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Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

12.11.09: Croatia to get €3.5 billion if it joins EU in 2012 - 0 views

  • The European Commission has proposed setting aside €3.5 billion of regional, agriculture and administrative aid for Croatia's first two years of EU membership, provided the country manages to join the bloc in 2012. The earmarked sum still needs the approval of the 27 member states.
  • The commission proposal starts with the 'working hypothesis' that the former Yogoslav country will join the EU in "January 2012", based on the "overall progress" achieved so far in accession negotiations. Similar proposals were adopted in the pre-accession phase of the other 12 countries which joined in 2004 and 2007. The document only refers to 2012 and 2013, the last two years of the current seven-year EU budget. From 2014 onwards, Croatia will be part of the next multi-annual financial framework. During these two years, the bulk of the money - €2.3 billion in so-called structural funds – would go to local and regional projects in infrastructure and small and medium enterprises. Croatian farmers would receive some €680 million, while programmes involving the country's judiciary and police would get €170 million.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

25.03.09: Serbia regrets EU's lack of solidarity with Balkans - 0 views

  • Serbia's Deputy Prime Minister Božidar Ðelić said yesterday (24 March) that the EU had gone "a bit too far" by giving five billion euro for the stimulus plan to its member states, and "not a single euro cent to any of the south-east European countries".
  • Many of the Western Balkan countries have already been exposed to the effects of the crisis. Industrial production and foreign direct investment are slowing down, and most countries are resorting to international loans that will put an additional burden on their balances of payments. A few weeks ago, the Serbian Central Bank (NBS) governor still hoped that growth could reach 1.5 -2% in 2009. But the government of Serbia was last week forced to negotiate a new agreement with the International Monetary Found (IMF) for a loan worth around €3bn ($3.88bn).
  • According to the deputy PM, "there is too much difference between being in or out" of the EU. "If you are in, like Latvia or Hungary, you get 10 billion, but if you are a clear future member but still not formally in, it is very difficult to access resources, to go around the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) limitations, to go around the European Central Bank regulations or even the structural funds in the area of infrastructure and social cohesion," he said (EurActiv 10/02/09).
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

19.03.09: EU leaders to discuss response to economic crisis - 0 views

  • EU leaders are meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday to discuss the best ways to get out of the economic crisis. But despite some calls to spend more to support the bloc's ailing economies, most of the attention is expected to be focused on the need for better regulation of the financial sector and on "fine-tuning" the existing European economic stimulus package.
  • In the face of the persisting economic turmoil, France and Germany's leaders sent a letter to the Czech EU presidency and to the president of the European Commission on Tuesday reiterating what they see as an urgent need to reform the financial system. "The top priority is building up the new global financial architecture. The European Union must affirm a common position and take the lead in this process," French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel wrote.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

29.09.08: Commission adopts planning of financial assistance to the Western Balkans - 0 views

  • Commission adopts multi-annual planning of financial assistance to the Western Balkans and Turkey The Commission has completed today the strategic planning of EU financial support for 2008-2010 to the candidate countries and potential candidates: Croatia, Turkey, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and Kosovo[1]. This financial assistance aims to enhance political and economic reform and development to realise their European perspective. For 2008-2010, the overall indicative amount of EU financial assistance under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) is €4.471 billion.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

15.01.08: EU freezes Croatian Phare projects - 0 views

  • ZAGREB -- The European Commission (EC) has temporarily frozen Croatian Phare projects. It has also reduced the funds allocated to the country via the IPA program by EUR 5mn because of weaknesses in creating a decentralized system of management of projects backed by EU funds.
  • In its 2007 progress report on Croatia, the EC said that the country had shown great weaknesses last year in implementing a decentralized system for management of pre-accession assistance, said Nagy and warned that Zagreb had to deal with these weaknesses as soon as possible.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

Examples for CARDS-projects by country and by sector - 0 views

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    Almonst 100 examples for projects - each with a short description - financed by CARDS in the countries of the Western Balkans.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

New Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) - 0 views

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    17.07.2006: Based on a Commission proposal, today the Council[1] adopted a regulation establishing a new Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance, IPA. The European Parliament voted a favourable opinion on 6 July 2006. This single financial instrument simp
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

Discussions new TACIS concept and regulation (2007ff.) - 0 views

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    As the present Tacis regulation is due to expire at the end of 2006, the Commission services are currently in the process of devising a new Tacis concept and regulation. The present Commission staff working paper sets out key ideas for the new Tacis conce
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

Development of relations between the EU and the Western Balkans - 0 views

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    Analyses the most important steps in the development of the relations between the EU and the Western Balkans from the very beginning in 1996 (Royaumont Process) until 2006.
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

EU-Western Balkans-relations - 0 views

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    An excellent overview over the development of the relations between the Union and the Western Balkans from the early 1990s until 2005 including information about the Stabilisation and Association Process, the Stabilisation and Association Agreements and C
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

EIDHR: European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights - 1 views

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    The EIDHR is a European Union programme that aims to promote and support human rights and democracy in third countries. Information on our activities and actions a
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

EU-Enlargement: Financial instruments - 2 views

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    The aims of the pre-accession strategy cannot be achieved without recourse to the instruments of support and financial aid. This Website describes 4 of them: Phare, SAPARD, ISPA, IPA
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

IPA: New Financing Instrument for Potential EU Member States - 1 views

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    17.06.2006. The Council of Ministers on 17 July agreed to get a new Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) underway. The financial tool will replace the five existing pre-accession assistance instruments (PHARE, ISPA, SAPARD, Turkey pre-accession i
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

The Programme Cards - 2 views

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    Since 1991 the European Union has committed, through various assistance programmes, € 6.8 billion to the Western Balkans. In 2000 aid to the region was streamlined through a new programme called CARDS (Community Assistance for Reconstruction, Developmen
Prof. Dr  Wolfgang Schumann

Third country relationships with the European Union - 0 views

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    An excellent article analysing the relations EU-EFTA/EEA, the Europan Neighbourhood Policy and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and moreover describing and explaining the various financial cooperation and assistance programmes(CARDS, TACIS, MEDA, ACP, A
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