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Brazil summit boosts hopes for Mercosur deal

Posted by Nick Prag at 27 February 2014, 16:00 CET |
Filed under: Brazil, Trade

As football fans look forward to this summer's World Cup in Brazil, the country's president Dilma Rousseff met this week with the EU in Brussels in a meeting which re-affirmed the EU's privileged relationship with an important economic and political partner.

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Commission reviews EU's animal welfare strategy

Posted by Nick Prag at 20 February 2014, 18:30 CET |

The European Commission marked the mid-point of the EU's Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2012-2015 last week at a conference in Brussels which brought together key stakeholders to review achievements to date and identify challenges ahead.

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Data collection pervades our lives every day and more and more

Posted by Nick Prag at 30 January 2014, 14:20 CET |
Filed under: Data protection, Internet

Were you out celebrating Data Protection Day on Tuesday? Probably not. Maybe you shouldn't be. The issue of data protection pervades our lives every day and more and more.

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Go-ahead for new public procurement rules

Posted by Nick Prag at 16 January 2014, 14:35 CET |
Filed under: Single Market, SMEs, Finance

Better quality and value for money when public authorities buy or lease works, goods or services are promised in new EU rules on public procurement and concession contracts, which received the green light in the European Parliament this week.

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New year, new leaders, new laws

Posted by Nick Prag at 09 January 2014, 16:55 CET |

2014 looks like being a big year for the EU, with a number of important laws coming into force, and some key decisions set to affect Europe's future.

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Support for creative Europe - EUR 170m available

Posted by Nick Prag at 12 December 2013, 17:10 CET |
Filed under: Culture, Media

Are you the creative sort? Are you maybe a film-maker, an author or an artist or actor, looking for funding to get your project off the ground. If you work in the creative industries, you will be interested to know that Creative Europe launched on 11 December.

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Horizon 2020 - lift-off for EU research funding

Posted by EUbusiness at 05 December 2013, 14:15 CET |

Two major long-term EU funding programmes with important implications for growth and jobs got the go-ahead this week, with ministers adopting a new EU framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, as well as Erasmus+ for education, training, youth and sport.

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Making Europe's cities sustainable

Posted by Nick Prag at 28 November 2013, 15:40 CET |
Filed under: Environment, Energy, Transport

Cities the world over are grappling with the same challenges - how to continue to grow as hubs of economic activity and innovation, and, at the same time, to become cleaner and healthier to live in, while using less energy.

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40 per cent of seats on company boards for women

Posted by Nick Prag at 20 November 2013, 19:10 CET |

Euro-MPs today gave their assent to a draft EU directive which looks to break the glass ceiling that continues to bar female talent from top positions in Europe's biggest companies.

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Agreement reached on Budget 2014

Posted by Nick Prag at 12 November 2013, 11:10 CET |
Filed under: EU Budget

They negotiated through the night, and finally European Parliament and Council managed to strike a deal on the EU budget for 2014. The deal also includes provision for remedying payments shortfalls in the current fiscal year.

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Generation Euro Students' Award

Posted by Nick Prag at 03 October 2013, 16:50 CET |
Filed under: Euro

Secondary school students studying economics and wanting to know more monetary policy issues, here is a competition just for you. There are prizes to be won, as well as the opportunity to participate in the European award event at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

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Spying disagreement clouds youth jobs meeting

Posted by Nick Prag at 14 July 2013, 23:05 CET |

I see that French President Hollande is taking the opportunity of the spying row to try and temporarily suspend trade talks with the United States. He is clearly on the side of protectionism - as seen by France's trying to exclude culture - ie France's film industry - from the upcoming talks.

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The Essentials of Crisis Management

Posted by Begbies Traynor Group Plc at 10 September 2010, 11:55 CET |

In times of crisis, control is a major determinant of a good outcome. Examples of critical situations include the kidnapping of a top executive while he is visiting another country or the hijacking of a passenger plane.

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Consumer protection under discussion by MEPS

Posted by EUbusiness at 08 March 2010, 23:10 CET |

The EU's internal market will be under scrutiny on Tuesday, 9 March, when a series of reports will be debated by MEPs in Strasbourg. Among the issues being discussed will be ways of resolving disputes without legal action and improving people's knowledge of the options open to them. The debate will be held Tuesday from 0900 CET and can be followed live online.

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