EU auditors found problems in water and sanitation projects carried out in sub-Saharan Africa

The European Court of Auditors concluded that fewer than half of the projects examined - 23 projects in 6 sub-Saharan countries - satisfactorily met the beneficiaries’ needs. Despite this conclusion, the Court found that EU support had increased access to drinking water and basic sanitation, using standard technology and locally available materials.

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The Council Working party on e-Law suggested the implementation of the European Legislation Identifier

The Council welcomed the initiative of a number of Member States to develop, on a voluntary basis at the national level, the European Legislation Identifier (ELI). The Council approved on its conclusions for the 24 of September the Working party on e-Law suggestion that would mean a new unique identifier and structured metadata to reference legislation published in the official journals and legal gazettes of different legal systems.

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Provisional agreement between the Council and MEPs to make motorbikes safer and greener

Negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement which lays down approval and market surveillance rules for all L-category vehicles in the EU, i.e. about 30 million mopeds, scooters, motorbikes, all-terrain vehicles and quads. According to MEPs, the agreement will make motorbikes safer and greener.

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President of the Eurogroup welcomed the entry into force of the European Stability Mechanism

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the Eurogroup announced on 27 September that the Treaty establishing the European Stability Mechanism (ESM Treaty) will enter into force following the deposit by Germany of its instrument of ratification. In addition, the representatives of the parties signed an agreement on the interpretation for the Article 8(5) of the ESM Treaty and the Article 32(5), Article 34 and Article 35(1).

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The European Commission wants to speed up and increase the use of cloud computing across the economy

The new strategy presented by the European Commission to drive European business and government productivity via cloud computing, is based in "unleashing the potential of cloud computing in Europe". The actions foreseen seek to deliver a net gain of 2.5 million new European jobs, and an annual boost of €160 billion to EU GDP by 2020.

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Stronger controls proposed on drug precursors in the Single Market and at the EU borders through Customs

The European Commission seeks to close loopholes in current legislation on drug precursors - legal chemicals contained in a wide range of products, including pharmaceuticals, perfumes and plastics, but which can also be illegally diverted to produce narcotics. It is proposed to reinforce the controls on specific chemicals, both within the Single Market and at the EU borders through Customs.

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MEPs want that investors would have to be offered financial products that are tailored to their needs

The Economic Affairs Committee in the European Parliament wants to apply new updates to the EU directive and regulation on markets in financial instruments, that would apply to almost all such instruments and almost all market players, in order to get that financial products are tailored to the investors' needs, and so they should be less likely to be misled.

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The Commission proposes open negotiations with key partners to boost the EU's aviation industry

The European Commission presented am ambitious package of proposals to boost the international competitiveness of the EU's aviation industry, which include opening negotiations with key partners to access new business opportunities in the fast growing markets, developing new tools to fight unfair competition and creating the right regulatory conditions to stimulate investment.

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The Eurocloud server project seeks to make the “cloud” greener

An EU-funded research project, the Eurocloud project, looks set to drastically cut the electricity and the installation costs of servers in cloud computing data centres. It has adapted low-power microprocessor technologies, typically used in mobile phones, to work on a much larger scale. Preliminary measurements show that using these technologies reduces power needs by 90%, compared to conventional servers.

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The EESC highlights the need of success on the Europe 2020 strategy and the next Multiannual Financial Framework

Members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an opinion on the cost of non-Europe. They stressed that it is important in mapping a way out of the financial crisis, but also because it is crucial to the success of the Europe 2020 strategy and the next Multiannual Financial Framework.

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Boosting growth and jobs in cultural and creative sectors through a new strategy

The European Commission launched a new plan aimed at unlocking the full potential of the cultural and creative sectors in the EU to boost jobs and growth. In particular, this strategy aims to increase the competitiveness and export potential of these sectors, as well as to maximise their spill-over benefits for other areas such as innovation, ICT and urban regeneration.

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The EU shows that fails to meet its obligations in the WTO Boeing case

The European Commission decided to challenge the United States non-compliance at the WTO, following the review of US efforts to comply with a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling on illegal subsidies in the so-called "Boeing case". The European Union shows that the US has not lived up to its obligations.

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