Conclusions of the Council concerning a European partnership for international scientific and technological cooperation

The Official Journal of the European Union has published on january 26th, 2009 the Conclusions of the Council concerning a European partnership for international scientific and technological cooperation, which aims aims to develop better coherence and synergies between the various international scientific and technological cooperation activities carried out in Europe by Member States and the European Community.

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EC grants 53 M€ for new actions in higher education under TEMPUS IV Programme

The European Commission has launched a new Call for Proposals aiming to fund new actions under TEMPUS IV Trans-European cooperation scheme for higher education. The objective of Tempus Programme is to promote multilateral cooperation among higher education institutions, authorities and organisations from EU Member States and partner countries, focusing on the reform and modernisation of higher education.

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EC launches a new Call for Proposals for carrying out Business and Consumer surveys in Ireland

The Official Journal of the European Union has published a new Call for Proposals under the Joint Harmonised European Union Programme of Business and Consumer Surveys, with the objective to carry out business and consumer surveys in Ireland. This co-operation will take the form of a framework partnership agreement between the Commission and the specialised bodies over a period of two years.

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EP supports the draft Directive which will criminalise the employer and not the illegal immigrant

Members of the EP Civil Liberties Committee adopted on January 21st, by a large majority, a compromise reached with the Council by Claudio Fava, the MEP guiding the legislation through Parliament.  This deal paves the way for a first-reading agreement on the “sanctions directive” and will be debated at Parliament’s plenary session in Brussels on February, 19th.

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New recast Directive on labelling of textile products and fibres marketed within the EU

The Official Journal of the European Union, OJEU, has published Directive 2008/121/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of January, 14th 2009, which is a recast version, of Directive 96/74/EC on textile names, and its subsequent substantial amendments. This Directives established the main rules with regard to the names, composition and labelling of textile products in order to ensure the proper functioning of internal market.

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New FP7 Call for Proposals to support the EURAXESS Services Network

The European Commission has published in the Official Journal of the European Union on January 22nd 2009, a new Call for Proposals under the work programme “People” of the 7th Framework Programme of the European Community for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (2007 to 2013), concerning trans-national operation of the EURAXESS Services Network.

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EC sets a temporary framework for State aid measures within the current crisis situation

The Official Journal of the European Union published on January, 22nd 2009, the Communication from the Commission related to the “Temporary Community framework for State aid measures to support access to finance in the current financial and economic crisis”, which establishes some additional measures which Member States may implement in order to reduce the difficulties faced by companies to access financial instruments and to support investment in certain areas.

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EU support to promote activities among third countries leading to the adoption of a ATT

The European Council adopted on January 19th 2009, its Decision 2009/42/CFSP on support for EU activities in order to promote among third countries the process leading towards an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), in the framework of the European Security Strategy.  The overall objective of this Council Decision is to promote the participation of all stakeholders in the discussion on an ATT, integrate national and regional contributions to the international process under way, and to identify the scope and implication of a possible treaty on the trade in arms.

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EC presents the strategic goals for European maritime transport up to 2018

The European Commission presented on January, 21st 2009, a comprehensive ten year strategy plan to promote safe, secure, clean and efficient shipping. The long-term competitiveness of European shipping and related maritime industries in world markets, and the adaptation of the entire seaborne transport system to the challenges of the 21st century are at the heart of this strategy plan.

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EGE presents its recommendations on ethical issues regarding development in agriculture technology

The European Group on Ethics (EGE), met on January 21st with Mariann Fischer Boel, the Commissioner responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development, to present the main recommendations of the Group's opinion on the ethical implications of modern developments in agriculture technologies. This recommendations will help to address the new challenges and opportunities which lie ahead for EU agriculture in relation to  modern developments in agriculture technologies.

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Report on the implementation of the TEN-T Guidelines 2004-2005

The European Commission has published on January, 20th 2009 a Report addressed to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, on the implementation of the Trans-European Transport Network Guidelines during the period 2004-2005, according to Article 8 of Decision 1692/96/EC.

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Czech Presidency presents Justice priorities to the European Parliament

Czech Minister of Justice, Mr. Jiří Pospíšil, presented on January 20th, the priorities of the Czech Presidency in the area of Justice in the Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament (JURI). Issues such as e-Justice, common rules for cross-border implications in family law, or the need to strengthen legal certainty for EU citizens will be in the agenda during Czech Presidency.

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