€10 billion capital increase to the European Investment Bank

The 27 EU Member States approved a €10 billion capital increase to the European Investment Bank. The capital increase will allow Europe’s long-term lending institution to provide up to €60 billion, over a 3 year period, in additional lending for economically viable projects across the European Union.

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The European Cybercrime Centre starts working

The European Commission announced that on 11 of January it will take place the official opening of the European Cybercrime Centre established at the European Police Office, Europol in the Hague (the Netherlands). Investigations will focus into online fraud, child abuse online and other cybercrimes that regularly involve hundreds of victims at a time, and suspects in many different parts of the world.

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The Commission presents an action plan to support entrepreneurs in Europe

The new action plan to support entrepreneurs and revolutionise entrepreneurial culture in the EU presented by the European Commission stresses the key role of education and training to nurture new generations of entrepreneurs, and includes specific measures to help budding entrepreneurs among young people, women, seniors, migrants, and the unemployed.

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Seven out of ten Europeans considering themselves unhappy with efforts by public authorities to improve air quality

The European Commission published a survey results which show that a majority (56%) of Europeans believe that air quality has deteriorated in the last 10 years. With regard to the EU air quality standards and national emission ceilings, more than half of the respondents were of the view that these instruments should be strengthened.

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New strategy to enable customs to better tackle risks associated with goods being traded in international supply chains

The European Commission presented a strategy which involves more rational use of resources, better quality and availability of trade data, and deeper partnership with trade and international partners in order to enable customs to better tackle risks associated with goods being traded in international supply chains. In 2011, EU customs processed nearly 300 million customs declarations.

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