The Commission funds with more than 115 million Euros actions in the field of youth

The European Commission has published in the Official Journal of the European Union a call for proposals based on Decision Nº 1719/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 November 2006, establishing the Youth in Action programme for the period 2007 to 2013. The total budget of the call is over 115 million euros.
 

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Serbia applies for EU membership

Yesterday afternoon Serbia submitted a formal application for membership of the EU. Serbian President Boris Tadić handed his country’s application for EU membership to Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt in Stockholm.

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Ensuring higher guarantees on public procurement remedies

Last December 20th was the last day granted by the Commission to Member states to transpose to their respective national laws Directive/2007/66/EC. The text, issued on December 11th 2007 and published in the OJEU on 20th that same month, aimed at improving the effectiveness of review procedures concerning the award of public contracts, by introducing the so-called “standstill period” while the review procedure can be initiated before the signature of the contract.

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Stronger rights for bus and coach passengers

Transport Council issues a series of EU-wide minumum standards to cover rights for bus and coach passengers and their luggage.

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Published the work plan for 2010 and four calls for proposals under the II Programme of Community action in the field of …

The Official Journal of the European Union has published on December 22nd the Commission Decision of 18th December 2010 concerning the adoption of the 2010 work plan to implement the Second Programme of Community action in the field of health (2008-2013), and the criteria for selection, award and other factors that apply to financial contributions for activities of this programme. Together with this programme, four calls for proposals have also been issued.

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MEPs disappointed over weak climate change agreement

A huge disappointment is what the European Parliament delegation to the COP15 said about the agreement on climate change which was reached at last in Copenhagen. The outcome and the procedure show an urgent need to reform the UN working method.

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Spain explains its priorities for the Presidency of the EU

The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, has explained the objectives of the Spanish Presidency of the EU at the headquarters of the European Council and maintained that all the political initiatives of the six-month period which begins on 1 January will be designed to overcome the economic crisis, based on the principles of innovation, peace, welfare and gender equality.

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Time up for Member States to tune TV rules to digital age

Two years after the adoption of modernising EU TV rules removing outdated restrictions on digital TV over the internet, video on demand and mobile TV, only three countries – Belgium, Romania and Slovakia – have officially notified the European Commission of measures putting them in place, as required under EU law. EU countries had until 19 December 2009 to turn the modernised rules for Europe's audiovisual industry into national law.

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Commission issues a proposal on preparedness and prevention for disasters

The European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment, Civil Protection Unit, has launched a call for proposals with the aim of identifying projects on preparedness and prevention which might be eligible for financial support in the framework of the Council decision establishing a Civil Protection Financial Instrument.

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New Telecoms Rules enter into force

New EU telecoms rules will officially become EU law tomorrow following their publication in today's Official Journal of the European Union. The new rules composed of the Better Regulation Directive and the Citizens’ Rights Directive will need to be transposed into national laws of the 27 EU Member States by June 2011. The new Regulation establishing the new European Telecoms Authority called "Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC)" is directly applicable and will enter into force in 20 days.

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Regulation eliminating visas for Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia now published

The Official Journal of the European Union on December 18 includes the publication of Regulation (EC) No. 1244/2009 of the Council amending the list of countries whose citizens require visas to enter the EU. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia have been removed from this list.

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European Institute of Innovation and Technology launches the first three Knowledge and Innovation Communities

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) announced today its first three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). The launch of the KICs marks a crucial step in setting up the EIT, which is designed to become a role model for boosting innovation in Europe and thereby contributing to the goals of the future EU 2020 strategy.

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