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Daily News – 14.06.2010

EXME 10 / 14.06

Midday Express of 2010-06-14

News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

European Investment Bank and European Commission to explore EU climate finance initiative

European Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and European Investment Bank (EIB) President Philippe Maystadt agreed on Monday to explore a joint climate finance initiative for developing countries as part of the European Union commitment made at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen last December. During talks at EIB headquarters in Luxembourg, they also welcomed a political agreement reached in mobilising finance for carbon capture and storage (CCS) and innovative renewable energy technologies in the EU through the NER (New Entrants Reserve) 300 initiative.

Les applications spatiales: un marché à prendre

Le plan d’action relatif aux applications GNSS (système mondial de radionavigation par satellite) de la Commission européenne a été adopté aujourd'hui. Il vise à mettre l'industrie européenne, à l'aide de ses propres programmes de navigation par satellite, Galileo et EGNOS (Système européen de navigation par recouvrement géostationnaire), en tête du marché mondial des applications en aval, estimé à quelque 100 milliards d'euros. EGNOS, le système européen de renforcement satellitaire qui prépare la voie à Galileo, est en service depuis le 1er octobre 2009. Il peut fournir des signaux de navigation par satellite renforcés, dix fois plus précis que ceux du système GPS. D'importantes perspectives commerciales et de recherche s'offrent aux universités, aux concepteurs et aux fabricants en Europe, qui pourront ainsi innover, développer ou vendre des applications basées sur cette technologie de pointe.

Plan d'action de l'UE en faveur des oiseaux de mer: la Commission demande aux parties prenantes d'intervenir pour enrichir le débat

Les oiseaux de mer guident souvent les pêcheurs vers des zones de pêche productives; en contrepartie, les activités de pêche leur permettent généralement d'obtenir facilement un repas. Un arrangement intéressant pour toutes les parties, pourrait-on penser. Or il n'en est rien. En effet, les oiseaux risquent de se faire prendre dans les engins de pêche et d'en mourir. Pour tenter de régler ce problème, la Commission européenne propose un plan d'action européen pour limiter ces captures accidentelles d'oiseaux de mer, qui vise à réduire autant que possible l'interaction entre ces oiseaux et les engins de pêche. L'initiative devrait profiter tant aux pêcheurs qu'aux oiseaux de mer parce qu'elle devrait réduire, voire supprimer, les conséquences environnementales de la pêche et, concomitamment limiter l'effet des oiseaux de mer sur la productivité et la rentabilité des opérations de pêche.

Annual meeting of the European Court of Auditors and the European Commission

The annual meeting between the European Court of Auditors and the European Commission takes place in Luxembourg today. This year’s meeting is particularly significant, as both institutions have welcomed new Members in 2010. It will be an occasion to strengthen relations between the two institutions and develop a common understanding on the best way to facilitate access to EU funding while ensuring that public money is spent wisely in accordance with the rules. On the occasion President Caldeira will inform the Commission of the recent internal reforms at the Court. Among the points on the agenda for discussion are the Commission’s recent proposals to review the Financial Regulation and introduce more balance between the costs and benefits of controls, and a reflection on the future budget discharge process. Both institutions agree that priority should be placed on further reducing errors by simplifying eligibility rules, developing a genuine risk-based cost-effective control strategy, and strengthening transparency and accountability. This approach would help to ensure that EU funds are spent in a way that delivers value for money for EU citizens, which is particularly important in view of the current economic situation. In this respect, the Court will outline its view on the key risks and challenges in improving EU financial management. President Barroso will also present to the Members of the Court the new Europe 2020 Strategy, which will be discussed by the European Council later this week.

Industrial production up by 0.8% in euro area

In April 2010 compared with March 2010, seasonally adjusted industrial production grew by 0.8% in the euro area (EA16) and by 0.5% in the EU27. In March production increased by 1.5% and 1.4% respectively.In April 2010 compared with April 2009, industrial production increased by 9.5% in the euro area and by 7.8% in the EU27. These estimates are released by Eurostat.


Joint statement by High Representative / Vice President Catherine Ashton and Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström on the release of Max Göldi

"We welcome the release of Swiss businessman Max Göldi from prison. We hope that Mr Göldi will be able to return very soon to Switzerland, to join his family and return to a normal life. His prompt return to his home country would be an important step on the way towards the resolution of the bilateral crisis between Libya and Switzerland. We are convinced that dialogue and positive gestures by both sides are key to resolving bilateral disputes. We want to take this opportunity to commend both Spain and Germany for their efforts to help successfully resolve this case"

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