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					                             EU Policy Update
                              12 June 2009
                         Lancashire Brussels Office
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Editorial........................................................................................................... 2
Review & Outlook ........................................................................................... 3
Funding Opportunities and Consultations ...................................................... 4
  Calls for proposals: Culture Programme ........................................................ 4
  Call for proposals: Preparatory Action in the Field of Sport .............................. 4
  Call for proposals: Environment- LIFE+ ........................................................ 4
  Consultation: EU Emissions Trading System .................................................. 5
  Consultation: Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity ........................... 5
  Consultation: Action Plan for Energy Efficiency .............................................. 6
Partner Searches ............................................................................................ 6
  Partner search: Youth in Action ................................................................... 6
  Partner search: Projects in the field of culture ............................................... 6
  Partner search: Ecothermal Project .............................................................. 7
Conferences .................................................................................................... 7
  The first European Week for Waste Reduction ............................................... 7
  Impact of Climate Change on Employment ................................................... 7
EU General ...................................................................................................... 8
  New European Parliament for the next 5 years elected ................................... 8
Agriculture and Rural Affairs .......................................................................... 8
Education and Culture .................................................................................... 8
  European universities awarded for excellence in supporting mobile students ..... 8
e- Europe and Information Society ................................................................ 9
Employment and Social Affairs ....................................................................... 9
  19 billion Euro support to increase employment in the European Union ............ 9
  State aid: Commission adopts guidance on training aid and aid to disadvantaged
  and disabled workers ................................................................................. 9
  2011 to be the European Year of Volunteering............................................. 10
  20% renewables target can give jobs to 2.8 million people, a study finds ....... 10
Enterprise ..................................................................................................... 11
Environment ................................................................................................. 11
  Become a European Climate Star! ............................................................. 11
Health and Consumer Protection ................................................................. 11
  Bathing water quality in Lancashire complies with the EU minimum standards 11
Justice and Home Affairs .............................................................................. 12
  A new Action Plan for the EU area of freedom, security and justice ................ 12
Regional Policy ............................................................................................. 13
  Local authorities should have their voice at the December Climate Change
  Summit .................................................................................................. 13
Research ....................................................................................................... 13
Transport ...................................................................................................... 14
Diary.............................................................................................................. 14
Contact Details ............................................................................................. 14


Editorial

Welcome to the latest edition of the Lancashire Brussels Office Policy Update. This issue
includes a number of articles on employment and social affairs such as the decision of the EU
to provide 19 billion Euro to support employment in EU Member States, and the decision on
state aid for training disadvantaged and disabled workers.

In the ‘Environment’ section you will find details of a competition run by the Climate Alliance
Network to become a European Climate Star, and in ‘Health and Consumer Protection’ you will
find an article on the latest results of the Bathing Water Quality Report where 10 bathing sites
in Lancashire have been assessed.

Please check the diary section to see if you need any further information or a briefing note on
the meetings that we have attended.

The next Policy Update is due out on 3 July; if you have any queries before then please do
not hesitate to contact us.
                                                                         Justyna Wojtczak
                                                          Assistant European Liaison Officer
                                                                             12 June 2009




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Review & Outlook
Review

The last two weeks saw the European elections to the European Parliament taking place in 27
EU Member States.

Also, a number of meetings of the EU Member States’ Ministers were held, including:

    Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council which reached a
     political agreement on the guidelines of Member States’ employment policies in 2009,
     adopted conclusions on equal opportunities for women and men in the context of an
     ageing society, adopted a regulation on mobile phone roaming charges, and a
     regulation introducing tighter emission limits for nitrogen oxides and particulate matter
     (Euro VI) from trucks and buses
    Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry and Research) Council which reached
     political agreement on a draft regulation establishing a legal framework applicable to a
     European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) and adopted conclusions on the
     first steps towards the realisation of the European Research Area (Vision 2020).

Outlook

On 18-19 June the Heads of EU Member States will meet at the European Council which will
also mark the end of the 6 months EU Czech Presidency. From July, Sweden will take over the
EU Presidency for the next 6 months.

The draft agenda of the June European Council includes:

    Decisions on strengthening the regulation and supervision of the financial sector and
     agreement on a work plan for the rapid adoption of a number of relevant legislative
     proposals
    Taking stock of the measures taken to support the real economy and employment,
     and welcoming of the European Commission communication on employment
    Discussing the preparation of the Copenhagen Conference on climate change, in
     particular as regards financing mechanisms
    Decision on who should be presented to the European Parliament as the next
     President of the European Commission. The Commission President is due to be
     chosen in autumn




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Funding Opportunities and Consultations
Calls for proposals: Culture Programme
The European Commission has recently published 3 calls for proposals within the Culture
Programme 2007-2013:

    Strand 1.1- Multiannual co-operation projects (deadline 1 October)
    Strand1.2.1- Co-operation measures for cultural projects (deadline 1 October)
    Strand 2- Annual support for organisations active at the European level in the field of
     culture (deadline 1 November)

These calls for proposals apply to all cultural sectors apart from the media sector for which a
separate MEDIA programme is available.

The Office attended an InfoDay on this call and a briefing note has been produced.

For more information, please contact us.


Call for proposals: Preparatory Action in the Field of Sport
The European Commission has launched a call for proposals for Preparatory Actions in the
Field of Sport. This call for proposals will support transnational projects put forward by public
bodies or civil society organisations in order to identify and test suitable networks and good
practices in the following areas:

    Promoting health-enhancing physical activity
    Promoting education and training in sport
    Promoting European fundamental values by encouraging sport for persons with
     disabilities
    Promoting gender equality in sport

The deadline for submission of applications to the European Commission is 31 August.

For more information, please click here.



Call for proposals: Environment- LIFE+
The European Commission has published the third LIFE+ call for proposals. This year’s call
covers the following themes:

    Nature and biodiversity
    Environment Policy and Governance (climate change, water, air, soil, urban
     development, noise, chemicals, environment and health, natural resources and waste,
     forests, innovation, and strategic approaches)
    Information and Communication

The UK is expected to receive about 19million Euro for the realisation of the projects under
the third LIFE+ call for proposals.



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The Lancashire Brussels Office recently hosted a meeting for environment policy officers in
Brussels on the theme of LIFE+. The meeting heard from representatives from the European
Commission and DEFRA. For more information on the meeting and the presentations, please
contact Jayesh Patel on Jayesh.Patel@lancashire-brussels.org.

The application deadline for this call is 15 September.

For more details, please click here.


Consultation: EU Emissions Trading System
A public consultation on rules to govern the future auctioning of emission allowances under
the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has been launched by consultants working for the
European Commission.

The consultation forms part of the Commission's preparation of a Regulation on auctioning of
allowances with respect to the future trading periods. In accordance with the revision of the
Emissions Trading Directive, the Commission has to adopt a Regulation by 30 June 2010 to
ensure that auctioning is conducted in an open, transparent, harmonised and non-
discriminatory manner.

Interested stakeholders are invited to participate in the consultation by filling in the online
questionnaire available here.

For more information about the EU ETS and auctioning EU allowances, please click here.

Source: European Commission


Consultation: Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity
The European Commission invites regional and local authorities to contribute their views to
the Consultation on Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity. The Commission would
like to designate year 2012 as the European Year for Active Ageing and Intergenerational
Solidarity. Therefore, the aim of the Consultation is to collect ideas and suggestions from key
stakeholders and experts on how to achieve the greatest possible impact of such a European
Year, and how to organise it.

The Consultation questionnaire includes such questions as:

    How your organisation could contribute to the success of the European Year of Active
     Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity? What actions could your organisation
     undertake and what kind of support would be needed?
    How does your organisation perceive challenges and opportunities of ageing in relation
     to intergenerational solidarity?
    What policy measures could promote intergenerational solidarity?

For more information please click here.

Source: European Commission




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Consultation: Action Plan for Energy Efficiency
The European Commission has launched a consultation which aims to provide a mid-term
review and evaluation of the 2006 Action Plan for Energy Efficiency. The Commission would
like to collect views from interested parties on the effectiveness and results of the Action Plan
so far, and how the EU can improve policy actions and measures which contribute to the EU's
energy saving targets.

The consultation deadline is 3 August.

Please click here if you would like to take part in the consultation.

Source: European Commission

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Partner Searches
If you would like to circulate your own partner search, please contact us

Partner search: Youth in Action
The Pupils’ Council of the Gylleskolan School in Borlänge municipality, Sweden, is looking for
project partners under the European Youth in Action Programme. Nine students between the
ages of 14-15 would like to meet other partner groups in Europe to take part in a youth
exchange and to observe and discuss school democracy with pupils and teachers in the host
country. The exchange would also result in making new friendships, learning more about new
cultures, and developing pupils’ language skills.

A deadline for responding to this partner search is 1 August 2009.

For further details, please contact us.


Partner search: Projects in the field of culture
Lancashire Brussels Office holds a database of project partner searches regarding the recent
publications of the calls for proposals for the cultural sector by the European Commission (see
above, page 4).

Projects’ co-ordinators are searching for the partners to projects such as:

    City of Strasburg is looking for libraries, museums and schools of arts to the project
     about alphabet books, typography and how to learn reading and writing.
    Anadolu University and Ministry of National Education of Eskisehir, Turkey,
     is looking for the educators, universities, museums, private sector and unemployed
     persons in the field of culture to the Phrygia Culture in Europe project. This multi-
     annual project aims to introduce the Phrygian culture, which is one of the
     fundamentals of the European civilization, to the European citizens, and to protect the
     European cultural wealth by transmitting it to the future generations.
    Tangere Productions from Slovakia is looking for the partners from all relevant
     specialisations to the project for youth dance theatre and circus space.



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    New Worlds Project from Belgium is searching for partners from creative media
     and creative writing sectors to two projects that the organisation is planning to
     prepare.

If you are interested in any of these partner searches please contact us.


Partner search: Ecothermal Project
HAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland, is searching for SMEs around Europe that would
be interested in a project partnership under the EU’s EUROSTARS Programme.

Ecothermal is interested in enterprises that, for example, deal with planning, manufacture
heat exchangers, build wind turbines, deal with biogas or solar power, provide geothermal
heating, manufacture air source heat pumps or develop hybrid solutions. Possible partners
could also be other SMEs that produce equipment and software dealing with renewable
energy solutions for housing purposes.

Please contact us, if you need further information.

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Conferences
The first European Week for Waste Reduction
The ACR+ (Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource
Management) will organise between 21- 29 November the first ever official European Week
for Waste Reduction (EWWR). With the support of the European Commission’s LIFE+
Programme, EWWR will be a key event for promoting sustainable waste reduction actions and
highlighting the impact of our consumption on the environment and on climate change.

During the Week, a variety of actors including schools, universities, public administrations,
businesses, etc., will implement waste prevention actions focused on the various stages of a
product cycle, ranging from production to consumption and reuse.

Further EWWRs are also planned for 2010 and 2011.

For more information, please click here.

Source: ACR+




Impact of Climate Change on Employment
On June 22-23 the European Commission will organise a Restructuring Forum on the Impact
of Climate Change on Employment. The purpose of the Forum will be to:

    raise awareness of the changes that can be expected and the new skills that will be
     required to meet the needs of adjusting to a low-carbon economy


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     provide a platform for employers and trade unions to learn from other organisations
      that have taken on this challenge and taken positive measures to anticipate change
     disseminate information on practices that have been used to embrace change and
      come up with innovative solutions, notably using new technology

The Forum will attract over 350 participants, representing social partners, national and
regional public authorities, academic experts as well as the European institutions.

For further details, please click here.

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EU General
New European Parliament for the next 5 years elected
Between 4-7 June, the citizens from 27 EU Member States elected the future European
Parliament for the next 5 year mandate. The European People’s Party (EPP, made up of
Conservative/Christian Democrat MEPs) has maintained its position as the biggest block in the
European Parliament by gaining 36% of the seats. The Socialists’ Group has 22% of the
seats, and ALDE (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) has 11% of the
seats.

The 736-members of the European Parliament will start work on 29 June. Their agenda over
the next few months will cover the negotiations on an international agreement on global
warming, new financial regulation to prevent another banking crisis and approving the
members of the next European Commission.

Source: European Parliament

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Agriculture and Rural Affairs
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Education and Culture
European universities awarded for excellence in supporting mobile
students
65 higher education institutions from 16 countries have been awarded with special European
quality labels in recognition of their efforts to make it easier for students to study abroad.
These labels are given to universities which have shown excellence in applying the European
Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and the Diploma Supplement (DS), two
European instruments that make teaching and learning more transparent and facilitate the
recognition of studies and qualifications.




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The European Commission intends to organise annual application rounds for the ECTS and DS
labels in the coming years. Applications can only be submitted by higher education institutions
that have been awarded a Standard or an Extended Erasmus University Charter.

3 UK universities, namely the University of Kent, the University of Swansea and the University
of Bournemouth, have received the DS labels.

For more information, please click here.

Source: European Commission

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e- Europe and Information Society
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Employment and Social Affairs
19 billion Euro support to increase employment in the European
Union
The European Commission has published a Communication on ‘EU Shared Commitment to
Employment’. The EU will make 19 billion Euro available to Member States from the
European Social Fund (ESF) for actions which would support the Communication’s three
priorities:

     Maintaining employment, creating jobs and promoting mobility
     Upgrading skills and matching labour market needs
     Increasing access to employment

The Commission will also draw up a proposal for the ESF to cover 100% of the projects’ costs
during the period 2009-2010 in the context of the current economic crisis.

The Communication also outlines additional other instruments and actions for fulfilling its
objectives.

For more information, please contact us for a briefing note; or click here to access the
Commission’s Communication.


State aid: Commission adopts guidance on training aid and aid to
disadvantaged and disabled workers
The European Commission has adopted two guidance papers setting out criteria for the in-
depth assessment of large amounts of training aid and of aid to disadvantaged and disabled
workers. The guidance papers aim to provide a useful and practical guide to help public
authorities and companies to understand how best to achieve rapid approval for training aid
and aid for disabled or disadvantaged workers.



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The criteria are based on the principles of the Commission's State Aid Action Plan, in
particular the balancing test that weighs the positive effects brought about by the aid against
the negative impact which a potential distortion of competition might entail. On this basis, the
Commission will carry out an overall evaluation of the aid to determine whether, as a whole,
the aid measure can be approved. The guidance also complements the Commission's
Communication on a shared commitment to employment (for details please see the article
above).
For further details, please click here.
Source: European Commission


2011 to be the European Year of Volunteering
The European Commission has decided to propose the year 2011 to be designated as the
"European Year of Volunteering". The Council and the European Parliament are expected to
endorse this proposal by the beginning of next year.

The European Year of Volunteering should help volunteers and volunteering organisations in
Europe to meet and to learn about what is done best in other countries. Public authorities will
be able to learn more about volunteers and making volunteering easier.

The Commission proposes to allocate a budget of 6 million Euros for the European Year and
an additional amount of 2 million Euros for the preparatory actions starting in 2010.

The proposed activities should focus on communication and awareness-raising measures,
such as conferences, seminars, exchange of experience and publications. Similar activities
shall be run in Member States through national coordination structures. The emphasis will be
placed on funding projects with a volunteering dimension in the EU's action programmes,
such as the 'Youth in Action Programme', in order to involve all levels – European, national,
regional and local – in the activities of the European Year of Volunteering.

Source: European Commission



20% renewables target can give jobs to 2.8 million people, a study
finds
The European Commission has published the results of a study on ‘The impact of renewable
energy policy on economic growth and employment in the European Union’. The study unveils
that reaching the 20% renewable energy targets by 2020 could lead to around 2.8 million
jobs in the renewable energy sector and generate a total value added of around 1.1% of
GDP.

In 2005, the renewable energy sector employed 1.4 million people with a gross value added
of 58 billion EUR. Biomass, wind and hydro technologies are currently the most important for
employment. In the future, significantly more people are expected to be employed in the
renewable energy sector.

The study underlines that stronger policies are needed to reap maximum economic benefits
from renewable energy. For example, more short term financial support should be provided



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for innovative technologies such as photovoltaic, offshore wind, solar thermal electricity and
second-generation bio-fuels.

Full report on the study and more information can be found here.

Source: European Commission

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Enterprise
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Environment
Become a European Climate Star!
The Climate Alliance of European Cities - Europe's largest city network for climate protection –
invites all European cities and municipalities to present their climate protection activities and
apply for a prestigious Climate Star.

The Climate Star 2009 will award local solutions to the global challenge of climate change. All
innovative local actions such as using less energy, producing energy locally from renewable
sources, planning shorter transport distances, promoting walking, cycling or regional products
are welcome.

The winners of the 4th Climate Star will be awarded at the prestigious ceremony on 22
October 2009 at the ‘Stift Melk’, part of the UNESCO world heritage site in Wachau near
Vienna, Austria.

Closing date for applications is 15 June 2009.

For more details, please click here.

Source: Klima- Buendis (Climate Alliance)

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Health and Consumer Protection
Bathing water quality in Lancashire complies with EU minimum
standards
The annual bathing water report recently presented by the European Commission and the
European Environment Agency reveals that the large majority of bathing sites across the
European Union met EU hygiene standards in 2008. During that bathing season some 96% of



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coastal bathing areas and 92% of bathing sites in rivers and lakes complied with minimum
standards.

In Lancashire, 10 bathing sites- Bishpham, Blackpool Central and Blackpool South ( Blackpool
North was not sampled), Cleveleys, Fleetwood, Heysham, 2 sites in Morecombe, and 2 sites in
St. Anne- met the minimum criteria. Morecombe South and St. Annes have improved the
quality of their bathing waters compared to 2007.

Bathing areas are zones where bathing is explicitly authorised or where bathing is traditionally
practised by a large number of bathers and is not prohibited. To determine their quality,
bathing waters are tested against a number of physical, chemical and microbiological
parameters for which the 2006 Bathing Water Directive sets out mandatory values.

For more details please click here.

Source: European Commission.

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Justice and Home Affairs
A new Action Plan for the EU area of freedom, security and justice
The European Commission issued a communication which evaluates the progress made under
the Hague Programme and proposes a new EU Action Plan in the area of citizenship, justice,
security, asylum and immigration for the next five years. This so called ‘Stockholm
Programme’ is expected to be debated by the European Parliament and adopted by the
European Council of Ministers before the end of the year.

The Stockholm Programme builds on the achievements and the lessons learnt from the Hague
Programme and on the key strategic documents such as the European Pact on Immigration
and Asylum, the Communications on Immigration and Asylum, the Communication on e-
justice and the Action plan on drugs.

Under the slogan 'Broader Freedom in a safer Europe', the core areas for the strategy over
the next five years are the following:
        Promoting citizens’ rights — a Europe of rights: i.e. citizen’s privacy and special needs
         of vulnerable people
        A Europe of justice: i.e. to facilitate people’s access to courts and removing barriers to
         the recognition of legal acts in other Member States
        A Europe that protects: i.e. strengthening cooperation in police matters and law
         enforcement, and making entry to Europe more secure
    A Europe of solidarity: i.e. consolidating and putting into practice a policy on
         immigration and asylum that guarantees solidarity between Member States and
         partnership with non-EU countries
   
The Commission proposed 10 specific actions to fulfil the objectives of the Stockholm
Programme, such as setting up an exchange programme for police officers (Erasmus
Programme for Police), improving the exchange of information between European policy

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forces, increase the research effort in the area of security technologies, strengthen procedural
guarantees in criminal cases, and ensuring a flexible immigration policy that is in line with the
needs of the job market.
For further information, please click here.
Source: European Commission
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Regional Policy
Local authorities should have their voice at the December Climate
Change Summit
At the recently held Local Government Climate Change Leadership Summit in Copenhagen,
the Committee of the Regions (CoR) demanded to be heard at the December UN Climate
Change Summit (COP15). The CoR asked the incoming Swedish Presidency which will lead the
Council of the EU Member States Ministers from July to December 2009 and which represent
the EU’s joint delegation to the COP15 summit, to give a voice to local authorities in the EU by
including a representative from the CoR at the negotiation table.

The CoR argued that the UN draft of the negotiating text speaks about sub-national level only
in the context of adaptation, but the sub-national level is not mentioned when it comes to
developing a strategy on how to tackle climate change or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Therefore, the CoR wants greater acknowledgement of the key role played by regions and
cities in combating climate change. The CoR also wants signatories of the post-Kyoto Protocol
to make a commitment to support local efforts with sufficient funds.

Background

The CoR gives representatives of local government a say over the content of EU laws. The
European Commission, which initiates EU laws, and the Council of Ministers, which determines
the final content of the legislation (usually in tandem with the European Parliament), are
obliged to consult the CoR on a wide range of policy areas. The Committee can also appeal to
the EU Court of Justice if its rights are infringed, or it believes that an EU law violates the
subsidiarity principle or fails to respect regional or local powers.

To visit the CoR's website, please click here.

Source: Committee of the Regions

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Research
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Transport
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Diary

2 June             Open Days 2009 meeting to discuss the format of the closing session and
                   regional office involvement. Tanja Siggs

5 June             UKBO Health working group to discuss healthy ageing strategies. Justyna
                   Wojtczak

9 – 10 June        Bio-Waste – Need for EU Legislation? Conference organised by the
                   Permanent Representation of Germany. Jayesh Patel

11 June            Electric vehicles: what contribution to sustainable local mobility? POLIS
                   working group meeting to discuss electric vehicles and mobility issues. Tanja
                   Siggs and Jayesh Patel

11 June            Culture Programme Infoday. Justyna Wojtczak




Contact Details
Lancashire Brussels Office
North West of England House
Rue du Marteau 21
B-1000 Brussels
Belgium
Fax: +32 2 229 5383

Tanja Siggs             +32 2 229 5371              tanja.siggs@lancashire-brussels.org
Jayesh Patel            +32 2 229 5372              jayesh.patel@lancashire-brussels.org
Justyna Wojtczak        +32 2 229 5398              assistant@lancashire-brussels.org




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