The EU will have a European Certificate of Succession

The European Parliament approved the new rules to easier the cross-border inheritances, thus avoiding costly legal disputes and cutting red tape for heirs. In addition, the new rules will create a European Certificate of Succession that would not be mandatory. These new rules will apply in the EU except in Denmark, UK and Ireland if the Council gives its final approval.

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In 2009, there were seventeen EU regions with GDP per capita above 150% of the average

Eurostat has published its figures for the regional GDP per capital in 2009. According to these figures, twenty two regions had a GDP per capita below 50% of the average and seventeen regions, above 150%, ranging from the 27% of the EU average in the region of Severozapaden in Bulgaria, to 332% of the average in Inner London in the United Kingdom.

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The Frontex's fundamental rights implementation is under an Ombudsman's investigation

The European Ombudsman has opened an inquiry into how the EU Agency Frontex implements its fundamental rights obligations. The investigation has been opened due to the number of civil society organisations that have questioned whether Frontex is doing enough to comply with the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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€5 million from EU-funds to boost international film projects

The European Commission has selected 35 film-related projects to receive a total of €5 million in funding from the MEDIA Mundus programme. The Commission expects that the projects will contribute to strengthen the distribution of European films in non-European markets and vice-versa.

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The Council asks to the Spanish authorities an additional effort to correct the excessive deficit

According to what it was agreed by the Council and after the assessment of the Eurogroup, the timely correction of the excessive deficit in Spain should be ensured by an additional frontloaded effort of the order of 0,5% of GDP, beyond what has already been announced by the Spanish authorities so far, and by an early adoption and strict implementation of the new mechanisms in the Budget Stability Law.

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The WTO appeal ruling in the Boeing case confirms illegal subsidies from United States

The European Commission welcomed the WTO appeal ruling in the “Boeing case” which confirms that the United States granted billions of dollars in illegally subsides to Boeing under WTO rules. The EU now expects the US to fully comply with this ruling and to implement the findings and obligations by withdrawing these injurious subsidies or their adverse effects.

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Announced the winners of the first Commission's Challenge on multi-modal journey planners

The First Smart Mobility Challenge on European multi-modal journey planners has already its winners. Particularly, in the category of 'operational journey planners' the two winners are Idos and Trenitalia, and in the category of 'innovative ideas' the winners are Penelope Ventures GmbH and SNCF. With this initiative, the Commission intends to promote the development of all-in-one journey planners.

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