New increase in cocaine consumption in Europe

3 million Europeans used cocaine last year, and 13 acknowledged having done so at some point in their lives. This drug is still the most widely consumed stimulant in the EU, according to latest study by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction. The same study shows that 7% of Europeans used cannabis last year, a fact that, despite everything, is declining.

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Telecoms package: MEPs and Council agree on internet access safeguards

A user's internet access may be restricted, if necessary and proportionate, only after a fair and impartial procedure including the user's right to be heard. MEPs and Council representatives agreed in negotiations on Wednesday night on this, the last open issue in the telecoms package. The Parliamnent's third-reading vote is scheduled for 23-26 November

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The Committee of the Regions asks regions and cities about economic recovery

The Lisbon Monitoring Platform of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) has launched an online survey on "The European Economic Recovery Plan in Regions and Cities: One Year On", with the aim of assessing the impact of the economic and financial crisis at local/regional level.

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Direct debit from home account to pay bills anywhere in the EU

Europeans will be able to pay their bills by direct debit from anywhere in the EU. A scheme that lets companies withdraw payments directly from a customer’s account in another EU country has been launched. Holiday home owners, students and retirees living abroad are among those who stand to benefit.

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Barcelona hosts the final preparatory session of the Copenhagen summit

This week takes place in Barcelona the last round of negotiations before the Copenhagen summit, where an international agreement for the post-Kyoto age will be at stake. The EU defends an ambitious proposal of reduction of greenhouse effect gases emissions and compensation for developing countries.

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