Have your say on future shape of competitiveness and innovation Programme

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the successor to the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme 2007-2013 (CIP). The CIP is the main EU budgetary instrument targeting competitiveness outside the research and skills areas. The consultation which will be open until 4 February 2011 will gather stakeholders' opinions on what the priorities of future competitiveness and innovation EU funding should be.

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EP calls for measures to fight price volatility in livestock sector

The European Parliament has demanded the Commission to introduce "efficient and flexible" market mechanisms without delay to curb price volatility and speculation which are damaging European livestock sector. MEPs point to the high cereal prices as a major cause of the crisis faced by farmers which could lead to a significant reduction in meat production in the EU.

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Court declares Portuguese State golden share over EDP contrary to EU Law

The Court of Justice of the European Union has delivered its judgement in the case related to golden shares detained by Portuguese State in the company Energias de Portugal (EDP), declaring that  by maintaining in EDP special rights attributed to it by means of golden shares, Portugal has failed to fulfil its obligations in respect of the free movement of capital.

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Shaping the future EU Development policy, EC consults

The European Commission has launched on 10 November a public consultation in order to gather opinions from all stakeholders regarding the orientation to be given to EU approach to development. The results of this public consultation will be the base for the Communication on a Modernised EU Development policy expected to be presented by the Commission in 2011.

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EP agrees to allocate 146M€ from Energy Recovery Plan to fund clean and renewable energy projects

The Research, Industry and Energy Committee of the European Parliament has backed the proposal to reallocate more than 146 million Euro to finance energy saving, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Once endorsed by the Council, these funds which were not part of the European Energy Recovery Plan, will be available for regional and local authorities since 1 January 2011.

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EU calls for coordinated action within the G20 in order to tackle imbalances

On the preliminary of the G20 Summit held in Seoul (South Korea) between 11 and 12 November, the European Union passed its key message to its partners in the Summit which is based on the need for coordinated action to the collective challenge the world is facing. In their addresses, President Van Rompuy and President Barroso expressed what are the main expectations the European Union holds for this Summit.

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Council fails to reach an agreement on EU Patent translation system

The Council on Competitiveness met on 10 November in extraordinary meeting with a single item on the agenda: the Proposal for a Council Regulation on the translation arrangements for the European Union patent. Although an intense debate was hold by delegations, no political agreement was reached at the meeting and the Presidency will now try to capitalise the momentum given by representatives of Member States.

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