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Speech by President Barroso: “The future of the EU – moving forward together”

University of Copenhagen Copenhagen, 23 April 2012 Prime Minister, Rector, ladies and gentlemen, dear students, It is a real pleasure to be here for this debate with you today. It is indeed my second time in the University of Copenhagen. Copenhagen is not only the oldest university in Denmark but also one of the most respected academic institutions in Europe. A university which sums up much of what is best about Europe, a sense of enquiry, the search for excellence, and an...
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Food Safety: EU harmonises the use of flavouring substances

At a meeting of the Standing Committee yesterday on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH), Member States endorsed a Commission proposal on the establishment of a European Union list of permitted flavouring substances and a transitional measure on other flavourings. While flavourings have a long history of safe use in a wide variety of food, consumers and companies currently face divergent national provisions. These two new pieces of legislation, which will enter into force once the comitology procedure will...
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EU Parliament’s Endorses Risk-sharing Instruments for Member States

EU Commission welcomes Parliament’s endorsement of risk-sharing instruments for Member States worst hit by the financial crisis, to contribute to investment and job creation Brussels, 19 April 2012 - The European Parliament has today approved the Commission’s proposal enabling the use of cohesion policy allocations still available to back-up guarantees and loans by financial institutions such as the European Investment Bank (EIB). EU funds will be used to create so-called “risk-sharing instruments”. The measure is intended to address the serious...
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Conference on the Enforcement of IP Rights, April 26th

On 26 April, the Commission will organise a conference in Brussels on the enforcement of intellectual property rights, in association with the Danish EU Presidency. This Conference follows on from a Commission Public Hearing in June 2011 and a public consultation on the application of Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of intellectual property rights. It is expected to provide further valuable stakeholder input on intellectual property policy, in the context of a review of the Directive by the Commission. Over...
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Entrepreneurship Education on the Increase

Brussels, 13 April 2012 Entrepreneurship education is being increasingly promoted in most European countries, according to a new report published by the European Commission. Eight countries (Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Wales and the Flemish part of Belgium) have launched specific strategies to promote entrepreneurship education, while 13 others (Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey) include it as part of their national lifelong learning, youth or growth strategies. Half of European...
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Product safety – Upcoming Presentation of the annual report on Rapex, the rapid alert system for non-food dangerous products

On May 8th, 2012  Commissioner John Dalli will present the key findings of the 2011 annual report published on that day concerning Rapex, the EU-wide rapid alert system for dangerous products. The findings of the report will include the trends in the number of products notified thanks to the system, the top product categories, the most active member states notifying unsafe products, and the countries of origin. The event:  Press Conference with John Dalli, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Directly...
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Study: Current Property Tax Burdens Comparisons and Differences Between Various US and European Jurisdictions

As part of the recent program: Property Tax Challenges – Impact on Real Estate Performance, IPTI and EACC member Don Liebman of Proskauer put together a study of Current Property Tax Burdens Comparisons and Differences Between Various US and European Jurisdictions. To review the study click here: Property Tax -EACC_IPTI.
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New Initiative by the Austrian Government: Gender Budgeting – An Effective Strategy to Achieve Gender Equality

The Austrian  Federal Minister for Women & Civil Service Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek, has recently presented a so called Gender Budgeting initiative to help achieve gender equality at a UN conference here in New York. Public expenditure often has very different impacts on women and men – whether they relate to childcare, tax, daily travel or women’s and men’s health. This according to the initiative should be taken into consideration when public budgets are being drawn up. The goal is not to...