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9 March 2010

Tourism: upbeat prospects for 2010 season
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Some 80% of Europeans continue to travel for their holidays according to a new Eurobarometer survey on �The attitudes of Europeans towards tourism 2010�. Only 20% of over 30,000 randomly selected citizens were almost certain that they will not travel in 2010, which is significantly below the proportion of non-travellers in 2009 (33%).


The most important findings are:


Continuing trend towards discovering Europe and own country: again in 2010, 50% of Europeans intend to spend their holidays in their own country or in another EU country.



More confidence to be able to finance their holidays: about half of EU citizens who are planning to take a holiday in 2010 felt they will have sufficient funds (46%) - this is 5 percentage points higher than in 2009. However, as in 2009, 10% said they have serious financial problems that could impact their holiday plans.



Travelling remains popular: about two-thirds (65%) of EU citizens travelled for leisure in 2009, and travelling is most popular amongst residents of Norway (84%) followed by Finland (83%), The Netherlands (79%) and Ireland (78%).



The most popular choices: Spain (10.4 %) was already the most popular destination in 2008 and 2009 and dominates also the current plans

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Vice-President

Antonio Tajani

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

"The 2010 survey results are encouraging for the tourism industry. We need to work further on developing the tourism industry, which ranks third in terms of GDP and employment in Europe. The Lisbon Treaty now gives us the opportunity to tackle this sector from a European perspective. Nearly 50 % of EU residents have already decided that they will go on holiday in 2010 and their perceptions about being able to finance their holidays have also slightly improved"

Vice-President A. Tajani website

Vice-President Antonio Tajani - Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry
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Car safety: International agreement on electric and hybrid cars

 
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The European Commission welcomes the adoption today at the United Nations in Geneva of the first international regulation on safety of both fully electric and hybrid cars. Typically, electric vehicles operate at very high voltages, in the range of 500 Volts. Therefore it is essential to require protection against the risk of electric shocks. The revised UNECE Regulation 100 will ensure the safety of electric cars by setting out how users of cars shall be protected from the high voltage parts of cars. For example, it prescribes a test procedure that uses a standardised 'test finger' to check protection all over the car.

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Nominations for the European Inventor Award 2010

 
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The nominees for the European Inventor Award 2010 include inventors of pioneering innovations, such as the conservation of drinking water, the synthesis of football-shaped carbon molecules, cancer treatments and digital data encryption. Other nominees are the Wii console, the civilian use of GPS, mobile use of fuel cells, "green" plastic and internet access straight from a wall socket.

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EU to provide 45,000 micro-loans to unemployed and small entrepreneurs

 
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EU Employment and Social Affairs Ministers agreed on a new facility to provide loans to people who have lost their jobs and want to start or further develop their own small business. The European Microfinance Facility will have a starting budget of EUR 100 million which could leverage more than EUR 500 million in cooperation with international financial institutions such as the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group. The initiative is part of the EU's response to the crisis and is especially targeted at people who cannot normally obtain credit because of the economic crisis and the current lack of credit supply .

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SME week 2010: European Entrepreneurship Video Award 2010

 
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The European Commission is encouraging enterprising film lovers to prove their creativity and skills by producing a short video that deals with the following questions: What is entrepreneurship all about? The European Commission is awarding prizes in three categories

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