New promotional campaigns to encourage tourists from South America to visit Europe

The European Commission promotes an innovative collaborative project between South America and Europe aimed at having 50,000 additional tourists. New promotional campaigns will encourage 25,000 South Americans to travel to Europe, notably between October 2012 and March 2013, and 25,000 Europeans travelling to South America, notably between May and October 2013.

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The Commission is commit to establish the Common European Asylum System by 2012

According to the Commission, the 'asylum legislative package', i.e. the modified proposals on the Reception Conditions and the Asylum Procedures Directives will ensure faster, fairer and more efficient rules to the benefit of Member States and people seeking international protection. Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs stated on this issue that is why EU must respect its commitment to establish a Common European Asylum System by 2012.

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The Commission proposes better standards to boost European competitiveness

The European Council of 4 February, in its conclusions on the "Innovation Union", invited the Commission to make proposals to accelerate, simplify and modernize standardization procedures, notably to allow standards developed by industry to be turned into European standards. Now, the European Commission proposes a package of legislative and non-legislative measures to develop more and faster standards.

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The objectives of Digital Agenda progresses but still, there is much to do

The Scoreboard has been published by the European Commission showing the performance of the EU and Member States in delivering on the agreed targets of the Digital Agenda for Europe after the first year of its existence. Overall progress of the Digital Agenda has been good, especially on the use of Internet (65% of EU population). But progress in some areas is disappointing, in particular roll-out of new super fast Broadband networks.

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The European Data Protection Supervisor evaluation shows Data Retention Directive does not meet privacy requirements

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the European Commission's Evaluation Report on the Data Retention Directive in which the EDPS takes the view that the Directive does not meet the requirements imposed by the fundamental rights to privacy and data protection.

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