EU funded project working on solutions for faster Internet

All internet users have at some time or another complained about slow surfing speeds or a tiresome wait for a video to load. A group of European engineers from Spain, Hungary and Sweden decided to try to counter such problems by monitoring traffic and tailoring services to meet demand. A number of leading communication companies have already taken up the newly developed methodology used for traffic measurements.

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EC to boost economic recovery through revised trade policy

The European Commission put forward on 9 November its blueprint for an EU trade policy to help revitalise Europe's economy. The document presented by the Commission proposes a strategy to reduce trade barriers, to open global markets and to get a fair deal for European businesses, addressing issues such as the opening of International public procurement markets to ensuring a fair and inclusive commerce which will contribute to development.

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Making citizens' initiative a simple and clear tool for EU democracy

The four rapporteurs who are drafting the report on the application and putting into practice of citizen initiative have presented their conclusions to the European Parliament  Constitutional Affairs Committee. Among the suggestions made by MEPs and debated within the Committee are the early check of initiatives the reduction of the number of Member States which should be represented as well as the requirement for ID identification of signatories.

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Europe calls for an open and neutral Internet

At least this seems to be the result from a consultation launched by the European Commission in June 2010 which has gathered opinion from 318 stakeholders from all levels of the value chain who provided input to the consultation. Although the consultation did not reveal a widespread call for further EU legislation, there is an expectation that additional guidance may be needed in the future.

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Citizens from Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina will enjoy visa liberalisation

Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Brussels on 8 November 2010 gave its unanimous vote on visa liberalisation for Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina. This decision, which amends regulation Nº 539/2001, will grant citizens of Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina possessing biometric passports the right to travel to and throughout the Schengen area without a visa.

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Council adopts the new Directive with stricter rules on industrial emissions

The European Council voted on 8 November the adoption of the new Directive which will cut industrial emissions from large combustion plants across the EU. This legal provision represents one more step in the efforts made by the Commission to control industrial pollution, contributing to enhance citizens' protection against industrial pollution at the time of reducing air and other environmental pollution.

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New steps on research about human genome variations

The 1,000 Genomes Project, an international initiative that is probing genetic variation in humans and which received EU funding through Health Theme of 7th Framework Programme, has released the results of its pilot phase. The initial findings already shed new light on the nature of genetic variation as well as its influence on disease, human history and evolution.

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EU SMEs willing to export to China have now a new support

European SMEs wishing to export to or invest in the Chinese market can enjoy now a new venture where they will be able to get information, advice, training and matchmaking opportunities. The new Centre for European Union Small and Medium Enterprises in Beijing has been open on 5 November as a key element of the support given by the European Union within the Small Businesses Act for companies looking for opportunities in the Chinese market.

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Three EU co-financed MEDIA films winners at the International Rome Film Festival

Three films which received co-funding from the MEDIA Programme on support for the EU audiovisual sector, were among those honoured at the closing ceremony of the International Rome Film Festival on 5 November. In total, ten films co-financed in a way or another were part of the Festival.

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EC will continue efforts to achieve full visa recognition with USA and Canada

The European Commission has adopted its sixth report on certain third countries' maintenance of visa requirements in breach of the principle of reciprocity. The report shows that although progress towards full reciprocity has been achieved, there still a few cases in which "non-reciprocity" remains, as it is the case for Canada and the United States where there are certain visa requirements concerning citizens from some Member states.

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EU to recover 578.5 M€ of CAP expenditure from Member States

A total of 578.5 million Euro of EU farm money unduly spent by Member States is claimed back as a result of a Decision adopted on 4 November by the European Commission and published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 5 November.

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EC releases criteria for carbon capture and storage and renewable demonstration projects

The Official Journal of the European Union published on 6 November 2010 Commission's Decision C(2010) 7499, laying down the criteria and measures for the financing of commercial demonstration projects that aim at the environmentally safe capture and geological storage of CO2, as well as demonstration projects of innovative renewable energy technologies under the scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community.

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