Parliament demands EU sanctions against Belarus authorities

In a resolutions approved in Parliament's plenary session on 20 January, MEPs called for sanctions to be taken against Belarusian authorities by imposing a travel ban and asset freeze on Belarusian officials, judges and security officers involved in the violent election crackdown of 19 December 2010. Lifting these measures should be conditional upon the release of imprisoned opposition leaders.

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Commission authorised up to 1.8 billion euro of state aids to broadband in 2010

As announced by the European Commission, a record amount of state aid for the deployment of broadband was authorised during the year 2010. In total, the Commission adopted a record number of 20 decisions covering aid for broadband development in, among others, Catalonia, Finland and Bavaria. In so doing the Commission takes one more step towards the objective to increase Internet access in all EU areas as set out in the EU 2020 strategy.

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