An opinion from the European Data Protection Supervisor says that new tachographs invades the privacy of professional …

According to the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), the Commission proposal to revise the EU legislation on tachographs, which is meant to make use of new technological developments to improve the effectiveness of digital tachographs against manual ones, invades the privacy of professional drivers in a very visible way. The cause are the new technological developments to improve the effectiveness of digital tachographs, notably through the use of geo-location equipment and remote communication facilities.

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The Commission announced the 2012 European Border Breakers Awards winners

The top new talents in European pop music, the winners of the 2012 European Border Breakers Awards, were announced by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth and music festival Eurosonic Noorderslag.

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Commission adopted a legislative package for cohesion policy for the period from 2014 until 2020

The European Commission adopted a legislative package for cohesion policy for the period from 2014 until 2020 which is designed to boost growth and jobs across Europe by targeting EU investment on Europe's Growth and Jobs Agenda ("Europe 2020"). With this package, Commission lays foundations to boost impact of cohesion investments after 2013.

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€350 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to the France-Spain power interconnector

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has undertaken to participate in financing the France-Spain interconnector with a €350 million loan. This is the first trans-European direct current link using innovative converter technology. The commercial launch of the interconnector is scheduled for 2014.

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Environment Committee approved tougher pest and germ control products

MEPs at the Environment Committee consider that safety checks should be tightened up for pest and germ control products and more approvals should be managed at EU level. The proposed update to existing legislation covers a wide range of "biocides", but not those covered by other legislation, such as agricultural pesticides.

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MEPs seek to restore the draft budget proposed by the Commission, after cuts done by the Council in July

The Budgets Committee at the European Parliament finalised its position on EU Budget 2012 proposing changes to the modified proposal of the Council. Key changes proposed include increased spending on Palestine, maritime surveillance in the Mediterranean, managing refugee flows, EU2020 growth strategy-related programmes, funding for vegetable producers and development aid for Asia and South America. Proposed savings include €26 million on Common Foreign and Security Policy.

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