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Daily News – 14.05.2019

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Daily News 14 / 05 / 2019

Brussels, 14 May 2019

Eastern Partnership: President Juncker opens 10th anniversary celebratory conference

President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, this morning delivered the keynote speech to open the Eastern Partnership 10th Anniversary High-Level Conference.“The Eastern Partnership is fundamentally a partnership for the citizens and with the citizens; firmly focussed on what is important for them. Together we are working towards stronger economies, stronger governance, stronger connectivity and stronger societies”, said President Juncker. “We have put in place ambitious Association Agreements and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine and citizens of these countries also benefit from visa free travel for short stays in the EU. 125,000 loans have been provided to businesses in the Eastern Partnership, of which half are in local currency, and we have contributed to the creation of over 30,000 jobs in the region. And our trade has increased with each of the six Eastern Partnership countries, which together are the EU's 10th trading partner. I would like us to continue to focus on the content of what we believe we should do together so that our Partnership can keep its promises.” The Conference, which brings together Heads of State or Government and Foreign Ministers of the partner countries, Foreign Ministers of the European Union Member States, civil society representatives, business leaders, young people and journalists from across the 34 countries, not only celebrates the Partnership's successes, but is providing a forum for discussions on its future strategic direction. The Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, and the Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, are also participating. Live coverage of the entire conference is provided by Europe by Satellite. Factsheets on the top 10 achievements of the Eastern Partnership as well as the EU's relations with the six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine) are available online. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Adam Kaznowski – Tel.: +32 229 89359; Alceo Smerilli – Tel.: +32 229 64887)


Security Union: The EU closes gaps between information systems for security, borders and migration management

Today, the Council adopted the Commission's proposal to close important security gaps by making EU information systems for security, migration and border management work together in a more intelligent and targeted way. 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. Welcoming the adoption, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos said: “An effective and genuine Security Union is about ensuring that national authorities and EU Agencies can cooperate seamlessly by connecting the dots between our migration, border and security information systems. Today, we are putting in place a critical pillar of this project, giving border guards and police officers the right tools to protect European citizens". Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King added: “With interoperability today becoming a legal reality, the blind spots that exist in our information systems will soon be eliminated. Those working in the frontline to keep EU citizens safe, police officers and border guards, will have efficient access to the information they need, when they need it. And criminals will no longer be able to easily slip through the net.” Today's adoption marks the final step in the legislative procedure. The text of the Regulation will now be published in the Official Journal of the European Union and enter into force 20 days later. EU-LISA, the EU Agency responsible for the operational management of large-scale information systems in the area of freedom, security and justice will then begin the technical work of implementing the interoperability measures. This work is expected to be complete by 2023. The Commission also stands ready to assist Member States in implementing the Regulation. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Katarzyna Kolanko – Tel.: +32 229 63444).


Education in Emergencies: EU announces record humanitarian funding for 2019 and launches #RaiseYourPencil Campaign

The European Commission has announced today an unprecedented €164 million for Education in Emergencies projects in 2019. Commissioner Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, announced the new funding at the #School4All High-Level-Event on Education in Emergencies in Brussels. Commissioner Stylianides said: "Education in emergencies is an absolute priority for the European Union. Since 2015, our support has increased from 1% of the European humanitarian budget in 2015 to 10% in 2019. The European Union is leading by example. It is a global champion of education in emergencies. We are making a concrete investment to peace by helping every child get access to school, anywhere and at all times. Education is the foundation for everything else. It is a protective shield against violence, sexual exploitation, or radicalisation, especially in humanitarian crises. It makes children feel safe and provides them with opportunities for a brighter future." Thanks to EU funding, over 6.5 million girls, boys and teachers in 55 crisis-affected countries have benefitted between 2015-2018 from better access to quality education and training since the European Union increased support for children caught up in humanitarian crises.Together with international and Belgian celebrities as well as around 400 students, the Commission has launched the #RaiseYourPencil Campaign to raise awareness and solidarity among young Europeans. The press release is available online. (For more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140)


Commission appoints Mauro Ferrari as next President of the European Research Council

The European Commission has today appointed Professor Mauro Ferrari as the next President of the European Research Council (ERC), responsible for funding investigator-driven frontier scientific research in Europe. Professor Ferrari will take up his new role as of 1 January 2020, when the mandate of current President Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon ends. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "The ERC has a global reputation for funding excellent, curiosity-driven research. Professor Mauro Ferrari is internationally renowned for his outstanding interdisciplinary academic career. With his understanding of the societal value of science, his strong leadership and exceptional communication skills, Prof. Ferrari is the right person to take the ERC and European science to new heights. I would also like to pay tribute to President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, who has led the ERC from strength to strength." Professor Ferrari, incoming President of the European Research Council, added: “It is an honour to have been chosen to serve as the next President of the European Research Council. I would like to thank the European Commission as well as the ERC Scientific Council for placing its confidence in me to lead this unique endeavour as we prepare the ground for the EU's new Horizon Europe programme.” The Commission's decision follows a competitive selection procedure led by a high-level Search Committee. Professor Ferrari has a distinguished academic career, including many years in the United States, during which he contributed to multiple fields including mathematics, engineering, medicine and biology, and helped pioneer the field of nanomedicine. More information about the appointment and the European Research Council in general can be found in a press release in all EU languages and on the ERC's website. (For more information: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: + 32 229 56182; Victoria von Hammerstein – Tel.: +32 229 55040)


A Europe that Protects: EU Agency on drugs is recognised as a hub of excellence in Europe and internationally

Today, the Commission published a report positively evaluating the work of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), the EU Agency on drugs. The report confirms that, over the period 2013 to 2018, the Agency continued to be widely recognised as a true hub of scientific excellence in Europe and internationally, providing factual, objective, reliable and comparable data at European level on drugs, drug addiction and their consequences. This data supports evidence-based policy making on drug control at EU level, and is also widely used by international stakeholders, researchers and practitioners. Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos commented: “The EU Drugs Agency has become a genuine European hub of excellence on the increasingly transnational challenge of drug use and abuse, helping us make more informed and more effective policies at both national and EU level to counter the threats and harms associated with it. I hope in the future the Agency can further improve what it does already both within Europe and beyond in order to meet the challenges ahead.” The Agency is successfully monitoring emerging threats and trends, a key aspect given that drug demand and supply are part of a dynamic and constantly changing landscape. It continues to play a leading role in the early detection and monitoring of new psychoactive substances, which can cause extremely serious health and social harms, including acute intoxications and deaths. Among the areas for improvements identified in the report, the Agency could further develop its work on monitoring supply-side and poly-drug issues, increase its visibility with practitioners and the general public, and enhance its cooperation with international organisations. The evaluation report, as well as an accompanying staff working document providing more detailed information, are available online. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Katarzyna Kolanko – Tel.: +32 229 63444)


European Commission to harmonise the last pioneer frequency band needed for 5G deployment

The European Commission adopted today the Implementing Decision to harmonise the 26 GHz frequency band for wireless networks, which is a big leap towards the deployment of 5G across Europe. The decision finalises the EU-wide coordination of all three pioneer bands (700 MHz, 3.6 GHz and 26 GHz) needed for 5G rollout in the Member States. The harmonisation of radio spectrum waves are the basis for cross-border wireless communication services and it sets common technical conditions for use of these bands. In particular, the availability of the 26 GHz band will help the deployment of innovative services such as high-definition video communication, as well as virtual and augmented reality. The harmonisation of the 26 GHz band across Europe must be completed in all Member States by the end of March 2020 while effective use of at least 1 GHz of this band will follow by the end of 2020 the latest. 5G will be rolled out first in major cities and along important transport paths, as well as industrial sites. Better spectrum coordination together with the implementation of the European Electronic Communications Code, will help to meet future connectivity needs of the European digital economy and society. Further details on spectrum harmonisation are available here as well as in the factsheet. More information on 5G for Europe Action Plan is available here and on 5G cybersecurity here. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 229 58615; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)


Energy Charter Treaty: Commission asks for mandate to negotiate modernisation of investment provisions

The Commission today adopted a draft mandate to engage on behalf of the European Union in the negotiations  to modernise the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), a plurilateral trade and investment agreement applicable to the energy sector to which the EU is part. These negotiations aim to revise the provisions of the Treaty in a way to reflect the EU's reformed approach on investment protection and achieve greater legal certainty and clarity of the rules applicable to the protection of foreign investments. Among other elements, the Commission recommends the inclusion of an explicit provision on the right of States to regulate, a closed list of circumscribed cases constituting a breach of fair and equitable treatment, more clearly defined rules on expropriation and stronger provisions on sustainable development, climate change and the clean energy transition. As part of its commitment to transparency, the Commission is publishing its draft proposal, at the same time as submitting it to EU Member States for adoption. For more information, see a news item, Commission's proposal and other resources on EU modern investment protection approach. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: +32 229 56185; Kinga Malinowska – Tel: +32 229 51383)


Agriculture : la Commission accorde plus de flexibilité sur la date limite pour les demandes de paiements directs

Prenant en compte les demandes des Etats Membres, la Commission européenne a adopté aujourd'hui la décision de prolonger d'un mois la période de dépôt de dossier pour les agriculteurs ayant droit aux aides au revenu et à certaines aides sous le développement rural de la Politique Agricole Commune (PAC). Les États Membres pourront donc choisir sur base de volontariat de repousser la date limite du 15 mai au 15 juin 2019. Le Commissaire à l'agriculture Phil Hogan a déclaré : « Cette possibilité de prolongation devrait pouvoir permettre à tous les agriculteurs de l'Union européenne de soumettre leur dossier à temps et de recevoir les aides dont ils peuvent bénéficier sous la PAC. Je me dois cependant de rappeler que les États Membres qui décident de repousser la date limite doivent s'assurer du bon respect de toutes les règles de contrôle budgétaire." Tous les ans, les agriculteurs européens déposent leur dossier afin de pouvoir recevoir les aides proposées par la PAC. C'est ensuite aux administrations nationales de traiter les dossiers, d'assurer les contrôles nécessaires et de procéder aux paiements de ces aides qui sont ensuite remboursées par la Commission avec le budget européen. Plus d'informations générales sur la PAC sont disponibles en ligne.(Pour plus d'informations: Daniel Rosario – Tél.: +32 229 56185; Clémence Robin – Tél: +32 229 52509)


Digital Single Market: The Commission invests in boosting EU's cybersecurity resilience

The European Commission launched yesterday a new  call for tenders to support the Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs Network), created by the Directive on security of network and information system (NIS Directive), the first EU-wide cybersecurity rules which enable national authorities and market operators to better tackle cyber threats. With a budget of €2.5 million funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme, this new call comes shortly after a previous call of €1.5 million aimed to support essential services, such as health, water, digital infrastructures and transport sectors. A further tender will be published shortly to help national competent authorities increase their cooperation under the NIS directive (NIS Cooperation Group). In total €5.5 million is being invested in 2019, via calls for tenders, to step up European cybersecurity readiness and facilitate the sharing of information and cooperation among all the cybersecurity key players that are defined by the NIS Directive. In addition, a call for grants will be launched on 4 July 2019 with a budget of €10 million, to help European public administrations and businesses strengthen their cyber resilience. Altogether, by 2020 over €60 million will have been invested on cybersecurity deployments through the Connecting Europe Facility programme. Furthermore, the Commission proposed to invest €2 billion to boost the EU's cybersecurity strategic equipment and infrastructure as part of the future Digital Europe programme for 2021-2027. For more information about the EU's actions on Cybersecurity see here and for the NIS Directive and its implementation here. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Johannes Bahrke – Tel. +32 229 58615; Marietta Grammenou – Tel. +32 229 83583; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)


Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into Insurance Ireland data pooling system

The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Insurance Ireland to assess whether the conditions of access to its Insurance Link data pooling system may restrict competition, in breach of EU rules. Insurance Ireland is an association bringing together several member companies active in the insurance sector in Ireland. Insurance Ireland administers and makes available to its member companies the Insurance Link database. The member companies contribute insurance claims data to the database on an ongoing basis. The stated purpose of the system is to facilitate the detection of potentially fraudulent behaviour by insurance claimants and to ensure the accuracy of information provided by potential customers to insurance companies and/or their agents. The participation in and access to a data pool by insurance service providers may directly benefit consumers in terms of ensuring more suitable products and competitive prices. In the case of Insurance Ireland, the Commission's investigation will assess, in particular, whether the conditions imposed on companies wishing to participate in and access the Insurance Link database may have had the effect of placing these companies at a competitive disadvantage on the Irish motor insurance market in comparison to companies already having access to the database. If proven, the practices under investigation may breach EU competition rules, which prohibit agreements between companies that prevent, restrict or distort competition within the EU's Single Market (Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)). The opening of the formal investigation follows inspections carried out in July 2017 in the Irish motor insurance market. The Commission will now carry out its in-depth investigation as a matter of priority. The opening of a formal investigation does not prejudge its outcome. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Insurance is essential for all car drivers in Europe. We are investigating whether companies wishing to offer their services on the Irish motor insurance market may have been unfairly prevented from accessing a data pool managed by Insurance Ireland for its member companies. This could potentially reduce Irish drivers' choice of motor insurance policies at competitive prices." More information on the investigation will be available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number AT.40511. The full press release is available online. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni - Tel.: +32 229 90526)


Mergers: Commission clears the acquisition of joint control over VTG by OMERS Infrastructure and Morgan Stanley

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of joint control over VTG Aktiengesellschaft (“VTG”) of Germany by OMERS Infrastructure European Holdings B.V. (“OMERS Infrastructure”) of the Netherlands and Morgan Stanley of the US. VTG is a wagon hire and rail logistics provider. OMERS Infrastructure is the European investment platform for infrastructure investments for OMERS Administration Corporation of Canada, which manages a diversified global portfolio of stocks and bonds as well as real estate, infrastructure and private equity investments for a Canadian pension plan. Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns because of the limited impact on the market. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.9348. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni - Tel.: +32 229 90526)


Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of CH&CO by Equistone

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of CH & CO Catering Group (Holdings) Limited ("CH&CO") by Equistone Partners Europe Limited ("Equistone"), both of the UK.  CH&CO provides contract catering services and concession foodservices in the UK. Equistone is a private equity investment firm supporting middle market companies in the UK, France, Germany and Switzerland. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns because of the absence of significant horizontal overlaps or vertical links between the companies. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.9313. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni - Tel.: +32 229 90526) 


Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of MEDIA Central by Bregal Unternehmerkapital

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of MEDIA Central Gesellschaft für Handelskommunikation und Marketing mbH (“MEDIA Central”) of Germany by Bregal Unternehmerkapital II LP, Bregal Unternehmerkapital II Feeder LP and Bregal Unternehmerkapital II-A SCSp (together “Bregal Unternehmerkapital”) of Jersey and Luxemburg. MEDIA Central is a provider of advertising and marketing services for trading companies. Bregal Unternehmerkapital is an investment fund. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns as the transaction does not create any horizontal or vertical overlaps between the companies. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.9358. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni - Tel.: +32 229 90526) 


Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Hansol Denmark and R+S Group by Iconex

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Hansol Denmark ApS of Denmark and R+S Group GmbH of Germany by Iconex LLC of the US. Both Hansol Denmark and the R+S Group are active in the conversion and supply of lightweight thermal paper for various end-products including receipt paper rolls (“converted rolls”) and self-adhesive labels. Iconex is also active in the conversion and supply of lightweight thermal paper for various end-products including converted rolls, printer consumables and self-adhesive labels. The Commission found that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, given that a number of strong alternative suppliers would remain available to customers after the transaction, there is spare capacity in the industry and barriers to entry on the market for the supply of converted rolls are low. The operation was examined under the normal merger review procedure. More information will be available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.9293. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni - Tel.: +32 229 90526) 


Eurostat: La production industrielle en baisse de 0,3% dans la zone euro, baisse de 0,1% dans l'UE28 (mars 2019 comparé à février 2019)

En mars 2019 par rapport à février 2019, la production industrielle corrigée des variations saisonnières a diminué de 0,3% dans la zone euro (ZE19) et de 0,1% dans l'UE28, selon les estimations d'Eurostat, l'office statistique de l'Union européenne. En février 2019, la production industrielle avait diminué de 0,1% dans la zone euro et était restée stable dans l'UE28. En mars 2019 par rapport à mars 2018, la production industrielle a diminué de 0,6% dans la zone euro, tandis qu'elle a augmenté de 0,4% dans l'UE28. Un communiqué de presse est disponible en ligne. (Pour plus d'informations: Lucía Caudet - Tél.: +32 229 56182; Victoria Von Hammerstein – Tél.: +32 229 55040)



Le président Juncker à Paris pour la réunion du « Christchurch Call »

Le président de la Commission européenne Jean-Claude Juncker se rendra à Paris demain pour participer à la réunion du « Christchurch Call ». Le président Juncker participera à une réunion avec les chefs d'État ou de gouvernement et les dirigeants de sociétés technologiques, qui sera organisée conjointement par le président de la République française, Emmanuel Macron, et la Première ministre de la Nouvelle-Zélande, Jacinda Ardern. Suite à la tragédie qui s'est déroulée à Christchurch, en Nouvelle-Zélande, en mars dernier, les dirigeants discuteront des mesures opérationnelles pour lutter contre le contenu terroriste en ligne. La réunion sera l'occasion de débattre des efforts entrepris au niveau européen, notamment des travaux du Forum de l'UE sur l'internet, d'Europol, ainsi que des propositions de la Commission européenne visant à supprimer du web les contenus à caractère terroriste en l'espace d'une heure, annoncées par le président Juncker dans son discours sur l'état de l'Unionen 2018. (Pour plus d'informations: Natasha Bertaud – Tél.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tél.: +32 229 86764; Katarzyna Kolanko – Tél.: +32 229 63444)


Vice-President Ansip travelling to Paris for G7 meeting

Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip will be in Paris tomorrow to attend the G7 digital ministerial meeting. At the G7 meeting, Vice-President Ansip will attend the working session on strengthening international cooperation on a human-centric artificial intelligence, the working lunch on online harms, as well as the afternoon session on building trust in data-driven technologies and digital infrastructures. The Vice-President will meet at the sidelines of the event France's State Secretary for the Digital Economy, Cédric O. He will later hold bilateral meetings with New Zealand's Minister for Broadcasting Communications and Digital Media, Hon Kris Faafoi and the UK's Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Wright. In the evening, Vice-President Ansip will participate in the “Tech for Good” dinner, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 229 58615; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)


Vice-President Šefčovič joins U.S. President Trump in opening an LNG export terminal 

In the Joint EU-US Statementof July 2018 agreed by President Jean-Claude Juncker and U.S. President Donald Trump, it was decided to strengthen strategic transatlantic cooperation on energy. In particular, the European Union expressed its ambition to import more liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States to diversify its energy supply. In the end of April U.S. liquefied natural gas exports to the EU were up by 272% It is in this context that on Tuesday 14 May, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič in charge of the Energy Union will join the President of the United States Donald Trump in getting a first-hand look at the Cameron LNG export terminal in Hackberry in the U.S. State of Louisiana, which is expected to launch first shipment in the second half of this year. “Transatlantic cooperation on LNG is a perfect match. Europe has an attractive, well-integrated gas market that is ready to welcome more competitively priced LNG from the US. By doing so, we will significantly boost Europe's energy security as well as open new business opportunities on both sides,” said Vice-President Šefčovič ahead of the visit, recalling that Europe's LNG import capacity stands at 210 billion cubic meters, about half of our gas consumption. On Wednesday 15 May, Vice-President Šefčovič will hold a roundtable discussion on the European and global geopolitics of energy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and will meet representatives of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. The visit will conclude with bilateral talks with Larry Kudlow, Director of the National Economic Council under President Trump's Administration. (For more information: Anca Paduraru – Tel.: +32 229 91269; Lynn Rietdorf – Tel.: +32 229 74959)


Commissioner Navracsics travels to Bucharest for ASEM Education Ministerial

Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, will be in Bucharest on 15 and 16 May for the 7th Asia-Europe Education Ministers' Meeting. Held every two years, the ASEM education talks are a key forum for the EU, allowing for informal dialogue and exchange of best practices between European and Asian countries. The theme of this year's meeting is “Connecting education: inclusion, mobility and excellence in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.”  The Commissioner will give one of the introductory speeches. Ahead of the event, he said: “I am proud to have contributed to increasing cooperation between Asia and Europe in the field of education. Since 2015, the Erasmus+ programme has funded around 24,000 students and staff from ASEM countries to come to Europe, and 16,000 students and staff from Europe to travel to ASEM countries. These types of people-to-people contacts are crucial for cross-cultural dialogue and awareness.” The Commissioner will also take part in a breakfast roundtable on 15 May with students from ASEM Member Countries in the context of the 7th Asia-Europe Foundation Rectors' Conference and Students' Forum. The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an intergovernmental process established in 1996 to foster dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe. Presently it comprises 53 partners, 30 European and 21 Asian countries, the EU and the ASEAN Secretariat. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Joseph Waldstein - Tel.: +32 229 56184)


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