2009 Regional Innovation Scoreboard: diversity across Europe

The level of innovation in regions varies considerably across almost all EU countries. This is one of the main findings of the 2009 Regional Innovation Scoreboard (RIS), published by the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC), together with the Commission's Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry and the Maastricht University (MERIT).

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Spanish presidency calls for common stance on scanners

The Spanish EU presidency called Thursday for a common European stance on the use of body scanners at airports while EU members are divided over its use at airports.

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European funds, absorbed by the drop by Romania

Romania absorbed under 3% of the European funds that could be accessed by Romanian firms, authorities and organizations during 2007-2013, three years after the country’s accession to the EU,

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Business Climate Indicator and Economic Sentiment Indicator continue to improve

The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area improved further in December, and the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) rose once again in December to 92.0 (+4.1 points) in the EU and to 91.3 (+2.5). It is their ninth consecutive monthly increase. But they remain at a low level.

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Spain will boost ERA during its presidency

Spain has pledged to drive forward the realisation of the European Research Area (ERA) during its six-month Presidency of the Council of the EU, which started on 1 January. Innovation and equality are at the heart of the Spanish Presidency programme.

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Madrid hosts the opening gala of the Spanish Presidency

The Spanish Presidency and Ministry of Culture organize the official opening gala of the semester in which Spain will lead the EU with a dance show in Madrid's Teatro Real. The same day, Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish prime minister, will meet Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Durão Barroso in the Palacio de la Moncloa, seat of the Spanish Government.

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European Parliament, ready for the hearings to designate EC members

Between 11 and 19 January, the European Parliament will hold a series of public hearings with the 26 candidate Commissioners put forward by the Council and Commission President José-Manuel Barroso.

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EU-27 imports of telecom products increased by 61% over 2000-2008

The total value of extra EU-27 trade in telecommunication, sound and video equipment rose by 33% over the period 2000-2008, according to latest Eurostat publication.

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Euro area inflation estimated at 0.9% in December 2009

Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 0.9% in December 2009 according to a flash estimate issued by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union . It was 0.5% in November.

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Commission renews the mandate of the EGE for five years

The European Commission has published in the Official Journal of the European Union of January 5th, 2010, a decision on the renewal of the mandate of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies. It will last until 2015.

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2010 – European year for combating poverty and social exclusion.

Ten years ago, European leaders pledged to end poverty in the EU by 2010. As this deadline approaches, the goal is still some way off. That is why the European Union has decided to declare 2010 as European year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.

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The Council hosts the exhibition Travesías during the Spanish presidency of the EU

The headquarters of the European Union Council, the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels, will host from 5 January until the end of the Spanish presidency of the EU the latest creative project of Daniel Canogar, the video installation "Travesías".

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