On a Breakfast Policy Briefing, held in Brussels, in organization of the European Policy Centre, H E Mr Igor Senčar, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the European Union, outlined the priorities of the Slovenian presidency of the EU. Slovenia, as the first among the ''new'' member states (accession 2004), is taking over the presidency of the EU on the 1st January 2008. Also, it will be one of the last countries to take over the presidency in this way, because the system of rotation will no longer exist according to the new Treaty.

Ambassador Senčar announced the Slovenian readiness to be among the first countries to ratify the new Treaty, in order to set an example for other member states. The ratification is expected during the year 2008 and its entry into force in the beginning of 2009. Regarding the situation in Kosovo, Slovenia will stick up…

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Brussels, 27 November 2007

With only five weeks to go before the adoption of the Euro by Cyprus and Malta, the Commission made a final assessment of the state of practical preparations for the currency changeover in both countries. The Commission concluded that both Member States are well prepared for the introduction of the euro, which is scheduled for the 1st January 2008. Joaquín Almunia, European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs said that ‘’they must embrace this important step with confidence, but also with their eyes wide open to make sure that they are fully familiar with the new currency and to detect, and challenge, any abuse. Public authorities must also be careful and pursue policies that continue to deliver economic stability as a precondition for sustained growth and job creation."

On Tuesday, 27th November, the Commission  adopted the sixth report on the practical preparations for the enlargement…

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The EUobserver in co-operation with rapporteurs and leading members from the European Parliament, different authors' societies, industry representatives and public affairs consultancy Eamon Bates Europe are organizing a conference on 'Creative Rights and Cultural Diversity' in the Musical Instruments Museum, Brussels/Belgium on 6th December 2007.

The conference will focus on the ongoing review of the licensing of creators' rights and the adaptation of European models to a digital future.

Conference programme
How to find the Musical Instruments Museum
News about Creative Rights

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27 November 2007

Europe leads the move to a low carbon economy - Commission conference


The European Commission and members of the HLG on "Competitiveness, Energy and Environment", invite business leaders from across Europe and the globe to participate in what will be a landmark conference, progressing debate on addressing climate change and the role of business internationally in mobilizing change. The conference will consist of a number of keynote speeches and panel discussions including business leaders' politicians and civil society of international standing. The panel discussions will include audience participation and day's event will lead to conclusions which will be fed into international discussions on climate change. Attendance at the conference is by invitation only, however at this stage expressions of interest will be warmly received.

Contact: Conference team (Conference fully booked, but journalists may still apply)

See also: Conference web site

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The European Commission has proposed a Strategic Energy Technology Plan with the goal of boosting research into the new, low carbon technologies which Europe will need if it is to meet its climate change targets. The EU has set itself targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020, and by 2050 it hopes to reduce emissions by 60 to 80%. Meeting these ambitious goals will require new technologies, and if Europe does not take the lead in their development, other areas of the world will.

'Decisions taken over the next 10 to 15 years will have profound consequences for energy security, for climate change and for growth and jobs in Europe. If we fall behind in the intensifying global race to win low carbon technology markets, we risk meeting our targets with imported technologies,' warned EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs. Unfortunately energy research in Europe is currently under-funded,…

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11.12.2007 - 12.12.2007

EBN Technical Seminar - Building EC Projects, in organization of The European BIC Network

Location of event: Bureau de Liaison Bruxelles-Europe
Avenue d'Auderghem, 63
1040 Brussels

The Seminar will apply a bottom up approach which is meant to facilitate consortium building activities among the participants. The overall objective of the seminar is to match BIC project ideas to future EC programmes, the focus will be on Interreg IVB & Interreg IVC, the CIP and the European Neighborhood and Partnership Initiative. This Seminar relaunches a cycle of activities that EBN will propose to its members and partners for the next 15 months. The initiative focuses on “EU Project Opportunities” for BICs and will be composed of a series of technical seminars related to the scope and opportunities of the European Commission Financing Instruments and Programmes.
Registration required.
Contact: Eleonora Sambasile
EBN Events Manager, email: This email address…

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Lecture: The globalization, the major pledge of XXIth century , in organization of Centre de Culture Européenne. Location of event: European Parliament, Eastman building, Rue Belliard 135, 1040 Brussels.

The theme will be: The globalization, the major pledge of XXIth century.

People: Olivier MONGIN, Esprit, Paris; Etienne DAVIGNON, European Commission; Pierre DEFRAIGNE, IFRI;

Registration required, entrance fee.

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The event will take place in the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels.

About this book:

Global governance is a concern of not only global organisations but also of all individual states and of regional co-operation agreements among sovereign states. In 2001, the United Nations University has launched UNU-CRIS, a research and training programme on comparative regional integration to study the role of regional integration in global governance. The present first volume of the World Report on Regional Integration is a timely product of the research undertaken at UNU-CRIS. This new series of World Reports will certainly contribute to the discussion on the interaction between regional and global governance. And by bringing together insights from different parts of the UN system, in particular the five UN regional economic commissions and UNCTAD, this report will also contribute to a better understanding of the role…

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