Member States do better in the objectives towards a real Single Market

Although all Member states are currently experiencing difficult situations due to the economic crisis, the new Internal Market Scoreboard shows that most Member States are effectively transposing internal market provisions into national law. According to the Scoreboard, most Member states are meeting the target set by Heads of State and Government about the amount  Internal Market Directives for which the implementation deadline has passed, which stands at 0.9%.

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Commission proposes to reform the structure of European Anti-Fraud Office

The European Commission has adopted a proposal to reform the EU's Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), aimed to improve its efficiency, enhances its processes and ensure accountability, while preserving its independence as investigation body. The proposal includes measures to ensure that OLAF's investigations are conducted and followed-up more efficiently, to protect the rights of persons under investigation and to reinforce the cooperation between OLAF and its strategic partners in the fight against fraud.

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Parliament calls for new legislation to fight gender violence against women

recognising rape and other sexual violence against women as a crime throughout the EU, is a key issue which must be addressed by the European Union. This is one of the main aspects which has been pointed out by the member of the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee of the European Parliament, who also added that all perpetrators of such acts should be automatically prosecuted. These are some of the elements included in a resolution where MEPs call for an EU directive to combat gender-based violence.

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EU to clarify rules on property rights for international couples

The European Commission has proposed EU-wide rules to bring legal clarity to the property rights for married international couples and for registered partnerships with an international dimension. The two proposed Regulations would help identify which law applies to a couple's property rights and the responsible court, and will also provide for rules for recognising and enforcing court judgments on a couple's property in all EU Member States through a single procedure.

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EU marks Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism

In the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the Madrid train bombings that killed 191 and injured at least 1800 people commuting to work, the European Union marks the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism. Commemorating this day Vice-President Viviane Reding and Commissioner Cecilia Malmström made a joint statement expressing the EU's solidarity with the victims of all type of terrorism in the world.

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Court of Justice of the EU rejects the creation of a European and Community Patent Court

According to an Opinion issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union on 8 March 2011, the draft agreement for the creation of a European and Community Patent Court would not be compatible with European Union law. This Opinion follows the request made by the Council to the Court of Justice to obtain its opinion on the compatibility of the envisaged agreement with European Union law.

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Europe celebrates 100th International Women's Day, a century working for gender equality

To celebrate the 100th International Women Day, the European Union wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women throughout all these years around the world both economically, socially, politically and in the cultural fields. Under the theme "Equal access to education, training and science and technology", this day highlights the importance of equal access to training and education in order to really guarantee equal opportunities between women and men.

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Europe celebrates first European Equal Pay Day

The European Union has fixed 5 March 2011 as the date to celebrate the first European Equal Pay Day. This initiative aims to bring attention to the rest of the days that women must work to match the amount of money earned by men, given that according to recent figures women in the European Union earn on average 17.5% less than men during their lifetimes.

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EU Court of Justice declares gender considerations in insurance contracts as discriminatory

In a judgement issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union on 1 March 2011, the Court considers that the considerations made in terms of gender of the insured individual as a risk factor in insurance contracts, constitute discrimination according to EU law. Following this Court decision, the rule of unisex premiums and benefits in insurance contracts will apply with effect from 21 December 2012.

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Commissioner Reding debates with European business leaders how to increase women representation into corporate direction …

At a specially convened summit held in Brussels on 1 March with, European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding met CEOs and chairs of boards of publicly listed companies from 10 European countries. Participant in this event took the opportunity to discuss how to get more women into top jobs and whether self-regulation by companies themselves or regulation should be the way to make significant changes quickly. Further to this meeting Commission's Justice department also held a "mini-hearing" with social partners on the same issue.

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Results of public consultation will determine if new legislation on collective redress is required

The European Commission has launched on 4 February a public consultation in order to seek opinions regarding collective redress measures in the European Union. The Commission aims to identify common legal principles which should underpin collective actions across the EU, such as the need for effectiveness and efficiency, information for citizens and safeguards against abusive litigation. The outcome of this public consultation, which is open until the end of April 2011, will determine if further regulation is required.

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