Increased protection of unaccompanied minors entering the EU

The European Commission adopted today an Action Plan to increase the protection of unaccompanied minors entering the EU, encompassing common standards for guardianship and legal representation. The aim of the Plan is to create a common European approach to make sure that a decision on the future of each unaccompanied minor is taken by the competent authorities as soon as possible, preferably within six months.

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European citizens raise their opinions on their life quality

The Commission has released the the results of an opinion poll looking at how citizens perceive the quality of life in 75 major European cities.  Although responses reveal wide disparities overall, transport, heath and education services generally score well, opposite to availability of jobs and housing costs, which remain as dominant concerns

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Commission enhances access to finance for SMEs

To address the difficult financing situation of SMEs, Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, in agreement with Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, has proposed to upgrade the SME Finance Forum into a high-level dialogue between financial institutions and SMEs. It will monitor market developments and will recommend concrete actions to improve access to finance and the financial markets for SMEs.

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Parliament states its terms for data transfers to USA

Any new agreement on providing bank data to the United States - for example via the SWIFT system - must avoid "bulk data" transfers until they can be processed within the EU. As for Passenger Name Records, Parliament opted to postpone its vote on the existing agreements with the United States and Australia and called for those accords be renegotiated on the basis of new criteria.

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Open Day on biodiversity at Economic and Social Committee

On Saturday 8 May 2010, the European Economic and Social Committee is opening its doors to everyone and throwing festivities to celebrate biodiversity and environmental protection specially meant for all the family.

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