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Sir, Regarding ‘Small firms slam ‘deceptive’ EU accounting plans‘: I am British and wanted to come and start a business in Belgium as my daughter is at university there studying law. But when I looked into it all, it is so expensive to set up as heavy capital is required. Lawyers and accountants fees are… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU-Macedonia relations‘: First off, the reason FYROM was blocked from NATO was because the country applied for membership as ‘Macedonia’ and NOT as FYROM. Applying as ‘Macedonia’ and not as ‘FYROM’ is what violated the 1995 agreement, which the media is largely ignoring. Secondly, in response to the former Green MEP Angelika Beer’s… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘NGOs take Commission to court over biofuels reports‘: It is important to note that biofuels are not all produced from the same source and they do not all have the same environmental impacts. Whilst we can understand the issues being scrutinised in this legal foray, there is a serious issue here which I… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘‘Social Europe’ still missing in EU 2020 draft, say activists‘: After reviewing the first assessment from the European Commission, ILGA-Europe wrote the following letter to Commission President Barroso, and Commissioners Reding, Malmström, Füle, Andor, and Vassiliou: “We understand from European Commission consultation documents on the EU 2020 strategy that there are currently no… » read more

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Sir, Many researchers across Europe are unhappy with the administrative burden of European research funding. The Framework Programme, as the biggest part of this funding, is far from easy to use despite many efforts at simplification. Many stakeholders, including the European Commission, are working on simplifying the participation rules. That’s certainly promising. However, what is… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Google execs convicted in Italy for Down’s video‘: It seems that all major commentaries around the world about this Google indictment miss the actual legal issue, i.e. the extension of data protection act. Google execs have been indicted – this is the charge – for having infringed sect. 167 of the Italian Data… » read more

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