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EU Court upholds graphite cartel fines
The European Court of Justice has upheld fines, totaling EUR 101.4 million, imposed by the European Commission in 2003, on some of the region's top industrial groups for their role in a cartel that fixed the price of carbon based products.

Commission seek cross-border cooperation on evidence in criminal matters
The existing rules on obtaining evidence from another Member State consist of a number of co-existing instruments based on different underlying principles and scopes. This makes the application of these rules burdensome and may cause confusion among practitioners, and lead to situations where they do not use the most appropriate instrument for the evidence sought. Ultimately, these factors may therefore hinder the course of justice, and effective cross-border cooperation.

Main points of the EU's Lisbon Treaty
The European Union's wide-ranging Lisbon Treaty, now ratified by all 27 EU member states after eurosceptic Czech President Vaclav Klaus put pen to paper Tuesday, is aimed at updating and revitalising the bloc's institutions and replacing its failed constitution.

No preferential customs treatment for products from occupied territories: EC Court Opinion
Products originating from the occupied territories are not entitled to preferential customs treatment under the EC-Israel Agreement, according to the Opinion of the European Court's Advocate General.

EC Court rules on rights for dismissed pregnant workers
Dismissed pregnant workers must enjoy effective judicial protection of their under Community law, according to a ruling by the European Court of Justice.

EU gets tough on climate change, intensifies energy investment
Growing concerns on climate change, energy supply and competitiveness weigh heavily on the minds of Europeans. The European Commission is determined to fight this escalating problem and has called on public officials, industry and researchers to pool their resources and develop key technologies that would address this nagging issue. The target date is 2020.

Change advocated for the European food system
A new report published by the European Science Foundation (ESF) and the European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST) calls for Europe to take a new approach on food security. This new approach should prioritise health and sustainability in research and use a holistic view in policy making.

Commission calls on EU Member States to join forces against Alzheimer's disease
On 22 July the European Commission called on EU Member States to pool their resources and better coordinate research efforts to combat Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases. The proposals adopted by the Commission follow a 2008 recommendation by the Council of the European Union to launch a joint programming initiative in this field in 2009.

Europeans launch Fuel Cell and Hydrogen JTI in Brussels
Representatives of industry, the research community and the European institutions launched the EUR 1 billion Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) at an event in Brussels, Belgium on 14 October.

Forum assesses competitiveness of Europe's pharmaceutical industry
Europe's Pharmaceutical Forum has concluded its three-year process and, on 2 October, put forward several recommendations addressing the many challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry, public health interests and national healthcare systems.

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Review of the European Parliament in 2007
2007 was quite a year for the European Parliament and the European Union. The new Treaty of Lisbon was signed by the heads of state and government on 13 December. The new Treaty, once ratified, will lead to greater and wider powers for the European Parliament. On 25 March, the EU marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Hopes high that EU leaders can seal agreement on reform treaty
European leaders were gathering in Lisbon Thursday amid high hopes they can reach agreement on a landmark EU reform treaty by overcoming the last few remaining complaints from member states.

No plans to punish fishermen who defy EU cod ban: Poland
Polish authorities said Wednesday they had no immediate plans to punish fishermen who are catching cod in the Baltic Sea and defying a European Union freeze imposed to preserve the species.

EU threatens legal action over cross-border labour obstacles
The European Commission threatened on Wednesday to take legal action against EU countries that throw up barriers to workers on short-term assignments from other member states.

EU uncorks wine deal phasing out Australian 'Champagne'
The Commission is toasting a deal with Australia that aims to stop Australian vintners from using names of widely know European tipples.

Bush names Zoellick as new World Bank chief
U.S. President George W. Bush has named Robert Zoellick, a former trade representative and top diplomat as his nominee to head the World Bank.

Turkey's EU quest under threat amid political crisis
Turkey's political crisis and the army's role in the presidential election could fuel opposition to Ankara's quest to join the European Union and harm its membership chances, analysts said on Wednesday.

European households becoming increasingly digital: survey
The drive to get European citizens to go digital would appear to be gradually paying off, according to the findings of an EU-wide survey. It finds that more than half of European households have a computer - 4% more than in a similar study done at the end of 2006, while increasing numbers of people are switching to broadband and wireless internet access.

EU plans to cap roaming phone charges face parliamentary hurdle
An EU plan to cap the price operators can charge mobile phone users while abroad was expected to clear a key hurdle in the European Parliament on Thursday.

New EU rules tell truck drivers to work less, take more breaks
New EU-wide regulations have come into force restricting the working week for lorry and coach drivers and requiring longer rest stops.

Europe's .eu a soaring success in cyberspace
The .eu online domain name is enjoying a runaway success in cyberspace with over 2.5 million registered users during its first year.

UN report proves need to limit global warming: EU Commission
A United Nations report on the potentially devastating effects of global warming provides new backing for the European Union's policy to limit climate change, the EU's executive body said Friday.

Slovak economic boom, 2009 euro entry on track
Slovakia's economy is on track for further growth and should meet adoption criteria for the euro early 2009, the OECD said on Thursday.

Germany hails Polish step forward on EU talks with Russia
Germany welcomes signs from Poland that it is ready to lift a veto on talks between the EU and Russia about a new cooperation pact.