Parliament demands better e-waste management and tighter collection and recycling objectives

The European Parliament has demanded tighter rules for the EU's growing output of waste electronic and electrical equipment. In a plenary vote on 3 February, MEPs proposed new targets for collecting, recycling and re-using waste, as well as for cutting red tape for companies. They also recommended tougher measures to prevent the export of e-waste to developing countries, where it can pose a health and environment hazard.

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EC presents proposal for an EU Passenger Name Record Directive

On 2 February 2010 the European Commission put forward a proposal for an EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive which aims to fight serious crime and terrorism. Under this proposal air carriers will be obliged to provide EU Member States with data on passengers entering or departing from the EU, whilst guaranteeing a high level of protection of privacy and personal data.

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EU research contributes to improve urban mobility

Draw the best option for urban transport journeys is one of the objectives of the EU-funded group of scientists who is working within the project IN-TIME. The results of this research which are already being tested, could help to reduce congestion and reduce the effects of pollution from urban transport by providing users with information about the best multimodal transportation options.

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MEPs urge EU countries to maintain stable, reliable and sustainable pension systems

The European Union and its Member States must act to ensure that pension schemes can sustainably deliver an adequate income to the EU's growing number of retired people, despite the economic crisis. This is one of the main points which focused a resolution voted within the Parliament's Employment Committee which also calls for pension portability to be addressed, as well as the inequalities faced by women and older workers.

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