The Commission proposes to limit global land conversion for biofuel production

The new European Commission's proposal on biofuels intends to minimise the climate impacts of biofuel production. It therefore proposes to limit global land conversion for biofuel production, and raise the climate benefits of biofuels used in the EU.

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Revising rules on radio equipment to avoiding interferences

The European Commission proposed to update the Radio Equipment Directive to make sure all market players comply with the rules regarding the avoidance of interference. The Commission also proposes to clarify and simplify the Directive, to facilitate its application and to eliminate unnecessary burden ultimately increasing all stakeholders' confidence in the regulatory framework.

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The Commission promotes women entrepreneurship during the SME Week 2012

The European Commission focuses this year's SME Week in promoting women entrepreneurship. According to the Commission, women's entrepreneurial potential is underexploited and the EU needs more women entrepreneurs to create growth and new jobs.

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Rules on public procurement need to be changed to tackle the mafia in the EU

The new special committee on organised crime in the European Parliament proposed to include a Union-wide definition of mafia-related crimes, the possibility of seizing criminal assets and using them to benefit the community, new rules on public procurement and the creation of an EU prosecutor, among other things, to tackle the mafia.

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New partial general approach agreed on rules for EU cohesion policy for 2014-2020 period

A third general approach, which is a political agreement of the Council pending the adoption of a first-reading position by the European Parliament, was agreed by the Council on the cohesion policy legislative package. The approach is partial since some elements are excluded, in particular the sums to be devoted to cohesion policy and the eligibility of different regions.

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