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Daily News – 23.04.2014

Daily News of 2014-04-23

European Commission - 23/04/2014

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23 / 04 / 14

Provision of deficit and debt data for 2013 - first notification - Euro area and EU28 government deficit at 3.0% and 3.3% of GDP respectively - Government debt at 92.6% and 87.1%

In 2013, the government deficit of both the euro area (EA18) and the EU28 decreased in absolute terms compared with 2012, while the government debt rose in both zones. In the euro area the government deficit to GDP ratio decreased from 3.7% in 2012 to 3.0% in 2013, and in the EU28 from 3.9% to 3.3%. In the euro area the government debt to GDP ratio increased from 90.7% at the end of 2012 to 92.6% at the end of 2013, and in the EU283 from 85.2% to 87.1%.

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Erasmus+ set for Berlin launch

Erasmus+, the EU's new funding programme for education, training, youth and sport, will be launched in Berlin tomorrow (24 April) by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Johanna Wanka, the Federal Minister of Education and Research. Erasmus+ will have a total budget of €14.7 billion over the next seven years – 40% more than under previous programmes. It will provide grants for more than four million people to study, train, gain work experience or volunteer abroad. Nearly 600 000 Germans are expected to receive Erasmus+ grants between now and 2020.

NETmundial: European Union to take leading role at global conference on internet governance

The EU, represented by European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes and EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis, is to participate at high level in “NETmundial: the Global Multi-stakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Gorvernance”, Sao Paulo on 23-24 April. Neelie Kroes is a member of the High Level committee of NETmundial and has contributed to the preparation of the Conference document.

Ms Kroes said about the initiative: “The next two years will be critical in redrawing the global map of internet governance. I commend President Rousseff for taking this initiative”. She added: “The outcomes of NETmundial must be concrete and actionable, with clear milestones and timeline. Europe will contribute to finding a credible way forward for global internet governance.”

New step towards 'wonder material' graphene applications

Researchers of the AMBER centre @ambercentre in Dublin have developed a new process to mass produce graphene-based material. The method – which promises to be simple and affordable – could be used by industries for applications such as highly efficient batteries. The research team participates in the Graphene flagship @GrapheneCA , a €1 billion EU initiative to boost new technologies and innovation during the next 10 years. Vice-President of the European Commission @NeelieKroesEU , responsible for the Digital Agenda , welcomed this progress: "From lighter aircraft to better batteries – graphene truly is the new "wonder material". By getting top European researchers and businesses to work together, we can ensure Europe takes the lead. This is the EU investing in an innovative future".

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