'Cyber Europe 2010' report released: the 1st pan- European cyber security exercise

EU Agency ENISA has issued the final report and video clip on on the first Pan-European cyber security exercise for public bodies, ‘Cyber Europe 2010’. The report stressed the need for more cyber security exercises in the future, a increased collaboration between the Member States and the importance of the private sector in ensuring security.

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20th anniversary of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) celebrates its 20th anniversary on 15 April 2011. Since it began its work in 1991, the Bank has played a key role in the economic transformation of a region that spreads from the Baltics to Mongolia, through central and eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union and most recently to Turkey.

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Provision of Euro area and EU27 government deficit at 6.0% and 6.4% debt of GDP for 2010

The Eurostat office published the first notification with a Government debt at 85.1% and 80.0%. In 2010, the government deficit of both the euro area (EA17) and the EU27 decreased compared with 2009, while the government debt and GDP increased. In the euro area the government deficit to GDP ratio decreased from 6.3% in 2009 to 6.0% in 2010, and in the EU27 from 6.8% to 6.4%. In the euro area the government debt to GDP ratio increased from 79.3% at the end of 2009 to 85.1% at the end of 2010, and in the EU27 from 74.4% to 80.0%.

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EU Budget needs to be clear on transparency and on data protection

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the Commission's proposal aimed at revising the financial rules applicable to the annual budget of the European Union ("EU Financial Regulation"). The EDPS believes, among other conclusions, that the proposal does not meet the requirements of data protection law.

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EU Hungarian presidency required new solutions for the audio-visual market

At a high-level conference on the future of the European audio-visual industry, Zsolt Nyitrai, Hungarian Minister for Info-communication of the Ministry of National Development stated that, EU needs to discover and introduce new business models for the audio-visual industry, but authors and consumers must not be confronted.

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The European Commission tests the Tsunami Alerting Device

The Joint Research Centre has developed a new Tsunami Alerting Device (TAD) which  alert directly people at risk in the event of an incoming tsunami wave. The testing of the prototype device begun on 20 April in Setubal (Portugal).

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Terrorism is still a high threat in the EU according to a Europol report

The conclusion of Europol's 2010 review of terrorism is that it continues to pose a high threat to the security of the the EU and its citizens and has become more diverse in its methods and impact.

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