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Asylum applications in the UK fell by 15% in 2017 compared to 2016. Britain received 4.6% of all EU applications and was the fifth largest recipient of people seeking protection in the EU, according to the 2017 Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union, published by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).
The Commission proposes €100 billion (£88 bn) for the next EU research and innovation funding programme, Horizon Europe, between 2021 and 2027. The new programme will build on the achievements of Horizon 2020, but it will put even stronger emphasis on turning research into results, in areas such as medicine, food and tackling climate change. Each euro invested by Horizon Europe could potentially generate a return of up to 11 euro in GDP over 25 years.
85% of swimming sites across Europe monitored in 2017 met the EU's most stringent standards for clean bathing waters, according to the latest annual European bathing water quality report published this week. In the United Kingdom, this figure was 61.4%.
The General Data Protection Regulation tightens rules on protection of personal data across the EU and introduces substantial fines for companies who do not respect them or who fail to put their house in order to ensure such protection.
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enters into force on Friday, 25 May. It reinforces the data protection rules by which all organisations and companies that provide services in the EU must abide. The GDPR gives people better tools to say what their data can be used for, to retract such consent, to transfer their data or to ask for it to be erased. The regulation provides common sense exemptions for small businesses, clubs, associations, emergency services, etc. The GDPR modernises a set of principles first established 20 years ago, at the dawn of dial-up internet connections.