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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Parliament and Commission reach an agreement on joint transparency register

The High Level Group of the European Parliament and the European Commission concluded on 10 November 2010 its discussions on a joint "Transparency Register". This new common register for organisations and individuals engaged in EU policy making and policy implementation will merge both institutions systems.

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EU internal energy market to be completed by 2015, EC sets "Energy 2020" targets

The European Commission has presented on 10 November its Communication “Energy 2020” setting the main objectives for EU energy policy over the next ten years. This strategy details the five top priorities, which will be the base for concrete legislative initiatives and proposals to be put forward by Commission within the next 18 months, and which will be on the agenda for the discussion by Heads of States and Governments at the very first EU Summit on Energy on 4 February 2011.

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Cohesion Policy on focus, EC consults on future challenges

The European Commission has published its 5th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion, where it presents an extensive assessment of the economic, social and environmental situation and trends in EU regions and sets out a number of different options for adapting the policy post-2013. The conclusions put forward by this report will be the base for a public consultation on Cohesion Policy which will be open until 31 January 2011.

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EU Court declares data publication of CAP beneficiaries partially illegal

The European Court of Justice has ruled on the cases presented by two German applicants who were granted aids from CAP funding and whose data where published in the German public site. Tribunal puts into balance the right for public disclosure of data related to public spending at the right for data protection, and concludes by declaring invalid certain provisions of Regulation Nº 1290/2005 and the entire Regulation Nº 259/2008.

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Croatia enters final phase of accession while Turnkey progresses at slow pace

The European Commission adopted on 9 November its Enlargement Package, presenting the annual assessment of the European Union's enlargement agenda. The package comprised a Strategy paper, the Opinions on the membership applications by Montenegro and Albania and seven Progress Reports on the other candidate countries and potential candidates.

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