MEPs called for talks on a possible trade deal with the US to start in 2013

The European Parliament approved a resolution in which points out the huge potential for growth and jobs on both sides of the Atlantic but caution that the EU's interests must be protected, especially in the farm sector. The Parliament calls in the non-binding resolution for negotiations to begin in the first half of 2013.

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The Commission proposed to create a Fund to help the most deprived persons in the EU

The European Commission presented its proposal to set up a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived. It will count wiht a budget of €2.5 billion for the Fund during the period 2014-2020. Member States would be responsible for paying 15% of the costs of their national programmes, with the remaining 85% coming from the Fund.

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European Parliament requests to member states to urgently merge national air traffic control spaces in Europe

A resolution adopted by MEPs asks to member states to implement the Single European Sky compromise. National air traffic control spaces in Europe urgently need to be merged so as to clear congestion, boost safety, reduce flight times, delays and fares, create jobs and cut CO2 emissions, according to them.

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New Commission's action plan for online gambling

The European Commission presented an action plan that includes a series of initiatives over the next two years aimed at clarifying the regulation of online gambling and encouraging cooperation between Member States.

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The European Parliament refused the Council budget proposal for 2013

The €1.9 billion cuts proposed by the Council in areas that MEPs believe are vital to boost the economy, were refused by the European Parliament in a vote on the budget proposal for 2013. The Council highlights with particular concern that the European Parliament's amendments considerably reduce the margins under the expenditure ceilings of the current multiannual financial framework or even delete it.

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