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  •   European Union EU interior ministers met in an extraordinary session in Brussels on Friday to discuss options to ease tension between Italy and France over the fate of illegal migrants who had been rescued at sea near Italy but those who were not allowed to land in Italian ports The issue came to a head in early November when Italy turned back the Ocean Viking a rescue ship carrying 234 African migrants who were saved from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe s shores Ultimately France accepted these immigrants but has criticized Italy for not doing so Italy has recently toughened its stance on accepting migrants trying to cross Europe s borders illegally The Ocean Viking case is the latest episode in a longstanding debate among EU countries over how to share the responsibility for handling Europe bound migrants from poor and war torn countries in Africa and the Middle East Most of these people decide to embark on a dangerous journey to Europe to avoid genocide the devastating effects of climate change and economic hardship Margaritis Schinas vice president of the European Commission responsible for migration and security affairs said Friday s meeting was aimed at helping member states work towards a comprehensive structural European framework for migration and asylum We should work not crisis by crisis or ship by ship but in a single framework he said on social media According to Stefano Amadeo a professor of European Union Law at the University of Trieste in Italy reaching an agreement is one of the most difficult challenges facing the 27 nation bloc The European Commission is the only entity that can take the initiative working towards a unified response to this problem and it is doing so But it will take time and a lot of effort to develop and finalize binding regulations on migration Amadeo said He pointed out that the European Agenda on Migration launched in 2015 called for financial solidarity towards the border countries that receive the most asylum seekers including Italy Greece Spain and Malta and policies to facilitate the relocation of migrants throughout the EU once your requests for asylum have been processed But efforts to update those guidelines into binding rules applicable in all 27 member states have turned out to be a slow process he said There is talk of concluding the review of existing standards by the end of the term of the current European Parliament in 2024 she said In the meantime the problem is likely to escalate According to recent data from the European Commission so far this year around 90 000 immigrants have arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean Route from Africa the majority landing in Italy and Malta This number is below the average of 170 000 immigrants per year who arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2015 but it is still an increase of around 50 compared to the same period in 2021 With worsening political economic and climatic conditions in Africa and the Middle East the consensus from media reports is that the number of people willing to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean will grow in the coming months and years Xinhua
    Roundup: EU ministers seek to reduce tension over migration
      European Union EU interior ministers met in an extraordinary session in Brussels on Friday to discuss options to ease tension between Italy and France over the fate of illegal migrants who had been rescued at sea near Italy but those who were not allowed to land in Italian ports The issue came to a head in early November when Italy turned back the Ocean Viking a rescue ship carrying 234 African migrants who were saved from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe s shores Ultimately France accepted these immigrants but has criticized Italy for not doing so Italy has recently toughened its stance on accepting migrants trying to cross Europe s borders illegally The Ocean Viking case is the latest episode in a longstanding debate among EU countries over how to share the responsibility for handling Europe bound migrants from poor and war torn countries in Africa and the Middle East Most of these people decide to embark on a dangerous journey to Europe to avoid genocide the devastating effects of climate change and economic hardship Margaritis Schinas vice president of the European Commission responsible for migration and security affairs said Friday s meeting was aimed at helping member states work towards a comprehensive structural European framework for migration and asylum We should work not crisis by crisis or ship by ship but in a single framework he said on social media According to Stefano Amadeo a professor of European Union Law at the University of Trieste in Italy reaching an agreement is one of the most difficult challenges facing the 27 nation bloc The European Commission is the only entity that can take the initiative working towards a unified response to this problem and it is doing so But it will take time and a lot of effort to develop and finalize binding regulations on migration Amadeo said He pointed out that the European Agenda on Migration launched in 2015 called for financial solidarity towards the border countries that receive the most asylum seekers including Italy Greece Spain and Malta and policies to facilitate the relocation of migrants throughout the EU once your requests for asylum have been processed But efforts to update those guidelines into binding rules applicable in all 27 member states have turned out to be a slow process he said There is talk of concluding the review of existing standards by the end of the term of the current European Parliament in 2024 she said In the meantime the problem is likely to escalate According to recent data from the European Commission so far this year around 90 000 immigrants have arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean Route from Africa the majority landing in Italy and Malta This number is below the average of 170 000 immigrants per year who arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2015 but it is still an increase of around 50 compared to the same period in 2021 With worsening political economic and climatic conditions in Africa and the Middle East the consensus from media reports is that the number of people willing to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean will grow in the coming months and years Xinhua
    Roundup: EU ministers seek to reduce tension over migration
    Foreign5 days ago

    Roundup: EU ministers seek to reduce tension over migration

    - European Union (EU) interior ministers met in an extraordinary session in Brussels on Friday to discuss options to ease tension between Italy and France over the fate of illegal migrants who had been rescued at sea near Italy. but those who were not allowed to land in Italian ports. .

    The issue came to a head in early November when Italy turned back the Ocean Viking, a rescue ship carrying 234 African migrants who were saved from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe's shores. Ultimately, France accepted these immigrants but has criticized Italy for not doing so.

    Italy has recently toughened its stance on accepting migrants trying to cross Europe's borders illegally.

    The Ocean Viking case is the latest episode in a longstanding debate among EU countries over how to share the responsibility for handling Europe-bound migrants from poor and war-torn countries in Africa and the Middle East. Most of these people decide to embark on a dangerous journey to Europe to avoid genocide, the devastating effects of climate change, and economic hardship.

    Margaritis Schinas, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for migration and security affairs, said Friday's meeting was aimed at helping member states work towards a "comprehensive structural European framework for migration and asylum".

    "We should work, not crisis by crisis or ship by ship, but in a single framework," he said on social media.

    According to Stefano Amadeo, a professor of European Union Law at the University of Trieste in Italy, reaching an agreement is one of the most difficult challenges facing the 27-nation bloc.

    “The European Commission is the only entity that can (take the initiative) working towards a unified response to this problem and it is doing so. But it will take time and (a lot) of effort to develop and finalize binding regulations on migration. Amadeo said.

    He pointed out that the European Agenda on Migration, launched in 2015, called for financial solidarity towards the border countries that receive the most asylum seekers, including Italy, Greece, Spain and Malta, and policies to facilitate the relocation of migrants throughout the EU once your requests. for asylum have been processed.

    But efforts to update those guidelines into binding rules applicable in all 27 member states have turned out to be a slow process, he said. "There is talk of concluding the review of existing standards by the end of the term of the current European Parliament in 2024," she said.

    In the meantime, the problem is likely to escalate. According to recent data from the European Commission, so far this year around 90,000 immigrants have arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean Route from Africa, the majority landing in Italy and Malta.

    This number is below the average of 170,000 immigrants per year who arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2015, but it is still an increase of around 50% compared to the same period in 2021.

    With worsening political, economic and climatic conditions in Africa and the Middle East, the consensus from media reports is that the number of people willing to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean will grow in the coming months and years. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   European Union EU interior ministers met in an extraordinary session in Brussels on Friday to discuss options to ease tension between Italy and France over the fate of illegal migrants who had been rescued at sea near Italy but those who were not allowed to land in Italian ports The issue came to a head in early November when Italy turned back the Ocean Viking a rescue ship carrying 234 African migrants who were saved from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe s shores Ultimately France accepted these immigrants but has criticized Italy for not doing so Italy has recently toughened its stance on accepting migrants trying to cross Europe s borders illegally The Ocean Viking case is the latest episode in a longstanding debate among EU countries over how to share the responsibility for handling Europe bound migrants from poor and war torn countries in Africa and the Middle East Most of these people decide to embark on a dangerous journey to Europe to avoid genocide the devastating effects of climate change and economic hardship Margaritis Schinas vice president of the European Commission responsible for migration and security affairs said Friday s meeting was aimed at helping member states work towards a comprehensive structural European framework for migration and asylum We should work not crisis by crisis or ship by ship but in a single framework he said on social media According to Stefano Amadeo a professor of European Union Law at the University of Trieste in Italy reaching an agreement is one of the most difficult challenges facing the 27 nation bloc The European Commission is the only entity that can take the initiative working towards a unified response to this problem and it is doing so But it will take time and a lot of effort to develop and finalize binding regulations on migration Amadeo said He pointed out that the European Agenda on Migration launched in 2015 called for financial solidarity towards the border countries that receive the most asylum seekers including Italy Greece Spain and Malta and policies to facilitate the relocation of migrants throughout the EU once your requests for asylum have been processed But efforts to update those guidelines into binding rules applicable in all 27 member states have turned out to be a slow process he said There is talk of concluding the review of existing standards by the end of the term of the current European Parliament in 2024 she said In the meantime the problem is likely to escalate According to recent data from the European Commission so far this year around 90 000 immigrants have arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean Route from Africa the majority landing in Italy and Malta This number is below the average of 170 000 immigrants per year who arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2015 but it is still an increase of around 50 compared to the same period in 2021 With worsening political economic and climatic conditions in Africa and the Middle East the consensus from media reports is that the number of people willing to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean will grow in the coming months and years Xinhua
    EU ministers seek to reduce tension over migration
      European Union EU interior ministers met in an extraordinary session in Brussels on Friday to discuss options to ease tension between Italy and France over the fate of illegal migrants who had been rescued at sea near Italy but those who were not allowed to land in Italian ports The issue came to a head in early November when Italy turned back the Ocean Viking a rescue ship carrying 234 African migrants who were saved from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe s shores Ultimately France accepted these immigrants but has criticized Italy for not doing so Italy has recently toughened its stance on accepting migrants trying to cross Europe s borders illegally The Ocean Viking case is the latest episode in a longstanding debate among EU countries over how to share the responsibility for handling Europe bound migrants from poor and war torn countries in Africa and the Middle East Most of these people decide to embark on a dangerous journey to Europe to avoid genocide the devastating effects of climate change and economic hardship Margaritis Schinas vice president of the European Commission responsible for migration and security affairs said Friday s meeting was aimed at helping member states work towards a comprehensive structural European framework for migration and asylum We should work not crisis by crisis or ship by ship but in a single framework he said on social media According to Stefano Amadeo a professor of European Union Law at the University of Trieste in Italy reaching an agreement is one of the most difficult challenges facing the 27 nation bloc The European Commission is the only entity that can take the initiative working towards a unified response to this problem and it is doing so But it will take time and a lot of effort to develop and finalize binding regulations on migration Amadeo said He pointed out that the European Agenda on Migration launched in 2015 called for financial solidarity towards the border countries that receive the most asylum seekers including Italy Greece Spain and Malta and policies to facilitate the relocation of migrants throughout the EU once your requests for asylum have been processed But efforts to update those guidelines into binding rules applicable in all 27 member states have turned out to be a slow process he said There is talk of concluding the review of existing standards by the end of the term of the current European Parliament in 2024 she said In the meantime the problem is likely to escalate According to recent data from the European Commission so far this year around 90 000 immigrants have arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean Route from Africa the majority landing in Italy and Malta This number is below the average of 170 000 immigrants per year who arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2015 but it is still an increase of around 50 compared to the same period in 2021 With worsening political economic and climatic conditions in Africa and the Middle East the consensus from media reports is that the number of people willing to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean will grow in the coming months and years Xinhua
    EU ministers seek to reduce tension over migration
    Foreign5 days ago

    EU ministers seek to reduce tension over migration

    - European Union (EU) interior ministers met in an extraordinary session in Brussels on Friday to discuss options to ease tension between Italy and France over the fate of illegal migrants who had been rescued at sea near Italy. but those who were not allowed to land in Italian ports. .

    The issue came to a head in early November when Italy turned back the Ocean Viking, a rescue ship carrying 234 African migrants who were saved from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe's shores. Ultimately, France accepted these immigrants but has criticized Italy for not doing so.

    Italy has recently toughened its stance on accepting migrants trying to cross Europe's borders illegally.

    The Ocean Viking case is the latest episode in a longstanding debate among EU countries over how to share the responsibility for handling Europe-bound migrants from poor and war-torn countries in Africa and the Middle East. Most of these people decide to embark on a dangerous journey to Europe to avoid genocide, the devastating effects of climate change, and economic hardship.

    Margaritis Schinas, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for migration and security affairs, said Friday's meeting was aimed at helping member states work towards a "comprehensive structural European framework for migration and asylum".

    "We should work, not crisis by crisis or ship by ship, but in a single framework," he said on social media.

    According to Stefano Amadeo, a professor of European Union Law at the University of Trieste in Italy, reaching an agreement is one of the most difficult challenges facing the 27-nation bloc.

    “The European Commission is the only entity that can (take the initiative) working towards a unified response to this problem and it is doing so. But it will take time and (a lot) of effort to develop and finalize binding regulations on migration. Amadeo said.

    He pointed out that the European Agenda on Migration, launched in 2015, called for financial solidarity towards the border countries that receive the most asylum seekers, including Italy, Greece, Spain and Malta, and policies to facilitate the relocation of migrants throughout the EU once your requests. for asylum have been processed.

    But efforts to update those guidelines into binding rules applicable in all 27 member states have turned out to be a slow process, he said. "There is talk of concluding the review of existing standards by the end of the term of the current European Parliament in 2024," she said.

    In the meantime, the problem is likely to escalate. According to recent data from the European Commission, so far this year around 90,000 immigrants have arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean Route from Africa, the majority landing in Italy and Malta.

    This number is below the average of 170,000 immigrants per year who arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2015, but it is still an increase of around 50% compared to the same period in 2021.

    With worsening political, economic and climatic conditions in Africa and the Middle East, the consensus from media reports is that the number of people willing to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean will grow in the coming months and years. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   This week the European Commission EC the European Investment Bank EIB and the European Investment Fund EIF have adopted an investment tool of 26 2 billion euros 27 26 billion dollars The InvestEU program was signed in Athens on Thursday InvestEU is one of the main tools that we have in Europe to stimulate investment but not simply investments to disperse money to the market but investments focused on specific priorities that also define the new development model of the European Union said the vice rector of the European Commission said President Margaritis Schinas in Athens The program aims to unlock investments of more than 372 billion across Europe to support the EU s strategic priorities These include the European Green Deal and the digital transition In the context of the launch of InvestEU EIB Vice President Christian Kettel Thomsen jointly signed an agreement with the Greek government to provide 119 million in the form of a 25 year loan for the expansion and modernization of six research centers in Greece In addition a new contractual framework was signed for the EIF to manage another 400 million euros of financial support from the Recovery and Resilience Fund RRF investments in Greece to help small and medium sized companies in the country The first InvestEU projects in Greece are expected to be implemented in 2023 1 euro 1 04 USD Xinhua
    Greece adopts a European investment tool worth 26.2 billion euros
      This week the European Commission EC the European Investment Bank EIB and the European Investment Fund EIF have adopted an investment tool of 26 2 billion euros 27 26 billion dollars The InvestEU program was signed in Athens on Thursday InvestEU is one of the main tools that we have in Europe to stimulate investment but not simply investments to disperse money to the market but investments focused on specific priorities that also define the new development model of the European Union said the vice rector of the European Commission said President Margaritis Schinas in Athens The program aims to unlock investments of more than 372 billion across Europe to support the EU s strategic priorities These include the European Green Deal and the digital transition In the context of the launch of InvestEU EIB Vice President Christian Kettel Thomsen jointly signed an agreement with the Greek government to provide 119 million in the form of a 25 year loan for the expansion and modernization of six research centers in Greece In addition a new contractual framework was signed for the EIF to manage another 400 million euros of financial support from the Recovery and Resilience Fund RRF investments in Greece to help small and medium sized companies in the country The first InvestEU projects in Greece are expected to be implemented in 2023 1 euro 1 04 USD Xinhua
    Greece adopts a European investment tool worth 26.2 billion euros
    Foreign6 days ago

    Greece adopts a European investment tool worth 26.2 billion euros

    - This week, the European Commission (EC), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have adopted an investment tool of 26.2 billion euros (27.26 billion dollars).

    The InvestEU program was signed in Athens on Thursday.

    “InvestEU is one of the main tools that we have in Europe to stimulate investment, but not simply investments to disperse money to the market, but investments focused on specific priorities that also define the new development model of the European Union”, said the vice-rector. of the European Commission. said President Margaritis Schinas in Athens.

    The program aims to unlock investments of more than €372 billion across Europe, to support the EU's strategic priorities. These include the European Green Deal and the digital transition.

    In the context of the launch of InvestEU, EIB Vice-President Christian Kettel Thomsen jointly signed an agreement with the Greek government to provide €119 million in the form of a 25-year loan for the expansion and modernization of six research centers in Greece.

    In addition, a new contractual framework was signed for the EIF to manage another 400 million euros of financial support from the Recovery and Resilience Fund (RRF) investments in Greece, to help small and medium-sized companies in the country.

    The first InvestEU projects in Greece are expected to be implemented in 2023. (1 euro = 1.04 USD) ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   This week the European Commission EC the European Investment Bank EIB and the European Investment Fund EIF have adopted an investment tool of 26 2 billion euros 27 26 billion dollars The InvestEU program was signed in Athens on Thursday InvestEU is one of the main tools that we have in Europe to stimulate investment but not simply investments to disperse money to the market but investments focused on specific priorities that also define the new development model of the European Union said the vice rector of the European Commission said President Margaritis Schinas in Athens The program aims to unlock investments of more than 372 billion across Europe to support the EU s strategic priorities These include the European Green Deal and the digital transition In the context of the launch of InvestEU EIB Vice President Christian Kettel Thomsen jointly signed an agreement with the Greek government to provide 119 million in the form of a 25 year loan for the expansion and modernization of six research centers in Greece In addition a new contractual framework was signed for the EIF to manage another 400 million euros of financial support from the Recovery and Resilience Fund RRF investments in Greece to help small and medium sized companies in the country The first InvestEU projects in Greece are expected to be implemented in 2023 1 euro 1 04 USD Xinhua
    European investment tool worth 26.2 billion euros adopted in Greece-
      This week the European Commission EC the European Investment Bank EIB and the European Investment Fund EIF have adopted an investment tool of 26 2 billion euros 27 26 billion dollars The InvestEU program was signed in Athens on Thursday InvestEU is one of the main tools that we have in Europe to stimulate investment but not simply investments to disperse money to the market but investments focused on specific priorities that also define the new development model of the European Union said the vice rector of the European Commission said President Margaritis Schinas in Athens The program aims to unlock investments of more than 372 billion across Europe to support the EU s strategic priorities These include the European Green Deal and the digital transition In the context of the launch of InvestEU EIB Vice President Christian Kettel Thomsen jointly signed an agreement with the Greek government to provide 119 million in the form of a 25 year loan for the expansion and modernization of six research centers in Greece In addition a new contractual framework was signed for the EIF to manage another 400 million euros of financial support from the Recovery and Resilience Fund RRF investments in Greece to help small and medium sized companies in the country The first InvestEU projects in Greece are expected to be implemented in 2023 1 euro 1 04 USD Xinhua
    European investment tool worth 26.2 billion euros adopted in Greece-
    Foreign6 days ago

    European investment tool worth 26.2 billion euros adopted in Greece-

    - This week, the European Commission (EC), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have adopted an investment tool of 26.2 billion euros (27.26 billion dollars).

    The InvestEU program was signed in Athens on Thursday.

    “InvestEU is one of the main tools that we have in Europe to stimulate investment, but not simply investments to disperse money to the market, but investments focused on specific priorities that also define the new development model of the European Union”, said the vice-rector. of the European Commission. said President Margaritis Schinas in Athens.

    The program aims to unlock investments of more than €372 billion across Europe, to support the EU's strategic priorities. These include the European Green Deal and the digital transition.

    In the context of the launch of InvestEU, EIB Vice-President Christian Kettel Thomsen jointly signed an agreement with the Greek government to provide €119 million in the form of a 25-year loan for the expansion and modernization of six research centers in Greece.

    In addition, a new contractual framework was signed for the EIF to manage another 400 million euros of financial support from the Recovery and Resilience Fund (RRF) investments in Greece, to help small and medium-sized companies in the country.

    The first InvestEU projects in Greece are expected to be implemented in 2023. (1 euro = 1.04 USD) ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   The domestic basket measure of lower priced staples launched by the Greek government in early November to cushion the impact of inflation has proven beneficial to consumers Development and Investment Minister Adonis said here Thursday Georgiadis Stable prices in an environment with an inflation rate of around 10 percent is already a very significant contribution he told reporters during a visit to a store of one of the supermarket chains participating in the initiative in downtown from Athens We said it would be a tough winter but we re doing everything we can to make it easier for the public he said Under an agreement with the government the main supermarket chains in Greece offer at least 51 essential products at low prices to meet the daily needs of citizens The home basket which is updated weekly includes everything from bread flour eggs meat fish spaghetti drinks dairy products toilet paper and baby formula to pet food The prices of the products included in the basket are lower than those that are not on the list Consumers can check these products and their prices in each supermarket on the ministry s website and identify them on supermarket shelves by a special label According to the ministry s website out of the 816 products included in the basket this week prices were reduced by 167 items increased by 60 and unchanged by 589 compared to the previous week while the overall decrease in prices prices was 18 1 percent The initiative which will run throughout the winter has unleashed competition with reduced or stable prices now also applied to items not included in the basket Georgiadis said 1 euro 1 04 US dollar Xinhua
    Greece’s ‘domestic basket’ of low-priced basics benefits consumers: minister-
      The domestic basket measure of lower priced staples launched by the Greek government in early November to cushion the impact of inflation has proven beneficial to consumers Development and Investment Minister Adonis said here Thursday Georgiadis Stable prices in an environment with an inflation rate of around 10 percent is already a very significant contribution he told reporters during a visit to a store of one of the supermarket chains participating in the initiative in downtown from Athens We said it would be a tough winter but we re doing everything we can to make it easier for the public he said Under an agreement with the government the main supermarket chains in Greece offer at least 51 essential products at low prices to meet the daily needs of citizens The home basket which is updated weekly includes everything from bread flour eggs meat fish spaghetti drinks dairy products toilet paper and baby formula to pet food The prices of the products included in the basket are lower than those that are not on the list Consumers can check these products and their prices in each supermarket on the ministry s website and identify them on supermarket shelves by a special label According to the ministry s website out of the 816 products included in the basket this week prices were reduced by 167 items increased by 60 and unchanged by 589 compared to the previous week while the overall decrease in prices prices was 18 1 percent The initiative which will run throughout the winter has unleashed competition with reduced or stable prices now also applied to items not included in the basket Georgiadis said 1 euro 1 04 US dollar Xinhua
    Greece’s ‘domestic basket’ of low-priced basics benefits consumers: minister-
    Foreign6 days ago

    Greece’s ‘domestic basket’ of low-priced basics benefits consumers: minister-

    - The "domestic basket" measure of lower-priced staples launched by the Greek government in early November to cushion the impact of inflation has proven beneficial to consumers, Development and Investment Minister Adonis said here Thursday. Georgiadis.

    "Stable prices in an environment with an inflation rate of around 10 percent is already a very significant contribution," he told reporters during a visit to a store of one of the supermarket chains participating in the initiative in downtown from Athens.

    "We said it would be a tough winter, but we're doing everything we can to make it easier for the public," he said.

    Under an agreement with the government, the main supermarket chains in Greece offer at least 51 essential products at low prices to meet the daily needs of citizens.

    The "home basket", which is updated weekly, includes everything from bread, flour, eggs, meat, fish, spaghetti, drinks, dairy products, toilet paper and baby formula to pet food.

    The prices of the products included in the basket are lower than those that are not on the list.

    Consumers can check these products and their prices in each supermarket on the ministry's website and identify them on supermarket shelves by a special label.

    According to the ministry's website, out of the 816 products included in the basket this week, prices were reduced by 167 items, increased by 60 and unchanged by 589 compared to the previous week, while the overall decrease in prices prices was 18.1 percent.

    The initiative, which will run throughout the winter, has unleashed competition, with reduced or stable prices now also applied to items not included in the basket, Georgiadis said. (1 euro = 1.04 US dollar) ■



    (Xinhua)

  •  A fishing boat believed to be carrying at least 430 migrants was safely towed to the Greek island of Crete on Tuesday after being dramatically rescued during near gale force winds the country s national news agency AMNA reported Local authorities non governmental organizations NGOs and volunteers moved to help the group which included many children according to the report Their nationalities have not been disclosed and no asylum seekers were reported missing Previous reports published by NAMA said that there were up to 500 people on board A full scale operation was carried out to rescue them as their vessel was adrift in winds greater than 7 on the Beaufort scale I will ask the European Commission to activate relocations to other European Union member states as part of EU solidarity Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi tweeted Greece has been at the center of Europe s refugee crisis since 2015 and the country has repeatedly called for more solidarity among EU member states in meeting the challenge Greece will continue to effectively protect its maritime borders which are the maritime borders of Europe saving lives and fighting against the deadly networks of shameless smugglers Greek Minister for Maritime Affairs and Island Policy Ioannis Plakiotakis said in a press release sent via email Xinhua
    Ship with 430 migrants on board docks in Crete after dramatic rescue-
     A fishing boat believed to be carrying at least 430 migrants was safely towed to the Greek island of Crete on Tuesday after being dramatically rescued during near gale force winds the country s national news agency AMNA reported Local authorities non governmental organizations NGOs and volunteers moved to help the group which included many children according to the report Their nationalities have not been disclosed and no asylum seekers were reported missing Previous reports published by NAMA said that there were up to 500 people on board A full scale operation was carried out to rescue them as their vessel was adrift in winds greater than 7 on the Beaufort scale I will ask the European Commission to activate relocations to other European Union member states as part of EU solidarity Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi tweeted Greece has been at the center of Europe s refugee crisis since 2015 and the country has repeatedly called for more solidarity among EU member states in meeting the challenge Greece will continue to effectively protect its maritime borders which are the maritime borders of Europe saving lives and fighting against the deadly networks of shameless smugglers Greek Minister for Maritime Affairs and Island Policy Ioannis Plakiotakis said in a press release sent via email Xinhua
    Ship with 430 migrants on board docks in Crete after dramatic rescue-
    Foreign1 week ago

    Ship with 430 migrants on board docks in Crete after dramatic rescue-

    A fishing boat believed to be carrying at least 430 migrants was safely towed to the Greek island of Crete on Tuesday after being dramatically rescued during near-gale force winds, the country's national news agency AMNA reported.

    Local authorities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and volunteers moved to help the group, which included many children, according to the report.

    Their nationalities have not been disclosed and no asylum seekers were reported missing. Previous reports published by NAMA said that there were up to 500 people on board.

    A full-scale operation was carried out to rescue them, as their vessel was adrift in winds greater than 7 on the Beaufort scale.

    "I will ask the European Commission to activate relocations to other (European Union) member states as part of EU solidarity," Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi tweeted.

    Greece has been at the center of Europe's refugee crisis since 2015, and the country has repeatedly called for more solidarity among EU member states in meeting the challenge.

    "Greece will continue to effectively protect its maritime borders, which are the maritime borders of Europe, saving lives and fighting against the deadly networks of shameless smugglers," Greek Minister for Maritime Affairs and Island Policy Ioannis Plakiotakis said in a press release sent via email. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •  Greece launched a large scale rescue operation off the southwestern coast of the island of Crete when a boat carrying hundreds of migrants and refugees was adrift in rough seas the national news agency NAMA reported on Tuesday Approximately 500 people were on board the ship according to passengers who called for help via the European call number 112 according to the report Strong winds of up to 7 on the Beaufort scale were blowing in the area as two Italian freighters an oil tanker and two fishing vessels were involved in the search according to AMNA Xinhua
    Ongoing rescue operation for hundreds of migrants in rough seas off Greek island-
     Greece launched a large scale rescue operation off the southwestern coast of the island of Crete when a boat carrying hundreds of migrants and refugees was adrift in rough seas the national news agency NAMA reported on Tuesday Approximately 500 people were on board the ship according to passengers who called for help via the European call number 112 according to the report Strong winds of up to 7 on the Beaufort scale were blowing in the area as two Italian freighters an oil tanker and two fishing vessels were involved in the search according to AMNA Xinhua
    Ongoing rescue operation for hundreds of migrants in rough seas off Greek island-
    Foreign1 week ago

    Ongoing rescue operation for hundreds of migrants in rough seas off Greek island-

    Greece launched a large-scale rescue operation off the southwestern coast of the island of Crete when a boat carrying hundreds of migrants and refugees was adrift in rough seas, the national news agency NAMA reported on Tuesday.

    Approximately 500 people were on board the ship, according to passengers who called for help via the European call number 112, according to the report.

    Strong winds of up to 7 on the Beaufort scale were blowing in the area as two Italian freighters, an oil tanker and two fishing vessels were involved in the search, according to AMNA. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   Greece s coastguard on Tuesday was rescuing a fishing boat with up to 500 migrants onboard in strong winds southwest of Crete a spokeswoman told AFP The distress call said there are 400 500 people on board a coastguard spokeswoman told AFP adding that the operation was hampered by near gale force winds They can see the boat it s adrift there is a large number of people on board she added The coastguard said it had received the distress call shortly after midnight on Monday Two nearby cargo ships a tanker and two Italian fishing boats were lending assistance it said Because of bolstered patrols by the Greek coastguard and EU border agency Frontex in the Aegean Sea migrant smugglers are increasingly employing the longer and more perilous route south of Crete Greek officials say Eighty percent of flows from Turkey go straight to Italy Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi told Skai TV last week Last month one of the sailboats believed to have 95 people on board sank at the island of Kythira south of the Peloponnese peninsula The boat went down beneath a huge vertical cliff At least eight people died and survivors mainly from Iraq Iran and Afghanistan were hauled to safety with ropes and a construction crane in a frantic pre dawn operation Greece Italy and Spain are among the countries used by people fleeing Africa and the Middle East in search of safety and better lives in the European Union The Greek coastguard has said it has rescued about 1 500 people in the first eight months of the year compared with less than 600 last year The International Organization for Migration has recorded nearly 2 000 migrants killed and missing in the Mediterranean Sea this year
    Greece rescuing hundreds of migrants in strong winds off Crete
      Greece s coastguard on Tuesday was rescuing a fishing boat with up to 500 migrants onboard in strong winds southwest of Crete a spokeswoman told AFP The distress call said there are 400 500 people on board a coastguard spokeswoman told AFP adding that the operation was hampered by near gale force winds They can see the boat it s adrift there is a large number of people on board she added The coastguard said it had received the distress call shortly after midnight on Monday Two nearby cargo ships a tanker and two Italian fishing boats were lending assistance it said Because of bolstered patrols by the Greek coastguard and EU border agency Frontex in the Aegean Sea migrant smugglers are increasingly employing the longer and more perilous route south of Crete Greek officials say Eighty percent of flows from Turkey go straight to Italy Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi told Skai TV last week Last month one of the sailboats believed to have 95 people on board sank at the island of Kythira south of the Peloponnese peninsula The boat went down beneath a huge vertical cliff At least eight people died and survivors mainly from Iraq Iran and Afghanistan were hauled to safety with ropes and a construction crane in a frantic pre dawn operation Greece Italy and Spain are among the countries used by people fleeing Africa and the Middle East in search of safety and better lives in the European Union The Greek coastguard has said it has rescued about 1 500 people in the first eight months of the year compared with less than 600 last year The International Organization for Migration has recorded nearly 2 000 migrants killed and missing in the Mediterranean Sea this year
    Greece rescuing hundreds of migrants in strong winds off Crete
    Foreign1 week ago

    Greece rescuing hundreds of migrants in strong winds off Crete

    Greece’s coastguard on Tuesday was rescuing a fishing boat with up to 500 migrants onboard in strong winds southwest of Crete, a spokeswoman told AFP.

    “The distress call said there are 400-500 people on board,” a coastguard spokeswoman told AFP, adding that the operation was hampered by near gale-force winds.

    “They can see the boat, it’s adrift, there is a large number of people on board,” she added.

    The coastguard said it had received the distress call shortly after midnight on Monday.

    Two nearby cargo ships, a tanker and two Italian fishing boats were lending assistance, it said.

    Because of bolstered patrols by the Greek coastguard and EU border agency Frontex in the Aegean Sea, migrant smugglers are increasingly employing the longer and more perilous route south of Crete, Greek officials say.

    “Eighty percent of flows from Turkey go straight to Italy,” Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi told Skai TV last week.

    Last month, one of the sailboats believed to have 95 people on board sank at the island of Kythira, south of the Peloponnese peninsula.

    The boat went down beneath a huge vertical cliff.

    At least eight people died and survivors — mainly from Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan — were hauled to safety with ropes and a construction crane in a frantic pre-dawn operation.

    Greece, Italy and Spain are among the countries used by people fleeing Africa and the Middle East in search of safety and better lives in the European Union.

    The Greek coastguard has said it has rescued about 1,500 people in the first eight months of the year, compared with less than 600 last year.

    The International Organization for Migration has recorded nearly 2,000 migrants killed and missing in the Mediterranean Sea this year.

  •  Greece s economy is forecast by the finance ministry to grow 5 6 percent this year and 1 8 percent in 2023 according to a revised estimate in the country s final 2023 draft budget submitted to parliament on Monday The projected growth figures in the initial draft which was presented in early October were 5 3 percent for 2022 and 2 1 percent for 2023 The annual inflation rate forecast was increased from 3 percent to 5 percent for 2023 In the initial budget proposal the inflation forecast for 2022 was 8 8 percent rising to 9 7 percent in the new draft The primary surplus is expected to be 0 7 percent in 2023 up from a deficit of 1 6 percent in 2022 the ministry said on Monday The budget highlights the resilience of the Greek economy during successive crises but the government does not overlook the fact that the international environment remains full of high levels of uncertainty growing dangers new threats and great volatility which also affect to our country Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said in a statement to the Greek national news agency AMNA Xinhua
    Greece projects GDP growth of 1.8% and inflation of 5% in 2023-
     Greece s economy is forecast by the finance ministry to grow 5 6 percent this year and 1 8 percent in 2023 according to a revised estimate in the country s final 2023 draft budget submitted to parliament on Monday The projected growth figures in the initial draft which was presented in early October were 5 3 percent for 2022 and 2 1 percent for 2023 The annual inflation rate forecast was increased from 3 percent to 5 percent for 2023 In the initial budget proposal the inflation forecast for 2022 was 8 8 percent rising to 9 7 percent in the new draft The primary surplus is expected to be 0 7 percent in 2023 up from a deficit of 1 6 percent in 2022 the ministry said on Monday The budget highlights the resilience of the Greek economy during successive crises but the government does not overlook the fact that the international environment remains full of high levels of uncertainty growing dangers new threats and great volatility which also affect to our country Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said in a statement to the Greek national news agency AMNA Xinhua
    Greece projects GDP growth of 1.8% and inflation of 5% in 2023-
    Foreign1 week ago

    Greece projects GDP growth of 1.8% and inflation of 5% in 2023-

    Greece's economy is forecast by the finance ministry to grow 5.6 percent this year and 1.8 percent in 2023, according to a revised estimate in the country's final 2023 draft budget submitted to parliament on Monday.

    The projected growth figures in the initial draft, which was presented in early October, were 5.3 percent for 2022 and 2.1 percent for 2023.

    The annual inflation rate forecast was increased from 3 percent to 5 percent for 2023. In the initial budget proposal, the inflation forecast for 2022 was 8.8 percent, rising to 9.7 percent in the new draft.

    The primary surplus is expected to be 0.7 percent in 2023, up from a deficit of 1.6 percent in 2022, the ministry said on Monday.

    The budget highlights the resilience of the Greek economy during successive crises, but the government does not overlook the fact that the international environment remains "full of high levels of uncertainty, growing dangers, new threats and great volatility, which also affect to our country." Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said in a statement to the Greek national news agency AMNA. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   The Securing our Future report http bit ly 3UYwyKx released today at COP27 spoke to 100 young people from Africa and Europe about what they see as the greatest threats to global security participants raised climate change and its consequences such as food security and severe weather events as their main concerns young people from both Africa and Europe felt there should be more funding for alternative sources of energy particularly renewables The European Investment Bank is partnering with the citizen engagement platforms Debating Africa https Debating Africa and Debating Europe https www DebatingEurope eu on a focus group project asking 100 young people aged between 18 35 about their concerns around some of the major challenges facing the world today As summarised in the report Securing Our Future 100 African amp European Voices on Climate Change Conflict and Security the focus groups found that young people from both Africa and Europe are very concerned about the future in a world threatened by climate change Every single European and most African participants cited it as a major concern while those from Africa who did not often raised other threats that they perceived as driven by climate change such as food insecurity severe weather events and adverse economic conditions Participants from both continents were keenly aware of the interlinkages between climate change and other threats such as migration resource scarcity and violent conflicts The focus groups also explored the role of international institutions and how they should respond to the climate emergency They found Both African and European young people felt there should be more funding for alternative sources of energy particularly renewables Linked to their support for renewables Europeans wanted to see countries end the use of gas oil and coal and any subsidies these sources of energy received Africans wanted climate change interventions to focus less on the global threat and more on the current impact on Africa notably the effects on food and energy security Participants urged partnerships between governments and institutions on mitigation and adaptation projects On November 16 at UN Climate Conference COP27 in Egypt at 13 30 EET we will be holding a panel discussion on Securing our Future as well as the latest results of the fifth edition of the EIB Climate Survey http bit ly 3V3aIWf We will gather some of the focus group participants with representatives from all three partner organisations to discuss the findings and solutions with delegates and experts within our network You can join the discussion here http bit ly 3hMYIK9 Background information Participants were divided into three groups English Speaking European English speaking African and French speaking African The focus groups were conducted virtually via Zoom and lasted for one hour Participants were compensated for their involvement Focus groups were led by an experienced moderator and ranged from 4 to 10 participants each We have only used first names to protect the anonymity of participants but several participants chose pseudonyms European participants came from Germany Italy France Greece Slovakia Portugal Spain Poland Hungary Czechia Romania Bulgaria the Netherlands Ireland Estonia Slovenia Latvia Belgium and Finland English speaking African participants came from Nigeria South Africa Kenya Ghana and Malawi French speaking African participants came from Cameroon Chad Benin Senegal Algeria Morocco Ivory Coast Mauritania Tunisia the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mali Debating Europe was launched in 2011 and has taken a bottom up approach from the beginning with citizens very much in the driving seat of the debate asking the questions they want answered and putting forward their opinions for politicians and thought leaders from across the EU and beyond to react to Since launch Debating Europe has interviewed more than 3 000 policymakers and experts from across the political spectrum Each has agreed to answer some of the 200 000 comments sent to us from citizens online including from over 271 000 followers on Facebook and Twitter In 2021 Debating Africa was launched adopting the same approach and encouraging a pan African debate on shared challenges such as climate change security trade and development As international challenges require international dialogue Debating Europe and Debating Africa frequently co operate on joint projects to bring voices from both continents to the table with politicians and experts Debating Europe is an initiative of Friends of Europe the Brussels based think tank for a more sustainable inclusive and forward looking Europe Debating Africa s work is rooted within the Africa Europe Foundation established by Friends of Europe the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in partnership the African Climate Foundation and ONE Campaign to empower a narrative shift about the relations between Africa and Europe EIB at COP27 The EIB is running a series of events at COP27 You will find the full agenda here http bit ly 3UFKzNL You are welcome to join our virtual attendee hub to watch the sessions either live or later at your convenience and network with attendees With an easy two step registration process you will always have the latest information on our agenda The European Investment Bank EIB is the long term lending institution of the European Union and is owned by the EU Member States The EIB Group has adopted a Climate Bank Roadmap http bit ly 3UyBar7 to deliver on its ambitious agenda to support 1 trillion of climate action and environmental sustainability investments in the decade to 2030 and to deliver more than 50 of EIB finance for climate action and environmental sustainability by 2025 As part of the roadmap all new EIB Group operations have been aligned with the goals and principles of the Paris Agreement since the start of 2021 EIB Global http bit ly 3AMfXRX is the EIB Group s new specialised arm dedicated to increasing the impact of international partnerships and development finance EIB Global is designed to foster strong focused partnerships within Team Europe http bit ly 3qhWSC0 alongside fellow development finance institutions and civil society EIB Global brings the Group closer to local people companies and institutions through our offices across the world http bit ly 3ASvr6H
    Climate change is the biggest global threat, young people in Africa and Europe tell European Investment Bank (EIB), Debating Africa and Debating Europe
      The Securing our Future report http bit ly 3UYwyKx released today at COP27 spoke to 100 young people from Africa and Europe about what they see as the greatest threats to global security participants raised climate change and its consequences such as food security and severe weather events as their main concerns young people from both Africa and Europe felt there should be more funding for alternative sources of energy particularly renewables The European Investment Bank is partnering with the citizen engagement platforms Debating Africa https Debating Africa and Debating Europe https www DebatingEurope eu on a focus group project asking 100 young people aged between 18 35 about their concerns around some of the major challenges facing the world today As summarised in the report Securing Our Future 100 African amp European Voices on Climate Change Conflict and Security the focus groups found that young people from both Africa and Europe are very concerned about the future in a world threatened by climate change Every single European and most African participants cited it as a major concern while those from Africa who did not often raised other threats that they perceived as driven by climate change such as food insecurity severe weather events and adverse economic conditions Participants from both continents were keenly aware of the interlinkages between climate change and other threats such as migration resource scarcity and violent conflicts The focus groups also explored the role of international institutions and how they should respond to the climate emergency They found Both African and European young people felt there should be more funding for alternative sources of energy particularly renewables Linked to their support for renewables Europeans wanted to see countries end the use of gas oil and coal and any subsidies these sources of energy received Africans wanted climate change interventions to focus less on the global threat and more on the current impact on Africa notably the effects on food and energy security Participants urged partnerships between governments and institutions on mitigation and adaptation projects On November 16 at UN Climate Conference COP27 in Egypt at 13 30 EET we will be holding a panel discussion on Securing our Future as well as the latest results of the fifth edition of the EIB Climate Survey http bit ly 3V3aIWf We will gather some of the focus group participants with representatives from all three partner organisations to discuss the findings and solutions with delegates and experts within our network You can join the discussion here http bit ly 3hMYIK9 Background information Participants were divided into three groups English Speaking European English speaking African and French speaking African The focus groups were conducted virtually via Zoom and lasted for one hour Participants were compensated for their involvement Focus groups were led by an experienced moderator and ranged from 4 to 10 participants each We have only used first names to protect the anonymity of participants but several participants chose pseudonyms European participants came from Germany Italy France Greece Slovakia Portugal Spain Poland Hungary Czechia Romania Bulgaria the Netherlands Ireland Estonia Slovenia Latvia Belgium and Finland English speaking African participants came from Nigeria South Africa Kenya Ghana and Malawi French speaking African participants came from Cameroon Chad Benin Senegal Algeria Morocco Ivory Coast Mauritania Tunisia the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mali Debating Europe was launched in 2011 and has taken a bottom up approach from the beginning with citizens very much in the driving seat of the debate asking the questions they want answered and putting forward their opinions for politicians and thought leaders from across the EU and beyond to react to Since launch Debating Europe has interviewed more than 3 000 policymakers and experts from across the political spectrum Each has agreed to answer some of the 200 000 comments sent to us from citizens online including from over 271 000 followers on Facebook and Twitter In 2021 Debating Africa was launched adopting the same approach and encouraging a pan African debate on shared challenges such as climate change security trade and development As international challenges require international dialogue Debating Europe and Debating Africa frequently co operate on joint projects to bring voices from both continents to the table with politicians and experts Debating Europe is an initiative of Friends of Europe the Brussels based think tank for a more sustainable inclusive and forward looking Europe Debating Africa s work is rooted within the Africa Europe Foundation established by Friends of Europe the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in partnership the African Climate Foundation and ONE Campaign to empower a narrative shift about the relations between Africa and Europe EIB at COP27 The EIB is running a series of events at COP27 You will find the full agenda here http bit ly 3UFKzNL You are welcome to join our virtual attendee hub to watch the sessions either live or later at your convenience and network with attendees With an easy two step registration process you will always have the latest information on our agenda The European Investment Bank EIB is the long term lending institution of the European Union and is owned by the EU Member States The EIB Group has adopted a Climate Bank Roadmap http bit ly 3UyBar7 to deliver on its ambitious agenda to support 1 trillion of climate action and environmental sustainability investments in the decade to 2030 and to deliver more than 50 of EIB finance for climate action and environmental sustainability by 2025 As part of the roadmap all new EIB Group operations have been aligned with the goals and principles of the Paris Agreement since the start of 2021 EIB Global http bit ly 3AMfXRX is the EIB Group s new specialised arm dedicated to increasing the impact of international partnerships and development finance EIB Global is designed to foster strong focused partnerships within Team Europe http bit ly 3qhWSC0 alongside fellow development finance institutions and civil society EIB Global brings the Group closer to local people companies and institutions through our offices across the world http bit ly 3ASvr6H
    Climate change is the biggest global threat, young people in Africa and Europe tell European Investment Bank (EIB), Debating Africa and Debating Europe
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Climate change is the biggest global threat, young people in Africa and Europe tell European Investment Bank (EIB), Debating Africa and Debating Europe

    The “Securing our Future” report (http://bit.ly/3UYwyKx) released today at COP27, spoke to 100 young people from Africa and Europe about what they see as the greatest threats to global security; participants raised climate change and its consequences such as food security and severe weather events as their main concerns; young people from both Africa and Europe felt there should be more funding for alternative sources of energy, particularly renewables. 

    The European Investment Bank is partnering with the citizen-engagement platforms, Debating Africa (https://Debating.Africa/) and Debating Europe (https://www.DebatingEurope.eu/), on a focus group project asking 100 young people, aged between 18-35, about their concerns around some of the major challenges facing the world today.

    As summarised in the report, “Securing Our Future: 100 African & European Voices on Climate Change, Conflict and Security”, the focus groups found that young people from both Africa and Europe are very concerned about the future in a world threatened by climate change.

    Every single European and most African participants cited it as a major concern while those from Africa who did not, often raised other threats that they perceived as driven by climate change, such as food insecurity, severe weather events, and adverse economic conditions.

    Participants from both continents were keenly aware of the interlinkages between climate change and other threats such as migration, resource scarcity, and violent conflicts.

    The focus groups also explored the role of international institutions and how they should respond to the climate emergency.

    They found:Both African and European young people felt there should be more funding for alternative sources of energy, particularly renewables.

    Linked to their support for renewables, Europeans wanted to see countries end the use of gas, oil and coal and any subsidies these sources of energy received.

    Africans wanted climate change interventions to focus less on the global threat and more on the current impact on Africa, notably the effects on food and energy security.

    Participants urged partnerships between governments and institutions on mitigation and adaptation projects.

    On November 16 at UN Climate Conference (COP27) in Egypt, at 13.30 EET, we will be holding a panel discussion on “Securing our Future” as well as the latest results of the fifth edition of the EIB Climate Survey (http://bit.ly/3V3aIWf).

    We will gather some of the focus group participants with representatives from all three partner organisations to discuss the findings and solutions with delegates and experts within our network.

    You can join the discussion here: http://bit.ly/3hMYIK9.

    Background information:Participants were divided into three groups: English-Speaking European, English-speaking African, and French-speaking African.

    The focus groups were conducted virtually via Zoom and lasted for one hour.

    Participants were compensated for their involvement.

    Focus groups were led by an experienced moderator and ranged from 4 to 10 participants each.

    We have only used first names to protect the anonymity of participants, but several participants chose pseudonyms.

    European participants came from Germany, Italy, France, Greece, Slovakia, Portugal, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Czechia, Romania, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Ireland, Estonia, Slovenia, Latvia, Belgium, and Finland; English-speaking African participants came from Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, and Malawi; French-speaking African participants came from Cameroon, Chad, Benin, Senegal, Algeria, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Tunisia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Mali.Debating Europe was launched in 2011 and has taken a bottom-up approach from the beginning, with citizens very much in the driving seat of the debate, asking the questions they want answered and putting forward their opinions for politicians and thought-leaders from across the EU and beyond to react to.

    Since launch, Debating Europe has interviewed more than 3,000 policymakers and experts from across the political spectrum.

    Each has agreed to answer some of the 200,000 comments sent to us from citizens online, including from over 271,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter.

    In 2021, Debating Africa was launched, adopting the same approach and encouraging a pan-African debate on shared challenges such as climate change, security, trade, and development.

    As international challenges require international dialogue, Debating Europe and Debating Africa frequently co-operate on joint projects to bring voices from both continents to the table with politicians and experts.

    Debating Europe is an initiative of Friends of Europe, the Brussels-based think tank for a more sustainable, inclusive and forward-looking Europe.

    Debating Africa’s work is rooted within the Africa-Europe Foundation, established by Friends of Europe, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, in partnership the African Climate Foundation and ONE Campaign, to empower a narrative shift about the relations between Africa and Europe.

    EIB at COP27The EIB is running a series of events at COP27.

    You will find the full agenda here (http://bit.ly/3UFKzNL).

    You are welcome to join our virtual attendee hub to watch the sessions either live or later at your convenience, and network with attendees.

    With an easy two-step registration process, you will always have the latest information on our agenda.

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union and is owned by the EU Member States.

    The EIB Group has adopted a Climate Bank Roadmap (http://bit.ly/3UyBar7) to deliver on its ambitious agenda to support €1 trillion of climate action and environmental sustainability investments in the decade to 2030 and to deliver more than 50% of EIB finance for climate action and environmental sustainability by 2025.

    As part of the roadmap, all new EIB Group operations have been aligned with the goals and principles of the Paris Agreement since the start of 2021.

    EIB Global (http://bit.ly/3AMfXRX) is the EIB Group’s new specialised arm dedicated to increasing the impact of international partnerships and development finance.

    EIB Global is designed to foster strong, focused partnerships within Team Europe (http://bit.ly/3qhWSC0), alongside fellow development finance institutions and civil society.

    EIB Global brings the Group closer to local people, companies and institutions through our offices across the world (http://bit.ly/3ASvr6H). 

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