Spain was the top foreign destination of EU residents in 2011, followed by Italy and France

Eurostat published its figures regarding tourism in the EU in 2011. In 2011, EU residents made 1.0 billion holiday trips, of which around one quarter were trips outside the country of residence. Highest share of outbound holiday trips in Luxembourg and Belgium and Spain was the top foreign destination of EU residents.

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Eurogroup welcomed the staff-level agreement reached between Cyprus and the Troika

The Eurogroup published a statement that welcomed the staff-level agreement that has been reached between Cyprus and the Troika institutions on the policy conditionality underlying the macroeconomic adjustment programme. Besides, the European Commission, ECB and IMF concluded the review mission to Greece which includes a staff-level agreement with the authorities on the economic and financial policies needed to ensure the program remains on track to achieve its objectives.

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Commission's decision finding anti-competitive conduct on the part of copyright collecting societies, partially annulled

The European General Court partially annulled the European Commission's decision from 2008 prohibited 24 European collecting societies from restricting competition, in particular by limiting their ability to offer their services to authors and commercial users outside their domestic territory. According to the Court, the Commission has not provided sufficient evidence.

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Commission has concerns over the compatibility of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of Hungary with EU legislation

Following a first legal analysis, the European Commission has raised serious concerns over the compatibility of the Fourth Amendment to the Hungarian Fundamental Law with EU legislation and with the principle of the rule of law in a letter sent to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Among other issues, the letter refers about the conformity with EU law of the new articles of the Hungarian Constitution on the clause on European Court of Justice judgements entailing payment obligations.

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The CoR calls to ensure adequate planning of regional and local investment for the coming years

President of the Committee of Regions (CoR), Ramon Luis Valcárcel, called for an agreement on the EU budget (Multiannual Financial Framework) to be reached before the summer, in order to ensure adequate planning of regional and local investment for the coming years. He also expressed serious concerns about the positions expressed by some MEPs who suggested that cohesion policy was rooted in the past.

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