For the first time in history, CAP reform plans were debated by ministers and MEPs

Farm policy reform plans were debated at a unique meeting of EP Agriculture Committee MEPs, Member States' farm ministers and the European Commission. This was the first time in the EU's history that legislative proposals for farm policy reform were discussed in the one room by the two co-deciding bodies - the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.

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Twelve trans-national projects on fighting violence in sport have received EU grants

The European Commission has awarded grants ranging from €125,000 to €200,000 to support initiatives aimed at tackling violence and intolerance in sport. In particular, twelve trans-national projects have received these grants as part of a package of 'preparatory actions' intended to pave the way for the launch of an EU sub-programme for sport.

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The directive which strengthens supervision of financial conglomerates, has been adopted by the Council

The Council adopted a directive amending the financial conglomerate directive (FICOD) in order to close loopholes and ensure appropriate supplementary supervision of financial entities in a financial conglomerate. In addition, at the Council meeting, Ministers also adopted a regulation approving the revised text of the OECD arrangement on officially supported export credits in order to ensure its application in EU law.

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Parliament's Budgets Committee approves a Global Transfer operation because of lack adequate funding

Budgets Committee at the European Parliament approved the transfer of €714 million from 46 budget lines with surpluses to 57 budget lines that lack adequate funding. According to this Committee, EU 2011 budget needs an extra €550 million despite the housekeeping transfers.

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€31.8 million to the Global Partnership for Education Fund between 2011 and 2013 committed by the EU

In order to improve basic education in over 46 developing countries, the EU will provide €31.8 million to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Fund between 2011 and 2013. This new support to education in developing countries is based in the EU's intention of achieving one of the objectives of the new "Agenda for Change".

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European Innovation Partnership committed to achieve that the average European citizen has two more active years to live …

The Steering Group of the pilot European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing reached an agreement to design an implementation plan towards the following objective: to ensure that the average European citizen has two more active and healthy years to live by 2020. The plan focuses on three main areas of life events: prevention, care and cure, and independent living.

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EU-funded project found evidence of a lost civilisation in Libya after Gaddafi's fall thanks to satellited imagery

A British team of researchers with EU funding from the European Research Council (ERC) has discovered more than 100 fortified farms and villages with castle-like structures and several towns, most dating from AD 1-500 in Libya’s south-western desert using satellites and air-photographs.

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€600,000 for a new Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom

The European Commission is establishing a Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom in Florence thanks to a grant of €600,000. The new Centre is foreseen to start in December 2011 under the Professor Pier Luigi Parcu presidency. Its main objective is to develop new ideas on how to ensure a highly diverse and free media.

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The first European workshop on medicines for eye disorders reviewed regulatory and scientific challenges

The European Medicines Agency hosted the first workshop on 27 and 28 October 2011 which assembled European and international experts to discuss the way forward in developing ophthalmology medicines. The participants also tackled the development of treatment in childhood eye disorders and they agreed that further discussion and research is needed before they can provide guidance in other areas such as trial designs and endpoints in inflammation of the eye.
 

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The Digital Agenda for Europe is Going Local in Spain

Going Local 2011 initiative from the European Commission in the framework of the Digital Agenda has its next stop in Spain. This edition will be celebrated with two different events, one in Madrid (digital contents) and the second one in Sevilla where topics such as the spectrum, eGovernment and social innovation topics will be discussed.

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Commission reaches an agreement with Israel to expand the cooperation in Galileo's programme

The Commission on behalf of the EU signed an agreement with Israel that will allow the EU’s Galileo global-navigation satellite system to establish a satellite receiving station in Israel. In addition, it has been also signed a deal on deepening cooperation in the field of tourism.

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European Medicines Agency introduces a simplified process for SME register

The European Medicines Agency has introduced a simplified process for handling requests from companies that wish to register as micro, small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The process expected to reduce the administrative burden on companies and to speed up the SMEs assignment and renewal process.

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