Research for REGI Committee – European Cohesion Policy and regional development policies in other parts of the world

The study compares regional policies of China, Brazil, ASEAN and MERCOSUR with the EU’s Cohesion Policy to inspire the policy debate on its future after 2020. Despite the fact that these countries differ significantly from the EU, they attach great importance to territorial policies and provide useful suggestions. Strategic priorities are supported by flexible territorial concentration and competition rules in their regional policies, and cooperation among regions and administrative capacity building are key components of policy implementation.

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EU-Mexico Free Trade Agreement – EU textual proposal on exceptions

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EU-Mexico Free Trade Agreement – EU textual proposal on motor vehicles and equipment and parts thereof

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EU-Mexico Free Trade Agreement – EU textual proposal on trade in goods – section on agriculture and section on wine and spirits

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Agenda: Working Party on Latin America and the Caribbean (capitals) (17 October 2017)

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (11 October 2017)

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Factsheet: IPR dialogues with priority countries – Turkey

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Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union within the Customs Sub- Committee established by the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Georgia, of the other part, as regards the replacement of Protocol I to that Agreement, concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation, by a new protocol which refers to the Regional Convention on pan-Euro-Mediterranean preferential rules of origin

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Press Release: EU-Albania: 8th Stabilisation and Association Committee

The 8th meeting of the Stabilisation and Association (SA) Committee between Albania and the European Union took place on 4 October 2017 in Brussels. The meeting was co-chaired by Ms. Genoveva Ruiz Calavera, Director for the Western Balkans in the Directorate General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission and Ms. Eralda Cani, Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania.

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2017/1791 of 4 October 2017 determining that a temporary suspension of the preferential customs duty pursuant to Article 15 of Regulation (EU) No 20/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council is not appropriate for imports of bananas originating in Guatemala

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Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, in the Association Committee meeting in Trade Configuration established by the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Moldova, of the other concerning the comprehensive roadmap submitted by the Republic of Moldova in relation to the implementation of the Agreement in the area of public procurement

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Official Journal (L Series): Recommendation No 1/2017 of the EU-Egypt Association Council of 25 July 2017 agreeing on the EU-Egypt Partnership Priorities [2017/1786]

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Written Answer to a Question: Conditionality of macro-financial assistance to the Republic of Moldova

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Official Journal (L Series): Council Decision (EU) 2017/1779 of 29 May 2017 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Association Council set up by the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Arab Republic of Egypt, of the other part, with regard to the adoption of a recommendation on the EU-Egypt Partnership Priorities

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UPDATED – Official Journal (L Series): Recommendation No 1/2017 of the EU-Egypt Association Council of 25 July 2017 agreeing on the EU-Egypt Partnership Priorities

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Amendments: EP AFET Committee on a European Parliament recommendation to the Council, the Commission and the EEAS on the Eastern Partnership, in the run-up to the November 2017 Summit

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Official Journal (L Series): Information relating to the entry into force of the Protocol to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the other part, to take account of the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union

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Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (11 – 14 September 2017)

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Agenda: Working Party on Latin America and the Caribbean (Brussels) (12 September 2017)

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Recommendation: EP INTA Committee on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Third Additional Protocol to the Agreement establishing an association between the European Community and its Member States and the Republic of Chile

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Press Release: EU-Ukraine Association Agreement enters fully into force

On 1 September 2017, the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement came into full force. The Association Agreement, including its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), is the main tool for bringing Ukraine and the EU closer together: it promotes deeper political ties and stronger economic links, as well as respect for common European values.

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Press Release: EU-Ukraine Association Agreement fully enters into force

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Agenda: EP AFET Committee Meeting (14 September 2017)

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Press Release: Johannes Hahn attends informal Western Balkans Prime Ministers’ meeting in Durrës, Albania

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, will travel to Durrës, Albania, on Saturday 26 August, to attend the informal meeting of the Prime Ministers of the Western Balkans Six. The focus of the meeting will be on boosting the implementation of the commitments taken at the Trieste Summit in July 2017, especially the action plan on the deepening of regional economic integration. The Regional Economic Area agreed at the Trieste Summit will provide new opportunities for businesses and citizens alike and strengthen growth and jobs. The next concrete steps include the mutual recognition of professional qualifications, identifying and scrapping red tape and regulatory barriers that impede trade and investment in the region, setting up a regional dialogue on digital transformation, and launching negotiations on a dispute settlement mechanism. The European Commission strongly supports the Western Balkans’ regional co-operation as an integral part of their EU accession perspective, through substantial investments in connecting infrastructure, economies and people within the region itself and between the Western Balkans’ region and the European Union. Videos and photos of the visit will be available on EbS(For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570)

Source: European Commission

Official Journal (L Series): Recommendation No 1/2017 of the EU-Republic of Moldova Association Council of 4 August 2017 on the EU-Republic of Moldova Association Agenda

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