New EU humanitarian aid funding to the victims of the latest floods in Pakistan and in Bangladesh

The European Commission will provide €10 million in emergency relief to the victims of the monsoon floods in Pakistan and €5 million to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs of Bangladeshis. The Commission's humanitarian assistance will reach out to the victims, bringing them shelter, food, water and healthcare.

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The industry in the EU has been affected by the Japanese tsunami in recent months

Manufacturing production was 4.5% higher than a year ago, but was almost unchanged compared to the first quarter, in the last three months to July 2011. In addition, EU manufacturing production in recent months has been affected by supply disruptions stemming from the Japanese tsunami.

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Five Member States signed a Memorandum of Understanding on safeguarding biological information

An EU-funded pan-European initiative to operate a sustainable infrastructure for managing and safeguarding biological information in Europe has been given the go-ahead by five European countries. The Memorandum signed represents a first step towards the implementation and construction of a sustainable infrastructure for managing and safeguarding biological information in Europe. The researchers of this initiative hope that it will support life science research and its translation to related fields in medicine, the environment and bio-industries.

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European countries need to adapt their higher education systems to meet the challenges resulting from rapid societal change

According to a Commission report, Europe urgently needs to address the social dimension of higher education more forcefully and coherently, particularly in view of the economic downturn. Member States need to open up opportunities for more people to benefit from higher education, matching this objective with coherent measures, funding and monitoring to evaluate their impact.

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The Ecofin gives a boost to the Economic Governance Package for the EU

Finance Ministers of the EU have reached an agreement on Economic Governance Package. The Polish Presidency will now complete the necessary formal procedures in order to make possible for the European Parliament to vote the package already. According to the Ecofin, the new rules will improve budgetary discipline in the Member States and strengthen stability of the EU economy.

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