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European Commission - AGENDA/10/35   29/10/2010

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AGENDA/10/35

Brussels, Friday 29 October 2010

Top News from the European Commission
1 to 21 November 2010

Background notes from the Spokespersons' service for journalists.
The European Commission reserves the right to make changes

Wednesday 3 November 2010: Management of Radioactive Waste 2

Friday 5 November 2010: Georgia Energy Conference 3

Tuesday 9 November 2010: The European Commission adopts the 2010 Enlargement Package 4

Tuesday 9 November 2010: EU sets new agenda for future trade policy 5

Tuesday 9 November 2010: Inauguration of the exhibition of the winners in the Drawing Competition on Gender Equality 6

Wednesday 10 November 2010: Presentation of the 5th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion 8

Wednesday 10 November 2010: Energy Strategy 2020 9

Wednesday 10 November 2010: The European Commission launches consultation on the future of the Development Policy 10

Wednesday 10 November 2010: The European Commission presents views on the Africa – EU Relations 11

Sunday 14 and Monday 15 November 2010: Meeting of the Pakistan Development Forum 12

Wednesday 17 November 2010: Communication on the future of the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) 13

Thursday 18 November 2010: Eleven European authors receive the EU Prize for Literature 15

Thursday 18 – Friday 19 November 2010: European Tourism Forum 16

Wednesday 3 November 2010: Management of Radioactive Waste

The news:

The general objective of the Nuclear Waste Directive proposal is to set up an EU legal framework for the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste.

The background:

The final disposal of radioactive waste and spent fuel concerns all European citizens, as it raises questions of safety, security and health.

This concerns all types of radioactive waste and spent fuel whether it comes from Nuclear Power Plants or medical waste and all management steps from generation to final disposal.

Radioactive waste and spent fuel are produced in many activities such as nuclear electricity generation, spent fuel reprocessing, radioisotope applications in medicine, industry, research, etc. Consequently a wide variety of radioactive waste is generated which results in a wide variety of options for their management.

The event:

12h30: Press Conference with Energy Commissioner Oettinger at the Berlaymont Press room in Brussels.

IP, Memo and the legislative proposal on the day

  • Available on EbS

The sources:

Website of DG Energy:

Commissioner Oettinger's website:

The contacts:

Marlene Holzner +32 2 296 0196 Marlene.Holzner@ec.europa.eu

Nicole Bockstaller +32 2 295 2589 Nicole.Bockstaller@ec.europa.eu

Friday 5 November 2010: Georgia Energy Conference

The news:

The conference will provide an opportunity to discuss Georgia's energy transit potential in the framework of large scale energy projects transporting energy from the Caspian Basin to Europe. Investment opportunities in Georgia’s energy sector and in particular renewable energy will be presented at the conference.

The background:

Georgia has one of the highest hydro resources per capita worldwide. Plus, Georgia is of major importance for the transit of energy supplies to the European Union and Western Europe. The EU recognises the strategic and constructive role Georgia continues to play in the development of energy transit routes. Georgia could further enhance and solidify its strategic role by becoming a full member of the Energy Community.

The event:

10:00 -11:30 Key note speeches by Energy Commissioner Oettinger and Georgia's Energy Sector Overview and Reforms, H E Prime Minister of Georgia Mr. Gilauri; speech by Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism of Bulgaria, Mr. Traykov, followed by Q&A session at the Charlemagne Building room Jenkins in Brussels.

Media representatives are kindly requested to register with Katerina Rybarova (Katerina.Rybarova@ec.europa.eu)

The sources:

Website of DG Energy:
http://ec.europa.eu/energy/international/caucasus_central_asia_en.htm

Commissioner Oettinger's website:

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/oettinger/index_en.htm

The contacts:

Marlene Holzner +32 2 296 0196 Marlene.Holzner@ec.europa.eu

Nicole Bockstaller +32 2 295 2589 Nicole.Bockstaller@ec.europa.eu

Tuesday 9 November 2010: The European Commission adopts the 2010 Enlargement Package

The news:

On 9 November, the 2010 Enlargement package will be on the agenda of the Commission meeting. This will be the first enlargement package of the new Commission. It will comprise a Strategy paper, the Opinions on the membership applications by Montenegro and Albania and seven Progress Reports on the other candidate countries and potential candidates.

The background:

The Commission adopted its annual strategy document explaining its policy on EU enlargement. The document includes also a summary of the progress made over the last twelve months by each candidate and potential candidate.

The current enlargement agenda covers the Western Balkans, Turkey and Iceland.

The event:

16h00: Press Conference by Commissioner Füle in the Berlaymont press room in Brussels

  • Available on EbS

IP, 9 MEMOs, 7 Progress reports, Opinions on Albania and Montenegro membership application, Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council: ''Enlargement Strategy and Main Challenges 2010-2011'' will be available on the day

The sources:

Website of DG Enlargement:

Website of Commissioner Füle:

The contacts:

Angela Filote +32 229 51968 Angela.Filote@ec.europa.eu

Anca Paduraru +32229 66430 Anca.Paduraru@ec.europa.eu

Tuesday 9 November 2010: EU sets new agenda for future trade policy

The news:

The European Union is the biggest global player in international trade and investment. The challenge in a changing world is for us to maintain and improve our position and to trade our way out of the current economic crisis. To help revitalise Europe's economy the Commission will present a blueprint for a renewed EU trade policy. The discussion paper that will be published on November 9 builds on Europe's commitment to an open, fair and rules-based trading system and analyses how trade is an engine for economic growth and job creation. The overarching aim of the future strategy is to take a more assertive approach to ensure the benefits of trade reach all Europeans. The opinion of citizens on trade was assessed by a Eurobarometer survey, which will also be released on the day.

The background:

As the largest trading bloc worldwide the EU exported goods and services worth €1.6 trillion in 2009, equivalent to 13% of EU's GDP. These exports include €1094.2 billion imports in goods, €473.1 billion of imports in commercial services. The EU is also the first destination of Foreign Direct Investment, attracting €221.7 billion in 2009.

Emerging economies are increasing their share of world growth. By 2015, about 90% of world growth will be generated outside Europe – a third from China alone. Developing and emerging countries are likely to account for nearly 60% of world GDP by 2030, compared to less than 50% today. The EU has managed to maintain its 17.5% share in world trade on average over the last decade despite the rise of emerging economies.

The event:

12:00: Press Conference by Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht who will present the future Trade policy in the press room of the Berlaymont

  • Available on EbS.

11.30: Technical briefing off-the-record

The sources:

European Commission's website on Trade:

Website of Commissioner De Gucht:

The contacts:

John Clancy +32 2 29 53773 john.clancy@ec.europa.eu

Antonie Kerwien +32 2 29 72686 antonie.kerwien@ec.europa.eu

Tuesday 9 November 2010: Inauguration of the exhibition of the winners in the Drawing Competition on Gender Equality

The news:

On Tuesday, 9 November, the exhibition of the winning drawings in the Drawing competition on Gender Equality will be inaugurated in Brussels, in the presence of European Commissioner for Development, Mr Andris Piebalgs (TBC). The exhibition will take place at the Musée des Enfants in Brussels and will run from 8 to 26 November, the day after the International Day for the Elimination of the Violence against Women 2010. Five of the winning children are invited to participate at the ceremony – the winners from Algeria, Bolivia, Cambodia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Kenya. The Exhibition at the Musée des Enfants will display the 14 drawings of the winners as well as 50 drawings from all the participating countries that were part of the finalists. Approximately 50 000 children from 61 countries were involved in this year's edition of the competition.

The background:

On the occasion of women's international day on 8 March 2010 the European Commission launched, for the fourth year in a row, the Drawing Competition on Gender issues. This competition calls on the children in third countries to express their vision of gender equality. The purpose is to increase the awareness of gender issues among children all over the world.

This competition is open to all children between 8-10 years old, residing and attending school in one of the seven following regions: Africa, Asia, Caribbean and Pacific, Latin America, Mediterranean and Middle East and other European Countries including the Easter Neighbours of the EU.

This year the winning drawings were selected by a jury composed by peer students from the 27 EU Member states. 14 winners were selected: four from Africa, and two from each of the other regions. A prize of a total value of €1.000 will be awarded to each of the winners, in forms of books, computers, school subscription fees, language courses etc. The winning drawings will be included in a booklet which will be distributed in the schools of the participating countries and in the European schools having participated to the competition.

The event:

Where: Le Musée des Enfants, 15 rue du Bourgmestre, 1050 Bruxelles

When: 12.00, 9 November 2010

Who:

  • Mr Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development (TBC)

  • Mr Koos Richelle, Director General for EuropeAid Cooperation Office

  • Mrs Michèle Clette, Director of the Musée des Enfants

  • Five of the winning children and the children from the jury

How: Journalists to register to charlotta.asplund@ec.europa.eu in advance of the event

The sources:

Drawing Competition on Gender Equality 2010:

EU actions for gender equality:

Website of Commissioner Piebalgs:

The contacts:

Catherine Ray +32 2 29 699 21 catherine.ray@ec.europa.eu

Wojtek Talko +32 2 29 785 51 wojtek.talko@ec.europa.eu

Wednesday 10 November 2010: Presentation of the 5th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion

The news:

Commissioners Hahn and Andor will present the 5th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion at a press conference in Brussels on 10 November. Marking an important juncture in the ongoing debate on the policy, this report will give a first outlook on the future cohesion policy post–2013.

This also marks the official launch of the consultation on the future policy which will conclude with the Cohesion Forum on 31 January and 1 February 2011.

The background:

The European Commission is required to submit a report every three years on the progress made toward achieving economic, social and territorial cohesion. This fifth report will present a current assessment of regional disparities in the EU and highlight the contribution that regions, and cohesion policy, can make towards achieving the Europe 2020 goals.

Most importantly, the report will put forward the Commission's ideas for the future of this policy for the period post 2013 following the EU Budget Review adopted on October 19th.

As demonstrated by detailed evaluation studies carried out earlier this year, cohesion policy has already played a key role in helping the development of the European Union's regions. However, the report will underline how future support from the policy should focus on a more limited number of priorities to tackle the new challenges facing all regions

The event:

12h30: Press conference by Commissioners Hahn and Andor in the Berlaymont Press Room, Brussels

  • Available on EbS

34 information sessions on the 5th Cohesion Report will be organised in the Commission's representations in all Member States between mid-November and mid-December.

Press release will be available on the day

The sources:

European Commission website on 5th Cohesion Report and consultation (will go online on 10 November):

Commissioner Hahn's website:

Commissioner Andor's website:

The contacts:

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

Cristina Arigho +32 2 29 85399 cristina.arigho@ec.europa.eu

Malgorzata Miazek +32 2 29 84449 malgorzata.miazek@ext.ec.europa.eu

Maria Javorova +32 2 29 98903 maria.javorova@ec.europa.eu

Wednesday 10 November 2010: Energy Strategy 2020

The news:

Commission presents its new strategy for European energy policy up to 2020.

The background:

We urgently need to inject new dynamism into Europe's energy strategy to help to get our economy onto a more sustainable and efficient growth path. The gaps in our delivery of energy policy are evident. Major investment decisions of radical strategic importance need to be taken in the coming years.

Energy demand is not falling structurally and could rise fast once the recession is over. Imports continue to grow and competition with third countries for energy reserves is rising. All Member States have agreed on the need to decarbonise in the longer term but we are unlikely to do so under existing measures.

Europe needs a common approach: integrated energy market, European level technology solutions, European level infrastructure initiatives, European approach to external energy relations, high standards of service and safety for all Europeans, a strong European profile in international energy markets.

The event:

11h00: Press Conference with Energy Commissioner Oettinger at the Berlaymont Press room in Brussels.

IP and Memo on the day

  • Available on EbS

The sources:

Website of DG Energy:

Commissioner Oettinger's website:

The contacts:

Marlene Holzner +32 2 296 0196 Marlene.Holzner@ec.europa.eu

Nicole Bockstaller +32 2 295 2589 Nicole.Bockstaller@ec.europa.eu

Wednesday 10 November 2010: The European Commission launches consultation on the future of the Development Policy

The news:

In a changing environment, including the entry into force of the Lisbon treaty, the global political and economic situation, and renewed relations with Developing countries based on partnership, the Commission wants to open a dialogue with all interested people on how best leverage on these new realities to improve the impact of EU aid. The final objective of the Commission is to accelerate progress towards the MDGs and poverty reduction, by ensuring that its aid makes a difference, and supports an inclusive and sustainable growth in developing countries. The Green Paper on "EU development policy in support of inclusive growth and sustainable development: Improving the impact of EU development policy" will open the debate on different issues related to EU aid instruments, but also to areas such as good governance, sustainable development, economic growth and inclusive growth, food security and agriculture.

The background:

The recent UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) acknowledged that significant progress has been made towards achieving some of the goals, but a lot remains to be done. The EU is firmly committed to the achievement of the MDGs globally by 2015 and has, in the past ten years and in particular since the adoption of the European Consensus on Development in 2005, improved its policies and aid effectiveness in support of development. However, aid alone can not pull countries and populations out of poverty. It can nonetheless be used as a catalyst to leverage policies and financing, thereby contributing to an enabling environment for growth and poverty reduction.

The event:

The European Commission will adopt a Green Paper on " EU development policy in support of inclusive growth and sustainable development: Improving the impact of EU development policy"

IP and Memo will be available on the day.

The sources:

Website of DG Development:

Website of Commissioner Piebalgs:

  • I-056970 – Archives: Millennium development goals

The contacts:

Catherine Ray +32 2 29 69921 catherine.ray@ec.europa.eu

Wojtek Talko +32 2 29 78551 wojtek.talko@ec.europa.eu

Wednesday 10 November 2010: The European Commission presents views on the Africa – EU Relations

The news:

Three years after the launch of the Joint EU-Africa Strategy, and few weeks before the Africa-EU Summit due to take place from 29-31st November, the Commission will present policy proposals on how to strengthen the long-term cooperation with Africa. This will be part of the overall reflections on the future of development Those proposals focus on global challenges that have to be jointly addressed by the two continents such as Peace & Security, Climate Change and Energy, the MDGs including food security, the issue of inclusive and sustainable growth. These issues will also be discussed between Heads of States during the third Africa-EU Summit in November 2010.

The background:

The Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) adopted in 2007 defines the long-term policy orientations between the two continents. The third Africa-EU summit in November 2010 will be the opportunity to reaffirm and strengthen the partnership. The Commission's communication suggests ways to do so.

The EU and Africa have to make their relationship even more responsive to the immediate challenges and long-term shifts in the international balance of power. A closer and more strategic relationship between Africa and the EU will benefit citizens on both continents. A stronger alliance to preserve shared interests in international negotiations will ensure greater collective impact and increase the chances of successfully addressing word problems.

The event:

The European Commission will adopt a Communication on "Africa-Europe 2020: 1.5 billion people, 80 countries, two continents, one future - Commission Communication on the consolidation of EU-Africa relations"

IP and Memo will be available on the day.

The sources:

Website of the Africa-EU Summit:

Website of DG Development:

Website of Commissioner Piebalgs:

The contacts:

Catherine Ray +32 2 29 69921 catherine.ray@ec.europa.eu

Wojtek Talko +32 2 29 78551 wojtek.talko@ec.europa.eu

Sunday 14 and Monday 15 November 2010: Meeting of the Pakistan Development Forum

The news:

The meeting of Pakistan Development Forum will be held in Islamabad on Sunday 14 and Monday 15 November 2010 and will present the country's stabilisation and reconstruction plans after the floods in late July.

The background:

Pakistan Development Forum (PDF) is an international consortium that provides economic aid to Pakistan. The Pakistan Development Forum is an annual feature ahead of federal budget aimed at presenting the country’s economic performance and development needs to the international lenders. The PDF meeting sets the stage for multilateral funding arrangements and individual loan commitments.

The event:

  • Video and photo coverage by EBS

The sources:

Remarks made by HRVP Ashton at the High Level Meeting on the Flood Emergency in Pakistan (19 September 2010)/

EEAS web site:

The contacts:

Maja Kocijancic +32 2 298 6570 maja.kocijancic@ec.europa.eu

Darren Ennis +32 2 296 3293 darren.ennis@ec.europa.eu

Wednesday 17 November 2010: Communication on the future of the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy)

The news:

The Commission Communication on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will look at the main objectives of the CAP in the years ahead – and the concept for organising the policy instruments which are best suited to achieving these aims. In the wake of a public debate earlier this year, three main goals/challenges have been identified – Safe and sufficient food supply; sustainable management of natural resources; and the balanced development of our rural areas. These objectives should also be seen within the context of the global Europe 2020 aims of sustainable, smart and inclusive growth. N.B. This Communication is purely a discussion of principles and concepts, and no budgetary figures are given.

The Communication will be discussed by Council, European Parliament, Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social Committee, and will also be accompanied by a public consultation. On the basis of these discussions, the Commission will come forward with concrete legislative proposals for the post-2013 in the middle of 2011. Following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the reform will need to be agreed under co-decision with the European Parliament.

The background:

The Common Agricultural Policy is due to be reformed by the end of 2013.

On 12 April 2010 Commissioner Cioloş launched an extensive debate across the EU to seek views of both stakeholders and society at large on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, its objectives, principles and contribution to the 'Europe 2020' strategy to inform the preparatory work for the decision-making process. It raised 4 very fundamental questions - Why do we need a common agricultural policy? What do citizens expect from agriculture? Why reform the CAP? What tools do we need for the CAP of tomorrow? – and stimulated nearly 6000 contributions.

In July, a Conference was organized with a view to bring together the varied opinions presented during the public debate and to provide the opportunity for further discussion around the 4 questions. The ideas that emerged from the public debate and the Conference have helped the Commission to develop the Communication on the CAP after 2013, which will be presented on 17 November.

The event:

12.30 (tbc): Press conference by Commissioner Dacian Cioloş in the Berlaymont press room

  • Available on EbS

The sources:

IP/10/958 - Conference on CAP post-2013 to build on success from public debate

SPEECH/10/400 - Dacian Cioloş at the Conference "The CAP after 2013"

SPEECH/10/150 - Dacian Cioloş The future of CAP - Call for a public debate

European Commission's website on the future of the CAP

Commissioner Cioloş's website:

  • I-066721 – Stockshots: Agriculture and Rural Development - Summer 2010

  • I-063778 – Stockshots: Agriculture and rural development: Spring 2010

  • I-055494 – Archives: Health check of the Common Agriculture Policy

  • I-053635 – Archives: History of the Common Agricultural Policy

The contacts:

Roger Waite +32 2 296 1404 roger.waite@ec.europa.eu

Johan Reyniers +32 2 295 6728 johan.reyniers@ec.europa.eu

Thursday 18 November 2010: Eleven European authors receive the EU Prize for Literature

The news:

Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will award the 11 winning authors of the 2010 European Union Prize for Literature during a ceremony at the Royal Flemish Theatre (Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg KVS) in Brussels.

The background:

The annual European Union Prize for Literature aims to draw attention to new authors and to promote the publication of their books in different countries, as well as celebrating European cultural diversity. .

The prize covers the 35 countries participating in the EU Culture Programme (27 Member States plus Turkey, Croatia, Norway, Serbia, Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland and Liechtenstein). The countries nominating the winning authors changes each year over a three-year cycle, The eleven winning authors for 2010 are Peter Terrin (Belgium), Myrto Azina Chronides (Cyprus), Adda Djørup (Denmark), Tiit Aleksejev (Estonia), Riku Korhonen (Finland), Iris Hanika (Germany), Jean Back (Luxembourg), Goce Smilevski (FYR of Macedonia), Răzvan Rădulescu (Romania), Nataša Kramberger (Slovenia) and Raquel Martínez-Gómez (Spain).

The authors will receive a € 5.000 prize and their winning works will be given priority for translation through the Culture Programme.

The event:

The Event: The European Union Prize for Literature Ceremony

Date: 18 November 2010

Time: 19.00 to 20.30 (opening at 18.30)

Venue: Royal Flemish Theatre (Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg KVS), Arduinkaai 7 quai aux Pierres de Taille, Brussels.

Participation is open to invited guests only.

  • Available on EbS

The sources:

Press release announcing the winning authors at Frankfurt Book Fair 6 October 2010

DG EAC webpage for the literature prize:

Video message from Commissioner Vassiliou:

European Union Prize for Literature Website:

The contacts:

Dennis Abbott +32 2 29 59258 dennis.abbott@ec.europa.eu

Dina Avraam +32 2 29 59667 dina.avraam@ec.europa.eu

Thursday 18 – Friday 19 November 2010: European Tourism Forum

The news:

Vice President Antonio Tajani will be participating in this year’s edition of the European Tourism Forum, organised by the European Commission in collaboration with the Belgian Presidency and the Maltese authorities. The Forum will take place in Mellieha, Malta, on the 18-19 November. The selected theme is “Strengthening Europe’s role as the leading tourism destination”.

The background:

The European Tourism Forum is one of the Tourism Unit’s major initiatives, since it brings together all main stakeholders in the tourism industry to discuss under one roof a variety of topical European level issues. All this takes place within an important new phase for European tourism following the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, which allows the European Union to undertake additional measures in order to complement the action of the Member States in the tourism sector. The European Commission proposals in this regard are elaborated upon in the new Communication “Europe, the world's No 1 tourist destination – a new political framework for tourism in Europe” launched on the 30th June 2010.

The event:

Annual European Tourism Forum on 18 and 19 November 2010 in Mellieha, Malta

Full information, including the programme and registration details, are available by following this link:

Additional information on the European Tourism Forum on the European Commission web site:

The sources:

European Commission website on Tourism:

Website of Vice-President Tajani:

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/tajani/index_en.htm

The contacts:

Charlotte Arwidi +32 2 298 77 97 charlotte.arwidi@ec.europa.eu

Andrea Maresi +32 2 299 04 03 andrea.maresi@ec.europa.eu


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