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28 April 2010

Clean and energy efficient vehicles: European Commission tables strategy
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The European strategy for encouraging the development of clean and energy efficient vehicles aims to help the European car industry to strengthen its leading role globally. It delivers to move on from short-term recovery measures to a medium-term orientation that strengthens the competitiveness of the European automotive industry by linking it to clean technologies.




Important national and regional actions are currently taken by the Member States and by EU�s global partners to promote the mass production and market uptake of green vehicles. In parallel, the momentum is building with the industrial plans for the mass market dominance of the fuel-efficient conventional vehicles and an important roll-out of electric vehicles in 2011.

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Vice-President

Antonio Tajani

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

"In 2010, the automotive industry enters into a defining phase for its future success. The new European strategy will provide a supportive framework based on a twin-track approach: improving the efficiency of conventional engines and making ultra low-carbon mobility a reality for European consumers."

Vice-President A. Tajani website

Vice-President Antonio Tajani - Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry
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European Inventors of the year 2010 � The most inventive minds in Europe

 
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Bioplastics, football-shaped molecules, GPS technology, hydrogen fuels cells and three-dimensional scanning systems - the fields covered by the winners of the European Inventor Award 2010 range from ecology and nuclear physics to information systems and satellite-based navigation.

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Facilitate the access to holidays to disadvantaged groups

 
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At their meeting in Madrid on 15th April 2010 EU tourism ministers invited the European Commission to facilitate the access to holidays to disadvantaged groups; promote a better use of tourist infrastructures; streamline its efforts in view of mainstreaming tourism in EU policies and ensuring an adequate coordination of the various policy initiatives which may impact on tourism.

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SME Finance Forum - How to exit the recession and achieve smart growth

 
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The European Commission is organising a conference, the �SME Finance Forum� (6 May) with small and medium sized enterprises, banks and other financial institutions. It will examine the current market situation and legal framework as well as exploring new ideas and strategies for improving access to finance for SMEs, in order to improve Europe's growth potential halved by the financial crisis.

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Entrepreneurship education key for EU 2020 strategy

 
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Entrepreneurship education is increasingly considered key to promoting a more competitive and entrepreneurial workforce. As such, it is a key element of the new EU 2020 Strategy. A new expert report calls for making entrepreneurship education an integral part of school curricula and underlines the key role of action at local level supported by private associations and enterprises.

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European SME Week 2010 - Promoting and supporting entrepreneurship

 
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The European SME week 2010 (25 May - 1 June) is designed to promote entrepreneurship. Hundreds of events are being organised in 37 countries for European SME Week 2010. This initiative will showcase the support available to business at the European, national, regional and local level. There is a special focus on promoting entrepreneurship as a career option.

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