EU Legislation, Initiatives, etc.

EU News: To boost dairy farmers' bargaining power, they must be enabled to negotiate fairer prices through producer groups, pricing practices must be made clearer throughout the distribution chain, and dairies must be made to report their monthly purchases, said the Agriculture Committee recently, amending a draft EU regulation on milk contracts.  The new rules will apply only until 30 June 2020, and will be reviewed in 2014 & 2018.
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EU News: Passengers may claim reimbursement of reasonable expenditure incurred where an airline fails to provide care and assistance in the event of a cancelled flight.
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EU News13 photonics research projects are being launched in the field of high-speed fibre broadband networks with the aim of developing technologies to deliver super fast internet speeds to the home in excess of 1 Gigabit per second.
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Defra: It will become cheaper & easier to travel abroad with pets when new rules are introduced at the start of next year. The UK will harmonise its pet movement rules with the rest of the EU from 1 January 2012, bringing the UK’s Pet Travel Scheme into line with the most recent science.  The UK will maintain its high level of protection against animal diseases after the changes, which have the potential to save pet owners around £7m in fees.
 
Forcing pets to spend 6 months in quarantine, a practice dating from the 1800s, is no longer necessary because of vastly improved rabies vaccines & treatments, but all pets will still need to be vaccinated against rabies.
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EU News: With effect from 1st July 2011 to 30 June 2012 EU mobile operators will again be obliged to lower retail prices for roaming calls in line with EU rules first introduced in 2007 and amended in 2009.  Consumers opting for the EU-regulated ‘Eurotariff’ will pay no more than 35 cents per minute for calls made and 11 cents per minute for calls received while abroad in the EU.  

This is the last in the series of regulated price cuts under the current EU Roaming Regulation, which expires end June 2012.
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