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Switzerland and China signed ten agreements, conventions and protocols during Chinese president XI Jinping visit to Switzerland

The Chinese president, XI Jinping, ended his state visit to Switzerland on Wednesday and was seen off by Federal Councillor Alain Berset, the vice president of the Federal Council, in Geneva. Earlier Federal Councillor Berset and President XI Jinping met … Read the full press release

New York’s Health Agency (NYSDOH) Cited in Iraq War’s Blowback

NEW YORK, 31-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — As the Iraq War’s official end on December 18, 2011 marks its fifth anniversary, many questions remain on its fallouts. New York’s French-American community is one of them, as it remembers its blacklisting when … Read the full press release

Belgium National Bank to keep the countercyclical buffer percentage for credit risk exposures to counterparties on Belgian territory at 0 % for 1Q2017

BRUSSELS, 30-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — As of 1 January 2016, the countercyclical capital buffer (CCyB) came into effect. In principle, the percentage rate of this buffer must lie somewhere between zero and 2.5 % of the credit institutions’ risk-weighted assets, but can be … Read the full press release

Social Mobility Commission: Achievements at school not being translated into labour market success is broken social mobility promise

Poor white boys do worse in schools but black and Asian Muslim young people, girls especially, do worse for jobs. LONDON, 28-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — In response to new research launched today, the Rt Hon Alan Milburn, chair of the Social … Read the full press release

Public Health England analysis: modern life taking its toll on health

PHE’s One You campaign is helping middle age people live more healthily by asking ‘How are you?’ and providing free support and tools. LONDON, 28-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Eight out of 10 of the middle aged either weigh too much, drink … Read the full press release

SGS: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issue rules for functional foods and health supplements

NEWARK, NJ, U.S.A., 28-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — On November 24, 2016 Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued its rules on health supplements, nutraceuticals, foods for special dietary use, food for special medical purpose, functional food and novel food … Read the full press release

Norway adopts new regulation on requirements for new residential mortgage loans

OSLO, 14-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — The Ministry of Finance has adopted a new regulation on requirements for new residential mortgage loans. The new regulation replaces the current regulation which is set to expire at the end of 2016. The new regulation … Read the full press release

Chinese Foreign Minister WANG Yi on an official visit to Bern

BERN, 13-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Today ( 12.12.2016), Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter had a meeting in Neuchâtel with Chinese Foreign Minister WANG Yi as part of the latter’s official visit to Switzerland. The two men discussed bilateral relations and various current international … Read the full press release

Swiss Directorate of International Law held discussion on “Restitution of stolen assets”

BERN, 13-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — On 12 December 2016, the Directorate of International Law held its annual one-day event for the public at the Bern Rathaus. This year’s topic was the “Restitution of stolen assets”, and the discussion addressed both the … Read the full press release

Italian banking sector post referendum: Dexia Group exposure to Italy amounts to EUR 27.4 billion as of 30 September 2016

BRUSSELS, PARIS, 09-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — On 4 December 2016, the constitutional reform promoted by the Italian government was rejected by referendum by a large majority. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi submitted his resignation. This rejection creates a risk of political instability … Read the full press release

OSCE: European human rights officials urge Polish parliament to reconsider amendments to the law governing public assemblies

WARSAW / STRASBOURG, 05-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — European human rights officials today expressed serious concern over legal amendments passed last week in the Polish Sejm that could undermine the right to freedom of assembly if they become law. Urging the … Read the full press release

OSCE: Spanish judge stopping El Mundo from publishing a story a threat to investigative journalism

VIENNA, 05-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today expressed concern about a recent ruling by a Spanish judge to stop the daily newspaper El Mundo from publishing a story on an investigation into … Read the full press release

South-East Europe countries two-day anti-money laundering meeting in Budva, Montenegro

Budva, Montenegro, 05-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — The OSCE Mission to Montenegro facilitated a two-day meeting of the heads of Financial Intelligence Units (FIU) of the six South-East Europe countries, hosted by the Montenegrin FIU on 1 and 2 December 2016 … Read the full press release

OSCE trained youth in Tajikistan on tackling gender stereotypes

Dushanbe, Tajikista, 05-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — A two-day training course for youth on tackling gender stereotypes and further supporting the advancement of women and girls in all spheres of public and political life concluded on 2 December 2016 at the … Read the full press release

OSCE workshop in Yerevan on the implementation of the Aarhus Convention

Yerevan, Armenia, 05-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — The implementation of the Aarhus Convention in the context of recent constitutional and legal developments in Armenia was the theme of a workshop held by the OSCE office in Yerevan on 2 December 2016 … Read the full press release

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on a visit to the European Parliament in Brussels

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, visited today the European Parliament in Brussels, where he was welcomed by Parliament President Martin Schulz. They had a meeting during which they discussed developments in Tunisia and EU-Tunisia relations. Essebsi called the visit is … Read the full press release

3rd Association Council meeting between the European Union and Georgia

Joint press release following the 3rd Association Council meeting between the European Union and Georgia BRUSSELS, 02-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Union and Georgia held the 3rd meeting of the Association Council on 2 December 2016. The Council is the … Read the full press release

European Commission to strengthen the regulation of commodities markets and curb price speculation

BRUSSELS, 02-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has taken important steps today to strengthen the regulation of commodities markets and curb price speculation. It also ensures that firms active on these markets are regulated appropriately. The package completes the rulebook … Read the full press release

European Commission and Germany to end the legal dispute over the planned introduction of a road charge for passenger cars in Germany

BRUSSELS, 02-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — In the margins of the Transport Council held today in Brussels, EU Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, met with the German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt. In the margins of the Transport … Read the full press release

Rwanda becomes the third country to sign a MoU with Novartis Access

Rwanda becomes third country to launch Novartis Access portfolio against chronic diseases with first deliveries planned in early 2017 Since September 2015, Novartis Access has delivered more than 100,000 monthly treatments to Kenya, Ethiopia and Lebanon* First-year learnings underline broader … Read the full press release

Professor Anna Dominiczak made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace

GLASGOW, 01-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Professor Anna Dominiczak, Regius Professor of Medicine, Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire at a ceremony at … Read the full press release

EPP proposes four key solutions to protect lives and control migration to Europe

BRUSSELS, 30-Nov-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Migration remains one of the main concerns of EU citizens. Even if the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe has considerably dropped in 2016, the EU’s current migration strategy needs to be adapted to … Read the full press release

Airbus Group on WTO Panel DS487 report: Boeing must give up these massive tax subsidies

Extends the WTO’s earlier condemnation of massive illegal subsidies to Boeing to 26 billion USD in the form of wholly non-refundable corporate welfare. This is the single largest state-level instance of corporate welfare in US history. The subsidy package condemned … Read the full press release

Accenture Survey: Advanced Analytics, Machine Learning and IoT Help Revolutionize GOVs and Public Sector Agencies

Survey results show meeting customer expectations is one of the lowest ranked priorities ARLINGTON, Va., 16-Nov-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Advanced analytics and other emerging technologies are revolutionizing the way governments and public service agencies are trying to address citizen demands, helping to … Read the full press release

CEP awards: Public Protection Award for Resettle project – Intensive Intervention Risk Management Service by the National Probation Service in England

UTRECHT, 10-Nov-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — In October 2016, CEP launched the CEP awards, a celebration of outstanding contributions to probation. The awards scheme reflects CEP’s vision: to contribute to safer communities by rehabilitating and reintegrating offenders and providing the best possible … Read the full press release

Ranieri Sabatucci formally assumed the role of Head of Delegation of the European Union to the African Union

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 09-Nov-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Ambassador Ranieri Sabatucci presented his credentials to H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission at the Commission’s headquarters in Addis Ababa on November 3 2016, formally assuming the role of … Read the full press release

Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire confirmed new UK government funding for UK-Colombia strategic partnership on peace-building

LONDON, 04-Nov-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — New UK government funding for a UK-Colombia strategic partnership to share expertise on peace-building was confirmed today by Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire as he officially welcomed the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel … Read the full press release

UK Education Secretary Justine Greening announced additional £4.7m investment for the education and training of social workers

Justine Greening sets out her vision for giving vulnerable children the best possible start to life. LONDON, 04-Nov-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — In her first speech to the social care profession, Education Secretary Justine Greening today (3 November 2016) set out her … Read the full press release

Gov.uk: New £20 million fund in support of domestic abuse victims

This new fund will be used to increase refuge spaces and other accommodation for women fleeing domestic violence. LONDON, 03-Nov-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Local authorities can now bid for a share of a £20 million fund to support victims of domestic … Read the full press release

Vivergo Fuels chosen as one of the Government’s partner to help North of England reach its full potential

East Yorkshire, UK, 02-Nov-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Vivergo Fuels, the UK’s largest producer of bioethanol and high protein animal feed, has been chosen as one of the Government’s new official Northern Powerhouse partners and is the only Humberside-headquartered private business to … Read the full press release