, known as the "Recovery and Resilience Facility", can represent a real qualitative leap to boost European investment capacity, but it will not happen without involving Europe's cities and regions".The fully remote meeting also focused on the texts drafted by two representatives of the Government of Wallonia. The ECON members voted on the draft opinion on the Economic governance review, undertaken by the Minister-President of Wallonia, Elio di Rupo (BE/PES), and held an exchange of views on the draft opinion on the Trade policy review, prepared by the Vice-President and minister for the Economy and Trade, Willy Borsus (BE/Renew Europe). The latter opinion is scheduled to be adopted by the ECON commission on 19 November.Elio di Rupo (BE/PES), said: "The implementation of the suspension of the Stability and Growth Pact mechanisms during the COVID-19 pandemic enables states and local authorities to respond to the needs of citizens and businesses. However, the rules of economic governance need to be reviewed in depth in order to live up to the ambitions of a Europe that responds to the aspirations of its citizens and to relocate essential strategic companies (health, food, etc.). I expect the European Commission to propose an ambitious text for a resilient, digital and sustainable Europe".The rapporteur for the European Parliament on the Economic Governance Review, Margarida Marques (PT/PSE), took part in the debate. Due to COVID-19 measures, the fully remote vote on the text will be finalised on Thursday 1 October. The adoption of the opinion by the CoR's plenary is scheduled for 9-10 December 2020.On 28 July, Mr Di Rupo and Mr Rouillon had a virtual meeting with EU Commissioner for Economy, Paolo Gentiloni. They both stressed the importance of putting local and regional communities at the heart of every national recovery plan. Previously, on 2 July, the President of the CoR, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, had met Commissioner Gentiloni to discuss how to best involve regions and cities in steering Next Generation EU.Commissioner Gentiloni will attend the October CoR's plenary session for a debate on resilience and recovery. Members also had an exchange of views with Fabian Zuleeg, chief executive of the independent think tank European Policy Centre (EPC), on the developments in future EU-UK economic and trade relations, as well as on the Brexit adjustment reserve. The new special instrument was designed to counter unforeseen and adverse consequences in Member States and sectors that are worst affected by the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU. According to the conclusions of the 17-21 July 2020 special European Council, the Brexit adjustment reserve will be endowed with a EUR 5 billion budget for 2021-2027.The ECON commission appointed Isolde Ries (DE/PES), First Vice-President of the Saarland Regional Parliament, to serve as its rapporteur on the Action Plan on critical raw materials. The Action Plan was presented by the European Commission on 3 September.The effects of COVID-19 in the EU's regions and the challenges faced by local and regional authorities as a result will be the subject of the first Annual Regional and Local Barometer, which the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) – Apostolos Tzitzikostas, Governor of Central Macedonia – will present at a speech at the CoR's plenary session on 12 October. The Barometer draws on specially-commissioned studies as well as other research to provide a detailed assessment of the crisis and of some of the major political and policy issues it has raised.Meeting documentsClick here to register for the European Week of Regions and Cities 2020Contact:Matteo MigliettaTel. +32 (0)2 282 2440Mobile: +32 (0)470 [email protected]'s block ads! (Why?)