11 March 2014, Brussels - The European Commission will provide life-saving assistance to a hundred thousand victims of the violence in Central African Republic (CAR) who have been forced to flee to Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon.
The funding, from the Commission's support of €45 million to CAR since the escalation of the crisis in December 2013, will help the most vulnerable people seeking to meet their basic humanitarian needs. Half of the funding will be spent in Chad, which is facing the biggest influx.
11 March 2014, Brussels - The European Commission today adopted a proposal for temporarily removing customs duties on Ukrainian exports to the EU.
Once adopted by the EU, this unilateral measure will allow Ukrainian exporters to benefit from preferential access to the EU market in full line with the schedule of concessions negotiated under the DCFTA. Ukraine will not have to provide extra access to EU exports in return. The temporary elimination of the customs duties will be total or partial, depending on the sector.
11 March 2014, Brussels - Today marks the tenth anniversary of the Madrid train bombings that killed 192 persons and injured at least 1800 people commuting to work. Ten years later, the physical and mental wounds of the victims who survived are still not healed. The European Union has devoted 11th March to remembering all victims of terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere in the world. Terrorism can strike anywhere and at any time. The EU stands firmly against and condemns all terrorist acts.