EP calls for stronger protection for children using video games

MEPs adopted on March 12th 2009 a report warning about the growing use of online gaming and mobile devices, which make it difficult to control content entering the minors. To resolve this, the EP suggests including a "red button" on computers and consoles, with the parents to block violent games or control access to video games at certain times. The text also encourages the industry to further develop mechanisms of self-contained.

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EC will hold the first Auction Floor for environmental projects

The European Commission's cooperation office, EuropeAid, will hold its first ever "Auction Floor" conference in Brussels on March 13th 2009. A total of 86 projects aiming at protecting biodiversity, conserving forests and promoting sustainable energy as well as fighting climate change, desertification in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe will be presented.

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The Commission sets a common framework for data transmission of the business register

The Official Journal of the European Union, DOUE of March 12, 2009 has published Regulation (EC) No 192/2009 of 11 March 2009 on implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 177/2008 of the European Parliament and Council, which establishes a common framework for business registers for statistical purposes, as regards the exchange of confidential information between the Commission (Eurostat) and Member States.

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EC imposes provisional anti-dumping and countervailing duties on imports of biodiesel originating in the USA

The European Commission has published in the Official Journal of the European Union, Regulation (EC) Nº 193/2009 and Regulation (EC) Nº 194/2009 imposing respectively, a provisional anti-dumping duty and a provisional countervailing duty, on imports of biodiesel originating in the United States of America. This decisions close the anti-dumping and  anti-subsidy proceedings, initiated by the European Commission on June 2008.

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