Top News from the European Commission 20 September – 17 October 2014 European Commission Brussels, Friday 19 September 2014 Top News Background notes from the Spokesperson’s service for journalists The European Commission reserves the right to make changes Monday 22 – Friday 26 September: General Assembly of the United Nations 2 Monday 22 September: Commission publishes findings from the Erasmus Impact Study...
CALENDRIER du 22 au 28 septembre 2014 Commission européenne Bruxelles, le 19 septembre 2014 (Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine) Déplacements et visites Lundi 22 septembre Informal Health Council in Milan, Italy (22–23/9) Mr José Manuel Durão BARROSO (22-25/9), Ms Catherine ASHTON, Mr Andris PIEBALGS, Ms Kristalina GEORGIEVA, Ms Connie HEDEGAARD (19-25/9), and Mr Štefan FÜLE...
September 2014: Flash Consumer Confidence Indicator European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 September 2014 September 2014September 2014 In September 2014, the DG ECFIN flash estimate of the consumer confidence indicator continued to decline in both the EU (by 1.6 points to -8.0) and the euro area (by 1.4 points to -11.4) compared to August.
EU to observe elections in Mozambique European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 September 2014 Following an invitation from the Mozambican authorities, the European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Mozambique to observe the Presidential, Legislative and Provincial Elections scheduled for 15 October 2014.
Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into acquisition of controlling stake in De Vijver Media by Liberty Global European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 September 2014 The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the proposed acquisition of joint control over De Vijver Media by Liberty Global, Corelio and Waterman & Waterman, is in line with the EU Merger Regulation.
Environment: 17 companies nominated for the 2014 European Business Awards for the Environment European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 September 2014 Rome, 19 September– The shortlist for the 2014 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) has been revealed, following a two-day jury meeting in Rome, Italy. The 17 finalists come from 10 countries.
EU boosts its cooperation on sustainable energy with developing countries European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 September 2014 European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will tomorrow co-sign joint declarations in New York to reinforce energy cooperation with five African countries: Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Togo and Rwanda.
Erasmus Impact Study confirms EU student exchange scheme boosts employability and job mobility European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 September 2014 Young people who study or train abroad not only gain knowledge in specific disciplines, but also strengthen key transversal skills which are highly valued by employers.
Commissioner Šemeta welcomes G20 Finance Ministers' agreement on new measures to combat corporate tax avoidance European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 September 2014 EU Tax Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta has welcomed the package of measures to tackle international corporate tax avoidance, which was endorsed today by the G20 Finance Ministers in Cairns, Australia.
EU-Turkey: Meeting new Minister V. Bozkır in Brussels European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 September 2014 Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met the new Turkish Minister of European Affairs and the Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkır in Brussels today.
New Head of European Commission Regional Office in Munich European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 September 2014 The European Commission has appointed Mr Joachim Menze as Head of its Regional Office in Munich covering both Bavaria and Baden Württemberg. Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said: "I am very pleased that we were able to find such a strong candidate for this...
Better volcano forecasting boosted by EU funding European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 September 2014 Caption: Baldur Bergsson from the EU-funded FUTUREVOLC project takes gas measurements at the Holuhraun lava flow in Iceland. Download here the picture in high quality. Volcanic eruptions are notoriously difficult to predict.
New milestone in the fight against match-fixing European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 September 2014 The European Commission today welcomes a new milestone in the fight against match-fixing, with the launch of the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions.
EU-funded driving system to boost electric cars European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 September 2014 Watch the video (bottom of the page) While electric cars are on the rise, many drivers are still concerned about running out of juice. Six partners from Germany, France, Austria and Spain have cut the consumption of electric vehicles with a new...
Youth Guarantee: learning from the Finnish experience European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 September 2014 Members States are meeting on 18-19 September in Helsinki to review the implementation of the Youth Guarantee in Finland, a pioneer country in developing this scheme.
Fisheries: Commission cooperates with Portugal to enforce fisheries rules European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 September 2014 In its efforts to ensure that fisheries rules are respected across the EU, the European Commission has today adopted an action plan to help upgrade the Portuguese fisheries control system to European standards.
Employment: report shows worker mobility key to tackle EU demographic and skills challenges European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 September 2014 To address the effects of population ageing, the EU will need to close the gender gap and increase the participation of young and older workers in the labour market, but mobility and migration also have a key role to play.
EU SME Instrument: first 155 winners of grants announced European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 September 2014 The European Commission has today published a list of the 155 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that will be first to benefit from its new €3 billion SME Instrument.
€80 million available for Europe’s SMEs European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 September 2014 Today the European Commission launched the FIWARE Accelerator Programme. €80 million will be awarded to SMEs, Startups and web-entrepreneurs using FIWARE Technologies. The FIWARE Accelerator is a network of European organisations which has already launched first calls for proposals earlier this month.
Europe boosts humanitarian aid for Mali European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 September 2014 The European Commission is increasing by €5 million its humanitarian funding in Mali. This will bring new European support to the victims of extreme food insecurity and renewed violence in the north of the country.
European Social Fund: over 1 billion euros to boost growth and jobs in The Netherlands Commission Press release Brussels, 19 September 2014 European The European Commission welcomes the adoption of the Dutch national Operational Programme for the implementation of the European Social Fund in the period 2014-2020.
Media arrangements European Commission MEMO Brussels, 22 September 2014 Media arrangements Trilateral gas talks between Vice-President Oettinger, Russian Energy Minister Novak and Ukrainian Energy Minister Prodan The next trilateral ministerial meeting between Vice-President Oettinger, Russian Energy Minister Novak and Ukrainian Energy Minister Prodan on energy security will take place on Friday 26...
Erasmus Impact Study: Key findings European Commission MEMO Brussels, 22 September 2014 IP/14/1025 What is the objective and methodology of the Erasmus Impact Study? The Erasmus Impact Study (EIS) aims to answer two major questions. Firstly, it analyses the effects of Erasmus student mobility in relation to studies and placements on individual skills enhancement, employability...
Tech start-ups and SMEs share €90m of EU funds to disrupt the European markets European Commission MEMO Brussels, 18 September 2014 #DisruptiveInnovation @ICTinnovEU @H2020SME The European Commission is committing €90 million to Open and Disruptive Innovation over the next 12 months. A new tool to help doctors communicate with non-responsive patients; a cloud-based irrigation controller to improve water efficiency on farms by up to...
Enforcing fisheries rules: Questions and answers on new Portuguese control action plan European Commission MEMO Brussels, 18 September 2014 What does this action plan seek to achieve? Effective fisheries control is essential for the sustainability of European fisheries. This is best achieved if all fishermen in the EU play by the same rules.
Daily News of 2014-09-22 MEX 14 / 22.09 DAILY NEWS 22 / 09 / 14 Erasmus Impact Study confirms EU student exchange scheme boosts employability and job mobility Young people who study or train abroad not only gain knowledge in specific disciplines, but also strengthen key transversal skills which are highly valued by employers.
Daily News of 2014-09-19 MEX 14 / 19.09 DAILY NEWS 19 / 09 / 14 Statement by President Barroso on the results of the Scottish referendum "I welcome the decision of the Scottish people to maintain the unity of the United Kingdom. This outcome is good for the united, open and stronger Europe that...
Daily News of 2014-09-18 EXME 14 / 18.09 DAILY NEWS 18 / 09 / 14 Youth Guarantee: learning from the Finnish experience Members States are meeting in Helsinki to review the implementation of the Youth Guarantee in Finland, a pioneer country in developing this scheme.
Daily News of 2014-09-17 EXME 14 / 17.09 DAILY NEWS 17 / 09 / 14 Ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement President Barroso and President Van Rompuy issued a statement yesterday, welcoming the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement : "We welcome the simultaneous ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in the Verkhovna Rada...
Intervention devant la Commission Affaires économiques et monétaires Commission européenne [Seul le texte prononcé fait foi] Michel BARNIER Membre de la Commission européenne, chargé du Marché intérieur et des Services Parlement européen - Dialogue structuré ECON Bruxelles, le 22 septembre 2014 Mesdames et Messieurs les Députés, Je me souviens de ma première audition devant cette commission, le 13...
Erasmus Impact Study European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Androulla VASSILIOU Member of the European Commission for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Erasmus Impact Study Press conference on presentation of results Brussels, 22 September 2014 Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, It is a pleasure for me to be here in the press room today...
Speech - A transatlantic digital single market? European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Neelie KROES Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda Speech - Lisbon Council Washington DC, 19 September 2014 To add your comment to this speech, see the social version of the speech here Today I want to talk about the relations between...
The EU's response to the Ebola crisis European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Kristalina GEORGIEVA EU Commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response EP Plenary Strasbourg, 17 September 2014 Thank you for putting this very important issue on this week's plenary agenda. It is timely. Because of the dramatic deterioration of the situation on the ground.
Some highlights from EU competition enforcement European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Joaquin ALMUNIA Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Competition Policy IBA 18th Annual Competition Conference Florence, 19 September 2014 Ladies and Gentlemen: I would like to thank Michael Reynolds for his kind invitation to address one more time the expert audience of the...
Giving European citizens the data protection rules they deserve European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Martine Reicherts EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Court of Justice of the European Union Luxembourg, 19 September 2014 Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for giving me the opportunity to open this seminar on data protection. The context here today is very important.
The future of electromobility in Europe European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Siim Kallas Vice President of the European Commission Green eMotion Electric Car Rally Brussels, 18 September 2014 Ladies and gentlemen It’s interesting that people have been saying more or less the same things about electric cars for more than 100 years.
Towards a European Labour Model European Commission [Check Against Delivery] László Andor European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Conference on "Labour Economics after the Crisis" Brussels, 18 September 2014 Ladies and Gentlemen, The topic of our session is “Strengthening employment policy in Europe”.
Statement on Roll-out of the Youth Employment Initiative European Commission [Check Against Delivery] László Andor European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion European Parliament plenary session Strasbourg, 17 September 2014 President, Honourable Members, I would like to thank the European Parliament for its support to the Commission's efforts in developing and implementing the Youth Guarantee.
The EU in the world The EU in the world in thirteen statistical themes 19 September 2014 The G-20 comprises the world’s major advanced and emerging economies. It includes the EU, four EU Member States (Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom) and 15 countries from the rest of the world (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South...
Production in construction stable in euro area and EU28 - 17 September 2014 July 2014 compared with June 2014 In July 2014 compared with June 2014, seasonally adjusted production in the construction1 sector remained stable in both the euro area2 (EA18) and the EU282, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Euro area annual inflation stable at 0.4% - 17 September 2014 August 2014 EU stable at 0.5% Euro area1 annual inflation was 0.4% in August 20142, unchanged compared to July. In August 2013 the rate was 1.3%. Monthly inflation was 0.1% in August 2014. European Union1 annual inflation was 0.5% in August 2014, unchanged compared to July.
Sport Commissioner congratulates EURO 2020 cities European Commission Statement Brussels, 19 September 2014 Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for sport, has congratulated the cities and football associations selected to host the EURO 2020 football championships.
Statement of President Barroso on the results of the Scottish referendum European Commission Brussels, 19 September 2014 Statement by of "I welcome the decision of the Scottish people to maintain the unity of the United Kingdom. This outcome is good for the united, open and stronger Europe that the European Commission stands for.