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Brussels, Friday 24 October 2014

Top News from the European Commission
25 October – 30 November 2014

Background notes from the Spokesperson’s service for journalists
The European Commission reserves the right to make changes

Tuesday 28 October: Artists, scientists and intellectuals present a book with their contributions to a new narrative for Europe

The news:

On 28 October, the book "The Mind and Body of Europe: a new narrative" will be presented at the Bozar in Brussels with the participation of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso. After unveiling the final declaration earlier this year in Berlin, this book constitutes a further milestone in the implementation of the "New Narrative for Europe" project to which artists, scientists and intellectuals have contributed since 2013.

The event in Bozar will feature those who contributed to the project and will include an artistic performance and a presentation of the results of a social media campaign based on the Declaration on the Mind and Body of Europe'.

The background:

The New Narrative for Europe is a project designed to give a voice to the artistic, cultural, scientific and intellectual communities in the debate about the future of Europe, so as to help connect the general public with the European integration project via the arts and sciences. Central to the project is the aim to identify a new narrative for future European integration – one that helps to equip Europe and its citizens to tackle the challenges of the globalised world in the 21st century together, one that complements not substitutes the paradigm of peace through economic and political integration.

The event:

Journalists can register by sending an e-mail to the following address:

Accreditation on the spot is possible upon presentation of a valid press badge and subject to availability of places.

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The sources:

Further information can be found here.

The contact:

Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen +32 2 295 30 70

Jens Mester +32 2 296 39 73

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 November: The EU at the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia – Supporting global recovery

The news:

At the G20 summit in Brisbane (Australia) the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Council will push for the adoption of a strong Brisbane Action Plan on Growth and Jobs to put the G20 collectively on a higher growth trajectory.

This and the European Union's views on other key issues on the summit agenda (financial regulation, tax avoidance/tax evasion, development, anticorruption and energy matters) are reflected in the joint letter by the two Presidents to EU Heads of State and Government of 21 October 2014.

The background:

The G20 leaders' process has been co-initiated in 2008 by the European Union.

The G20 members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.

The European Union thus is a full member of the G20 and is usually represented at G20 summits by the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Council.

The Brisbane Summit is the 9th edition of the Group of 20 (G20) Summit of the world’s major advanced and emerging economies.

Together, the G20 members represent around 90% of global GDP, 80% of global trade and two-thirds of the world’s population. This year, Australia welcomes Spain as a permanent invitee; Mauritania as the 2014 chair of the African Union; Myanmar as the 2014 Chair of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN); Senegal, representing the New Partnership for Africa's Development; New Zealand; and Singapore. The 10th edition of the G20 Summit will be hosted by Turkey in 2015.

The event:

15 and 16 November 2014: 9th edition of the G20 Summit in the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia.

Press events ahead of and during the G20 Summit are to be confirmed. Press material about the EU at the G20 will be made available in the week before and during the Summit.

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The sources:

Joint letter from European Commission President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy ahead of the Brisbane G20 Summit:

Information on previous G20/G8/G7 summits on President Barroso's website:

G20 website of the Australian Presidency:

The contacts:

For the European Commission led by President Juncker as of 1 November 2014

Margaritis Schinas +32 2 296 05 24

Mina Andreeva +32 2 299 13 82

Natasha Bertaud +32 2 296 74 56

For the European Commission led by President Barroso until 31 October 2014

Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen +32 2 295 30 70

Jens Mester +32 2 296 39 73

Dirk Volckaerts +32 2 299 39 44

For the European Council

Preben Aamann +32 2 281 20 60

Jüri Laas +32 2 281 55 23

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