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Daily News – 11.06.2019

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Daily News 11 / 06 / 2019

Brussels, 11 June 2019

Aide humanitaire: plus de 152 millions d'euros pour la région africaine du Sahel

Alors que les pays du Sahel continuent de souffrir de conflits armés, du changement climatique et d'une crise alimentaire et nutritionnelle, l'UE fournit 152,05 millions d'euros pour porter secours aux personnes dans le besoin dans la région. Si l'on y ajoute les fonds de l'année dernière, l'aide humanitaire au Sahel financée par l'UE s'élève à plus de 423 millions d'euros, ce qui fait de l'Union européenne un des principaux donateurs dans la région. Pour Christos Stylianides, commissaire chargé de l'aide humanitaire et de la gestion des crises, « l'UE continue de jouer un rôle vital au Sahel en aidant les populations les plus vulnérables, dans une des régions les plus pauvres et les plus fragiles du monde, où les besoins humanitaires croissent de manière inquiétante. Grâce à cette nouvelle enveloppe, nous fournirons une aide alimentaire, des soins de santé d'urgence, de l'eau potable, des abris, une protection et des cours pour les enfants. Pour garantir que cette aide sauve des vies, il est essentiel que les travailleurs humanitaires disposent d'un accès total aux populations pour accomplir leur travail. » Les fonds de l'UE mis à disposition dans le cadre de cette enveloppe d'aide permettront de fournir une aide humanitaire dans les sept pays suivants: Burkina Faso (15,7 millions d'euros), Cameroun (17,8 millions d'euros), Tchad (27,2 millions d'euros), Mali (23,55 millions d'euros), Mauritanie (11,15 millions d'euros), Niger (23,15 millions d'euros) et Nigeria (28 millions d'euros). Une enveloppe de cinq millions d'euros supplémentaires est allouée à un projet régional luttant contre la malnutrition au Burkina Faso, au Mali, en Mauritanie et au Niger. Le communiqué de presse complet est disponible en ligne. (Pour plus d'informations: Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tél.: +32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi – Tél.: +32 229 69140) 

 

De nouvelles règles et garanties s'appliquent désormais dans toute l'UE dans le cadre des procédures pénales

Aujourd'hui entre en vigueur la directive relative à des garanties spéciales en faveur des enfants, la dernière d'une série de six directives de l'UE garantissant les droits procéduraux des individus dans toute l'UE, ce qui complète l'ensemble des droits dans ce domaine. Outre ces nouveaux droits en faveur des enfants, la directive garantissant l'accès à l'aide juridictionnelle est entrée en vigueur le 5 mai. Cette série de règles de l'UE garantit que le droit fondamental des citoyens de l'Union à bénéficier d'un traitement juste et équitable est respecté dans les procédures pénales et qu'il est appliqué de manière similaire dans tous les États membres. Frans Timmermans, premier vice-président chargé de l'état de droit et de la charte des droits fondamentaux, a déclaré à ce propos: « Chaque année, neuf millions de personnes font l'objet de procédures pénales en Europe. Le bon fonctionnement de l'état de droit doit garantir que tout Européen peut compter sur le fait qu'il bénéficiera d'un traitement juste et équitable devant la loi. Nous devons continuer à défendre et à conforter notre état de droit afin de promouvoir une foi inébranlable en nos systèmes judiciaires et en leur capacité à protéger tous nos citoyens et nos sociétés. » Vĕra Jourová, commissaire chargée de la justice, des consommateurs et de l'égalité des genres, a ajouté: « Les enfants méritent une protection particulière dans les procédures pénales. Avec ces nouvelles règles, nous veillons à ce que leur vie privée soit respectée ou à ce qu'ils soient détenus séparément des adultes. En outre, toute personne dans l'UE peut maintenant être assurée d'avoir accès à l'aide juridictionnelle si elle en a besoin. Justice doit certes être faite, mais nous devons aussi veiller à ce qu'elle le soit dans le respect intégral de nos valeurs et de nos droits fondamentaux. » Un communiqué de presse avec plus d'informations est disponible en ligne. (Pour plus d'informations: Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)

 

Le rapport de la Commission montre que des investissements ciblés et des politiques numériques robustes stimulent les performances des États membres  

La Commission européenne publie aujourd'hui les résultats de son Index sur l'économie et la société numériques (DESI) 2019, qui évalue les performances numériques globales de l'Europe et suit les progrès des pays de l'UE en matière de compétitivité numérique. L'une des principales conclusions de l'initiative DESI de cette année est que les pays qui ont affiché des objectifs ambitieux conformes à la stratégie de l'Union européenne pour un marché unique numérique et les ont associés à des investissements adaptés ont réalisé de meilleures performances dans un délai relativement bref. Cependant, le fait que les plus grandes économies de l'UE ne soient pas des pionniers du numérique indique que le processus de transformation numérique doit être accéléré pour que l'UE puisse rester compétitive au niveau mondial. Pour plus d'informations, voir ce communiqué de presse et les questions et réponses. Le rapport complet de DESI est disponible ici et les rapports de pays sont disponibles ici. (Pour plus d'informations: Nathalie Vandystadt - Tél.: +32 229 67083; Marietta Grammenou - Tél.: +32 229 83583)

 

Security Union: New rules closing information gaps become law

Today, the new rules to make EU security, migration and border management information systems work together in a more intelligent and targeted way enter into force. A political priority for 2018-2019, the interoperability measures will ensure that border guards and police officers have access to the right information whenever and wherever they need it to perform their duties. The new measures will help them detect identity fraud more easily while ensuring the highest standards of data protection and respect for fundamental rights. As of today, the eu-LISA Agency, responsible for the management of the large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice, can begin the work of developing the interoperability tools, which is expected to be complete by 2023. In the meantime, the Commission stands ready to assist Member States in implementing the Interoperability Regulations. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Katarzyna Kolanko – Tel.: +32 229 63444)

 

State aid: Commission approves prolongation of Greek bank guarantee scheme

The European Commission has authorised the prolongation of the Greek guarantee scheme for credit institutions until 30 November 2019 under EU State aid rules. The liquidity situation of the Greek banks is gradually improving, but challenges still remain. In this context, the Commission has found that the prolongation of the guarantee scheme is in line with EU State aid rules, i.e. the 2013 Banking Communication, in particular because the prolonged measure is targeted, proportionate and limited in time and scope. The Commission is authorising guarantee schemes on banks' liabilities for successive periods of six months in order to be able to monitor developments and adjust conditions accordingly. The scheme is available for banks with no capital shortfall. The Greek guarantee scheme was initially approved in November 2008. The authorisation of the scheme was prolonged several times, the last time in December 2018. More information will be available on the Commission's competitionwebsite, in the public case register under the case number SA.54332. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Giulia Astuti - Tel.: +32 229 55344)

  

 

STATEMENTS

 

 

The European Union marks the World Day against Child Labour

For the World Day against Child Labour which takes place tomorrow, 12 June, the High Representative and the European Commission issued the following statement: "Today, an estimated 152 million children are victims of child labour worldwide. These 152 million children are being denied their right to have access to education and to a safe living environment. On the occasion of the World Day against Child Labour, the European Union […] reiterates its strong commitment towards guaranteeing the fundamental human rights of every child […]. This year, as we mark the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, […] the need to see more results towards eliminating child labour is even more blatant. Prioritising the fight against child labour in all relevant sectors and policies […] is key to reach the 2025 UN target. We are taking action using all the tools at our disposal, ranging from development cooperation, political and human rights dialogues, to social and trade policies. We engage together with our UN partners, civil society organisations as well as the private business sector to raise awareness about this issue and to develop regional strategies tackling trans-border child labour. Our overarching aim is to fight against all its forms throughout the supply chains through initiatives like the "Clear Cotton on the Elimination of Child Labour and Forced Labour in the Cotton, Textile and Garment Value Chains". […] We also contribute to the protection of children in conflicts, including in Syria and Yemen. We continuously increase our funding of Education in Emergencies, having reached 10% of the EU's humanitarian aid budget in 2019. We support our partners creating social protection floors and quality education legislations to help abolish child labour […]. The EU will continue to be a champion in the fight for children's rights worldwide in order to build a better present and a better future for the young generations." The full statement is available here. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570)

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

EU promotes sustainable fisheries in the Mediterranean at high-level conference on MedFish4Ever initiatives

The countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea will meet today, 11 June, and tomorrow, 12 June, in Marrakech, Morocco, for the high-level conference of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean on restoring healthy fisheries in this important sea basin. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, who is representing the Commission at the conference, said: “Fisheries are a source of food and livelihoods for thousands in the Mediterranean. This is why two years ago, together with our partners, we delivered the MedFish4Ever Declaration setting political commitments to turn around the struggling and critical state of most fish stocks. We have made significant and concrete progress towards delivering our ambition to achieve sustainable fisheries. We must keep up the direction and the speed, committing to do even more in the coming years”. Adopted in 2017, the Declaration sets in motion a new drive towards sustainable development of Mediterranean fisheries and aquaculture. Riparian countries have committed to a roadmap with concrete actions for the coming 10 years, and significant progress has since been achieved, including ambitious fisheries management measures, protection of biodiversity, improved research and control, and a stepped-up fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU). All these achievements were possible thanks to close regional cooperation as well as to the reinforced capacities in the EU and in the neighbouring countries of the Mediterranean region. Despite improvements in fisheries management, the Mediterranean remains in a critical state and further action is urgently needed to secure the future of fishing communities. In order not to lose momentum, the high-level conference will take stock of the common achievements and renew the commitment to live up to the full promises of MedFish4Ever. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 2 295 61 72; Ana Crespo Parrondo – Tel.: +32 2 298 13 25)

 

Commissioner Thyssen participates in first ever EU-Western Balkans Ministerial meeting on employment and social affairs

Tomorrow, 12 June, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, will participate in the first EU-Western Balkans Ministerial meeting on employment and social affairs, taking place in Luxembourg. The meeting is organised jointly by the European Commission, the Romanian Presidency of the Council and the upcoming Finnish and Croatian Presidencies, and will bring together the Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs of the Western Balkans. The aim of this meeting, which is expected to take place on a yearly basis as of now, is to have an exchange of views regarding challenges to employment and social reforms that benefit all citizens in the region. The Ministerial meeting will be followed by a stakeholder conference on Thursday 13 June, also in Luxembourg. During that conference, social partners and representatives of the civil society from the Western Balkans and the EU will discuss their role and contribution to employment and social policy development and implementation. More information on the Ministerial meeting and the stakeholder conference can be found here. The Ministerial meeting and stakeholder conference are part of the follow-up of the Commission's Western Balkans Strategy of February 2018. (For more information: Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)

 

Commissioner Bieńkowska to attend the 10th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

Tomorrow, 12 June, Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska will participate in the 10th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region 2019 in Gdańsk, Poland. Together with high-level government representatives, academia and businesses she will discuss the role of the circular economy as a key driver to a clean and healthy Baltic Sea and the importance of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, a macro-regional cooperation framework, in facilitating it.  As the Commissioner responsible for EU macro-regional strategies, Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: “The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region gathers eight countries and 80 million citizens who work together to find joint solutions to common challenges, for the prosperity and sustainability of their region.” Commissioner Bieńkowska, responsible for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs added: “The EU has been actively promoting sustainability and supporting the transition to a more circular economy. Three years ago, we put forward a Circular Economy Action Plan which can now be considered as completed. We also presented a first ever EU-wide Plastics Strategy. Both of these provide new tools to protect the environment of the Baltic Sea. We need to work together to make the best use of them.” The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is the first of four macro-regional strategies and includes Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. The Strategy helps to mobilise EU funding and policies and coordinate actions to promote sustainable development of the Baltic Sea Region. (For more information: Christian Spahr – Tel.: +32 2 295 00 55; Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Andreana Stankova – Tel.: +32 2 295 78 57)

 

 

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

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