The ministers of Justice and Home Affairs will meet in Luxembourg

An agreement to fight international drug trafficking and to move forward on establishing enhanced cooperation in terms of legislation regarding divorces and separations are some of the main legislative matters that the ministers of Justice and Interior will be debating in the JHA Council, which will take place on 3 and 4 June in Luxembourg.

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EU cuts off greenhouse gas emissions for fifth consecutive year

The European Environment Agency has published the latest EU inventory of greenhouse gas emissions showing that emissions fell again significantly in 2008, the first year of the Kyoto Protocol's first commitment period. European Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard welcomed the news. The fall marks the fifth consecutive annual decrease

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Citizens' petitions: a right yet to be fully recognised

Complaints about difficulties in exercising the citizen's right to free movement, obtaining residence permits for third-country family members, and having qualifications recognised, made up a large share of almost 2,000 citizens' petitions received by the European Parliament in 2009, says the Petitions Committee's annual report. Citizens are entitled to speedy redress and greater transparency from all EU institutions, and petitions can help deliver them, it said.

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Calls for taxation regimes to reflect impacts on the environment

A new report, put together by the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, indicates that legislators and policymakers looking to make the most impact on the Earth’s well-being should use taxes and other incentives to encourage more eco-friendly agricultural practices and reduce the use of fossil fuels.

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Sarajevo hosts a EU-Western Balkans meeting

The Spanish Presidency of the EU has called a meeting with the countries of the Western Balkans to 'solemnly reaffirm' Europe's commitment to allowing them to join the Union, in exchange for receiving their commitment to carrying out the agenda of reforms agreed on for joining the EU.

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European Parliament aims to armonising copyright at European level

Breaches of intellectual property rights (IPR) on the internet are a growing problem for the economy and require a response at EU level, including the removal of barriers to a single digital market by granting EU-wide copyright licences, according to members of the European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee.

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€3 million in humanitarian aid in response to the tropical storm Agatha

The European Commission has announced today a humanitarian aid decision worth €3 million to cope with the consequences of tropical storm Agatha  in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras

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Commission and EEA unveil two new tools to combat biodiversity loss

European Environment Agency and European Commission have presented two new instruments that will help in the fighting against the loss of biodiversity in European ecosystems.

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More competition in EU telecoms but no Single Market

A new European Commission report shows that EU telecoms markets have become more competitive thanks to the Commission's guidance in the consultation and review process known as the 'Article 7 procedure', whereby national telecoms regulators inform the Commission in advance of their plans to regulate parts of their national telecoms markets. As a result, citizens and businesses enjoy greater choice of services and cheaper prices.

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OECD presents its Innovation Strategy

Innovation is key to boosting economic growth, and governments should resist the urge to cut spending on activities that are 'essential for a country's future, the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has warned.

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MEPs and MPs to debate European Energy Community initiative in Brussels

A single energy market, sustainable production and security of energy supply will be the key topics at a joint meeting of MEPs and MPs from all EU Member States on 7 and 8 June at the European Parliament in Brussels. 

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EIBURS sponsorships within EIB-Universities Research Action published

EIBURS provides grants to University Research Centres working on research topics and themes of major interest to the Bank. EIB sponsorships, of up to EUR 100 000 per year for a period of three years, are awarded through a competitive process to interested University Departments or Research Centres, associated with Universities of EU, Accession or Acceding Countries. Call is open until September 10th 2010.

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