Europol is investigating a suspected extensive criminal network involved in widespread football match-fixing

Europol and police teams from 13 European countries have uncovered an extensive criminal network which involves a total of 425 match officials, club officials, players, and serious criminals, from more than 15 countries, that are suspected of being involved in attempts to fix more than 380 professional football matches.

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The Commission wants to ban the amphetamine-like drug 4-MA

The European Commission proposed an EU-wide ban on 4-methylamphetamine – or 4-MA, a synthetic substance with similar physical effects to amphetamines. According to the Commission, this drug has been associated with 21 deaths in four EU countries in 2010-2012 alone.

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World Cancer Day 2013: the European Commission is developing a harmonised cancer information system for Europe

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission strongly supports the development of a harmonised cancer information system for Europe and the improvement of breast cancer services and screening guidelines. This announcement was made on the World Cancer Day 2013 which intends to raise collective awareness and improve general knowledge around and about cancer.

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The 2013 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture unveils the finalists

The European Commission announced the five finalists together with the Fundació Mies van der Rohe for the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. In total, 335 works in the 37 European countries which participate in the EU Culture programme were nominated for the award.

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New mandate for the European Union Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) closer

The member states' Permanent Representatives endorsed the compromise reached with the European Parliament negotiators, thus paving the way for the adoption of the draft regulation at first reading which establishes a new mandate for the European Union Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).

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The mediator underlined the need to clarify that copies made by end-users for private purposes do not cause any harm

António Vitorino, Mediator on private copying and reprography levies, presented its recommendations to the European Commission. He proposed to foster increased reliance on licences and contractual arrangements as the best way to ensure that right holders are properly remunerated for their creative efforts and investments; and he recommends measures aimed at reconciling disparate national levy systems within the Single Market.

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The effectiveness of EU funding for municipal waste management infrastructures is limited

The report published by the European Court of Auditors shows that although in almost all the regions selected some improvements in the management of waste were observed, the effectiveness of structural measures funding for municipal waste management infrastructures was hampered by the poor implementation of supporting measures.

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On the European Data Protection Day, the Commission promotes its proposal to reform EU’s data protection rules

The European Commission reminds on the European Data Protection Day 2013 its proposal to reform the EU’s data protection rules launched one year ago. According to the Commission, strong, reliable, consistently applied rules in this field will make data processing safer, cheaper and strengthen people’s confidence.

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New strategy launched to ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations across Europe with common standards

The European Commission presented a new package of measures to ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations across Europe with common standards for their design and use. In particular, the Clean Power for Transport Package consists of a Communication on a European alternative fuels strategy, a Directive focusing on infrastructure and standards and an accompanying document describing an action plan for the development of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in shipping.

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