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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The Commission seeks safer, more effective and innovative medical devices

The European Commission proposed two Regulations that aim to ensure that patients, consumers and healthcare professionals can reap the benefits of safe, effective and innovative medical devices. The medical device sector is highly innovative, particularly in Europe and has an estimated market value of around €95 billions.

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MEPs highlighted that EU citizens still do not benefit fully from the single market

The Internal Market Committee in the European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution which points to difficulties for EU citizens at opening bank accounts, registering cars and having professional qualifications recognized in the EU and blames these problems on member states' reluctance to implement EU rules swiftly, coordinate with each other and inform citizens of their rights.

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New support granted by the EU to the African Union Mission in Somalia

The European Union has decided to provide new support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), that will allow it to continue to fulfil its mandate and to reach its total strength of 17,731, as authorised by the UN. EU support covers costs such as troop allowances, costs of the police and civilian component of the mission, medical care, housing, fuel, and communication equipment.

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