European Union member states on December 1 agreed to set up a new EU institute for gender equality in Vilnius, capital of the bloc’s 2004 newcomer Lithuania. The future EU agency is expected to be up and running already next year, said Finnish minister for social affairs Tuula Haatainen, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency. The institute will be funded with a proposed budget of 52.5 million Euro for 2007-2013. The decision gives the EU’s new member states the second decentra...

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