` Lithuania Last Baltic Nation Joins the Euro ‘

#AceBreakingNewsEUROPEAN UNION – Press Release – June 04 – Lithuania, the last Baltic nation outside the currency union, has been finally given green light to join the euro area, after its bid was turned down 8 years ago. The country could adopt a single currency on January 1, 2015.

The European Commission and the European Central Bank acceptedLithuania’s application on Wednesday.

“Lithuania’s readiness to adopt the euro reflects its long-standing support for prudent fiscal policies and economic reforms.

That reform momentum, driven in part by Lithuania’s EU accession ten years ago, has led to a striking increase in Lithuanians’ prosperity: the country’s per capita GDP has risen from just 35% of the EU28 average in 1995 to a projected 78% in 2015,” Olli Rehn, the European Commission Vice-President responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro, said in the statement.

The ECB looked at eight European Union countries – Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and Croatia. Only Lithuania met all the criteria to join.

The ECB looked at eight European Union countries – Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and Croatia. Only Lithuania met all the criteria to join.

The Council will make a final decision on the matter in the second half of July, after EU officials and state heads meet at the European Council from June 26-27.

Then the council will also agree on a set conversation rate for Lithuania’s currency the litas to the euro.

In order for a country to adopt the euro, it needs to tie its currency to the euro for a two-year period, as well as keep debt below 60 percent of GDP and inflation within 1.5 percentage points of the three lowest rates among the euro zone.

The European Commission said Lithuania’s key stumbling block of inflation has been overcome.

Europa: PRESS RELEASE: 04/06/14 

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` European Elections Start with Voting Booths Open in the United Kingdom ‘

#AceNewsServices – EUROPEAN ELECTIONS – May 22 – The first voting booths opened in the UK and the Netherlands this morning. In the next four days 400 million Europeans will have the right to choose who will be in charge in Europe. Go and vote, and then follow all the results on our official webpage where they will be published as soon as they are available. For all the reactions and live coverage, turn to our special Elections Night Tumblr account with infographics, videos, pictures, quotes and links.

The eighth European elections are under way, with 28 member states voting from 22 until 25 May. Today the polls are open in the UK and the Netherlands, on Friday in Ireland and the Czech Republic, on Saturday in Latvia, Malta, Slovakia and also in the Czech Republic, while in the rest of the EU it is on Sunday 25 May.

The best way to follow everything that is happening, including official reactions and buzzing topics on social media, is our special Tumblr page where we will keep you up to date throughout the elections. Our Tumblr page is in English, but it will cover news from all member states and provide links to original information sources in the language of the country.

Results will be published on our webpage as soon as they are available. They will be provided in open data form, allowing media, bloggers and all users to automatically retrieve the raw data and publish it directly on their on-line platforms within seconds. For more information, click here.

Elections are trending on social media as well with the official hashtag #EP2014 being used in nearly 155,000 tweets during the last three days. To help you navigate Twitter, Parliament has developed a special tool that helps with discovering and following elections on Twitter.

The Twitter Dashboard counts tweets, monitors the candidates for the European Commission presidency, top influencers and trending topics and key words.

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` Pope Francis `Denounces Human Trafficking ‘ as `Crime against Humanity ‘ making Slavery as a Priority ‘

#AceWorldNews – ROME – April 10 – Pope Francis has denounced human trafficking as a crime against humanity after meeting with four women who were forced into prostitution.

Francis attended a Vatican conference Thursday of church workers, charity representatives and police chiefs from 20 nations, who pledged greater cooperation to encourage victims of trafficking and slavery to come forward (AP)

Francis told the conference that trafficking is “an open wound on the body of contemporary society.” He met privately with four freed sex slaves from his native Argentina, Chile, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Francis has made combating human trafficking and slavery a priority of his papacy.

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#AceNewsServices PRAGUE April 10 Reuters Rasmussen said some…

#AceNewsServices – PRAGUE – April 10 – (Reuters) – Rasmussen said some 40,000 Russian troops were massed along Ukraine’s borders “not training but ready for combat.”

He told a news conference during a visit to the Czech Republic,to a NATO member, that any further military action by Russia would lead to grave consequences and severe economic sanctions.

Russia and the West are locked in a Cold War-style stand-off over Ukraine after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and a build-up of unrest in mostly Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine.

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“From Prague, I have this message to Russia: You have a choice to stop blaming others for your own actions, to stop massing your troops, to stop escalating this crisis and start engaging in a genuine dialogue,” Rasmussen said.

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` US Military are Planning large scale ` War Games ‘ in ` Poland ‘ comes three days after visit by Biden ‘

#AceWorldNews – The United States military are planning large scale war games in Poland, which would involve troops from several eastern European states, the American ambassador to the country, Stephen Mull, said.

Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and the Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) will be participating in drills, together with the Americans, Mull told Radio ZET.

Lask airbase in central Poland has been selected as the venue for the military exercise, the ambassador said, refraining from saying when it was scheduled for.

Mull’s announcement comes just three days after US Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to the Polish capital of Warsaw.

Biden’s trip was aimed at reassuring that America remains a “steadfast ally” to Poland and the Baltic States after they expressed anxiety over the events in the Crimea, which signed a treaty of accession to the Russian Federation on Tuesday.

RT – WP – AP – AFP – Reuters

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” EU-Ukraine Association Agreement maybe signed as soon `New Stable Government’ is formed in the country”

#AceWorldNews says that the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement may be signed as soon as a new stable government is formed in the country, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said in Budapest on Monday at a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group (V4) said, uniting four Central European States – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

“After setting Yulia Tymoshenko free Ukraine has fulfilled all the terms of signing the Association Agreement,” he said. “The treaty waits for signing and, as soon as Ukraine forms a stable government, it can be signed.”

Sikorski commented on the fact that Verkhovna Rada speaker and Ukraine’s interim president Oleksandr Turchynov confirmed the country’s intention to resume the European course, maintaining at the same time good relations with Russia.

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#Poland : ” Allegation’s of `Secret Prison’ for `Terror Suspects’ and that the `CIA Paid $15 Million’ to Keep it Open”

#AceNewsServices say `Polish People‘ to investigate report of $15mn cash payment for secret `CIA‘prison

Published time: January 24, 2014 14:04
An aerial view shows a watch tower of an airport in Szymany, close to Szczytno in northeastern Poland (Reuters / Kacper Pempel)An aerial view shows a watch tower of an airport in Szymany, close to Szczytno in northeastern Poland (Reuters / Kacper Pempel)
Polish prosecutors dealing with the allegations that CIA operated a secret prison for terror suspects in Poland pledge a probe into a report that the spy agency paid $15 million in cash to open the black site.

Human rights activists and lawyers accuse Warsaw of striking a secret deal with Washington, under which the CIA allegedly took over an intelligence training academy and used it to secretly detain prisoners as part of the War on Terror. The suspected site is one of dozens allegedly hosted by countries, including Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Romania.

Polish authorities have investigated the allegations since 2008.

On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that CIA paid $15 million to Polish intelligence in 2003 for use of the site, handing over the cash flown from Germany via diplomatic pouch. The money was hauled in two cardboard boxes and delivered to Colonel Andrzej Derlatka, deputy chief of the intelligence service, the report said citing former CIA agents.

The newspaper report may contain evidence relating to the Polish investigation, Piotr Kosmaty, spokesman for prosecutors in the Polish city of Krakow, who are dealing with the black site case, said Friday.

“In the course of the investigation that is underway, we will analyze this Washington Post article and will include it in our investigation,” Kosmaty told Reuters.

The CIA program involving extra-judicial arrests and detention of terrorism suspects was launched after the 9/11 attacks, according to numerous media reports. Human rights activists allege that prisoners of the secret black sites were subjected to torture there.

Polish authorities deny that their country ever hosted a CIA black site. Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski on Friday declined to comment on the report, calling it “speculation.”

Other accounts cited by the newspaper include an episode, in which two interrogators were pulled out of Poland after it was revealed that they had staged a mock execution of a prisoner.

It also cited former CIA officials saying that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, accused of masterminding the September 11, 2001, attacks, was subjected to waterboarding at the Polish facility.

 

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Meet ePatient Dave a Man to Inspire Other People Not to Take what Your Doctor Says as Gospel

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