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Tourism: keeping Europe the world's top destination
Tourism: keeping Europe the world's top destination

30/06/2010

IP/10/858 Brussels. Keeping Europe the world's top tourist destination is the objective of a Communication tabled by the European Commission today. With 370 million international arrivals in 2008, Europe has more than 40% of the global figure - a position which needs to be retained. However the fast changing worldwide economy impacts on the tourism sector with some important changes concerning tourist behaviour and markets of origin...

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Towards a European common charger for electric vehicles
Towards a European common charger for electric vehicles

29/06/2010

IP/10/857 Brussels. The European Standardisation Organisations bodies (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) will develop a common charging system for electric cars, scooters and bicycles. European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani has handed today a European Commission mandate for the development of the relevant standard to the President of CENELEC David Dossett, CENELEC´s Director General Elena Santiago Cid and ETSI General Assembly Chair John Philips...

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Report forecasts shortages of 14 critical mineral raw materials
Report forecasts shortages of 14 critical mineral raw materials

17/06/2010

IP/10/752 Brussels. Raw materials are an essential part of both high tech products and every-day consumer products, such as mobile phones, thin layer photovoltaics, Lithium-ion batteries, fibre optic cable, synthetic fuels, among others. But their availability is increasingly under pressure according to a report published today by an expert group chaired by the European Commission...

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European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani welcomes today’s approval by the European Parliament of the Regulation on the European Earth monitoring Programme (GMES). 
European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani welcomes today’s approval by the European Parliament of the Regulation on the European Earth monitoring Programme (GMES). 

16/06/2010

IP/10/750 Brussels. "This European initiative will provide Europeans with information that can be used to further improve their quality of life through a better knowledge of the living environment, delivering the necessary information to fight climate change, respond to emergencies, and alert citizens if air quality gets bad, to cite a few examples. Recently, GMES has also been used to help rescue operations in Haiti and fight the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico...

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CE marking makes Europe's market yours
CE marking makes Europe's market yours

15/06/2010

IP/10/733 Brussels, 15 June 2010 CE marking makes Europe's market yours We often see the "CE marking" on some of the products we buy, but what does it really mean? Under the slogan "CE marking makes Europe's market yours!", the European Commission is ...

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Car type-approvals and electrical vehicle safety
Car type-approvals and electrical vehicle safety

15/06/2010

IP/10/732 Brussels, 15 June 2010 Car type-approvals and electrical vehicle safety The European Commission proposed today to ensure that electric cars placed on the European market are safe and that consumers are protected against direct contacts with ...

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Space applications: a market for the taking
Space applications: a market for the taking

14/06/2010

IP/10/728 Brussels, 14 June 2010 Space applications: a market for the taking The European Commission's Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Applications Action Plan adopted today aims to place European industry in pole position to take full advantage ...

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Small Businesses: Better policy support for EU’s job engine
Small Businesses: Better policy support for EU’s job engine

11/06/2010

IP/10/723 Brussels, 11 June 2010 Small Businesses: Better policy support for EU’s job engine With the onset of the economic crisis in 2008, a very positive development of small and medium enterprises (SME) has come to a halt....

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Boosting competitiveness and innovation, € 324 million for space and security research
Boosting competitiveness and innovation, € 324 million for space and security research

10/06/2010

IP/10/716 Brussels, 10 June 2010 Boosting competitiveness and innovation, € 324 million for space and security research. The European Commission has initiated negotiations to sign research contracts worth EUR 324 million with 108 successful space and security ...

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45% of Europeans would like to be their own boss if …
45% of Europeans would like to be their own boss if …

04/06/2010

IP/10/689 Brussels, 04 June 2010 45% of Europeans would like to be their own boss if … 45% of all Europeans would like to be their own boss if they could. Compared to the US where 55% of the population would like to be self-employed this figure is however ...

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