EU activates Civil Protection mechanism to evacuate Europeans from Libya

In the evening of 23 February, the Presidency of the European Council and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs of the European Union activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to support the evacuation of EU citizens from Libya. As highlighted by Commissioner Georgieva, responsible for Crisis Response, it is EU's responsibility to evacuate from Libya the thousands of EU citizens who are struggling get out of the country under extremely difficult circumstances.

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Commission proposes measures to tackle fraud in EU Emissions Trading System registries

Following a series of cyber-thefts from several EU Emissions Trading System registries which took place over January 2011, the European Commission outlined on 23 February a series of actions aimed at strengthening the integrity of the European carbon market. These proposals , which were discussed by the EU Climate Change Committee, include a series of short term actions to allow Member State to improve security in their systems, as well as medium and long term measures to increase both with Member States and through a regular dialogue with stakeholders.

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European researchers unveil secrets of colour in art masterpieces

Vincent van Gogh's art is duller than what it used to be but no one has ever been able to figure out why - until now. An international research team has discovered that sunlight is potentially responsible for triggering a chemical reaction in the yellow chrome paint used by the Dutch post-Impressionist Master painter, turning it into a dull brown colour. The findings are presented in the journal Analytical Chemistry.

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Europe's Small Business Act passes review and brings up new challenges for growth and innovation

Between 2008 and 2010, the European Commission and EU Member States have implemented actions set out in Europe's Small Business Act (SBA) to alleviate administrative burden, facilitate SMEs’ access to finance and support their access to new markets. Although most initiatives foreseen by the SBA have been initiated, a review of implementation so far reveals that more must be done to help SMEs.

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