EU Council adopts “Europe 2020” a new Jobs and Growth Strategy for Europe

The meeting of the European Council taking place in Brussels on Thursday June 17th 2010, which ended up Spanish Presidency of the European Union, achieved the adoption of a new 10-year strategy for jobs and growth. European leaders also reinforced their determination to ensure fiscal sustainability, committing to ensure financial stability and agreed on the need to reinforce coordination of economic policies.

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2 million euros to improve the training of professionals in European funding

The EuropeAid Co-operation Office has published a call for a short-list to improve the professional skills and knowledge about the European Union and the ENP (European Neighbourhood Policy) of relevant staff from within the civil service and public administrations of countries ENP partners to be held for 36 months.

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EU publishes the activities to support the preparation of the United Nations Conference on the ATT

By Council Decision 2010/336/CFSP of June 14th on EU activities in support of the Arms Trade Treaty, in the framework of the European Security Strategy, published in the OJEU on July 18th, the Council of the European Union has published the activities planned to support the preparatory process for the Conference on Arms Trade Treaty to be held in 2012. These activities aim to support UN Member States in developing and improving national and regional expertise to implement effective arms export and transfer controls.

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Luxembourg, the only Member State which escapes from the "excessive deficit watchlist"

Cyprus, Denmark and Finland have joined the ranks of member countries with government deficits deemed high enough to pose a threat to the wider European economy. The commission is now recommending they be placed on its list of countries warranting further scrutiny of public finances.

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Council defines the requirements of European citizens' initiative

On 14 June, the General Affairs Council reached an agreement on the practical details of how to implement this important innovation in the democratic functioning of the EU. The presidency will now negotiate the details with the European Parliament.

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EU simplificates rules for the implementation of programmes

The Spanish Secretary of State for the European Union, Diego López Garrido, and the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek have signed an amendment to the Regulation governing Community Funds

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Brussels hosts a meeting on energy efficiency

Brussels will host on 9th July an information day on public-private partnerships funded by Seventh Framework Programme for initiatives on energy-efficient buildings, factories of the future and 'green cars'

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European Parliament approves new proposals on citizen's rights

The European Parliament, in its plenary session in Strasbourg today,  has approved a European Commission plan to allow 14 EU countries to implement rules giving international couples the ability to agree on which law would apply to their divorce. Furthermore, it has backed Commission proposal for stronger rights in criminal proceedings

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EP calls for user's privacy with RFID technologies

The European Parliament gave its backing to the development of an "internet of things", the new information technology combining electronic chips and internet addresses, in a resolution adopted on its last plenary session. However, MEPs called for a proper assessment of any consequences regarding health, privacy and personal data protection. In a second resolution, Parliament stressed that the internet is a global public good and should thus be run in the general interest of society.

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European leaders, ready for June summit

EU leaders will focus on jobs and growth. They are expected to adopt "Europe 2020", the new strategy for jobs and growth, when they meet in Brussels on 17 June. The one-day meeting chaired by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, will also discuss the forthcoming G 20 summit, economic governance and post-Copenhagen climate strategy.

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Commission examines the use of security scanners at EU airports

The European Commission has issued a communication assessing the use of security scanners at EU airports, at the request of the European Parliament and Member States. In the wake of the terrorist attempt to use explosives on the Amsterdam–Detroit flight on 25 December 2009, security scanners are being increasingly used and are continuing to be trialled in several EU Member States including the UK, the Netherlands, France and Italy.

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The EU and Moldova begin talks for the liberalisation of visas

The Republic of Moldova and the EU kicked off talks on the liberalisation of visas, during the bilateral Co-operation Council meeting, which was chaired by the Spanish Secretary of State for the European Union, Diego López Garrido.

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