Consequences of the economic crisis have a greater impact on women than men

A resolution adopted by the European Parliament in plenary session highlights how women are suffering most from the effects of budget cuts in social policies. Along with this resolution, MEPs also approved two more texts introducing the need to fight gender stereotypes in the EU and about the protection of the rights of women in North Africa.

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Further to the Two-Pack agreement Commission takes next steps on Blueprint for a deep and genuine Economic and Monetary …

The agreement reached between the Council and the European Parliament on the so-called "Two-Pack" is an essential step towards ensuring fiscal stability in view of the 2014 budget cycle. Once these measures have been approved by the Parliament in plenary session, the European Commission stress on the need to take next steps in the short term in order to complete the Blueprint for a Deep and Genuine EMU.

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European Parliament endorses new EU rules to provide consumers with a faster and easier dispute resolution

The European Parliament has approved new EU legislation that will allow European consumers to access faster and cheaper ways to solve their disputes concerning the goods and services traded within the single market. These new rules aim to avoid customers the need to engage in long and costly legal procedures which are particularly cumbersome in cross-border or on-line shopping.

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Presented the first nine pre-selected sites to receive the 2013 European Heritage Label

The selection of the first pre-seleted sites to receive the European Heritage Label is reserved in 2013 to Austria, Estonia, Denmark, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, who did not take part in the previous intergovernmental and have expressed their will to participate in the new Label.

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Council reaches an agreement on customs enforcement against counterfeited and pirated goods

Ministers meeting at the General Affairs Council reached a political agreement on the draft regulation aimed at strengthen the conditions and procedures for action by customs authorities in the EU in order to protect intellectual property rights. Among other measures, the draft regulation provides for a simplified procedure that will to facilitate the destruction of counterfeited and pirated goods seized by customs authorities.

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