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A collection of links to web sites of the European Union institutions and other European business web sites.

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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.

Fighting Spam in Europe
Article 13(1) of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive requires Member States to prohibit the sending of unsolicited commercial communications by fax or e-mail or other electronic messaging systems such as SMS and MMS unless the prior consent of the addressee has been obtained (opt-in system).

EU Internet Policies and Activities
The Internet is a critical element of the Information Society, particularly in Europe, where it can help bridge national boundaries and create a truly European economy and society.

Data protection in the EU
Developments of a frontier free Internal Market and of the so called 'information society' increase the cross-frontier flows of personal data between Member States of the EU. In order to remove potential obstacles to such flows and to ensure a high level of protection within the EU, data protection legislation has been harmonised. The Commission also engages in dialogues with non-EU countries in order to insure a high level of protection when exporting personal data to those countries. It also initiates studies on the development on European and international level on the state of data protection.

CADDET - energy technologies research
The CADDET (centre for the analysis and dissemination of demonstrated energy technologies) initiative has launched a new web service comprising a one-stop-shop to information on sustainable energy technologies and projects. CADDET brings together the countries participating in the International Energy Agency (all 15 EU Member States, two acceding countries, and others), and the European Commission. Its aim is to provide the latest information on innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that have been applied in a commercial environment, and ultimately to promote their widespread uptake by the market. The new site allows users to search products, specifying individual technologies, countries or market sectors.

Professional qualifications in the EU
The rights of EU citizens to establish themselves or to provide services anywhere in the EU are fundamental principles of European Community law. Regulations which only recognise professional qualifications of a particular jurisdiction are seen as presenting obstacles to these fundamental freedoms.

Free movement of workers in the EU
Every citizen of the EU has the right to work and live in another Member State without being discriminated against on grounds of nationality.

European Year for Workers' Mobility
2006 has been designated the European Year for Workers’ Mobility. On this site you can find out more about activities and events carried out in the framework of the Year, and access a wealth of information on workers' mobility. It aims to open up the debate on the real benefits and challenges of working abroad or changing job.

European Job Fairs 2006
The week of 29–30 September will see the first ever Europe-wide jobs fair take place as one of the centrepieces of the European Year of Workers’ Mobility. Parallel events will take place in between 70 and 100 towns and cities across Europe and are expected to attract thousands of participants.

European Commission CSR site
Corporate Social Responsibility on the European Commission's Employment/Social Affairs DG site.

Europass portal
Europass helps people to make their skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe (European Union, EFTA/EEA and candidate countries) and also to move anywhere in Europe. The Europass portal allows EU citizens to complete online, with the help of a tutorial and examples, their own Europass CV and Europass Language Passport.

ETUC European Trade Union Confederation
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) was set up in 1973 to promote the interests of working people at European level and to represent them in the EU institutions. The ETUC has in membership 81 National Trade Union Confederations from 36 European countries, as well as 12 European industry federations, making a total of 60 million members, plus observer organisations in Macedonia and Serbia. Other trade Union structures such as EUROCADRES (the Council of European Professional and Managerial Staff) and EFREP/FERPA (European Federation of Retired and Elderly Persons) operate under the auspices of the ETUC.

Consumer and Health Protection DG
Over the years the European Union has established EU laws on the safety of food and other products, on consumers' rights and on the protection of people's health. The Health and Consumer Protection Directorate General has the task of keeping these laws up to date.

GMOs and the EU
Latest documents and legislation on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) - EC food safety site

Soft fruits for processing - EU report
In 2004, the market of several soft fruits and other red fruits intended for processing was in a situation of crisis with low producer prices. In the context of the discussions on the simplification of the Common Market Organisation for fruits and vegetables at the Council in November 2004, the Presidency requested the Commission to carry out an analysis of the situation of the sector and, if necessary, bring forward proposals to address specific problems.

Food Safety in the EU
The EU integrated approach to food safety aims to assure a high level of food safety, animal health, animal welfare and plant health within the European Union through coherent farm-to-table measures and adequate monitoring, while ensuring the effective functioning of the internal market.