European Commission adopts its work programme for year 2009

The European Commission has adopted its 2009 Legislative and Work Programme, which announces the main initiatives it intends to present next year. In 2009, the Commission will follow up on the initiatives launched in recent weeks to address the financial crisis and to set out a European framework to address the economic downturn. At the same time, the Commission will use the final year of its mandate to complete the work already under way.

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EC calls for an integrated EU maritime surveillance strategy

In a report published on November 3rd, the European Commission takes the first step towards establishing a comprehensive strategy for integrated maritime surveillance for Europe. The report, in the form of a Commission Staff Working Document, describes the current state of play as regards the surveillance, monitoring, tracking, identification and reporting systems put in place by EU Member States and EU Agencies.

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European Critical Infrastructure Warning Information Network

The European Commission has presented on the 27 october 2008 a proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on a Critical Infrastructure Warning Information Network (CIWIN) (COM(2008) 676 final)

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Published Convention against Corruption

The Official Journal of the European Union L 287/3 has published the Council Decision of 25 September 2008 on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Community, of the United Nations Convention against Corruption

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EC proposes a new information-sharing tool at EU level to better protect critical infrastructure

The European Commission proposed on October, 27th, new legislation for the establishment of  a Critical Infrastructure Warning Information Network (CIWIN) to strengthen information-sharing on critical infrastructure protection between EU Member States. This proposition follows Commission concern over the development of  the European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection.

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EU/USA Agreement on the American participation in the EULEX KOSOVO Mission

The European Union and the United States of America, concluded on October 22nd, 2008, an Agreement on the participation of the United States of America in the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, EULEX KOSOVO. This mission was adopted by Joint Action 2008/124/CFSP of the Council in February 2008.

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EP supports EU joint action to tackle financial crisis

The European Parliament supports the idea that EU needs a coordinated response on a range of fronts in order to tackle the financial crisis and limit its impact on economic growth, jobs and small businesses. In a resolution on last EU summit, they also call for measures to improve financial supervision and look at issues from climate change to the Caucuses. MEPs held a debate over those issues with  EU President-in-Office Sarkozy.

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EU calls for wide international support for stabilisation and growth in Georgia

The European Commission and the World Bank have invited international donors and financial institutions to a Donors' Conference for Georgia on October 22nd, in Brussels. The Conference will be co-chaired with the current French and future Czech presidencies of the EU. The conference will call for pledges to mobilise external assistance to support the country in the reconstruction of damaged infrastructure, reintegration of internally displaced people and in accelerating Georgia's recovery from the impact of the August 2008 conflict on its economy.

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Council's proposal for a new EC/Australia wine Agreement

The Council has put forward a Proposal for a Decision on the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and Australia on trade in wine. This new document, which would replace the 1994 Agreement, aims to facilitate and promote trade in wine originating in the Community and in Australia.

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Technical assistance for assessments in macroeconomics, public finance management and performance measurement

EuropeAid  Officice has launched on the 15 october 2008 a call for tender for a technical assistance for assessments in macroeconomics, public finance management and performance measurement.

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Recent projections show the EU is on track to meet Kyoto emission targets

According to the Commission's annual progress report on emissions, the EU and most member states are on track to deliver on their Kyoto Protocol commitments for reducing or limiting emissions of greenhouse gases. The latest projections from Member States indicate that the EU-15 will achieve its 8% reduction target through a combination of policies and measures already taken, the purchase of emission credits from projects in third countries, and forestry activities that absorb carbon from the atmosphere.

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EU and the Caribbean sign an Economic Partnership Agreement

The European Union and countries of the Caribbean region signed on October 15th, 2008, an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) which will strengthen ties between the two regions and promote regional integration in the Caribbean. The EPA is the first genuinely comprehensive North-South trade and development agreement in the global economy, and includes a package of measures to stimulate trade, investment and innovation, and to promote sustainable development, build a regional market among Caribbean countries and help eliminate poverty.

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