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Top News from the European Commission 19 January – 13 February 2015

Brussels, 16 January 2015

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

21-24/1: College Members participate in World Economic Forum in Davos

5/2: The Commission publishes Winter European Economic Forecast


Wednesday 21-Saturday 24 January: World Economic Forum in Davos – Commission setting out EU action in "the new global context"

The news:

Nine Members of the European Commission will participate in the 2015 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, which takes place from 21 to 24 January under the motto “The new global context”. First Vice-President Timmermans representing President Juncker, High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini, Vice-Presidents Šefčovič, Dombrovskis and Katainen, and Commissioners Oettinger, Malmström, Moscovici and Moedas will attend different working sessions and meetings.

The background:

The Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos is a key global event committed to “improving the state of the world” (the motto of the Forum). This year’s edition brings together more than 2.500 world leaders, politicians, top business and opinion leaders and media representatives to exchange ideas and discuss critical topics in more than 280 official sessions. This is a key event to set out and promote the Commission's priorities, strategies and action to boost jobs, growth and competitiveness, enhance investment, and tackle global challenges ranging from global security issues, poverty, climate change and energy matters.

The event:

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, from 21 to 24 January 2015 in Davos, Switzerland. Participation of Commission Members: more information is published in the Commission’s Calendar and on the Forum’s website.

Confirmed media events: press conference with Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas, European Research Council (ERC) President prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and Nobel laureate in Economics and ERC grantee prof. Sir Christopher Pissarides, on Saturday 24 January at 10:30 in the World Economic Forum Media Briefing Centre in Davos.

  • Available by webcast on the website of the World Economic Forum and on EBS

The sources:

World Economic Forum Website:

The contacts:

Jens Mester, +32 229 63973, mobile: +32 498 98 28 84

Dirk Volckaerts, +32 229 93944,

Thursday 5 February: The Commission publishes Winter European Economic Forecast

The news:

On 5 February, the European Commission will publish its Winter European Economic Forecast. It will cover 2014, 2015 and 2016 and will include data on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), inflation, employment and public budget deficits and debt, amongst others. These forecasts focus on all 28 EU Member States, plus the candidate countries as well as some non-EU countries.

The background:

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Monetary Affairs produces short-term macroeconomic forecasts three times year: in the spring, autumn and in the winter. They serve as a basis for various economic surveillance procedures, such as in the context of the European Semester.

The event:

Thursday 5 February: Press conference on the Winter European Economic Forecast (details to follow). Press release available on the day.

  • Available on EBS

The sources:

The contacts:

Annika Breidthardt, +32 229 56153,

Annikky Lamp, +32 460 756 151, annikky.lamp@ec.europa


General public inquiries:

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