Better protected children with the new EU rules to strengthen toy safety

Since 20 of July, new EU rules on toy safety entered into force. With the new Toys Directive all actors involved in the production, selling and control of toys on the EU market will get more responsibilities to better protect children. The new directive addresses a wide range of issues to ensure that toys do not present any health hazards or risk of injury.

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The registration for the Open Days 2011 is now opened

The OPEN DAYS is a key event at which cities and regions showcase their capacity for creating growth and jobs, implementing European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local level for good European governance. The preliminary programme for this event can now be downloaded, and registration is available in the event website.

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New European study progresses on how cancer cells can resist the effects of chemotherapy

A team of researchers from the Dublin-based Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) carried out a comprehensive study of cancer cells, which shows how cancer cells react to chemotherapy. This new knowledge will move forward the development of increasingly effective cancer treatments and could go some way to reducing relapse.

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Commission adopted a promotion programme to help fresh vegetables market after E.coli crisis

A special promotion programme for fruit and vegetables has been adopted by the Commission to address the difficulties faced by this sector following the E.coli crisis. The objetive is to promote European fresh products on the internal market and in third countries.

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Entered into force the new rule to improve the safety of electronic products

On 21 of July, new rules to ban heavy metals and other dangerous chemicals in electrical and electronic equipment in a wider range of products enters into force. The new Directive is now been extended to all electronic equipment, cables and spare parts in order to protect the consumers and the environment. Member States have now 18 months to transpose the new rules.

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MEPs welcomed €200 million on development aid for South Sudan

MEPs welcomed the allocation by the EU of €200 million to support the implementation of the Government of South Sudan's forthcoming "2011-13 Development Plan" for projects related to education, health, agriculture, food security and democratic governance.

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