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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EESC plenary session adopts climate change resolution and awards civil society pioneers

Climate change will be the main theme of the EESC plenary session which will adopt an important resolution on sustainable development and climate change. The future European Parliament's working programme will be presented to the EESC by its President, Jerzy Buzek. The EESC will also award the winners of the third edition of the EESC prize for organized civil society.

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The Czech Republic ratifies the Lisbon Treaty

Czech President Vaclav Klaus has signed the Treaty after having the approval of the Czech Constitutional Court. With this act, all countries have already approved the Treaty, and thus ends the long process of ratification of the text adopted in December 2007 by all 27 EU leaders.

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Screenings to choose the winner of LUX Prize start in Brussels

Three films shortlisted for Parliament's LUX Cinema Prize of the European Parliament are being screened at the European Parliament in Brussels. They are Eastern Plays (Bulgaria, Sweden), Sturm (Germany, Denmark, Netherlands), and Welcome (France). The winner will be revealed on 25 November in Strasbourg.

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EU promotes film cooperation with third countries

The Official Journal of the European Union of November 4, 2009 includes the publication of the Media Program Mundus Programme for audiovisual cooperation with third countries, which since January 2011 will support the exchange of ideas and will make market access easier to films made in collaboration with third countries.

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"A Blooming Business" wins the Healthy Workplaces Film Award

For the first time, the European Agency for Safety and Healthy at Work (EU-OSHA) has supported the Healthy Workplaces Film Award for the best documentary on work-related topics at the 52nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. The winner was announced on the award ceremony, on October 31. This action is under "Healthy Workplaces" campaign.

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Easier bank account switching

From November 2009 consumers in the European Union should find it easier to switch their current account from one bank to another within their own Member State. From now on, whenever consumers wish to switch their current account to another bank, the new bank will offer its assistance throughout the switching process.

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First formal summit between the EU and Obama administration

Swedish president, deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister, president of the Commission and EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy are meeting with the President of the USA in Washington. This is the first EU-USA summit under the presidency of Barack Obama.

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More than €1.1bn EU regional funds to be recovered this year.

The EU devotes 35% of its total annual budget to regional and social policy. Most of the money is earmarked for nationally-administered programmes to boost poorer regions. The European court of auditors estimated in its last report that at least 11% of the total amount reimbursed in 2007 did not qualify for EU financing

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7.000 additional million euros to protect children using the Internet

The European Commission has published in the Official Journal of the European Union an amendment to the 2009 call for proposals for indirect actions under the multi-annual Community Programmeon protecting children using the Internet and other communication technlogies.

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EU leaders, together for a common strategy for Copenhagen

Heads of state and government meeting in Brussels on 29 and 30 October clinched a deal on climate financing. "The EU now has a very strong negotiating position when the countdown to Copenhagen has started," declared Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, current President of the European Council .The EU continues to take the lead in this process.

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Commission proposes new rules for better investigation of civil aviation accidents

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Regulation on the investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents in civil aviation. More efficient and independent inquiries into the causes of air accidents are essential to enhance the safety of air traffic. The Commission also aims to strengthen the rights of the victims of air accidents.

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