Experts for the Joint Undertaking ‘Fusion for Energy

On July 4th the Commission published a Call for expression of interest for the establishment of a list of prospective individual experts to provide expertise to ‘Fusion for Energy’. The list is drawn up for a five year period from the date of publication of this call, and applications may be submitted at any time, up to the last three months of validity of the list.

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ERTMS new agreeement: EC - rail industry

The European Commission and the rail industry (manufacturers, infrastructure managers and undertakings)  signed on the 4th july a memorandum of understanding in Rome aimed at accelerating deployment of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERMTS) throughout Europe.

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EC Regulation for contractual obligations

The Official Journal of the European Union has published on the 4th July 2008 the Regulation (EC) No 593/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 June 2008 on the law applicable to contractual obligations (Rome I) to be applied to all contracts to be signed after 17th December 2009. The EC Regulation harmonise the regulations in this area in order to maintain and develop an area of freedom, security and justice in the European Union.

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Creation of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC)

On July 4th, the Council published the Joint Action 2008/550/CFSP of June 23th, establishing a European Security and Defence College (ESDC) and repealing Joint Action 2005/575/CFSP.  The ESDC will provide training in the field of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) at the strategic level in order to develop and promote a common understanding of ESDP among civilian and military personnel.

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Unsatisfactory results in the Implementation of the Hague Programme

The European Commission has presented its Communication “Report on Implementation of the Hague Programme for 2007” COM(2008) 373 final of 2nd July 2008.

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