New cars will have be equipped with Daytime Running Lights to be approved in the EU

In order to increase road safety, all new types of passenger cars and small delivery vans will now have to be equipped with Daytime Running Lights (DRL). These special lamps which automatically switch on when the engine is started act as safety device as they substantially raise the visibility of motor vehicles for other road users. In case of trucks and buses, this obligation will apply from August 2012 onwards.

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Single permit Directive back to EP Civil Liberties Committee

European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee has backed Commission's proposal which establishes that the proposed single permit should be enough to enable third-country workers to live and work in the European Union and therefore allowing Member States to issue additional documents would defeat the whole purpose of the single permit. In their decision, members of the Committee backed the original Commission text on this and confirmed December's plenary vote on the employment issues.

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EC presents proposal for an EU Passenger Name Record Directive

On 2 February 2010 the European Commission put forward a proposal for an EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive which aims to fight serious crime and terrorism. Under this proposal air carriers will be obliged to provide EU Member States with data on passengers entering or departing from the EU, whilst guaranteeing a high level of protection of privacy and personal data.

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Cooperation and new types of action are required to combat cybercrime, Europol's iOCTA report says

As Internet connectivity continues to spread, EU citizens and organisations will be subjected both to a larger volume of cyber attacks, and to attacks from previously underconnected areas of the world. Combatting cybercrime will therefore require new international strategic and operational partnerships. These are some of the findings put forward by the recently released  Europol’s iOCTA report.

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EC launches dedicated website to fight human trafficking

On 21 December, Commissioner Malmström officially launched the new website dedicated to the fight against trafficking in human beings, a tool which aims at supporting actions in this field. Commissioner Malström was backed by Myria Vassiliadou, the new Anti Trafficking Coordinator, who will act in order to strengthen EU action against human trafficking

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EP rejects draft Directive on residence and work single permit

Following the debate held at the Plenary Session of the European Parliament on 14 December, MEPs rejected the draft Directive providing for the introduction of a single residence and work permit for legal immigrants. Commission must now decide whether to withdraw the proposal ans present a new one or to maintain it, in which case it would return to the Plenary in the coming months.

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EDA and EU ministers of Defence call for cooperation to develop European military capability

European Ministers of Defence meeting within the Foreign Affairs Council held in Brussels on 9 December 2010 stressed the need to turn the financial crisis and its impact on national defence budgets into an opportunity. This same argument was also but forward at the European Defence Agency (EDA) steering board meeting, held in the margins of the Council, which immediately took the challenge and committed to pooling and sharing offers potential for savings, while increasing interoperable capacities.

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