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Cyprus and Luxembourg top bathing water rankings

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In the latest report, most sites were given an excellent rating for 2012 – the same proportion as in 2011. But more managed a “sufficient” rating than in the previous year. 2012 water testing The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) annual bathing water report looked at samples from more than 22 000 bathing sites around Europe. Water was tested for harmful pollutants and bacteria, such as E. coli – possibly from sewage or livestock waste. Best... and worst performers The top performers in 2012 were Cyprus and Luxembourg, with all li... Read More »

Europe loves Wi-Fi: new study recommends more spectrum should be made available

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European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: “Wi-Fi is a huge success. It’s a win for everybody involved. I will make sure the European Commission helps to spread use of Wi-Fi through extra spectrum and lighter regulation.” While 3G/4G networks are essential for truly mobile activity, it is currently expensive to buy the spectrum rights needed to run these networks, consumers pay significant prices to use 3G/4G (for example when roaming), and the networks are already congested in many parts of Europe because of a lack of allocated s... Read More »

The backbone for European science gets stronger: 100Gbps internet for individual researchers

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Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission, says: “We need high speed and high capacity to keep in the global research race. The data side of the research equation is almost as important as the research itself today. With this upgrade, GÉANT demonstrates it is the leader of the research network pack.” Speeds like this will enable faster collaboration on critical projects and meet the rapidly increasing demand for data transfer capacity. The creation and sharing of research data is increasing exponentially, impacting the ICT infr... Read More »

June 2013 compared with May 2013 Industrial producer prices stable in both euro area and EU27

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In June 2013 compared with June 2012, industrial producer prices rose by 0.3% in the euro area and by 0.6% in the EU27 . Monthly comparison In June 2013, compared with the previous month, prices in total industry excluding the energy sector remained stable in both the euro area and the EU27. In both zones, intermediate goods fell by 0.2%, durable consumer goods remained stable and non-durable consumer goods increased by 0.3%. Prices for both the energy sector and capital goods remained stable in the euro area and rose by 0.1% in the EU27.... Read More »

Serbia: EUR 50 million for SMEs and other projects

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“The bank of the European Union continues in its support activities to Serbia in the path towards EU accession and rapid, complete integration into the Union. The two contracts signed with Crédit Agricole will improve the access of Serbian SMEs to long-term financing provided on favourable terms, with positive effects on job market and social environment” said Dario Scannapieco, the EIB Vice-President responsible for the Western Balkans, “and I am really pleased for our cooperation with the Serbian authorities and Crédit Agricole Group”. The... Read More »

EU annual accounts for 2012 adopted

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Although the audit of these accounts is not yet completed, it is worth highlighting that the previous five annual accounts received a "clean bill of health" from the European Court of Auditors. The information in the 2012 consolidated accounts of the EU should provide a solid basis for the decision making process of readers of the accounts (e.g. MEPs and representatives of Member States) and for the accountability of financial actors involved in the financial management of the EU budget. Financial reporting, such as these annual accounts, wi... Read More »

ETIS: European Tourism System of indicators for sustainable management

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This easy and useful toolkit will help stakeholders to measure and monitor their sustainability management processes and enable them to share and benchmark their progress and performance in the future. ... Read More »

Priority medicines for Europe and the world

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With the help of health experts the WHO report identified “pharmaceutical gaps”: diseases of public health importance for which pharmaceutical treatments either do not exist or are inadequate. The report provides a public-health-based medicines development agenda, based on a systematic methodology for priority setting. National and European policies relevant to the European pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries will be influenced by the report’s recommendations. It will also provide important input to health-related policy development ... Read More »

Anti-Muslim violence: A wakeup call for European governments

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Several violent attacks against Muslim women preceded the riots in France. One of the most severe incidents occurred on 13 June, when two men physically abused a 21 year-old pregnant woman. Muslim women are increasingly the victims of violence. In France in 2012, 85 percent of anti-Muslim reported incidents targeted women, and other countries demonstrate similar figures. The UK experienced a significant increase in anti-Muslim violence after the Woolwich killing, and the NGO Tell Mama recorded 12 incidents per week on average between Marc... Read More »

Advice for safe and smart travel in the EU

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Take your ID card or passport – even if you are travelling between countries inside the EU’s border-free area, it’s still a good idea to carry these documents in case you need to prove your identity for some reason. Remember your free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Contact your local health provider for information on how to get one. If you or a family member falls ill while in the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, the card will ensure easy access to public healthcare and medical services. Be aware that services costing nothing at home ... Read More »

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