Commission presents a draft reform of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2013

The European Commission presented on October 12 a proposal to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which endorses a new partnership between Europe and its farmers. The project aims at making European agriculture more competitive, ensuring sustainable production, high food quality and promoting environmental conservation and revitalization of rural areas.

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Visa Information System (VIS) starts operations

From the morning of October 11, 2011 the so-called Visa Information System (VIS) is already in operation. The treatment of biometric data from visa holders using VIS will allow a faster exchange of information and will help to improve identification procedures. The first consular posts to be connected to the system will be those of North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia).

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President of the CoR agrees with the Commission on the importance of intermediate regions

At the celebration of the 9th edition of the Open Days, Mercedes Bresso, President of the Committee of the Regions defended the creation of a provisional intermediate category, which will be "intermediate" regions i.e. with a GDP of between 75% and 90% of the EU average, as it was proposed by the Commission.

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