New tougher rules for motorbikes in the EU

MEPs adopted in plenary session the new legislation that makes motorbikes safer and greener. This new legislation will apply to all powered two- and three-wheel vehicles, from mopeds to heavy motorcycles, and also quads, as of 2016.

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MEPs called for common EU technical and security standards for card payments

The European Parliament adopted a resolution which calls for future EU rules to make paying cheap, easy and safe card payments. According to MEPs, common EU technical and security standards would make card payments easier to handle, and fees charged for handling them should reflect real costs.

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The EU and the US commit to make the Internet a safer and better place for children

Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda and the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano signed a Joint Declaration in London, committing to make the Internet a safer and better place for children. Among the commitments signed, they agreed to implement joint campaigns on the occasion of an annual Safer Internet Day.

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New proposal for fishing opportunities for 2013

The European Commission presented its proposal for fishing opportunities for fish stocks under international agreements in 2013. International negotiations for many of the stocks concerned are still on-going. It will be completed once negotiations with third parties and organisations have taken place.

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The EU expressed grave concern about the situation in Gaza and Israel

The Foreign Affairs Council meeting took stock of developments in the Middle East Peace Process among other issues. It expressed its grave concern about the situation in Gaza and Israel and called for an urgent de-escalation and cessation of hostilities. The Council also welcomed the formation of the national Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces and considered them legitimate representatives of the aspirations of the Syrian people.

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