2009 EU budget: Parliament's priorities

Among issues already influencing the debate on next year's EU budget are the European Parliament's new legislative and budgetary powers if the Lisbon Treaty is ratified and the membership of the next Commission and EP. Two reports adopted by the EP Budgets Committee on Thursday highlight MEPs' priorities and concerns in this context.

A report by Jutta Haug (PES, DE) on the budget framework and priorities for 2009 is the first programming text adopted by MEPs as part of preparations for the EU's next annual budget. It take account of the changes set to take place in 2009 that will have a major impact on the budget. Some are linked to the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty: the shift in the EP-Council balance of budgetary power in Parliament's favour and the scrapping of the distinction between compulsory and non-compulsory spending.  Others will follow from the 2009 European elections and the end of the present Commission's mandate. The MEPs elected in 2009 must be ready to use the new budget procedure in time for the 2010 budget.

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New members for Cedefop

The Council of the European Union has agreed the appointment and replacement of members of the Governing Board of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop).

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The European Commission launches a new Calls for Porposal eContentplus

The European Commission launched a new Call for proposals for indirect actions under the multiannual Community Programme to make digital content in Europe more accessible, usable and exploitable (The eContentplus Programme. The total budget earmarked for co-financing indirect actions is EUR 42,5 million and the deadline for receipt of proposals by the Commission is 12 June 2008 at 17.00 (Luxembourg local time).

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New Calls for Proposals published under the 7th Framework Programme

The European Commission has given it's notice for the launch of three new calls for proposals as part of marie Curie actions. The calls are under the work programmes of the 7th Framework Programme of the European Community for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (2007 to 2013).

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35,000 schools now involved in eTwinning virtual school partnerships

eTwinning is an EU initiative to encourage schools to network with each other over the internet. In the three years since its launch, over 35,000 schools have signed up. At an eTwinning conference held in Bucharest on 14-16 March, the European Commission will be handing out prizes to eight outstanding eTwinning school projects.

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EC steps up co-operation between translator training universities

An international conference devoted to the training of professional translators – European Master's in Translation – takes place in Brussels on 14 March 2008. Representatives from universities of all EU Member States, as well as of Candidate and Third Countries, will discuss with potential employers and international institutions the core skills that the next generation of translators should have. The conference will also address the admission criteria for universities to join the network working under the common umbrella of the Master's.

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EDF financial training to be provided by EC

The European Commission has released individual service contract forecast. The successful service provider will have to design and implement training modules on EDF financial and contractual procedures.

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An even safer internet for children Programme

The European Commission proposed a new Safer Internet programme to enhance the safety of children in the online environment. Encompassing recent communications services from the Web 2.0, such as social networking, the new programme will fight not only illegal content but also harmful behaviour such as bullying and grooming. With a budget of €55 million, the programme, which builds further on the successful Safer Internet programme started in 2005, will run from 2009 to 2013.

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2008 internet safer day

On 12th February 2008, 100 organisations in over 50 countries worldwide celebrate Safer Internet Day. In Brussels a first ever pan-European Youth Forum on Safer Internet is organised by the European Commission with the participation of Meglena Kuneva, the EU's Consumer Commissioner. The purpose is to increase dialogue between children and decision makers on safer Internet issues and to raise awareness of the best ways for protecting minors online. Safer Internet Day is organised under the patronage of the EU's Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding.

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Leonardo da Vinci programme improvement study

Participation in projects financed by the Leonardo Da Vinci vocational training programme brings substantial social and economic benefits, a recent study funded by the European Commission has shown. It demonstrates that international mobility of this kind is a strong incentive for personal, linguistic, social and professional development.

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