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    EU Policy Update

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    18 July 2008

    Lancashire Brussels Office

    For an explanation of European jargon visit: the EU‟s Eurojargon Guide,

    For explanations of technical and legal terms see: the EU‟s Technical Glossary

    Editorial .............................................................................................................. 2-3

    Review & Outlook .................................................................................................. 3

    Funding Opportunities and Consultations .............................................................. 3-4

    Commission launches consultation on requirements for a sustainability scheme for biomass for energy

    purposes…………………………………………………………………………………………………………....3

    Public consultation on web-accessibility and other e-accessibility issues…………………………………..4

    Partner Searches ................................................................................................. 4-5

    County Administrative Board of Stockholm are looking to collaborate with EFS projects…………………4

Equality: Starting point and aim to peace……………………………………………………………………….5

    Conferences ....................................................................................................... 4-6

    Conference on Territorial Cohesion and the Future of Cohesion policy…………………………….…..4

Conference on Territorial Cohesion and the Future of Cohesion policy…………………………………….6

    EU General ............................................................................................................ 7

    Netherlands ratifies EU's troubled Lisbon Treaty………………………………………………………………7

    Agriculture and Rural Affairs ................................................................................... 7

    Global Food Price Rise: Commission proposes special financing facility worth ?1 billion to help

    developing country farmers………………………………………………………………….……………………7

Education and Culture ............................................................................................ 8

    Education: Commission to fund free fruit and veg for schools…………………………………….8

    Universities for children expand across Europe……………………………………………………….……….8

    e-Europe and Information Society ........................................................................... 8

    Information Society: Texting without borders: Commission plans ending roaming rip-offs for text messages abroad………………………………………………………………………………….8

    Employment and Social Affairs ................................................................................ 9

    Enterprise .............................................................................................................. 9

    Environment ..................................................................................................... 9-10

    EU promotes sustainable products and technologies: a package of actions for sustainable consumption, production and industry…………………………………………………………………………………………...9

Emissions trading: Commission welcomes EP vote on including aviation in EU ETS…………………...10

    Health and Consumer Protection ........................................................................... 10

    Justice and Home Affairs ...................................................................................... 11

    The Commission evaluates the implementation of EU law on attacks against information systems in Member States…………………………………………………………………………………………….……..11

    Regional Policy..................................................................................................... 11

    Research ............................................................................................................. 11

    Commission unveils plans for cooperation between national research programmes……......……..11

    Transport ............................................................................................................ 12

    Greening of Transport Package……………………………………………………………………………….12

    Diary ................................................................................................................... 12

    Contact Details .................................................................................................... 13

     thWelcome to the 18 July edition of the Lancashire Brussels Office Policy Update of 2008. Over the last week there have been many fond farewells from Brussels and Lancashire-based colleagues for Anne, who is leaving the Office to return to Ireland with her family. We all wish Anne the very best in her new post at the Department for Education in Dublin In EU news, The Netherlands became the 21st EU member state to ratify the Lisbon Treaty, and the third to do so following the failed Irish referendum on 12 June.

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In education policy, the European Commission has proposed a ?90 million scheme to help

    member sates finance the distribution of free fruit and vegetables in schools. Due to the European institutions being on their summer break, the next issue of the Policy Update will appear on 4 September. If you have any queries before then please do not

    contact us. hesitate to

    Don‟t forget to look at the diary section to see if you need any further information or a briefing note on the meetings that we have attended.

    Anthony Monks

    Assistant European Liaison Officer

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Review

Open Days 2008 registration is now open!

    The Open Days 2008, the most important annual conference of European regional stakeholders, will take place 6-9 October 2008 in Brussels. Registration to attend the workshops and events is now open on a first come, first served basis. For more information and on-line registration, click here

Outlook

    Next week is the last week before MEPs break for the summer recess. MEPs will be back in Brussels on 25 August.

Commission launches consultation on requirements for a

    sustainability scheme for biomass for energy purposes

    The European Commission is inviting all stakeholders, including energy companies, project developers, equipment manufacturers, government services, agricultural and forest industry, environmental NGOs and all other interested stakeholders, including those from outside the EU, to help identify the need to develop sustainability criteria for biomass for energy purposes at EU level.

    On 23 January 2008 the Commission made a far-reaching package of energy and climate change related proposals including a draft directive to promote renewable energy and increase its share to 20% by 2020.

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This consultation will be open until 30 September 2008.

For more information, please visit the link below:

    http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1160&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

    http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/energy_transport/home/consultation/energy_en.htm

    Public consultation on web-accessibility and other e-accessibility issues

    The European Commission has launched a public consultation to gather opinions on a common European approach for web-accessibility and other aspects of e-accessibility, as well as possible action at European level.

More information on the public consultation can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/einclusion

    einclusion@ec.europa.eu - before 27 August 2008. and to send contributions to:

"Your Voice in Europe" site

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If you would like to circulate your own partner search, please contact us

    County Administrative Board of Stockholm are looking to collaborate with EFS projects

    The administrative board of Stockholm (ABS) is looking to work with other regions to improve the efficiency of the reception of newly arrived refugees and other immigrants to the region; the application is due for submission to the Swedish ESF council in the autumn.

    ABS wants to collaborate with European partners on an exchange of experience and methodology development in one or more of the following areas:

    ; Faster establishment in the labour market.

    ; More effective language learning.

    ; Health.

    ; Social information.

    They wish to collaborate with one or more ESF projects; with work commencing in early 2009 they are looking for partners from public agencies, and NGOs.

For the PDF document please contact us

Alternatively, directly contact:

    Ms. Katarina Gürsoy

    E-mail: katarina.gursoy@ab.lst.se

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Telephone: + 46 8 785 40 29

Equality: Starting point and aim to peace

    IES Mendebaldea, a secondary education school from Vitoria-Gasteiz in the Basque Country IES Mendebaldea is looking for partners for a project titled „Equality: Peace Starting Point and

    Aim‟, within the Comenius strand of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP).

    The project is focused on analysing and developing human rights and equality for all political projects.

    The project forms part of a more general plan to promote equality tolerance and respect towards other races, cultures and ideas.

    For more information and to get involved, please find the contact details below:

IES Mendebaldea BHI

    C/ Donostia 3

    01010

    Vitoria-Gasteiz

    Spain

    Tf: 945 17 96 22

    Contacts: Jesús Sogo and Salomé Arrizabalaga

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    European Information Society Conference EISCO 2008 in Naples, Italy, 25-27 September 2008

    The conference will build upon the commitments taken at the EISCO 2005 in Krakow, when the "i2010 Digital Local Agenda" (DLA) was adopted. The DLA is a strategic plan for good governance and the development of information society tools in Europe‟s municipalities, cities

    and regions, striving for e-Inclusion and fighting the digital divide.

    EISCO 2008 will assess the progress of the Digital Local Agenda (DLA) in Europe, its contribution to innovation, governance and e-Inclusion by means of digital networks and communication instruments.

    EISCO 2008 is organised by the European network ELANET (CEMR) supported by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), ANCI / Ancitel and AICCRE, together with the City of Naples, with the support of the Region Campania and the Province of Naples.

The conference will address five thematic areas:

    ; Innovation models and ecosystems to boost modernisation and economic growth in

    the territory

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    ; E-service models and web 2.0 deployment

    ; Building digital capacity in local administrations

    ; Using ICT to build networks for service delivery in local communities

    ; Progress of the Digital Local Agneda: Methodologies used and first lessons learnt

Registration: Please register directly via the conference website

    http://eisco2008.eu/regis_en2.php.

    Website: http://eisco2008.eu

Contact the EISCO helpdesk (Francesca Battisti and Marijke

    Vanbiervliet, Tel: +39 06 69941477, E-mail: eisco08@aiccre.it) or the CEMR secretariat in

    Brussels (Marit Schweiker, Tel: +32 2 500 05 44, E-mail: marit.schweiker@ccre-cemr.org).

    Conference on Territorial Cohesion and the Future of Cohesion policy

    A conference organized by the French Presidency of the EU, in association with the Committee of the Regions, the European Commission and the Association of French Regions to debate “territorial cohesion” and the future of EU Cohesion Policy after 2013 is taking place

    in Paris on 30-31 October at Palais des Congrès, Porte Maillot

    Following up the debate on the future of Cohesion Policy launched by the publication of the th4 Cohesion Report and the Commission‟s Green Paper on territorial cohesion, this event will ensure a wide-ranging exchange of views between regions, metropolitan areas, actors of civil society and Structural Funds' managing authorities.

    A first session will be dedicated to the territorial dimension in major EU policies and their contribution to territorial cohesion. The debate will take place in four workshops covering in parallel:

; The Common Agricultural Policy and Rural Development

    ; The Sustainable Development Strategy focusing on adaptation of territories to climate

    change

    ; The Lisbon Process after 2010

    ; Integrated territorial development and governance.

    A second session, with a political roundtable, will address territorial cohesion and the future of Cohesion policy as an instrument to face new challenges in a global world.

For registration, see the official website of the French Presidency of the EU, www.ue2008.fr

    and click on the date of the event in the calendar.

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Contact: Tanja Siggs

Netherlands ratifies EU's troubled Lisbon Treaty

    The Netherlands became the 21st country to ratify the Lisbon Treaty, and the third to do so following the failed Irish referendum on 12 June.

    Without surprises, a large majority of the Senate (60 to 15) voted in favour of the treaty, which replaced the EU Constitution rejected by Dutch voters in a referendum held in 2005.

For more information, please click the below link:

    http://www.euractiv.com/en/future-eu/netherlands-ratifies-eu-troubled-lisbon-treaty/article-174063

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    Contact: Tanja Siggs

    Global Food Price Rise: Commission proposes special financing facility worth ?1 billion to help developing country farmers

    The European Commission today proposed to establish a special facility for rapid response to soaring food prices in developing countries.

    The fund would be worth ?1 billion and would operate for two years, 2008 and 2009. This money would be in addition to existing development funds and would be taken from unused money from the European Union's agricultural budget.

    It would be provided to developing countries which are most in need, based on a set of objective criteria. The facility would give priority to supply-side measures, improving access to farm inputs such as fertilisers and seed, possibly through credit, and to safety net measures aimed at improving productive capacity in agriculture.

    The support would be paid via international organisations, including regional organisations. The proposal falls under the co-decision procedure and the Commission hopes that Council and Parliament can reach agreement by November in order not to lose the unused 2008 money.

For more information, please follow the link below:

    http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1186&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

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Contact: Anthony Monks

    Education: Commission to fund free fruit and vegetables for schools A ?90 million scheme to help member sates finance the distribution of free fruit and vegetables in schools has been proposed, aiming to combat the increasingly common problem of childhood obesity; with 22 million European children currently considered to be overweight. This proposal stems from the white paper on the EU‟s strategy on nutrition, overweight and obesity (May2007) and forms part of the new Common Market Organisation for fruit and vegetables (introduced in January 2008) and is intended to be introduced as of autumn 2009. The provision of free fruit and vegetables would require participating countries to introduce a series of accompanying measures to tackle the issue of healthy eating at a stage where the child‟s easting habits are formed.

    Universities for children expand across Europe

    Children's universities are the latest innovation occurring in some countries of Europe. Aimed at young girls and boys, this concept gets young children interested in science and research at the earliest age possible. Now, this exciting concept is about to launch itself across Europe. For more information, please visit the link below:

    http://ec.europa.eu/research/infocentre/article_en.cfm?id=/research/headlines/news/article_08_07_04_en.html&item=Infocentre&artid=7553

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    Contact: Anthony Monks

    Information Society: Texting without borders: Commission plans ending roaming rip-offs for text messages abroad

    The Commission has presented a new roaming website to make the prices which are currently

    charged to consumers who use their mobile phone for sending text messages or surfing the web abroad in one of the 27 EU Member States transparent.

    The website is based on input from the European Regulators Group (ERG) and from information requested from mobile operators. These findings and the results of a public consultation that ended on 2 July (IP/08/718) will now feed into the Commission's current

    review of the scope of the EU Roaming Regulation which has been requested by the European Parliament. A detailed impact assessment is in preparation, also taking into account the findings of the ERG.

    For more information, please follow the links below:

    http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/itemlongdetail.cfm?item_id=4242

    http://ec.europa.eu/roaming/

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    EU promotes sustainable products and technologies: a package of actions for sustainable consumption, production and industry

    A new package put forward by the European Commission outlines the improvement of their environmental performance, in particular their core objectives of improving their energy efficiency of products and stimulating their market uptake.

    The package sets out a series of voluntary and obligatory actions to support a coherent and dynamic policy, both in the EU and internationally. This helps to define eco-friendly products, inform the consumer through improved labelling and supporting their purchase through public procurement and fiscal incentives.

    The action plan lists the initiatives the Commission will undertake in three main areas.

    ; A new product policy.

    ; Promoting leaner production.

    ; Sustainable consumption and production internationally.

For further information please follow the below link:

    http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1154&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

    More information

    http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/environment/sip_en.htm

    http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eussd/escp_en.htm

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    A video news release on the contents of the new package is available from: http://www.tvlink.org/home.cfm?dg=env

    Emissions trading: Commission welcomes EP vote on including aviation in EU ETS

The European Commission„s statement corroborates the accord reached between the

    Parliament and the Council last month.

    Under the new directive greenhouse gas emission from flights to, from and within the EU will be included in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) from 2012; covering all airlines, regardless of nationality.

    In a similar system to industrial companies already covered by EU ETS, airlines will have the opportunity to sell surplus allowances, on condition they reduce their emissions and will need to buy additional allowances if their emissions grow.

    The directive forms part of a comprehensive approach to addressing emissions, which also includes research into greener technologies and improvements in air traffic management.

    The new proposals reached by the Parliament and Commission suggest some key changes from the original proposal from December 2006; some of the more specific points include:

    ; Aviation emissions to be capped at 97% of their average 2004-2006 level by 2012,

    decreasing to 95% in 2013, but are subject to routine review.

    ; An exemption clause is in place for those commercial operators with very low traffic

    levels on routes to, from or within the EU with emissions of less than 10,000 tonnes of 2 COper year.

    The Council is expected to give formal approval in the near future. Once formally adopted, Member States will have 12 months to transpose it into national legalisation.

For more information, please visit the below links.

    http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1114&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

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