The Commission asks to six countries to implement EU rules on mergers and divisions

Five Member States have not yet implemented the Directive regarding simplified reporting and documentation requirements in case of mergers and divisions. Also the Commission asks to United Kingdom to implement those parts of the Directive it has so far failed to. If the Commission does not receive a satisfactory reply within two months, it may refer the matter to the Court of Justice.

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13 Member States have not yet implemented ban on laying hen cages

The European Commission asked to 13 Member States to ake action to address deficiencies in the implementation of EU legislation concerning the welfare of animals. In particular, the letter of formal notice sent by the Commission, urges to implement ban on laying hen cages.

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The Commission presents the website to register the European Citizens' Initiatives

Although a European Citizen' Initiative (ECI) cannot be submitted before the 1 of April 2012, when the Regulation setting out the procedures enters into force, the European Commission has already presented the website where citizens can officially register a ECI. The presentation was held during a conference celebrated in Brussels which brought together key players involved in using the ECI.

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Cloud Computing will change European economy, according to Commissioner Kroes

The Commissioner responsible for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, highlighted in a speech given at the World economic forum in Davos, that the EU needs to act to support speedy uptake of Cloud Computing in Europe. She also insisted that is key to act through joint public procurement across borders, especially bearing in mind that public IT procurement is large but fragmented.

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€194 billion spent on defence by 26 Member States in 2010

The 26 participating Member States spent a total of €194 billion on defence in 2010, according to the European Defence Agency. The same year, the US defence expenditure was the equivalent of €520 billion (or $689 billion). In addition, while the EU aggregated defence expenditure decreased, US expenditure increased.

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