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The EU & the Kimberley Process (blood diamonds)
The Kimberley Process is a unique initiative by government authorities, the international diamond industry and NGOs to stem the flow of so called ‘blood diamonds’ – rough diamonds used by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments. These have contributed to fuelling devastating conflicts in a number of countries in Africa.

Lorenzo Natali Prize
A prize for journalists reporting on Human Rights and Democracy - European Commission

Poverty among migrants in Europe
The aim of this Policy Brief from AlphaGalileo is to analyse the level of poverty among migrants in 14 European countries. Migrants from outside the European Union are occasionally exposed to a multiple times higher risk of poverty than the “indigenous” population, according to the widely used Laeken indicator of poverty (with a threshold of 60% of national median income). EU and non-EU migrants constitute two rather distinct groups in most countries in terms of their exposure to poverty.

E-Communications household survey
The results of a special Eurobarometer survey conducted by TNS Opinion & Social between 17 November 2006 and 19 December 2006 to measure the attitude of European households and individuals towards fixed and mobile telephony, Internet access, TV broadcast services, bundled offers, 112 emergency call number, telephone directories, privacy and security. The survey covers the 27 EU Member States together with Candidate countries (Croatia and Turkey) and the Turkish Cypriot Community, with an average of 1.000 households interviewed per country. It follows on from the previous Eurobarometer survey that was conducted between December 2005 and January 2006.

Adjustment in EMU: A model-based analysis of country experiences
This paper uses a two-country-three-sector DSGE model to analyse adjustment in the Euro area. A particular distinction is made between tradeables and non tradeables and non tradeables are further disaggregated into housing and services. The experience of six countries which have shown strong divergences in the early years of the euro area, namely Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain is analysed. The framework allows replication of actual developments in euro-area Member States using a model that is inherently stable. It is found that to a large extent, the diverging growth and inflation developments and current account shifts can be attributed to one-off adjustment to EMU which broadly seems to have run its course. The absence of an exchange risk premium in EMU allows an increase in capital mobility resulting in a lower correlation between domestic savings and investment. Increased capital mobility seems to have been an important driving force behind the current account dynamics. Due to the absence of risk premia, investment – and especially housing investment - responds strongly to exogenous shocks.

EU coal industry
European Commission website, where the Commission outlines EU activities in the key areas of: Observing coal market activity; Ensuring research into new technologies, especially cleaner power from coal; Implementing coal-related legislation in the areas of State Aid and Environmental Conservation.

EU Digital Preservation report
The Report on Digital Preservation, Orphan Works and Out-of-Print Works, Selected Implementation Issues is an advisory report on copyright issues to the European Commission, presented on 19 April by the EU's High Level Expert Group on Digital Libraries - which includes, inter alia, stakeholders from the British Library, the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, the Federation of European Publishers and Google.

RAPEX annual report 2006
The RAPEX 2006 Annual Report 2006 describes the functioning of the RAPEX system in 2006 and includes detailed information about the number and origin of notifications, the type and country of origin of notified products, and the identified risks. In total, 924 products presenting a serious risk to the health and safety of consumers were reported through RAPEX last year, compared to 701 in 2005, which represents a 32% increase. The report also looks at the key developments in 2006 and finishes off by drawing the main conclusions and by touching on the future challenges.

eHealth priorities and strategies in 32 European countries
All European countries undertake great efforts to improve access, quality and efficiency of their health services through innovative information technology-based solutions. And together they move towards a common eHealth agenda in Europe. This is the key message of a newly published European Commission report entitled “eHealth priorities and strategies in European countries”. It provides eHealth fact sheets on national activities not only for the 27 EU Member States but also five other European countries.

Air Passenger Rights in the European Union
Air Transport Portal of the European Commission

EU funding rules information pack
Overview of new financial rules and funding opportunities 2007-2013

Euro commemorative coins
Commemorative coins are 2-euro circulation coins bearing a special national design to commemorate a special event or personality. Commemorative coins have legal tender status throughout the euro area.

EU Transparency Initiative
The purpose of this corner is to give a small overview on the Transparency Initiative – an idea, which among other goals aims to increase openness and accessibility of EU institutions, raise awareness over the use of the EU budget and make the Union's institutions more accountable to the public. The site will be constantly updated as the debate progresses, providing you with fresh information on the outcomes of the debates and future plans.

The EU at a Glance
Basic information about the European Union with links to more detailed information - Panorama of the EU - Maps of Europe and a description of each country - EU law and treaties - Travelling in Europe - The symbols of the EU - Basic statistics on Europe

Community Reference Laboratories
CRLs are analytical laboratories designated by Community directives and regulations. They are an integral part of European risk management system. The mission of the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) is to promote a common and reliable European measurement system in support of EU policies.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in Europe
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in Europe: steps towards a policy framework - European Commission Communication COM(2007)96 final

European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net)
Who can you turn to if you have a problem with a product you bought in another European country? Who can inform you of your rights and what you are entitled to as a European consumer? If you have a complaint against a company or you are in a dispute with a trader, who can assist you and help solve your case? The network of European Consumer Centres is there to help with such questions and any other problems you may have concerning your activities as a consumer in Europe. The aim being that you should feel as confident when shopping in another country as you do at home.

Attitudes towards alcohol
Eurobarometers - surveys of European public opinion - about EU Public Health issues.

European Neighbourhood Policy
Since the 2004 enlargement of the EU, relations with its neighbours have become the EU’s main external priority. Through the European Neighbourhood Policy, the EU aims to avoid new dividing lines between the enlarged EU and its neighbours to the east and on the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean. It invites these neighbours, on the basis of a mutual commitment to common values, to move beyond existing cooperation to deeper economic and political, cultural and security cooperation - strengthening stability, security and well-being for all concerned. The new feature goes beyond cooperation to include economic integration, for those ready and able.

Brussels European Council 8/9 March 2007 Presidency Conclusions
Brussels European Council 8/9 March 2007 Presidency Conclusions

50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome - Europa website
This European Commission website contains information concerning the celebrations of the EU's 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

2007 report on equality between women and men
2006 saw two major events with a bearing on gender equality in the EU: the adoption by the Commission of the Roadmap for equality between women and men for the period 2006-2010, and the adoption by the European Council of the Pact for Gender Equality. These two key initiatives testify to the EU's continued commitment to achieving genuine equality between women and men.

European Consumer Consultative Group 2006 - 2009
n its Decision (2003/709/EC) of 9 October 2003, the Commission created the European Consumer Consultative Group (ECCG). This body replaced the Consumer Committee as the Commission's main forum for engaging with consumer organisations.

EU Food Quality Schemes Project
Considering the constant increase of Quality Assurance and Certification schemes, the European Parliament has requested the European Commission to analyse the opportunity to implement a Community legal framework for the protection of such schemes in the Food Chain. In order to ensure that the best available knowledge in the field is backed by the reality of the Food Chain, the European Commission decided to build the analysis on a combination of research and direct input from stakeholders.

Health-EU Portal
The Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General is pleased to present the Health-EU Portal (the official public health portal of the European Union) and the wide range of information and data on health-related issues and activities at both European and international level...