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  • EU to allocate 1 million euro annually to counter fake news coming from Russia

    The European Union will increase the funding of the working group that works on countering Russian disinformation and monitors the news on Russian media. Starting in 2018, 1.1 million euros will be allocated for these purposes annually for three years from the budget of the EU, Voice of America reports.

    The operational working group on strategic communications East StratCom Task Force was established in March 2015 by the decision of the heads of states and government of the countries of the …

  • EU puts governor of Sevastopol on sanctions list

    The European Union added the "Governor" of Sevastopol, Dmitry Ovsyannikov to the sanctions list established by Resolution 269/2014 regarding "actions that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine." This was reported in the journal of the European Union.

    "Ovsyannikov was elected the Governor of Sevastopol after elections held on September 10, 2017, organized by Russia in illegally-annexed Sevastopol,” the journal explained as the reason for …

  • European Union intends to reduce assistance to Turkey

    The European Union decided to reduce its financial assistance to Turkey which it provides as part of the EU candidate support program, Deutsche Welle reports.

    During the discussion of the budget plan for 2018 on Saturday, November 18, it was decided that the amount of funds allocated to Ankara would be reduced by 105 million euros compared to the first draft of the budget, which was drawn up by the European Commission. Another 70 million euros are under consideration. They will be paid only if …

  • Poland urges Europe to abandon Russian gas

    Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has said that his country does not intend to extend its gas supply contract with Russia, which is set to expire in 2022.

    In an interview with the Polish Radio, he stressed that Warsaw calls on other European countries to follow its example with regard to the Nord Stream 2 project.

    He cited Croatia as an example, which has the potential to diversify gas supplies to the EU.

    "We want to finish the Russian contract in 2022. Moreover, we urge other …

  • The European Parliament supported the creation of trust fund for Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova

    The European Parliament voted for the recommendations of the “Eastern Partnership” summit to create a model of the “Eastern Partnership Plus” for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.

    Over 519 deputies of the European Parliament voted for it, 114 were against, 47 abstained, UNIAN reports.

    It is suggested in the EP report to create a model for countries that have association agreements with the EU and have made significant progress in implementing reforms, which "ultimately can lead to joining the …

  • Medvedev says EU attempting to force Russia to abandon Nord Stream 2

    The EU is expanding the requirements of the Third Energy Package to force Russia to abandon the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, as stated by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev after participation in the ASEAN summit and the East Asian summit in the Philippines, TASS news agency reported.

    “In all likelihood, this is a way of putting pressure on our country to either force us to abandon the construction of the second line of Nord Stream, or somehow complicate this work,” …

  • Mogherini: EU supported the funding for the department to counter fake news

    Foreign ministers of the European Union member states at a meeting of the European Council supported strengthening and financing the European External Action Service’s “EU versus Disinformation” Department on countering fake news, said Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Commission, following the meeting.

    “I asked to beef up human resources and to increase financing for the three groups focused on strategic …

  • EU Court recognizes sanctions against Yanukovych and his son as legal

    The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has made a ruling on the appeal of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and his son Oleksandr regarding the sanctions placed on them by the EU in 2015 and 2016, reported  Evropeyskaya Pravda with reference to the court secretariat.

    In the lawsuit, the Yanukovych family appealed the CJEU’s ruling from a year ago. On September 15, the European General Court ruled on two waves of sanctions introduced by the EU Council against the former …

  • European Parliament calls on EU to intensify sanctions against Russia over repressions in Crimea

    The European Parliament (EP) has called on the European Union (EU) to expand the list of economic and personal sanctions against Russia and those involved in the persecution of the Crimean Tatars, as well as other Ukrainian hostages of the Kremlin.

    The corresponding item is included in drafts of five registered resolutions of the legislative body of the EU concerning the cases of Crimean Tatar leaders Akhtem Chiygoz, Ilmi Umerov and journalist Mykola Semena, Ukrinform reports.

    "The European …

  • EU investments into Ukraine reach $600 million

    Since the beginning of the year, EU countries have invested 597.3 million dollars in the economy of Ukraine, making up 84% of their total investments for the same period last year, as stated by the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, UNIAN reported.

    It is noted that Cyprus ($287.1 million) and Great Britain ($160.1 million) are the top EU investors into Ukraine.

    It is noted by the Ministry that by July 1, 2017, the total volume of foreign direct …