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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MEPs call for urgent measures to halve food waste by 2025

The Agriculture Committee approved a resolution which asks for EU and national measures to improve the efficiency of the food supply and consumption chains, sector by sector, e.g. by promoting direct relations between producers and consumers and to tackle food wastage as a matter of urgency. The Committee added that a better education is need to avoid excessive waste.

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Two new Regulations proposed by the Commission to strengthen budgetary surveillance in the euro area

The Commission presented two additional pieces of legislation aimed at strengthening the surveillance mechanisms and promoting further economic integration and convergence in the euro area. The first piece of proposed legislation will apply to all countries in the euro area, with special provisions made for those which are subject to an excessive deficits procedure (EDP). The second sets out explicit rules for enhanced surveillance.

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€1.8 billion on the budget for the next Creative Europe programme

The European Commission presented its Creative Europe programme which intends to boost cultural and creative industries in the EU. TV, culture, music, performing arts, heritage and related areas would benefit from increased EU support.

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The Erasmus Programme proposal includes funding for five million students

The European Commission presented its proposal for the next Erasmus programme. The new EU programme could get the chance to study or train abroad up to 5 million people, almost twice as many as now. In addition, Master's degree students would also benefit from a new loan guarantee scheme set up with the European Investment Bank Group.

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A European project seeks to foster health research relations with the Eastern European and Central Asian countries

The EECALINK project has as priority fostering stronger health research relations between the EU and the Eastern European and Central Asian countries (EECA). In order to accomplish such objective, it is targeting three key stakeholders: policymakers, university and academic partners, and the wider research public.

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MEPs call for the creation of a single transport area for goods and passengers

The Transport Committee adopted a resolution in which sets targets for safe and sustainable transport by 2020 and calls for the abolition of all remaining barriers and borders in order to complete the creation of a single transport area for goods and passengers which is competitive, co-modal and resource efficient.

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Legal Affairs Committee approves a mandate to open formal negotiations with national governments to create unitary patent

According to MEPs, the EU patent package is closer to final approval after the Legal Affairs Committee at the EP approved a mandate to open formal negotiations with national governments to agree to create unitary patent. The approval would reduce current patenting costs by up to 80%, and would help to avoid the legal confusion created when dealing with differing national patent laws.

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The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) wants to ensure data protection on the Internal Market Information System

In an Opinion, EDPS calls for strengthening of proposed Regulation on the Internal Market Information System. In particular, the EDPS supports a consistent approach to data protection in establishing an electronic system for the exchange of information, including relevant personal data.

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Increase of the endangered species in Europe

The European Red List shows that a considerable portion of Europe’s native fauna and flora, finding that a large proportion of molluscs, freshwater fish and vascular plants now fall into the threatened category. The List also highlights that many species protected under the EU Habitats Directive and included in the Natura 2000 network of protected areas now have an improved chance of survival.

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MEPs agree that the crisis should not be an excuse to cut development aid

The Joint Assembly of MEPs and their counterparts from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries held in Togo focuses this occasion on the consequences of the Arab Spring in Sub-Saharan Africa, the impact of indebtedness on development aid and the food crisis in the Horn of Africa.

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The Commission proposes to reinforce the cooperation with non-EU partner countries in the renewed EU migration strategy

The European Commission proposes to strengthen dialogue and operational cooperation with non-EU partner countries in the area of migration and mobility. The Commission is therefore setting up a strategic policy framework for migration and development clear and consistent. Within the strategy, Mobility Partnerships will be offered to the EU's immediate Neighbourhood and to Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt in the first instance.

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