EU cuts off greenhouse gas emissions for third consecutive year

The emissions inventory compiled by the European Environment Agency for 2007, the latest year for which complete data is available, shows that EU-15 emissions dropped by 1.6% from 2006 while the economy grew by 2.7 %. The reduction takes EU-15 emissions to 5.0% below their levels in the base year (1990 in most cases). This puts the EU-15 well on track to meet its Kyoto Protocol target of reducing emissions in the 2008-2012 period to an average of 8% below the base year level.

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EC issues SAPARD annual report 2007

The report covers both 2006 and 2007 due to the limited activities under Sapard during in particular 2006, the completion of the programmes of the eight new Member States and problems encountered with the implementation of Sapard in Bulgaria  and Romania, which started in 2007. Implementation in Bulgaria and Romania will be further dealt with in the Sapard annual report 2008, which is under preparation.

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EC issues rules for exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items

The Official Journal of the European Union has published on May 29th 2009, Regulation (EC) No 428/2009, of May 5th 2009 setting up a Community regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items. An effective common system of export controls on dual-use items is necessary to ensure that the international commitments and responsibilities of the Member States and of the European Union, are complied with, especially those regarding non-proliferation.

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EC launches second phase of “HELP for a life without tobacco” campaign

On May 31st, to mark the World No Tobacco Day, Commission will launch the second phase of its ‘HELP for a life without tobacco’ campaign. Three new TV spots will be shown on over 100 TV channels across Europe for one month and repeated during the month of September. These TV spots, developed with young people, use humour to deliver three serious messages: don’t start smoking, how to quit smoking and dangers of second hand smoke.

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