EC allocates 247 M€ in humanitarian aid to vulnerable people in 12 African countries

The European Commission will provide nearly a quarter of a billion euro in humanitarian aid to vulnerable people in twelve African countries, with 8.5 additional M€ specifically allocated for ECHO Flight, a special humanitarian air service. All funds are channelled through the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) under the direct responsibility of Commissioner Louis Michel.

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EDPS calls for enhanced security measures for organs donation and transplantation

The opinion adopted by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) on the Commission's proposal for a Directive on standards of quality and safety of human organs intended for transplantation  welcomes the attention given in the proposal to the data protection needs arising both for the donors and the recipient of organs, especially as concerns the requirement for keeping their identities confidential, but it also points out the need to reinforce security procedures to protect personal data.

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Online shopping increasingly popular among EU consummer, although barriers to cross border trade still remain

A new report on "Barriers to E-commerce", presented by EU Consumer Commissioner Meglena Kuneva shows that online shopping is increasingly popular in the EU, but warns that barriers to cross border trade are holding back its development. The report published on March 5th 2009, presents a detailed analysis of current trends in e-commerce across the EU; including per country, most purchased items and obstacles for consumers and business online.

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