EXME 10 / 13.04
Midday Express of 2010-04-13
News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communication
A Joint Customs Operation code-named Matthew II has led to the seizure of more than 16 million cigarettes, 241 kilograms of tobacco products, 6 400 liters of alcohol, 20 tons of counterfeit perfumes, 53.418 other counterfeit items such as bags, coats, scarves, wallets, and 1.515,75 kilograms of cannabis entering the EU by road via its eastern border. During the operational phase, additional seizures of more than 25 million cigarettes also took place in some EU ports.
La Commission européenne a lancé aujourd'hui un appel de propositions d'une valeur de 35 millions d'EUR pour des projets en matière d'éco innovation qui seront financés au titre du programme-cadre pour la compétitivité (CIP). Dans le cadre de l'appel de propositions CIP Éco innovation 2010, des fonds peuvent être octroyés en faveur de nouveaux projets ayant trait au recyclage des matériaux, aux matériaux de construction durables, aux aliments et boissons et aux pratiques commerciales écologiques. Les soumissions des petites entreprises qui proposent des produits ou services écologiques et ont besoin d'assistance pour pénétrer les marchés sont particulièrement bienvenues. L'appel s'ouvre aujourd'hui et se termine le 9 septembre 2010. Quelque 50 projets pourraient être choisis pour bénéficier d'un financement.
Monthly Labour Market Monitor April 2010
The labour market in the EU is continuing to deteriorate at a moderate pace, though we are starting to see more consistent signs of stabilisation in some Member States – according to the latest Monthly Labour Market Monitor from the European Commission. Rises in the unemployment rate eased in most EU countries, with only Latvia recording a steep increase, while the rate stabilised in several countries, including Germany and the UK. As the economic recovery is still facing headwinds, latest forecasts suggest that the EU labour market will just level off during 2010. This month’s edition of the Monitor focuses on recent developments in the ICT and retail sectors. See http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=120&langId=en
Net neutrality - internet users' interests must be respected
In her first speech on internet neutrality, European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes will this afternoon indicate that "Internet users should be able to access and distribute the content, services and applications they want. Content providers and network operators should have the right incentives and opportunities to keep investing and innovating. If further regulation is required to achieve this, it would have to be based on specific justifications.". Vice-President Kroes will explain that many of the critical issues arising from the net neutrality debate are addressed in the new telecoms legislation adopted in 2009 and in the forthcoming Next Generation Access Recommendation, and that it is not clear to her at this stage that there is a need for additional regulatory intervention in Europe. In particular, the 2009 EU telecoms legislation already (i) requires Member States' National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) to promote “the ability of end-users to access and distribute information or run applications and services of their choice”, (ii) allows NRAs to set minimum quality of service requirements if there is a problem and (iii) provides strong transparency measures, e.g. on operators' traffic management systems. Moreover, the forthcoming Next Generation Access Recommendation will provide a clear regulatory framework to foster investments in new efficient and open networks. This should favour competition between operators to provide the best service, in terms of capacity, speed and constancy, to content-providers and consumers on the best terms. Nevertheless, in order to ensure that all aspects of the complex issues raised in the net neutrality debate are addressed, Vice-President Kroes will announce her intention to launch a large-scale public consultation before the summer, to take forward the debate about management of the internet in Europe. See SPEECH/10/153 - EMBARGO 14.30 CET
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