Brussels hosts a conference on e-inclusion

The headquarters of the Information Society and Media DG host the Social Inclusion and Related Technologies Workshop, with a particular focus on social computing and inclusion.

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Bulgarian candidate withdraws bid for Commission

One week after her hearing before MEPs, the candidate for the position of Commissioner of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Rumiana Jeleva, has resigned from her appointment. European Parliament's vote on next commission unlikely before February.

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Nikiforos Diamandouros re-elected as European Ombudsman

Nikiforos Diamandouros has been re-elected European Ombudsman. Mr Diamandouros, who has held the position since 2003, was backed by 340 MEPs in a secret plenary vote.

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EU launches 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010

The European Commission and the Spanish Presidency of the EU will tomorrow launch the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. Under the slogan “Stop Poverty Now!”, the campaign aims to put the fight against poverty – which directly affects one in six Europeans – centre stage across the EU during 2010. European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso and Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero will inaugurate the Year at a launch event to be held tomorrow in Madrid.

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EU supports the promotion of dairy products with €18 million

The European Commission has approved 13 programmes in 11 Member States to promote milk and milk products in the European Union. The total budget of the programmes, running for a period of three years, is € 35.8 million of which the EU contributes € 17.9 million.

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Caherine Asthon explains EU role in Haiti to MEPs

Members of the Europeoan Parliament urged that the EU deliver on its aid pledge as soon as possible and give a solid commitment to reconstruction. "Our goal is to ease suffering and our commitment to rebuild is long-term", said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Lady Ashton in her first statement to Parliament.

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International Year of Biodiversity

The European Commission marked the opening of the International Year of Biodiversity with a paper setting out future options for biodiversity policy. Despite past efforts, species extinctions are continuing at alarming rates, and a new vision is required to halt these losses. The EU’s goal of stopping animal and plant extinctions by 2010 has not been reached. Now more action is planned – for proper long-term protection of biodiversity by 2020.

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Young designers for Europe Day 2010

Until 30 November 2009, young people born after 1985 have submitted their designs for the poster competition of the day in Europe. Among the candidates, a jury comprising representatives of the European Commission and European experts in graphic design and communication has selected ten finalists. Now, all European citizens have the opportunity to vote for their favorite.

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A call to trust in the Information Society

The next February will be held at the Auditorium City of León the International Conference "Trust in the Information Society", an event in the Spanish Presidency of the EU that aims to influence the security and confidence in ICT in the digital age .

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Commissioner designate for Research, Innovation and Science promises 'action and delivery' in her hearing

The European Commissioner designate for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, pledged to move research, innovation and science 'to the heart of European policy' in her hearing at the European Parliament on 13 January.

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Prior notification of concentration between Orange and T-Mobile UK

The European Commission has published in the Official Journal of the European Union of 16 January 2010 the prior notification of concentration between Orange and T-Mobile in the UK.

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Commission to boost humanitarian effort to €30 million in Haiti

After the catastrophic earthquacke that has devasted Haiti, the European Commission and its department of Humanitarian Aid have launched a new aid decision to provide assistance to victims.

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