EU ensures higher procedural safeguards in criminal proceedings

European Union Justice Ministers have approved a law which ensures translation and interpretation rights in criminal proceedings. The law guarantees the right of suspects to obtain interpretation throughout criminal proceedings, including when receiving legal advice, in their own language in all courts in the EU.

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Europe meets for innovation at the K4I Forum

The Second Knowledge for Innovation Forum of the European Parliament (K4I) is taking place between 11 and 14 October. During these days, the role of innovation in tackling the grand challenges will be at the centre of discussion with stakeholders and policy makers from all over Europe and beyond.

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EP calls for more flexible and job creation focused regional policy

During the celebration of the European Parliament plenary session, MEPs adopted on 7 October, two resolutions seeking a more flexible cohesion policy, which will take into account the characteristics of different regions as well as simplify the procedures and improve systems for monitoring and evaluation.

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European Civil Protection Mechanism mobilised for toxic sludge in Hungary

Five experts from France, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Germany are part of the European civil protection team deployed to support the Hungarian authorities in their efforts to combat the pollution caused by the break of a sludge depository in the city of Ajka. Commission liaison officer arrived to in Hungary on Saturday, 9 October.

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Gap between decisions and texts leave a lot of work before UN Cancún Climate Conference

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in Tianjin, China, between 4 and 9 October 2010, has shown that a lot of work still remains to be achieved before the celebration of the Climate Conference in Cancún. The Tianjin meeting has, nonetheless, paved the way for the adoption of a balanced package of decisions in the forthcoming Climate Conference in Cancún, which will takes forward global action to combat climate change.

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Europe reaffirms its commitment on the World Day against Death Penalty

All EU institutions raised their voice to mark the eighth World Day against the Death Penalty, celebrated on 10 October. The Council of Europe and the European Union reaffirmed their opposition to the use of capital punishment in all circumstances, and their commitment to the abolition of the death penalty worldwide; besides, the European Parliament also adopted a resolution condemning capital punishment and calling for an unconditional worldwide moratorium on executions.

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