EU funds 4 M€ for cooperation with Brazil in biofuels

Notice has been given in the Official Journal of the European Union on January, 6th, 2009, on the launch of a call for proposals under the “2009 Cooperation” work programme of the 7th EC Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities. This calls aims to fund coordinated reserach projects between European and Brazilian teams.

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Ireland will join the European Migration Network

The Official Journal of the European Union published on January, 6th,  the favourable Commission's opinion on the request from Ireland to accept Council Decision 2008/381/EC establishing a European Migration Network.

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EU will official launch the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009

The Czech Presidency of the EU and European Commission will officially launch the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009 on Wednesday January, 7th, with the slogan “Imagine. Create. Innovate”. The aim of the Year is to promote creative and innovative approaches in different sectors of human activity and help equip the European Union for the challenges ahead in a globalised world.

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3 M€ for EU emergency humanitarian aid in Gaza

An emergency humanitarian aid decision has been launched by the European Commission to provide an extra 3 M€ relief assistance in the Gaza Strip. The aid will be deployed as rapidly as possible to meet the basic needs of people affected by the Israeli airstrikes and by continuing access restrictions. Close cooperation is taking place with Czech presidency, in relation to this matter.

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The Euro area is now the EU16 after Slovak changeover

On January 1st, 2009, two major events were on the Eu Agenda. Not only Slovakia was ready to adopt the Euro, but it did so on the same date of its 10th anniversary. With Slovakia, the number of European Union countries that share the same currency grew to 16. All available data showed that in this first day, the changeover from the Slovak koruna to the euro was made with no problems, and citizens were able to withdraw euro cash from ATMs all over Slovakia and to use it for daily payments.

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