Commission calls for Smoke Free Europe by 2012

The European Commission adopted today, after extensive consultation, a proposal for a Council Recommendation calling on all Member States to bring in laws to protect their citizens from exposure to tobacco smoke by 2012. Tobacco remains the largest single cause of premature death and disease in the European Union. According to conservative estimates, 79,000 adults, including 19,000 non-smokers, died in the EU-25 in 2002 due to exposure to tobacco smoke at home (72,000) and in their workplace (7,300).

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Wonky fruit and vegetables back on sale from 1 st July

European Union rules governing the size and shape of many fruit and vegetables will cease to exist since 1st July, when specific marketing standards for 26 types of fruit and vegetables are repealed. The Commission's initiative to get rid of these standards is a major element in its ongoing efforts to streamline and simplify EU rules and cut red tape. For 10 types of fruit and vegetables, including apples, strawberries and tomatoes, marketing standards will remain in place with some consessions.

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12.7 million to support student mobility in Europe and Latin America

The European Commission has published a new call for proposals under the Erasmus Mundus programme of action for improving the quality of higher education and the promotion of intercultural understanding through cooperation with third countries. The total budget of 12.7 million euros.

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2010: Common charger for mobile phones will be delivered with new devices

Incompatibility of chargers for mobile phones is a major inconvenience for users and also leads to unnecessary waste.

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Electricity supply under control for this Summer

The main conclusion of the Electricity Supply Outlook Report is that there is no reason to expect electricity disturbances this Summer under usual weather conditions.

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Regional cooperation in the western Balkans

The European Commission and the Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Directorate General has published a tender about efficient activation approaches and identifying elements for regional cooperation in the western Balkans.

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New regulated tariffs on roaming on public mobile telephone networks

The OJ has published on 29th June the Regulation (EC) No 544/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 June 2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 717/2007 on roaming on public mobile telephone networks within the Community and Directive 2002/21/EC on a common regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services.

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State aid for Anglo Irish Bank

The European Commission approved, under EC Treaty state aid rules, an emergency recapitalisation worth €4 billion that the Irish authorities intend to grant to Anglo Irish Bank.

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Structure of retail and production along the food supply chain in the EU: a proposal of study of the EC

The European Commission through DG Enterprise and Industry has launched a public tender to study the structure of retail and production along the food supply chain in the EU; the impact of private labels (retailers' own brand products) on the competitiveness of the SMEs.

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'.eu' internet domain to be available also in Cyrillic and Greek alphabets

Speakers of Bulgarian and Greek will soon be able to have .eu websites in their own languages. The European Commission has adopted new EU rules to make it possible for internet users and businesses to register domain names under .eu using the characters of all the 23 official languages of the European Union, now including Cyrillic and Greek scripts. This means that later this year .eu will also be available in the alphabets used by Bulgarians, Greeks and Cypriots and special characters used in other languages.

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The Commission launches the European Action on Drugs

The aim of the European Action on Drugs is to seek a European response to a growing problem which is no respecter of borders and to the potentially devastating economic and social consequences of drug abuse, particularly among the youth.

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Commission acts to ensure effective and competitive energy market across Europe

The Commission has taken firm action today against 25 Member States who prevent European consumers benefiting from the advantages of a competitive and open Energy Market by not complying with EU legislation. All the member states, except Cyprus and Malta, will be receiving letters of formal notice for not complying with applicable gas and electricity regulations. The Commission has also sent letters of formal notice to Greece, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Lithuania for maintaining a system of regulated prices in violation of the EU directives on electricity and gas.

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