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Lebanon: EU-funded project encourages rural women’s entrepreneurship

A meeting bringing together six players in the field of micro-finance took place last week in Maad, Lebanon, to examine ways to encourage rural women’s entrepreneurship through the creation of micro-companies and the access to financial instruments. This meeting comes in as part of the EU-funded project “Social and economic promotion of the Lebanese rural woman through the development of ...

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EU supports UNICEF for education of children in Syria

The European Union has given an additional € 10 million to UNICEF to support access to education for vulnerable and displaced children in Syria. As the current civil unrest and violence continues to disrupt children’s education in Syria, the grant, provided by the European Commission’s EuropeAid, will help to improve access to pre-school, primary and alternative education for children and ...

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Funds to support Jordanian education sector deal with influx of Syrian refugees

The EU has given Jordan €30 million to deal with the consequences on its education system of the influx of Syrian refugees. This support will help the Ministry of Education extend education services to 70,000 Syrian students enrolled in public schools in host communities and in refugee camps.A first payment of €15 million will be released this week to cover ...

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European Council has launched a task force for the Mediterranean

The European Council meeting was held in Brussels on the 24 and 25 October. Besides partnerships whit Eeastern countries (ie Ukraina and Moldova), it focuses also on Southern Neighbourhood and it expressed its “deep sadness at the recent tragic events in the Mediterranean and decided to step up the Union’s action”. “As regards protecting lives, we call for swift implementations ...

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Commission launches new dialogue on higher education with Southern Mediterranean countries

The European Commission has launched a new dialogue with Southern Mediterranean countries on higher education policies and programmes as part of its roadmap for anchoring progress in the region following the 2011 ‘Arab Spring’. Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, hosted a two-day event in Brussels (2-3 July 2012) with Ministers and senior officials from ...

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European Commission to provide additional funding for key investment projects in the Neighbourhood

The European Commission has announced additional support for the Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) for this year. The extra funding will go towards helping countries in the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood in areas such as road building, climate change, energy or supporting businesses. The Neighbourhood Investment Facility brings together grants from the European Commission and the EU Member States with loans ...

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