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Daily News – 14.06.2011

EXME 11 / 14.06

Midday Express of 2011-06-14

News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

Conférence internationale sur le thème "produits de base et matières premières: défis et réponses politiques"

Mardi 14 juin, la Commission organise une conférence majeure sur le thème "produits de base et matières premières: défis et réponses politiques". Le Président de la Commission européenne, José Manuel Barroso, ainsi que le Président de la République française, M. Nicolas Sarkozy, prononceront chacun un discours entre 11h00 et 11h30. Le Vice-président de la Commission Tajani, et les Commissaires Cioloş, Oettinger, Barnier, Rehn et de Gucht participeront également à l'événement. Alors que les discussions sur les produits de base et matières premières se poursuivent au sein du G20, les participants de la conférence se pencheront sur les causes de la volatilité des prix et notamment sur le rôle des marchés. L'enjeu est de trouver la meilleure manière pour les pays européens de garantir un approvisionnement sécurisé. Il sera également mis en lumière le type de réponses politiques qui pourraient être nécessaires au G20 ainsi qu'à l'OMC et dans d'autres organisations internationales. La conférence se déroulera dans le bâtiment Charlemagne, de 9h45 à 18h15, et sera retransmise en direct sur EbS+. Plus:

Commission launches search for European Green Capital 2014

Will your city be the next European Green Capital? Today the search to find the city that will inherit the prestigious title in 2014 begins. Four cities – Stockholm, Hamburg, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Nantes – have been awarded the title so far, from 2010 to 2013 respectively. The European Green Capital Award recognizes and rewards cities that are at the forefront of environmentally-friendly urban living and which can act as role-models to inspire other cities. The annual award is intended to help European cities become more attractive and healthy places – “fit for life”.

European Commission seeks views on detention in the EU's area of justice

Europeans must have confidence that they will be treated to similar standards of protection no matter where they are in the European Union. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding presented a Green Paper today asking 10 questions on how to strengthen mutual trust in the field of detention. Detention conditions and periods vary widely between EU countries. While national governments are solely responsible for detention issues and prison management, it is the European Commission's role to make sure judicial cooperation in the EU works and fundamental rights are respected when EU mutual recognition instruments – such as the European Arrest Warrant – are implemented.

Spectrum must be backbone of internet revolution, not the bottleneck

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, today called for "intelligent and coherent" use of radio frequency spectrum - essential for wireless broadband deployment - across Europe. Such infrastructure is a key part of providing the "digital oxygen" without which the internet revolution cannot flourish. Setting out her vision for efficient, flexible and competitive spectrum usage, she urged the EU's Council and Parliament to quickly adopt an ambitious Radio Spectrum Policy Programme. She stressed in particular the need to urgently free up sufficient spectrum for wireless broadband. She also underlined the importance of having an EU-wide inventory and review of current spectrum use to ensure coherence and efficiency. And she urged the EU to speak with one voice in international fora like the forthcoming World Radiocommunications Conference. Noting the approach being taken by the US and Asia, she warned that "Europe is taking part in a global game. And we are at risk of being outclassed by the other players".

Commission proposes to revamp rules to protect EU workers from harmful electromagnetic fields

A proposal to update and improve EU rules to protect workers from electromagnetic fields in their daily tasks has just been put forward by the European Commission. The rules are to protect workers like doctors and nurses giving patients magnetic resonance imaging scans (MRI), people working with radar, welders and workers reparing power lines. The proposal would replace the current Directive ( 2004/40/EC).

"You name it" competition for the new Common Strategic Framework for EU research and innovation funding post-2013

Online voting to choose a name for the new "Common Strategic Framework" for EU research and innovation funding post-2013 is now underway until 17 June (17h30 Brussels time) based on the shortlist of three announced by Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn in her closing speech at the conference on 10 June closing the consultation on the CSF. The three shortlisted names are: Discover 2020, Horizon 2020 and Imagine 2020. The Commissioner said: "We want the CSF to mark a clear departure from business as usual. We are not simply moving from the 7th to the 8th Framework Programme. And what better way to demonstrate this shift than with a new name? The response to our call for suggestions was overwhelming – more than 1600 were received. The year 2020 has been added to the shortlisted names to show clearly that the Common Strategic Framework will be designed to support the research and innovation objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy." Whichever name is chosen will be followed in the extended version of the title by the words: "Framework Programme for Research and Innovation". Regarding the overall public consultation on the Green Paper on EU research and innovation funding post-2013 ( IP/11/138), the Commission received over 2 000 responses and the 10 June stakeholder conference was so over-subscribed that an extra room had to be arranged in the Charlemagne building so that several hundred additional participants, as well as the 700 in the main room, were able to follow on a large screen. Speakers included Commissioners Geoghegan-Quinn, Olli Rehn, Michel Barnier and Janez Potočnik. The voting site can be found via:

Commission clears the acquisition of WIBRA by Wienerberger

The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of WIBRA Tondachziegel Beteiligungs-GmbH by Wienerberger AG, both of Austria. WIBRA jointly controls the Austrian Tondach Gleinstätten AG. Wienerberger is active in the production of bricks and clay roof tiles with production facilities in 27 countries. WIBRA is a holding company with no own operational business. Tondach Gleinstätten is active in the production and distribution of bricks and clay roof tiles. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

Autre matériel diffusé :

Message of the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy to Prime Minister Erdogan after the elections of 12 June 2011 – rediffusion

Message of condolences of Commissioner Olli Rehn on the passing of former Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan – rediffusion

Statement by Commissioner Füle on the occasion of the proposal by the European Commission to close the remaining chapters with Croatia – rediffusion

26th anniversary of Schengen: statement of the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström – rediffusion

Speech by Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes "Spectrum must be backbone of internet revolution, not the bottleneck"

Statement by President Barroso following the Russia-EU Summit – rediffusion

Speech by Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn "The future of EU-funded research and innovation programmes: an emerging consensus….and a new name" - rediffusion

Discours du Président Barroso Produits de bases et matières premières: Vers un approvisionnement équitable, sans distorsion et durable

Discours du Commissaire Barnier "Marchés des matières premières : il nous faut plus de transparence et de règles" - EMBARGO: 15:00 CET