Contents tagged with EU

  • EU allocates Ukraine €10 million for reform of state administration

    The European Union allocated Ukraine the first tranche amounting to €10 million in the context of the EU program to “support a thorough reform of the state administration in Ukraine”, the press service of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers reported.

    The European partners noted that they highly appreciate the government’s efforts to reform the state administration, and noted the presence of a political will to implement these changes,” the report states.

    The report notes that at the government …

  • European Union approves visa-free travel for Ukrainians

    The EU council has decided to offer Ukraine a visa-free regime  , wrote Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko  on  his Facebook page on May 11.

    “The EU Council of Ministers has just accepted a final decision to offer us Ukrainian citizens the right to travel without a visa. On May 17 in Strasbourg, in the European Parliament building, as we agreed with our European friends, the relevant legislative act will be signed. This will probably be one of my most important visits in my three years of …

  • EU approves visa-free travel for Ukrainians

    The EU Council approved the final resolution to grant Ukraine a visa-free regime, reports RIA Novosti citing the press service of the EU Council.

    The EU Council resolution will have to be signed by the President of European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, and the Prime Minister of Malta which currently holds the EU Parliament presidency, Joseph Muscat. The resolution will then be published by the EU Official Journal, and the visa-free regime will enter into force 20 days later.

    As stated by the …

  • Five EU countries call on Moscow to protect homosexuals in Chechnya

    Germany and four other EU countries called on Moscow to protect the LGBT community in Chechnya. In a letter addressed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and his colleagues from France, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden expressed deep concern over the reports of international organizations about the situation in the Caucasian republic, AFP agency reported on Wednesday.

    "We urge the Russian government to investigate horrendous accusations …

  • Moldova will receive 100 million euros from the EU for financial assistance

    The European Union may give Moldova 100 million euros in macro-financial assistance. A decision about this was made today in Brussels by ambassadors of member nations of the EU, as reported  on the website of the Council of the European Union.

    It is expected that of the total amount to be provided for assistance, 60 million euros will be long-term loans, and the remaining 40 million euros will be a grant, which means the money will not need to be repaid.

    The funds will be used to support the …

  • Ukrainian official claims that Putin threatened Yanukovych to convince him to give up joining NATO and the EU

    President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin warned former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych that he would "take away the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine" if Yanukovych signed the Association Agreement with the European Union, as stated by the Chairman of the Trans Carpathian Regional State Administration, Gennady Moskal, during an an interview with 112 Ukraine TV.

    "When they had to travel to sign the agreement, Putin said, ‘Russia's borders will never join with the borders of the EU and …

  • Rosneft calls decision of the EU Court on sanctions illegal

    In its press release, the largest Russian oil company, Rosneft, has said that the decision of the EU Court regarding sanctions against the company is illegal and politicized.

    The report notes that despite the fact that the European Union did not provide grounds for imposing sanctions during the process, the Court recognized their legality.

    "The court refused to admit that the EU sanctions were adopted, among other things, to achieve hidden goals, and are in fact a form of competitive …

  • EU fears Moscow's increasing influence in Serbia

    Moscow is increasing its influence in Serbia, which is a candidate for joining the European Union.

    This was stated by David McAllister, German politician and Chair of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, reports Die Welt.

    "Russia is deliberately pursuing a strategy of destabilization in Serbia. This is a cause for serious concern," he told Die Welt in an interview.

    According to McAllister, who represents the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, "Moscow is trying to exert a …

  • Mogherini: EU would be glad to lift sanctions on Russia if Minsk agreements are implemented

    The countries of the European Union "would be happy" to lift sanctions imposed on Russia once they have reached the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements, but at the moment it cannot be done, said the head of EU diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, during her visit to the United States.

    "We would be happy to lift sanctions against Russia if the Minsk Agreements were fully implemented," she said, speaking at an event at the Carnegie Institute in Washington.

    On the topic of US-Russia relations, …

  • Kosovo forms army despite NATO’s protests

    In spite of the sharp objections of NATO, the EU and the US, the Kosovo authorities are not backing down from their intention to create their own army. As reported by the Zeri newspaper published in Pristina on Saturday March 18, 51 million euros are to be allocated to the creation of the army.

    According to the publication, this amount will grow annually by 5 million euros.

    According to the plan, the army will consist of 8 000 military personnel, 3 000 of whom will be reservists, the …