EXME 13 / 13.02
Midday Express of 2013-02-13
News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne
The European Commission proposed today new rules to improve the safety of consumer products circulating in the Single Market and to step-up market surveillance concerning all non-food products, including those imported from 3rd countries. This will contribute both to strengthening consumer protection and to creating a level playing field for businesses. Unsafe products should not reach consumers or other users and their improved identification and traceability will be a key improvement that will help to take them quickly out of the market. Once adopted by the European Parliament and by the Council the new rules will be enforced by the national market surveillance authorities in the Member States which will benefit from strengthened cooperation and enhanced tools to carry out controls.
In December 2012 compared with November 2012, seasonally adjusted industrial production grew by 0.7% in the euro area (EA17) and by 0.5% in the EU27. In November production fell by 0.7% and 0.6% respectively. In December 2012 compared with December 2011, industrial production decreased by 2.4% in the euro area and by 2.3% in the EU27.
The economic slowdown observed in the EU since the beginning of the financial crisis is also visible in the evolution of energy consumption. Gross inland energy consumption in the EU27 fell from a level of 1 800 million tonnes of oil equivalent (toe) in 2008, to 1 700 mn toe in 2009, increased to 1 760 mn toe in 2010 and then fell again to 1 700 mn toe in 2011. Between 2008 and 2011, energy consumption in the EU27 has decreased by 6%. The energy dependence rate, defined as net imports divided by gross consumption, and which shows the extent to which a country is dependent on energy imports, was 54% in the EU27 in 2011, nearly stable since 2008.
European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries visits Ukraine
The European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki will visit the Ukraine on Thursday 14 February 2013 for a series of discussions on Black Sea regional cooperation in the field of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. In Kiev, Ms Damanaki will meet with the Ukrainian Prime minister, with the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Ecology, the Minister for Infrastructures and the Chairman of the State Agency for Fisheries.
Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle and Georgian Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alexandre Petriashvili signed the Financing Agreement totalling €20 million in Tbilisi today to support the reform process in Georgia.
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