Commission calls on 21 Member States to take urgent measures on mobile satellite services

Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, has issued an urgent call to twenty one EU countries to rapidly introduce all the legislative measures necessary to allow the pan-EU deployment of mobile satellite services that could be used for high-speed internet, mobile television and radio or emergency communications to EU consumers and businesses.

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EP Plenary calls on Member states to ensure sustainable and adequate pensions systems

According to a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 16 February, within the general context of economic crisis and progressive population ageing Europe is currently going through, it is crucial that Member States ensure that pension schemes can sustainably deliver an adequate income to the EU's growing number of retired people. The text approved in Plenary session also addresses issues such as pension's portability, as well as inequalities faced by women and older workers.

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The European Commission presents its EU agenda for the rights of the child

The EU has presented its agenda for reinforcing the right of the child. On this agenda are listed eleven actions that the European Commission will adopt in the coming years. This program implements the principles of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU through specific actions on security policies and child welfare, including the promotion of justice more suited to smaller, more information children about their rights and try to make the Internet a safer space for them.

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EP approves Directive against fake medicines and protects patients from dangerous effects

During the European Parliament plenary session held in Strasbourg on 16 February, MEPs gave green light to the proposed Directive to prevent fake medicines from entering the legal supply chain. Under these new rules, manufacturers will have to include new safety features on the packages and new rules will apply to on-line sales, as well as to distributors and intermediaries.

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Enhanced cooperation on EU patent prospers as Parliament gives its approval

Although Italian and Spanish MEPs tried to push for the European Parliament not granting its consent for a common EU patent system to be created using the enhanced cooperation procedure, the Chamber has finally given its approval. The Plenary voted in favour of the proposal which now has to be also approved by the Council. Further to it, the European Commission will put forward two proposals, one for the language regime and another for establishing the single patent.

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EU to assist Italy for immediate action on immigration emergency in Lampedusa

In a debate about the immigration emergency crisis which is going on in the South Mediterranean held at the European Parliament Plenary session, MEPs stressed that based on the principle of solidarity, EU Member States should provide immediate assistance and share the burden with Italy and the other countries affected by an extraordinary flow of immigrants from Northern Africa. For that reason, Commissioner Malmström, ensured that the EU will provide support to Italian authorities further to the request for assistance sent to FRONTEX on 15 February.

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The European Union has 1000th quality food name registered

On 15 February 1000th quality food products are registered by the European Commission. The latest one has been an Italian sheep's cheese. On the other hand, Spain has 146 products in this record. In addition, the Commission considers these schemes essential for fast start-up of 'Quality Package 2010', by introducing several regulations that are bringing the production to the quality criteria demanded by consumers.

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European Parliament regulates bus passenger's rights

MEPs adopted by 504 votes in favour, 63 against and 89 abstentions, the regulation previously agreed by the European Parliament and the Council to consolidate the rights of assistance and compensation for all passengers travelling by bus or coach in the European Union. The new legislation will come into force from 2013. Member States have a period of two years from now to implement the regulation.

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MEPs set out priorities for upcoming Roma inclusion strategy

With a view to the presentation of the Commission's EU strategy for Roma inclusion, European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee outlined its priorities at its meeting on 14 February. These priorities include equal access to employment and education, protecting fundamental rights, better use of EU funding and involving Roma women in policy development.

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Eurogroup agrees to raise bailout fund to 500 billion euro

Eurogroup members, meeting in Brussels prior to the celebration of the Council of Economic and Financial Affairs (Ecofin), decided on 14 February to increase the amount of the bailout fund that will integrate the permanent financial stability mechanism for the euro area. Under this decision, the mechanism which will come into force in 2013 will be supported by 500 billion euros.

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Europeans still fear mobile phone bill when travelling in the EU

This is one of the facts behind the data of a survey released by the European Commission which shows that three over four EU citizens are worried about the cost of using their mobile phone when travelling in the EU. Regarding mobile Internet-related services, not even 20% of Europens do consider that the costs of data-roaming for (Internet are fair. Based on these data, as well as the opinions sent within a recent consultation, the European Commission present the review of current EU roaming rules by June 2011.

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Citizens' initiative Regulation adopted within the Council

The so-called European citizens' initiative, one of the main innovations under the Treaty of Lisbon, will enable citizens to ask the Commission to bring forward legislative proposals if  the supporters of an initiative number at least one million and come from a significant number of member states. On 14 February, the European Council adopted the Regulation to finally put this instrument into place.

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