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Daily News – 07.04.2011

EXME 11 / 07.04

Midday Express of 2011-04-07

News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communication

Digital Agenda: "" internet domain name helps small businesses gain Single Market visibility

7th April 2011 marks the fifth birthday of the ".eu" ("") internet domain name. ".eu" has become the 9th biggest top-level domain (TLD) on the Internet, the 5th most popular country code top-level domain worldwide and ranks in 4th place in Europe. Having a ".eu" domain is especially beneficial to small and medium-sized companies as it raises their profile on European markets by providing them with a pan-European identity on the Internet. Registrations for a ".eu" domain have grown every year since its introduction and now reach almost 3.5 million, making it the ninth most popular top-level domain in the world.

Aides d'État: la Commission consulte les parties prenantes sur les règles en matière d’aides d'État au secteur de l’aviation

La Commission européenne a lancé une consultation publique pour recueillir les points de vue des parties intéressées sur l'application des lignes directrices sur le financement des aéroports et les aides d’État au démarrage pour les compagnies aériennes au départ d’aéroports régionaux adoptées par l’UE en 2005. La Commission sollicite également l’avis des parties intéressées sur les lignes directrices de l’UE sur l'aviation, adoptées en 1994, qui contiennent aussi des règles applicables à l'évaluation des aides sociales et des aides à la restructuration accordées aux compagnies aériennes. Les contributions peuvent être déposées jusqu’au 6 juin 2011. La Commission tiendra compte des observations reçues pour décider s'il y a lieu de revoir les lignes directrices et poursuivra la consultation avant d’adopter toutes nouvelles règles.

Once in a lifetime chance for children to give a Galileo satellite their name

The European Commission is launching a drawing competition aimed at raising the interest of children for space. The child with the best drawing in each Member State will have his or her name given to a satellite of the Galileo programme. The first two satellites will be launched in September will bear the names of the winning children from Belgium and Bulgaria where the competition opens on 10 April. The same competition will get under way in the other 25 Member States in September for giving names to the following satellites which will be launched on a gradual basis as of 2012. The competition is for children aged 9 – 11 and the order is determined by the alphabetical order of the member states.

Inflation in the euro area has picked up, but underlying price pressures remain subdued

This Quarterly Report on the euro area concludes that the main reason for the acceleration of inflation in recent months is higher commodity prices, whereas domestically-generated inflation pressures remain subdued. The Report also welcomes the recent milestones in strengthening the economic governance in the euro area as decisive steps to safeguard the financial stability and restore confidence among market participants. The comprehensive response to the crisis agreed at the European Council on 24 March represents a systemic overhaul of European economic policy, with the creation of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the Euro Plus Pact at its heart. The report shows that raising the capital requirements for banks would be associated with a significant reduction in GDP volatility, but may come at the expense of slightly lower GDP growth in the medium term. Secondly, business survey data reveal that the current recovery remains on track but is nonetheless associated with comparatively weak and unbalanced GDP growth, and shows features on both the consumer and the corporate sides which may weigh on growth over the medium term.

Winners of 2011 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards announced

The 27 winners of the 2011 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards are announced today by the European Commission and Europa Nostra (see list of winners below). The awards will be presented on 10 June during a ceremony at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in the presence of Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned tenor and president of Europa Nostra. Out of the 27 winning projects, six will be named as 'grand prix' laureates at the ceremony as 2011’s most outstanding heritage achievements.


World Health Day: fight against antimicrobial resistance must continue on a global scale

This year's World Health Day focuses on the growing threat of potentially deadly bacteria developing resistance to antimicrobial drugs - especially to antibiotics. The Commission joins the World Health Organisation in calling for strengthened efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance, which is a global health hazard. In the Union alone, it is estimated that drug resistant infections cause more than 25,000 deaths and 1.5Bn€ in extra healthcare costs every year1.

Ukraine to Participate in EU Programmes

New opportunities in the context of the Eastern Partnership will be offered by the opening of a range of EU Programmes to Ukraine. This initiative, as set out under a new EU-Ukraine Protocol, will promote Ukraine’s involvement in areas such as business and entrepreneurship, energy and infrastructure, as well as communication and technology. The gradual opening of certain EU programmes and agencies for participation by neighbouring countries forms one of the means to promote reform and modernisation in the European neighbourhood.

Autre matériel diffusé :

Memo "Portugal's request for the activation of the financial support mechanisms"-rediffusion

Statement by Commissioner Füle on Iceland at the European Parliament -rediffusion

Statement by Commissioner Füle on the 2010 Progress Report on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia- rediffusion

Commissioner Füle: Address to the European Parliament on the European Neighbourhood Policy Review - rediffusion

Speech by Commissioner Potočnik "Now is not the time to put the environment in the back seat"

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