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 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:20:14 GMT European economy faces threat on account of Ukraine's sanctions - Russia and India Report

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European economy faces threat on account of Ukraine's sanctions
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If the transit of Russian gas through Ukrainian territory is stopped, it will result in very serious losses for all three parties concerned: Russia, as represented by Gazprom; Ukraine, and the European Union. The consequences will be the most severe ...
bne Ukraine Daily ListBusiness New Europe
Ukraine hopes to cover over half of gas needs through EU reverse — energy ...ITAR-TASS
Europe must face up to very real risk of losing gasTradingFloor.com

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 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:37:53 GMT EU rules against powerful vacuum cleaners ban 'best' models, Which? warns - Telegraph.co.uk

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EU rules against powerful vacuum cleaners ban 'best' models, Which? warns
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In a blog last year, European Commission spokesman Marlene Holzner wrote: “Vacuum cleaners will use less energy for the same performance - how much dust they pick up. This will help consumers to save money and make Europe as a whole use less ...
Ten days left to hoover up a powerful cleanerBBC News

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 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:29:08 GMT Europe's Regional Airlines Lay Plans for New EU Parliament - Aviation International News

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Europe's Regional Airlines Lay Plans for New EU Parliament
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Change is afoot in the European regional airline sector, it would seem. Gone are the days of the “us and them,” with the regionals on one side, the major airlines on another and the low-cost carriers playing the role of bad-boy upstarts. The airline ...

 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:36:55 GMT Ukrainian sanctions on Gazprom could threaten European economy - Russia Beyond the Headlines

Ukrainian sanctions on Gazprom could threaten European economy
Russia Beyond the Headlines
If the transit of Russian gas through Ukrainian territory is stopped, it will result in very serious losses for all three parties concerned: Russia, as represented by Gazprom; Ukraine, and the European Union. The consequences will be the most severe ...

 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:36:37 GMT Why We Need A More Substantive European Democracy - Social Europe Journal

Why We Need A More Substantive European Democracy
Social Europe Journal
Are we witnessing a transition toward a post-democratic society? In an interview with EUROPP's editor Stuart Brown, Colin Crouch discusses democracy within the EU, the use of direct democracy in states like the UK, and the role of non-political actors ...

 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:12:19 GMT Europe pays farmers to destroy food hit by Russian ban - CNNMoney

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Europe pays farmers to destroy food hit by Russian ban
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"This is a measure aimed at reducing the level of supply so the prices don't drop to crisis levels," said European Commission spokesman Roger Waite. Russia hit back at the latest round of Western sanctions over Ukraine with its own year-long ban on ...
Hurt Putin, Hurt Yourself?The New Yorker
EU compensates fruit and veg growers hit by Russian banBBC News
Russia's sanctions threaten both EU farmers and policymakersEurActiv
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 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:02:50 GMT Could McDonald's Be the Latest Victim of Russian Retaliation? - Businessweek

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Could McDonald's Be the Latest Victim of Russian Retaliation?
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The watchdog agency didn't mention President Vladimir Putin's battle of sanctions with the U.S. and European Union in ordering the closures, but Russian authorities have wielded consumer-protection enforcement in other political controversies, as when ...
China-Russia agricultural trade to increase over short termCCTV

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 Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:15:32 GMT Britain's Role in Europe Is to Be a Pain - Bloomberg View

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Britain's Role in Europe Is to Be a Pain
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How does that logic apply to Britain's choice about remaining a member of the European Union? The same kind of calculation applies, but it's more complicated than the Scotland-U.K. question. To begin with, of course, the U.K. is still an independent state.
How the European Union is A Threat to Vital, Scientific ResearchBreitbart News

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 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:19:00 GMT EU Foreign Ministers Back Military Support for Kurds in Northern Iraq - New York Times

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EU Foreign Ministers Back Military Support for Kurds in Northern Iraq
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BRUSSELS — Foreign ministers of the European Union on Friday unanimously endorsed the efforts of individual member states to provide military support to the beleaguered Kurds in northern Iraq, and welcomed attempts by United States forces to head​ ...

 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:49:20 GMT Westinghouse urges EU to break dependency on Russian nuclear fuel - Financial Times

Westinghouse urges EU to break dependency on Russian nuclear fuel
Financial Times
While the crisis in Ukraine has focused attention on Europe's vulnerability to a cut in supplies of gas from Russia, Westinghouse argues that Brussels must also respond to similar security risks posed by Moscow's control of nuclear fuel in the eastern EU.

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 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:56:02 GMT Brazil: Silva confirmed as socialist presidential candidate
Marina Silva has been confirmed as the new presidential candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party. The announcement comes one week after the…




 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:09:02 GMT Three Hamas leaders killed in Gaza
Overnight, Israeli air strikes have killed three top Hamas commanders in Gaza, say militants. Mohammed Abu Shamala, Mohammed Barhoum and Raed…




 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:48:02 GMT Tornados devastate the Italian town of Arenzano
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 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:46:01 GMT World Mosquito Day: 117 years on the battle continues
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 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:56:02 GMT Moscow shuts McDonald's restaurants for 'sanitary violations'
Russia has ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald's restaurants across Moscow. The decision comes after visits from food safety officers who…




 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:24:48 GMT Syrian migrants rescued off Italian coast
More migrants have been picked up off the coast of Italy. Twenty-seven were rescued when their vessel drifted into dangerous waters near Calabria…





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 Wed, 21 May 2014 16:21:17 GMT Almunia seeks to focus state aid scrutiny
As few as 10% of all state aid could be notified to the Commission under new rules. Member states giving aid will have to be more transparent, giving other member states and companies greater capacity to monitor respect for EU state aid rules.
 Wed, 21 May 2014 15:38:30 GMT General Court warns OLAF
The EU anti-fraud agency's seven-year investigation into a former Commission contractor was unduly long and breached his fundamental rights, the court has ruled.
 Wed, 21 May 2014 11:01:03 GMT €25m in EU health aid for developing countries
EU funding will go to the GAVI Alliance, which works to increase access to immunisation in poor countries.
 Tue, 20 May 2014 17:54:35 GMT Final forecasts predict victory for EPP
Centre-right will become the largest party in the next European Parliament, final opinion polls suggest.

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 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:00:00 MEST Erasmus university exchanges – record-breaking year

Nearly 270,000 students from across Europe took part in the EU's Erasmus exchange programme in 2012-13, the highest number in its 27-year history.

 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:00:00 MEST European consumer market performance on the rise

 
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New figures show improved conditions across all markets in Europe, though services and the energy sector give cause for concern.

 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:00:00 MEST EU slashes data roaming price caps

 
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The EU has more than halved mobile data roaming charges for people travelling within Europe this summer and aims to eliminate roaming charges entirely by 2016.

 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:00:00 MEST Shaping the future of Europe’s cities

 
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How can EU policy best cater for the needs of cities? The EU wants to hear your views.

 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 MEST Protect small food suppliers from industry giants, says EU

 
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The EU is calling for action to protect small food companies from unfair practices used by some of the bigger manufacturers and supermarkets in the industry.

 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00:00 MEST MH17: EU aviation crisis cell to ensure full coordination

 
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Following the crash of the Malaysian Airlines plane in Ukraine, Vice-President Kallas today activated the EU aviation crisis cell to manage the effects on airspace and to guarantee the safety of flights.

 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:00:00 MEST A travel essential: the European Health Insurance Card

 
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When you're in another EU country, the European Health Insurance Card makes seeing a doctor or going to hospital easier. It can save you time and money. 

 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:00:00 MEST A new start for Europe - Jean-Claude Juncker's Political Guidelines

Jean-Claude Juncker has been elected President of the European Commission by a strong majority of 422 votes in the European Parliament plenary session.

 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:00:00 MEST EU aims for zero-waste economy with higher recycling targets

 
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The EU has proposed higher recycling targets in a bid to transform Europe's economy into one where nothing is wasted, supporting sustainable growth.

 Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:00:00 MEST Italy takes over presidency of the EU

Growth and employment, strengthening citizens’ rights and a stronger role for Europe in the world will be Italy’s priorities during its 6-month presidency of the EU.

 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:00:00 MEST We must make the most of “green” job opportunities, says EU

 
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The EU has outlined a plan to maximise job opportunities in environment-friendly sectors and support workers as the economy becomes “greener”.

 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:00:00 MEST European Council, 26-27 June

 
 President Barroso

EU leaders met in Brussels, where they signed Association Agreements with Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine and designated Jean-Claude Juncker as next Commission President.

 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:00:00 MEST How can the EU improve your supply of drinking water?

 
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The EU wants to hear your views: how can the supply of drinking water in Europe be improved, to guarantee everyone affordable access to clean, safe water?

 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:00:00 MEST Commission making EU law lighter, simpler and less costly

 
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The Commission assesses progress towards cutting red tape and announces new plans for simplifying EU rules to boost growth and jobs.

 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:00:00 MEST Food safety – protecting people and animals

 
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The EU's food safety early warning network cemented its vital role in keeping dangerous food products off the shelves in 2013, and aims to lead the fight against fraud. 

 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:00:00 MEST EU aims to improve health and safety for workers

 
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The EU has announced plans to guarantee better working conditions and reduce work accidents in Europe.

 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:00:00 MEST EU looks to strengthen energy security

The EU has proposed measures to ensure the security of its energy supply in the light of recent world events.

 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:00:00 MEST Building growth: Country-specific recommendations 2014

The European Commission has today adopted a series of economic policy recommendations to individual Member States to strengthen the recovery that began a year ago.

 Mon, 26 May 2014 12:00:00 MEST Government subsidies for industry - new EU rules to boost R&D

 
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The EU is to make it easier for governments to help companies as part of an overhaul of rules designed to boost growth and encourage research and innovation.

 Wed, 21 May 2014 12:00:00 MEST Global immunisation programmes – EU to provide €25m a year

With the aim of improving the health of millions in developing countries, the EU is more than doubling its funding for vaccines and immunisation worldwide.


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 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:39:00 GMT Press release - ECON chairman Gualtieri wants "bolder action" for euro area - Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
The Governing Council of the ECB met on Thursday and decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.15%, 0.40% and -0.10% respectively. Please find below the reaction of the chairman of Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, Roberto Gualtieri (S&D, IT):
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 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 07:00:00 GMT Article - Summer reading: top five of Parliament's most popular articles
General : The quality of life in Europe today, Ukraine, a photo contest, the composition of the new Parliament and cheaper phone calls were the topics of our most-read articles of the first half of the year on the European Parliament’s website. Check out our links to experience the highlights of the year so far.

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 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0100  Production in construction down by 0.7% in euro area
In June 2014 compared with May 2014, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector fell by 0.7% in the euro area (EA18) and by 0.3% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In May 2014, production in construction fell by 1.4% in both zones.
 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0100  Euro area international trade in goods surplus €16.8 bn
The first estimate for the euro area (EA18) trade in goods balance with the rest of the world in June 2014 gave a €16.8 billion surplus, compared with +€15.7 bn in June 2013. The May 2014 balance was +€15.4 bn, compared with +€14.6 bn in May 2013. In June 2014 compared with May 2014, seasonally adjusted exports fell by 0.5% while imports rose by 0.5%.
 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0100  GDP stable in the euro area and up by 0.2% in the EU28
Seasonally adjusted GDP remained stable in the euro area (EA18) and rose by 0.2% in the EU28 during the second quarter of 2014, compared with the previous quarter, according to flash estimates published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the first quarter of 2014, GDP grew by 0.2% in the euro area and by 0.3% in the EU28.
 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0100  Euro area annual inflation down to 0.4%
Euro area annual inflation was 0.4% in July 2014, down from 0.5% in June. This is the lowest annual inflation rate since October 2009. In July 2013 the rate was 1.6%. Monthly inflation was -0.7% in July 2014.

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 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:38:00 UT Cosmic Vision:Call for a Medium-size mission opportunity in ESA's Science Programme for a launch in 2025 (M4)
Through this Call for Missions the Director of Science and Robotic Exploration solicits from the broad scientific community proposals for the competitive selection of mission concepts to be candidate for the implementation of a medium-size, or M-class, mission (M4) for launch in 2025.
 Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:34:00 UT Rosetta:Rosetta arrives at comet destination
After a decade-long journey chasing its target, ESA's Rosetta has today become the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet, opening a new chapter in Solar System exploration.
 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:33:00 UT Rosetta:Rosetta takes comet's temperature
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has made its first temperature measurements of its target comet, finding that it is too hot to be covered in ice and must instead have a dark, dusty crust.
 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:58:00 UT Gaia:Gaia: 'Go' for science
Following extensive in-orbit commissioning and several unexpected challenges, ESA's billion-star surveyor, Gaia, is now ready to begin its science mission.

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 Wed, 31 Dec 2014 23:00:00 GMT2014-12-31T23:00:00Z Peer Review in Belgium: Children First – pilot local consultation platforms on child poverty
In May 2014, the Belgian government embarked on funding a year-long pilot project of local ‘consultation platforms’, intended to raise awareness of child poverty, provide parents with information about existing aid channels, and lend support to teachers, care providers and families alike. A study has been commissioned to determine the effectiveness of the pilot platforms. This Peer Review will enable the study’s interim findings to be shared with other Member States.
 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 23:00:00 GMT2014-12-03T23:00:00Z Peer Review in Austria: The political adequacy of quantitative impact assessment in the social field by means of micro-simulation models
Since July 2013, the SORESI micro-simulation model has been helping Austria’s policy-makers assess the likely impact of proposed policy reforms on the country’s most vulnerable social groups. This Peer Review will look at the benefits SORESI has brought so far, and its findings are also expected to contribute to a possible further refinement of the model, including its use of unemployment or economic growth figures and data on changes in the behaviour of the population.

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 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:14:02 GMT Pathways 2014
This event offers an intimate platform and summit connecting innovative European tech entrepreneurs with global investment and the resources to help them succeed.
 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:17:23 GMT Mobile Apps for Independent Living
Mobile apps have a huge potential to help older people live independently at home and stay mobile. Many AAL projects are making use of the opportunities offered by mobile operative systems. Mobile applications are likely to become more and more accessible for older people over the next few years. This workshop, organised in the context of the AAL Forum, will go further into the opportunities and challenges when it comes to developing mobile apps for supporting older people in their daily life.

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 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Where a tyre contacts a road-a blueprint for a better interaction
Driving could become safer, quieter and greener thanks to TYROSAFE, an EU-funded project that has completed research on road surface and tyre interactions. A follow-on project is already using the results to develop common standards across Europe for monitoring such interactions.
 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT The cross-border initiative focused on defence against diabetes
Type 1 diabetes results from abnormal activity of the body's immune system and it is on the rise in European children and adolescents. A European research project aims to find out why the cleanliness long assumed to be the best defence against this disease could actually be the cause of it.
 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT An instant, custom-fitted shoe technology for the perfect footwear
An EU-funded research project, ShopInstantShoe, has built a technology to personalise fashionable shoes for consumers using memory shape materials. The system, which can be used for any footwear, molds the size, shape and design of the shoe based on the exact size of the consumer's foot.
 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Ensuring electronic components are the real deal
Cars in Europe are consuming an increasing amount of energy. Reducing the weight of vehicles by using lighter materials, however, would radically decrease their demand for fuel, while at the same time lessening their impact on the environment and lowering costs.

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 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:30:00 +0200 Nitrogen oxide emissions still a major problem in Europe

Air pollution emitted from sources such as traffic, industry and households is still above internationally agreed limits in many European countries, according to data published today. The accompanying report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) confirms an initial assessment published earlier this year, showing 12 EU Member States exceeded limits under the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive in 2010.

 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:05:00 +0200 Rio+20 agreement - a modest step in the right direction

At last week’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, delegates did not agree to any ambitious treaties or deadlines for dealing with pressing issues such as climate change, food and water scarcity. However, there were many positive signs for the future global environment.

 Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:45:00 +0200 New cars sold in 2011 were 3.3 % more fuel efficient than those sold in 2010

Europeans are buying cars that are more efficient. Average carbon dioxide emissions per kilometre continue to fall in Europe, according to preliminary figures released today. The 2011 data from the European Environment Agency (EEA) also show that car manufacturers are mostly on track to meeting European Union (EU) targets.

 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:00:00 +0200 Rio+20 – time to rethink the way we use natural resources

This week the Rio de Janeiro summit on sustainable development will open. Rio+20 is an opportunity to look back at changes in our environment since the first Earth Summit in 1992, and also a time to look to the future, re-evaluating the way our economies and our societies depend on the environment and natural resources.


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