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Europe in the age of global competition Europe in the age of global competition 6 February 2005 Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Science and Research, was the keynote speaker at an EPC dialogue, kindly sponsored by Hutchison Whampoa Limited, on "Europe in the Age of Global Competition.” Countries Member countries of the EU (year of entry) The European Union has 28 member countries: On the road to EU membership Candidate countries Potential candidates Profile: European Union The European Union, or EU, describes itself as a family of democratic European countries, committed to working together for peace and prosperity. The organisation oversees co-operation among its members in diverse areas, including trade, the environment, transport and employment. On 1 May 2004 the EU took in 10 new members, most of them former communist countries, in a huge step along the road towards dismantling the post-World War II division of Europe. The new joiners were the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. However, plans to introduce a constitution - intended to ensure the smooth running of the enlarged EU - faltered repeatedly at various national referendums until the revised "Lisbon" reform treaty was adopted. It came into force in December 2009.

Starting a business (Spark) Information Around a third of students intend to start their own business. Our Spark team will support and encourage you from initial idea to start up and beyond. If you have got a business idea, then we can help. Maybe you are just wondering whether starting a business is a realistic graduate career, then we can support you.

China's Economy Just Overtook The U.S. In One Key Measure This was inevitable, but it still feels momentous: By one important measure, China's economy is now the biggest in the world, topping the United States. China's gross domestic product is worth $17.6 trillion, adjusted for China's relatively low cost of living, compared with $17.4 trillion for the U.S., the International Monetary Fund estimated as part of its latest World Economic Outlook. Here's how that looks in chart form: Expert: Journalists were caught off guard by Europe's economic crisis Via Pedro Rivas Ugaz on Flickr, used with a CC-license. As Europe's economic crisis deepens, journalists covering the area are challenged to analyze, interpret, and above all, predict what will happen. "Journalism is a service to society.

The EU Industrial Structure Report The EU Industrial Structure Report is a biennial publication that analyses competitiveness at sectorial level. It is written by experts at Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. The publication is useful for anyone interested in the structure and performance of EU industries. Objectives: to analyse the medium-term trends and performance of EU industrial sectors to assess the EU’s position in global value chains to examine the impact of the economic crisis on EU industry It analyses the performance of EU industrial and service sectors in terms of:

Timeline: history of the European Union Robert Schuman, the French Foreign Minister, proposes that France, Germany and any other European country wishing to join pool coal and steel resources. Treaty of Paris signed by the Six (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands), establishing the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). Treaties of Rome establish the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). First session of the European Parliamentary Assembly held in Strasbourg, France. Robert Schuman is elected President of the Assembly.

Make a difference This careers resource was jointly developed by the Biochemical Society, British Ecological Society, British Pharmacological Society, Microbiology Society, Society for Experimental Biology, Royal Society of Biology and The Physiological Society. Bioscience learned societies offer a range of services and support for their members, such as scientific conferences, publishing specialist journals, careers guidance, grants, competitions and awards. If you would like to order a pack containing a copy of each of the posters, please email Amanda Hardy. Poster and banner design by Blitz.

Explicit cookie consent IF THE 20th century belonged to the rich countries of North America and Europe, some economists argue, then the 21st will be the era of the emerging world. Economic growth across emerging markets has been scorching since 2000. Some of the largest countries, like India and China, managed growth rates above 10% per year. Continued growth at such rates would lead to “convergence” with the rich world. That would mean higher living standards in developing countries and a shift in the balance of economic and political power.

A Continent In Crisis: What Can We Do To Save Euro? Double dip recession is the most frequent phrase I usually encounter while reading news. The stories developing in Europe are boring. Greece default, Greece default, Greece default and the need of contagion! It shouldn’t have made any headlines. In last article, I suggest only a new bold action will solve the crises in Eurozone.

For European enactments a useful site is From here you will be able to see reports and directives such as: - Directive on the Legal Protection of Databases. - Directive on the Legal Protection of Biotechnological Invention. - Directive of the European Parliament and the Council of 8 June 2000 on Electronic Commerce. - Directive on the Harmonization of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the Information Society. - Directive on the Patentability of Computer Implemented Inventions. - Report from the Commission of the European Parliament and the Council on the Development and Implication of patent Law in the field of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering. by raviii Jun 2

The law relating to IP Although there is a degree of harmonization between countries regarding IP, including a number of international treaties, IP law is still very much determined by each individual country. It is, therefore, not possible here to list all the various IP related laws, such as patent Acts, around the world. However, most countries now have a Intellectual Property office website where much of the legislation can be found. Some offices, like the UK, also have the case law on the web. by raviii Jun 2

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