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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...

Environment Council 20 February 2007
Environment Council of EU Ministers, Background note, Agenda, Council conclusions on climate change, Council conclusions on pesticides

UKROM Link website
UKROM Link website

EU eCommunications Legislation
eCommunications - Legislation in Force

Meeting the costs of health care abroad
While travelling in another European State, you need unforeseen medical treatment. This is covered by the European health insurance card. If the treatment is the reason for your travel to another European State, these costs can be met if you obtain authorisation.

Avian influenza in the EU
Avian influenza or bird flu is a highly contagious viral disease which primarily affects birds. The European Commission has stepped up preventive measures against avian influenza, in response to the threat of H5N1.

Internal Market Scoreboard
The Internal Market Scoreboard examines how quickly and how well each of the EU Member States writes Single Market directives into national law. It also highlights the number of infringements proceedings that are underway against Member States.

Smoke-free options - Green Paper
Green Paper - Towards a Europe free from tobacco smoke: policy options at EU level

Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe
The Stability Pact is the first serious attempt by the international community to replace the previous, reactive crisis intervention policy in South Eastern Europe with a comprehensive, long-term conflict prevention strategy.

Public pension expenditure - projection results
Public pension expenditure in the EPC and the European Commission projections: an analysis of the projection results

Secondary trading at EU airports
Study on the impact of the introduction of secondary trading at Community airports.

EU Budget 2007 figures
General Budget of the European Union for the financial year 2007 - the figures.

Energy sector inquiry - final report
The main objective of the European Commission energy inquiry was to gather information to identify possible distortions of competition in the EU and its main results were published on 10 January 2007.

European cosmetics industry
The European cosmetics industry has a value of output of more than EUR 35 billion; is highly innovative, with major cosmetic companies replacing or reformulating around 25% of their products every year; and employs over 150.000 Europeans directly, with a further 350.000 jobs created indirectly in retail, distribution and transport. The main regulatory framework which aims at ensuring the free circulation of cosmetic products in the internal market and safeguarding the safety of cosmetic products placed on the EU-market is the Council Directive 76/768 of 27 July 1976 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to cosmetic products ("Cosmetics Directive").

EU Agri-Net
European Union agriculture research. This Europa site gives a comprehensive overview of the EU-funded research activities and how they benefit policy makers, consumers, industry and farmers.

EU Influenza Research
As news reaches the public about the spread of H5N1 'avian' influenza virus from Asia to Europe and Africa, it raises some questions. What is the difference between seasonal, avian and pandemic influenza? Is Europe prepared for a pandemic? What are scientists and, especially, EU-funded projects doing to help? This website presents current EU-funded flu and virus research – both human and pandemic strains and animal strains – and future initiatives. It also features profiles of some key personnel engaged in the battle against this deadly opponent.

Transport networks (TEN-T)
Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) - the construction of the trans-European transport network is a major element in economic competitiveness and a balanced and sustainable development of the European Union.

Trans-European Networks
The construction of Trans-European Networks (TEN) is seen as an important element for economic growth and the creation of employment. The idea for TEN emerged by the end of the 1980s in conjunction with the proposed Single Market. A big market, with freedom of movement within it for goods, persons and services, needed the various regions and national networks making up that market to be properly linked by modern and efficient infrastructure.

eCommunications - Networks and Services
Services or networks that transmit communications electronically, whether it is wireless or fixed, carrying data or voice, Internet based or circuit switched, broadcasting or personal communication are all covered by a set of EU rules that became applicable on 25 July 2003. The legal framework is aimed at developing and reinforcing the single market, promoting competition and safeguarding public and user interests in the electronic communications sector.

SMEs and the ICT challenge
20 million small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the European economy. They represent 99% of all enterprises in the EU and provide around 65 million jobs. They create wealth, foster new ideas and are a key source of new jobs. By using ICT and particularly e-business, SMEs have greater opportunities to develop: they are able to buy and sell over the Internet, reduce their costs and boost productivity, and manage change more effectively. e-business helps eliminate the barrier of distance, allowing SMEs to trade worldwide from a single website.

SME TechWeb
This European Commission website provides information and resources for technology - oriented companies with fewer than 250 employees (small and medium-sized enterprises, or SMEs) - especially those wishing to innovate and internationalise. It is of particular value to those who want to apply for research funding through the new measures of the European Union's Sixth Research and Technological Development Framework Programme (FP6).

CIP – Innovation and entrepreneurship, ICT and intelligent energy
CIP is a programme for SMEs bringing together several existing EU activities that support competitiveness and innovation The new CIP programme has a budget of EUR 3.621 billion, from 2007-2013. On an annual basis this represents an increase of 60% compared to 2006 under the various equivalent predecessor programmes. It is estimated, that more than 350.000 enterprises will benefit from the new Financial Instruments under CIP.

Safer Internet in the EU
The EU Safer Internet plus programme aims to promote safer use of the Internet and new online technologies, particularly for children, and to fight against illegal content and content unwanted by the end-user, as part of a coherent approach by the European Union.

i2010 - A European Information Society for growth and employment
The "i2010 – A European Information Society for growth and employment" initiative was launched by the Commission on 1 June 2005 as a framework for addressing the main challenges and developments in the information society and media sectors up to 2010. It promotes an open and competitive digital economy and emphasises ICT as a driver of inclusion and quality of life. The initiative contains a range of EU policy instruments to encourage the development of the digital economy such as regulatory instruments, research and partnerships with stakeholders.