European Commission

Complete at 27: Barroso designates Romanian Commissioner

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European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso announced Romanias designate to the Commission on October 30. Leonard Orban, currently Romanias Secretary of State and coordinating Romanias upcoming accession to the EU, will be Commissioner of...

EU Fisheries Control Agency starts work

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The Administrative Board of the Community Fisheries Control Agency of the European Union kicked off last week with the adoption of the first work programme which stated, In 2007, the Agency will give priority...

Forum discussed an aging Europe, low birth rates a problem

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The first EU-level expert forum on policy solutions to Europes aging population crisis was held early last week. Representatives from all over Europe, including experts and ministers from member states totalling to 400 participants,...

New EU airport security measures

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Complying with a European Commission Regulation adopted last month to counter the threat of liquid explosives on airplanes, new security measures at airports will take effect? November 6. All European Union airports will have to...

Reding welcomes Luxembourg telcom move

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The European Commission welcomed on October 30, 2006, the initiative of the Telecom Regulator of Luxembourg to unveil new measures for the assistance of high speed or bit-stream access to the new market entrants...

Take money, vote anyway: EU monitor in Indonesia

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In an effort to stop potential vote-buying during historic elections in Indonesias strife-torn Aceh province, voters should accept money but vote for whomever they want, the chief of the European Unions monitoring team said...

Internet Governance Forum – Athens 2006:

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The first Internet Governance Forum that was held in Athens from October 30 to November 2, 2006 set the platform for significant talks regarding the future form of the Internet with a thrust on...

Pros and cons of promoting India-EU textiles trade

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Here is something for Indias textile and clothing manufacturers and exporters to chew over. Which of the two following outcomes do they think will help them boost their exports to the 25-nation European Union...

EU budget draft is set, up from first version

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The European Parliament has given its approval to a 127.3 billion Euro budget for the European Union for 2007, substantially higher than at a first deliberation in July.Payments are 122 billion Euro, equalling 1.04...

EU needs assurances of investment in Russian oil production and transport

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The European Union needs to be sure that adequate investment is being made in projects to produce and transport fuels in Russia, which could meet growing EU demand, EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said...

EU commission nominates Kuneva as consumer affairs chief

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Bulgarian Minister for European Affairs Meglena Kuneva has been designated as the new European Union chief for consumer protection, the European Commission was recently cited by Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) as announcing. Kuneva is expected...

The Epilogue is still missing

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It is not our intention to continue forever with the case of vice President Gunter Verheugen, more so that both the President of Commission Jose Barroso and the Member State of the vice Presidents...

Auditors slam EU expenses

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The European Union modus operandi for public funds spending came under fire from the European Auditors for 12th year running with the European Commission putting up a lopsided effort to do the damage control....

Consolidating 50 years of delivery

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With the European Union gearing up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome next year, the Commission last week mapped out the concrete action it will take to meet its strategic...

Tamil Nadu gets more EU funds for Sri Lankans

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The European Commission on October 25 said it was providing additional five million Euro (USD 6.3 million) in aid to help conflict victims in war-torn Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan refugees in India. EU...

EU gives US access to criminal cases data

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The European Union and the United States have agreed on a new deal which would give the US access to European data regarding criminal cases under investigation, according to an agreement approved by EU...

Alcohol makes commission take notice

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Alcohol got the European commission worried over recent times leading to the commission on October 24 coming out with proposals to reduce alcohol-related harm. Key issues highlighted in the communication were the health and...

Mercury falls out of favour with EC

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The European Commission on October 26 proposed legislation to ban all European Union exports of mercury from 2011. Commenting on the proposal, European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said in a statement: This proposal underlines...

Rewarding creative enterprise

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The European Enterprise Awards have been in full swing since more than 400 regional and local authorities were recently scaled down to 51 nominees who will now compete for the title of most entrepreneurial...

Belgium stresses global role of the European Union

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On the sidelines of an event China, Belgium and Europe in a globalised world, organised last Thursday by Royal Institute for International Relations, Belgium, Karel De Gucht, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium spoke...

EU vows push to open Chinese markets, warns on human rights

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The European Union on October 26 vowed to keep markets open to Chinas surging exports but demanded equal access to consumers in the worlds fastest-growing economy. China is the single most important challenge for...

UK limits Romanian, Bulgarian immigration but Sweden wont

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Romania and Bulgaria reacted angrily to Britains announcement October 24 that it would restrict the right to work of migrants from both countries when they join the EU in 2007. British Home Secretary John...

Facts and figures for the EU workforce

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How mobile is the European workforce? The following facts and figures give a general overview of current situation in the EU labour market.Job-to-job mobility- According to the labour force survey of 2003, 8.2 percent...

EU Commission calls for new civil nuclear deal with Kazakhstan

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The European Commission on October 24 asked European Union governments to give their go-ahead for a cooperation deal with Kazakhstan on the peaceful use of nuclear energy. EU? Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said the agreement...

Bulgarian govt strives to fulfil EU recommendations

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If, at first thought, the words “Bulgaria” and “EU member” don't strike you as belonging in the same sentence, you're not alone. Despite getting the green light from the European Commission, backed by the...

OPEN DAYS European Week of Region and Cities 2006

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The Europe of tomorrow can be built with the help of experience gained over the years and a clear-cut outline of pragmatic policies, nourished at local regional level with the active participation of private...

Young scientists win awards for innovations

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The European Union Contest for Young Scientists recently awarded 24 young contestants a total of 28,500 Euro for their innovations and projects. The contest winners submitted projects with titles such as “Development of a...

Countries warned over failure on asylum law

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The European Commission on October 10 threatened to take legal action against 19 European Union states that have failed to transpose EU rules on asylum into national law. So far only Austria, Estonia, France,...

EU concentrates in the name of transparency

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The European Commission on October 10 announced a new database “publishing information about end-beneficiaries of centrally-managed EU funds on its EUROPA website,” as part of the European Transparency Initiative to improve the openness and...

EU support programmes “to eradicate, control and monitor animal diseases in 2007.”

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The European Commission on October 12 approved a financial injection of 193 million Euro to support programmes “to eradicate, control and monitor animal diseases in 2007.” The 155 programmes are set to tackle animal...

EU looks beyond for children

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The budgetary impact of the greying of the European population being a key policy challenge of the European Union, the European Commission on Oct. 12 offered a pragmatic action plan saying, “The answer lies...

Banks caution European Commission on conclusions on competitiveness

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Welcoming the efforts of the European Commission to promote a competitive banking market the European Banking Federation (EBF) expressed serious reservations about the way the latest EU report was conducted and the methodology which...

Barroso urges “team spirit” among 25 member states

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European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso last weekend brought a message of solidarity to Poland on October 13 amid the Polish government’s ongoing political crisis. “The EU is not them, the EU is us,”...

European Commission cracks down on infringement policy defaulters

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The European Commission is taking several steps of infringement to keep member states in check with environmental standards. Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Finland and Spain face legal action and Ireland a potential fine. Germany’s...

EU funding for security research to combat terrorism

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The European Commission last week announced plans to fund a research project to improve the detection of explosives, including liquids, at airports. This is one of 15 new security research projects for which the...

EU economic blues play hide and seek with growth

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The European Commission on October 11 cut its economic growth forecasts for the Eurozone, less than a week after the region’s interest rates were increased. According to the Commission, growth in the three months...

Europe slow to adopt strategy to address demographic change

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 The European Commission on October 12 agreed on a strategy paper to address demographic change in the 25-member polity, including support for increased childbearing. Labelling them as positive, the commission listed the developments which...