EC invites interested third parties to send observations on concentration between Ryanair and Aer Lingus

The Official Journal of the European Union has published on January 21st 2009, the announcement of a prior notification of concentration procedure concerning the Irish airlines Ryanair and Aer Lingus II. Interested thirds parties are invited to send their observations by January 31st.

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2007 Annual Report on the implementation of the European Fisheries Fund

The European Commission published on January 16th 2009 its Annual Report on the implementation of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) for the year 2007. This report has been compiled in accordance with Article 68 of Regulation (EC) No 1198/2006 on the EFF and covers the actual implementation of the EFF in 2007. In addition, the first chapter of the report looks at the major events of 2007, in particular the adoption of the Implementing regulation and the guidelines for the implementation of EFF assistance, as well as the adoption of the National Strategic Plans (NSPs) and the Operational Programmes (OP).

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EC clears concentration between Nokia and Navteq

The Official Journal of the European Union has published a summary of the non-confidential documents related to the operation of concentration between Nokia and Navteq, which was found to be compatible with the common market and the functioning of the EEA Agreement by Commission Decision on July 2nd, 2008.

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European Database for Financial Education

The European Commission has published a European Database for Financial Education (EDFE) on the "Europa" website. It has been designed to reference numerous financial education programmes offered by public or private institutions in the European Union.

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EU Statement of Objections to Microsoft on the tying of Internet Explorer to Windows

The European Commission sent a Statement of Objections (SO) to Microsoft on 15th January 2009. The SO outlines the Commission’s preliminary view that Microsoft’s tying of its web browser Internet Explorer to its dominant client PC operating system Windows infringes the EC Treaty rules on abuse of a dominant position (Article 82).
In the SO, the Commission sets out evidence and outlines its preliminary conclusion that Microsoft’s tying of Internet Explorer to the Windows operating system harms competition between web browsers, undermines product innovation and ultimately reduces consumer choice.

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EU urban planner will benefit from “Urban Atlas” for sustainable development in their cities

This year, for the first time, 185 cities from all 27 EU Member States, will benefit from the "Urban Atlas", which has been produced by the European Commission and Member States with the support of European space technology.  Whether big or small, European cities need reliable and comparable urban planning information for safe, sustainable and prosperous development, and Europe's “eye in the sky” will provide them with tools for smart development.

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EC adopts new rules for the modernisation of air traffic management

The European Commission has agreed  on new rules for the use of data link in air traffic management (ATM) systems in Europe. Data link technology revolutionizes communications between air traffic controllers and pilots through supplementing voice communications with an air-ground data link.

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Prior notification of concentration between Rabobank and BGZ

Prior notification of a concentration procedure between Rabobank and polish bank Bank Gospodarki Żywnościowe, was published on January 16th in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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New mandates for European Data Protection Supervisor

The Official Journal of the European Union, OJEU has published on January, 16th 2009 the Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council of January 14th, appointing Mr. Peter Hustinx as the new European Data Protection Supervisor.

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EP backs decision to include security features and biometrics in passports

The European Parliament has approved the revision of the regulations to include biometric data such as fingerprints or facial patterns, in passports issued in the European Union. The new law sets the minimum age of 12 years to take fingerprints, but grants a period of 4 years to countries where the age is lower. Moreover, in all Member States children will be holders of their own passports and will no longer appear in their parents. This is sought to combat the illicit trafficking of minors.

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EC publishes some guidelines on recapitalisation of financial institutions in the current financial crisis

The Official Journal of the European Union has published on January, 15th 2009 the Communication from the Commission on “The recapitalisation of financial institutions in the current financial crisis: limitation of aid to the minimum necessary and safeguards against undue distortions of competition”, which presents some guidelines on the new regimes for recapitalization and opens the possibility to adapt the existing ones.

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Council adopts common positions on the Internal Energy Market package

The Council adopted on January, 12th 2009, the common positions and the statements on the package of legislative measures concerning the internal energy market, aiming to supplement the existing rules to ensure that the internal market operates smoothly for all consumers and to enable the EU to achieve a more secure, competitive and sustainable energy supply.

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