EU Legislation, Initiatives, etc.

EU News: The European Commission has presented a package of initiatives to make trade mark registration systems all over the European Union cheaper, quicker, more reliable and predictable.

The proposed reform would improve conditions for businesses to innovate and to benefit from more effective trade mark protection against counterfeits, including fake goods in transit through the EU's territory.
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PC&PE: The Transport Select Committee has published Land transport security – scope for further EU involvement?, its report of a short inquiry that reviewed a European Commission working document looking at options for EU-wide measures to improve land transport security.
 
The European Commission already sets legislation in relation to safety in the maritime & aviation sectors and in relation to the transport of dangerous goods.  The Commission is now considering whether it should become
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EU News: An extra €11.2bn is required for the EU budget to reimburse beneficiaries of EU funded programmes completed across Europe in 2012, as well as to honour the Cohesion Policy claims that will fall due in 2013.
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EU News: The EU needs to attract talented non-EU students & researchers who can contribute to our growth & competitiveness with their knowledge & skills. Moving to Europe temporarily is an opportunity embraced by over 200.000 students & researchers from outside the EU every year.  However, far too many of them have to face unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles.

The Commission has proposed to make it easier & more attractive for non-EU national students, researchers and other groups to enter and stay in the EU for periods exceeding 3 months.  New legislation will set clearer time limits for national authorities to decide on applications, provide for more opportunities to access the labour market during their stays and facilitate intra-EU movement.
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Data Security: Controlling Classified Information in the UK Public Sector