EU objectives for the G20 Summit in Toronto

As full member of the G20 and G8, the European Union will be present in the forthcoming meeting in Toronto (Canada). A few days before the launch of the Summit, President Barroso and President Van Rompuy have sent to other leaders a letter presenting EU's position and objectives over the issues to be dealt in Toronto.

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0,9 meuros to study the ICT impact in EU Schools

The Directorate-General for Information Society and Media launched a public tender  to assess the impact of ICT use in schools for the purpose of teaching/learning.

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CoR calls for the need of urban regeneration and energy efficiency

On the occasion of the meeting between the Committee of the Regions and national ministries of Urban Development held in Toledo (Spain), President of the Committee, Mercedes Bresso, stressed the need for future EU regional funding to increase attention in bridging infraregional disparities. At this meeting President Bresso presented the results of the recent CoR opinion, prepared at the request of the Spanish presidency.

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ACP-EU Joint Council sign second revision of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement

The European Union and 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) met in  Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) on June 22nd, for the  ACP-EU Joint Council. As result of this meeting the second revision of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement was signed. This second revision streamlines the text, adapting it to changes in trade and aid policies that occurred in the last five years.

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More Europeans face difficulties to pay household bills

According to data provided by the last  Eurobarometer survey on social impacts of the crisis, there are more and more Europeans who struggle to meet their current expenses. To the general perception of the gravity of poverty around them, more Europeans are concerned about keeping their jobs or the payment of pension and sanitary expenses.

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GDP per capita varied in the EU between 41% and 268%

According to the data released by Eurostat, the GDP per inhabitant varied in the European Union from 41% to 268%. These data are based on first preliminary estimates for 2009 and provide information for EU27, as well as candidate countries, EFTA and four Western Balkan countries.

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EC allocates 40M€ extra resource to fund research actions under COST programme

The European Union has agreed to provide additional 40 million Euros to the international Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) programme. This new amount of funds will place the total amount of funds available under COST Programme in 250 M€ to disbursed until the end of FP7. COST Program funds research projects which bring together scientists from at least five countries and is one of the key elements of EU scientific cooperation.

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EU institutions reach a political agreement on a European External Action Service

Representatives from EU institutions meeting in Madrid in June 21st, reached a political agreement in which they agreed work in a constructive way for the formal adoption of a Council decision regulating the European External Action Service (EEAS).

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EC backs Ministerial Declaration for the integration of electricity markets in the Maghreb

The Algerian, Moroccan and Tunisian energy ministers met Commissioner Oettinger in Algiers on June 20th and agreed in the signature of a Ministerial Declaration which confirms the joint objective to integrate the electricity markets and defines a concrete plan of action for the next few years, as well as the principle of an annual meeting of ministers to monitor progress.

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Record figures for Erasmus performance in academic year 2008/09

According to new figures released by Commissioner Vassiliou, almost 200. 000 higher education students received grants to study or train abroad, a figure which represents an increase of 8.7%. This increase is even more significant in the case of  of students going on company placements, as figures went up more than 50% in relation to the previous year. Besides, more than 36.000 staff from higher education institutions also benefited from the possibility to receive training in any of the 31 countries taking part in the Programme.

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Commission and US agree to cooperate on civil aviation

The European Commission and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have officially concluded negotiations for the establishment of a Memorandum of cooperation in civil aviation research and development, in a meeting hosted by the EU Spanish Presidency.

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MEPs call for EU to take action in regulating players' agents activities

The European Parliament has recently approved a resolution aiming to introduce some community rules to govern the activities of sports agents. Among measures proposed by MEPs are the prohibition of remuneration to agents in cases of minor players transfers, the creation of system of licenses, a mechanism of discipline and control, a progressive remuneration system based on compliance of the contract and strict exam criteria in order to become an agent.

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