A new web to facilitate access to multilingual information on succession law

About 450.000 international successions occur every year in the European Union representing more than 120 billion Euro. The legal fact originated from the succession of EU citizens owning properties in different member states has now a new tool which provides relevant information both for citizens and legal practitioners.

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Commission takes action to reduce red tape and help research

The European Commission has recently adopted two major initiatives that will see changes to the financial regulations and a simplification of the procedures surrounding the EU's research Framework Programmes, in order to cut red tape and focus on research results. As well as making it easier for researchers to gain access to EU funds, the new rules would also help fuse more public and private funding, giving investment a stronger punch.

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G20 Summits ends up calling for balanced global growth and financial stability

President Barroso and President Van Rompuy state after the conclusion of the summit meeting of the G20 in Toronto between June 26th and 27th, that this meeting has proven to be what it said it would be: the premier forum for international economic cooperation. Leaders meeting in Toronto have agreed on the next steps to take in order to ensure a full return to growth with quality jobs, to reform and strengthen financial systems, and to create strong, sustainable and balanced global growth.

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EU Belgian Presidency launches its official website

Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme, Minister of Foreign Affairs Steven Vanackere and State Secretary for European Affairs Olivier Chastel launched the new official website for the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The website will be the nerve centre for communication during the Belgian EU presidency, and the official source for information.

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New measures adopted to help regions tackle the crisis simplifying funding management

Due to finance constraints, Regions are facing increasing problems to meet the requirements to get the most from EU funding. For that reason, the Commission has put forward a set of new measures aimed at simplifying management rules for the structural and cohesion funds. The changes should help to facilitate access to the funds and accelerate flows of investment at a time when public budgets are under pressure.

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EP calls for EU trust label to promote cross-border e-commerce

New proposals to encourage cross-border e-trading by building consumer trust have been approved by the Internal Market Committee of the European Parliament. Among the measures proposed by the Parliament is the establishment of a European trust label to guarantee the reliability and quality of goods placed on the cross-border electronic market and encourage consummers to buy in this market.

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EU adopts Directive on self-employed workers and assisting spouses

The new directive entitles self-employed women and assisting female spouses of self-employed workers for the first time to maternity benefits and creates autonomous social protection rights for assisting spouses of self-employed workers.

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Second Stage EU–US "Open Skies" agreement signature

Meeting in Luxembourg on June 24th, Transport ministers from Member states, Vice-president Kallas and US Ambassador in Luxembourg, have signed the Second Stage Open Skies agreement, that will mean the opening of new spaces for collaboration as well as the enhancement of transatlantic air transport. The full implementation of the first and second stage agreements is expected to give the economy a 12 billion € boost as well as create up to 80,000 new jobs.

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Climate change behaviour and consumption patterns

The Directorate-General for Climate Action launched a public tender to analyse the behavioural climate change mitigation options and their appropriate inclusion in quantitative longer-term policy scenarios. The tender, published in the Official Journal “S”, with a budget of 150,000 euros will run over twelve months.

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EU publishes amendments on IPA to adapt to Iceland accession application

Aiming to adapt the legal framework for the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) to Iceland's application for membership of the European Union, the Official Journal publishes on June 24th 2010, Regulation (EU) Nº 540/2010 amending Council Regulation (EC) Nº 1085/2006 regulating the instrument.

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SAP and Sybase notify to the Commission acquisition operation

The Official Journal of the European Union publishes in its issue dated June 24th the announcement of a prior notification of concentration between the German company SAP and American Sybase. Interested parties are invited to present their opinion on this operation no later than ten days from publication.

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Parliament and the Commission award prizes for winners of Real FAKE competition

This competition was a first step in a larger public awareness campaign that is being launched by the European Union to make Europeans more aware of the dangers of counterfeit and pirated goods and their harmful effects on consumers and the economy. The winners, students between 10 and 15 years old, were invited to a grand awards ceremony at the European Parliament, in Brussels held in June 23rd.

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