"Vets in your daily life", Commission supports 2011 World Veterinary Year

The European Union has come a long way in its efforts to better protect Animal Health, ensuring along the way Food Safety. The role of the veterinary profession, which celebrates this year its 250th anniversary, has been pivotal in making food in the EU safe. Acknowledging this contribution, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) declared 2011 World Veterinary Year, an event in which the Commission will actively participate in order to raise awareness about the role of veterinarians.

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Experts debate in Brussels how the future Competitiveness and Innovation Programme should be shaped

Under the title “Ready to grow?, the European Commission has gathered together on 25 January, a important panel of experts and representatives from business and innovation agencies from all Europe in order to debate over the future of Competitiveness and Innovation Programme. This Conference is part of the series of actions aimed to determine future approaches and actions to be in place within a programme which is primarily focused on supporting innovative European SMEs.

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EESC warns about the risks of linking retirement age to life expectancy

Within the context of an open debate on the future of public pension systems in some member states, the European Economic and Social Committee has put forward its analysis of the situation and what would be some of the implications of different measures in this field. In this report, prepared at the request of the Commission, the Committee upholds that increasing the retirement age alone will not solve this problem and that success of funding pension systems largely depends on active employment policies.

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Commission to present proposals to control production of animal feed

The case of the dioxin situation in Germany was at the centre of the agenda for ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries meeting in Brussels on 24 January at the first Council of the year. Although measures have been take carefully and German authorities have implemented the necessary controls, the European Commission has announced some legislative measures in order to avoid futures crises, and has warned about the effects of unilateral measures taken by states.

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Brussels cuts red tape for researchers and SMEs to take part at Seventh Framework Programme

The European Commission has adopted measures to make participation in the EU's current Seventh Framework Programme for Research more attractive and more accessible to the best researchers and most innovative companies, especially Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). Based on the simplification plan unveiled by the Commission in April 2010, these measures will take effect at once at will also inspire access conditions for the next EU research and innovation programme.

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