European citizens can be reassured that the traditional herbal medicines are safe in the EU market

Only medicinal products which have been registered or authorised can remain on the EU market after 1 May 2011. From that date, the Herbal Directive will have completed the seven year transition period.

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EU contest open to choose a new design for a commemorative euro coin

The European Commission has launched a competition which consist in design the commemorative 2-euro circulation coin that all 17 euro-area Member States aimed to celebrate the  10 years of the euro.

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Van Rompuy and Barroso will represent the EU at the G8 summit

the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission will represent the European Union at the G8 summit which shall take place in Deauville (France) from 26 to 27 of May.

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ECJ considers that might not be compatible Italian legislation and European law on expulsion and repatriation

The Directive on the return of illegal immigrants precludes national rules imposing a prison term on an illegally staying third-country national who does not comply with an order to leave the national territory. A penalty such as that provided for by the Italian legislation is liable to jeopardise the attainment of the objective of introducing an effective policy for removal and repatriation in keeping with fundamental rights.

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European funds in order to make smart device communication even easier

An European research, ESNA project ('European sensor network architecture'), has made communication lines easier for people. The system is based on cheap wireless sensors in various business applications including energy-efficient environmental controls.

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Citizens from eight new Member States will have full right to work in the EU

From May 2011, citizens from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia will have full right to work in any Member State.

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A gold plated window as the transparent electrode for organic solar cells is a reality

A research from the University of Warwick in the UK, partially financed ERDF funds (with European Regional Development Fund) has made this development. Apart from its innovation, is that it could be relatively cheap because the gold used is just 8 billionths of a metre thick.

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Best practices for cooperation among EU national competition authorities

A set of draft best practices aimed at fostering and facilitating information sharing between national competition authorities ("NCAs") within the European Union, has been made public by the European Commission. For drawing them up, the Commission is seeking the opinion of interested parties throughout the recently set up Merger Working Group.

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Volcanic ash crisis: The Ombudsman criticises misleading information provided by EC

Nikiforos Diamandouros, the European Ombudsman, has criticised the misleading information published by the European Commission during the volcanic ash crisis in 2010. The investigation followed a complaint from the European Regions Airline Association about inaccurate information concerning compensation for delayed luggage.

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The new EU Head of Delegation to Iraq wants EU to become a key partner

Jana Hybášková is the newly-appointed EU Head of Delegation to Iraq. She is taking up her duties on 1 May. For this reason, she was invited to an "in camera" meeting with members of the Foreign Affairs Committee at EP and she stated that EU should be a key partner of Iraq.

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The European Commission appeals to allow humanitarian operation in Misrata to be resumed

Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, spoke on the deteriorated humanitarian situation in Misrata, Libya. She asked to all sides in the conflict to protect civilians and to allow humanitarian aid.

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European Future Technologies's event on bridging different disciplines

The European Future Technologies Conference (FET) will take place next 4-6 of May in Budapest and its registration is still open until 28 of April. The conference, as well as an exhibition, it is aimed to be an European forum which facilitates international cross-disciplinary dialogue and discussion on visions and challenges for frontier research in future and emerging information technologies.

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