Mobility boost for Masters students - EUbusiness Week newsletter 708
EUbusiness Week 708 top stories: IMF, EU pour cold water on Greek debt deal hopes; EU, Latin America pledge deeper ties at summit; EU targets Poland, Estonia in tax clampdown; Euro-Parliament delays vote on US trade deal; EU business confidence in China at new low: survey; Belgium snubs France with coin marking Napoleon defeat
Students looking to take a Master's degree in another EU country will
want to look into a loan guarantee scheme under the highly successful
Erasmus+ programme, as a new agreement worth some EUR 30 million was
signed this week.
The Master Loan Guarantee Facility helps finance such Masters students with favourable loans of up to EUR 12,000 a year. As such it provides another boost to the cause of student mobility in Europe. Its importance to the EU economy lies in its role in tackling the skills gaps in Europe.
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1. IMF, EU pour cold water on Greek debt deal hopes
Greece's creditors piled pressure on cash-strapped Athens on Thursday as
the IMF pulled its team out of talks and the EU warned Athens to stop
gambling with the possibility of default and a messy exit from the
Athens vows to 'intensify' efforts to reach deal
2. EU, Latin America pledge deeper ties at summit
EU leaders vowed to complete normalisation talks with Cuba and offered
funds for Colombia once peace is achieved as they held a summit with
their Latin American counterparts in Brussels on Wednesday.
EU, Latin America urge US to lift embargo on Cuba
3. EU targets Poland, Estonia in tax clampdown
The EU has ordered Estonia and Poland to urgently turn over information
on tax rulings, the practice exposed in the LuxLeaks affair of handing
out sweetheart tax deals to multinationals.
EU opens anti-trust probe into Amazon e-book business
4. Euro-Parliament delays vote on US trade deal
Euro-MPs have postponed their landmark first ever vote on the massive
trade deal between the EU and the United States. They had been due to
vote on limits for negotiators involved in the Transatlantic Trade and
5. EU business confidence in China at new low: survey
European companies are losing confidence in China's economy, a lobby
group survey said on Wednesday, with many firms planning to lay off
staff as Beijing struggles to boost growth and embarks in an
6. Belgium snubs France with coin marking Napoleon defeat
Belgium has begun minting 2.5-euro coins marking the 200th anniversary
of Napoleon's defeat of at the Battle of Waterloo, after France forced
it to scrap a two-euro coin of the same purpose.
Saudi Arabia: the EU on Monday renewed calls on Saudi Arabia to stop
lashing blogger Raif Badawi after the country's top court upheld the
sentence against him for insulting Islam.
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UK referendum: legislation paving the way for Britain's referendum on
leaving the EU crossed its first hurdle in parliament Tuesday as splits
on the issue within Prime Minister David Cameron's party were laid bare.
Italy slams anti-immigrant north as crisis deepens
Spain economy minister seeks presidency of Eurogroup
Asylum: the Commission has called on Member States to "act now" to
accommodate tens of thousands of asylum seekers rather than wait until
September when pressure eases.
EU 'disappointed' in failed Macedonia crisis talks
EU envoy complies with Gambia's expulsion order
FIFA: the European Parliament called Thursday on Sepp Blatter to step
down immediately as FIFA president and allow for an interim leader to
launch reforms in global football's governing body.
EU delegation in Iran barred from speaking to foreign media
In plenary this week, MEPs said Russia was no longer a strategic partner of the EU; condemned Hungary's PM's death penalty statements and migration survey; and expressed concern about democracy and fundamental rights in Turkey.
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15-16 Jun: Justice and Home Affairs Council
15-17 Jun: European Parliament Committee Meetings
15 Jun: Environment Council
16 Jun: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
17 Jun: Commission adopts Action Plan on corporate taxation
18-19 Jun: Employment, Social, Health, Consumer Affairs
18 Jun: Eurogroup
18 Jun: Commission adopts monthly infringements package
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