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03 December 2013- New EU support to reduce illegal killing of elephants and other endangered species in developing countries
Today, the European Union has decided to support a programme that will improve the protection of elephants, great apes and rhinos in Africa as well as other species such as marine turtles in the Caribbean and the Pacific. It will strengthen the monitoring of animal populations and poaching, help to improve law enforcement in the fight against illegal killings through training and operational support and establish an emergency response system for sudden increases in illegal killing and trade.Read Full Press release
03 December 2013- EU school report: Some improvement in science and reading, but poor in maths
The latest OECD report on the maths, science and reading skills of 15 year olds reveals mixed results for Member States. The EU as a whole is seriously lagging behind in maths, but the picture is more encouraging in science and reading where Europe is on track to achieve its 2020 target for reducing the percentage of low achievers to below 15%. The results were presented in Brussels by Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and Jan Truszczynski, European Commission Director General for Education and Culture.Read Full Press release
02 December 2013- With on-line sales booming before Christmas, consumers still face discrimination when buying services cross-border, reveals the latest ECC Report
Have you ever faced a surcharge for a hotel or hire car because of where you reside, been charged a different price in an on-line shop or been refused delivery of goods by a retailer abroad? If so you are far from alone reveals a new report by the European Consumer Centre Network (ECC-Net) which looks at these and other examples of discrimination. European consumers continue to face difficulties when buying services cross-border, in a recent Eurobarometer almost a quarter of those who were active online shoppers had experienced discrimination on the basis of residence or nationality.Read Full Press Release
Selected press releases from previous Months
29 November 2013- 400 000 in prizes in Europe's biggest app challenge
In Europe's biggest ever app challenge the EU is offering 400 000 in prizes to best new applications that help build smarter cities and smarter businesses. Campus Party, the world's largest geek forum, will manage the contest, judged by specialized engineers from the EU-funded FI-WARE Consortium.Read Full Press Release
28 November 2013- First sites to get European Heritage Label named
The first sites to receive the new European Heritage Label (EHL) have been announced. The four sites are: Carnuntum Archaeological Park, a Roman reconstructed city quarter in Bad Deutsch-Altenburg, Austria; the medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn, Estonia; the 100-year-old Peace Palace in The Hague, and Camp Westerbork, a World War II Nazi transit camp at Hooghalen, also in the Netherlands.The EHL aims to raise awareness of sites which have played a significant role in the history, culture and development of the European Union, as well as to highlight their European dimension through information and educational activities.. The Commission will formally nominate the sites in January 2014.Read Full Press Release
27 November 2013- The Right to a Fair Trial! Commission wants more safeguards for citizens in criminal proceedings
The European Commission has today presented a package of proposals to further strengthen procedural safeguards for citizens in criminal proceedings. The aim is to guarantee fair trial rights for all citizens, wherever they are in the European Union.Read Full Press Release
25 November 2013- 5 cool robots the EU is funding
It's EU Robotics Week time again. For the third consecutive year, the achievements of Europe's researchers and inventors working in robotics are celebrated in over 300 events from November 25th to December 1st. Read Full Press Release
22 November 2013- Online threats: survey shows impact of cybercrime
Internet users in the EU are very concerned about cyber-security, according to a Eurobarometer survey published today. 76% agree that the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime has increased in the past year, more than in a similar study from 2012. 12% of Internet users have already had their social media or email account hacked.Read Full Press Release
21 November 2013- Horizon 2020 the EU's new research and innovation programme
The European Parliament today approved the regulation setting up Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme for 2014-2020, as well as its accompanying rules for participation and the future legislation governing the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. EU Member States must now give a final seal of approval ahead of the first calls for proposals under Horizon 2020, currently set for 11th December.Read Full Press Release
19 November 2013 - Green light for Erasmus+: More than 4 million to get EU grants for skills and employability
Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, due to begin in January, has been approved by the European Parliament. Aimed at boosting skills, employability and supporting the modernisation of education, training and youth systems, the seven-year programme will have a budget of 14.7 billion - 40% higher than current levels. More than 4 million people will receive support to study, train, work or volunteer abroad, including 2 million higher education students, 650 000 vocational training students and apprentices, as well as more than 500 000 going on youth exchanges or volunteering abroad. Students planning a full Master's degree abroad, for which national grants or loans are seldom available, will benefit from a new loan guarantee scheme run by the European Investment Fund. Erasmus+ will also provide funding for education and training staff, youth workers and for partnerships between universities, colleges, schools, enterprises, and not-for-profit organisations. Read Full Press Release
19 November 2013 - Commission welcomes approval of Creative Europe programme by European Parliament
European culture, cinema, television, music, literature, performing arts, heritage and related areas will benefit from increased support under the European Commission's new Creative Europe programme, which was approved by the European Parliament today. With a budget of 1.46 billion over the next seven years 9% more than current levels the programme will provide a boost for the cultural and creative sectors, which are a major source of jobs and growth. Creative Europe will provide funding for at least 250 000 artists and cultural professionals, 2 000 cinemas, 800 films and 4 500 book translations. It will also launch a new financial guarantee facility enabling small cultural and creative businesses to access up to 750 million in bank loans.Read Full press Release
28 October 2013 - European Commission takes another leap to boost cloud computing
The European Commission has today set up an expert group to work on safe and fair terms for cloud computing contracts, on the basis of an optional instrument. The objective is to identify best practices for addressing the concerns of consumers and small companies, who often seem reluctant to purchase cloud computing services because contracts are unclear. The Expert Group is part of the Commission's push to enhance trust in cloud computing services and unlock their potential for boosting economic productivity in Europe. It is one of the key actions under the Commission's Cloud Computing Strategy, which was adopted last year and is meant to tackle cloud-related issues that go beyond the Common European Sales Law currently under negotiation.Read the Full Press Release
15 October 2013 EBBAs - winners of 2014 European music awards
The winners of the 2014 European Border Breakers Awards (EBBAs), celebrating the best new pop acts in Europe which have achieved cross-border chart success, have been announced
The winners are:
GuGabriel (Austria), Lukas Graham (Denmark), Woodkid (France), Zedd (Germany), Asgeir (Iceland), Kodaline (Ireland), Jacco Gardner (Netherlands), Envy (Norway), Icona Pop (Sweden) and Disclosure (United Kingdom)
The winners will receive their awards in a ceremony hosted by TV personality and musician Jools Holland at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in Groningen, Netherlands, on 15 January 2014. One of the winners will receive a Public Choice Award based on votes cast from 1 November to 20 December. Up to 15 voters will be invited to the award ceremony: each will be able to bring a friend and the prize includes their flight and hotel costs.Cast your vote here
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