EC to reform fisheries control framework

The European Commission has proposed a new Council Regulation recasting the EU fisheries control system. The result would be a completely modernized system for inspection, monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement of Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) rules throughout the market chain, from catch to the retailer.

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The G20 adopt a common declaration on the Financial Markets and the World Economy

The summit of the main countries and institutions concerned by the financial crisis, held in Washington on November, 15th 2008, brought together the Heads of State and Government of the G20, the Secretary General of the United Nations, the Director General of the IMF, the President of the World Bank, the President of the European Commission and the President of the Financial Stability Forum. They jointly adopted a common declaration aiming to strengthen cooperation between the countries in order to tackle this crises situation.

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EC publishes the Eurostat list of European ports

The European Commission published in the Official Journal of the European Union, OJEU, on November, 17th, 2008, the codified version of Decision 2008/861/EC setting the list of European ports for the purposes of statistical returns in respect of carriage of goods and passengers by sea.

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Commission opens call for proposals i2i-Audiovisual within the MEDIA 2007 Programme

The European Commission published on November, 17th, 2008 in the Official Journal of the European Union, OJEU, a new call for proposals – i2i-Audiovisual - to support independent European Production companies in the access to funding from banks and financial institutions, under the MEDIA 2007 Programme.

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Brussels calls for a development dimension at the G20 Summit

On the eve of the G20 summit to be held in Washington, the European Commission is launching an appeal for development to be given a place in the new "Bretton Woods II" architecture. This call comes with the celebration of the European Development Days (EDD) to be held in Strasbourg (France) at the same time as the G20 summit.

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New Codified version of Regulation on the transmission of confidential statistical data

The OJEU published on November, 14th, the Codified version of Regulation (EC, EURATOM) Nº 1101/2008, adopted by the European Parliament and the Council, on the transmission of data subject to statistical confidentiality to the Statistical Office of the European Communities. This version comes after the substantial amendment of Council Regulation (Euratom, EEC) Nº 1588/90.

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A level playing field for financial information services in China

The EU and China, together with the United States and Canada, reached on November, 13th, a landmark agreement on the treatment of financial information services in China. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Geneva addresses the concerns that had led the European Commission to launch WTO consultations on this matter in March 2008. The changes are due to be put in place by June, 1st, 2009.

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25 years of free intra EU-trade

Since 1984 more than 12,000 draft regulations have been cleared in relation to EU-trade.

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7 meuros for OLAF seminars

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), Budget Unit has launched a tender of organising conferences in Member States, candidate countries or other countries.

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EDPS welcomes EU/US information sharing for law enforcement purposes, but stresses the need for further developments

On November, 10th, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the Final Report by the EU-US High Level Contact Group on information sharing and privacy and personal data protection, which was presented by the Presidency of the European Union (EU) in June 2008. The Report defines common principles on privacy and data protection as a first step towards the exchange of information between the EU and the United States (US) to fight terrorism and serious transnational crime. It also identifies options for a possible instrument that would apply the agreed common principles to data transfers.

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Polish aid for multimodal transport

The European Commission authorised on the 12 november 2008 a Polish aid scheme which intends to encourage the development of multimodal transport through the construction of logistics centres and terminals.

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Corrigendum to European Funding regulation

The Official Journal of the European Union has published on the 12th november a corrigendum to Council Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006 of 11 July 2006 laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund.

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