Archive pour janvier 2010

State aid: Commission takes Italy to Court for failure to recover illegal aid from hotels in Sardinia

Samedi 30 janvier 2010

IP/10/103 Brussels, 29 th January 2010 State aid: Commission takes Italy to Court for failure to recover illegal aid from hotels in Sardinia The European Commission has decided to refer Italy to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on the basis of Article …

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State aid: Commission opens in-depth inquiry into €55 million investment into French car component supplier Trèves

Samedi 30 janvier 2010

IP/10/100 Brussels, 29 th January 2010 State aid: Commission opens in-depth inquiry into €55 million investment into French car component supplier Trèves The European Commission has launched an in-depth investigation to establish whether an investment …

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Waste water treatment: Commission sends first warnings to Finland and Sweden

Samedi 30 janvier 2010

IP/10/95 Brussels, 28 January 2010 Waste water treatment: Commission sends first warnings to Finland and Sweden The European Commission is sending a first warning letter to Finland and Sweden for failing to put in place the required infrastructure for …

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Tajani urges for more action on lost luggage

Samedi 30 janvier 2010

IP/10/101 Brussels, 29 January 2010 Tajani urges for more action on lost luggage European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani has urged for greater action in reducing the amount of luggage lost or damaged during transit at a conference on baggage …

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Climate change: European Union notifies EU emission reduction targets following Copenhagen Accord

Samedi 30 janvier 2010

IP/10/97 Brussels, 28 January 2010 Climate change: European Union notifies EU emission reduction targets following Copenhagen Accord The European Union has today formalised its support for the Copenhagen Accord on climate change and presented its commitments …

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€5 billion in total injected into rural development programmes

Vendredi 29 janvier 2010

The Rural Development Committee has voted on the last proposals from Member States/regions for using EU Recovery Plan and CAP Health Check funding and other transfers within the CAP to address issues including the economic and dairy crisis, and climate change.

In the period October 2009 – January 2010, all rural development programmes were modified and the additional funding of about €5 billion is now ready to be invested in agriculture, the environment and broadband in rural areas.

The January 2010 RDC voted on the last 7 of these modifications for October, November and December.
The majority of the funds will be concentrated in the areas of bio-diversity (31.2% of all funds, or €1.5 billion) and water management (26.9% or €1.3 billion). Dairy restructuring received 14.5% of the total budget (0.7 billion), climate change measures account for 14.2% or €0.7 billion, with renewable energy re-enforcement being 5.6% of the total additional budget ( €0.3 billion). The development of broadband infrastructure remains an important policy issue for rural areas. Member States have thus decided to invest 35% of the EU Recovery funds for broadband, which equals €360.4 million out of the available €1 billion.

According to Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, it is important to take measures not only in towns but alos in rural ragions. At the European level, determined actions have been taken thanks to the CAP Health Check and the European Economic Recovery Plan. The money that has been put into is used to face urgent problems such as restructuring the dairy sector and fighting climate change.

In 2009, following the Health-Check of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and some transfers within the CAP, an additional budget of €3.9 billion has been made available for MS to spend on rural development issues. This budget has been complemented by an additional €1 billion coming from the EU Recovery plan, which also added the priority area of creation and upgrade of broadband in rural areas.

Member States/regions will report annually on all spending under RDPs, along with its impact. As of 2010 this will also cover the additional funds injected into existing RDPs as a consequence of the CAP Health Check and the EERP.

ESF devoted 750,000 euro to french projects concerning the fight for poverty

Vendredi 29 janvier 2010

Whereas the european year for combatting poverty and social exclusion was laucnhed last Thursday, it is going to be on Feb.18th for the French!

Article only available in french.

The welcoming creation of the “European Nuclear Energy Leadership Academy”

Vendredi 29 janvier 2010

Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs has welcomed the establishment of the European Nuclear Energy Leadership Academy (ENELA) by 6 nuclear energy companies which signed today the founding treaty covering the essential strategic, legal and financial aspects of the academy.

The academy, which will be based near Munich (Germany), aims to attract university graduates to the nuclear energy sector and train future leaders in this field.

Energy Commissioner Piebalgs said that the nuclear sector was facing a serious challenge. This matter is not only for the industry, but also for researchers, regulators and the health sector. It therefore needs to keep and develop knowledge on nuclear at an appropriate level. ENELA is aimed to help closing the gap in existing training programmes.

The European Nuclear Energy Leadership Academy was initiated by the industrial stakeholders in the European Nuclear Energy Forum, set up by the Commission in 2007 as a platform for a broad stakeholder discussion on opportunities, risks and transparency issues of nuclear energy.

The initiative is part of the additional efforts that the Council has requested in December 2008 by public and private players, in particular the nuclear industry, so that the EU can remain a world reference in matters of nuclear safety and radiation protection.

Human brain usses grid networks to represent the space!

Vendredi 29 janvier 2010

Dicsovery: our brain has very peculiar cells which can give explanations on how the human being represents a new environment.

This article is only available in french.

Internal Market: Commission takes action against United Kingdom (Market Abuse Directive in Gibraltar), Hungary (private security services) and Slovenia (Deposit Guarantee Schemes)

Vendredi 29 janvier 2010

IP/10/81 Brussels, 28 January 2010 Internal Market: Commission takes action against United Kingdom (Market Abuse Directive in Gibraltar), Hungary (private security services) and Slovenia (Deposit Guarantee Schemes) The European Commission has decided …

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