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22/06/18

Communiqué de presse de la Commission européenne du 22/06/2018 Press Release

 

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Commission welcomes Eurogroup agreement laying foundations for successful conclusion of stability support programme for Greece

The Commission welcomes the comprehensive agreement reached at the Eurogroup meeting in Luxembourg. Together, the different elements of this agreement will provide the basis for a successful conclusion of the stability support programme for Greece in August. The agreement includes a credible package of measures that will reassure partners and investors that Greece's debt is sustainable, thereby facilitating a return to market financing and allowing Greece to stand on its own two feet. It also allows for a disbursement of €15 billion which will, in part, be used to build up a cash buffer which will act as a backstop against future risks. The sacrifices and efforts of the Greek people in undertaking reforms have delivered real, tangible results allowing Greece to begin a new chapter with its place at the heart of the euro area and the European Union secured. Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs said: "The Eurogroup agreement achieves what we have been calling for: a credible, upfront set of measures, which will meaningfully lighten Greece’s debt burden, allow the country to stand on its own two feet, and reassure all partners and investors. Today, eight long years of crisis come to an end for Greece and, symbolically, for the euro area as a whole. Today a new chapter begins.” A series of factsheets on the stability support programme for Greece is available here. The Eurogroup statement on Greece is available here. (For more information: Christian Spahr – Tel.: +32 460 79 80 55; Annikky Lamp– Tel.: +32 229 56151; Enda McNamara  – Tel.: +32 229 64976)

 

A Europe that protects: Commission calls for stronger national equality bodies to fight discrimination

Today, the Commission is recommending a set of measures for Member States to ensure that the equality bodies effectively protect citizens and fight discrimination. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “Equality is one of the fundamental values upon which the European Union is built, but it is not a given. We need good laws and strong and independent equality bodies to defend our core principles and values so that victims of discrimination can right the wrongs they face." European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová added: "Discrimination has no place in the EU. Victims or witnesses of discrimination should know where to turn and equality bodies are there to help them in these situations. We must ensure that national equality bodies are independent, with sufficient resources to carry out their task. They play a key role in ensuring all citizens are given equal rights and equal opportunities." Equality bodies are independent organisations assisting victims of discrimination, monitoring and reporting on discrimination issues, and promoting equality throughout the EU. Member States should ensure their independence and that they have the necessary resources to cover all types of grounds for discrimination such as sex, race, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. They should also ensure better awareness-raising about the role of national equality bodies and how citizens can access equality bodies and exercise their rights in case of discrimination. A full press release is available here(For more information: Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Mélanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659)

 

La Commission européenne prête à négocier un nouveau partenariat ambitieux avec 79 pays d'Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique

Aujourd’hui, la Commission européenne a reçu l’autorisation et les directives du Conseil de l’UE afin de lancer des négociations sur un nouvel accord de partenariat avec les pays africains, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique (ACP). La Commission européenne se réjouit de la décision du Conseil de l’UE qui permettra d’ouvrir des négociations avec le Groupe des ÉtatsACP dans les semaines à venir. Pour rappel, le cadre actuel qui régit les relations EU-ACP, connu sous le nom d’accord de Cotonou, expirera en février 2020. A cette occasion, le commissaire chargé de la coopération internationale et du développement, Neven Mimica, a déclaré: «Nous sommes prêts à nous lancer dans la création d’un partenariat dynamique et moderne avec nos partenaires d’Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique. Ce nouveau partenariat sera un puissant outil pour faire face ensemble aux défis auxquels nous devons apporter des solutions – qu’il s’agisse de lutter contre la pauvreté et les inégalités, des questions de paix et de sécurité, du changement climatique ou de croissance durable au bénéfice de tous. » Le communiqué de presse et la fiche technique sont disponibles en ligne.(Pour plus d'information: Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140)

 

Guatemala: EU deploys experts following recent volcano eruptions

Additional EU support to help those affected by the volcanic eruption that struck Guatemala earlier this month is being channelled through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. A team of eight European experts will fly to Guatemala tomorrow, following a new request of assistance issued by the national authorities. "We are continuing to support Guatemala following the recent volcano eruptions. Our help through the Union Civil Protection Mechanism is a concrete example of European solidarity to the people of Guatemala and of our readiness to support people in need anywhere in the world, wherever a disaster strikes," said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides. The deployment of European experts comes on top of the €400,000 in emergency assistance the EU has provided to Guatemala since the volcano erupted to provide displaced populations in the worst-hit departments with health, water and sanitation assistance, as well as psychosocial support. The EU's Copernicus satellite mapping service was also activated upon request of the Government of Guatemala and has produced 18 maps so far. (for more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140)

 

VAT: European Commission welcomes adoption of new tools to combat fraud in the EU

The Commission has welcomed the political agreement reached by EU Member States today on new tools to close loopholes in the EU's Value Added Tax (VAT) system. These inconsistencies can lead to large-scale VAT fraud causing losses of €50 billion for national budgets of EU Member States each year. Proposed by the Commission in November 2017, the new measures aim to build trust between Member States so that they can exchange more information and boost cooperation between national tax authorities and law enforcement authorities. Once in force, Member States will be able to exchange more relevant information and to cooperate more closely in the fight against criminal organisations, including terrorists. Following the agreement, Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, said: “The new rules agreed today confirm the willingness of Member States to tackle the problem of VAT fraud together. The EU is making real progress on VAT reform, towards a system that is fit for purpose and that stops criminals in their path. Taken together, the Commission's package of VAT proposals, of which these rules are part, will have a profound impact on VAT fraud and a positive effect on the public finances and budgets of EU countries." A full press release is available here(For more informationVanessa Mock – Tel.: +32 229 56194;  Letizia Lupini – Tel.: +32 229 51958; Patrick McCullough – Tel.: +32 229 87183)

 

La Commission se félicite de l'accord conclu entre les États membres de l'UE sur des dossiers clés pour une Europe plus sociale

Hier, lors du Conseil «Emploi, politique sociale, santé et consommateurs», les États membres de l'UE sont parvenus à un accord sur trois dossiers législatifs fondamentaux pour la construction d'une Europe sociale plus forte: la révision des règles relatives à la coordination de la sécurité sociale, une nouvelle directive sur l'équilibre entre vie professionnelle et vie privée et une directive sur les conditions de travail transparentes et prévisibles. Marianne Thyssen, commissaire pour l'emploi, les affaires sociales, les compétences et la mobilité des travailleurs a déclaré: «Le Conseil est parvenu hier à un accord sur trois propositions de la Commission visant à protéger les citoyens européens dans un monde aux réalités sociales et économiques en évolution, conformément au socle européen des droits sociaux. Ces textes apporteront un véritable changement dans le quotidien des citoyens. » Vĕra Jourová, commissaire pour la justice, les consommateurs et l'égalité des genres a ajouté: «La proposition de directive concernant l'équilibre entre vie professionnelle et vie privée adopte une approche raisonnable et équilibrée visant à offrir aux parents et aux aidants un véritable choix quant à la manière dont ils souhaitent combiner travail et vie de famille. J'espère que le Parlement européen et le Conseil avanceront désormais dans ce dossier important et parviendront à un compromis qui apportera des améliorations concrètes pour les Européens.» La déclaration complète se trouve en ligne, ainsi que le discoursde la commissaire Thyssen.(Pour plus d'informations: Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Mélanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659)

 

Tableau de bord européen de l'innovation 2018: l'Europe doit œuvrer pour rester à la pointe de l'innovation

Comme le montre le tableau de bord européen de l'innovation 2018 publié aujourd'hui par la Commission, les performances de l'UE en matière d'innovation continuent de s'améliorer mais des efforts sont encore nécessaires pour garantir la compétitivité globale de l'Europe. Elżbieta Bieńkowska, commissaire européenne pour le marché intérieur, l'industrie, l'entrepreneuriat et les PME, a déclaré à ce sujet: «L'Europe regorge de talent et d'esprit d'entreprise, mais nous devons faire mieux pour que cette excellence porte ses fruits. L'UE, les États membres, les régions et l'industrie, y compris nos nombreuses PME, doivent unir leurs efforts pour que l'Europe reste à la pointe de l'innovation au niveau international.» Carlos Moedas, commissaire pour la recherche, la science et l'innovation, a ajouté: «Nos propositions pour Horizon Europe, le prochain programme de recherche et d'innovation de l'UE, permettront d'accélérer l'innovation tout au long de la chaîne de valeur et soutiendront l'identification et l'optimisation d'innovations décisives.» L'édition 2018 du tableau de bord européen de l'innovation fait apparaître une évolution positive dans la plupart des pays de l'Union — tout particulièrement en Espagne, à Malte, et aux Pays-Bas, la Suède restant le champion de l'innovation dans l'UE. L'Union rattrape son retard sur des concurrents majeurs tels que le Canada, les États-Unis et le Japon, mais doit agir pour maintenir l'avance par rapport à la Chine. Ces constatations corroborent la récente communication de la Commission sur l'agenda renouvelé pour la recherche et l'innovation — un appel aux dirigeants de l'UE pour agir dès maintenant pour aider l'Europe à devenir un leader mondial de l'innovation. Les principaux résultats du tableau de bord européen de l'innovation 2018 sont ici et ici. (Pour plus d'informations: Lucía Caudet - Tél.: +32 229 56182; Maud Noyon - Tél.: +32 229-80379; Victoria von Hammerstein - Tél.: +32 229 55040)

 

Car emissions and automated driving: Europe sets tone for global standards

Good news come these days from the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations hosted by the United Nations Economic Mission for Europe (UNECE). The platform decided on 21 June to use the novel European methodology for testing car emissions on the road to develop, under the chairmanship of the Commission, a globally harmonised regulation. Indeed, the Commission has led the way internationally by introducing Real Driving Emissions testing (RDE) and making it mandatory since September 2017 (see FAQs). Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska welcomed the decision: "This is excellent news for regulators, industry and consumers alike. The emissions testing on the road that we developed in Europe will become a global standard by 2020. And automated mobility gets the deserved recognition as a key technology for the next generation of vehicles. With our international partners we will work on an international framework for ever safer, cleaner and modern cars." Since RDE was introduced in the European Union, countries like Japan, Korea and China have developed their own versions of RDE. Now the work will start to develop a global standard out of it. The World Forum has also decided to set up a dedicated team to work on automated driving, following the recommendations of the Commission's High Level Group 'GEAR 2030' and the Mobility Package in May 2018 with a  strategy for automated mobility, which called for coordination and harmonisation at international level. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Maud Noyon – Tel. +32 229-80379; Victoria von Hammerstein – Tel.: +32 229 55040)

 

Trade: Commission reports on progress in trade talks with Chile and Mercosur

As part of its commitment to a transparent trade policy, the Commission today published reports from the latest negotiating rounds with Chile and Mercosur.  The round reports include information about progress in all areas of the respective negotiations. As regards Chilethe report covers the third round of talks for a new, modernised trade agreement. The negotiations took place in Brussels from 28 May to 1 June 2018.  In total, 22 negotiating thematic groups met, which resulted in constructive exchanges and substantive progress in most areas.  Contacts will continue with the aim of advancing in all areas in preparation for the next round of negotiations, the date of which has yet to be confirmed. The Commission also publishes today three new text proposals, on animal and plant healthtrade and sustainable development, and trade and gender equality. As regards Mercosurthe report concerns the round of negotiations held from 4 to 8 June 2018. The partners achieved progress on several issues such as services and exchanges were constructive overall but there is still work to be done, notably on cars and car parts, geographical indications, maritime transport and dairy.(For more informationEnrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172;  Kinga Malinowska – Tel.: +32 229 51958)

 

Eastern Partnership: EU and neighbouring countries boost cooperation on the digital economy

The EU and the six Eastern Partner countries - ArmeniaAzerbaijanBelarusGeorgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, have agreed to step up their cooperation on the digital economy: adopting a road map on reducing roaming charges, addressing the cybersecurity threat in a coordinated manner, and expanding e-services to create more jobs in the digital industry. Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel agreed with Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers in charge of digital agenda from to boost cooperation on digital economy today at the 10th Informal Partnership Dialogue, Minsk, Belarus. Commissioner Johannes Hahncommented: "The EU will continue to work closely with its Eastern partners in the digital area, for the benefit of citizens across the region. Promoting high-speed broadband internet to boost economies and expand e-services, creating more jobs in the digital industry, reducing roaming tariffs among the Eastern partner countries and tackling cybercrime and cybersecurity is a priority. We are focused on delivering concrete results, with a clear programme for cooperation until 2020.”Commissioner Gabriel added: "Today's Informal Partnership Dialogue proves that we are on the right path towards a common European digital future. We warmly welcome the commitment of our Eastern partners to achieving the Deliverables by 2020; and thereby helping to build a stronger digital economy bringing direct benefits to the citizens and to succeed the digital transformation. Enhanced broadband connectivity, roadmap for reducing roaming tariffs and cooperation on cybersecurity are just some of the few first steps in the long-term digital collaboration between the EU and its Eastern Partners." The full press release as well as the factsheet 'EU develops digital economies and societies in Eastern Partner Countries' are available online. (for more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Alceo Smerilli – Tel.: +32 229 64887; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)

 

New interactive Story Maps make Europe's cultural heritage more accessible

Today, on the occasion of the first ever European Cultural Heritage Summit, the European Commission released a set of interactive maps which will help to raise awareness of cultural heritage in Europe.The Story Maps, developed by the Joint Research Centre, the Commission's science and knowledge service, give users an extensive overview of cultural heritage sites across the continent, including for instance a wealth of information on all European Capitals of Culture. These maps will be updated and developed, for example taking into account tips from young people exploring Europe's cultural heritage through the new DiscoverEU initiative. Speaking in Berlin today, Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the Joint Research Centre, said: "Making cultural heritage more accessible to everyone is one of my main goals for the European Year. The Story Maps will play an important role in this, offering valuable information in a user-friendly way. The Joint Research Centre has already developed a number of tools that help us preserve cultural heritage, such as 3D scanning technologies that can be used to map heritage sites as well as smart materials for their reconstruction. Now the interactive Story Maps will help open up opportunities for Europeans to explore our shared heritage and get involved in safeguarding it for the future." Commissioner Navracsics will this evening co-host the annual awards ceremony for the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage alongside Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, in the presence of the German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. More information on the winners, including the 7 Grand Prix laureates, selected by a jury of experts, will be available here at 21:00 CET today. A press release is available online. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Joseph Waldstein)

 

Stepping up efforts against counterfeiting and piracy: first EU Blockathon and new industry agreement

The Commission and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EU IPO) are launching today the EU Blockathon 2018 competition, the first hackathon dedicated to develop blockchain based solutions to fight counterfeiting and piracy. The event will be closed on Monday 25 June by Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, who will attend a Q&A session. The Blockathon will bring together the world’s most talented teams of coders (programmers) to co-create the next level anticounterfeiting solutions for consumers, enforcement authorities, logistic operators and companies. In addition, industry participants will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on online advertising and intellectual property rights (IPR) during the closing ceremony. Building on the success of previous industry-led agreements facilitated by the Commission, the MoU will bring together advertisers, advertising intermediaries, technology providers and associations to curtail the revenue that websites and mobile applications infringing copyright and disseminating counterfeit goods obtained through online advertising. These initiatives follow on from the measures presented last November to ensure the protection of Europe's know-how and innovation leadership. You can follow the opening and closing ceremonies (respectively at 11.00am on Friday and 9.00am on Monday) live here. Winners of the Blockathon will be announced during the closing ceremony and the results published here. More information on the MoU on online advertising and IPR can be found here from time 12.15pm CET on 25 June. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Maud Noyon – Tel. +32 229-80379; Victoria von Hammerstein – Tel.: +32 229 55040)

 

Innovation: Commission awards four remarkable women entrepreneurs

Yesterday evening, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas announced the winners of the 2018 EU Prize for Women Innovators, worth in total €190.000. The first prize of €100.000 was awarded to Gabriella Colucci from Italy for strategically innovating with active compounds for industrial applications. Commissioner Moedas said: "The four winners are truly inspiring women who developed ideas that succeeded in the market and at the same time improve the lives of people. I am happy that our prize recognised their outstanding achievement. But it also has another aim – to inspire future generations of women innovators. Women's participation and contribution to research and innovation is fundamental for Europe's growth." Alicia Asín Pérez from Spain has won the second prize of €50.000 for her work in powering the Internet of Things, providing connected hardware solutions for our everyday lives. The third prize of €30.000 went to Walburga Fröhlich from Austria for inventing services and products that allow people with learning disabilities to enter the workforce as paid employees. And finally the prize in the rising innovator category of €20.000 was awarded to Karen Dolva from Norway for creating tailored communications devices for socially isolated groups. The EU prize for Women Innovators, which is funded under Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme, decorates women that have successfully started a company and brought their innovation to market. More information is available in a news item(For more information: Lucía Caudet - Tel.: +32 229 56182; Maud Noyon - Tel.: +32 229-80379; Victoria von Hammerstein - Tel.: +32 229 55040)

 

European Green Capital award for 2020 goes to Lisbon, Portugal

The Portuguese city of Lisbon has won the European Green Capital Award for 2020. The title for European Green Leaf 2019, which concerns smaller cities, goes jointly to the cities of Cornellà de Llobregat in Spain and Horst aan de Maas in the Netherlands. These prestigious titles were awarded at a ceremony in Nijmegen (the European Green Capital 2018 while Oslo will be in 2019) by Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella"As we enter the second decade of the European Green Capital Awards, the initiative has become even more significant than ever. Globally we are faced with enormous environmental challenges. Climate change, over consumption, plastic waste and biodiversity loss are major threats to our cities and our future. It is heartening and inspiring to see such strong leadership from Lisbon, and other European Green Capital winners." The Jury found that Lisbon can be a role-model across the EU, demonstrating clearly that sustainability and economic growth go hand in hand. It was the first capital in Europe to sign the New Covenant of Mayors for Climate Change and Energy in 2016, after achieving a 50% reduction in C02 emissions (2002-14), reducing energy consumption by 23% and water consumption by 17% from 2007 to 2013, having one of the world’s largest networks of electric vehicle charging points, while 39% of the municipal car fleet is electric. The Spanish city of Cornellà de Llobregat was commended for its commitment to sustainable transport modes and water management measures and the Dutch city of Horst aan de Maas was recognised for its well-planned inclusive urban strategy and its extensive bicycle and public transport network. More details here(For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: + 32 229 56172; Iris Petsa - Tel.: +32 229 93321)


ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Vice-President Katainen in Beijing to co-chair the EU-China High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue

Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, will be in Beijing, China, on Monday 25 June to co-chair the 7th meeting of the EU-China High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue. The meeting will prepare the economic and trade related deliverables of the upcoming EU-Summit, foreseen to take place in July in Beijing. The plenary session of the High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue will discuss among others the global trading system, trade and investment, innovation-driven development and connectivity. Vice-President Katainen will also have discussions with the Chinese co-chair of the High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue, Vice-Premier Liu He, who is responsible for both relations with the EU and the US, as well as economic adviser to  President Xi Jinping. Vice-President Katainen will also engage with the representatives of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China and meet with journalists. (For more informationEnrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172;  Kinga Malinowska – Tel.: +32 229 51958)

 

Commissioners Navracsics and Moedas host Western Balkans ministerial in Brussels

On Monday, 25 June, and Tuesday, 26 June, Education and Research Ministers from the Western Balkans will be in Brussels for the annual ministerial meeting of the Western Balkans Platforms on Education & Training and Research & Innovation. On Monday, issues for discussion include the research and innovation capacities in the region and participation in the EU's framework programmes for research and innovation. On Tuesday, all Ministers of Education from the region are invited to review the state of educational reforms in their countries, learn and discuss deeper cooperation. This year, the meeting will also focus on the recognition of academic qualifications. Ahead of the event, Commissioner Navracsics said: "Coming shortly after the adoption of the new Strategy for the Western Balkans and the recent EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia, this meeting is part of our efforts to strengthen our cooperation. Young people are the backbone of any society, so education and youth empowerment will be at the heart of ambitious reforms on the road to accession. Since 2014, over 13,000 students and staff from the Western Balkans have studied or taught abroad under the Erasmus+ programme. And about 23,000 young people from the Western Balkans and the EU have worked together on Erasmus+ youth and non-formal learning projects. I hope that thousands more will benefit in the future." Commissioner Moedas added: ”Science, research and innovation have an important role to play in integrating the Western Balkan region and in reinforcing our renewed Strategy. Spreading excellence and closing the excellence gap in Europe remain a critical issue that will stay at the top of the agenda. The work of the Steering Platform on Research and Innovation is in this perspective crucial in helping to develop regional strategies and exchange best practices to increase national and regional research and innovation capacities.” The longer term perspective of the Platforms is to assist the Western Balkans with their reform efforts and prepare them for EU Membership responsibilities, including full participation in the EU's education and research programmes. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Lucia Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182)

 

Digital Single Market: Digital Assembly 2018 takes place in Sofia

On 25-26 June, Digital Assembly 2018 will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, gathering more than 1,000 stakeholders and policymakers to debate the Digital Single Market policies and recent technological developments. The Assembly is co-organised by the European Commission and the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Five thematic working sessions will focus on key digital priorities:strenghtening cybersecuritydigital skillsartificial intelligence and the Internet of Things as well as tackling disinformation. Additionally, in three plenary sessions the participants will discuss the digital transformation of Western Balkans and Central and Eastern Europe. All discussions can be followed live here. On Monday, the Assembly will also witness the launching of the Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans, supporting the six Western Balkan Partners in the areas of broadband connectivity, cybersecurity, digitisation of private and public services and research and innovation. For this occasion, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel will hold a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borissov (at 15:10 EEST, web streamed here). The Digital Agenda builds on the informal EU-Western Balkans summit from 17 May 2018 in Sofia, where leaders of the European Union and the Western Balkan Partners committed to boosting the digital connectivity in the region. More details can be found in the factsheet(For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)

 

Commissioner Stylianides visits Greece

Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides is in Greece today to present the Commission's rescEU proposal, which looks to strengthen collective capacities in civil protection to better prevent and respond to natural disasters. He will present the proposal at the "Europe at a crossroads: Challenges and prospects for the future" event, hosted in the Acheloos Valley. (for more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140)

 

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21/06/18

Communiqué de presse de la Commission européenne du 21/06/2018 Press Release

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President Juncker on two-day trip to Dublin, Ireland

President Juncker is in Dublin today, Thursday 21 June and tomorrow, Friday 22 June 2018. This morning, he met Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Irish Government to discuss Brexit and other issues currently on the European agenda, ahead of the European Council on 28-29 June. A joint press conference following this meeting took place (available on EbS+). President Juncker will subsequently address the Joint Houses of the Oireachtas (Parliament). Later in the afternoon, President Juncker will be awarded with an Honorary Doctorate from the National University of Ireland and will attend an official dinner in Dublin Castle. On Friday morning, President Juncker will be received by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin, the official residence of the President of Ireland. He will be accompanied by Commissioner Phil Hogan and Michel Barnier, the European Commission's Chief Negotiator for Article 50 Negotiations. (For more information: Margaritis Schinas – Tel.: +32 229 60524; Daniel Ferrie – Tel.: +32 460792834)

 

TRADE: EU and New Zealand launch negotiations

Today,Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and New Zealand's Minister for Trade David Parker officially launched talks for a comprehensive and ambitious trade agreement. The negotiations will aim at removing barriers to trade in goods and services, as well as developing trade rules to make trade easier and more sustainable. In the capital of New Zealand, Wellington, Commissioner Malmström said: "Today is an important milestone in EU-New Zealand relations. Together, we can conclude a win-win agreement that offers benefits to business and citizens alike. Trade agreements are about economic opportunities but they are also about strengthening ties with our close allies. In New Zealand, we know that we have a partner who stands up for the same vital values as us. This agreement is an excellent opportunity to set ambitious common rules and shape globalisation, making trade easier while safeguarding sustainable development. We can lead by example." New Zealand is one of the world's fastest-growing developed economies. The EU is New Zealand's third biggest trade partner. The agreement could increase trade in goods by almost 50%. The first formal round of talks will take place in Brussels from 16 to 20 July. Today's announcement follows start of negotiations with Australia earlier this week. For more information see the press releasevideos and photos from the Commissioner's visit to New Zealand, including from the press conference with Minister Parker, factsheetexporters' stories, and a dedicated website(For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: +32 229 56185; Kinga Malinowska – Tel: +32 229 51383)

 

Strengthening the fight against crime and terrorism: Commission welcomes agreement on the confiscation of assets across borders

Yesterday, the provisional political agreement reached by the European Parliament and Council on the Commission's proposal for an EU regulation on the freezing and confiscation of assets across borders was confirmed by Member States. The proposal was adopted as part of the Action Plan to strengthen the fight against terrorist financing and contributes to completing the Security Union. Vĕra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality said: “I welcome the political agreement on new rules to facilitate confiscation of assets across borders. At the moment, 99% of criminal proceeds remain in the hands of criminals and terrorists. The current EU legislation on mutual recognition of orders to confiscate or freeze assets across borders is outdated and prone to loopholes. Member States must cooperate better and much faster. Our new set of rules will directly apply in Member States, with standard documents, clear deadlines and better communication between national authorities." The new regulation will set a deadline of 48 hours to recognise and execute freezing orders. It will widen the scope of current rules on cross-border recognition: criminals can be deprived of criminal assets, even when the assets belong to their relatives. Finally, in cases of cross-border execution of confiscation orders, the victim's right to compensation will have priority over States' claims. Following this political agreement, the text of the Directive will have to be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Council. (For more information: Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Mélanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659)

 

Le nouvel atlas mondial de la désertification montre une pression sans précédent sur les ressources naturelles de la planète

Aujourd'hui, le Joint Research Centre, le service scientifique et de la connaissance de la Commission européenne, publieune nouvelle édition de l'Atlas mondial de la désertification, offrant aux décideurs un outil pour améliorer les réponses locales aux pertes de sols et à la dégradation des sols. L'Atlas fournit la première évaluation complète et factuelle de la dégradation des terres au niveau mondial et souligne l'urgence d'adopter des mesures correctives. Tibor Navracsics, commissaire chargé de l'éducation, de la culture, de la jeunesse et des sports, responsable du Joint Research Centre, a déclaré: «Au cours des vingt dernières années, depuis la publication de la dernière édition de l'Atlas mondial de la désertification, les pressions sur les terres et les sols ont considérablement augmenté. Pour préserver notre planète pour les générations futures, nous devons de toute urgence changer la façon dont nous traitons ces précieuses ressources. Cette édition nouvelle et beaucoup plus avancée de l'Atlas donne aux décideurs du monde entier un aperçu complet et facilement accessible de la dégradation des terres, de ses causes et des remèdes potentiels pour lutter contre la désertification et restaurer les terres dégradées.» Karmenu Vella, commissaire à l'environnement, aux affaires maritimes et à la pêche, a ajouté: «L'Atlas montre une UE de plus en plus touchée par la désertification, soulignant l'importance de l'action pour la protection des sols et l'utilisation durable des terres et des eaux. C'est la meilleure approche préconisée dans la stratégie thématique des solsde l'UE, et c'est notre meilleur espoir de parvenir à une neutralité en matière de dégradation des sols conforme aux objectifs de développement durable de 2030. »  La nouvelle édition de l'Atlas publiée aujourd'hui a été créée en utilisant de nouvelles méthodes de traitement de données employées par des scientifiques de l'UE, des milliers d'ordinateurs haute performance et 1,8 pétaoctet de données satellitaires. Un communiqué de presse présentant les principales conclusions de l'Atlas est disponible en ligne. (Pour plus d'informations: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 2 295 61 72)

 

2018 EU Prize for Women Innovators: Commission to award four outstanding entrepreneurs

Every year, the Commission rewards, under the EU Prize for Women Innovators, European women who successfully founded a company and brought their innovation to market. For the 2018 awards, 12 candidatesfrom Austria, France, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Spain and United Kingdom have been shortlisted. This afternoon at the Women Rule Summit, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas will announce the winners of the four prizes worth €190,000 in total. 122 applications were submitted from across the EU and countries associated to Horizon 2020, the EU's funding programme for research and innovation. The aim of the EU Prize for Women Innovators is to raise public awareness of the need for more innovation and more women entrepreneurs, to recognise the success of women in innovation and create strong role models. Women are underrepresented in terms of creating innovative enterprises – only 31% of entrepreneurs in the EU are women. This represents an untapped potential for Europe, which needs to use all its human resources to their full potential in order to remain competitive and to find solutions to economic and societal challenges. The EU Prize for Women Innovators is funded under Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme. Journalists can register to the award ceremony via email or follow it live here. More information on the prizestatistics on women entrepreneurs in Europe and gender equality in research and innovation is available online. (For more information: Lucía Caudet - Tel.: +32 229 56182; Maud Noyon - Tel.: +32 229-80379; Victoria von Hammerstein - Tel.: +32 229 55040)

 

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into restrictions to the free flow of gas sold by Qatar Petroleum in Europe 

The European Commission has opened a formal investigation to assess whether supply agreements between Qatar Petroleum companies exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) and European importers have hindered the free flow of gas within the European Economic Area (EEA), in breach of EU antitrust rules.  Qatar Petroleum is the largest exporter of LNG globally and to Europe, controlling several companies that produce and export LNG to Europe. The Commission will further investigate whether Qatar Petroleum's long-term agreements (typically 20 or 25 years) for the supply of LNG into the EEA contain direct and/or indirect territorial restrictions.In particular, certain clauses contained in these agreements appear to, directly or indirectly, restrict the EEA importers' freedom to sell the LNG in alternative destinations within the EEA. These clauses may unduly limit the free flow of LNG sold by Qatar Petroleum in the EEA, segmenting the EU's internal gas market. If proven, such practices may breach EU antitrust rules. The Commission will now carry out its in-depth investigation as a matter of priority. An opening by the Commission of a formal investigation does not prejudge its outcome. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Energy should flow freely within Europe, regardless of where it comes from. We have opened an investigation to look at whether there are problematic territorial restriction clauses in gas supply contracts with Qatar Petroleum. Such clauses may harm competition and prevent consumers from enjoying the benefits of an integrated European energy market."   A full press release is available in ENFRDE. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

 

Fonds fiduciaire de l'UE pour la Syrie: adoption du plus vaste ensemble de mesures d'aide d'un montant de 165 millions d'euros, pour soutenir les réfugiés et les populations locales au Liban

Hier, à l'occasion de la Journée mondiale des réfugiés, le fonds fiduciaire régional de l'UE en réponse à la crise syrienne a approuvé des nouveaux projets en faveur des réfugiés et des populations locales au Liban et en Jordanie. Les nouveaux projets au Liban s'élèvent à 165 millions d'euros et incluent la scolarisation d'enfants réfugiés et la fourniture d'une assistance sociale aux réfugiés vulnérables et aux communautés locales touchées par la crise syrienne. En outre, un projet de 2 millions d'euros pour renforcer la résilience de réfugiés palestiniens venant de Syrie qui ont trouvé refuge en Jordanie, a été adopté. Ce nouveau train de mesures d'aide porte à plus de 1,4 milliard d'euros la valeur totale des projets relevant du fonds fiduciaire. Mr Johannes Hahn, commissaire chargé de la politique européenne de voisinage et des négociations d'élargissement, a déclaré: «L'UE continue d'honorer sa promesse d'aider le Liban et la Jordanie, qui accueillent le plus grand nombre de réfugiés par habitant au monde. Les nouveaux projets renforceront considérablement la protection sociale et l'accès à l'éducation tant pour les réfugiés syriens et les réfugiés palestiniens en provenance de Syrie que pour les populations locales.» Le communiqué de presse est disponible en ligne ainsi que la fiche technique(pour plus d'information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Alceo Smerilli – Tel.: +32 229 64887)

 

EU announces €34 million in humanitarian aid to Uganda and Kenya

The Commission has released today €34 million in humanitarian assistance for the most vulnerable populations in Uganda and Kenya, with a special focus on displaced populations in both countries. "Kenya and Uganda are among Africa's major hosts of refugees, with millions urgently needing assistance. The EU stands in solidarity and is committed to support the most vulnerable refugees. Our new funding will help both those already displaced and the new arrivals into Kenya and Uganda," said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides. Out of the funding announced today, €24 million will go to Uganda, the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, and €10 million in emergency assistance will go to Kenya to support refugees living in Dadaab and Kakuma camps, providing protection to the most vulnerable, as well as granting access to quality primary education. Read the full press release here(For more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 92256)

 

Eurostat: Une nouvelle publication numérique: L’économie européenne depuis 2000, portrait statistique

«The European economy since the start of the millennium – a statistical portrait» est une toute nouvelle publication numérique diffusée aujourd’hui par Eurostat, l’Office statistique de l’Union européenne. Elle a été conçue pour répondre aux besoins du grand public et vise à présenter, de manière facile et interactive, les statistiques sur l’économie de l’Union européenne, ses ménages, ses entreprises et ses administrations publiques de l'an 2000 à nos jours. La publication illustre une vaste palette de données statistiques. Elle contient de brèves descriptions des principaux résultats, complétées par des visualisations interactives, qui permettent de comparer les pays entre eux. Par exemple, vous pouvez tester vos connaissances sur les indicateurs macroéconomiques ou vous pouvez voir où se situe le revenu de votre ménage par rapport à d’autres dans votre pays. Un communiqué de presse Eurostat est disponible en ligne(For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Inga Hoglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)

 

Preparation of the Eurogroup and ECOFIN meetings, 21-22 June 2018

Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Moscovici will represent the European Commission at the Eurogroup and ECOFIN meetings taking place today and tomorrow in Luxembourg. Today’s Eurogroup meeting will assess the implementation of the prior actions under the fourth review of the stability support programme for Greece and, more broadly, discuss all of the elements needed to ensure the successful completion of the programme in August. There will be an exchange views on the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) presentation of the outcome of its Article IV consultations with the euro area. The Eurogroup will also discuss Spain's updated Draft Budgetary Plan for 2018, based on the Commission's Opinion published in May. Finally, the institutions will inform the Eurogroup of the main findings of the fourth post-programme surveillance mission to Cyprus that took place in March.The Eurogroup will then meet in an inclusive format to prepare for the Euro Summit, which will take place on 29 June 2018 to take further steps on deepening Europe's Economic and Monetary Union, including the completion of the Banking Union and the future role of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). Commissioner Moscovici will participate in the press conference following the meeting. At the ECOFIN meeting tomorrow, the Council is expected to close the excessive deficit procedure for France, and to issue recommendations regarding significant budgetary deviations by Hungary and Romania. It is due to approve country-specific recommendations on Member States' economic and social policies under the 2018 European Semester. In terms of the Banking Union, Ministers will be updated on the ongoing discussions on the proposal to establish a European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS). The Council is also expected to adopt new tools for cooperation between EU countries in the fight against VAT fraud – a problem which leads to losses of €50 billion for national budgets of EU Member States each year. Vice-President Dombrovskis will participate in the press conference following the ECOFIN meeting. (For more information: Christian Spahr – Tel.: +32 460 79 80 55Tel Vanessa Mock – Tel.: +32 229 56194;  Annikky Lamp– Tel.: +32 229 56151; Enda McNamara  – Tel.: +32 229 64976, Letizia Lupini – Tel.: +32 229 51958; Patrick McCullough – Tel.: +32 229 87183)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Commissioner Mimica participates in International Water Conference to Tajikistan

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica is in Tajikistan today, where he participates in a high-level conference on international Decade for action on Water for Sustainable Development. Delivering a speech to the plenary session, Commissioner Mimica stressed that: "Athe global demand for energy and water could increase by up to 50% by 2030, the EU remains committed to supporting universal access to safe and clean water. Water is not only an essential resource for human health. It also underpins other efforts on human development, nutrition, economic growth and even for peaceful societies. Over the last decade, the European Union has provided more than €2.5 billion to improve water and sanitation in 62 countries around the world. Our blended finance initiatives triggered a further €4 billion in loans for 44 water and sanitation projects". The EU is also working to improve transboundary water cooperation at European and global level. Commissioner Mimica will furthermore have bilateral meetings with the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and the Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda. They will discuss the European Union's development cooperation with Tajikistan, as well as the prospects for further regional cooperation in Central Asia. Commissioner Mimica will also visit an EU-funded centre that supports children with disabilities allowing them to grow up within their families and communities, rather than being excluded into marginal institutions. (For more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 92256)

 

High Representative/ Vice-President Mogherini convenes high level event on "climate, peace and security: the time for action"

On Friday 22 June 2018, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will convene the high-level event Climate, Peace and Security: The Time for Action in Brussels. Ministers from around the world, top United Nations officials and leading experts and advocates will discuss global security and peace challenges deriving from climate change. The aim of the event is to strengthen the global political momentum and shared determination to recognise and address the issue. Through interactive discussions, the speakers will shed light on the gravest security threats posed by climate change and identify how best they can be managed. Inspired by the EU Global Strategy's integrated approach to risk and security, this high-level gathering will delve into two main themes: the responsibility to prepare in the face of climate security risks; and the necessity to move from early warning to early action. HR/VP Mogherini will open the conference at 9:30, followed by an intervention by Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete. For more information see the EEAS website. Follow the speech by HR/VP Mogherini live on EbS. Joint the conversation online with #united4climate and #climadiplo. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Esther Osorio – Tel.: +32 229 62076)

 

Upcoming events of the European Commission (ex-Top News)

 

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COLLEGE MEETING: Commission discusses priority files ahead of the European Council

Today the College of Commissioners met in Brussels where a number of important issues were discussed in the context of the upcoming European Council. President Juncker debriefed the College about his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron in Meseberg yesterday, where he said: "I am very satisfied with the French-German paper, which builds on the Commission’s proposals. Overall, this is an important contribution to European progress in many areas.” (Watch the doorstep with President Juncker in Meseberg on EbS). As a follow-up to the Meseberg meeting, the European Commission has convened an informal working meeting on migration and asylum issues, which will take place this Sunday, 24 June in Brussels. On the College agenda was also the Stability Support Programme for Greece on which discussions were held ahead of the Eurogroup meeting on 21 June, and the conclusion of the Programme in August this year, as well as on the state of play of the proposals on the Economic and Monetary Union ahead of the European Council next week. In this context, today the Commission published a paper on deepening the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) which forms the basis of the Commission's contribution to the European Council discussions on the EMU. Tomorrow at 10:30 CET, Commissioner Avramopoulos will present the Commission's contribution to the European Council with regards to migration, and on Monday 25 June, Commissioner Oettinger will cover the Commission's contribution to the debate on the EU's next long-term budget. The Commission's Chief Negotiator for Article 50 negotiations with the UK, Michel Barnier, also attended the College meeting today to provide an overview of the latest developments in the negotiations ahead of the European Council and following the publication of a joint statement by the European Commission and the United Kingdom, outlining the progress that has been achieved on the terms of the draft Withdrawal Agreement since the negotiation round that took place on 16-19 March 2018. First Vice-President Timmermans debriefed the College on the latest state of play of the rule of law dialogue with Poland, following his visit to Warsaw this week where he had met with the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday. While a number of measures have been taken by the Polish authorities in the past months, they are not sufficient to eliminate the clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law, leaving key concerns of the Commission unaddressed. While the dialogue will continue, the next step is the hearing in the General Affairs Council on 26 June where the European Commission will reiterate its position as laid down in the reasoned proposal of December 2017. Watch the read-out of the College meeting by Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Moscovici live on EbS. Today the College is also receiving the Prime Minister of France, Edouard Philippe. Following a bilateral meeting between President Juncker and Prime Minister Philippe, a working lunch will take place. A press point by President Juncker and Prime Minister Philippe will take place at 14:30 CET which can be followed live on EbS+(For more information: Margaritis Schinas – Tel.: +32 229 60524; Mina Andreeva – Tel.: +32 229 91382; Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456)

 

COLLEGE MEETING: State aid: Commission finds Luxembourg gave illegal tax benefits to Engie; has to recover around €120 million

The European Commission has found that Luxembourg allowed two Engie group companies to avoid paying taxes on almost all their profits for about a decade, without any valid justification. This is illegal under EU State aid rules because it gives Engie an undue advantage. Luxembourg must now recover about €120 million in unpaid tax. In 2008 and 2010, respectively, Engie implemented two complex intra-group financing structures for two Engie group companies in Luxembourg, Engie LNG Supply and Engie Treasury Management. These involved triangular transactions between Engie LNG Supply and Engie Treasury Management, respectively, and two other Engie group companies in Luxembourg. The Commission concluded that Luxembourg's tax treatment of these financing structures did not reflect economic reality. Tax rulings issued by Luxembourg endorsed an inconsistent treatment of the same transaction both as debt and as equity. On this basis, the Commission concluded that the tax rulings granted a selective economic advantage to Engie by allowing the group to pay less tax than other companies subject to the same national tax rules. In fact, the rulings enabled Engie to avoid paying any tax on 99% of the profits generated by Engie LNG Supply and Engie Treasury Management in Luxembourg. Today's decision follows an in-depth investigation launched in September 2016. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said "Luxembourg gave illegal tax benefits to Engie. Its tax rulings have endorsed two complex financing structures put in place by Engie that treat the same transaction in an inconsistent way, both as debt and as equity. This artificially reduced the company's tax burden. As a result, Engie paid an effective corporate tax rate of 0.3% on certain profits in Luxembourg for about a decade. This selective tax treatment is illegal." The full press release is available online in ENFRDE. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

 

COLLEGE MEETING: Commission appoints new Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office and a Director to its employment department

Following a selection procedure involving the European Parliament and the Council, the European Commission has decided today to appoint, with effect of 1 August 2018, Mr Ville Itälä as new Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). Mr Itälä, a Finnish national, is a lawyer by training and has been a Member of the European Court of Auditors since 2013 and before that a Member of the European Parliament (from 2004 to 2012) and Minister of Interior in Finland (from 2000 to 2003). He also has experience as an acting police commissioner and prosecutor in Finland. The Commission has also decided to appoint, with effect of 1 July 2018, Ms Manuela Geleng to the position of Director for Skills in its Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion department (DG EMPL). Ms Geleng, an Italian national, joined the Commission in 1995 and has been a Head of Unit since 2009. She is currently acting Director for Social Affairs and Head of Unit for the Social Investment Strategy in DG EMPL but also Head of DG EMPL's Task Force on migrants and refugees. Previously, she held various positions in the Commission's trade department (DG TRADE) and worked for the United National Development Programme. (For more information: Alexander Winterstein – Tel.: +32 229 93265; Maria Tsoni – Tel.: +32 229 90526)

 

Capital Markets Union: Commission welcomes progress on key initiatives

The Commission welcomes the progress made by Member States yesterday on two important files, which will contribute to drive forward the Capital Markets Union (CMU). The Council of the European Union reached an agreement on the cross-border distribution of investment funds package and the pan-European personal pension product (PEPP). This provides the Council Presidency with the mandate to start trilogues negotiations with the European Parliament. The investment funds package contributes to further reducing barriers to the cross-border distribution of funds by improving the transparency of marketing rules and regulatory fees, and by harmonising national practises. The proposal on personal pensions will give European consumers more choice when saving for retirement. PEPP savers should benefit from EU-wide portability, transparency of costs and the possibility to switch providers. Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, responsible for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, said: "I welcome the progress made on these key consumer and investor proposals – they mark an important milestone in building the Capital Markets Union. We need to knock down barriers to cross-border investment to strengthen the Single Market. This will ultimately benefit consumers by boosting choice and competition. On PEPP, it is important to preserve the pan-European nature of our proposal. I trust the negotiations will uphold the key features of these Commission proposals." (For more information: Vanessa Mock – Tel.: + 32 229 56194; Letizia Lupini - Tel.: +32 229 51958)

 

TRADE: EU adopts rebalancing measures in reaction to US steel and aluminium tariffs

The European Commission adopted today the regulation putting in place the EU's rebalancing measures in response to the US tariffs on steel and aluminium. The measures will immediately target a list of products worth €2.8 billion and will come into effect on Friday 22 June. Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström said: "We did not want to be in this position. However, the unilateral and unjustified decision of the US to impose steel and aluminium tariffs on the EU means that we are left with no other choice. The rules of international trade, which we have developed over the years hand in hand with our American partners, cannot be violated without a reaction from our side. Our response is measured, proportionate and fully in line with WTO rules. Needless to say, if the US removes its tariffs, our measures will also be removed." By putting these duties in place the EU is exercising its rights under the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). US imports that will now face an extra duty in the EU include steel and aluminium products, agricultural goods and a combination of various other products. The list of products is the same as in the previous Implementing Regulation of 16 May and as notified to the WTO on 18 May. EU Member States have expressed their unanimous support for this approach. Today's decision is part of the three-pronged EU's response that also includes the launch on 1 June of legal proceedings against the US in the WTO and safeguard action to protect the European market from disruptions caused by the diversion of steel from the US market. For more information, see the press release. The implementing regulation triggering the balancing measures will be available in the EU Official Journal tomorrow. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: +32 229 56185; Kinga Malinowska – Tel: +32 229 51383)

 

Poland: EU funds invest in upgrades of public transport and water treatment in Łódź and Poznań

€94 million from the Cohesion Fund is invested to modernise the public transport system in Łódź, Poland's third largest city. New kilometres of tram lines are constructed, existing tram depots are renovated, and 30 new trams are purchased. The investments will make the network safer, the air cleaner and will improve traffic flows, for the direct benefit of the city's 700,000 inhabitants. Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Crețu, said: "From transport to water networks, but also health, innovation and energy infrastructure, Cohesion Policy investments contribute to improving people's everyday life in Poland and it will keep on doing just that in the next long term EU budget." Further €55 million from the Cohesion Fund is invested to upgrade the drinking water and waste water system in Poznań, in the West of Poland. Two wastewater treatment plants and several kilometres of sewerage networks are renovated, as well as 126 kilometres of sewerage newly built to connect more than 14,000 inhabitants to the networks. In addition, a drinking water station is modernised to ensure the quality and safety of fresh water supply for a third of Poznan's more than half a million inhabitants. (For more information: Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 229 58615, Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr - Tel.: +32 229 5616) 

 

Marché unique numérique: les négociateurs de l'UE parviennent à un accord politique sur la libre circulation des données non personnelles

Le Parlement européen, le Conseil et la Commission européenne ont conclu hier soir un accord politique sur de nouvelles règles qui permettront de stocker et de traiter les données non personnelles partout dans l'UE sans restrictions injustifiées. Les nouvelles règles soutiendront la création d'une économie de données compétitive au sein du Marché unique numérique. Andrus Ansip, vice-président en charge du marché unique numérique, a déclaré: « Après la libre circulation des personnes, des biens, des services et des capitaux, avec cet accord sur la libre circulation des données non personnelles, nous avons franchi l'étape suivante vers de nouveaux modèles commerciaux et la création d'un espace européen de données pour tous les types de données ». Mariya Gabriel, commissaire à l'économie et à la société numériques, a déclaré: « L'économie européenne des données peut devenir un puissant moteur de croissance, créer de nouveaux emplois et ouvrir de nouveaux modèles commerciaux et opportunités d'innovation. Avec cet accord, nous sommes sur le point de créer le Marché unique numérique d'ici à la fin 2018. » Les nouvelles règles sont cruciales pour éliminer les barrières existantes entravant la libre circulation des données et dynamiser l'économie européenne en générant une croissance estimée à 4% du PIB d'ici à 2020. La Commission a proposé le règlement sur un cadre pour la libre circulation des données non personnelles en septembre 2017. De plus amples informations sont disponibles dans le communiqué de presse et le Memo, ainsi que dans des fiches d'information sur la libre circulation des données non personnelles et sur l'économie des données dans l'UE. (Pour plus d'informations: Nathalie Vandystadt - Tél .: +32 229 67083, Inga Höglund - Tél .: +32 229 50698)

 

20 years of Copernicus, the EU's leading provider of Earth observation data across the globe

Commissioners Elżbieta Bieńkowska (Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) and Tibor Navracsics (responsible for the Commission’s Joint Research Centre) are in Baveno, Italy, today and tomorrow to mark the 20th anniversary of Copernicus. In 1998, a manifesto was signed in Baveno proposing to create a European environment monitoring programme. Today Copernicus is a symbol of Europe's space power. The seven satellites currently in orbit give access to tens of terabytes of free data every day which is used to help save lives at sea, improve our response to natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, forest fires or floods, and allow farmers to better manage their crops. Space is an enabler of the data and app economy. That is why Commissioner Bieńkowska will announce the launch of the Copernicus Data and Information Access Services (DIAS) – industry-led platforms to increase data access by innovative start-ups and other users who will be able to discover, process and download data more easily and less costly. Commissioners Bieńkowska and Navracsics will then visit the Ispra site of theJRC, which supports the Copernicus programme and provides products and services to policy makers based on data generated by satellites. Copernicus covers six thematic areas: land monitoringmarine monitoringatmosphere monitoringclimate changeemergency management response and security. Under the €16 billion EU Space Programme beyond 2020, the Commission proposes to expand these existing services to meet emerging needs, such as CO2 monitoring and polar missions to help fight climate change. More information is available in a news item and two factsheets on the history and the benefits of Copernicus. The speeches by the Commissioners during the official celebratory event tonight will be transmitted tomorrow on EbS+ at 9h30. (For more information: Lucía Caudet - Tel.: +32 229 56182; Maud Noyon - Tel.: +32 229-80379; Victoria von Hammerstein - Tel.: +32 229 55040)

 

Les lauréats du Prix Altiero Spinelli pour la sensibilisation 2017 reçoivent leur prix 

Ce soir, à la Maison de l'histoire européenne à Bruxelles, la Commission européenne et le Parlement européen présenteront les 22 lauréats du « Prix Altiero Spinelli 2017 pour la sensibilisation: diffuser les connaissances sur l'Europe ». En présence du président du Parlement européen, Antonio Tajani, les différents prix seront attribués à des œuvres qui contribuent à communiquer « l'Europe » à ses citoyens. A cette occasion, Tibor Navracsics, commissaire chargé de l'éducation, de la culture, de la jeunesse et des sports, a déclaré: « Nous devons rapprocher l'UE, son histoire, ses valeurs, ses atouts et ses réalisations au plus près des citoyens. Les 22 œuvres que nous récompensons aujourd'hui diffusent les connaissances sur l'Europe de façon à inspirer et à élargir l'appropriation du projet européen. Puisque nous continuons à célébrer notre Année européenne du patrimoine culturel, je suis heureux que l'un des premiers prix aille à un projet lié au patrimoine culturel. » Le prix est une initiative mise en œuvre par la Commission à la demande du Parlement européen, qui finance le prix en tant que projet pilote. Cette première édition du prix (2017) sera suivie d'une deuxième édition pour 2018 qui sera annoncée au cours de l'été. Les informations sur l'ensemble des lauréats sont disponibles ici. L'un des premiers prix ira à l'Association européenne pour l'interprétation du patrimoine («Interpret Europe»), membre de l'Alliance européenne du patrimoine ainsi que du Comité des parties prenantes de l'Année européenne du patrimoine culturel créé par la Commission européenne. Plus d'informations est disponible ici.(Pour plus d'informations: Nathalie Vandystadt - Tél .: +32 229 67083, Joseph Waldstein Tél .: +32 2 29 56184).

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Cisco's Service Provider Video Software and Solutions business by Permira

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of the Service Provider Video Software and Solutions ("SPVSS") business of Cisco Systems, Inc of the US by Permira Holdings Limited ("Permira") of the UK. Cisco's SPVSS business supplies digital technology and services, including video processing and recording solutions and cloud-based platform services, to digital pay-TV service providers and content providers. Permira is a private equity firm providing investment management services and controlling a number of portfolio companies in a variety of sectors. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns because there are no overlaps between the companies' activities. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8945(For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Sarantopoulou - Tel.: +32 229 13740)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of joint control over the joint venture JVCO by HSBC Holdings plc and Global Payments Inc

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of joint control over JVCO, a joint venture of Mexico, by HSBC Holdings plc. of the UK and Global Payments Inc. of the US. JVCO provides merchant acquiring services in Mexico. HSBC provides banking, insurance, asset management and global liquidity services. Global Payment provides services related to card payment processing. The Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would raise no competition concerns because JVCO has no activities in the European Economic Area. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8901(For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Sarantopoulou - Tel.: +32 229 13740)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of joint control over South Staffordshire by Arjun Infrastructure Partners and Mitsubishi

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of South Staffordshire plc ("SSF") by Arjun Infrastructure Partners Limited ("AIP"), both of the UK, and Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan. SSF, which is currently jointly controlled by Mitsubishi and KKR, is an integrated services group active in the areas of water supply and related services. AIP is an independent infrastructure investment advisory company. Mitsubishi is a global integrated trading company, which develops and operates businesses across a variety of industries. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because neither of the parent companies is active in the same or related markets as SSF. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8920(For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Sarantopoulou - Tel.: +32 229 13740)

 

Eurostat: Price levels varied by almost one to three across the EU Member States

In 2017, price levels for consumer goods and services differed widely in the European Union (EU). Denmark (142% of the EU average) had the highest price level, followed by Luxembourg (127%), Ireland and Sweden (both 125%), Finland (122%) and the United Kingdom (117%). At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest price level was found in Bulgaria (48%), while Romania (52%) and Poland (56%) were just above 50% of the average. In other words, price levels for consumer goods and services in the EU varied by almost one to three between the cheapest and the most expensive Member State. A Eurostat press release is available here(For more information: Lucía Caudet - Tel.: +32 229 56182; Maud Noyon - Tel.: +32 229-80379; Victoria von Hammerstein - Tel.: +32 229 55040)

 

STATEMENTS

 

The Energy Union gets simplified, robust and transparent governance: Commission welcomes ambitious agreement

This morning, an ambitious political agreement on the governance of the Energy Union was reached today between negotiators from the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council. With today's deal the Member States of the European Union will be equipped to govern the Energy Union – this common project aimed at ensuring that all Europeans have access to secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy. This new governance system will enable the European Union to realise its goals of becoming world leader on renewables, putting energy efficiency first, provide a fair deal for consumers and set the course for the EU's strategy long-term greenhouse gas reduction. By building trust and consensus between the Member States on energy and climate matters the governance will set the best way to achieve the energy transition and the modernisation of the EU economy and industry. The governance of the Energy Union will be instrumental to enable the political process required to deliver what 73% of EU citizens want: a common energy policy for all EU Member States. Today's deal means that four out of the eight legislative proposals in the 2016 Clean Energy for All Europeanspackage have been agreed by the co-legislators, after yesterday’s agreement on an a new energy efficiency target for 2030 of 32.5% (see STATEMEMT/18/3997) and the agreements on 14 June and 14 May on the revised Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive respectively. These four pieces of legislation complement the revision of the Emissions Trading System, the Effort Sharing Regulation and the Land Use Change and Forestry Regulation that were also adopted earlier this year. Thus, progress and momentum towards completing the Energy Union and combatting climate change are well under way. The Juncker Commission, working under its political priority “a resilient Energy Union and a forward-looking climate change policy", is delivering. Read the full IP/18/4229. (For more information: Anna-Kaisa Itkonen - Tel.: +32 229 56186; Nicole Bockstaller – Tel.: +32 229 52589)

 

Joint Statement on World Refugee Day 2018

On the occasion of World Refugee Day, Frans Timmermans, First Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs, Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, and Vera Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, made the following statement:"Every minute, every day, nearly 31 people are forcibly displaced. Today, more than 68.5 million people have been forced to leave their homes due to conflicts and violence, persecution, natural disasters or the very real consequences of climate change - 25.4 million of them are refugees. More than 67 years after the 1951 Geneva Convention on the Status of Refugees, its international principles remain more valid than ever. These principles are enshrined in the EU's asylum acquis, and the EU remains committed to continue standing up for those who are in need of help. As a global player, we are working to tackle and solve the main crises through diplomatic means. As the leading global aid donor in the world, we provide humanitarian assistance and support to refugees, asylum seekers, displaced people, inside and outside Europe. We have shown unprecedented support […], and we continue to provide protection to those in need: in 2017 alone, EU Member States granted protection to more than 538 000 people. […] In this endeavour we work hand in hand with our partners around the world, certain that only a global response can match the challenge ahead. To this end we are building an ever closer relation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, responding to the plight of refugees worldwide and developing innovative solutions. […] These very same principles of solidarity, shared responsibility, multilateralism and engagement will be guiding us towards the adoption of the UN Global Compact on Refugees later this year. […] We must continue our work together with our Member States to establish more legal and safe pathways and close the dangerous and irregular migration routes. […] Member States have committed to resettle more than 50,000 of the most vulnerable persons and provide them with a new home in the EU. We must also reach, without delay, an agreement on the reform our Common European Asylum System based on the principles of responsibility and solidarity. […] In times of increasing divisive rhetoric against vulnerable people fleeing war and persecution, the EU is and will continue to protect those in need, and we will continue to endeavour to bring stability where there is conflict." Read the full statement here(For more information: Maja Kocijančič – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Esther Osorio – Tel.: +32 229 62076)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Vice-President Šefčovič attends largest trade fairs for solar and battery technology in Europe

On 21 June, Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič will attend "Intersolar Europe" in Munich, the world's leading exhibition for the solar industry, as well as "Electrical Energy Storage Europe", Europe's largest exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems. He will deliver an opening speech at the High Level Industrial Forum, outlining the EU’s vision as well as joint actions that foster the clean energy transition and innovation. Vice-President Šefčovič will highlight the recent agreement on a binding renewable energy target of 32% by 2030 (see STATEMENT/18/4155), in particular, as a clear signal to industry, investors and the global climate action community. This will greatly contribute to the Commission's political priority as expressed by President Juncker in 2014 for the European Union to become the world number one in renewables. He will also reiterate the Commission's commitment to create an innovative, sustainable battery ecosystem in Europe, materialised in first tangible results under the industry-led European Battery Alliance (see Third Mobility Package IP/18/3708 and Factsheet). More information about the programs is available here and here. (For more information: Anca Paduraru – Tel.: +32 229 91269; Nicole Bockstaller – Tel.: +32 229 52589)

 

Le vice-président Katainen à Paris pour discuter de l'avenir de l'Europe, du commerce et de la défense

Le vice-président Jyrki Katainen, chargé de l'emploi, de la croissance, de l'investissement et de la compétitivité, sera à Paris ce jeudi 21 juin pour assister à une audition conjointe des commissions des affaires européennes et économiques de l'Assemblée nationale française. Il y discutera du prochain cadre financier pluriannuel, de l'avenir de l'Europe, de la défense, du commerce et de la stratégie industrielle de l'UE. Il rencontrera Mme Florence Parly, Ministre des Armées, pour discuter du Fonds européen de défense et M. Mounir Mahjoubi, Secrétaire d'État auprès du Premier ministre, chargé du Numérique, pour discuter de l'agenda de l'UE sur le marché unique numérique, l'intelligence artificielle et l'innovation. Il rencontrera également M. Laurent Wauquiez, président des Républicains et M. Alexis Kohler, Secrétaire Général de l'Élysée. Le vice-président Katainenprononcera aussi un discours sur le thème «La mondialisation et les classes moyennes: du rejet au renforcement» au Forum des idées économiques (EIF), soulignant l'importance d'un commerce et d'une éducation ouverts et réglementés. (Pour plus d'informations: Christian Spahr – Tel.: +32 229 50055; Siobhán Millbright – Tel.: +32 229 57361)

 

Commissioners Hahn and Gabriel in Belarus to participate in the Eastern Partnership Informal Dialogue

Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel will be in Minsk, Belarus, on 21-22 June to participate in the 10th Eastern Partnership Informal Partnership Dialogue. They will discuss cooperation within the “20 Deliverables for 2020” following the Eastern Partnership Summit in November last year as well as how to step up cooperation in the area of digital economy with the Minsters of Foreign Affairs and Ministers in charge of the digital agenda from the six Eastern Partners -ArmeniaAzerbaijanBelarusGeorgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.  On 21 June, the Commissioners will meet with Minister of Communications and Informatisation of the Republic of Belarus, Sergey Popkov, to discuss ways to cooperate in the digital area and, in particular, in the area of cybersecurity resilience, and thereafter will participate in a plenary session on promoting broadband connectivity and tackling roaming tariffs in the region. On Friday, Commissioner Hahn together with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, will take part in a plenary session on the state-of-play of the Eastern Partnership and the External Investment Plan. During his visit he will also have bilateral meetings with President of the Republic of Belarus, Aleksander Lukashenko, Mr Makei, Mr Popkov and will meet with civil society representatives from the economy and digital economy sectors. Photos and videos of the visit will be available on EbS(For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Alceo Smerilli – Tel.: +32 229 64887;  Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)

 

Commissioners Thyssen, Jourová and Andriukaitis participate in Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Council

Tomorrow 21 and Friday 22 June, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourová and Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis will participate in the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Council (EPSCO). On Thursday, Ministers will discuss the Commission's proposals on the revision of the rules on the coordination of social security systems, the Directive on transparent and predictable working conditions and on the Directive for a better balance between private life and professional career, the Commission's so-called Work-Life Balance proposal. Employment and social policy Ministers will also hold a policy debate on the 2018 European Semester, including the country-specific recommendations, and they will discuss progress reports on the Commission's proposal for a European Labour Authority and the Equal Treatment Directive. Finally, Ministers are expected to adopt conclusions on the future of work, the free movement of workers and early childhood development policies as a tool to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion. A press conference with Commissioners Thyssen and Jourová will take place at the end of the first EPSCO-day, around 17:00. The press conference will be live streamed here. On Friday 22 June, the Ministers intend to hold a policy debate on the Commission proposal for a Regulation on Health Technology Assessment. The Bulgarian Presidency of the EU has included a debate on the future of EU cooperation on health in the wider context of the future of Europe and the new Multiannual Financial Framework to explore how Member States could better drive the agenda in the area of health. Finally, it is expected that the Ministers will adopt conclusions on "Healthy nutrition for children: The healthy future of Europe". Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, will address all meetings as well as a couple of other agenda points under "Any Other Business" (AOBs), including the presentation of the Commission Communication and proposal for a Council Recommendation on strengthened cooperation against vaccine preventable diseases. The EPSCO is expected to conclude its two day meeting with a press conferenceon Friday 22 June, around 14:00, where Commissioner Andriukaitis will represent the Commission. (For more information: Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Anca Paduraru – Tel.: +32 229 91269; Mélanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659; Aikaterini Apostola – Tel. +32 229 87624)

 

 

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Juncker Plan: European Investment Fund and Erste Group sign €50 million deal to finance social enterprises in Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Serbia

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and all seven Erste Group member banks have signed a Social Entrepreneurship guarantee agreement to provide finance for social organisations under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). This new guarantee agreement allows Erste Group's network of local banks to provide a total of €50 million in loans to at least 500 social organisations over the next five years in Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Serbia. This new financing agreement was made possible by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the core of the Investment Plan for Europe. The Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, said: "The European Commission is fully committed to promoting inclusive entrepreneurship as part of the fight against social and financial exclusion. I therefore warmly welcome today's agreement with Erste Group, which will support some 500 social enterprises in Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia and lastly Hungary, where it is even the first agreement of its kind. Thanks to this agreement, social enterprises will get support in starting up and developing their business, thereby creating jobs and inclusive growth at the grass-roots level." Social entrepreneurs and non-profit organisations will be able to benefit from loans at a reduced interest rate and with lower collateral requirements under the EU supported programme. The Group will provide financing to a vast range of social enterprise sectors, targeting innovative, socially-oriented organisations active in the area of education, health, social services or employment of disadvantaged, marginalized, or vulnerable groups. (For more information see the press release or contact Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)

 

Politique de Cohésion au-delà de 2020: la Commission aide les régions à devenir plus innovantes

La Commission a décidé de renouveler l'initiative «Echelle vers l'Excellence» afin de continuer à fournir un soutien sur mesure et de l'expertise aux régions accusant un retard en termes d'innovation. L'initiative aidera notamment les régions à développer, actualiser et affiner leurs stratégies de spécialisation intelligente, c'est-à-dire leurs stratégies d'innovation régionales fondées sur leurs atouts compétitifs de niche. «Echelle vers l'Excellence» aidera également les régions à identifier les ressources financière européennes adéquates pour financer des projets innovants et à s'associer à d'autres régions ayant des atouts similaires pour créer des pôles d'innovation.En lien avec les propositions de la Commission pour la future politique de Cohésion, le nouveau programme «Horizon Europe» et l'agenda renouvelé de la Commission pour la recherche et l'innovation, l'initiative préparera le terrain pour de robustes stratégies régionales pour l'innovation soutenues par les fonds européens dans le prochain budget de l'UE pour 2021-2027. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d'informations: Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 229 58615; Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr – Tel.: +32 229 56169)

 

Commission welcomes agreement to improve the functioning of Eurojust and boost cooperation between national authorities against cross-border crime

Today, the Commission welcomes the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the EU Member States on the reform of the Eurojust agency, which helps EU national judicial authorities to team up and to fight against cross-border crime and terrorism. The new rules will facilitate the cooperation between Eurojust and its national members, with national authorities, with Europol and other agencies, such as European Border and Coast Guard Agency or the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). The new rules will also allow for a close cooperation between Eurojust and the futureEuropean Public Prosecutor Office, which will be a specialised body to investigate and prosecute crimes against the EU budget, such as corruption or fraud with EU funds, or cross-border VAT fraud. Finally, the new rules will ensure that the European Parliament and national Parliaments are more involved in assessing Eurojust's activities. Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová said: “Every year, Eurojust helps facilitate cooperation between national authorities in their investigations and prosecutions. In 2017 alone, Eurojust delivered concrete support in 4,500 investigations in all Member States and in cases which matter most to our citizens: terrorism, illegal migration and cybercrime, to name just a few." Recently Eurojust has helped solve cases, such as the dismantlinga drug smuggling and money laundering network active in Germany, Italy and Spain; supporting the investigation of the alleged fraud in the FIFA or solving a murder case within 24 hours, with European Arrest Warrants and European Investigation Orders involving Hungary, Germany and Austria. The provisional agreement reached today during the final trilogues, must now be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. Following approval, the Regulation will be published in the EU's Official Journal and enter into force 20 days later. Eurojust's annual report is available here(For more information: Christian Wigand- Tel.: +32 229 62253; Mélanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659)

 

De meilleures routes dans la région roumaine de Transylvanie grâce à la politique de Cohésion

Plus de 246 millions d'euros du Fonds de Cohésion sont investis dans une nouvelle autoroute pour relier les communes de Târgu Mureş, Ogra et Câmpia Turzii, près de la ville de Cluj, dans la région roumaine de Transylvanie au centre du pays. La Commissaire à la politique régionale Corina Creţu a commenté: "Cette nouvelle autoroute, située sur un corridor européen stratégique, contribuera à la croissance économique de la Transylvanie, notamment en favorisant le tourisme dans cette belle région. Bien entendu, les habitants de Transylvanie seront les premiers bénéficiaires de ce projet, avec des temps de trajet plus courts et des routes plus sûres." L'autoroute permettra de relier Târgu Mureş à Câmpia Turzii en 55 minutes et se situe sur le corridor Rhin-Danube du Réseau Transeuropéen de Transport qui relie Constanţa, près de la mer noire, à Strasbourg en France. Le projet devrait être achevé en octobre 2019. (Pour plus d'informations: Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 229 58615; Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr – Tel.: +32 229 56169)

                                                                                               

Greener and more secure electricity in Madeira thanks to EU funds

€45 million from the Cohesion Fund is invested to upscale the production of electricity from water and wind on the island of Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal and one of the EU's nine Outermost regions. The project further improves the stability of electricity supply on the island off the northwest coast of Africa. Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Crețu, said: "I am proud to see what a difference Cohesion Policy investments can make to citizens in Europe's outermost regions. The new, highly innovative and sustainable power station will help Madeira reduce its greenhouse gas emissions as well as its dependence on fossil fuels – this is good news for the environment and the local economy at the same time." The upgrade of an existing hydro power plant will triple production capacity to more than 38 megawatt. In addition, a new 17.7 megawatt pump storage facility together with a 1 million cubic metre water storage dam will make it possible to store created wind energy when there is an excess in supply, so additional electricity can be provided during periods of high demand.The new installations will benefit 130 000 consumers, half of Madeira's inhabitants. When presenting its proposals for the future Cohesion Policy on 29 May, the Commission had also proposed to further increase the contribution of Cohesion Policy investments to climate action in the next budgetary period. (For more information: Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 229 58615, Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr - Tel.: +32 229 56169)

 

Humanitarian aid: EU releases €68 million for Sudan and South Sudan

The Commission has announced today €68 million in humanitarian assistance for vulnerable communities in Sudan and South Sudan. The funding comes as millions of people across both countries are in need of assistance, with the conflict in South Sudan triggering an influx of refugees into neighbouring Sudan. "The EU is stepping up its support as many people in Sudan and South Sudan face massive humanitarian needs. Our aid will provide essential supplies such as food and healthcare and allow our partners to continue their lifesaving work on the ground. Above all, it is crucial that humanitarian workers can deliver aid safely so they can help those most in need. Aid workers are not a target." said Commissioner or Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos StylianidesRead the full press release here(For more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140)

 

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: Steering Committee discusses strategic orientation for the second €3 billion tranche

Yesterday the tenth Steering Committee meeting of the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey met in Brussels. The Committee discussed the strategic orientation for the second tranche of €3 billion as part of the EU-Turkey Statement of March 2016, as well as the implementation progress of projects on the ground and their valuable impact on improving Syrian refugees' lives and host communities in Turkey. Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said: "The EU is continuing to show its commitment in supporting the Syrian refugees and host communities in Turkey, with projects in full implementation mode. Turkey is making a remarkable effort to host more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees; the EU needs to act swiftly to ensure that funds under the second tranche can be mobilised quickly." Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said: “The EU continues to make a difference in the daily lives of many refugees in Turkey. With 72 projects underway, we remain committed to help Turkey host the largest refugee population in the world. Our humanitarian funding is helping the most vulnerable refugees meet their basic needs, access health services and education, and receive protection.” The full press release is available online as well as the dedicated factsheet(For more information: Maja Kocijančič – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Alceo Smerilli – Tel.:+32 229 64887)

 

Partenariat UE-Maroc: premiers investissements au Maroc via le Plan d'investissement extérieur de l'UE pour accroître les opportunités commerciales, améliorer la création d'emplois, le développement du secteur privé et une croissance inclusive

L'Union européenne et le Maroc ont lancé aujourd'hui le Plan d'investissement extérieur de l'UE (PIE) dans le pays pour ouvrir la voie à un meilleur environnement commercial et renforcer le développement économique. L'UE est fortement engagée à soutenir le Maroc dans l'établissement d'une économie solide, inclusive et durable. Initié en septembre 2017 pour contribuer à stimuler l'investissement dans les pays partenaires en Afrique et dans le voisinage européen, le PIE va à présent encourager les investissements promouvant une croissance inclusive, la création d'emplois et le développement durable également au Maroc. Le commissaire pour les négociations d'élargissement et la Politique européenne de voisinage Johannes Hahn a déclaré: "Le Plan d'investissement extérieur de l'UE va aider à lever d'importants fonds privés dans des secteurs clés de l'économie marocaine. Le Plan va ainsi encourager les entrepreneurs locaux et créer des emplois dans le pays. Cette approche nouvelle et innovante va également contribuer à la réalisation d'importants projets de développement durable qui n'auraient pas été réalisables autrement ou l'auraient été dans une proportion réduite." Le communiqué de presse complet est disponible ici(pour plus d'information: Maja Kocijančič – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Alceo Smerilli – Tel.:+32 229 64887)

 

State aid: Commission approves aid for financing the orderly market exit of Cyprus Cooperative Bank Ltd, involving sale of some parts to Hellenic Bank

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Cypriot measures to facilitate the liquidation of Cyprus Cooperative Bank (CCB) under national law. The public support will finance the orderly market exit of CCB, through the sale and full integration of some activities into another credit institution (Hellenic Bank) and the wind down of the rest of the bank. CCB's residual entity will be entirely focused on working out its remaining assets, which will limit potential distortions of competition arising from the aid. This transaction will remove about €6 billion of non-performing loans from the Cypriot banking sector and thereby contribute to its recovery. The Commission was able to take this decision also on the basis of significant binding commitments by Cyprus to reform its domestic legal and judicial framework. These reforms will underpin the long-term viability of Hellenic Bank (as well as the entire Cypriot banking system) and allow the Cypriot State to recover money over time from the workout of CCB's non-performing loans. The measures are the final steps in the restructuring process of CCB, which was initiated by the Cypriot authorities in February 2014 and modified in December 2015. Non-governmental deposits will remain fully protected at all times. Commissioner in charge of competition policy, Margrethe Vestager said"The Commission decision approves under EU rules Cypriot plans to take measures to facilitate the liquidation of CCB. CCB will exit the market in an orderly fashion, while some of its activities will be sold and integrated into Hellenic Bank. Deposits of Cypriot households and non-financial corporations will remain fully protected at all times. The approved measures will remove around €6 billion of non-performing loans from the Cypriot banking sector. This, together with Cyprus' commitment to implement key reforms to its legal framework, will help foster the stability and recovery of the Cypriot banking sector." A full press release is available online in ENELFR and DE(For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company by Sumitomo Corporation and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the joint acquisition of Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company ("FL") and its wholly-owned subsidiary SMFL Capital Co. Limited ("FLC"), by Sumitomo Corporation and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group ("FG"). In addition, the insurance and auto leasing businesses of FLC will be transferred to a company controlled by Sumitomo Corporation. All companies are based in Japan. FL, which is currently solely controlled by FG, primarily provides general leasing, loans, factoring, aircraft leasing and auto leasing services. Sumitomo Corporation is active in various sectors, such as the trading of metal products, transportation, media, mineral resources, energy, chemicals and electronics. FG offers a full range of financial services, including corporate banking, retail banking and investment banking. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because the companies´ combined market shares remain less than 20% for horizontal relationships, and their combined or individual market shares is less than 30% for vertical relationships. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8927(For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Sarantopoulou - Tel.: +32 229 13740)

 

Commission Decision to facilitate extension of the maturities of European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism (EFSM) loans to Ireland and Portugal

Decisions have been adopted authorising the Commission to issue bonds on behalf of the EU in order to facilitate extensions of the maturities of loans made to Ireland and Portugal under the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism (EFSM), as was agreed in 2013. These Decisions to allow for an extension of maturities of EFSM loans are provided for in the Council Decision on granting financial assistance to Ireland and the Council Decision on granting financial assistance to Portugal. While Ireland and Portugal maintain good access to financial markets, extending the maturity of EFSM loans will further smoothen and extend the countries' debt maturity profiles. This will result in savings in debt service costs for Ireland and Portugal, contribute to continued prudent debt management and send a positive signal to financial markets. (For more information: Christian Spahr – Tel: +32 229 5861; Annikky Lamp – Tel.: +32 229 56151; Enda McNamara – Tel.: +32 229 64976)

 

Eurostat: First estimates for 2017 – Wide variation of consumption per capita across EU Member States – GDP per capita ranged from 49% to 253% of EU average

Actual Individual Consumption (AIC) is a measure of material welfare of households. Based on first preliminary estimates for 2017, AIC per capita expressed in Purchasing Power Standards (PPS) varied from 55% to 130% of the European Union (EU) average across the Member States. A Eurostat press release is available here(For more information: Christian Spahr – Tel.: + 32 229 50055; Enda McNamara – Tel.: +32 229 64976)

 

Eurostat: April 2018 compared with March 2018-Production in construction up by 1.8% in euro area-Up by 1.2% in EU28

In April 2018 compared with March 2018, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector increased by 1.8% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.2% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In March 2018, production in construction fell by 0.2% in the euro area andby 0.8% in the EU28. A Eurostat press release is available here(For more information: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Maud Noyon – Tel.: +32 229 80379)

 

STATEMENTS

 

Joint Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

On the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, Federica Mogherini, High Representative/Vice-President, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, and Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, made the following statement:"Sexual violence against women and girls, boys and men is a despicable crime, and even more so when it occurs in situations of conflict, or as a tactic of war. It is a grave violation of human rights and international humanitarian law. [..] The European Union always has and will continue to condemn and fight sexual violence in conflict with the strongest commitment. All survivors must be guaranteed access to comprehensive psychological and health care services, as well as justice and reparations. We expect all states to conduct effective investigation of those crimes, to bring perpetrators to justice and to ensure accountability for past crimes, also to prevent future atrocities. […] The EU has been working hand in hand with its Member States, international partners, and civil society to enshrine the respect of fundamental human rights in peacebuilding efforts worldwide. […] We will continue investing in raising awareness, while building more equal, educated and respectful societies within and outside our borders. […] We are fully determined to continue taking concrete actions to prevent and eliminate sexual and gender-based violence, in times of peace or conflict." Read the full statement here(For more information: Maja Kocijančič – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Esther Osorio – Tel.: +32229 62076)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Climate action: Commissioner Arias Cañete convenes global ministerial meeting in Brussels with Canada and China

On 20-21 June, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete, the Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and China's Special Representative on Climate Change Xie Zhenhua are convening a major international climate meeting in Brussels. The second Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA) will be attended by ministers and high-level representatives from over 35 countries, including ministers from the G20 and chairs of key party groupings in the UN climate negotiations. Day one of the meeting will focus on the expected outcomes of the UN climate conference COP24 in December in Katowice, Poland while day two will address key matters relating to the work programme of the Paris Agreement. As we move towards COP24, leadership will be crucial for addressing the core political issues in global climate discussions and building common ground to support the UN negotiating process. At the UN climate conference in Katowice, political discussions will take place on progress towards the Paris objectives and how we can raise global climate ambition, a high-level ministerial dialogue on climate finance and the global stocktake on pre-2020 action. The opening of this year's MoCA (Wednesday 20 June, 15:00-15:30 CET) will be transmitted live on Europe by Satellite. A filming and photo opportunity for media will be offered to which accreditation is required by sending name, surname, passport/national ID number and the media organisation to CLIMA-MOCA@ec.europa.eu. More information about last year's MoCA is available here. (For more information: Anna-Kaisa Itkonen – Tel.: +32 229 56186; Nicole Bockstaller – Tel.: +32 229 52589)

 

La Commissaire Thyssen participe au forum de haut niveau sur les soins de famille et de communauté pour les enfants en Europe

Demain, le 20 juin, la Commissaire chargée de l'Emploi, des Affaires sociales, des Compétences et de la Mobilité des travailleurs, Marianne Thyssen, participera à un forum de haut niveau organisé par la Commission, la Présidence bulgare du Conseil et UNICEF, le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance, ayant lieu à Bruxelles. Le Forum se déroulera autour du sujet des soins aux enfants dans le cadre familial et communautaire, afin d'identifier des possibles actions à prendre au niveau national et européen. L'initiative est en lien avec les principes du Socle européen des droits sociaux, comprenant une référence au soin aux enfants. La Commissaire Thyssen donnera un discours qui sera publié ici(Pour plus d'informations: Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253;Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)

 

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Parlement européen informations

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The ECI enables European citizens to invite the Commission to table a proposal for a legal act. The detailed rules for such initiatives are laid down in a 2011 regulation, whose main stated aim is encouraging citizens’ participation in the political life of the European Union (EU). However, since the regulation became applicable in April 2012, numerous actors have raised concerns regarding the instrument’s functioning and have called for reform, aiming to simplify the existing procedures and increasing the tool’s usability. On 13 September 2017, the Commission presented a legislative proposal which would update the tool and replace the existing regulation on the European Citizens’ Initiative. On 9 March 2018, the Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) published its draft report on the Commission proposal for revision of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). The AFCO committee is expected to vote on the report on 20 June Second edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. 

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Parlement européen informations Think Tank

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In the European Union, several institutions, agencies and other bodies (collectively referred to as 'EU authorities') are concerned with preventing and combating fraud related to the EU budget. These EU authorities, and the activities they carry out – including policy-making, monitoring and operational tasks – make up a multi-layered network in which Member States and international organisations are also included. At the domestic level, national authorities contribute by detecting, prosecuting and reporting fraudulent behaviour in the use of European Union funds to the European Commission. At the same time, a number of international organisations coordinate efforts across countries and legal systems to combat fraud. The present analysis offers an overview of this network, with a focus on the European Union institutional framework. 

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Parlement européen - Commission de l'environnement, la santé publique et la sécurité.

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Directive 2009/128 / CE vise à assurer l'utilisation durable des pesticides dans l'UE en réduisant les risques et les impacts de l'utilisation des pesticides sur la santé humaine et l'environnement et la promotion de l'utilisation de la lutte intégrée (IPM) et des approches ou des techniques alternatives, telles que des alternatives non chimiques aux pesticides. Les coordonnateurs ENVI ont décidé en Octobre 2017 pour élaborer un rapport pour évaluer le degré de mise en œuvre de cette directive dans les États membres.
La Commission a publié en Octobre 2017, un rapport sur les plans d'action nationaux (PAN) et les progrès accomplis dans la mise en œuvre de la directive, l'identification des lacunes importantes dans les PAN et ergo dans la mise en œuvre de la directive, comme les plans dans la plupart des cas, ne pas fixer des objectifs précis et mesurables et sont souvent qualité de l'insuffisance. Des lacunes ont également été identifiées concernant la pulvérisation aérienne, l'information au public et la collecte d'informations sur les cas d'empoisonnement. 

ENVI a demandé une évaluation européenne de mise en œuvre de la directive à effectuer par la DG EPRS. Les résultats de l'évaluation sont attendus en Octobre 2018. En attendant le rapporteur, Mme Jytte Guteland (S & D), travaille en étroite collaboration avec la Commission européenne, les parties prenantes et les rapporteurs fictifs. AGRI contribue à ce rapport de mise en œuvre d'un avis conformément à l'article 54. 

Rapporteur: J. Guteland (S & D) 
Ombres: KH. Florenz (PPE), J. Dohrmann (ECR), J. Huitema (ADLE), M. Häusling (Verts), P. Pedicini (EFDD), S. Goddyn (ENF)

 

Pour plus d' informations 
Calendrier 
Directive 2009/128 / CE du Parlement européen et du Conseil du 21 Octobre 2009 établissant un cadre d'action communautaire pour parvenir à l'utilisation durable des pesticides 
Commission européenne - Aperçu du rapport sur l'utilisation durable des pesticides 
Commission européenne - Rapport sur la mise en œuvre de la directive 2009/128 / CE


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Communiqué de presse de la Commission européenne du 15/06/2018 Press Release

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Juncker Plan supports new projects in Poland, Spain and La Réunion (France)

The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group has signed three new agreements, all of which were made possible by the Juncker Plan's European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). First, the European Investment Fund (EIF) and Polish national promotional bank Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK)are doubling their support for loans to a total of PLN 4 billion (c. €950 million) for over 18,000 small businesses and entrepreneurs across Poland. Second, the EIB is providing a €200 million loan to renovate Madrid's metro network, improving accessibility and increasing its capacity. Third, the EIB is supporting the development of the Roland Garros airport on Reunion island, one of the EU's outermost regions, with €100 million in financing. Commenting on the Polish SME financing agreement, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska said: "Less than a year ago, BGK signed an agreement with the European Investment Fund to double their support to SMEs in Poland with the backing of the EU's budgetary guarantee, and today this is being doubled once again. Thanks to our joint efforts and enhanced cooperation with BGK we have provided small businesses with access to finance: already 7,000 SMEs have benefitted from this Polish-EU cooperation. Europe's economy depends upon its entrepreneurs. Keep up the good work." (Full press releases can be found here. For more information: Christian Spahr – Tel.: +32 229 50055; Siobhán Millbright – Tel.: +32 229 57361)

 

Roaming one year later: majority of Europeans see the benefits of end of roaming charges

According to a new Eurobarometer survey on roaming 82% of people who have travelled to another EU country in the last year say they have benefitted from the new rules. Moreover, 62% of Europeans are aware that roaming charges have ended and 69% think that they, or someone they know, will benefit. Especially young people recognise a clear benefit of the new rules, with 80% of those aged 15-24 seeing the advantages. Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel said in a joint statement: "This is an example of an EU that concretely improves the life of European citizens. Roam like at home is working and is becoming a habit: customers are appreciating it, consumption is up and the demand for mobile services while travelling in the EU is very high. It benefits consumers and operators alike." The full statement is available here. Further findings of the survey show that many travellers have started changing their mobile phone use. Respondents are less likely to restrict their mobile use while travelling (e.g. by switching off the phone or data roaming). The share of travellers who used their mobile data while roaming as often as at home has increased to 34% from 26% in 2017. The first year without roaming charges shows that in general mobile operators comply with the new rules well. National regulators are ensuring their implementation in Member States. The Commission continues its cooperation with national regulators to monitor the developments on mobile markets all over Europe and to guarantee the compliance. The Eurobarometer report on roaming is available here. More details on roaming are available here. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of joint control over SMB Construction International by Strabag and Max Bögl International

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of joint control over SMB Construction International by Max Bögl International, both of Germany and Strabag of Austria. SMB Construction International is specialized in the construction of inclining curves for proving grounds for automobiles. Max Bögl International and Strabag are active in various segments of the building and construction industry. The Commission concluded that the acquisition would raise no competition concerns because SMB Construction International has negligible activities in the European Economic Area. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information will be available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8496(For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Sarantopoulou - Tel.: +32 229 13740)

 

Mergers: Commission clears the acquisition of the Cirsa Gaming Corporation by Blackstone

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of sole control over the Cirsa Gaming Corporation, S.A. of Spain by The Blackstone Group L.P. of the USA. Blackstone is a global alternative asset manager. Cirsa is a global gaming company whose activities include the operation of casinos, bingo, slot machines, and sports betting services, as well as the design, manufacture, and distribution of slot machines in Europe, Morocco, and Latin America. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because of the limited impact on the market structure. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8940(For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Sarantopoulou - Tel.: +32 229 13740)

 

Eurostat: Mai 2018 - Le taux d'inflation annuel en hausse à 1,9% dans la zone euro - En hausse à 2,0% dans l'UE

Le taux d'inflation annuel de la zone euro s'est établi à 1,9% en mai 2018, contre 1,3% en avril. Un an auparavant, il était de 1,4%. Le taux d'inflation annuel de l'Union européenne s'est établi à 2,0% en mai 2018, contre 1,5% en avril. Un an auparavant, il était de 1,6%. Ces chiffres sont publiés par Eurostat, l'office statistique de l'Union européenne. Un communique de presse est disponible ici(Pour plus d'informations: Christian Spahr – Tel.: +32 229 50055; Annikky Lamp – Tel.: +32 229 56151)

 

Eurostat: Avril 2018 - Excédent de 16,7 milliards d'euros du commerce international de biens de la zone euro - Déficit de 1,0 mrds d'euros pour l'UE28

D'après les premières estimations pour le mois d'avril 2018, les exportations de biens de la zone euro (ZE19) vers le reste du monde se sont établies à 182,9 milliards d'euros, en hausse de 8,0% par rapport à avril 2017 (169,3 mrds). Les importations depuis le reste du monde ont quant à elles été de 166,2 mrds d'euros, en hausse de 8,1% par rapport à avril 2017 (153,7 mrds). En conséquence, la zone euro a enregistré en avril 2018 un excédent de 16,7 mrds d'euros de son commerce international de biens avec le reste du monde, contre +15,7 mrds en avril 2017. Le commerce intra-zone euro s'est établi à 157,4 mrds d'euros en avril 2018, soit +9,8% par rapport à avril 2017. Un communique de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d'informations:Daniel Rosario – Tel.: +32 229 56185, Kinga Malinowska – Tel.: +32 229 51383)

 

Eurostat: Premier trimestre 2018 - La croissance annuelle des coûts de la main-d'œuvre à 2,0% dans la zone euro - À 2,7% dans l'UE28

Les coûts horaires de la main-d'œuvre ont augmenté de 2,0% dans la zone euro (ZE19) et de 2,7% dans l'UE28au premier trimestre 2018, par rapport au même trimestre de l'année précédente. Au quatrième trimestre 2017, les coûts horaires de la main-d'œuvre avaient progressé de 1,4% et 2,3% respectivement. Ces données sont publiées par Eurostat, l'office statistique de l'Union européenne. Un communique de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d'informations: Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete in Berlin for international climate talks

On 17-19 June, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will be in Berlin to participate in the 9th Petersberg Climate Dialogue, an annual gathering of over 30 ministers from around the world for informal discussions in support of the UN climate change negotiating process. The meeting will be co-hosted by the German and Polish governments, with Poland to hold the Presidency of the UN Climate Conference COP24 in Katowice later this year. The theme of this year’s Petersberg Dialogue will be “Changing together for a just transition”, to stimulate discussions on the real-world opportunities and challenges for achieving the long-term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement in a just and inclusive manner. Participants will also be able to exchange views on the completion of the Paris work programme, overarching issues on climate finance and this year’s Talanoa process on global climate ambition. In the margins, Commissioner Arias Cañete will meet with China's Special Representative for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua and Switzerland's Minister of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications Doris Leuthard. The Petersberg Dialogue precedes the second Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA), to be co-hosted by the Commission, China and Canada in Brussels on 20-21 June, which will focus on obtaining ministers’ input and guidance on the processes and expected outcomes of COP24. At the UN climate summit in Katowice, parties are set to finalise the Paris work programme, i.e. the detailed rules and guidelines for global implementation of the landmark agreement. The German host will offer a live stream, more information here. (For more information: Anna-Kaisa Itkonen - Tel.: +32 229 56186; Nicole Bockstaller – Tel.: +32 229 52589)

 

Commissioner Bulc in Montreal to attend international negotiations to tackle CO2 emissions from aviation

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc will travel to Montreal this coming Monday and Tuesday to attend an important meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization, the UN-agency overseeing international aviation. Its 214th Council session (11-29 June) will discuss some of the key parameters of the global market-based measure (known as 'CORSIA') that was approved in October 2016 with a view to stabilise international aviation emissions at 2020 levels. Like in 2016, the European Union and its Member States will be advocating for the most ambitious outcome and the most robust global scheme. This is in line with the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement and with the ambition of this Commission to consolidate Europe's global leadership in the fight against climate change. During her stay, Commissioner Bulc will convey this message to key international partners, including the US, India, Russia and China. She will also meet with EU representatives, with Ms Fang Liu, the Secretary General of ICAO, and with the airline industry. More information on the EU's commitments to an effective international mechanism to offset aviation emissions is available in a letter sent to EU transport ministers earlier this week(For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172; Alexis Perier – Tel.: +32 229 6 91 43)

 

Commissioner Malmström visits Australia and New Zealand to launch trade talks

Next week, Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström will be in Australia and New Zealand to launch negotiations for trade agreements between the EU and the two countries. On Monday 18 June, Commissioner Malmström will meet with Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo and participate in a press conference in Canberra at 11:45 local time (EbS material will be available). While in Canberra, she will meet with several other Ministers and hold a speech at Australian National University. The following day, the Commissioner will visit a hi-tech start-up incubator in Sydney. On Thursday 21 June, Commissioner Malmström will be in Wellington to launch trade negotiations between the EU and New Zealand, together with New Zealand's Minister for Trade David Parker. She will also meet a number of Ministers as well as representatives of civil society and companies with trade links to Europe. Last month, the Council adopted the decision authorising the opening of negotiationsfor trade agreements between the EU and Australia and New Zealand. Trade between the EU and these two countries is already roughly the same as with Mexico or Canada. The video and photo material from the trip will be available online (AustraliaNew Zealand). For more information about EU trade relations with Australia and New Zealand(For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: +32 229 56185; Kinga Malinowska – Tel: +32 229 51383)

 

Commissioner Bieńkowska participates in a Citizens' Dialogue in Poland on the future of Europe

On Monday 18 June, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, will participate in a Citizens' Dialogue in Gdansk, Poland. She will share the stage with Mieczysław Struk, Marshall of the Pomorskie province, to discuss the future of Europe. The dialogue takes place in the context of the White paper on the future of Europe that the Commission presented on 1 March 2017 offering five scenarios for how the Union could evolve, depending on which decisions are taken. The debate on the future of Europe has been actively pursued ever since, including through Citizens' Dialogues to have a plan, vision and way forward to present to people by the time of the European Parliament elections in June 2019. The Citizens' Dialogue in Gdansk will therefore evolve around key questions such as: What factors affect the shape of Europe? What are the potential scenarios? How can Europe meet the challenges of our time? The event will take place at the faculty of philology at the University of Gdansk and starts at 10am. The event can be followed in a live stream online(For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Victoria von Hammerstein – Tel.: +32 229 55040)

 

Future of EU finances - Commissioner Oettinger visits Slovakia

Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, in charge of Budget and Human Resources, is visiting Slovakia on 18 June - the final leg of his tour across EU Member States (#MFFtour27) aimed at gathering views on the future of EU finances and the EU's multiannual budget post-2020 (#EUbudget). In Slovakia, the Commissioner will meet with Mr Richard Raši, Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Informatization. He is participating in a joint bilateral meeting with Mr Peter Pellegrini, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, and Mr. Peter Kažimír, Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic. Moreover, the Commissioner is taking part in the joint meeting with Parliamentary Committees of National Council (EU Affairs Committee, Financial Committee and Economic Committee). Last but not least, he is visiting the premises of the news website aktuality.sk to pay his respects, following the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak in February this year. On 2 May, the Commission presented its proposal for a modern budget for a Union that protects, empowers and defends. Between 29 May and 14 June it presented the detailed legislative proposals for the 37 policy programmes for the next multiannual budget. Please consult the webpage for all relevant press material, including the legal texts and factsheets on the EU budget for the future of 2 May.The Commission kicked off this debate on 28 June 2017 with the publication of its Reflection paper on the future of EU finances, available in all EU languages (also in Slovak). (For more information: Alexander Winterstein - Tel.: +32 229 93265; Maria Tsoni – Tel.: +32 229 90526)

 

Vice-President Katainen in Finland to attend Kultaranta Talks

Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, will be in Naantali, Finland, on Monday 18 June to attend "Kultaranta Talks", a foreign and security policy debate hosted by President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö. The Kultaranta Talks will focus on the future of the international system, international organizations and sustainable development. Vice-President Katainen will contribute to the debate on the Future of Europe, alongside Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä, London Correspondent of Helsingin Sanomat newspaper Annamari Sipilä, and Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs Teija Tiilikainen. The debate will take place from 08.30 – 10.00 CEST and can be followed live on the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE 1 TV channel and online at Yle Areena. The Vice-President will also attend at Kultaranta Talks Working Group discussion on Climate Change. (For more information: Christian Spahr – Tel.: +32 229 50055; Siobhán Millbright – Tel.: +32 229 57361)

 

 

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Budget de l'Union: l'UE prépare un budget à la hauteur de son rôle d'acteur mondial de premier plan

La Commission européenne présentera aujourd'hui à 12h15 sa proposition de budget de l'Union européenne pour l'action extérieure pour la période 2021-2027.Le budget consacré à l'action extérieure constituera le principal instrument dont disposera l'UE pour aider ses partenaires dans leurs mutations politiques et économiques sur la voie du développement durable, de la stabilité, de la consolidation de la démocratie, du développement socio-économique et de l'éradication de la pauvreté.  Il permettra également à l'UE de continuer à fournir une assistance humanitaire dans le monde entier. En ce qui concerne le voisinage de l'UE, l'instrument servira également à aider ces pays dans leur rapprochement économique vis-à-vis du marché unique européen. Uncommuniqué de presse, unmémo Q&A ainsi que les textes législatifs et les fiches techniquesseront disponibles en ligne à 12h15. Une conférence de presse de la haute représentante/vice-présidente Federica Mogherini, du commissaire pour la politique européenne de voisinage et les négociations d'élargissement Johannes Hahn, du commissaire pour la coopération internationale et le développement Neven Mimica, et du commissaire pour l'aide humanitaire et le gestion des crises Christos Stylianides aura lieu à 12h15 (retransmission live sur EbS), et sera suivie par un briefing technique. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322)

 

Spring 2018 Standard Eurobarometer: One year ahead of the European elections, trust in the Union and optimism about the future is growing

According to the latest Standard Eurobarometer released today, a majority of Europeans think the situation of the economy is good and are optimistic about the future. For the first time since spring 2007, positive opinions on the situation of the national economy outweigh negative opinions. While perceptions between Member States vary, positive economic sentiment has increased in 18 Member States since autumn 2017. Trust in the Union is also on the rise and at its highest level since autumn 2010. The latest Eurobarometer shows that 40% of Europeans have a positive image of the EU against 37% who are neutral and only 21% with a negative one. Trust in the EU remains higher than trust in national governments or parliaments. “Free movement of people, goods and services within the EU” and “Peace among EU Member States” are perceived as the two most positive results of the EU. Support for the Economic and Monetary Union is at its highest level too and two thirds of Europeans advocate a strong EU when it comes to trade. Finally, 70% of Europeans feel they are citizens of the EU and the proportion of Europeans thinking that their voice counts has reached its highest level since 2004. A majority of Europeans are optimistic about the future of the EU and there is strong support for the priorities that the Commission has set itself. On this background, migration and terrorism are Europeans' top concerns. A press release is available online. (For more information: Margaritis Schinas – Tel.: +32 229 60524; Mina Andreeva – Tel.: +32 229 91382)

 

Europe leads the global clean energy transition: Commission welcomes ambitious agreement on further renewable energy development in the EU
This morning, an ambitious political agreement on increasing renewable energy use in Europe was reached between negotiators from the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council. Today's deal means that two out of the 8 legislative proposals in the Clean Energy for All Europeans package (adopted by the European Commission on 30 November 2016, IP/16/4009) have been already agreed by the co-legislators. The new regulatory framework includes a binding renewable energy target for the EU for 2030 of 32% with an upwards revision clause by 2023. This will greatly contribute to the Commission's political priority as expressed by President Juncker in 2014 for the European Union to become the world number one in renewables. This will allow Europe to keep its leadership role in the fight against climate change, in the clean energy transition and in meeting the goals set by the Paris Agreement. Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: "Renewables are good for Europe, and today, Europe is good at renewables. This deal is a hard-won victory in our efforts to unlock the true potential of Europe's clean energy transition. This new ambition will help us meet our Paris Agreement goals and will translate into more jobs, lower energy bills for consumers and less energy imports. I am particularly pleased with the new European target of 32%. The binding nature of the target will also provide additional certainty to the investors. I now call on the European Parliament and the Council to continue negotiating with the same commitment and complete the rest of the proposals of the Clean Energy for All Europeans Package. This will put us on the right path towards the Long-Term Strategy that the Commission intends to present by the end of this year". Read the full statement here. (For more information: Anna-Kaisa Itkonen - Tel.: +32 229 56186; Nicole Bockstaller – Tel.: +32 229 52589)

 

Dual quality of food: European Commission releases common testing methodology

The European Commission has just released a new common methodology to allow national consumer authorities comparing the quality of food products sold with similar packaging across the EU.Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said:"All European consumers are entitled to a fair deal on the Single Market. The common methodology we developed together with Member States, consumer organisations and stakeholders from the food supply chain will help shed an evidence-based light on the different compositions of identically branded food products across Europe. VěraJourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, added: “The Single Market cannot be a double standard market. All EU citizens must feel that they are treated in the same way and are offered fair and clear information on the products they buy. I encourage all national authorities to use it in the coming months, so that we can put an end to this practice. Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, responsible for the Joint Research Centre, said: "European consumers have the right to be protected from misleading marketing about the food they eat. The Joint Research Centre has developed a harmonised procedure to evaluate perceived differences in the quality of products in an objective way. This is an excellent example of how first-class scientific work directly benefits citizens." The methodology will be presented today by the Joint Research Centre at a meeting of the High-Level Forum for a better functioning food supply chain. It complements the actions announced recently in the Commission's New Deal for Consumers initiative. Under the coordination of the Joint Research Centre, laboratories across a number of EU Member States will now apply this methodology in a pan European testing campaign to collect data on the scope of the dual quality issue. First results should be available by the end of 2018. A press release is available online(For more information: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Lucia Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083)

 

Sécurité aérienne: la Commission retire toutes les compagnies aériennes d'Indonésie de la liste des transporteurs aériens faisant l'objet d'une interdiction ou de restrictions d'exploitation dans l'UE

Aujourd'hui, la Commission européenne a aujourd'hui mis à jour la liste des compagnies aériennes interdites dans l'UE, autrement dit la liste des transporteurs aériens faisant l'objet d'une interdiction ou de restrictions d'exploitation car ils ne respectent pas les normes internationales de sécurité. Avec cette mise à jour, toutes les compagnies aériennes certifiées en Indonésie ont été retirées de la liste, compte tenu des progrès en matière de sécurité aérienne qui ont été constatés dans ce pays. Par ailleurs, dans le cadre des efforts de l'UE pour rendre son espace aérien européen aussi sûr que possible, Eurocontrol déploie aujourd'hui un nouveau système qui interdira l'accès de l'espace aérien européen aux avions dangereux. Violeta Bulc, commissaire chargée des transports, a déclaré: «La liste des transporteurs aériens faisant l'objet d'une interdiction ou de restrictions d'exploitation dans l'Union est l'un des principaux instruments dont nous disposons pour garantir en permanence aux Européens le niveau de sécurité aérienne le plus élevé. Je me réjouis particulièrement qu'après des années de travail, nous puissions aujourd'hui retirer toutes les compagnies aériennes indonésiennes de cette liste. Cela montre que des efforts incessants et une coopération étroite donnent des résultats. Je me réjouis également que nous ayons maintenant un nouveau système d'alerte qui empêchera les avions dangereux d'entrer dans l'espace aérien européen.» Plus d'information est disponible dans un communiqué de presse en ENFR et DE(For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172; Alexis Perier – Tel.: +32 229 69143)

 

Artificial intelligence: Commission appoints expert group and launches European AI Alliance

Today, the Commission appointed 52 experts to advise the Commission on artificial intelligence (AI) and set up a collaboration platform to help build a community of stakeholders – the European AI Alliance. The expert group will help the Commission implement the European approach on AI presented on 25 April (press releaseQ&Aand factsheet). More specifically the experts will draft ethical guidelines by the end of this year and a set of recommendations by mid-2019. They will build on contributions from stakeholders through the European AI Alliance. Everyone interested in AI can join the European AI Alliance and address all aspects of AI in discussions via the platform and via dedicated events. Facilitating multistakeholder dialogue on how to advance AI innovation to increase trust and adoption, and to inform future policy discussions, is a commitment made as part of the recent G7's Charlevoix Common Vision for the Future of Artificial Intelligence. It is also a key element of the European approach on AI and the Declaration of Cooperation on AI signed by 28 European countries. AI Alliance platform can be accessed here. Full list of experts is available here(For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)

 

More Member States sign up to digital cooperation initiatives on supercomputers, artificial intelligence and innovation

Several Member States have signed recent cooperation declarations demonstrating their commitment to work together at EU level in digital policy areas. This morning Finland and Sweden signed the EuroHPC Declaration, signalling their willingness to join European cooperation on supercomputers. Austria signed the same declaration yesterday afternoon and Lithuania last week. Altogether 20 countries have joined this European initiative to build and deploy a world-class computing and data infrastructure in Europe. In addition, cooperation on artificial intelligence is growing, with Cyprus and Greece being the latest countries to sign up, bringing the number up to 28 European countries. Meanwhile, Croatia is the 20th country to have signed the Innovation Radar declaration, which aims to provide access to innovations supported by EU funding and the innovators behind them. Read more here(For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)

 

State aid: Commission approves €165 million of investments by Croatia for the extension of the Istrian Y motorway

The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a Croatian plan to prolong the Istrian Y motorway concession agreement between Croatia and the company Bina-Istra. This will allow €165 million of new investments to go ahead, while limiting distortions of competition.In March 2018, Croatia notified to the Commission a prolongation of the concession agreement until 2032. Under certain conditions relating to the repayment of Bina-Istra's debt, the concession can be prolonged by up to 18 further months. The prolongation of the concession will allow Bina-Istra to finance the construction of a 28 km long second carriageway on the north-eastern side of the motorway. The Commission examined the measure under EU State aid rules on services of general economic interest and EU public procurement rules, according to which companies can be compensated for the extra cost of providing a public service on certain conditions. The Commission concluded that the measure will promote growth and unlock investment, while limiting the impact on motorway users, in line with EU State aid and public procurement rules. On this basis, the Commission approved the Croatian support granted through the prolongation of the Istrian Y motorway concession.Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "The prolongation of the Croatian Y motorway concession will promote regional growth and investment, as well as enhancing citizens' safety and reducing congestion. Our decision will ensure that the motorway extension can be built, while limiting any potential distortions of competition." A press release is available in ENFRDEHR(For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Sarantopoulou - Tel.: +32 229 13740)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Noris Metallrecycling by Thyssen Alfa and Max Aicher Recycling

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of joint control over Noris Metallrecycling GmbH by Thyssen Alfa Rohstoffhandel München GmbH ("Thyssen Alfa"), belonging to the Rethmann group, and Max Aicher Recycling GmbH, belonging to the Max Aicher group. All companies are based in Germany. Noris Metallrecycling manages two sites in Fürth and Nürnberg and is active in the collection and trade of non-ferrous scrap. It is currently jointly controlled by Thyssen Alfa and Scholz Recycling GmbH. Thyssen Alfa is active in the collection, processing and trade of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap. Max Aicher Recycling manages five scrapyards in Bavaria and is active in the collection and trade of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns given the limited activities of Noris Metallrecycling within the European Economic Area. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competitionwebsite, in the public case register under the case number M.8893(For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Sarantopoulou - Tel.: +32 229 13740)

 

STATEMENTS

 

Statement by Commissioner Gabriel following the cancellation of the first call for applications for WiFi4EU vouchers

Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel announced today that the first call for applications for WiFi4EU vouchers, for EU financing of free wireless internet hotspots in public spaces, has been cancelled due to a technical issue. The Commissioner said in a statement: "During the investigation, the Commission identified a flaw in the software supplied by contractors. This issue allowed some municipalities to apply in good faith before the call was opened, while it prevented others from doing so once the call had opened. The Commission is strongly attached to the principles of fairness, transparency and reliability. Therefore, as this technical issue prevented all municipalities from applying on an equal basis, I have asked my services to cancel this first call. The vouchers from this first round of applications will be added to the budget for the next call." The Commissioner's full statement is available here(For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)

 

International Blood Donor Day: Statement by Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis

On 2018 World Blood Donor Day, let us remember that blood is the lifeline that connects us and that we all have a pivotal role to play in donating blood to help save lives. In particular, I would like to invite young people to come forward, to ensure that our blood banks do not diminish and are constantly replenished. To encourage blood transfusions and avoid related complications, including the transmission of diseases from donor to recipient the EU has laid out directivesthat set out safety standards for blood collection. Moreover, the European Commission is currently carrying out the first formal evaluation of this legislation since its adoption in 2002. The evaluation is taking an in-depth look to see if the legislation has achieved its objectives and if it is still fit for purpose. As there have been many scientific, societal and epidemiological changes since 2002, I believe that our citizens deserve to benefit from the latest developments in health and safety. Given that the aims of the World Blood Donor Day include raising awareness of the importance of regular and safe blood donation and thanking the thousands of unpaid blood donors worldwide, I am proud to say that there are 20 million blood donations in the EU every year, resulting in 26 million blood transfusions to patients. Together, let us do all we can to continue this trend and to ensure universal access to safe and timely blood donations. Read the full statement here(For more information: Anca Paduraru – Tel.: +32 229 91269; Aikaterini Apostola – Tel.: +32 229 87624)


ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

HR/VP Mogherini accueillera la réunion annuelle UE-G5 Sahel à Bruxelles

Le 18 juin prochain, la Haute Représentante/Vice-Présidente Federica Mogherini animera la réunion annuelle de l'Union européenne et du G5 Sahel avec les Ministres des Affaires étrangères des pays du G5 Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, Tchad), ainsi que le Secrétaire Permanent du G5 Sahel. La réunion se tiendra également en présence de Neven Mimica, commissaire pour la coopération internationale et le développement. Le suivi de la Conférence internationale de haut niveau sur le Sahelqui a eu lieu à Bruxelles en février sera à l'agenda des discussions. Lors de la Conférence, l'UE avait mobilisé un support conséquent de la communauté internationale pour la région du Sahel, y compris pour l'opérationnalisation de la Force Conjointe du G5 Sahel. L'UE soutient pleinement le travail du G5 Sahel depuis 2015, qui poursuit l'objectif de coopérer dans les domaines d'intérêt commun que sont le développement, la gouvernance dans les zones fragiles, l'amélioration de la sécurité, ainsi que la lutte contre le terrorisme et le trafic. Une conférence de presse aura lieu le 18 juin à +/- 13h15 CET au Service européen pour l'action extérieure, à Bruxelles. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140)

 

Le commissaire Vella inaugure la première usine d'énergie marémotrice du monde à Cherbourg, France

Le commissaire à l'environnement, aux affaires maritimes et à la pêche, Karmenu Vella, inaugure aujourd'hui à Cherbourg, France, la première grande usine d'assemblage de turbines marémotrices au monde, construite par Naval Energies et financée par l'UE. S'exprimant lors de l'événement, le commissaire Vella a dit: "L'UE a besoin de l'énergie des océans pour réussir sa transition vers une économie sobre en carbone. L'énergie renouvelable de la mer est une excellente nouvelle pour l'environnement. Mais c'est aussi une excellente nouvelle pour le développement économique des régions et des communautés côtières européennes. L'UE a tout pour développer son leadership technologique actuel et créer une nouvelle industrie dans la décennie à venir ".L'Europe est à la pointe du développement de l'énergie marine, en raison de ses conditions favorables et de la disponibilité d'une main-d'œuvre hautement qualifiée, y compris des ingénieurs de classe mondiale. Le secteur représente actuellement 2,000 emplois hautement qualifiés, principalement dans la recherche et le développement. L'UE accueille 50% des développeurs d'énergie marémotrice dans le monde, 60% des développeurs d'énergie des vagues et 70% de l'infrastructure de recherche et d'essais en énergie marine. Grâce à Horizon 2020, l'UE soutient actuellement 17 projets d'énergie marine, d'une valeur de €124 millions. De nouveaux types de soutien financier, tels que la plateforme d'investissement de l'UE prévue pour l'économie bleue ou investEU, pourraient offrir de nouvelles opportunités pour attire des investisseurs et réduire les coûts. Lors de sa visite, le commissaire Vella rencontrera également Hervé Morin, président des associations des régions françaises pour discuter comment l'Europe peut soutenir l'innovation et la croissance dans l'économie bleue, y compris à travers le nouveau Fonds européen pour les affaires maritimes et la pêche. Plus d'informations ici(Pour plus d'informations: Enrico Brivio - Tél.: + 32 229 56172, Iris Petsa - Tél.: +32 229 93321)

 

Commissioner Vestager to hold two Citizens' Dialogues in Denmark

Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager travels to Bornholm, Denmark to hold two Citizens' Dialogues. Today, the Commissioner will participate in a Citizens' Dialogue on the future of Europe, at 17.15 CEST. Tomorrow, the Commissioner will also participate in a Citizens' Dialogue on questions related to the competition portfolio as well as on topics currently at the top of the EU's agenda, at 14.00 CEST. Both Citizens' Dialogues can be followed live here and here, respectively. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Sarantopoulou - Tel.: +32 229 13740)

 

Commissioner Thyssen gives speech at European Validation Festival

Tomorrow, 15 June, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, will give a keynote speech at the second day of the European Validation Festival in Brussels. The aim of the Festival, organised for the very first time by the European Commission, is to raise awareness about the importance of validating non-formal and informal learning as part of one's curriculum. Examples of non-formal and informal learning are language learning during travels, development of health care competences while taking care of a family member for several years, any kind of on-the-job training, and more. Commissioner Thyssen's speech will be published here(For more information:Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)

 

Commissioner Bieńkowska in Sofia to discuss access to public procurement markets

On Friday 15 June, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, SMEs and Entrepreneurship, will be opening a high level conference on access to public procurement markets in Sofia, Bulgaria. At the conference, organised with the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, she will be joined by Tomislav Donchev, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister, and Juliane Kokott, Advocate General at the European Court of Justice. Every year public authorities tender out contracts for products and services worth 14% of EU GDP. The conference will discuss how to ensure that economic operators – including Europe's many small and medium sized companies – can seize the opportunities offered by public procurement.  It will also explore how to make sure that public procurement processes function efficiently by increasing transparency, preventing collusion, and allowing relevant redress mechanisms striking the right balance between protecting rights of economic operators and contracting authorities and avoiding unnecessary delays. The conference follows the Commission initiative in October 2017 to increase the impact of public investment through efficient and professional procurement. The initiative aims to ensure that procurement is carried out more efficiently and strategically and in a sustainable manner, while making full use of digital technologies to simplify and accelerate procedures. (For more information:Lucia Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Victoria von Hammerstein-Gesmold – Tel.: +32 229 55040)

 

Upcoming events of the European Commission (ex-Top News)

 

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Budget de l'UE: 4,8 milliards d'euros de financement pour la sécurité, pour une Europe qui protège

La Commission propose d'augmenter considérablement le financement de la sécurité, de 3,5 milliards d'euros actuellement à 4,8 milliards d'euros dans le prochain cadre budgétaire à long terme de l'UE pour 2021-2027. Face à des menaces internationales de plus en plus complexes, les fonds européens peuvent aider notre Union à relever les défis futurs en matière de sécurité et à être mieux équipée pour répondre aux urgences. Les 2,5 milliards d'euros du Fonds pour la sécurité intérieure (FSI) renforcé s'ajoutent à près de 1,2 milliard d'euros pour un démantèlement plus sûr des activités nucléaires dans certains États membres, ainsi qu'à 1,1 milliard d'euros pour renforcer les agences européennes dans le domaine de la sécurité. Le premier vice-président Frans Timmermans a déclaré: "Se sentir en sécurité chez soi ou dans la rue est l'un des droits de l'homme les plus élémentaires; les Européens attendent de leur gouvernement et de leur Union qu'ils garantissent cette sécurité. Un cadre de financement de la sécurité plus souple et plus adapté aux besoins des États membres assurera, comme il se doit, une meilleure protection des Européens." Le commissaire Dimitris Avramopoulos, chargé de la migration, des affaires intérieures et de la citoyenneté, a déclaré: "Pour la sécurité de nos citoyens, nous devons accroître nos efforts – et notre budget doit en faire autant. C'est pourquoi nous augmentons le budget de la sécurité d'un tiers pour les années à venir, à 4,8 milliards d'euros. Nous aidons ainsi les États membres à mieux se préparer aux futurs défis sécuritaires et aux urgences. Nous construisons une Europe plus sûre et plus robuste pour nos citoyens. Une Europe qui protège." Le commissaire Julian King, chargé de l'Union de la sécurité, a déclaré: "Nous devons préparer une réponse forte face aux terroristes, aux criminels et aux menaces sécuritaires qu'ils posent – multidimensionnelles, transfrontalières et en évolution permanente. Cette réponse ne doit pas être redondante par rapport aux efforts des Etats membres; elle doit plutôt les compléter et créer des ponts à l'intérieur de l'UE et au-delà de ses frontières. C'est précisément ce que nous proposons aujourd'hui avec un Fonds pour la sécurité intérieure clairement renforcé, pour une Europe plus robuste comme fondement d'une authentique et efficace Union de la sécurité." Un communiqué de presse, un mémo ainsi que des textes juridiques et des fiches d'information sur le futur financement de la sécurité sont disponibles en ligne. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Katarzyna Kolanko – Tel.: +32 229 63444)

 

Eurostat: L’emploi en hausse de 0,4% tant dans la zone euro que dans l’UE28

Le nombre de personnes ayant un emploi a augmenté de 0,4% dans la zone euro (ZE19) ainsi que dans l'UE28 au premier trimestre 2018 par rapport au trimestre précédent, selon les estimations basées sur les comptes nationaux et publiées par Eurostat, l’office statistique de l'Union européenne. Au quatrième trimestre 2017, l'emploi avait progressé de 0,3% dans la zone euro et de 0,2% dans l'UE28. Ces chiffres sont corrigés des variations saisonnières. Un communiqué de presse Eurostat est disponible ici(Pour plus d'informations: Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)

 

Eurostat: La production industrielle en baisse de 0,9% dans la zone euro

En avril 2018 par rapport à mars 2018, la production industrielle corrigée des variations saisonnières a diminué de 0,9% dans la zone euro (ZE19) et de 0,8% dans l'UE28, selon les estimations d’Eurostat, l’office statistique de l'Union européenne. En mars 2018, la production industrielle avait progressé de 0,6% dans la zone euro et de 0,5% dans l'UE28. En avril 2018 par rapport à avril 2017, la production industrielle a augmenté de 1,7% tant dans la zone euro que dans l'UE28. Un communiqué de presse Eurostat est disponible ici(Pour plus d'informations: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Victoria von Hammerstein – Tel.: +32 229 55040)

 

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5 questions to Jean-Yves Métayer-Robbes, european humanist and promoter of debates of ideas for the Europe of tomorrow

 

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LDE: Jean-Yves Métayer-Robbes, what does it mean for you to be a european humanist eco-citizen ?

JYMR: It is to be a citizen engaged for the cause of the humanity, ecologist, responsible, to defend an alternative project of humanist society which proposes another software, that of the respect of each one, the cooperation and the implication of every citizen, as part of a new citizen Europe.

LDE: You have international recognition, you are Doctor Honoris Causa in Naturopathy, Psychoanalysis and Political Philosophy. Here are your last titles :

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JYMR: Yes, this title in Naturopathy was awarded to me in 2017 by Miesperanza International University of Florida, after having received this same honorary title in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis then in Political Philosophy after a series of conferences in several countries. I am still president of the French association of evolutionary and humanistic psychoanalysis and since March 1, 2018 president of the IRNAT, international research laboratory for the knowledge and the development of the natural and analytical therapies, whose secretariat is based in Brazil, international representation in the United States in Florida at the premises of the International Miesperanza University.

LDE: You have been an ecologist candidate for several elections, including the 2017 legislative elections for French nationals from abroad.

JYMR: Indeed, since 1990 I am engaged in the current of independent ecology, with the confederation of ecologists behind François Degans, Ecology Bleue then the independent Ecologist Alliance of Jean - Marc Governatori. For a long time I have been defending a humanist ecology capable of gathering beyond divisions.

LDE: You say you are evolutionary.

JYMR: Yes, I am at the service of evolution, whether in psychoanalysis, philosophy or politics. Life is movement. We must move forward so as not to back down. Humanism must evolve, we must build a new humanism. We must help humanity to cross the ocean of selfishness. Is it obligatory to share the same story to find meeting points on values? No, of course. I take the example of Morocco where Jews and Muslims have always had a good understanding of how to live in harmony. It is the ethics that connect people. It is the cultural environment and the quality of teaching that will be the keys to success. The value of respect is one of those transhistorical values ​​that can serve as a guide. Social justice is another equally important one. Would not the way be that of self-knowledge, of self-esteem, and then of recognition and the esteem of the other? This is what we could finally call "flourishing of society". I think that if we want with political determination to work unceasingly for the "cause of humanity", then we will find or will inevitably find our values ​​to build together the supporting walls of the society of tomorrow.

LDE: Will you be a candidate again for elections ?

JYMR: If it were useful for me to act on issues concerning the health of citizens and the promotion of a new paradigm for France and for Europe, yes I would be happy to propose my candidacy for future elections . In the near future, because we observe that the planets are already aligned, the system will not be able to invent anything to stop the rise of the "evolutionary pioneers" that we are, all united and united to finally build the humanism of tomorrow for a society of cooperation, moderation and involvement of every citizen. For the moment, I am happy to animate the Blog of the European Humanist Eco-Citizens www.ecocit.eu  and to be also "promoter of debates of ideas for the Europe of tomorrow" within the European Debate.

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LDE : Jean-Yves Métayer-Robbes, que veut dire pour vous être éco-citoyen humaniste européen ?

JYMR : C'est être un citoyen engagé pour la cause de l'humanité, écologiste, responsable,  pour défendre un projet alternatif de société humaniste qui propose un autre logiciel, celui du respect de chacun, de la coopération et de l'implication de chaque citoyen, dans le cadre d'une nouvelle Europe citoyenne.

LDE : Vous avez une reconnaissance internationale, vous êtes Docteur Honoris Causa en Naturopathie, Psychanalyse et en Philosophie politique.

JYMR : Oui, ce titre en Naturopathie m'a été décerné en 2017 par Miesperanza International University de Floride, après avoir reçu ce même titre honorifique en Philosophie et Psychanalyse puis en Philosophie politique après une série de conférences dans plusieurs pays. Je suis toujours président de l'association française de psychanalyse évolutive et humaniste et depuis le premier mars 2018 président de l'IRNAT, laboratoire international de recherche pour la connaissance et le développement des thérapies naturelles et analytiques, dont le secrétariat est basé au Brésil, la représentation internationale aux Etats Unis en Floride dans les locaux de l'Université Internationale Miesperanza.

LDE : Vous avez été candidat écologiste a plusieurs élections dont les législatives de 2017 pour les français de l'étranger.

JYMR : En effet, je suis depuis 1990 engagé dans le courant de l'écologie indépendante, avec la confédération des écologistes derrière François Degans, Ecologie Bleue puis l' Alliance écologiste indépendante de Jean-Marc Governatori. Je défends depuis longtemps une écologie humaniste capable de rassembler au-delà des clivages.

LDE: Vous vous dites évolutionnaire.

JYMR : Oui, je suis au service de l'évolution, que ce soit dans la psychanalyse, la philosophie ou la politique. La vie c'est le mouvement. Nous devons avancer pour ne pas reculer. L'humanisme doit évoluer, nous devons construire un nouvel humanisme. Nous devons aider l'humanité à franchir l'océan des égoïsmes. Est-il obligatoire de partager une même histoire pour trouver des points de rencontres sur des valeurs ? Non, bien sûr. Je prends l'exemple du Maroc où juifs et musulmans se sont toujours très bien entendus pour vivre en bonne harmonie. C'est bien l'éthique qui permet de relier les individus. C'est bien l'environnement culturel et la qualité des enseignements qui seront les clés de la réussite. La valeur de respect est l'une de ces valeurs transhistoriques qui peut servir de guide. La justice sociale en est une autre tout aussi importante. La voie ne serait-elle pas celle de la connaissance de soi, de l'estime de soi pour aller ensuite vers la reconnaissance de l'autre et l'estime de l'autre ? Voilà ce que nous pourrions enfin appeler "épanouissement de la société". Je pense que si nous voulons avec détermination politique travailler sans cesse pour la "cause de l'humanité", alors nous trouverons ou retrouverons inévitablement nos valeurs pour construire ensemble les murs porteurs de la société de demain.

LDE : Serez-vous à nouveaux candidat à des élections ?

JYMR : Si cela s'avérait utile pour que je puisse agir sur des dossiers concernant la santé des citoyens et la promotion d'un nouveau paradigme pour la France et pour l'Europe, oui je serais heureux de proposer ma candidature à de futures élections. Dans un avenir proche, parce que nous observons que les planètes s'alignent déjà, le système ne pourra plus rien inventer pour freiner l'ascension des «pionniers évolutionnaires» que nous sommes, tous unis et solidaires pour enfin construire l'humanisme de demain, pour une société de coopération, de modération et d'implication de chaque citoyen. Pour le moment, je suis heureux d'animer le Blog des Eco-Citoyens Humanistes Européens et d'être également " promoteur de débats d'idées pour l'Europe de demain " au sein du Débat Européen.

 

 

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Communiqué de presse de la Commission européenne du 12/06/2018 Press Release

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Budget de l'UE: la Commission propose un nouveau Fonds pour investir dans l'économie maritime et soutenir les communautés de pêche

Pour le prochain budget à long terme de l'UE 2021-2027, la Commission propose 6,14 milliards d'euros dans le cadre d'un fonds plus simple et plus flexible pour la pêche européenne et l'économie maritime. Le nouveau fonds continuera de soutenir le secteur européen de la pêche en faveur de pratiques de pêche plus durables, en mettant particulièrement l'accent sur le soutien aux pêcheurs artisanaux. Il aidera également à libérer le potentiel de croissance d'une économie bleue et durable vers un avenir plus prospère pour les communautés côtières. Pour la première fois, il contribuera à renforcer la gouvernance internationale des océans pour des mers plus sûres, plus propres et gérées de manière plus durable. Karmenu Vella, commissaire chargé de l'environnement, des affaires maritimes et de la pêche, a déclaré: "Des océans sains et bien gérés sont une condition préalable aux investissements à long terme et à la création d'emplois dans les pêcheries et l'économie bleue en général. En tant que cinquième plus grand producteur de fruits de mer, l'Union européenne a la responsabilité de protéger, conserver et utiliser durablement les océans et leurs ressources. Le Fonds permettra aux États membres et à la Commission d'assumer cette responsabilité et d'investir dans la pêche durable, la sécurité alimentaire, une économie maritime florissante et des mers et océans saines et productives." Enfin, la Commission renforce l'impact environnemental du fonds en mettant l'accent sur la protection des écosystèmes marins avec une contribution attendue de 30% de son budget pour l'atténuation et à l'adaptation au changement climatique, conformément aux engagements pris dans le cadre de l'Accord de Paris. Un communiqué de presseet un factsheet sont disponibles en ligne. (Pour plus d'informations: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: + 32 229 56172; Iris Petsa - Tel.: +32 229 93321)

La Commissaire Thyssen lance le Réseau mondial pour l'apprentissage en Belgique

Demain, mercredi 13 juin, la Commissaire européenne chargée de l'Emploi, des Affaires sociales, des Compétences et de la Mobilité des travailleurs, Marianne Thyssen, assistera au lancement du Réseau mondial pour l'apprentissage (Global Apprenticeship Network, GAN) en Belgique, en présence de sa Majesté le Roi des belges Philippe. Le réseau est formé d'une coalition d'entreprises et d'organisations patronales, qui se sont mobilisées pour soutenir l'apprentissage sur le terrain dans le parcours académique des jeunes, afin de diminuer l'écart entre leurs compétences et les perspectives sur le marché du travail. L'initiative complémente l'action prise à l'échelle européenne pour encourage l'apprentissage, dans le cadre de l'Agenda européen pour les compétences et l'alliance européenne pour l'apprentissage. Le réseau mondial pour l'apprentissage a été fondé en Suisse où l'apprentissage sur le terrain est un concept déjà bien ancré dans le monde de l'enseignement et du travail. Le Réseau est actif en France, en Espagne, en Turquie, en Indonésie, en Argentine, en Colombie, au Mexique, au Costa Rica, en Tanzanie, au Malawi, et à partir de maintenant donc aussi en Belgique. Suivant l'événement, la Commissaire Thyssen donnera une conférence de presse ensemble avec Mr Nico Reeskens, président du Réseau mondial de l'apprentissage en Belgique. Le discours de la Commissaire sera publié ici(Pour plus d'informations: Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion –

Tel.: +32 229 67094)

 

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Les Décodeurs de l'Europe, vous connaissez ?

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L'Europe est aujourd'hui au cœur du débat.

C'est légitime, le débat démocratique est un enjeu central du projet européen. Encore faut-il qu'il se construise sur des réalités. La construction européenne donne lieu à toute sorte d'idées fausses qui alimentent rumeurs ou fantasmes...

Avec les décodeurs de l'Europe, nous voulons répondre à une série de questions ou d'accusations, en expliquant ce qui constitue la réalité et parfois la complexité des politiques européennes. Au-delà de ces explications, notre objectif est aussi de mieux faire savoir, en cette veille du 60ème  anniversaire du Traité de Rome, ce qui marche en Europe !

Nicolas Vadot nous accompagne dans ce projet avec humour ... et nous évite de construire une norme européenne sur la taille des bobards...!

 

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Les Décodeurs de l'Europe - France - European Commission

L'Europe est aujourd'hui au cœur du débat. C'est légitime, le débat démocratique est un enjeu central du projet européen. Encore faut-il qu'il se construise sur des réalités. La construction européenne donne lieu à toute sorte d'idées fausses qui alimentent rumeurs ou fantasmes...

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Le mot du Chef de la Représentation en France de la Commission européenne

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A l'heure où les questions européennes sont au cœur de l'actualité, la Représentation en France de la Commission européenne se veut plus que jamais un lieu d'information et d'échanges. C'est pourquoi nous mettons à disposition sur ce site internet une série de renseignements et de données sur l'Union européenne.

La création des Décodeurs de l'Europe a permis de revenir sur certaines idées reçues sur l'action de l'Union européenne, et de mieux valoriser l'action trop méconnue de l'UE. Ce site a pour objet d'informer au jour le jour sur le développement des politiques européennes et les succès qui en résultent, sans en négliger la complexité.

Par ailleurs, le débat démocratique est capital pour l'Union européenne. Le livre blanc sur l'avenir de l'Europe publié en mars 2017 est un instrument de ce débat, en proposant cinq scénarios possibles pour l'évolution de l'Union. Il a été suivi de cinq documents de réflexion portant sur la dimension sociale de l'Europe ; la maîtrise de la mondialisation ; l'approfondissement de l'Union économique et monétaire ; l'avenir de la défense européenne ; et l'avenir des finances de l'UE.

C'est maintenant à vous de prendre part à ce débat…

Isabelle Jégouzo,

Chef de la Représentation de la Commission européenne en France. 

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Communiqué de presse de la Commission européenne du 11/06/2018 Press Release

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Budget de l' UE: la Commission propose 1.260.000.000 € pour renforcer le Corps européen de solidarité

Pour le prochain à long terme budget de l'UE 2021-2027, la Commission propose un nouveau programme pour le Corps européen de solidarité au-delà de 2020, avec 1,26 milliard € pour élargir les possibilités qu'elle offre. Le nouveau programme permettra au moins 350.000 jeunes Européens pour soutenir les communautés dans le besoin entre 2021 et 2027 par le bénévolat, des stages et des emplois. Commissaire chargé du budget et des ressources humaines, Günther H. Oettinger, a déclaré: « La solidarité est une des valeurs clés de l'Union européenne, et le succès du Corps européen de solidarité montre qu'il ya une forte demande de jeunes à participer à des activités de solidarité. Voilà pourquoi nous avons considérablement augmenté les moyens financiers pour le Corps européen de solidarité dans le prochain budget de l' UE « . Tibor Navracsics,commissaire à l' éducation, la culture, de la jeunesse et du sport, a déclaré: « Avec cette proposition, la Commission européenne a confirmé sa volonté de renforcer la solidarité et l' autonomisation des jeunes. Nous mettons tout en place pour permettre au Corps européen de solidarité pour se transformer en une vaste communauté de personnes et d' organisations prêtes à soutenir ceux qui en ont besoin à travers notre continent et au - delà, en aidant à construire des sociétés résilientes, de cohésion. Les jeunes, à leur tour, vont acquérirdes compétences, de nouvelles amitiés, et un fort sentiment de ce qu'il fait d'être européen « Commissaire à l' emploi, des affaires sociales, des compétences et la mobilité des travailleurs, Marianne Thyssen, a commenté:". Forte de l'expérience acquise jusqu'à présent, cette proposition prévoit une approche plus inclusive et flexible etfinalement , une plus grande liberté de choix pour les participants, qu'ils aimeraient faire un placement volontaire ou professionnel « . Le nouveau programme se fondera sur les réalisations du Corps dans ses premières années d'existence et crée un point d'entrée unique pour les jeunes prêts à se livrer à la solidarité, par exemple en incluant des activités de volontariat à l'appui des opérations d'aide humanitaire dans les pays non-UE, opérant précédemment sous l' aide de l' UE volontaires . Des fonds supplémentaires ou des activités dédiées de courte durée ou dans son propre pays, par exemple, pour le rendre plus facile pour les jeunes défavorisés à participer au Corps européen de solidarité. Plus d' informations sont disponibles dans un communiqué de presse , note de service et infographies en ligne. (Pour plus d' informations: Nathalie Vandystadt - Tél .: +32 229 67083, Sara Soumillion - Tél .: + 32 229 67094)

 

La Commission adopte des propositions modifiant l'accord d'association avec le Royaume du Maroc d'accorder des préférences aux produits du Sahara occidental, conformément à l' arrêt de la CJCE

La Commission a adopté aujourd'hui deux propositions de décisions du Conseil en ce qui concerne la signature et la conclusion d'un accord entre l'Union européenne et le Royaume du Maroc sur l'amendement de l'accord d'association UE-Maroc (Protocoles n ° 1 et n ° 4). L'adoption de ces propositions fait suite à la Décembre 2016 arrêt de la Cour de justice de l'Union européenne, et vise à respecter un arrêt de la Cour et de clarifier le statut des produits du Sahara Occidental pour le traitement tarifaire préférentiel à l'importation dans l'UE. Le projet d'accord propose que les « produits originaires du Sahara occidental, qui sont soumis au contrôle des autorités marocaines personnalisées bénéficient des mêmes préférences commerciales accordées par l'UE aux produits couverts par l'accord d'association ». Il vise également à contribuer au développement économique du Sahara occidental en veillant à ce que les exportations vers l'UE, originaire bénéficieront de préférences commerciales de grande envergure. Les propositions sont disponibles ici et ici et maintenant envoyés aux États membres au sein du Conseil et au Parlement européen pour les prochaines étapes du processus législatif. Consultations inclusives avec une grande variété de représentants locaux du Sahara occidental, de la société civile et d' autres organisations et organismes ont montré un large soutien pour les avantages socio-économiques que la préférence tarifaire proposée apporterait, et un accompagnement rapport qui met en évidence les avantages de l'accord pour les locaux la population et de l'économie est disponible en ligne. Ces propositions sont également conclus sans préjudice de la position de l'UE sur le Sahara occidental, où l'UE continue de soutenir les efforts du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour parvenir à une solution juste, durable et mutuellement acceptable. Le Maroc est un partenaire clé dans notre quartier sud avec lequel l'UE a développé un partenariat durable et précieux depuis de nombreuses années et les régions, et l'UE reste déterminée à renforcer ce partenariat. (Pour plus d' informations: Maja Kocijancic - Tél .: +32 229 86570, Vanessa Mock - Tél .: +32 229 56194; Lauranne Devillé - Tél .: +32 2 29 80833; Patrick McCullough - Tél .: +32 229 87183)

 

DiscoverEU: 15 000 Voyage passe à gagner pour explorer l'UE cet été

A partir de demain (12:00 CEST) jusqu'au 26 Juin (12:00 CEST) les jeunes peuvent demander un billet leur donnant l'occasion de découvrir leur continent à partir de Juillet 2018 Jusqu'à cette échéance fin Octobre 2018. DiscoverEU leur permettra de mieux comprendre la diversité de l' Europe, profiter de sa richesse culturelle, faire de nouveaux amis et avoir une idée de leur identity.Commissioner européenne pour l' éducation, la culture, de la jeunesse et du sport, Tibor Navracsics, a déclaré: « DiscoverEU offre une excellente occasion aux jeunes d'explorer l' Europe à travers un voyage personnel d'une manière qui ne peut de livre ou documentaire. Je suis convaincu que cette expérience fera un changement positif - pour les jeunes participants et pour les communautés qu'ils visitent. Ce que nous lançons demain est une occasion pour 15.000 histoires européennes inoubliables, à suivre par beaucoup plus tard cette année et au - delà. » Les candidats doivent être âgés de 18 ans le 1er Juillet 2018 citoyens de l' UE et prêts à voyager cet été. Avec un budget de 12 millions € en 2018, DiscoverEU devrait donner au moins 20.000 jeunes l'occasion de voyager à travers l'Europe cette année. Chaque État membre de l'UE a été attribué un certain nombre de passes de voyage, en fonction de la part de la population de son pays par rapport à la population globale de l'Union européenne. Le premier tour de l'application, lancée demain, permettra au moins 15.000 destinataires d'explorer leur continent. Une deuxième série d'applications avec au moins 5.000 billets aura lieu à l' automne 2018. Plus d' informations sur les critères d'application et le processus est disponible dans un communiqué de presse et note de service en ligne. (Pour plus d' informations: Nathalie Vandystadt - Tél .: +32 229 67083, Joseph Waldstein - Tél .: +32 229 56184)

 

Plan d'investissement soutient l' expansion des énergies renouvelables en Autriche

La Banque européenne d'investissement (BEI) accorde un prêt Energiepark Bruck / Leitha un total de 19,3 millions € pour réaliser deux nouveaux projets de parcs éoliens d'une capacité conjointe de 17 MW. Erste Bank participe également dans le plan de financement de 27,3 millions €. Le financement de la BEI est garanti par le Fonds européen pour les investissements stratégiques (EFSI), au cœur du plan d'investissement pour l'Europe. Vice-président Jyrki Katainen, responsable de l' emploi, la croissance, l' investissement et la compétitivité, a déclaré: "L'UE est déterminée à soutenir la transition de l' énergie propre en Europe le financement des parcs éoliens est une opération à long terme et à haut risque par la nature, ce qui est là. le Fonds européen pour les investissements stratégiques est essentielle pour fournir la garantie budgétaire de l' UE. Il est très positif que le projet est cofinancé par le secteur privé sous la forme de Erste Bank « . (Communiqué de presse complet se trouve ici Pour plus d' informations: Johannes Bahrke - Tél .: +32 229 58615; Siobhán Millbright - Tél .: +32 229 57361.)

 

L'UE renforce son soutien pour lutter contre le virus Ebola en République démocratique du Congo

La Commission européenne fournira 1,8 million € d'aide humanitaire pour soutenir la réponse en cours à l'épidémie d'Ebola en République démocratique du Congo. Le financement apporte la réponse totale de l'UE à Ebola jusqu'à présent en 2018 à 3.430.000 €. «Depuis que l'épidémie d' Ebola en cours a été déclaré le 8 mai 2018, l'UE a immédiatement soutenu les efforts de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé et les autorités nationales pour endiguer la propagation de la maladie Des éclosions nous ont appris une leçon précieuse. Nous ne pouvons pas être complaisants avec Ebola. Nous ne pouvons pas baisser notre garde. Voilà pourquoi aujourd'hui je suis le renforcement de notre soutien de l' UE. Ce financement aidera nos partenaires humanitaires et les autorités pour combattre et contenir la propagation du virus Ebola « , a déclaré le commissaire à la gestion des crises et l' aide humanitaire et Coordinateur Ebola UE Christos Stylianides. L'aide de l'UE soutiendra la coordination et les opérations logistiques de la réponse en cours, le contrôle et la prévention des infections, la surveillance de points d'entrée / sortie des zones touchées par le virus Ebola et les enterrements de sécurité. Il fournira également un appui général aux centres de santé primaires dans les zones touchées. Le financement fait partie de l' aide globale de l' UE pour l'épidémie, qui inclut l'activation du mécanisme de protection civile de l' UE , dans lequel un système d'isolement a été déployé en Norvège pour le transport de patients mis en quarantaine dans le besoin d' un traitement spécialisé. Le service aérien humanitaire de la Commission européenne ECHO Flight fournit également un service de navette de Kinshasa pour le transport du personnel et du matériel médical dans les zones touchées. (Pour plus d' informations: Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela - Tél .: +32 229 65322, Daniel Puglisi - Tél .: +32 229 69140)

 

Commission consulte les pêcheurs, l' industrie et la société pour les possibilités de pêche en 2019

La Commission a adopté aujourd'hui une communication qui fait le bilan de la mise en œuvre de la politique commune de la pêche de l' UE et lance le processus de consultation sur les possibilités de pêche pour 2019. Via une consultation publique , la Commission consultera les États membres; Les conseils consultatifs, qui comprennent l'industrie de la pêche, les organisations non gouvernementales et les citoyens intéressés. Commissaire Karmenu Vella, responsable de l'environnement, des affaires maritimes et de la pêche, a déclaré: « La restauration de la santé de nos mers et océans est pas un choix, il est un impératif, et l'UE doit continuer à donner l'exemple. Les efforts louables de nos pêcheurs au cours de la dernière décennie , commencent à payer: Beaucoup de nos stocks de poissons, mais loin de tout, reviennent à levels.2019 durable sera une année cruciale pour la réalisation de nos objectifs communs. Travaillant main dans la main - pêcheurs, l' industrie, la société civile et les autorités - Luttons sans relâche les efforts et garder nos hautes ambitions pour notre océan. Je me réjouis de travailler en étroite collaboration avec toutes les parties. » Ces dernières années ont vu des progrès significatifs dans la gestion des ressources halieutiques, notamment dans les eaux du nord et de l' ouest, où la surpêche a considérablement diminué, alors que la biomasse a augmenté et en moyenne en 2016 était de près de 39% au-dessus des niveaux de 2003. En revanche, le déplacement vers l'exploitation durable en Méditerranée et la mer Noire reste un défi. Ces dernières années, la flotte de l' UE a également enregistré une amélioration significative de sa performance économique globale, avec des bénéfices nets record de 1,3 milliard € en 2016. Plus d' informations disponibles ici . (Pour plus d' informations: Enrico Brivio - Tél .: +32 229 56172; Iris Petsa - Tél .: +32 229 93321)

 

Commission réunit des organes de règlement des différends de remplacement des consommateurs à travers l'UE

Aujourd'hui, la Commission débute un événement de deux jours à Bruxelles réunissant plus de 350 consommateurs organes de règlement des différends, les entreprises, les représentants des consommateurs, et les autorités des États membres de toute l'UE. Věra Jourová, commissaire à la justice, les consommateurs et l' égalité des sexes a déclaré: « règlement extrajudiciaire des différends est un outil important pour les consommateurs de faire valoir leurs droits, en particulier lorsque la valeur du litige est faible , je veux plus d' entreprises à l' utiliser, il est dans leur. l' intérêt qu'il apporte la confiance des consommateurs et les aide à éviterles procédures judiciaires coûteuses. » Dans ce cadre, les consommateurs peuvent avoir leurs différends avecles commerçants résolus rapidement, de façon équitable et facilement avec l'aide de haute qualité résolution alternative des conflits corps. Lorsque l'achat est effectué en ligne, les consommateurs peuvent également utiliser la européenne résolution des litiges en ligne plate - forme (ODR) pour demander à un organisme de règlement extrajudiciaire des différends de l' aide. Alternative efficace et la résolution en ligne des litiges de consommation est un pilier clé sous la New Deal pour les consommateurs proposés par la Commission en Avril. La Commission mène actuellement une campagne de communication pour accroître l'engagement des entreprises dans les procédures de règlement des litiges et sur la plate-forme de résolution des litiges en ligne. (Pour plus d' informations: Christian Wigand - Tél .: +32 229 62253; Mélanie Voin - Tél .: +32 229 58659)

 

Concentrations: la Commission autorise l'acquisition du contrôle conjoint sur l' aéroport de Londres Luton par AMP Capital et Aena Internacional

La Commission européenne a approuvé, en vertu du règlement UE sur les concentrations, l'acquisition du contrôle en commun de Londres Luton Airport Operations Limited ( "LLAO") du Royaume-Uni par AMP Capital Investors (UK) Limited ( "AMP Capital") du Royaume-Uni et Aena Desarrollo Internacional, PME, SA ( "Aena Internacional") de l'Espagne. LLAO gère et exploite l'aéroport de Londres Luton. AMP Capital, appartenant au groupe de sociétés AMP Limited d'Australie, est active dans les services d'investissement dans l'infrastructure et de gestion, et contrôle aéroport international de Newcastle, ainsi que l'aéroport de Leeds Bradford au Royaume-Uni. Aena Internacional est détenue majoritairement par la société espagnole statutaire et est actif Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea dans la gestion des infrastructures aéroportuaires. La Commission a conclu que l'acquisition envisagée ne poserait pas de problèmes de concurrence en raison de l'impact limité qu'elle aurait sur le marché. La transaction a été examinée selon la procédure d'examen des fusions simplifiées. Plus d' informations sont disponibles sur la Commission concurrence du site Web, dans le public registre de cas sous le numéro de cas M.8923 . (Pour plus d' informations: Ricardo Cardoso - Tél .: +32 229 80100, Maria Sarantopoulou - Tél .: +32 229 13740)

 

Concentrations: la Commission autorise l' acquisition d'une entreprise commune nouvellement créée par Banco de Sabadell et Oaktree Capital Group

La Commission européenne a approuvé, en vertu du règlement communautaire sur l'acquisition du contrôle conjoint sur une entreprise commune nouvellement créée par Bitarte SA, appartenant au groupe Banco de Sabadell, à la fois de l'Espagne, et Oaktree Capital Group Holdings LLC GP des États-Unis. Le joint-venture identifiera, acquérir, développer et commercialiser des terrains résidentiels de terres en Espagne. Banco de Sabadell est le quatrième groupe bancaire en Espagne. Bitarte détient des actifs immobiliers en cours de développement ou en attente de développement. Oaktree Capital Group est une alternative globale et société de gestion non traditionnelle avec une expertise particulière dans les stratégies de crédit. La Commission a conclu que l'acquisition envisagée ne poserait pas de problèmes de concurrence étant donné son impact limité sur la structure du marché. La transaction a été examinée selon la procédure d'examen des fusions simplifiées. Plus d' informations sont disponibles sur la Commission concurrence du site Web, dans le public registre de cas sous le numéro de cas M.8875 . (Pour plus d' informations: Ricardo Cardoso - Tél .: +32 229 80100, Maria Sarantopoulou - Tél .: +32 229 13740)

 

ÉTATS

 

Discours du commissaire aux Transports Violeta Bulc sur la mobilité militaire au Conseil de l' Atlantique Nord

Commissaire aux transports Violeta Bulc a présenté aujourd'hui le Plan d' action de l' UE sur la mobilité militaireau Conseil de l' Atlantique Nord, le principal organe de prise de décision politique au sein de l'Organisation du Traité de l' Atlantique Nord (OTAN). Elle a dit: «Le plan d' action sur la mobilité militaire a été développé dans le cadre de l'engagement de notre Président au cours de son état du discours Union en Septembre 2017, d'avoir une Union de défense à part entière en place d' ici 2025 (...). Il est tout au sujet un niveau de sécurité pour les citoyens de l' UE. et, étant donné que de nombreux pays de l' UE sont membres de l' OTAN, il est aussi un niveau plus élevé de sécurité et de l' efficacité du personnel militaire de tous les alliés de l' OTAN plus. Voilà ce que nous voulons réaliser concrètement, en mettant à profit les politiques européennes que nous adressons déjà pour les civils Il est une question d'importance pour moi que lorsque nous investissons des milliards d'euros d'argent public -. que nous le faisons en toute connaissance des exigences militaires et le font conjointement, chaque fois que nous définissons ces double usage - militaires et civils - cas « . Son discours complet est disponible ici . (Pour plus d' informations: Enrico Brivio - Tél .: +32 229 56172, Alexis Perier - Tél .: +32 229 69143)

 

Prochains événements de la Commission européenne (ex-Top Nouvelles)

 

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Stand Up for Europe > the Think and Do Tank

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"Stand Up for Europe is the leading pro-European citizen’s movement on the web. Combining the bottom-up mobilization and participation with a top-down reflection approach, both mutually reinforcing, we aim to become the first federalist and pan-European Think and Do Tank"

 

Stand Up for Europe, as you may know, is campaigning for a move towards further European integration. Without further steps towards a federal EU, the populist and extremist movements of the far right will lead to the destruction of the EU.

It’s high time for us, European citizens, to take back our European project before it is too late. We already have many people in Stand Up for Europe, but the more people we have, the more weight we will have in upcoming debates.

If you are thinking in the same way as us and you are sure that we need to act together in order to be heard, then join us to Stand Up for Europe!

How can you help?

City teams development: Help us building up, managing and being part of a team of federalists activists in your own city and help us being present everywhere in Europe!

Writing the future of Europe: How does the European Federation look like in your ideal picture? What should we do to reach there? Join this team write the future of Europe and the action plan to get there with us!

Social Media Team: Help us to bring our message to as many European citizens as possible! Addressing people sharing our common interest or debating with who has a different view. Animate our Facebook page, our Facebook Group, Twitter, Instagram and exploring new technologies to improve our digital presence!

Recruitment: Members are the fundamental element of our movement. Bring on board your friends and colleagues network or start recruiting through our Facebook group and other digital channels!

Content Creation: You are know how to craft shearable or viral content of any kind? That’s your place then!

Fundraising: Building Europe without an economic coverage is and will be impossible. You want to contact potential donors or know how to run a crowdfunding campaign? Join this team!

 

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For general questions, invites or press and media enquiries you can contact us through this page or by writing at

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WHAT IS STAND UP? Stand Up for Europe is a movement of citizens reclaiming their hope in a better future, something that only a united Europe can provide in a world where our countries have become too small to matter.

https://www.standupforeurope.eu

 

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08/06/18

Communiqué de presse de la Commission européenne - Press release - Brussels, 8 June 2018

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EU budget: Boosting cooperation between tax and customs authorities for a safer and more prosperous EU

For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing measures to make tax and customs cooperation between Member States better and more efficient. Continued funding of these programmes will help the EU to progress inoffering businesses unfettered and easy access to the EU's Single Market so that trade can flourish, protect citizens from dangerous goods entering the Union at our external borders and ensure that Member States are equipped to fight tax avoidance and tax evasion.

Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, said: "Protecting the European Union's customs territory and implementing our common rules on taxation require strong cooperation between the relevant national authorities. Our new Customs and Fiscalis programmes will help to make that happen. At minimal cost, they provide a true European added value, offering unprecedented advantages to Member States' tax and customs authorities as they work together in the interests of our citizens and businesses."

The Commission is proposing a continued financial commitment of €950 million for the EU's customs programme and €270 million for the EU's Fiscalis programme, representing just 0.07% and 0.02% of the next EU budget respectively.

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Journée mondiale des océans 2018 : déclaration du commissaire Karmenu Vella

 

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À l’occasion de la Journée mondiale des océans, qui a lieu chaque année le 8 juin, le commissaire chargé de l’environnement, des affaires maritimes et de la pêche, a déclaré: «Aujourd’hui, à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale des océans, je souhaite me joindre à la célébration mondiale de nos océans. Je tiens à souligner leur importance pour notre bien-être et pour le bien-être des générations futures. Il s'agit d'un généreux fournisseur de nourriture, d’énergie et d'autres ressources naturelles, mais aussi d'un régulateur du climat et de nombreux cycles naturels. Il est aussi source d’inspiration, d’imagination et d’humilité. En ce jour, je tiens également à rappeler l’urgence de s’attaquer aux immenses défis auxquels nos océans sont confrontés: le changement climatique, la pollution, la dégradation de l’environnement et la gestion non durables de leurs ressources. [...] Le thème de la Journée mondiale des océans de cette année est «Prévenir la pollution plastique et encourager des solutions pour la bonne santé des océans». [...] L’Union européenne joue son rôle. Nous prenons soin de notre avenir en défendant nos océans.»

 

Pour en savoir plus

La déclaration complète est disponible ici.

Représentation en France de la Commission européenne

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07/06/18

Commission européenne - budget de l'UE

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Budget de l'UE: la Commission propose le programme de recherche et de l'innovation le plus ambitieux encore

Pour l'UE prochain à long terme le budget 2021-2027, la Commission propose 100 milliards € pour la recherche et l'innovation. Un nouveau programme - Horizon Europe - se fondera sur les réalisations et les succès de la recherche précédente et l'innovation (Horizon 2020) et maintenir l'Union européenne à l'avant-garde de la recherche et de l'innovation mondiale.

Le vice-président Jyrki Katainen, responsable de l' emploi, la croissance, l' investissement et la compétitivité, a déclaré : « Investir dans la recherche et l' innovation investit dans l'avenir de l' Europe. Financement de l' UE a permis aux équipes dans les différents pays et disciplines scientifiques de travailler ensemble et de faire des découvertes impensable, faire de l' Europe un leader de classe mondiale dans la recherche et l' innovation. Avec Horizon Europe, nous voulons construire sur ce succès et continuer à faire une réelle différence dans la vie des citoyens et de la société dans son ensemble « .

Carlos Moedas, commissaire à la recherche, la science et de l' innovation, a ajouté: «Horizon 2020 est l' une des plus grandes réussites de l' Europe Le nouveau programme Horizon Europe vise encore plus haut Dans le cadre de cela, nous voulons accroître le financement du Conseil européen de la recherche à renforcer.. le leadership scientifique mondial de l'UE, et réengager les citoyens en établissant de nouvelles missions ambitieuses pour la recherche de l' UE. Nous proposons également un nouveau Conseil européen de l' innovation pour moderniser le financement de l' innovation révolutionnaire en Europe ».

Tout en continuant à conduire l'excellence scientifique par le Conseil européen de la recherche (CER) et les bourses et échanges Marie Sklodowska-Curie, Horizon Europe, présentera les nouvelles fonctionnalités suivantes: un Conseil européen de l'innovation (EIC), de nouvelles missions de recherche et d'innovation à l'échelle européenne , maximiser le potentiel d'innovation dans l'UE, une plus grande ouverture, une nouvelle génération de partenariats européens et une collaboration accrue avec d'autres programmes de l'UE.

Plus de détails sur la proposition et avec succès des projets antérieurs de recherche financés par l' UE sont disponibles ici et ici .

La conférence de presse par le vice-président Katainen et le commissaire Moedas à partir de 12h00 CET peut être suivie en direct ici .

 

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Parlement européen informations Think Tank

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L'Union européenne est confrontée à de nouvelles menaces de sécurité au milieu de plus en plus d'incertitude quant à la fiabilité de certains de ses alliés. En conséquence, il a entrepris une intensification générale de ses capacités de défense. Un plan d'action de la défense européenne a été d'accord et un Fonds européen de défense créé pour apporter un soutien financier, allant de la phase de recherche à la phase d'acquisition d'équipements militaires et des technologies. La présente proposition législative pour EDIDP, qui ferait partie de ce fonds, destiné à fournir est l'industrie de défense européenne avec le soutien financier au cours de la phase de développement de nouveaux produits et technologies dans certains secteurs au niveau européen. Comité du Parlement de l'industrie, recherche et énergie (ITRE) a décidé d'ouvrir les négociations trilogue; ceux-ci ont été en cours depuis le 15 Mars ici 2018. 

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