Communication on EU Drugs Action Plan for 2009-2012

The Commission has make a Communication to the European Parliament and the Council on an EU Drugs Action Plan for 2009-2012 (COM(2008) 567 final) on September 18, 2008. Drugs are a major concern for the citizens of Europe and a major threat to the security and health of European society.

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Google and European data protection authorities: time to collaborate

Google reaffirmed its wish to collaborate with European data protection authorities and announced that it will reduce its retention period to 9 months. But in substance, Google refuses for the moment to submit to the European data protection law.

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EU Call for Proposals under the ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme

The European Commission published, in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), on September 10th, 2008 a new Call for Proposals under the ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme, to promote structural support for European public policy research organisations and for civil society organisations at European level. The total budget for the co-financing of operating grants is around 600,000 Euro in 2009.

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New style of decision for the European Ombudsman

In his Annual Report for 2007, the Ombudsman already promised to explore ways to make his decisions more reader-friendly, aiming to provide a better service to complainants and to offer clearer guidance, to both citizens and officials. After carefully examining various options for change, the Ombudsman has decided to adopt a new style of decision as from September 2008.

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Simplification procedures for culture multiannual programmes

The Official Journal of the European Union has published on the 30 th august 2008 the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the Proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending four multi-annual programmes in the culture framework.

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Cedefop publishes a new review of career guidance at work

This report presents the findings from a research study that set out to review the range of career guidance provision that supports workforce development across the EU-25 Member States and to identify innovative or ‘best practice’ provision. The report includes 35 case studies and these provide accounts of practice by employers, trade unions and the public sector as well as other intermediary organisations, such as outplacement consultancies, professional associations and industry sector bodies.

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Opinion of the EDPS on the proposal for a Regulation on standards for security features and biometrics in passports and …

On August 6th the Official Journal of the European Union published the opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2252/2004 on standards for security features and biometrics in passports and travel documents issued by Member States.

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Four years of European Health Insurance Card

Since its launch, in 2004, 173 million people have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in their pocket. Citizens from 31 European countries can use the card to get the medical care they need if they fall ill or have an accident in one of the participating countries (the EU, Norway, Liechtenstein Iceland and Switzerland).

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Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on ‘Green paper on urban transport’

The Opinion of the Committee of the Regions upon the “Green Paper: Towards a New Culture for Urban Mobility”, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, in July 7th. In this Opinion, the Committee welcomes the EU's commitment to continuing its efforts to raise the competitiveness of the European economy as well as to tackling sustainability and climate change.

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Council Decision establishing a European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters

On the 23rd of June 2008, the European Commission presented proposal for a decision from the European Parliment and of the Council amending Council Decision 2001/470/EC establishing a European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters.

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Commission's lobby register: it's time to sign up

The European Commission launched its online register of interest representatives on the 23rd June 2008. All interest representatives engaged in influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions are invited to register. When registering, they will be asked to disclose some information to enhance the transparency of the relations between lobbies and the Commission.

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Parliament adopts directive on return of illegal immigrants

The compromise reached between Parliament negotiators and the Council on the directive on the return of illegal immigrants was approved at first reading by the full Parliament on Wednesday. This legislation, which is a step towards a European immigration policy, will encourage the voluntary return of illegal immigrants but otherwise lay down minimum standards for their treatment.

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