Could a European network of biobanks help to develop treatments for complex diseases?

Supported by the seventh Framework Programme, a seminar to explore the challenges and requirements to create a European Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI) and the development of new cures for complex diseases will take place at the EU Parliament (Salon des Membres, Brussels) on 28th May 2008.

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Emissions of CO2 from businesses in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) increase by 0.68%

Overall emissions of CO2 from businesses in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) increased by 0.68% in 2007 when adjusted for changes in the number of installations covered, according to the information provided by Member State registries.

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Commission decision on Broadband Wireless Access in Europe

The Commission adopted on 21 May, in line with the rules of the EU's regulatory framework for electronic communications of 2002, a decision on the harmonisation of the 3400-3800 MHz frequency band for terrestrial systems capable of providing electronic communications services in the Community.

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The European Parliment says "Promote sustainable industries"

Cut red tape and remove tax obstacles for SMEs says MEPs. The Small Business Act has received strong support leading up to its presentation by the Commission on 2nd July. This Small Business Act should be a legislative proposal which includes "new, concrete initiatives" to cut the red tape for SMEs. The proposal should also guarantee that SMEs have access to financial resources and to research infrastructure. The report also stresses that an EU-wide market for venture capital should urgently be established "by removing existing regulatory and tax obstacles to venture capital investments in Europe's most innovative small firms".

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Prior notification of a concentration between Carlyle and Neochimiki

On 13 May 2008, the European Commission received a notification of a proposed concentration by which The Carlyle Group
(‘Carlyle’, USA) acquires control of the whole of the undertaking Neochimiki L.V. Lavrentiadis SA (‘Neochimiki’, Greece) by way of purchase of shares.

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EC approves State aid scheme for inland waterway transport in the Czech Republic

The European Commission authorised on the 20th of May 2008, a Czech State aid scheme to operators of inland waterway freight transport vessels. The aid has a total budget of CZK 443.5 million (EUR 17.33 million) and will be co-financed from the European Regional Development Fund.

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EC releases a list of more than 15000 cosmetics ingredients

The European Commission has launched a new online database of the ingredients used in cosmetic products making it easier for companies to find up-to-date information on substances needed to develop new cosmetics or to improve existing ones. Companies will no longer have to search through various documents to get the full picture. EU law on cosmetic products is now more accessible and transparent and this will make life easier for companies and reduce costs. It will also facilitate market surveillance by the Competent Authorities and contribute to the safety of cosmetic products.

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Fines imposed for infingements in Dutch beer market

On the 20th May 2008, the European Commission has published a summary of the Commission Decision relating an infrigement within the Dutch beer markeyt by six main players. These are InBev NV, InBev Nederland NV, Heineken NV, Heineken Nederland BV, Koninklijke Grolsch NV and Bavaria NV.

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Implementation of Calls for Proposals for the research programme for the Research Fund for Coal and Steel

Along with the new Resaerch programme for for the research fund for coal and steel, the European Commission has created an open and continuous call for proposals. Unless otherwise specified, the deadline for submission of proposals will be the 15th September of each year.

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New research programme for the research fund for coal and steel

On the 20th May 2008 the European Commission publsihed official notification of the Council decision from the 29th April 2008 for the adoption of The Research Programme for the Research Fund for Coal and Steel.

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Commission approves proposed acquisition of World Duty Free by Autogrill

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of World Duty Free Limited (WDF), a UK-based airport shop operator, by the Italian-based travel service provider Autogrill S.p.A.. After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

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