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EU initials partnership agreement with Malaysia
The chief negotiators of the European Union and Malaysia have initialled text of an EU-Malaysia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia in Putrajaya. The initialling marks the successful closure of negotiations that started in October 2010.

EU aid for children's education in conflict zones
The European Commission announced on Tuesday a EUR 52 million humanitarian aid package aimed at educational projects for children caught up in conflict zones and other emergencies in 2016.

Horizon 2020: first impressions
Horizon 2020, the EU’s biggest ever research and innovation programme, kicked off at the beginning of 2014. Worth EUR 80 billion and running over seven years, Horizon 2020 promised a simple structure that reduced red tape and time so participants could focus on what is really important. Has this been the experience of participants so far?

Top inventors honoured at European Inventor Award 2014
Inventors from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, UK, Japan and the US scooped top honours at the European Inventor Award 2014 in Berlin last week.

An environmental standards information portal for Europe
In Europe, we have a vast wealth of research results that support standards in relation to environmental aspects such as air, water, soil and waste. SIPE ('An environmental Standards Information Portal for Europe'), an EU-funded project, brings all these results together and combines them with information on standards and policies in a single dedicated web-based portal.

Sharing data to achieve sustainable global marine management
A healthy sustainable marine environment is crucial to the smooth functioning of the EU economy. Fishing and offshore oil and gas fields for example employ thousands and bring in billions of euro a year, while most raw materials and consumer goods are imported and exported by sea. In fact, the EU has the world's largest merchant fleet; 90 % of foreign trade and 40 % of internal trade is seaborne. Coastal areas are also vital for tourism.

Western Balkans gearing up for Horizon 2020
While the scientific performance of the Western Balkan countries (WBCs) has improved in recent years, it still lags behind that of EU countries, both in terms of quantity and quality.

S&P downgrades EU debt, Commission hits back
The Standard and Poor’s ratings agency downgraded the European Union’s credit-worthiness by one notch on Friday, blaming threats to cohesion including Britain’s role in curtailing budgets and holding a membership referendum.

Indonesia, EU seal pact to stop illegal timber exports
Indonesia, Asia's leading exporter of timber to Europe, on Monday signed a long-awaited pact with the European Union to fight the trade in illegal timber, a driver of environmentally damaging deforestation.

Bank of England comments boost the pound - Euro currency news daily
Comments from Bank of England's Haskel helped the pound advance with him stating that retail sales and spending more broadly appear to be recovering from their April lows, and we now expect Q2 as a whole will not be quite as negative.

Commission declares 2013 the year of air
The European Commission has declared 2013 the year of air, with new proposals on improving air quality across Europe.

European leaders seek Asian support on debt crisis
European leaders flew to impoverished Laos Monday on a mission to reassure Asia they are finally getting a grip on the eurozone debt crisis during a major summit in the tiny landlocked nation.

Eurozone to launch ESM rescue fund
The eurozone finally gets its 500 billion euro rescue fund on Monday when finance ministers meet amid growing uncertainty over Greece's tortuous debt bailout and whether Spain will need help in turn.

EU Transparency Register: over 5,000 interest groups sign up
Over 5,000 interest groups have registered with the European Parliament or European Commission for the EU Transparency Register, in its first year.

Binge drinking more common in northern Europe
The relationship between drinking and damage to one's health is stronger in the Baltic countries and Sweden than in Italy, new research from Europe shows. The findings, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, suggest that the northern part of Europe tends to report higher alcohol-harm relationships because of a stronger propensity to indulge in heavy episodic drinking, what experts label 'binge drinking'.

Boost for Enterprise Europe Network in Asia, North Africa
The European Commission is extending the reach of the Enterprise Europe Network - its business and innovation support network for SMEs - by opening new contact points in Japan, as well as doubling its presence in China. The aim, it says, is to see more European small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) profit from the fast growing markets in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Italy's Tremonti to meet eurozone's Juncker Wednesday
Italian finance minister Giulio Tremonti will hold talks on Wednesday in Luxembourg with eurozone chief Jean-Claude Juncker, as pressure intensified on Rome on government bond markets.

Funding boost of EUR 7bn for Innovation Union
Research is set to remain high on the EU's political agenda as Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn announces the release of nearly EUR 7 billion for stimulating European innovation through research funding.

EU set to release more loans to keep Greece afloat
Eurozone finance ministers, gathering in Luxembourg Sunday, were set to release more loans to keep Athens from default in the summer and mull the shape of a second major bailout to appease nervous markets.

Innovation Scoreboard: EU innovation good but not great
Innovation performance continues to intensify in the EU thanks to progress made by its Member States but Europe continues to lag behind Japan and the US, according to the first edition of the new Innovation Union Scoreboard.

EU Court refuses trademark for chocolate rabbits
Chocolate rabbits or reindeer with red ribbons around their neck cannot be registered as Community trademarks, the General Court has ruled, in response to recent claims by chocolate manufacturers.

Commission fined EUR 12m for copyright infringement
In a peculiar case of non-contractual liability, the European Commission has been ordered to pay a total of EUR 12 million to Systran, a language translation software company, after the ECJ's General Court ruled that the Commission acted unlawfully.

E.on's EUR 38m fine upheld by General Court
The General Court has upheld a fine originally imposed by the Commission on E.on AG for having tampered with a seal affixed to one of E.on's offices which was being used for internal investigation.

E-commerce disputes are limited by protective Jurisdiction says EU Court
The mere fact that a company offers their service via the Internet does not mean that they are being directed to consumers in other Member States, according to a recent ruling from the European Court of Justice. The ruling highlighted the importance of protective jurisdiction for the consumer in cases of commercial disputes.

Ministers move forward on EU patent
'At today's Competitiveness Council, 11 Member States stated their agreement to work to implement the European patent via the procedure of enhanced cooperation,' announced Belgian Minister for Enterprise and Simplification Vincent Van Quickenborne on 10 December. His words mark the beginning of the end of a decades-long impasse on the difficult issue of a single European patent.