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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