EU FAC furthers humanitarian aid to Haiti and agrees 300 police capability temporary reinforcement

The Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), chaired by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, January 25th 2009, discussed the coordination of the Union's overall response to the earthquake in Haiti as well as issues related to Iran, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Somalia which were in the agenda for discussion. The Council agreed that Member States would provide a collective EU contribution of at least 300 police personnel as a temporary reinforcement of the police capability of the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

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EC clears proposed acquisition of Unitymedia by LGE

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the German cable network operator Unitymedia GmbH by Liberty Global Europe Holding B.V. (LGE) of The Netherlands. The Commission concluded that the concentration would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

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The Hague hosts the last EU Finance Day for SMEs

Since March 2008, the European Commission has been organizing a series of events with the aim of offering small and medium enterprises sollutions to tackle the crisis and showing entrepreneurs where they can seek advice and benefit from a wide range of easily accessible business support services. The last of these events will take place in February in The Hague (Netherlands).

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EU studies its public goods provided by agriculture

The Institute for European Environmental Policy has published a report which is a first ever attempt to identify the full range of environmental public goods provided by farmers across Europe and sets out the arguments for paying for their delivery via the public purse.

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Kristalina Georgieva is new Bulgarian commissioner-designate

After Rumiana Jeleva's withdrawal from her candidature as Humanitarian Affairs Commissioner, Bulgaria has proposed Kristalina Georgieva to replace her. The ne hearing is set for 3 February, to be followed by parliament vote on the new commission on 9 February.

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Romania absorbs 10% of the funds allocated by the EU in three years

According to a report the Managing Authority of Structural Instruments in Romania, the Balkan country has absorbed only 10% of funds allocated by the EU in the three years that have elapsed since his accession.

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EU funds effective translation tool

The MOLTO ('Multilingual on-line translation') project, which has received over EUR 2.3 million under the 'Information and communication technologies' Theme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to develop such reliable translation tool, aims to offer the european effective tools facilitating high-quality translation of texts between multiple languages is pivotal to this.

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2011, officially designated as European Year of Volunteering

The Official Journal of the European Union has issued the Decision of the Council which officially declares 2011 as European Year of Volunteering to promoting active citizenship

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EU coordinates aid for Haiti earthquake

In their extraordinary meeting last monday, EU ministers of Foreign Affairs agreed to channel over €130 million relief and rehabilitation efforts for Haiti. More will follow.

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A sustainable strategy for the Danube

Linking six Member States over its 3,000 km course, the Danube River has seen a long history of co-operation projects but a comprehensive EU strategy is still lacking. MEPs want the Commission to promote co-operation around the Danube region with the aim of developing environmentally-friendly transport connections and energy infrastructures, as well as stimulating economic and social growth.

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Deadline for International Charlemagne prize extended

The Parliament and the Foundation "International Charlemagne Prize, which is based in Aachen, have extended the deadline for nominations for the award until 14 February.


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Security and cooperation EU-USA, in the ministers of Justice and Home Affairs meeting

The informal meeting of Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of the EU (JHA) that begins today in Toledo will devote most of the first day to analysing, jointly with the United States, the progress made and problems that exist in the fight against terrorism and organised crime.

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