Applications for EGF increased six-fold

The European Union granted 52.3 million Euro from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) in 2009 to help some 11,000 workers dismissed in eight countries, according to a report adopted by the European Commission. The third annual report on the activities of the EGF shows a six-fold increase in applications from Member States for funding to support workers dismissed as a result of globalisation and the economic crisis.

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EC consultation on revision of Regulation for the allocation of slots at EU airports

The European Commission opened early September a consultation to evaluate the current operation of the Regulation concerning common rules for the allocation of slots at Community airports and to collect information for an impact assessment. All interested parties may submit their contributions by 29 October, welcoming concerned citizens, organisations and public authorities points of view.

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Council stresses the need for a common framework on investment agreements at EU level

The Foreign Affairs Council meeting held in Brussels on 10 September exchanged some views relating some key issues on International Investment Policy. Ministers agreed on the need to put into place a common framework to develop the new EU competence in foreign direct investment granted by the Treaty of Lisbon.

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Special Committee on Agriculture celebrates fifty year

On 9 September 2010, the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) of the Council celebrated its 50th anniversary. In that occasion, its current chairman of the SCA, Mr Herman Hooyberghs, highlighted the important role of the SCA in the past, present and future for the functioning of the common agricultural policy (CAP).

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Record number of applications for Marie Curie research grants

Nearly 5.000 researchers have applied for EU-funded Marie Curie fellowship grants this year, an increase of 20% on last year and 70% on 2008. Around 800 fellowships worth a total of €150 million will be granted to researchers working on projects of up to three years in another country. For the first time, a funding category is available for researchers who want to restart their career after a break.

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ECB amends certain rules on procurement

The European Central Bank (ECB) published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 9 September 2010 Decision BCE/2010/8 amending some aspects of the Rules on Procurement. The changes introduced by the Bank affect, in general terms, to the compliance to new thresholds in public procurement, as well as certain aspects related to certain purchases and the Bank's relationships with national central banks and other authorities.

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MEPs demand a European Year to fight violence against women

A call to establish a European Year of Combating Violence against Women, within the next five years, has been backed by a majority of MEPs, who signed up to a written declaration urging the Commission to take action

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Biodiversity policy as a stimulus for local governments

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Local and Regional Policy Makers report shows local policy makers how to improve their understanding of the value and services provided by natural capital like woodlands, parks and waterways, and to reap benefits in local policy areas such as urban management, spatial planning and protected areas management.

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Investment in education pays off for growth and competitiveness

The European Commission has welcomed the report "Education at a Glance 2010" presented by the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), in which the organization supports the analysis made by the Commission and its policy to promote education through Europe Strategy 2020. The report emphasizes the return on investment in education and its contribution to economic recovery.

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EP calls on France and other MS for immediate suspension of expulsions of Roma

The European Parliament has adopted on 9 September a resolution about the situation of Roma people and the free movement within the European Union, urging French authorities and other Member States to cease in mass expulsions of Roma people and to avoid this kind of attitude which violates EU law and promote racist behaviours.

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Commission opens public consultation on PSI reuse

Contributions to this consultation will feed into the review of the PSI Directive, part of the Digital Agenda for Europe that aims to contribute to the EU goals of increasing competitiveness, innovation and job creation. The consultation will run until 30 November 2010.

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EP stresses again the lack of transparency in the ACTA negotiations

The ongoing negotiations on the multilateral Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) were again object of debate with the Commission at the plenary session of the European Parliament, where MEPs have reiterated their critics to the lack of transparency in this process and potentially objectionable content.

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