Cultural routes on focus at the European Tourism Day

Since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009, the European Union has the new role to promote the competitiveness of its tourism sector, its sustainable and quality-based development and the visibility of Europe as an outstanding tourist destination. These objectives, as highlighted by the Commission at the European Tourism Day, have key elements to be achieved by the promotion of “Cultural routes”.

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Concrete measures to avoid mixing of GM and conventional maize

A report presented at the Agriculture Council on 27 September, concludes that specific measures relating to storing and the application of isolation distances can help limit or avoid the co-mingling of genetically modified (GM) maize with conventional and organic maize. These conclusions are applicable within the Recommendations issued by the Commission in July 2010.

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Apple iPhone to meet EU competition rules

European consumers purchasing an Appel iPhone will no longer face difficulties when needing repair services for their iPhone purchased in a Member State other than their country of residence. Appel's announcement to relax restrictions both to these services and for the development tools for iPhone apps, has driven the Commission to announce its intention to close investigations over Apple for those cases.

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EP calls for a new strategy for mountain and island regions

The European Parliament has called for a strategy adapted to the special needs of islands and mountainous regions in Europe, in order to meet the Lisbon Treaty mandate and help them to overcome their inherent disadvantages and exploit their resources better. Although sparsely populated these regions represent around 10% of the population of the European Union.

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A new twist on electron beams research for better nanoparticles management

A team of EU-funded scientists has come up with a way of generating rotating electron beams. The technique, described in the journal Nature, could be used to probe the magnetic properties of materials and could even be applied to manipulate minute particles and set them in motion.

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EU “beamed up” at European Researchers' Night 2010

More than 200 events will are held across the European Union on 24 September as part of the sixth annual 'European Researchers' Night'. Around 500,000 people are expected to attend this event which aims to promote careers in science and research.

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EU consumes more European TV programmes

According to figures in a report covering the period 2007-2008 published by the European Commission, EU television broadcasters are devoting an average of 63% of their air time to programmes made in the EU and 35% to independent works created by European producers. These data indicate a considerable degree of fulfilment of the objectives set by the Directive on audiovisual media services.

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Nine nominations for Sakharov Prize 2010

The European Parliament has tabled nine nominations for the 2010 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought have been tabled. The nominees are the "Access" movement, Haytham Al-Maleh, Israeli NGO "Breaking the Silence", Guillermo Fariñas, Aminatou Haidar, Dawit Isaak, Birtukan Mideksa, Father Thadeus (Nguyën Van Ly) and the Christian mission "Open Doors".

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Scientists warn geo-engineering unlikely to curb dramatic sea rise

Researchers from Europe and China warn that little can be done to stop dangerous increases in the global sea level, as it will rise between 30 to 70 centimetres (cm) by 2100 even if all but the most aggressive geo-engineering schemes are undertaken to mitigate the effects of global warming and stringently control greenhouse gas emissions.

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More languages mean more business, European Day of Languages

With its 23 official languages and over 40 regional and minority languages, the EU forms a unique multilingual community of countries and people. However, much of the potential brought by internal market to SMEs is lost because of the lack of necessary languages expertise. This potential will be the focus for this year European Day of Languages, to be held on 26 September.

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Still a lot to do for effective internal market enforcement

The Internal Market Scoreboard presented by the European Commission on 23 September shows, among other things, that although the average transposition level of internal market rules in Member States is close to the 1% objective, the positive trend of recent years has stalled . For the first time, this Scoreboard also includes an enforcement table which provides an overview of Member state's compliance with internal market rules.

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EP calls for more budgetary flexibility for 2007-2013

The European Parliament wants to play a more active role in negotiating new rules governing EU  budget. This is one of the elements within a resolution adopted at the plenary session on 22 September where MEPs called for more flexibility in budgetary rules in order to bring a better response to new challenges facing the Union.

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