EXME 10 / 16.04
Midday Express of 2010-04-16
News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communication
EU spending in 2009 corresponded closely to the adopted budget. The figures released on 15 April 2010 by the European Commission show a surplus of €2.25bn, amounting to 1.9% of the 2009 budget (€113.410bn). The surplus will be deducted from Member States contributions to the 2010 budget.
Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, will put the spotlight on the development of a European Strategy for the Danube Region, as closing speaker of a major conference, taking place next week 19 to 21 April in Vienna (Austria) and Bratislava (Slovakia). This conference is the third in a series of broad consultation events aimed at shaping plans for the Strategy, which seeks to improve environmental conditions and develop the huge economic potential of the Danube Region. The event is organised by the European Commission, the City of Vienna, the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs, the City of Bratislava and the Government Office of Slovakia.
The 8th round of negotiations on the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was held in Wellington, New Zealand from 12-16 April 2010, hosted by New Zealand. Participants were welcomed by New Zealand’s Minister of Trade Hon Tim Groser at a function attended by a wide range of stakeholders with an interest in the ACTA negotiations.
An EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) is being deployed for the next elections in Ethiopia scheduled to take place on 23 May 2010. Led by Mr Thijs Berman, Member of the European Parliament, the EU EOM is a contribution by the European Union to strengthening democracy in Ethiopia.
Euro area annual inflation was 1.4% in March 2010, up from 0.9% in February. A year earlier the rate was 0.6%. Monthly inflation was 0.9% in March 2010. EU annual inflation was 1.9% in March 2010, up from 1.5% in February. A year earlier the rate was 1.3%. Monthly inflation was 0.7% in March 2010. These figures come from Eurostat.
Commission publishes today Eurobarometer on Patient Safety
Eurobarometer on patient safety :almost 50% of all Europeans responding to a Eurobarometer survey on patient safety fear they could be harmed by healthcare. According to the report published today, over 25% of those surveyed claimed that they or a member of their family had experienced harm (an adverse event) in a healthcare setting. Many of these events go unreported and one third of respondents did not know which organisation was responsible for patient safety in their country. Action to improve patient safety at European level was stepped up last year through better EU coordination, more reporting of incidents, increased patient involvement and training of staff. The publication of the survey coincides with European Patients Rights Day which is held on 18th April each year with events taking place around Europe to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding the rights of patients. It is organised by the Active Citizenship Network, an NGO which encourages people to become more involved in policy making through citizens' organisations around Europe. The Commission is working with Member States to implement the patient safety recommendation, adopted by the EU Health Ministers in June 2009. The Recommendation is one of the initiatives under the Europe for Patients campaign. Full Report and Summary available at: http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/eb_special_en.htm Information on the European Commission's work on Patient Safety and the Council Recommendation can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/health/patient_safety/policy/index_en.htm
Commissioner Hedegaard to participate in Major Economies Forum
Connie Hedegaard, Commissioner for Climate Action, will represent the European Commission at the meeting of the Major Economies Forum on energy and climate (MEF) taking place on 18-19 April in Washington DC. The MEF, set up by US President Obama last year to facilitate dialogue on climate change policy between key developed and developing countries, brings together 17 of the world's major economies which are collectively responsible for 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The Washington meeting, the first MEF session since last December's UN climate conference in Copenhagen, has a broad agenda focusing on how best to take the international climate negotiations forward after Copenhagen and what concrete results can be achieved at the next UN climate conference, in Cancún, Mexico in November-December 2010. The EU wants the political agreements in the Copenhagen Accord to be anchored in a set of action-oriented decisions in Cancún. This would provide a solid basis for further progress at the Climate Change Conference in South Africa in 2011. The Washington meeting will also be an opportunity to discuss and coordinate the almost US$ 30 billion in 'fast start' financing pledged by industrialised countries in Copenhagen for 2010-2012 to help developing countries cope with climate change. The EU pledged €2.4 billion per year, equivalent to around one-third of the global total.
Informal ministerial meeting on Tourism: outcome
A declaration adopted by the Informal Ministerial meeting on Tourism in Madrid backs the Commission's plan to present a strategic framework for Tourism, including the creation of a European Tourism Observatory and the development of a coherent set of sustainable tourism indicators, among others. The informal ministerial meeting coincides with a Stakeholder conference on tourism ( IP/10/423) in the margins of which Vice President Tajani also met with the Director General of the Chinese Tourism Administration. The two agreed to work closely on developing mutual access to their respective tourism web portals as well as establishing a programme for bilateral cooperation between Chinese and European regions. Text of the declaration http://www.eu2010.es/export/sites/presidencia/comun/descargas/ AGENDA/C ultura/abr15_declaracionrimturismoen.pdf. More information on the European Commission’s tourism policy - http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/tourism/index_en.htm
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