New framework decision to avoid problems of jurisdiction in criminal matters

The Official Journal of the European Union has issued a decision under the Council of the European Union on prevention and settlement of conflicts of exercise of jurisdiction in criminal proceedings

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Innovative knowledge and practical tools for regions and cities

Researchers, stakeholders and policy-makers from all over Europe gathered in Malmö for the Seminar "The ESPON Knowledge Base as Potential for Territorial Analysis and Policymaking at Regional Level". The ESPON Coordination Unit organised in close co-operation with the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union the second internal Seminar under the ESPON 2013 Programme on 2 and 3 December 2009.

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Second TEN-T Project Management Workshop

The TEN-T EA is organising its second Project Management Workshop in Brussels on 12-13 January 2010. The event, which mirrors the first Project Management Workshop held in December 2008, will feature both a plenary session as well as smaller breakout thematic sessions, aimed at providing participants with more in-depth information on more specific topics.

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EU Summit addresses funding for climate action and financial reform

European leaders have pledged a total of €7.2bn over the next three years to help poorer nations cope with global warming, hoping to boost support for an agreement in Copenhagen. Moreover, they agreed to create several monitoring mechanisms for banks.

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Optimistic about the economy, but concerned about unemployment

The first results of the latest Eurobarometer survey reveal that for Europeans unemployment is the most important issue facing their own country, while concerns about the economic situation have lessened slightly. However, a majority still believes the worst of the crisis is to come.

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Euro area and EU27 employment down by 0.5% in the third quarter of 2009

The number of persons employed in the euro area (EA16) fell by 0.5% in the third quarter of 2009 compared with the previous quarter, according to national accounts estimates published by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities.

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The Council publishes its findings on eHealth

The Official Journal of the European Union on December 12 includes the publication of a series of Council conclusions on a safe and efficient healthcare through eHealth, an issue that the EU is trying to strengthen.

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Towards a new approach to research and innovation in Europe

Research and industry experts have called on the European Commission and the European Parliament to initiate a radical change to research and innovation policy in Europe. In a joint statement presented on 7 December on the premises of the European Parliament, they emphasised the need not only for improvements, but also for better long-term planning so that the EU can maintain a competitive edge.

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First EIB loan for SMEs in Albania

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Tirana Bank have signed a EUR 10 million loan targeting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and infrastructure projects promoted by local authorities in Albania. This is the first EIB loan for SMEs in Albania.

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Registration open for the High Level event on ICT for Energy Efficiency

Registration for the second edition of the High Level event on ICT for Energy Efficiency, which is organised by the European Commission's Information Society and Media Directorate-General, in cooperation with the Spanish Presidency of the European Union is already open.

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EU ministers discuss the state of the enlargement process

The process of enlargement of the EU gives strong encouragement to political and economic reform in countries aspiring to membership and contributes to stability in Europe. On 8 December, the General Affairs Council took stock of the negotiations with Turkey and Croatia, the case of Iceland and the stabilisation and association process in the Western Balkans.

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First European Council under the Lisbon treaty

On 10 and 11 December Heads of State and Government will discuss climate change and economic issues. This is the first meeting of the Council after the entry into force of Lisbon Treaty, wich modifies part of the institutional architecture of the EU

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