EU grid project is the largest collaborative production grid infrastructure for e-Science ever created

EU researchers will have sustainable and continuous access to the combined processing power of over 200,000 desktop computers in more than 30 European countries thanks to the European Commission funded European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) project launched. The EGI, the largest collaborative production grid infrastructure for e-Science ever created, will enable teams of researchers in different geographical locations to work on a problem as if they were in the same laboratory.

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European researchers stress the need to persist on preventive measures against cancer

Fewer people in the EU may be dying of cancer, but its incidence rose by almost 20% from 2002 to 2008, reports a special issue of the European Journal of Cancer (EJC) published on 13 September. Studies presented in the EJC, which is the official journal of the European Cancer Organisation (ECCO), received funding from EUROCADET project.

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Commission warns France of possible infringement actions for Roma expulsions

European Commissioner responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, made a forceful reaction on 14 September over last developments in the situation of Roma people in France. In her statement, Commissioner Reading qualified the situation as "a disgrace" and warned France about the possibility to initiate an infringement action.

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EU increase support for the beekeeping sector

The European Commission has approved on 14 September the national programmes of the 27 Member States to improve the production and marketing of apiculture products for the period 2011-2013. The EU contribution to the financing of the programmes has increased by almost 25% compared to the previous period (2008-2010), from € 26 million to € 32 million per year.

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CoR urges Belgian Presidency to defend regional and local interests in budget review

Following the debate on the forthcoming EU budget review at the Committee of the Region's external Bureau meeting in Antwerp, the Committee's President Mercedes Bresso warned that the forthcoming review of the EU budget must not lead to less money for local and regional authorities to invest in sustainable, green and socially fair growth.

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Parliament and Council agree on 30-day rule within late payments Directive

Following negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council, both institutions agreed on 13 September in some key aspects regarding the new legislation to update the Late Payments Directive. Among the decisions taken the standard deadline for both public and private sectors to pay a bill for goods or services will now be 30 days.

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A group of scientists warns about need for biodiversity to be more widely recognised

Despite ever greater efforts to protect biodiversity, this precious resource continues to decline. Now a group of scientists and conservationists warns that to reverse this troubling trend, society must urgently rethink its attitudes to biodiversity and change its behaviour accordingly. The team hopes its message will be heeded by world leaders when they attend the forthcoming 65th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, which will be devoted to the subject of biodiversity. In addition, the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity is scheduled to take place this autumn.

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Council agreement on harmonization of textile labelling

The European Council confirmed on 13 September its political agreement on a draft regulation aimed at reviewing the EU system for the standard description of fibres and the labelling of textile products. This Council position will now be forwarded to the Parliament for second reading.

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Last call for companies to register chemicals

The Commission reminds companies that they must register the most widely used or most dangerous chemicals by the deadline of 30 November 2010. Registration is one of the milestones of REACH, the EU Regulation on chemicals and their safe use Companies are also reminded that they must notify the Classification and Labelling of their chemicals to European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) by 3 January 2011.

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Cuban ex-prisoners call for maintaining Council policy decision on Cuba

Recently-released Cuban political prisoners Ricardo González Alfonso, Normando Hernández, Antonio Díaz and Alejandro González Raga urged Parliament's Human Rights Subcommittee on 13 September for not revising the Council policy decision on Cuba of 1996. This policy decision determines the dialogue with La Havana to progress in human rights and political openness on its part.

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EU harmonizes ship inspection system and opens a blacklist of non-compliant companies

New rules to enhance and improve the safety performance of ships were adopted by the European Commission on 13 September. The rules will introduce, from 1 January 2011, a new online register to "to name and shame" shipping companies which are performing poorly on vital safety inspections (port state controls), while those with strong safety records will be given good public visibility.

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Slight upward revision on EU GDP growth estimates despite global uncertainty

The Commission published its latest interim economic forecast on 13 September 2010. The underlying message of this update of GDP and inflation variables is that the EU economy, while still fragile, is recovering at a faster pace than previously envisaged. The updated projections include France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. The seven countries concerned represent 79% of EU and almost 83% of Euro area GDP.

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