The number of actions brought to the three judicial organs of the Court of Justice grew in 2011

The EU Court of Justice published its latests statistics concerning judicial activity. In 2011, it was reached a new record in the number of actions brought before and disposed of by the three judicial organs of the Court of Justice of the European Union. However increased efficiency and significant internal reforms have not completely absorbed the increase in caseload.

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The EU decided to launch negotiations on a free trade area with Armenia

The Commission announced the opening negotiations on a deep and comprehensive free trade area with Armenia in order to boost economic growth and investment with this Eastern European Partner. The negotiations will not only tackle market access conditions but also focus on regulatory approximation, which will help to achieve a closer economic integration of Armenia with the EU.

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The Commission consults on the possibles changes to the European company law

The public consultation opened by the Commission is aimed at doing an in-depth reflection on how to adapt the European company law framework to the new landscape of the 21st century. On this way, the Commission collects inputs on the general orientation of European company law and on more specific initiatives that could be envisaged in the future

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The reforms needed in the different Member States should be socially balanced

The Council held a discussion based on the Annual Growth Survey (AGS) in which ministers pointed out that fiscal consolidation efforts should be accompanied by enhanced employment and social policies. In addition, the great majority of ministers expressed concerns about the sharp rise of youth unemployment and therefore, tackling youth unemployment is a top priority.

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Eurocontrol identifies in air navigation, a number of key safety areas to improve

The Safety Regulation Commission (SRC) from Eurocontrol has confirmed in its 2011 annual safety report that Europe has met its safety targets as set by ECAC for ATM-related accidents. However, Eurocontrol, has also informed on the lack of resources and qualified staff at national level dedicated to safety data collection and analysis, as one of the safety areas to improve.

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EU-funded project shows consumers how to reduce energy usage

The Digital Environment Home Energy Management System (DEHEMS) project presented by the Commission shows that, when consumers receives more information about their energy use, and can share and compare this with neighbours and family, they is more likely to change their behaviour.

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