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Serbia - the first EU candidate country to produce a Gender Equality Index
Serbia launched on 2 February the results of its Gender Equality Index making it the first non-EU country to produce an assessment of how equal women and men are in the various fields of society by applying a broad scale of indicators. Compared with the EU Member States Serbia’s overall score places it in 22nd position. With a score of 40.6 points out of 100 Serbia is almost half way towards gender equality. In comparison, the EU average is 52.9.

EuroISPA: Privacy Shield political agreement is a step in the right direction
EuroISPA has been supportive of the efforts of the European Commission, the US Department of Commerce, and the Article 29 Working Group to realise a data transfer mechanism that supports transatlantic trade and maintains consumer trust in the Information Society.

European Patent Office revokes Monsanto patent on melons
The European Patent Office (EPO) has revoked a patent held by Monsanto on melons (EP1962578) for technical reasons.

WWF: The Mediterranean Sea won't sustain our economy if we don’t turn the tide now
The Mediterranean region is currently facing impressive growth, a real “blue Gold Rush”. Without a long-term vision for sustainable development, the Mediterranean Sea will not be able to sustain our economy and our well-being, says WWF.

European Parliament calling for patents on plants derived from conventional breeding to be stopped
In a resolution backed by a large majority of its members, the European Parliament has taken a clear position against granting patents on plants derived from conventional ("essentially biological") breeding.

The human cost of cheap bananas
New report shows how increasing market power and Unfair Trading Practices of European supermarkets affect banana small farmers and plantation workers

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Consumers and industry want tighter EU rules to tackle illegal timber
A survey of consumers across Europe shows high support (85 per cent) for better laws that ensure the legality of wood products on the market.

European Patent Office boosts its business with Patents on Life
A monopoly on specific tomatoes with a higher content of healthy compounds known as flavonols was granted by the European Patent Office (EPO) to the Swiss company Syngenta. The patent covers the plants, the seeds and the fruits. Patent EP1515600 describes the crossing of wild tomatoes with domesticated varieties. The plants are not genetically engineered but derived from classical breeding.

Ground-breaking Report on Health and Welfare of EU Horses, Donkeys and Mules
World Horse Welfare and lobbying consortium Eurogroup for Animals are proud to publish 'Removing the Blinkers: The health and welfare of European equidae in 2015', the first ever report to investigate the scale of the horse sector in Europe, legislation affecting it and the key health and welfare challenges of the EU's equids.

Evgeny Lebedev
Evgeny Lebedev

Alexander Lebedev
Alexander Lebedev

Ahmad al-Sayed
Ahmad al-Sayed

Spirits sector comments on Parliament Resolution on EU alcohol strategy
spiritsEUROPE noted the adoption of the European Parliament Resolution on the Future EU Alcohol Strategy. In particular, the Parliament’s focus on tackling alcohol harm rather than on alcohol consumption per se is correct, and MEPs' emphasis on the contexts and patterns of alcohol consumption are also very welcome.

Over 80% of future deforestation confined to just 11 places
Eleven places in the world - 10 of which are in the tropics - will account for over 80 per cent of forest loss globally by 2030, according to research released today by WWF.

"Fight tax havens, start with the European Investment Bank", argues new report
The European Investment Bank (EIB) was the first Development Financial Institution (DFI) to adopt a tax haven policy in 2009. However, more than five years on EIB money still runs via tax havens. A new report by Counter Balance and Re:Common* ‘Towards a Responsible Taxation Policy for the EIB’ which is launched today calls on the EU’s public bank to grasp the political momentum at EU level to prevent any public money from flowing through tax havens.

Earth Hour - the biggest global movement to save the planet - gets support from top EU politicians
Top ranking political leaders in the European Commission, as well as more than 70 Members of the European Parliament, join millions of people around the world on the occasion of Earth Hour 2015.

UK companies file more European patents in 2014
Patent filings at the European Patent Office (EPO) grew by 3.1% in 2014, hitting a new record high of over 274 000. Companies from the UK filed 6 823 patents at the EPO last year (2013: 6 510): with +4.8% the highest growth rate for the UK since 2011, and well above the 1.2% average increase of the 38 EPO member states.

Major gains for businesses moving to Wales
The devolved government of Wales continues its decidedly pro-business stance, with the benefits for businesses moving to the country as pronounced as ever. A small country reliant on independent funding, Wales has the advantages of a fast, dependable infrastructure and a business-positive outlook shared by both its government and its citizens.

Photo © Yanchenko - Fotolia
Photo © Yanchenko - Fotolia

European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new IRIS Special report
Who’s afraid of the big bad data? New forms of audiovisual commercial communications in a converged audiovisual sector

Pope Francis speaks out on human rights and care for creation when addressing European Parliament
The alliance of Catholic development agencies, CIDSE, welcomes the address of Pope Francis to the European Parliament today, November 25, 2014. Continuing on his encyclical Evangelii Gaudium, CIDSE sees in the Pope’s message a challenge to current consumerism and models of economy.

MEPs from EPP fighting to cancel daylight saving time
This Saturday people will turn their clocks back from daylight saving time. However, clock changes twice a year cause various problems. This fact is supported by several studies. Czech Members of the European Parliament Tomas Zdechovsky (LIBE, CONT) and Pavel Svoboda (JURI - chair, TRAN) therefore decided to fight along with the European Citizens' Initiative "For Only One Time" for establishment of one time, as the name of the initiative suggests.

MYA world first
MYA world first

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