The European Protection Order gets Parliament support

MEPs approved that crime victims will get similar protection from their aggressors in all EU Member States thanks to the European Protection Order. This new rule aims to protect victims of, for instance, gender violence, harassment, abduction, stalking or attempted murder in all Europe. Now, Member States will have three years to transpose this directive into national law.

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MEPs support an increase in co-financing rates under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

The European Parliament backs the measure which propose to help spur economic recovery by speeding up investment and boosting competitiveness with the paying up to 95% of the costs of rural development projects in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Latvia and Romania.

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The Council encourages to Member States to apply the principle of net neutrality

The Council conclusions on the open internet and net neutrality in Europe invite Member States to ensure the rapid development of broadband. Telecommunications Ministers also agreed on the need to ensure the open and neutral character of the Internet as their policy objective.

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Commission presents the European Expert Network on Culture website

The European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) new website will publish online activities and other relevant resources in the field of European cultural policy and cultural cooperation. The website aims to become a useful gateway to specialised information for all those interested in this field, including cultural professionals, academics and students.

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European Court of Auditors concludes that the control of customs procedure 42 does not prevent and detect VAT evasion

A special report published by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) shows that customs procedure 42, which is a mechanism an EU importer uses in order to obtain a VAT exemption, has led to significant losses to national budgets. ECA calculates that the extrapolated amount of the losses in 2009 is approximately €2200 million.

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A report shows that collection and treatment compliance rates on urban waste water could still improve

The European Commission published its latest report on Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive implementation which confirms that work is progressing well but that collection and treatment compliance rates could still improve. According to the report, most EU-15 urban waste water collection systems are very effective and capture 99% of their target waters.

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Commission launches public consultation on plans for breaking down barriers to European with disabilities

The Commission has launched a public consultation which seeks to prepare the future proposal for a European Accessibility Act. In particular, the consultation is aimed at gathering views from businesses, people with disabilities and the general public and will remain open until 29 February 2012. Additionally, it is fully accessible.

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EU Member States will improve the monitoring of financial instruments related to EU cohesion policy

The European Commission welcomed the approval by the Council the monitoring and reporting on financial instruments available under cohesion policy. Thanks to this new rule, the Commission will be able to produce accurate and comprehensive accounts, which give a true image of the Union's assets and of the actual budgetary implementation.

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Local and regional governments call for an active involvement in the European governance

According to the local and regional leaders, the new model of European governance must also involve citizens, businesses, civil society and any other relevant stakeholders in order to reach these common goals. They also stresses the need of the full participation of local and regional authorities to achieve the Europe 2020 strategy objectives.

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The Council reached an agreement on the single European railway area

The Transport Council achieved a political agreement on the draft directive on a single European railway area. In addition the European Ministers reached a partial agreement on a draft regulation on tachographs uses in road transport and a general approach on the update of the directive on the minimum level of training for seafarers.

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Uncovered by an EU-funded study the gene that causes spread of skin cancer

A new EU-funded study has uncovered the specific gene that must be present before malignant melanoma can spread. Earlier studies using cancer cell lines implicated P-Rex1 in prostate, breast and ovarian cancer, but this is the first time it has been shown to be involved in the metastasis of melanoma.

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Commission proposes to tackle serious crime through the EUROSUR mechanism

The European Commission proposed to establish a European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) to increase coordination within and between Member States to prevent and tackle serious crime. Commission stresses that the increased exchange of information and the use of modern surveillance technology introduced by EUROSUR can also be vital for saving the lives of migrants attempting to reach the shores of EU Member States in small and unseaworthy boats.

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