Bridging the gap in supply chain standards

If products are not tracked from their place of origin to their point of sale, there is no way of locating when and how product problems occur. Tracking products throughout their journey to their final destination is essential if we are to ensure worldwide supply and demand chains that deliver excellent-quality products. The three-year BRIDGE project received EUR 7.5 million in EU funding to take up this challenge and it delivered exciting new tracking techniques using radio wave technology.

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Parliament modifies its rules to adapt them to Lisbon Treaty

Parliament is now fully prepared for the increased powers it is acquiring under the Lisbon Treaty. MEPs have adopted changes to the EP's internal rules to reflect the arrival of 18 new MEPs, the increase in its legislative powers and a new budget procedure that puts Parliament on an equal footing with the Council.

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Stockholm programme: more citizens' rights for the next five years

EU countries should work together more closely on the reception of asylum seekers and in fighting against discrimination. Access to justice should be improved and prisoners' rights strengthened. These and other demands were made by MEPs in a resolution on the EU's justice and home affairs programme for the next five years.

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"Welcome", winner of LUX prize 2009

The film received the largest number of MEPs' votes from among the three finalists.  Welcome focuses on a swimming instructor in Calais, France, who decides to help out a young Kurdish refugee who needs to swim across the English Channel to join his girlfriend who has already emigrated to England along with her family.

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The EU funds the exchange of research organizations

The European Commission has launched a call for proposals under the Work Programme "People" 2010 of the Specific programme "People" implementing the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities, which will fund the exchange of research staff across Europe and third countries.

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European Commission closes anti-trust procedure against Qualcomm

The European Commission has closed a four-year antitrust investigation into U.S. chipset maker Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) without levying a fine or absolving the company. The commission, the European Union's regulatory arm, said companies that objected to Qualcomm's pricing for its technology have all withdrawn their complaints or are planning to withdraw them.

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EU Parliament gives final approval to telecom package

European Parliament has formally approved the EU’s telecoms reform package at its plenary session in Strasbourg, proposed by the Commission in November 2007. This new rules will give new rights to European consumers, and it will streghten competition on Europe's telecoms markets.

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More EU support for volunteering

EU support for volunteering should be stepped up to €10 million, as part of the 2011 European Year of Voluntary Activities Promoting Active Citizenship, said the Education and Culture Committee on Monday evening. The programme will support good practice exchanges, studies and research, conferences, information and promotion campaigns and other activities at EU, national and regional levels.

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School translators to battle it out for the third time

Up to 3 000 school students from all over Europe, including Kalix near the Arctic Circle in Sweden, Heraklion in Crete, Saint Martin in the West Indies and Paralimni in Cyprus, will be testing their language skills in the third Juvenes Translatores contest . The translation contest, whose name means “young translators” in Latin, is held simultaneously in all the participating schools, under the supervision of the schools .

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EC issues its report on employment in Europe 2009:

The current crisis is taking its toll on EU labour markets, reversing most of the employment growth achieved since 2000. Men, young people, the low-skilled and workers on temporary contracts have borne the brunt of the employment contraction. Employment in the EU has shrunk by over 4 million jobs since the start of the crisis, although the effect has been somewhat mitigated thanks to the use of shorter working hours and other schemes. But these short term measures, however important, are not in themselves sufficient to ensure a successful exit from the crisis. Employment policies must focus on preparing for the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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The OSHA awards pictures on a healthy workplace

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has just announced the winner of the photography competition focussing on safety and health at work. Christopher Azzopardi from Malta was awarded with the 1st prize for his photograph entitled “Beekeeper” at the European Summit on Risk Assessment and SMEs in Bilbao, the closing event of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign.

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An EU-funded research calls for early technology education

Including technology in the curriculum in early childhood could help to raise the interest of both girls and boys in science and technology, according to recently published, EU-funded research.

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