Bulgaria and Luxembourg are not complying with the EU rules on defence procurement

The European Commission acted to ensure that this two Member States comply with their obligations to implement EU rules on defence procurement. In particular, the Commission is concerned that they have failed to fulfil their commitments under the Directive regarding procurement of arms, munitions and war material for defence purposes, and also the procurement of sensitive supplies, works and services for security purposes. The European Institution may refer the matter to the Court of Justice if the national authorities do not reply satisfactorily within two months.

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The Council authorised one single regional Euro-Mediterranean convention on preferential rules of origin

The General Affairs Council meeting adopted the regional Convention on pan-Euro-Mediterranean preferential rules of origin which supposes a single legal instrument. This convention is going to facilitate the application of identical rules of origin for the purpose of diagonal cumulation of origin for goods traded in the Euro-Mediterranean zone.

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The highest shares of computing graduates were registered in 2009 in Malta, Austria, Spain, Cyprus and Estonia

Eurostat published its figures in computer skills registered in 2009 on the occasion of the e-Skills Week 2012. According to this figures, the share of computing graduates was 3.4% of all university graduates in 2009, compared with 4.0% in 2005 in the EU. In addition, the share of individuals having used a PC varies between 50% in Romania to 96% in Sweden.

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The European Commission proposes new rules for ship recycling and their dismantling

The proposed new rules intend to ensure that European ships are only recycled in facilities that are safe for workers and environmentally sound. In particular, the Commission proposes a system of survey, certification and authorisation for large commercial seagoing European vessels, covering their whole life cycle from construction to operation and recycling.

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In 2011, the number of asylum applicants registered in the EU were 301,000

According to the latest figures published by Eurostat, the number of asylum applicants rose in 2011 to 301,000. In 2010, there were 259,000 asylum applicants. The main countries of citizenship of these applicants were Afghanistan, Russia, Pakistan, Iraq and Serbia, and the highest number of applicants recorded in France, Germany and Italy.

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European regions and cities commit to make cities greener, more socially inclusive and more competitive

Mayors and President of the Regions from all EU Member States adopted the “Copenhagen Declaration”. The Declaration expresses the political will of European cities and regions to achieve a sustainable urban development. Moreover, cities and regions called upon the European Union to share its best practices.

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