Commission investigates the Spanish plan to compensate digital terrestrial broadcasters

The European Commission opens in-depth investigation to examine whether a Spanish plan to compensate digital terrestrial broadcasters for the extra costs of parallel broadcasting, while services are re-allocated to another frequency to free the digital dividend, is in line with EU state aid rules.

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Commission calls on Member States to urgently modernise their higher education systems

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, speaking ahead of the two-yearly meeting of higher education ministers in Bucharest (Romania), in the framework of the Bologna Process, asked to urgently modernise their higher education systems and remove barriers to a fully functioning European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

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New Regulation adopted that establishes a clear threshold for the EU state aids

The European Commission adopted a Regulation for the provision that exempts from EU state aid rules aid of up to €500,000 per company over a three-year period that is granted as compensation for the provision of services of general economic interest (SGEI). The SGEI de minimis Commission Regulation adopted sets out the conditions under which support granted to SGEI providers does not constitute state aid within the meaning of Article 107 of the TFEU.

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In 2010, Sweden had the longest life expectancy at birth for men, while Lithuania had the shortest in the EU

In the framework of the European Year for Active Ageing, the European Commission published an article with the data gathered by Eurostat on life expectancy (LE) and Healthy Life Years' (HLY), an important European policy indicator. In particular, the figures in the EU in 2010 showed that Sweden had the longest LE at birth, at 79.6 years for men, and the HLY rate was of 71.7 years.

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The Employment Committee in the EP proposes an investment plan to tackle soaring youth unemployment

MEPs voted a resolution in the Employment and Social Affairs Committee in the European Parliament, which proposes a "European Investment Plan", reallocate EU structural funds to projects to create them for young people, and introduce a "European Youth Guarantee".

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The Council agreed in a partial general approach on the future EU cohesion policy

The General Affairs Council meeting ended with an agreement on the new rules for EU cohesion policy of the 2014-2020 period. However this first agreement is pending on the European Parliament's position in first reading. Overall, Council's position is aimed at strengthening results orientation and improving the quality of cohesion spending.
 

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