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Slovak Presidency

01/07/2016. From 1 July 2016, Slovakia will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU, as a part of the current Presidency trio together with the Netherlands (January-June 2016) and Malta (January-June 2017).

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Association Agreement between EU and the Republic of Moldova

1 July 2016. The Association Agreement (AA)  between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova fully enters into force. The Association Agreement aims to deepen political and economic relations between the EU and the Republic of Moldova. It also creates a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).

The Agreement offers Moldova a framework for boosting trade and economic growth through improved access to the EU market for its products and services and by comprehensively approximating its trade-related laws and regulations to Union standards. If implemented fully, it will facilitate Moldova's progressive integration with the EU single market.

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Financial guarantee facility for the cultural and creative sector

30 June 2016. The Creative Europe programme has set up a €121 million guarantee facility, to enhance the access to finance of SMEs in the cultural and creative sector (CCS), operational as of 2016. It will support the scaling up of cultural and creative projects and help the sector in becoming more competitive.

The guarantee facility aims to strengthen the financial capacity of the cultural and creative sectors by addressing the difficulties in accessing bank loans, and the limited spread of expertise among financial institutions in the area of financial analysis of cultural and creative SMEs and projects throughout the EU.

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Draft EU Budget 2017: focus on growth, jobs and refugee crisis

30 June 2016. The Commission has proposed the 2017 draft EU Budget of €134.9 billion in payments focusing on the two main policy priorities for Europe: supporting the ongoing recovery of the European economy and addressing the security and humanitarian challenges.

Increased funding will go to investments in growth, jobs and competitiveness in the European Union as well as to securing the necessary resources to protect the external borders of the EU, to reinforce security inside and outside the Union, to provide support for the reception and integration of refugees, and to address the root causes of migration in the countries of origin and transit.

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A new strategy for the EU's relationship with China

22 June 2016. The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission today adopted a Joint Communication that maps out the European Union's relationship with China for the next five years.

The Joint Communication identifies major opportunities for the EU's relationship with China, in particular with the aim of creating jobs and growth in Europe as well as vigorously promoting a greater opening up of the Chinese market to European business, thus contributing to the first priority of President Juncker's Commission. The Joint Communication also highlights opportunities for closer cooperation and partnership between the EU and China in the fields of foreign and security policy.

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