Damning report published by the European Court of Auditors. - The European Fisheries Fund (EFF) has largely failed in its objective to reduce the overcapacity of the EU's fishing fleets, according to a damning report from the European Court of Auditors .
EuroCommerce supports Commission initiative on Alternative Dispute Resolution but sees room for improvement - The European Commission proposals on ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) and ODR (Online Dispute Resolution) have been warmly welcomed by EuroCommerce. Director General, Christian Verschueren commented, "We are particularly pleased that the Commission is providing quality criteria to Member States in order to upgrade their existing ADR mechanisms or to create new ones where they do not already exist. Furthermore we appreciate that the Commission's ODR platform will serve as an interface and will refer cases back to national ADR entities, therefore avoiding new burdensome procedures.
Notice regarding a partial reopening of the anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of certain prepared or preserved citrus fruits (namely mandarins etc.) originating in the People's Republic of China
Aim is to avoid confused national response - The European Commission has adopted measures to co-ordinate the European response to health crises such as the 2009 swine-flu pandemic (H1N1). The goal is to avoid a repetition of the confused response that saw some member states - notably France - buy far too much medicine, while others - such as Poland - purchased none. The Commission wants to strengthen the hands of smaller member states in negotiations with the pharmaceutical companies that make the vaccines.
The European Ombudsman, P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, received a positive reply from the EU institutions in 78% of cases where he issued critical remarks and made suggestions for improvement in 2010. He remained concerned, however, about the high number of unsatisfactory follow-up replies (10 out of 33) which the European Commission provided in response to his critical remarks. In total, he issued 38 critical remarks to the EU institutions, including the Commission, the European Parliament, and other EU agencies and bodies. On the other hand, the Ombudsman also identified seven "star cases" in which the follow-up to his remarks was exemplary. These are among the results of a new study on the follow-up given by the EU administration to the Ombudsman's critical and further remarks for the year 2010.