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MEPs to set up anti-intergovernmentalism group -

EUobserver, 13.9.10. Alarmed at what they see as a rise in the European Union of 'intergovernmentalism', Guy Verhofstadt, the head of the liberal group in the parliament, and his Green counterpart, Daniel Cohn-Bendit are mounting a counter-offensive to promote the importance of the EU and its institutions. The fledgling group will be known as the Spinelli group, after the Italian political thinker Altiero Spinelli and one of the "founding fathers" of the EU.

Ashton to name ambassadors this week -

The European Voice, 13.9.10. Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief, plans to announce around 30 appointments to EU delegations around the world later this week, she said after an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers on Saturday (11 September).

EU ponders creation of new diplomatic breed. By Andrew Rettman - EUobserver, 4.6.10.  The phrase "EU diplomat says" regularly pops up in articles on EU foreign policy. But with the EU poised to launch its European External Action Service in the coming months, the question of what precisely is an EU diplomat is in the air in Brussels.

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Without prejudice to Article 178, the European Parliament and the Council, acting by means of regulations in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and consulting the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, shall define the tasks, priority objectives and the organisation of the Structural Funds, which may involve grouping the Funds. The general rules applicable to them and the provisions necessary to ensure their effectiveness and the coordination of the Funds with one another and with the other existing Financial Instruments shall also be defined by the same procedure.

A Cohesion Fund set up in accordance with the same procedure shall provide a financial contribution to projects in the fields of environment and trans-European networks in the area of transport infrastructure.