The EBRD and the European Union (EU) have agreed a new €50 million programme of financial guarantees aimed at scaling up investment in renewable energy in Ukraine and in the EU’s Southern Neighbourhood with a particular focus on Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.
The European Commission published today the latest report on protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries. While developments have taken place since the publication of the previous report, concerns persist and a number of areas for improvement and action remain to be addressed. Intellectual property rights infringements worldwide cost European firms billions of euros in lost revenue and put thousands of jobs at risk. Today’s report identifies three groups of countries on which the EU will focus its action.
The Council adopted a decision to provide up to 500 million euros of macro-financial assistance to Jordan.
September 2019 saw the EU record its largest ever monthly surplus in agri-food trade, coming to a total value of €3.7 billion. The surplus was recorded following a rise in both the monthly export and import values of agri-food products. The EU’s agri-food exports rose to €13.06 billion in September 2019, an increase of 18% compared to the previous year, while the value of imports rose by 6% to €9.32 billion. These are amongst the principle findings of the monthly trade report for September 2019, published by the European Commission.