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The EU significantly increased its funding in response to the Syria crisis at today's Third International Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait. Together, the European Commission and Member States pledged close to €1.1 billion.

 

31 March 2015 marks the end of the EU's dairy quotas. In the context of a reformed Common Agriculture Policy this provides EU producers with more flexibility to respond to growing demand, especially on the world market and create more jobs.

 

Digital technology is part of everyday life – yet many barriers remain to using it. Today the Commission discussed the Digital Single Market Strategy due for adoption in May and set out the main areas of its work.

 

Following a meeting today in Brussels, during which they took stock of the ongoing negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and US Trade Representative Michael Froman issued a joint statement on public services in trade agreements.

 

EU leaders met in Brussels on 19 and 20 March. They focused on the major strategic challenges facing Europe: endorsing plans for an Energy Union, delivering growth and jobs, and dealing with instability on our borders.

 

A new Joint Declaration on the relationships between the EU and Greenland was signed by President Jean-Claude Juncker, Greenlandic Premier Kim Kielsen and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and signals a new cycle in the relations.

 

The Commission presented a package of tax transparency measures as part of its ambitious agenda to tackle corporate tax avoidance in the EU. During its weekly meeting the College of Commissioners also welcomed French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

 

President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans presented the Commission's views on Energy Union, economic governance, investment, TTIP and the situation in Ukraine and Libya ahead of the March European Council in the European Parliament.

 

Commissioners Avramopoulos and Jourov�� participated in an event in Brussels that brought together victims from recent and past terrorist attacks and victim associations. Together with First Vice-President Timmermans and��High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini they issued a joint statement.

 

The College focused its weekly meeting on the latest economic and geopolitical developments while EU Finance Ministers agreed on the Regulation to set up the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and next steps in economic governance.

 

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