The lowest regional unemployement rates were recorded in the Netherlands and in Austria in 2010

Regional unemployment rates varied widely across the EU in 2010, with the lowest rates recorded in the regions of Zeeland in the Netherlands and Bolzano/Bozen in Italy as well as Tirol and Salzburg in Austria, while the highest rates were registered in the French Overseas Department of Réunion and the regions of Canarias and Andalucía in Spain.

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The Council adopts a single permit for third-country nationals

The European Council adopted a single permit and a common set of rights for third-country nationals throughout the EU. The text aims to simplify the procedures for the admission of third-country nationals to reside and work in the EU and to facilitate the control of their status.

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The stress test of nuclear power plants are progressing well

The European Commission published a first Communication on the European stress tests of nuclear power plants. According to the Communication, the European stress tests of nuclear power plants are well on track and will further enhance nuclear safety and security in the EU. The final results will be known in 2012 once the tests are finalised.

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MEPs want that the reform negotiations on cohesion policy are completed by the end of 2012

The Regional Development and Employment Committee debated the cohesion policy reform proposals tabled by the Commission. Among the conclusions drawn from the debate, MEPs welcomed the regulation on provisions common to the various EU structural funds as a big step forward which should enhance the efficiency with which regional policy is implemented by better integrating its components.

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Commission announces that there is no need to change the EU rules on Universal Service

The European Commission indicated that there not should be any fundamental change to the basic concept, principles or scope of EU rules on Universal Service. This conclusion is based on a public consultation and its third periodic review of the scope of this service.

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