MEPs have given green light for more flexible use of new vaccines to treat Bluetongue disease

The new rules to enable new bluetongue vaccines to be used more efficiently, and thus make farmers' lives easier have been approved by the European Parliament. This decision is aimed to combat several epidemic waves of disease have hit many EU Member States since the early 2000s, causing significant losses of livestock.

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The European Research Council helps to spur innovation with the Proof of Concept grants

The European Research Council (ERC) announced the conclusion of its competition for Proof of Concept funding. In this call, a total of 52 grants have now been awarded. Worth up to €150,000 each, these 'top up' grants are designed to help ERC-funded 'blue sky' research maximise value.

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Public consultation opened on state aid rules for the maritime sector

The European Commission has launched a public consultation in order to get stakeholders' views on the application of the 2004 EU Guidelines on state aid to maritime transport. In light of the comments received, the Commission will decide afterwards whether the Guidelines need to be revised. Contributions can be made until 14 May 2012.

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Youth unemployment remains very worrying in the EU according to a Commission's report

The European Commission published its figures for the unemployment in December 2011 which show that the number of unemployed people in the EU stood at 23.8 million, i.e. 1.1 million more than in March 2011, when the declining trend in unemployment was reversed. Moreover, youth unemployment rate did not rise further in December 2011 compared to November; it stands at 22.1%.

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The Commission seeks an economy more innovative and more sustainable for Europe

The strategy and action plan proposed by the European Commission is addressed to shift the European economy towards greater and more sustainable use of renewable resources. According to the Commission, this plan will help to get renewable biological resources for secure and healthy food and feed, as well as for materials, energy, and other products.

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The European Commission clears acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google

The European Commission approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a developer of smartphones and tablets, by Google, the world's largest internet search and search advertising company and developer of Android.

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