Council considers that first orientation about the future of CAP is a good basis

Agriculture and Fisheries ministers meeting in Brussels on 29 November held an initial exchange of views on Commission's communication on the future of CAP after 2013. In the agenda, ministers also addressed, among other issues, fishing opportunities for certain deep-sea stocks for 2011 and 2012 as well as the possibility to enable EFSA to receive fees, and were also debriefed on the Farm advisory system.

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Eurozone unemployment rate rises to 10.1% in October

Seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.1% in October 2010, increasing by 0.1% compared to the same data in September. In the European Union as a whole the rate remained unchanged compared to the previous month and a value slightly lower than those registered in the Euro area reaching 9.6%.

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Commission opens investigation against Google over allegations of antitrust violations

The European Commission has decided to open an antitrust investigation into allegations that Google Inc. has abused a dominant position in online search. The opening of formal proceedings follows complaints by search service providers about unfavourable treatment of their services in Google's unpaid and sponsored search results coupled with an alleged preferential placement of Google's own services.

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EC consults about challenges of Innovation Partnership on active and healthy ageing

The European Commission has launched a public consultation focused on gathering the opinion of public and private organisations, companies and individual citizens on the challenges created by the ageing population in Europe, and in particular on a pilot European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on active and healthy ageing. Results of this consultation, which will run until 28 January 2011, will be the base to shape the content of this EIP which is part of Commission's "Innovation Union" strategy.

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2050 Carbon reduction goals open opportunities for hybrid and battery electric vehicles

The EU and G8 leaders agreed in 2009 to achieve an 80% cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 if atmospheric CO2 is to stabilise at 450 parts per million, and if global warming stays under the safe level of 2°C. However, securing the overall 80% decarbonisation goal within the next 4 decades may need 95% decarbonisation of the road transport sector, and objective which will require new efficient and reliable propulsion systems.

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Commission's forecast shows consolidated economic recovery but progress is still uneven

The European Commission has released its autumn forecast for 2010-2012 which shows an expected growth in GDP by around 1.75% in 2010-11 and by around 2% in 2012. However, as highlighted by the Commission, this recovery is uneven and many Member States are going through a difficult period of adjustment.

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One more step towards comprehensive asylum policy with first EASO management board meeting

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) held its first management board meeting in Valletta (Malta) and selected Mr Rob Visser as its Executive Director, who will now be invited to appear before the competent Committee of the European Parliament. With the operational launch of this new agency, the EU makes further progress towards a more comprehensive Common European Asylum System.

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EU unanimously approves Irish bailout

Economic and Financial Affairs ministers unanimously agreed on 29 November to grant financial assistance in response to the Irish authorities' request on 22 November 2010. Ministers concur with the Commission and the ECB that providing a loan to Ireland is warranted to safeguard financial stability in the Euro area and the EU as a whole.

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CoR warns about risks of funding freeze for countries flouting budget rules

Committee of the Regions President Mercedes Bresso reiterated Committee's warning against an EU ‘funding freeze’ for countries that breach budget deficit rules. President Bresso made this statement before ministers in charge of regional policy and urged their support to request the Commission to fully rework this proposal.

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Commission puts on the table a new draft budget to help Council and Parliament reach agreement

President of the Commission Jose Manuel Barroso sent a letter on 25 November to the Presidents of the European  Parliament and of the European Council on the political issues linked to the adoption of the 2011 budget. In order to help in this process, the Commission has drafted a new budget which 126.5 billion Euro in payments, an increase of 2.9% to 2010.

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Advances in the stricter rules for safer and affordable medicines

The European Parliament has adopted its position on legislation for strengthening patients' rights regarding the information they receive about the quality of prescription medicines. The Chamber has insisted on shifting the focus of legislation from the rights of pharmaceutical companies to patient's right to receive adequate information.

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Competitiveness Council debates future industry policy and considers enhanced cooperation to EU patent system

EU patent system was again in the agenda of Competitiveness Council meeting held on 25 November, together with the new elements for a new industrial policy as well as the celebration of  the 7th Space Council, in partnership with the European Space Agency, in which ministers adopted a resolution on the challenges facing the European space systems.

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