Estonian EU Presidency

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On Saturday, 1 July 2017, Estonia takes upon its shoulders the presidency of the council of the European Union – a rotating presidency every member of the EU holds for six months at a time. This means that for the next six months, Estonia will be responsible for defining the council’s positions while taking into account the interests of all member states and remaining neutral at the same time.The majority of the themes to be dealt with by the current presidency originate from the preceding presidency – in Estonia’s case, from Malta’s. However, each country holding the presidency can highlight in their own presidency programme the themes which require more attention.

Estonia’s priorities during its six-month presidency are:

  • An open and innovative European economy – developing a business environment that supports knowledge-based growth and competitiveness
  • A safe and secure Europe – strengthening the fight against terrorism and crime, continuing the work on the migration crises and increasing defence expenditure
  • A digital Europe and the free movement of data – ensuring modern and secure e-communications to be available across Europe
  • An inclusive and sustainable Europe – supporting equal opportunities for high-quality education, employment and development of skills

The 7th Cohesion Forum

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The 7th Cohesion Forum, which took place on 26-27 June 2017 in Brussels, is a large scale political event held every three years, bringing together more than 700 people including high level representatives from European institutions, central governments, regional and local representatives, economic and social partners, NGOs and academics.

10 years of Croatian business network

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A ceremonial meeting of the Croatian Business Network on marking the 10th anniversary of the Croatian Business Network was held on June 13, 2017 in the premises of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce - Representative Office in Brussels.

Roaming charges across the EU have been scrapped

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From June 15, roaming charges across 28 European countries will no longer be in place. The European Union has scrapped roaming charges following a vote in the European Parliament in February. Now EU citizens won't be charged extra for calls, SMS messages or internet outside their home countries, when travelling in the EU.

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Through the County Development Agency over the past three and a half years a number of projects have been realized or initiated for which more than 7 million Euros have been provided by the EU

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