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EU Commission renews bid to ban food from cloned animals

Source : World Bulletin / 19 Dec 2013

The European Commission on Wednesday again proposed a ban on food and products from cloned animals, two years after failing to block their use.

EU governments and lawmakers rejected the first move in 2011 because of a dispute over labelling. If approved, the latest draft rules would ban the use of cloning in commercial farming within the 28-nation bloc for five years, and prohibit the sale and import of food such as meat or milk from cloned animals.


EU to grant Egypt €90m for development projects

Source : World Bulletin / 29 Nov 2013

The european Union has signed an agreement with Egypt to provide the latter with a 90-million-euro grant.

The funds will be used to finance a national school meals program, to develop slum areas in several Egyptian provinces, and to fund NGOs working in the field of social and economic development, according to a Thursday statement issued by Egypt's Ministry of International Cooperation.


Eurozone jobless rate remains at record high

Source : Presstv / 2 Aug 2013

The Eurostat data agency has reported that the eurozone’s overall unemployment rate stayed at a record high of 12.1 percent in June for the fourth consecutive month.

On Wednesday, the agency published the new jobless data for the eurozone, which has seen its unemployment rate increase constantly since April 2011.

The 12.1 percentage translates into more than 19 million Europeans without a job in the eurozone.


EU to levy 4.7% duty on jet fuel imports from Middle East

Source : Reuters / 14 June 2013

The European Union will impose a 4.7 percent duty on jet fuel imports from the Middle East starting next year, officials said on Wednesday, in a move that could significantly increase costs for the EU’s embattled airlines.

Last month, EU officials said jet fuel imports could dodge the new tariff thanks to a waiver known as airworthiness certificates or EASA Form 1 certificates.


EU decision to lift Syrian oil sanctions boosts jihadist groups

Source : Julian Borger and Mona Mahmood / 20 May 2013

The EU decision to lift Syrian oil sanctions to aid the opposition has accelerated a scramble for control over wells and pipelines in rebel-held areas and helped consolidate the grip of jihadist groups over the country's key resources.


U.S. senators seek to block Iran from billion-dollar reserves

Source : Reuters / 10 May 2013

Legislation introduced by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Wednesday would block Iran's access to billions of dollars worth of foreign currency reserves in the latest congressional effort to slow development of the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear program.


Iran economy on road to recovery as domestic production grows

Source : Reuters / 24 Apr 2013

Iran's economy has become more robust as domestic production has grown to offset a 14 percent fall in imports in 2012, sparked by a drop in its currency value, after the central bank was hit by economic sanctions, Iran's finance minister said on Tuesday.


EU plans tougher tobacco health warnings

Source : BBC / 22 Dec 2012

Cigarette packs sold in the EU will have to have bigger health warnings in text and pictures, under new proposals from the EU Commission.

The draft directive would require 75% of the packet to be covered - front and back - with the warnings. But company branding would not be banned.


Europe to follow Turkish model on medicines

Source : Anadolu Agency | 18 Sep 2012

The Council of Europe will follow the Drug Tracking System (ITS) of Turkey in a European project whereby patients can reach medication safely.

A senior official with the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM), Francois Xavier Lery closely observed the ITS in Turkey and took notes for the council's drug tracking project, eTACT.


Europe: Christian Continent or Not?

Source : OnIslam | 08 Aug 2012

Religion is seen as a main reason behind opposition to Turkey’s admission into the European Union as many believe that the continent is trying to preserve its position as a Christian club that does not accept other civilizations.


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