In 2013, the government deficit of both the euro area (EA18) and the EU28 decreased in absolute terms compared with 2012, while the government debt rose in both zones. In the euro area the government deficit to GDP ratio decreased from 3.6% in 2012 to 2.9% in 2013 and in the EU28 from 4.2% to 3.2%. In the euro area the government debt to GDP ratio increased from 89.0% at the end of 2012 to 90.9% at the end of 2013 and in the EU28 from 83.5% to 85.4%.

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 50 million to LLC FIRMA ASTARTA-KIEV, a leading Ukrainian agroindustrial producer. EIB Vice-President László Baranyay, responsible for lending operations in Ukraine, stated: “The EIB will directly support, for the first time inUkraine, the development of the local private sector.

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About 2,800 former workers at firms producing various metals inSpain, steel inBelgium, and cars inFrance andBelgium will get EU aid to help them find new jobs after Parliament approved the applications on Tuesday. The requests for European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid, together amounting to €15.2 million, also need to be approved by the EU Council of Ministers.

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The European Banking Authority (EBA) published a consultation paper on the implementation of its Guidelines on the security of internet payments. These Guidelines are the first output of the joint work undertaken by the EBA and the European Central Bank (ECB) on the security of payment services. The consultation will run until 14 November 2014.

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Over the past few months,Europe has learnt that energy can be used as a severe tool of pressure for political purposes, said the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Rolandas Kriščiūnas in his address to the annual energy conference “Independent Energy – Strong Economy”. Kriščiūnas noted that energy supplies and the

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The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, took stock of the recent historic trade achievements in key markets, which directly benefit hard-working Canadians. A number of significant milestones in opening markets for Canadian businesses were accomplished in September 2014, making it a historic month inCanada’s job-creating, pro-trade plan.

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"La lotta al cambiamento climatico è stata affrontata con realismo da tutti e possiamo dire che un accordo è possibile" e che ci sono “tutte le condizioni per un’intesa ambiziosa” al prossimo Consiglio europeo. Lo ha detto il sottosegretario agli Affari europei, Sandro Gozi, al termine del Consiglio Affari generali a Lussemburgo.

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Secondo i dati dell´Istituto Nazionale Tedesco di Statistica, DESTATIS, durante il primo semestre 2014 sono state erogate in Germania 136.800 licenze edilizie per l´edificazione di appartamenti con un incremento del 9,6% rispetto al primo semestre2013. In particolare il numero di permessi edilizi per la costruzione di condomini é

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L'economia australiana è cresciuta solo del 0.5% nel trimestre chiuso a giugno quale esito di una forte contrazione delle esportazioni e della debolezza degli investimenti. I dati trimestrali del PIL, leggermente superiori a quelli della Reserve Bank of Australia, indicano un tasso di crescita del 3.1% nell'anno chiuso a giugno rispetto al 3.5% rilevato alla fine di marzo.

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