Monthly Archives: April 2012

Digital Agenda: Commission opens public consultation on how to reduce the cost of rolling out high speed internet

Brussels, 27 April 2012 – High-speed Internet underpins all sectors of the economy and will be the backbone of the Digital Single Market. For every 10% increase in the broadband penetration the economy grows by 1 to 1.5%. In this … Continue reading

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EESC opens debate on cohesion policy 2014-2020

At the 480th plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 25 April, civil society representatives had the opportunity to examine the Commission’s proposal on cohesion policy for 2014-2020. This policy area represents no less than one … Continue reading

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Sustainable production and consumption – new economic model sought

Voluntary measures should be supplemented by more binding regulatory measures if Europe is to shift to a green economy based on sustainable production and consumption. Greener fiscal policies and market-based incentives need to be in place to support this transition. … Continue reading

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Overnight stays by foreign tourists in Finland up by 22% in February

The number of nights spent by Russian visitors increased by almost a third. The number of nights spent by foreign tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments in February 2012 was 428,000, which was 22% higher than in February 2011, according to … Continue reading

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Post-crisis policy measures in the financial sector give way to longer-term growth goals Commission report finds

Brussels, 26 April 2012 – Resilience in the financial sector has improved in the aftermath of the financial crisis, and action is now focusing on longer-term growth goals, although vulnerabilities remain, according to an annual European Commission report on financial … Continue reading

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The EU and Brunei to launch negotiations on PCA

Brussels, 26 April 2012 – Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, had an audience with His Majesty the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei on 26 April, while visiting the Sultanate for the EU-ASEAN … Continue reading

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HRVP Catherine Ashton meets the Foreign Minister of Indonesia

Brunei, 26 April 2012 – Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, met with the Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Marty Natalegawa, today in the margins of the EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Brunei. Their discussion … Continue reading

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Special report: EU Commission partially successful in correcting and improving Member States’ management and control systems for Structural Funds

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) audit was mainly carried out on the basis of a review of 40 programmes in which significant management and control deficiencies had been identified. It aimed at assessing whether the Commission dealt in a … Continue reading

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EESC determined to defend the European agricultural model

At its April plenary session, the EESC endorsed an opinion on the “CAP towards 2020″. The EESC, which counts farmers among its members, calls for sufficient financial resources, a bridging of the gap between Member States, more flexibility between pillars … Continue reading

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World’s first Angry Birds Land to open in Finnish adventure park

Themed area designed by the Finnish games developer Rovio Entertainment is attracting global interest. The world’s first Angry Birds Land, a themed attraction based on the global smash hit mobile game, will open on 28 April at the Särkänniemi Adventure … Continue reading

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