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Top News from the European Commission 10 May to 11 June 2010

Commission Européenne - AGENDA/10/17   07/05/2010

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AGENDA/10/17

Brussels, Friday 7 May 2010

Top News from the European Commission

10 May to 11 June 2010

Background notes from the Spokesperson's service for journalists.

The European Commission reserves the right to make changes

Wednesday 12 May: Taking stock of the European Neighbourhood Policy 2

Wednesday 12 May: Convergence Report - 2010 3

Monday 17 May: Europe Day at Cannes International Film Festival 4

Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 May: Europe celebrates the third European Maritime Day 5

Thursday 20 to Friday 21 May 2010: Regions for Economic Change conference “Building Sustainable Growth” and RegioStars Awards Ceremony 7

Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 May: First Visit of Commissioner for Development, Mr Andris Piebalgs, to Asia 8

Tuesday 25 to Wednesday 26 May 2010: The EU after the Lisbon Treaty: high-level conference of academics and policy-makers 10

Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 May: Brussels Economic Forum 11

Wednesday 26 May 2010: Climate Action: "Communication on unlocking Europe's potential in clean innovation and growth" 13

Wednesday 26 May (tbc): Commission revises competition rules for motor vehicle distribution and repair 14

Thursday 27 to Friday 28 May: First Forum for Outermost Europe 15

Tuesday 1 June 2010: Opening of Green Week, the Commission's annual Environment conference 16

Wednesday 2 June 2010: Commission rewards Europe's best green businesses 17

Wednesday 9 June: Commission presents strategy to modernise vocational education and training in Europe 18

Wednesday 12 May: Taking stock of the European Neighbourhood Policy

The news:

The Commission is to adopt a Communication, 12 country progress reports and one sectoral report as part of a stock-taking of the European Neighbourhood Policy from 2004 to 2009.

The background:

The entry info force of the Lisbon Treaty enshrines the obligation of the EU to develop a policy specifically addressed to its neighbours; it also ushers in new institutional arrangements. 2010 also coincides with the completion of the Mid-Term Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and the European Investment Bank mandate.

It is therefore a pertinent time to take stock of what has been achieved since the launch of the policy, and to examine how the ENP can contribute to the EU’s longer-term objectives.

The event:

A press conference will be held by Commissioner Füle at 13.15pm in the Berlaymont press room.

  • Available on EbS

The sources:

Commissioner Füle's website:

I-054745 Stockshots (long): European Neighbourhood Policy – 2007

I-046421 Video news release: A New Policy for the Neighbourhood

The contacts:

Angela Filote +32 2 295 1968 angela.filote@ec.europoa.eu

Anca Paduraru +32 2 296 6430 anca.paduraru@ec.europa.eu

Wednesday 12 May: Convergence Report - 2010

The news:

The European Commission will adopt its regular Convergence Report assessing progress made towards adoption of the euro by the nine EU countries 'with derogation'.

The background:

The Commission's biannual Convergence Report examines progress made in the Member States with derogation – Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Sweden - towards the adoption of the euro. The criteria for euro adoption consist of four economic conditions regarding the government budgetary position, price stability, exchange rate stability and convergence of long-term interest rates. The national legislation on monetary affairs must also be in line with the EU Treaty. The European Commission and the European Central Bank (ECB) issue Convergence Reports at the same time. These reports form the basis for the decision by the Ecofin (Economic and Financial Affairs) Council on whether a Member State may join the euro area.

The event:

Press conference by Commissioner Olli Rehn at the Berlaymont press room in Brussels at 12.15pm.

IP and Convergence Report on the day.

  • Available on EbS

The sources:

European Commission's website on Economic and Financial Affairs:

Commissioner Rehn's website:

The contacts:

Amadeu Altafaj + 32 2 295 2658 amadeu.altafaj-tardio@ec.europa.eu

Pia Seppälä + 32 2 299 2488 pia.seppala@ec.europa.eu

Monday 17 May: Europe Day at Cannes International Film Festival

The news:

On Monday, 17 May, Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou will host Europe Day with Gilles Jacob, President of the Cannes Festival. Mrs Vassiliou will also meet industry professionals and representatives of the European and international film institutions to discuss funding for film-makers. Her presence underlines her strong commitment to Europe's vibrant film industry

Commissioner Vassiliou will also announce the winner of the 2010 European Talent Prize, which is awarded to the best idea for a film with European potential. This prize goes to the screenwriter and production company behind the project, and is selected from bids presented to the Commission in response to a 'call for proposals'.

This year, the Commission's 'MEDIA' programme is supporting 20 films in the Festival. They include films from both new and seasoned directors including Bertrand Tavernier ("La princesse de Montpensier"), Jean-Luc Godard ("Film socialisme"), Stephen Frears ("Tamara Drewe") and Mathieu Almaric ("Tournée").

The background:

European films supported by the MEDIA Programme are frequently selected for the Cannes Film Festival competition and several have won prizes including the 'Palme d'Or'.

The MEDIA programme is providing €755 million in support to Europe's film industry from 2007-2013. The funding helps improve the distribution and promotion of European films and strengthens the competitiveness of the sector.

Every year, the European Commission supports more than a hundred festivals across Europe through its MEDIA programme. The Commission will have a MEDIA stand in the International Village at Cannes, encouraging access for smaller companies to the international market.

The event:

10:00 to 13:00: Film funds meeting in Salon des Ambassadeurs, Palais des Festivals, Cannes (invitation only)

13:00: 2010 European Talent Prize award ceremony (invitation only)

15:00 to 17:00: Public conference on "Shaping the future of cinema – Professionals meet film funds", Press Conference room, Palais des Festivals

  • EbS coverage of Commissioner Vassiliou in Cannes

The sources:

European Commission's website on the MEDIA programme:

Website of the Cannes Film Festival:

Commissioner Vassiliou's website :

The contacts:

Dennis Abbott +32 2 295 92 58 dennis.abbott@ec.europa.eu

Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 May: Europe celebrates the third European Maritime Day

The news:

The Maritime World will meet in Gijón, Spain, on 18-21 May to celebrate European Maritime Day 2010. Since its launch in 2008, European Maritime Day is celebrated every year on 20 May. This year, Gijon will host the European Maritime Day Stakeholder Conference with a programme of around 50 workshops, which cover an array of maritime issues, under the leitmotiv of innovation for sustainable growth of maritime sectors and coastal regions. The highlight of the conference will be plenary sessions on 20 May. Speakers include Diego Lopez Garrido, Spanish State Secretary for Maritime Affairs, Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, as well as H.R.H. Felipe de Borbón, Prince of Asturias. The full programme of the conference can be found at the website below.

Alongside the conference, there will be a large exhibition area where stakeholders will hold stands and exhibitions bringing a wide variety of maritime issues and activities to the public's attention.

The background:

This is the 3rd edition of European Maritime Day and its annual conference has already established itself as the meeting place for European stakeholders representing all maritime sectors and activities. This year's event is co-hosted by the Spanish Presidency of the EU, the European Commission and the Government of the Principality of Asturias. Last year's edition in Rome attracted over 1200 participants. Besides the conference in Gijon, European Maritime Day will be celebrated with various maritime events across Europe around 20 May.

European Maritime Day was established as part of the EU's Integrated Maritime Policy to showcase the importance of the sea and oceans for everyday life, both in coastal communities and across Europe as a whole. It also highlights the opportunities and the challenges currently facing maritime regions and sectors: from tourism and fisheries to maritime transport and climate change.

The event:

European Maritime Day Stakeholder Conference, Gijon, 18-21 May

Participation of Commissioners Maria Damanaki (Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) and Janez Potocnik (Environment)

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The sources:

Details about the European Maritime Day, the conference in Gijon and other information:

Commissioner Damanaki's website:

Commissioner Potocnik's website:

  • I-055043 VNR (long version): An Integrated Maritime Policy for the EU

  • I-054956 Maritime Affairs

  • I-051121 VNR: A European Vision for the Seas

The contacts:

Oliver Drewes +32 2 299 24 21 oliver.drewes@ec.europa.eu

Lone Mikkelsen +32 2 296 05 67 lone.mikkelsen@ec.europa.eu

Thursday 20 to Friday 21 May 2010: Regions for Economic Change conference “Building Sustainable Growth” and RegioStars Awards Ceremony

The news:

The European Commission will hold its annual Regions for Economic Change conference "Building Sustainable Growth" on 20-21 May. As part of the event, Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, will present the prestigious 'RegioStars' awards recognising the best regional innovative projects supported under EU regional policy on 20 May. 24 projects have been shortlisted as RegioStars finalists competing for six awards.

The background:

The aim of the conference is for European regional policy practitioners to showcase examples of good practice and translate project success stories into mainstream policy and programmes. It is organised around three key themes: sustainable energy; sustainable ICT solutions; and, greening Europe's cities. More than 500 participants from regions all over Europe are expected to attend.

The event:

The two-day conference is organised by the European Commission's Regional Policy Directorate-General. A high-level political forum will take place in the afternoon of the first day with politicians and practitioners discussing the future of European cohesion policy within the new EU2020 framework. Keynote addresses will include Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research and Innovation, and Janez Potočnik, Commissioner for Environment.

Commissioner Hahn, and Jan Olbrycht, Member of the European Parliament and Chairman of the RegioStars Jury, will present the 2010 RegioStars awards at the Square Meeting Centre, Rue Ravenstein 2, 1000 Brussels, on 20 May at 18:30.

Press can attend upon request.

The sources:

European Commission's website on Regions for Economic Change / RegioStars website:

Commissioner Hahn's website:

Press release will be available.

The contacts:

Ton van Lierop +32 2 29 66565 Ton.van-Lierop@ec.europa.eu

Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 May: First Visit of Commissioner for Development, Mr Andris Piebalgs, to Asia

The news:

From 24 to 26 May, the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will be visiting Indonesia to discuss the future of development cooperation at the ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Development Conference.Commissioner Piebalgs willmake a key-note speech at the conference. This will be the first visit of the Development Commissioner to Asia and the occasion to set out and discuss the European Commission's "Asia Agenda". The Commissioner will sign a major Education programme with the Indonesian Government and visit EU funded projects in the field. He will hold meetings with the Indonesian Ministers for Development and National Education.

The background:

A high level ASEM conference "Towards an Asia-Europe Partnership for Sustainable Development" will take place in Yogyakarta on 26 and 27 May 2010 co-hosted by the European Commission and the Indonesian Government. Some 150 participants from ASEM member countries (27 EU Member States and 16 Asian Countries, the ASEAN secretariat and the European Commission) and think-tanks will address common challenges of development cooperation. There will be a wide-ranging debate on the future of international cooperation for development, as well as more focused debates on social cohesion, low-carbon development, and policy coherence for development. The Conference forms part of a series of meetings that will take place in the lead-up to the ASEM8 Summit of Head of States and Government which will be hosted by Belgium on 4-5 October 2010.

The Commissioner will also participate in high level discussions on EU-Indonesia development cooperation. During his visit, the Commissioner will attend the Signature Ceremony of the Education Sector Support Programme, which is one of the largest (€200 million) budget support operations financed by the EU in Asia. Indonesia, the fourth most populated country in the world, is a middle-income country benefiting from enviable growth rates. In November 2009, the EU and Indonesia have strengthened their relationship with the signature of the EU-Indonesia Partnership and Co-operation Agreement (PCA).

The event:

25th May 2010: Visit to School and Signature Ceremony of the Indonesia-EU Education Sector

Support Programme – Jakarta, Indonesia

26th May 2010: Opening of the ASEM Development Conference – Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Site Visit of Projects – Jakarta, Indonesia

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The sources:

Website of the ASEM Development Conference II:

Website of the EU Delegation in Indonesia:

Commissioner Piebalg's website:

The contact:

Catherine Ray +32 2 296 99 21 or +32 498 96 99 21 catherine.ray@ec.europa.eu

Tuesday 25 to Wednesday 26 May 2010: The EU after the Lisbon Treaty: high-level conference of academics and policy-makers

The news:

Prominent policy-makers, academics and journalists will meet at the European Parliament in Brussels to examine the impact of the Treaty of Lisbon on the European Union.

The background:

The Global Jean Monnet Conference is organised by the European Commission. Every two years, the Commission invites the world-wide network of European Community Studies Associations (ECSA-World) to join the event.

Commission President Barroso will deliver the keynote opening speech and Commissioner Vassiliou will present the 2010 Jean Monnet Prize to an academic for special achievement in European integration studies.

The Jean Monnet Programme constitutes a network of top-level professors at universities in 62 countries across the five continents. It has facilitated global dialogue and provided policy guidance to the European Commission on numerous occasions in the past.

The event:

Global Jean Monnet/ECSA-World Conference: "The European Union after the Treaty of Lisbon", European Parliament, 25-26 May 2010

For security reasons, registration is obligatory (including press). Please contact: Jmc10@teamwork.fr

The sources:

European Commission's website on Jean Monnet conferences:

IP/09/1278: Explaining European integration: 20 years of support to EU studies around the world

Commissioner Vassiliou's website:

The contacts:

Dennis Abbott +32.2.295.92.58 dennis.abbott@ec.europa.eu

Dina Avraam +32.2..295.96.67
dina.avraam@ec.europa.eu

Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 May: Brussels Economic Forum

The news:

This year's Brussels Economic Forum will debate and try to find answers to the most pressing questions facing Europe today:

  • Has financial repair worked? Are we in danger of repeating the past?

  • How do we deal with competitiveness divergences?

  • Can a low-carbon economy drive sustainable growth? What are the costs and benefits?

  • Can we defuse the public debt ‘time bomb’?

  • Should policy co-ordination in the euro area be revamped?

  • Can we put Europe back on an upward path of prosperity?

Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn will host the event. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, Spanish finance minister Elena Salgado, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard will be delivering keynote speeches. In all, close to 50 speakers will participate in 3 sessions and 6 panels, including a special session on climate change and green growth.

On 25 May, the name of the winner of the photo competition for EU school students 'The euro – what does it mean to you?' will be unveiled. Commissioner Rehn will hand out the prizes to the six runner-up teams and the winner.

The background:

The Brussels Economic Forum is the Commission's key annual economic conference, which brings together EU and international policy-makers, business representatives, academics and the media. This year over 1300 participants are expected. The Forum aims to promote creative discussion on economic policy issues and open it to a wider audience.

The event:

Venue : Charlemagne Building (170 rue de la Loi, Brussels)

25 May:

09:30: Opening address by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council

11:00: Keynote address by Elena Salgado, Spanish finance minister (Spanish presidency)

11:30: Award ceremony of the euro photo competition for school students

12:30: Keynote address by José Manuel Barroso, President of the Commission

13:00: Press point by Commissioner Olli Rehn

18:00: Keynote address by Commissioner Connie Hedegaard

26 May:

12:30: Closing keynote address by Commissioner Olli Rehn

View full programme

Video coverage

  • EbS will broadcast the keynote addresses

The event will also be streamed live on the web: www.ec.europa.eu/bef

Connection to sound bands through interpretation channels available.

Recordings of sessions available on the web as from 27 May 2009: http://webcast.ec.europa.eu

The sources:

Website of the event (programme, speakers, registration):

Europe 2020 press pack:

Commissioner Rehn's website:

  • REF-70111 (Video): EC Spring 2010 Economic Forecasts: extracts from the press conference by Olli REHN, European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs

The contacts:

Amadeu Altafaj Tardio +32 (0)2 2952658 amadeu.altafaj-tardio@ec.europa.eu

Pia Seppala +32 (0)2-2992448 pia.seppala@ec.europa.eu

Irena Novakova +32 (0)2-2999608 irena.novakova@ec.europa.eu

Wednesday 26 May 2010: Climate Action: "Communication on unlocking Europe's potential in clean innovation and growth"

The news:

The European Commission will present an analysis of the implications of increasing the EU's target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 from 20% to 30% (compared with 1990 levels). The Communication comes against the background of increasing international competition for leadership in the global shift to a low-carbon economy and for the 'green' jobs it will create.

The Communication will examine the benefits and costs of increasing the emissions reduction to 30% as well as practical options for doing so. It will also assess the risk of 'carbon leakage' – relocation by energy-intensive sectors to countries that impose fewer constraints on carbon emissions – in the light of the outcome of last December's UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen.

The background:

The 20% emissions reduction is a unilateral commitment made by the EU in 2007 and implemented through the 2008 climate and energy package. The EU also offered to scale up the reduction to 30% provided that other major emitters commit to contributing their fair share to a global emissions mitigation effort as part of an international climate agreement.

Since then, however, the EU has been put at a competitive disadvantage as the US and major Asian economies have invested much more than Europe in low-carbon growth, including through their economic stimulus packages. This makes it necessary to consider strengthening the emission targets of the climate and energy package.

The event:

Connnie Hedegaard, Commissioner for Climate Action, will give a press conference in the Berlaymont press room (time to be confirmed).

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The sources:

Commissioner Hedegaard's speech to the European Parliament Environment Committee, 26 April 2010:

European Commission's website on Climate Action:

Commissioner Hedegaard's website:

  • I-063650 Stockshots (long): Green economy: products and transport

  • I-063649 Stockshots (long): Green economy: energy saving

  • I-063648 Stockshots (long): Green economy: energy generation

The contacts:

Maria Kokkonen +32 2 295 42 03 maria.kokkonen@ec.europa.eu

Lena De Visscher +32 2 296 36 94 lena.devisscher@ec.europa.eu

Wednesday 26 May (tbc): Commission revises competition rules for motor vehicle distribution and repair

The news:

The Commission is due to adopt new competition rules for agreements between vehicle manufacturers and their authorised dealers, repairers and spare parts distributors. The existing Motor Vehicle Block Exemption dates from 2002, and expires at the end of May. Consumers are benefiting from competitive conditions on the car sales markets, and it is therefore proposed that agreements on these markets should no longer be subject to a sector-specific regime, and should be brought within the ambit of the general block exemption for vertical restraints, Regulation n° 330/2010. On the other hand, a tougher approach is proposed for car repair and for spare parts, because these markets are structurally less competitive. The Commission therefore proposes to adopt a sector-specific block exemption and Guidelines that will supplement Regulation n° 330/2010.

Speaking before the European Parliament on May 5th, Commissioner Almunia said: "I strongly believe the new framework will bring tangible benefits for consumers. Our main priority is to increase competition in the after-sales market, in repair and servicing, where it is most lacking, and where European consumers spend a substantial slice of their budget."

The background:

The current Block Exemption Regulation 1400/2002 exempts vertical agreements that comply with its provisions from the EU competition rules' ban on restrictive business practices (Article 101(1) of the EU-Treaty). The Commission published an evaluation report in 2008 that found that many of these sector-specific provisions had been ineffective, or even counter-productive. Last July, the Commission adopted a Communication and an Impact Assessment setting out the basic lines of the new approach. In December 2009, it published a draft of the new Regulation and Guidelines for public consultation. The Economic and Social Committee issued a report that was in favour of the proposed framework, while this week the European Parliament adopted a resolution that called on the Commission to monitor the sector in order to ensure that consumers will continue to benefit from competitive conditions in these rapidly evolving markets.

The event:

Press release + MEMO

Press Conference by Vice President and Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia

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The sources:

IP/09/1984: Antitrust: Commission launches public consultation on review of competition rules for motor vehicle sector

The contacts:

Amelia Torres +32 2 295 4629 amelia.torres@ec.europa.eu

Thursday 27 to Friday 28 May: First Forum for Outermost Europe

The news:

Brussels will host the first Forum for Outermost Europe on 27 and 28 May 2010. The event will send a strong political signal to reassert that the Outermost Regions are fully part of the EU.. The purpose is to raise awareness within the European institutions and in EU Member States of these regions’ specific characteristics. 2010 is a pivotal year for these regions with the current discussions on the EU budget, the future cohesion policy after 2013 and the new economic strategy for Europe by 2020.

The background:

In 2008, in its communication entitled "The outermost regions: an asset for Europe", the Commission committed to organize such a Forum every two years.

The event will provide a platform for discussions in the context of the revision of the EU strategy for Outermost Regions after 2013, as well as an opportunity for the nine regions to network and exchange good practice. It will showcase local initiatives - often innovative, and with particular specialities in sectors such as renewable energy, biodiversity, agri-food, medical research, preservation of cultural heritage - which are driving development in these regions and for Europe as a whole.

With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the number of outermost regions in the European Union has extended to nine: the four French overseas departments of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion and Martinique, two French overseas collectivities, Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin, the Portuguese autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira, and the Spanish autonomous community of the Canary Islands.

The event:

Commissioner Hahn will be available for interviews as of 13.00 on 27 May, European Commission, Charlemagne Building, Brussels (interviews upon request).

The sources:

European Commission's website on the First Forum for Outermost Europe:

Commissioner Hahn's website:

IP/10/547: Commissioner Hahn attends ministerial conference on outermost regions in Gran Canaria (Spain)

The contacts:

Ton van Lierop +32 2 29 66565 Ton.van-Lierop@ec.europa.eu

Tuesday 1 June 2010: Opening of Green Week, the Commission's annual Environment conference

The news

On 1 June Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik will open Green Week, the Commission's annual four-day conference on environmental policy to be held in the Charlemagne building in Brussels. This year's theme is biodiversity.

The background:

Green Week, now in its tenth year, is the biggest European conference dedicated to environmental issues.

This year, the conference turns the spotlight on biodiversity. Over some 30 sessions, the conference will address the state of biodiversity and nature in Europe and the world, the benefits they bring, present-day pressures on them, and possible solutions to the current rates of loss. The path to be taken by EU policies on biodiversity and nature policies post-2010, the economic dimension of biodiversity, ecosystem services and Natura 2000 will also be investigated. Speakers include TEEB study leader Pavan Sukhdev and primatologist Emmanuelle Grundmann. The event also includes numerous side events, films, exhibitions and networking opportunities.

The event:

The conference will be held in the Charlemagne building in Brussels between June 1 and June 4.

The sources:

Full details of speakers, programmes and events are available on the conference website:

Commissioner Potočnik's website:

  • I-063392 Video news release: TEEB: Protecting nature is profitable (long version)

  • I-059666 Video news release: Invasive species

  • I-059137 Stockshots (short): Environment: deforestation

  • I-053578 Video news release: Protecting the tree of Life

  • I-051244 Video news release: NATURA 2000: Safeguarding Europe's biodiversity

  • I-051194 Video news release: Halting the loss of Europe's biodiversity by 2010

  • I-044901 Stockshots (long): Environment: nature and biodiversity - 2004

The contacts:

Joe Hennon +32 2 29 53593 Joseph.Hennon@ec.europa.eu

Wednesday 2 June 2010: Commission rewards Europe's best green businesses

The news

On 2 June the European Commission will announce the winners of the 2010 European Business Awards for the Environment. The awards ceremony takes place during Green Week, the Commission's biggest annual environmental event in Brussels.

The background:

Every two years the European Commission rewards European companies that have made an outstanding contribution to sustainable development. Prizes are awarded in four categories – management, product, process and international cooperation.

Ten companies have been shortlisted for the European Business Awards for the Environment 2010. The finalists represent companies from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Spain, Turkey and the UK. The 2010 awards attracted 141 applications from the finalists of national competitions. This is the highest number of entries recorded since the scheme was launched in 1987.

The event:

The awards will be presented by EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik at a ceremony in the Bibliothèque Solvay, Brussels, on 2 June 2010 at 18.45.

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The sources:

For details of the 2010 finalists, see IP/10/275: Ten companies line up for the European Business Awards for the Environment 2010

Further information about the European Business Awards for the Environment is available at:

Commissioner Potočnik's website:

The contacts:

Joe Hennon +32 2 29 53593 Joseph.Hennon@ec.europa.eu

Wednesday 9 June: Commission presents strategy to modernise vocational education and training in Europe

The news:

The Commission will present reforms that would help modernise vocational education and training in Europe in order to make it a more attractive and a high quality learning option for young people and an opportunity for adults to update skills throughout their working life.

The background:

In its Communication "A new impetus for European cooperation in vocational education and training to support the Europe 2020 Strategy" the Commission will present a vision for the next decade that will contribute to the modernisation agenda for vocational education and training which European Ministers are set to adopt later this year under the Copenhagen Process.

The Copenhagen Process was launched in 2002 to allow the countries involved to develop innovative policies and actions. The overall aim is to encourage more individuals to make wider use of vocational learning opportunities, whether at school, in higher education, at the workplace, or through private courses.

The process is reviewed every two years by the Ministers from 31 countries, European Social Partners and the European Commission. They will next meet in Bruges in December 2010 to set an ambitious modernisation agenda for the coming ten years. This Communication is the Commission contribution to this process, closely linked to the EU's Europe 2020 reform strategy and its Strategic framework for European co-operation in education and training up to 2020.

The event:

Press Conference by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth in the Berlaymont press room at 12.30pm.

  • Available on EbS

The sources:

European Commission's website on vocational education and training:

Commissioner Vassiliou's website:

  • I-047154: Vocational training, at the heart of the Lisbon Strategy

  • I-050678 Stockshots (short): Employment: Professional Training

  • I-044049 Stockshots (long): Education - 2004

The contacts:

Dennis Abbott +32.2.295.92.58 dennis.abbott@ec.europa.eu

Dina Avraam +32.2.295.96.67 dina.avraam@ec.europa.eu


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