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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-10-26

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


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  • [01] New rules adopted by EU Ministers simplifying access to EU funds
  • [02] Conference on
  • [03] EU citizens must be better informed on the Single Market, EP says

  • [01] New rules adopted by EU Ministers simplifying access to EU funds

    The Council of Ministers adopted Thursday new rules aimed at equipping the EU budget with simpler financial rules while securing sound treatment of European taxpayers` money.

    This was adopted during the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg under the Cyprus EU Presidency.

    In order to enter into force, the new rules have to be published in the Official Journal of the EU. They will become applicable on 1 January 2013, the same day as the rules of applications that the Commission should adopt in the coming days.

    [02] Conference on

    Interior Minister Eleni Mavrou has said that from the debate so far among European regulatory authorities, Connected TV services are considered to be "TV-like experiences" and as such there seems to be a broad consensus that they should be subjected to a higher degree of regulation than Internet content access through a PC.

    Addressing on Thursday a Conference on "Looking Beyond the AVMS Directive: the challenge of connected TV" organized October 25-26 by the European Commission and the Cyprus Radio Television Authority in the framework of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU, Mavrou noted that the difficult subject of "Connected TV" is expected to be at the focus of the expected review of the "Audiovisual Media Services Directive" by the Commission.

    In her address, read out by the Director General of the Ministry of Interior Andreas Assiotis, Mavrou said that "Converged or Connected TV", which incorporates broadcast, pay-tv services, including video-on-demand as well as open internet services, is considered to be closer to a TV-like experience. Audiences, therefore, expect content over these devices to be more regulated than Internet content accessed through their PCs and laptops, she noted.

    [03] EU citizens must be better informed on the Single Market, EP says

    The Plenary of the European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on all parties involved to help European citizens understand fully and exploit the benefits of the Single Market.

    The resolution points out that the EU citizens still do not benefit fully from the single market. It also stresses the difficulties of registering cars abroad, opening bank accounts or having professional qualifications recognised and blames these problems on member states` reluctance to implement EU rules swiftly, coordinate with each other and inform citizens of their rights.

    Rapporteur Regina Bastos said that "in certain areas of our daily lives, so many simple things are still very complex, hard and expensive, such as the reimbursement of medical expenses after a temporary stay in another EU country, the opening of a bank account by an Erasmus student, or the recognition of qualifications and of the car number plate in another member state".


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