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Commission calls for eco-innovation projects from SMEs
The European Commission today launched a €35 million call for projects that turn environmental challenges into business opportunities.

MEPs propose further amendements to the regulation on biocidal products
MEPs last week proposed further amendments to a regulation concerning the placing on the market and use of biocidal products.

Commission will revise competition rules in distribution sector
The Commission next week is due to update the rules providing a 'safe harbour' for agreements between manufacturers and distributors.

MEPs to vote on amendments to the rules of invoicing
MEPs are set to vote on 22 April on a proposal on the common system of value added tax as regards the rules on invoicing.

Fisheries: MEPs debate imports, wages and quality
At a public hearing on the common organisation of the fishery market on Thursday, MEPs debated how to ensure fair income for fishermen and how European producers can compete with third countries.

Stronger language rights for EU citizens in criminal trials
MEPs backed today new measures to guarantee EU citizens access to translation and interpretation in their own language when facing a criminal trial in another Member State.

Bluefin tuna: stricter catch tracking to deter illegal fishing
MEPs back a new tracking system of bluefin tuna from catch to sale, which will allow closer control over the alarmingly depleting stocks in EU waters.

MEPs back new regulation to limit animal testing
Legislation to regulate the use of animals for scientific experiments has moved a step closer after Parliament and Council representatives reached on Wednesday an agreement on the final details of draft legislation in the pipeline.

MEPs draft a report on cross-border crisis management
MEPs drafted yesterday a report with recommendations to the Commission on cross-border crisis management in the banking sector.

EP committee backs treaty change to allow 18 additional MEPs
MEPs gave their support today to a modification of the Lisbon Treaty that would allow 18 new Members of the European Parliament to take their seats during the ongoing legislature.

Mergers: Commission approves proposed joint venture by Bosch, Deutz and Eberspächer
The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed creation of a joint venture by the German companies Bosch, Deutz and Eberspächer.

MEPs to vote on a proposal on transport of dangerous goods
MEPs are set to vote on 19 April on a draft report amending the Directive on the transportation of dangerous goods, or transportable pressure equipment.

MEPs suggest amendments to the Directive on falsified medicines
The European Parliament's Internal Market Committee published yesterday an Opinion suggesting improvements to the Directive on medicinal products, as regards the supply chain of falsified medicinal products.

ACP-EU Assembly calls for support to banana producers
The ACP-EU Assembly asked the European Commission to increase aid to ACP and EU banana producers to help them adapt to the new tariff rules of the EU-Latin America trade agreement.

New EU visa code from 5 April
A new visa code will become applicable in the European Union from 5 April. The EU Visa Code gathers into a single document all legal provisions governing decisions on visas.

EC greenlights aid for UK farmers
The European Commission has authorised a temporary scheme granting aid of up to EUR 15,000 to British farmers.

Main points of the EU's Lisbon Treaty
The European Union's wide-ranging Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force Tuesday, is aimed at updating and revitalising the bloc's institutions and replacing its failed constitution.

Main points of the EU's Lisbon Treaty
The European Union's wide-ranging Lisbon Treaty, now ratified by all 27 EU member states after eurosceptic Czech President Vaclav Klaus put pen to paper Tuesday, is aimed at updating and revitalising the bloc's institutions and replacing its failed constitution.