The Commission proposes to modernise state aid rules

The Communication on State Aid Modernisation (SAM) adopted by the European Commission proposes focusing state aid policy on facilitating well-designed aid targeted at market failures and objectives of common European interest. It sets objectives of an ambitious reform package. The main elements of the reform shall be in place by the end of 2013.

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The flights in Europe are expected to decline by 1.3% in 2012

According to Eurocontrol, the first three months of 2012 saw a total of 2.12 million flights in Europe. With these figures, the Eurocontrol forecast is the decrease of the European flights. On the other hand, MEPs also questioned in a debate the Commission's recent proposals to address increasing air traffic congestion around and in Europe's main airports.

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9 May, Europe Day: Commission launches the biggest ever EU public consultation on citizens' rights

The European Commission launched on the Europe Day the broadest public consultation ever and asks citizens to set future agenda. The consultation will be open for four months during which time the public will be asked about the obstacles they face in exercising their rights as EU citizens, be it when travelling in Europe, when voting or standing as a candidate in elections or when shopping online.

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Dangerous products are more promptly removed from the EU market

Although China remains the number one country for the number of notifications on products, there has been a decrease from 58% in 2010 to 54% in 2011. According to the 2011 report of the EU's rapid alert system for non-food dangerous products ("RAPEX") dangerous, these products are detected earlier and more effectively.

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