Awarded prizes to the winners of the competitions on creative reuse of open data

European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes awarded prizes to the winners of the Open Data Challenge and Hack4Europe! competitions at the Digital Agenda Assembly. European public bodies produce thousands of datasets every year - from how our tax money is spent to the quality of the air we breathe. This data can be reused in products such as car navigation systems, weather forecasts, and travel information apps.

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The Commission welcomed the agreement on new rules to establish a more competitive rail market

The agreement reached by transport ministers on new EU rules setting out how competition on the rail market must work in practice has been welcomed by the Commission. According to the Commission Vice-President and responsible for transport Siim Kallas, the new rules will ensure that opportunities to compete exist not just in theory but in practice and passengers and companies will get more choice and better quality services.

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The European Commission opens a public consultation on how to strengthen mutual trust in the field of detention

Viviane Reding, EU Justice Commissioner, presented a Green Paper asking ten questions on how to strengthen mutual trust in the field of detention. The Green Paper kicks off a public consultation that it has as main goal to seek views on detention in the EU's area of justice, in order to explore more closely the links between detention issues and mutual trust in such area.

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EP Budgets Committee asks that essential investment goes to support education and social inclusion

On its first formal response to the Commission's draft budget for 2012, EP Budgets Committee stated that essential investments must go ahead without delay to support education and social inclusion, reduce poverty and develop a knowledge-based society.

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A EU-funded research helps to improve communication in crisis situations

Thanks to a new EU-funded research, communication between rescue workers after a terrorist attack or a natural disaster could soon be made more efficient. Researchers constructed an Internet-based 'app' that can keep rescuers and their central control room in touch independently, opposed to relying on central wireless access points or the TETRA police radio system.

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