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European Union: 28 countries, 508 million people. United in Diversity. [unofficial forum]
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All roads lead to Rome, and tomorrow 25th March, the EU member states leaders will meet there to celebrate 60 years of the Rome Treaties #eu60

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60th anniversary of the Rome treaties. Find out more below.

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With the support of Europol, the Spanish Guardia Civil has dismantled a criminal network accused of facilitating illegal immigration from Morocco to Spain, as well as trafficking hashish. It is estimated that the criminal network could have facilitated the entry of at least 300 irregular migrants, some of them minors, and made EUR 350 000 in profits

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Fishing the radioactivity out of nuclear waste

Building on previous EU-funded research into uranium, researchers have established a potential approach for safely removing radioactive elements from nuclear waste



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New tools to increase the accuracy of biodiversity monitoring

An EU funded project, has created a range of tools to give a more accurate picture of current biodiversity, aiding efforts for sustainable governance of natural resources



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Operations image of the week: Engineers working in ESA’s control room in 1978

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A network of national experts on how to enhance the monitoring of detention conditions is being set up.

To help prepare FRA met with the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna on 23 March. Together they planned the creation of the network and an accompanying series of events. 



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The new European Solidarity Corps deserves its own budget – it should not be funded at the expense of the Erasmus+ or Europe for Citizens programmes, urge Culture and Education Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. Offering young people an opportunity to take part in solidarity schemes all over Europe would help them to gain experience for future long-term jobs, they add.

The Solidarity Corps, proposed by the European Commission in December 2016, aims to enable young people aged 17 to 30 to take part in all kinds of solidarity activities in areas such as education, health, reception and integration of migrants, social and labour market integration and environment protection. An estimated 100,000 young people could take part in this initiative by 2020, either through volunteering or job placement



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More than 1,100 workers were killed and 2,500 injured when a building housing several clothes workshops collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, nearly four year ago. The tragedy drew attention to working conditions in the sector.

Parliament's development committee has adopted a report calling for new legislation to ensure that the clothes and textiles we buy are not produced at the expense of the workers.

Watch our video to find out more on the link below.

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Consumer Financial Services Action Plan: Better products and more choice for European consumers

The European Commission is today presenting an Action Plan that sets out ways to provide European consumers with greater choice and better access to financial services across the EU. At the heart of today's launch is a focus on technology, given that innovative online services will drive progress towards a more integrated market for financial services. To that end, we are also publishing a consultation on technology and its impact on the European financial services sector (so called ‘FinTech') to spur our work in this area.


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