Spanish EU Presidency and regional and local leaders discuss CoR report about the European recovery plan

European efforts to tackle the economic crisis need better coordination and faster implementation on the ground, was the message of a conference organised by the Spanish EU Presidency and the Committee of the Regions (CoR) in Palma de Mallorca today, the 5th Territorial Dialogue for Sustainable Growth and Jobs.

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Commission grants 4.5 M€ for actions to support immigrant population integration

The European Commission launched on January 26th a Call for proposals to award grants to actions in support of the policy on integration of third-country nationals. Interested parties may present their proposals until March 3rd 2010.

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Emergency meeting about the humanitarian crisis in Haiti

The foreign ministers of the European Union are meeting today in Brussels at a special meeting to coordinate the actions of EU aid to Nicaragua after the severe earthquake last week.

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European Parliament calls for its third Prize for Journalism

This year for the third time the European Parliament Prize for Journalism will be awarded to journalists who have covered major European issues or promoted a better understanding of the EU institutions and/or EU policies. The deadline for applications begins January 15 and closes on March 31, 2010

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Benita Ferrero-Waldner visits Central America to discuss trade and investment issues

EU Trade Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner will visit Central American countries from the 18 to 21 January on a trip that includes Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador. She visits Central America to drive forward the negotiation process for an EU-Central America Association Agreement and to hold discussions on bi-regional trade and investment issues.

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EU researchers investigate extreme weather effects on transport

How extreme weather impacts the EU transportation system is a question that weighs heavily on the minds of policymakers and the general public. Enter the EWENT ('Extreme weather impacts on European networks of transport') project which aims to identify and define these extreme weather phenomena and their effects.

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Belgian singer Milow wins first public choice award at EBBA

Groningen hosted yesterday the award ceremony of European Border Breakers Music Awards (EBBA). Ten groups and singers from all over Europe received their awards, and Milow, the belgian singer, also won the first time ever public choice award.

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Broad ministerial agreement on EU 2020 strategy

The Spanish Presidency's strategy to combat the economic crisis and promote new policies, in a coordinated fashion, which consolidate recovery and begin the path towards sustainable growth and job creation today received the support of its European partners and the EU institutions.

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The EU is mobilising to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti

The Presidency, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, the Commission and ECHO are working together to give an urgent, coordinated and effective help to Haiti after the hearthquake that has devastated Port-au-Prince. 3 million euros have already been sent to the caribbean country.

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Companies bet on flexible working to tackle the crisis

The EU has published the results of a report which studies how well-equipped are European companies to meet the challenges of global competition and the recent recession.

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EU ministers set up conditions for citizens’ legislative initiative

The Spanish State Secretary for European Affairs, Diego López Garrido, stated at the close of the first day of the informal meeting of ministers for European Affairs, currently taking place in La Granja, that the Spanish presidency has received the “full support” of the 27 Member States for the promotion of the citizens’ legislative initiative. The ministers’ backing also extends to the EU’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights and the development of the solidarity clause.

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Award ceremony of European Border Breakers Awards

The winners of the 2010 European Border Breakers Awards (EBBAs) will receive their awards in a show to be presented by British TV personality Jools Holland in Groningen. The show will be covered on television throughout Europe. For the first time ever, a new category of winner, the 'Public Choice EBBA', has been selected by the European public by voting online

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