Commission proposes a new mechanism to control Schengen acquis application

A year after two previous texts, the European Commission has adopted a new proposal seeking to strengthen the mechanism for the assessment of the correct application of standards part of the Schengen acquis. This mechanism aims to control the remaining obstacles verifying the elimination of controls at internal borders and to do more effective checks within national territory.

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EDPS calls for an ambitious and affective reform of data protection legal framework

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Peter Hustinx, and Assistant Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli held a press conference on 15 November about the future of the EU legal framework for data protection, addressing in particular the European Commission's recent communication on a data protection reform strategy. They highlighted the need for an ambitious reform and called for an effective data protection scheme in the European Union.

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Parliament debates on law enforcement measures against child pornography

European Parliament held on 15 November a preliminary debate within the Civil Liberties Committee, about the proposal for Directive on sexual abuse of children and child pornography. MEPs stressed the need to overcome some difficulties about this regulation based on Member States' differing sensitivities and traditions, specially in aspects related to web access blockage.

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Conciliation Committee does not reach an agreement over 2011 EU budget

Despite efforts made by the parties involved and convergence on the figures of the EU budget for 2011 and other connected items, the Council and the European Parliament did not reach an agreement on the whole negotiation package, within the Conciliation Committee. The Commission will now have to propose a new draft budget and, should not being an agreement by the beginning of 2011, the EU will have to move to provisional twelfths scheme.

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Building more opportunities for all in an accessible Europe

The European Commission has adopted the EU Disability Strategy aiming to eradicate the existing barriers which prevent millions of EU citizens from having access to many services and are major obstacles which put many activities out of reach. This strategy includes specific measures to be developed in the coming years in order to increase the accessibility and public awareness in this area.

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OLAF and national customs cooperation to dismantle Spain's biggest counterfeit tobacco network

Spain's biggest ever operation against counterfeit tobacco has led to the seizure of 90 million fake cigarettes and the arrest of six men. The investigation saw the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) working closely with Spanish Customs to break up one of the largest tobacco rackets in Europe and prevent the loss of 10 million euros in tax revenue.

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EESC analyses difficulties and challenges of European young entrepreneurs

Following on from the success of the 2009 edition of the event, the Employers’ Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a training seminar on 11-12 November 2010 for young entrepreneurs and potential future business leaders on the culture of entrepreneurship.

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Spanish engineers offer new formula to calculate reduction in road accident deaths

A team of engineers from the University of Almería (UAL) in Spain has developed a methodology to help meet the EU's ambitious target to significantly reduce the number of road deaths in the bloc. The EU's White Paper on Transport, adopted in 2001, calls for the number of deaths in road accidents to be halved by the end of 2010. The study was presented in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.

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Regulation on the investigation and prevention of civil aviation accidents published

The Official Journal of the European Union published on 12 November 2010 Regulation (EU) Nº 996/2010 of 20 October 2010, on the investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents in civil aviation. This Regulation, which repeals Directive 94/56/EC, will enter into force twenty days after its publication taking full and immediate effect on that date.

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World leaders agree in Seoul G20 on joint cooperation for recovery and renewed growth

President of the Council and Commission, Herman Van Rompuy and Manuel Durao Barroso, expressed their satisfaction over the outcome of the G20 Seoul Summit held between 11 and 12 November 2010. The EU wanted this summit to make progress on joint action to boost global growth and jobs and therefore welcomes that the Seoul Action plan commits the G20 further to global action for balanced growth.

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Europe-wide poll shows public support for responsible innovation in life sciences and biotechnology

A new Eurobarometer survey on life sciences and biotechnology shows that Europeans are optimistic about biotechnology. 53% of respondents believe biotechnology will have a positive effect in the future, and only 20% a negative effect. The survey also reveals important knowledge gaps, pointing to a need for more communication.

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EP endorses new EU rules for hedge funds and private equity

The financial crisis has revealed the origin of a fragile financial system to excessive too exposed to risk by investors and with an inadequate management of this risk. Further to Ecofin's mandate, the Parliament has now given its approval in plenary session to the Directive which seeks to regulate this situation and protect both investors and the financial system of this type of situation.

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