EDPS proposes to hold a debate on net neutrality to clarify how the data protection legal framework is applying to this …

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on the European Commission Communication on the open internet and net neutrality in Europe, in which he stressed the importance to hold a serious policy debate on net neutrality in order to make sure that users' confidentiality of communications is effectively protected.

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Commission clears acquisition of Skype by Microsoft

The European Commission approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of sole control of the Internet voice and video communication provider Skype by Microsoft Corporation.

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Agriculture Committee urged the Commission and Member states to take coordinated action to save bees

The Agriculture Committee at the European Parliament called for EU-wide action to save bees. This demand is done having regard that an estimated 84% of plant species and 76% of food production in Europe depend on pollination by bees. MEPs ask to step up investment in research and increasing funding for apiculture programmes after 2013.

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New covered bond purchase programme launched by the European Central Bank

The European Central Bank (ECB) has decided to launch a new purchase programme which consists in purchases for an intended amount of €40 billion and in purchases that will have the capacity to be conducted in the primary and secondary markets and will be carried out by means of direct purchases. On the other hand, the Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged.

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MEPs ask for more EU-wide cooperation on online gambling

The Internal Market Committee approved a resolution in which asks EU-wide cooperation to counter the black market and protect children and vulnerable consumers regarding online gambling. They also think EU Member States should be free to maintain their own rules on this

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European public is more concerned about climate change than the economic situation according to a poll

Two Europeans in three see climate change as a very serious problem and almost 80% consider that taking action to combat it can boost the economy and jobs. The results of a special Eurobarometer survey published shows that the European public is more concerned about climate change than it was in 2009.

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Innovation Union flagship initiative celebrates its first anniversary

October 6th 2011 marks the first anniversary of the Innovation Union (IU) flagship initiative, one of the cornerstones of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs. The Innovation Union has focused Europe's efforts – and co-operation with third countries - on challenges like climate change, energy and food security, health and an ageing population so far.

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Committee of the Regions and the Social Affairs Committee at the EP expressed concerns on the EC proposal for cohesion …

Committee of the Regions (CoR) President Mercedes Bresso opposed Commission plans to suspend all EU regional development funds for countries that breach European deficit rules. Elisabeth Morin-Chartier, responsible for the cohesion policy report at the European Parliament, expressed her concerns about a possible link between the allocation of funds to social projects and the respect for budget discipline required by the stability and growth pact.

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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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