The European External Action Service said the EU has allocated a €134 million solidarity aid package to Central Asia to address the urgent needs of the health care system and socio-economic problems. The representatives of the countries of Central Asia and the European Union paid special attention to the situation in Afghanistan. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>EU, Central Asia discuss economy, transport, ecology, energy, security issues

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High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell (R) and EU Neighbourhood and Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi at a Commission meeting in Brussels, Belgium, November 11, 2020. The parties discussed interaction in the economic, transport spheres, as well as issues of ecology, energy and security. The parties stressed that the establishment of a lasting peace in Afghanistan is a guarantee of stability and prosperity for the entire region.   European Union, 2020/EC – Audiovisual Service/Dati Bendo

EU allocated a €134 million solidarity package to Central Asian countries

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The foreign ministers of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan held talks with High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of a stronger Europe in the World, Josep Borrell, the press service of the Tajik Foreign Ministry said. The EU, in turn, assessed the productivity of the Central Asian countries in the field of security and the fight against terrorism.

So, now political officials will rotate every four years since the date of their appointment to their office. A new extension for another two years will be possible only by decision of the National Commission on Personnel Policy under the President. At the same time, by decision of the head of any ministry or state department the term of office of a political employee may be extended by two years. Previously, the principle of rotation was applied only to administrative employees. Facebook

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The institution of rotation of political civil servants has been introduced for the first time in the republic, the press -service of the Agency for Civil Service Affairs reported on November 18. The institution of rotation of political officials will be introduced from January 1, 2021. A political civil servant is a civil servant whose appointment (election), release and activity are of a political nature, he is responsible for the implementation of political goals and objectives. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Kazakhstan to launch rotation of political civil servants on January 1

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View of Kazakhstan's Presidential Palace Akorda. Thus, the maximum admissible tenure of political officials in office will not exceed eight years. On November 13, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a decree providing for amendments to some acts on the civil service.

Under the immunity provisions, a former president and his family would have lifetime immunity from any criminal or administrative charges. They also cannot be detained, arrested, searched, or interrogated. The immunity amendments are widely viewed as designed to protect Putin if he steps down. Once the bill goes through two more Duma readings, it must be approved by the Federation Council before being signed by Putin himself. The State Duma also passed a first reading of another bill that will grant ex-presidents a lifetime seat in the upper house of parliament, or the Federation Council, a position that also provides immunity from prosecution. EPA-EFE/ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK /KREMLIN POOL

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Russia’s State Duma has approved the first reading of a draft bill that would grant lifetime immunity to former presidents. EPA-EFE/ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK /KREMLIN POOL MANDATORY CREDIT

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting via a video conference with Bryansk region governor Alexander Bogomaz at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, 26 May 2020. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Russian bill to grant ex-presidents lifetime immunity passes first reading

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa08445201 Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting via a video conference with Bryansk region governor Alexander Bogomaz at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, 26 May 2020. The legislation is part of a package of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum this summer that could potentially see President Vladimir Putin stay in power until 2036. Under the current law, former presidents are only immune from prosecution for crimes committed while in office.

The Quds Force of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards is responsible for supporting Tehran’s allies in proxy conflicts across the Middle East. The Israeli military said in a statement that its fighter jets hit “military targets belonging to the Iranian Quds force and the Syrian Armed Forces”. EPA-EFE/ATEF SAFADI

Israeli Iron Dome air defense system, deployed in the Golan Heights at the Israeli-Syrian border, 18 November 2020. In 2019, the United States became the first country to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the area since Israel effectively annexed it in 1981. Syrian official news agency on 18 November said three people had died after Israeli Air Forces (IAF) attacked targets near Damascus, while other sources reported several more had died. Wednesday’s raids came hours before US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was set to land in Israel for talks including on Iran. In recent years, Israel has frequently attacked what it says are Iranian-linked targets in Syria, but the latest attacks struck a far wider range of targets than usual. Syrian official news agency on 18 November said three people had died after Israeli Air Forces (IAF) attacked targets near Damascus, while other sources reported several more had died. Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Israel strikes Syria after finding roadside bombs in the Golan

By Elena Pavlovska
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epa08827061 Israeli Iron Dome air defense system, deployed in the Golan Heights at the Israeli-Syrian border, 18 November 2020. The military added that it “holds the Syrian regime responsible for all the actions perpetrated from its territory and will continue to operate as necessary against the Iranian entrenchment in Syria”. EPA-EFE/ATEF SAFADI

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Israel on Wednesday launched air strikes on Syria, killing three soldiers and wounding another, after the Israeli military said it found explosive devices near one of its bases in the occupied Golan Heights. Syrian state media said that three military personnel were killed and one was wounded in the “Israeli aggression”.

The LIFE projects also support reducing energy consumption in new buildings, in line with the recently launched EU Renovation Wave Strategy. If replicated across the EU at speed and scale, they can help the EU achieve its ambitious EU Green Deal goals and contribute to building a greener and more resilient Europe for all of us, but also for generations to come,” Sinkevicius said. The projects will help to achieve the European Green Deal objectives by supporting the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the Circular Economy Action Plan, contributing to the green recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic, and helping Europe become a climate-neutral continent by 2050, among others. “They bring solutions to some of the most serious challenges of our time such as climate change, loss of nature and unsustainable use of resources. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Funding for environment, nature and climate action projects gets EU Commission nod

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epa08743238 European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans and EU Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson (not pictured) address a joint news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 14 October 2020. EU Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius said LIFE projects can really make a tangible difference on the ground. Financial resources are also being earmarked for numerous projects that will help energy-intensive industries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Commission’s ambitious Climate Target Plan and our climate neutrality objective. This amount represents a 37% rise compared to last year, the Commission said on November 16. Many of the new projects are cross-country projects involving several Member States. Funds will go into developing universal and affordable low-carbon solution that could reduce energy consumption in all new buildings by up to 40%. Funds will also go towards projects that prevent food waste and lead to improved waste management in line with the new EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan. EPA-EFE/FRANCOIS LENOIR / POOL

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans addresses a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, October 14, 2020. Projects such as restoring peatlands – unique ecosystems home to many highly adapted, rare and threatened species – will contribute to the implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy. I’m looking forward to the results of these new projects,” he added. Approximately €220 million are allocated to a wide range of projects on environment and resource efficiency, nature and biodiversity, and environmental governance and information and over €60 million to support climate change mitigation, adaptation and governance and information projects. Peatlands are also an important carbon sink, and can boost Europe’s drive toward climate neutrality by 2050. EPA-EFE/FRANCOIS LENOIR/POOL

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The European Commission has approved an investment package of more than €280 million from the EU budget for over 120 new LIFE programme projects, triggering total investments of nearly €590 million to help meet these projects’ ambitious goals for environment, nature, and climate action. According to the Commission, this includes major investments aimed at protecting and enhancing Europe’s biodiversity. “The European Green Deal is our roadmap to a green, inclusive, and resilient Europe,” Commission Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans said. “LIFE projects epitomise these values as they bring together Member States for the protection of our environment, the restoration of nature, and support of biodiversity.

style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Turkey’s parliament green lights peacekeepers for Karabakh

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa08819518 A handout still image made available 14 November 2020 by the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry shows Russian military armored vehicles at the Erebuni military airport outside Yerevan, Armenia. Russian officials have said Ankara’s involvement will be limited to the work of the monitoring centre on Azerbaijani soil and Turkish peacekeepers would not go to Nagorno-Karabakh. Armed clashes erupted on 27 September 2020 in the simmering territorial conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory along the contact line of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (also known as Artsakh). Russia have sent tens of military transport planes with Russian peacekeepers and equipment to Armenia to control the ceasefire and the halt of military operations in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the presence of Turkish troops and, “if needed, civilian personnel from our country, will be to the benefit of the peace and prosperity of the regional people and necessary for our national interests”. EPA-EFE/RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY

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Turkey’s parliament approved the deployment of troops to join Russian forces at an observation post in Nagorno-Karabakh after Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a Russian-brokered ceasefire to end fighting over the region. Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but is historically an ethnic Armenian region, has been the focal point of the conflict between the two nations. As part of the ceasefire, signed on November 10, the Turkish troops will stay there for one year. EPA-EFE/RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY HANDOUT HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT/BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE / HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

A handout still image made available 14 November 2020 by the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry shows Russian military armored vehicles at the Erebuni military airport outside Yerevan, Armenia. Russia have sent tens of military transport planes with Russian peacekeepers and equipment to Armenia to control the ceasefire and the halt of military operations in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. Armenia and Azerbaijan, two former Soviet republics, have been involved in a territorial conflict since they gained independence in the 1990s. Armed clashes erupted on 27 September 2020 in the simmering territorial conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory along the contact line of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (also known as Artsakh). Some 2,000 Russian peacekeeping troops are also deploying to the region.

Abiy, 44, ordered air strikes and sent soldiers into Tigray on November 4 after accusing the local ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), of revolt and an attack on a government base. There is a dispute over control of the region with Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, claiming transgressions by Tigray’s leaders have pushed him to take military action whilst Debretsion Gebremichael has said Tigray will continue to defend itself until negotiations take place. Debretsion Gebremichael speaks during an interview in Mekele Tigray region of Ethiopia, 08 June 2019 (issued 09 November 2020). The leader of the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia Debretsion Gebremichael has called on the African Union (AU) to intervene to prevent Ethiopia from spiralling into civil war. EPA-EFE/STR

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The rulers of Ethiopia’s rebellious Tigray region refused to surrender to federal troops and instead claimed they were winning a war that has further destabilised the Horn of Africa. EPA-EFE/STR

Chairman of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and the current President of Tigray Region Dr. There is a dispute over control of the region with Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, claiming transgressions by Tigray's leaders have pushed him to take military action whilst Debretsion Gebremichael has said Tigray will continue to defend itself until negotiations take place. More than 100 injuries from the conflict have been reported. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Ethiopian military pushes closer to rebel capital, denies ‘ethnic bias’

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa08809204 (FILE) – Chairman of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the current President of Tigray Region Dr. The TPLF said civilians had been killed in the attacks, allegations the task force denied. More than 100 injuries from the conflict have been reported. The government said its forces are marching on Tigray’s capital Mekelle and will triumph shortly. The leader of the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia Debretsion Gebremichael has called on the African Union (AU) to intervene to prevent Ethiopia from spiralling into civil war. Prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s government is also claiming major victories. The war has killed hundreds and sent 30,000 refugees fleeing into Sudan. Debretsion Gebremichael speaks during an interview in Mekele Tigray region of Ethiopia, 08 June 2019 (issued 09 November 2020). “Tigray is now a hell to its enemies. The people of Tigray will never kneel”, they said in a statement on Wednesday.