Environment ministers' meeting will focus on climate change and international governance

Monitoring the results of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference and international environmental governance are “the two main fields” of focus for the working sessions of the informal environment ministers' meeting, held on Saturday 16 January in Seville.

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EESC studies innovation policy in Seville

On 14 January 2010, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Commission's Seville-based Institute for Prospective Technological Studies will be holding a public hearing on the key aspects of the EU innovation policy and its concrete implementation in the region of Andalucía, Spain.

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Gas Coordination Group discusses security of gas supply in Europe

In its first meeting in 2010, the Gas Coordination Group, under the chairmanship of the Commission, has focused on the assessment of the situation on security of gas supply in the EU-27 and countries of the Energy Community and discussed priorities for the work of the Group in 2010.

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Towards a cross-border healthcare

Spain wants the alternative proposal to improve the rights of EU citizens without assuming the cost to the Public Health System. According to the Spanish Minister of Health, Trinidad Jimenez, "should begin to work again" on an EU directive

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Van den Brande to speak up at hearing of Commissioner-designate for Regional Policy

Committee of the Regions President Luc Van den Brande is to voice grassroots concerns about the future of EU regional aid at the parliamentary hearing of Johannes Hahn, Commissioner-designate for Regional Policy, on Thursday 14 January in Brussels.

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EU calls for comments on PROGRESS programme

The Commission has called for citizen's opinions on Progress, EU's employment and social solidarity programme. The cuestionaire can be filled on line at the website of the Directorate General of Employment, Social Affairs and Public Opportunities.

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Brussels will host a conference on public procurement

“Promoting Innovation Through Public Procurement: Best Practice & Networking” is the title of the conference that will take place in Brussels on 23-24 March 2010, organized by the Directorate General for Industry and Entrepreneurship.

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EU ministers meet in Spain to study implementation of Lisbon Treaty and a new growth strategy

La Granja (Segovia) iwill host the first informal meeting of ministers for Europe of the Spanish Presidency, where the Secretary of State for the EU, Diego López Garrido will present the aims of the Spanish Presidency, along with the broad lines of the joint programme of the trio of Presidencies (Spain, Belgium and Hungary)

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First Public Choice EBBA winner to be revealed on 14 January

A glittering show will mark the success of this years' winners of the 2010 European Border Breakers Awards (EBBAs). 8 award winners will be performing live in the show together with Jools Holland and last years' EBBA winner Ida Corr. The show will be covered on television throughout Europe. The European public have voted for the act they would like to receive the 'Public Choice EBBA' and the winner will be announced during the show.

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November 2009: highest unemployment rate since 1998

The euro area (EA16) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.0% in November 2009, compared with 9.9% in October. It was 8.0% in November 2008. The EU27 unemployment rate was 9.5% in November 2009, compared with 9.4% in October. It was 7.5% in November 2008. For the euro area this is the highest rate since August 1998 and for the EU27 since the start of the series.

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Panel discussions on measuring the impact of european innovation policy cooperation initiatives

On 19 January, the INNO-Learning Platform of the PRO INNO Europe initiative is organising a panel discussion on 'Measuring the Impact of European Innovation Policy Cooperation Initiatives'.

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Launch of 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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