Published Convention against Corruption

The Official Journal of the European Union L 287/3 has published the Council Decision of 25 September 2008 on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Community, of the United Nations Convention against Corruption

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EC approves German support scheme for financial institutions

The European Commission has approved, under EC Treaty state aid rules, a German rescue package intended to stabilise financial markets by providing capital and guarantees to eligible financial institutions. Following close cooperation with the German authorities and the submission of a comprehensive set of commitments to ring-fence the application of the measures, the Commission found the scheme to be in line with its Guidance Communication on state aid to overcome the current financial crisis.

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New call for proposals in the Capacities Specific Programme (7FP)

A new Call for proposals under 2009 work programme of the 7th EC Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities has been published on the 28th October 2008 at the Official Journal of the European Union with 38 Meuros budget.

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Marco Polo Conference 2-3 December 2008 in Valencia (Spain)

The event will give the latest news and background on the Marco Polo programme and explain how to apply for Marco Polo funding under future calls for project proposal.

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Directive for the protection of employees in the event of the insolvency

It has been published the Directive  2008/94/EC of 22 October 2008 on the protection of employees in the event of the insolvency of their employer at the Official Journal of the European Union on the 28th October 2008.

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TEN-T Project Management Workshop

The Workshop aims to provide key information about the Agency’s activities and services. At the same time, the event will also serve as a valuable forum for discussion about important issues pertinent to the successful implementation of the TEN-T programme by all stakeholders on the 3 December 2008 (8:45 - 17:15) at the Centre Conference Albert Borschette in Brussels.

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€186 million for 143 new LIFE+ projects

The European Commission has approved funding for 143 new projects under the first call for the LIFE+ programme (2007-2013), the European fund for the environment. The projects are from across the EU and cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, environmental policy, and information and communication. Overall, they represent a total investment of €367 million, of which the EU will provide €186 million.

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EC proposes a new information-sharing tool at EU level to better protect critical infrastructure

The European Commission proposed on October, 27th, new legislation for the establishment of  a Critical Infrastructure Warning Information Network (CIWIN) to strengthen information-sharing on critical infrastructure protection between EU Member States. This proposition follows Commission concern over the development of  the European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection.

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EDPS opinion on the implementation of the Internal Market Information System

It has been published in the OJ the opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) on the Commission Decision of 12 December 2007 concerning the implementation of the Internal Market Information System (IMI) as regards the protection of personal data (2008/49/EC)

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EU/USA Agreement on the American participation in the EULEX KOSOVO Mission

The European Union and the United States of America, concluded on October 22nd, 2008, an Agreement on the participation of the United States of America in the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, EULEX KOSOVO. This mission was adopted by Joint Action 2008/124/CFSP of the Council in February 2008.

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Parliament adopts first reading on EU budget for 2009

The European Parliament adopted the 2009 draft budget substantially higher than that adopted by Council in its July first reading. Commitments are set at €136 bn (1.04 % of GNI), payments are €124.5 bn (equivalent of 0.959% of EU GNI). Council had adopted a draft budget of € 133.9bn in commitments and €114.9 bn in payments. With this vote, Parliament has stayed within the margins of the Financial Perspective.

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Commission assesses the use of electronic procurement in Europe

The European Commission launched on the 23 rd October an on-line survey to find out more about the actual experience of businesses and public purchasers with electronic public procurement ("e-procurement").

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