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Daily News – 21.09.2011

EXME 11 / 21.09

Midday Express of 2011-09-21

News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

Commissioner Maria Damanaki to promote the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy in Ireland

Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will visit Dublin and Galway from 22 to 23 September 2011 to present and discuss with Irish stakeholders the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), proposed by the Commission in July. The new policy aims at preserving fish stocks at sustainable levels for the benefit of current and future generations by managing fisheries in a responsible, science-based way. On 22 September, the Commissioner will speak at the Institute of International and European Affairs on the gains that Ireland can expect from a reformed CFP. Later during the day Commissioner Damanaki will meet Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food, and representatives of the Irish fishing industry and civil society. On 23 September, Commissioner Damanaki, together with Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, will visit the Marine Institute in Co. Galway. The visit will be concluded by a roundtable on Maritime Policy in Ireland with the representatives of Irish maritime administration and industries. Particular focus will be on innovative industries and research in areas such as renewable energy, deep-sea mining, or algal bio-fuels. The Commissioner will also gauge the views of Irish stakeholders on the upcoming Atlantic Strategy under the Integrated Maritime Policy, which the Commission is currently drawing up.

Tax Policy Group to discuss good governance in tax matters, e-commerce, environmental taxation and financial sector taxation

Algirdas Šemeta, Commissioner for Taxation, Customs, Anti-Fraud and Audit, will today chair the fourth meeting of the Tax Policy Group (TPG). This Group brings together representatives of EU Finance Ministers to discuss key tax policy issues. The main topic for discussion in the Group today will be the fight against tax fraud and tax avoidance. The Group will explore how Member States could coordinate their approach towards third countries that do not adhere to principles of good governance. The Group will also address for the first time the possible impact of e-commerce on corporation tax, VAT, excise duties and customs. Previous discussions on environmental taxation (tax shifts) and financial sector taxation will be continued. During this meeting, the personal representatives of the German and UK Ministers will be invited to present the tax agreements their country concluded with Switzerland on 10 and 24 August respectively and to comment on the impact on the ongoing discussions on savings taxation in the EU. This is the fourth meeting of the Tax Policy Group, which was re-launched by Commissioner Šemeta in October 2010 ( IP/10/1312). The Group provides a regular forum for informal high-level discussions on the scope and priorities for EU tax policy.

Launch of the Economics of Land Degradation initiative: Commission promotes scheme to identify the costs of land degradation worldwide

In New York today European Development Commissioner Piebalgs participated in the launch of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative. This event is taking place in the context of an UN-sponsored meeting to address land degradation and desertification. The ELD initiative will be a comprehensive assessment of land degradation that looks both at the costs of failing to prevent further land degradation and at the economic benefits of addressing it through sustainable land management policies.

Research & innovation: Commission calls for partnerships to tackle societal challenges

An invitation to public and private actors to join forces at European level to apply research and innovation solutions to major challenges facing society has been issued by the European Commission today. The Commission Communication draws on first experience from pilot projects and outlines steps that will lead to more, and more effective, public-private and public-public partnerships.

Commissioner Georgieva in Washington: forging ever closer ties with the World Bank and other international institutions

The Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva will visit the USA from 21-25 September for a round of high-level meetings when she will promote dialogue on the urgent need to build disaster resilience.

Commission clears acquisition of COM HEM by CIE

The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the proposed acquisition of Nordic Cable Acquisition Company Sub-Holding AB (COM HEM) of Sweden by CIE Management IX Limited (CIE) of Guernsey, which is ultimately controlled by the UK's BC Partners Holdings Limited (BC Partner Holdings). COM HEM provides television services, broadband internet access services and telephony services in Sweden. CIE and BC Partners Holdings manage private equity funds. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.


Statement on the ongoing Fifth Review of the implementation of the Greek Programme

On Tuesday 20 September, the mission chiefs of the European Commission, the IMF and the ECB held a conference call with the Greek Minister of Finance, Evangelos Venizelos, and senior officials of his Ministry. Good progress was made, and technical discussions will continue in Athens over the coming days. The full mission is now expected to come back to Athens early next week to resume the review, including policy discussions.

Putting Sustainable Energy at the top of global development agenda: EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, appointed as member of the UN High Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All

Today, EU Commissioner Piebalgs was appointed as a member of the High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for all, together with leaders from business, government, international organisation and civil society. He attended the launch of the UN High Level Group in New York, in presence of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. The High-level Group will work to develop a global agenda to achieve the objective of Sustainable Energy for All by 2030 and to provide clear actions to take at the global and regional level.

Autre matériel diffusé :

Memo "Justice and Home Affairs Council: 22-23 September 2011 in Brussels"

Memo "EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding meets with leaders of Europe’s insurance industry"

Research & Innovation: Commission calls for partnerships – frequently asked questions

Speech by Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn: “A Europe where we pull together, not drift apart” - rediffused

Statement by President Barroso following the agreement on the economic governance package - rediffusion

Speech by President Barroso at the Leaders' High Level Dialogue on Climate Change - rediffusion

Speech by Vice President Šefčovič: "The European Citizens' Initiative"

Commissioner Piebalgs' address at the UN's High-level Meeting on Addressing Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought in the Context of Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication – rediffusion