The airlines should paid the expenses incurred by the cancellation of a flight

According to the conclusions from the Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston, an airline should provide adequate care (e.g. accommodation, meals, and telephone calls) while awaiting a later flight in case of a cancelled flight. Therefore, passengers may claim reimbursement of reasonable expenditure incurred where an airline fails to provide such care and assistance.

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A Eurobarometer opinion poll indicates strong support for a tax on financial transactions

The Eurobarometer survey on "Europeans and the crisis" is an opinion poll carried out by the European Parliament covering views on the economic crisis. The results shows a strong support for a tax on financial transactions. In addition, a majority of Europeans believe that overall the euro has not mitigated the effects of the crisis.

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The Competitiveness Council gave its green light to the unitary patent protection

The Council agreed on general approaches on two draft regulations implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of unitary patent protection. The Council use the enhanced cooperation to launch the procedure. It was requested by 25 out of 27 EU member states with the aim of establishing a unitary patent that will be valid across the territory of the participating member states. All member states except Italy and Spain were in favour of the use of enhanced cooperation.

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The EU and Canada have reached agreement on an equivalency in organics product

The review of the EU and Canada's rules for organic production and control systems have led to the conclusion that in both the rules governing production and controls of organic agricultural products are equivalent to those laid down in each other's legislation. The equivalency reached will facilitate and hence boost trade in agricultural organic products between the EU and Canada.

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European researchers are working on better tools for the European manufacturing industry

The ConTemp project has as main goal to develop self-learning adaptive process controls to stabilise machining conditions in order to help out the European manufacturing industry. In particular, a part of this project is focused on tool temperature as it does have a significant influence on workpiece quality and tool wear and in turn on manufacturing productivity.

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The Macro-Regional Strategies are progressing positively

The European Commission welcomed the positive outcome on the new progress report on the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. In addition, the European Council met on 23 and 24 of June and gave its endorsement to the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, adopted by the Commission last December.

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The EU leaders endorse Roma integration plan

The Presidency's report on Roma inclusion has been endorsed by the EU leaders at the European Council meeting on 23 and 24 of June. The EU framework for national Roma integration strategies up to 2020 has as main goals the preparation, updating and development of Member States' national Roma inclusion strategies. The EU leaders asked for an application of the sets of policy measures within their broader social inclusion policies for improving the situation of the Roma by the end of 2011.

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EU public procurement legislation should be reformed to simplify procedures

The results published by the European Commission on the evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of EU public procurement legislation shows that the current framework has saved around €20 billions. The responses also reveal that the priority should be given to simplification, improving market access and fostering innovation.

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The European Council foresees to sign the Accession Treaty with Croatia before the end of 2011

The European Council met on 23 and 24 of June and decided to invite the Council to take all necessary decisions for the conclusion of the accession negotiations with Croatia by the end of June 2011. Therefore, the signature of the Accession Treaty with this country is foreseen to be done before the end of the year. With this decision, Croatia will become the 28th Member State of the European Union.

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The Commission adopted its new Anti-Fraud Strategy

The European Commission is determined to push the fight against fraud a step further. Thus, the new Strategy will cover the whole "anti-fraud cycle" with specific strategies adopted in order to cover the work of Commission's project officers, finance staff and auditors in charge of dealing with EU funds, such as Structural Funds or the European Fisheries Funds.

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European researchers shown that bandwidth Internet can be up to ten times as speedy

Researchers from the EUREKA telecommunications cluster CELTIC-Plus project '100GET are working on how advancements in delivery are needed beyond laying more optic cables to meet increasing bandwidth demand. The team kept the focus on both data transfer and networking aspects, and discovered efficiencies that ensure bandwidth capacity for the Internet can be increased dramatically, Internet could be up to ten times as speedy.

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MEPs voted for a greener agricultural policy

On the future of the Common Agricultural Policy the Parliament is staking out its position for the next long-term budgetary period, running from 2014 to 2020. MEPs want to keep the EU agriculture budget unchanged until 2020 so that farmers have incentives to provide secure food supplies, environmental protection, create new jobs and provide for a competitive EU farming sector.

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