European Commission sets up the eHealth Network

According to the provisions of the Directive 2011/24/EU on Patients' Rights in Cross-border Healthcare, the European Commission has adopted a Decision establishing the eHealth Network. The Network will bring together the national authorities responsible for eHealth on a voluntary basis to work on common orientations for eHealth.

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Europeans still see the EU as the most effective actor against the crisis

According to Autumn 2011 Standard Eurobarometer, Europeans still consider the European Union as the most effective actor in giving solutions to the crisis. About 23% of European citizens see the EU more effective in tackling the effects of the crisis than national governments and international organizations. All this despite general confidence has fallen significantly.

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The Commission issues guidelines to ensure gender non-discrimination in insurance premiums

The European Commission has adopted a series of guidelines aimed to ensure that different premiums for men and women are not included in insurance policies. These guidelines are a response to the call from different stakeholders for practical guidance on the implications of a recent ruling from the European Court of Justice who declared these clauses contrary to EU law.

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European research finds new patterns to predict the spread of wildfires

A German-US team of scientists has demonstrated how threshold values for wildfires exist and could help to set standards in order to improve predictions about how and when these fires can change. These findings put forward by EU-funded project PATRES may also help to reconsider fire fighting strategies.

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Benchmarking study shows that output based funding for EU research grants could generate important benefits

In order to provide an answer for the call from stakeholders to substantially simplify the European research framework programme, the Directorate General Enterprise and Industry commissioned a benchmarking and impact assessment study. As a result some overall benefits have been identified in providing output based funding that could lead to better results and support the achievement of FP7 and FP8 policy objectives.

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The European Union takes one more step forward for the Millennium Development Goals Initiative

The European Commission has decided to grant additional aid for countries where less progress in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. This additional aid granted by the European Union will target 36 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific and will focus on reducing hunger, child mortality, improve maternal health and access to water.

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