Alpine Space Programme 2007-13

On 20 September 2007, the European Commission approved a transnational cooperation programme between Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Slovenia (with participation from Liechtenstein and Switzerland) for the period 2007-13. The Alpine Space Programme falls within the framework laid out for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective and has a total budget of around €130 million. Community investment through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €98 million, which represents approximately 1.1% of the total EU investment earmarked for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-13.

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Operational Programme "INTERACT" 2007-13

On 4 December 2007, the European Commission approved INTERACT 2007-13, a European Territorial Cooperation Programme that covers the whole of the European Union, plus Norway and Switzerland. The Programme aims to promote good governance of Community-funded Programmes that fall within the framework of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective and has a total budget of around €40 million. Community investment through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to some €34 million, which represents approximately % of the total EU investment earmarked for the European Territorial Cooperation Objective under the Cohesion Policy for 2007-13.

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Meetings for Grants in the field of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and Trans-European Energy Network (TEN-E)

To mark the launch of a new calls for proposalr under the annual work programme in the field of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) for 2008 and multi-annual work programme for grants in the field of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) for the period 2007-2013, the EC has set up a series of meetings on the 16th of May 2008 titled "Information Day". The meetings will be broadcasted live over the Internet.

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EU common crop statistics from 2010

EC is studing a new reculation concerning crop statistics as it was presented by in Brussels last 21.4.2008 in the COM(2008)210 final. Statistics on crops are essential for management of the EU markets. It is also considered essential that vegetable and permanent crop statistics be covered in addition to statistics on cereals and remaining crops from arable land currently governed by legislation.

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2006 budget discharge: better supervision of the Structural Funds

Parliament signed off the accounts of all the EU's institutions and agencies for the financial year 2006. However, it is also calling for the creation of a joint Parliament-Commission group to monitor the Commission's supervision of the structural funds and certain other matters.

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Report shows EU imports from developing countries growing

The European Commission has presented to the European Parliament its regular report on the openness of the European market to imports from developing countries.

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Mandelson urges closer EU-Japan investment ties

EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson called, on the 21st April 2008, the issue of investment "unfinished globalisation" for EU and Japan. In a speech in Tokyo, Mandelson said that barriers to investment had kept productive EU investment out of the Japanese economy, despite the fact that Europe had been welcoming such investment for decades. Noting that in 2006, for every dollar Japan had invested in Europe, European companies had only invested three cents in Japan, he said that balancing the EU-Japan investment relationship should be a key goal of EU-Japanese economic ties.

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EC examines use of Insurance Block Exemption Regulation

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the functioning of the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation (BER).

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Fourth budget amendment 2008

The European Commission have published their preliminary amending fourth budget of the general budget 2008. The plan communication COM(2008) 203 final was published on the 15th April 2008.

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Norwegian scheme renewable heating in private households

On the 17th April 2008 the European Commission published in the OJ (Official Journal of the European Union) Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 1(2) in Part I of Protocol 3 to the Agreement between the EFTA States on the Establishment of a Surveillance Authority and a Court of Justice on State aid with regard to the Norwegian support scheme for alternative, renewable heating and electricity saving measures in private households (2008/C 96/04).

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Commission consults on amendments to the Banking Directives

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on possible changes to the Capital Requirements Directive (2006/48/EC and 2006/49/EC). The purpose of this consultation is to collect comments of the industry and other stakeholders on these modifications. The Commission is also conducting an impact assessment related to the modification of certain provisions. Stakeholders are invited to give the Commission their views on the issues by 16 June 2008.

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