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EXME08 / 16.05


News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communication

16 / 05 / 08

Danuta Hübner, Commissioner for Regional Policy, visits Milan today to attend a launch event for Lombardy's new 2007-2013 regional programme, which strongly features research and innovation. She will meet Mr Roberto Formigoni, President of the region, the mayor of Milan, Mrs Letizia Moratti, and representatives from the regional government, local businesses, universities and research centres. The Commissioner will also visit EU co-funded projects north-west of Milan.

Around 200 Europeans on the front line of the battle against social exclusion will today meet EU and national policy makers in Brussels for a direct dialogue. They will discuss issues ranging from minimum income to housing, social services and services of general interest. The annual event aims to include marginal groups in the process of seeking solutions and building policies to improve their lives.

The Community Civil Protection Mechanism will be sending a team of experts to China on 17 May to help coordinate expert and material assistance from Member States. The Chinese authorities made an official request for assistance following the massive earthquake that struck south-western China on 12 May, and help is being offered by Austria, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Malta.

The first estimate for the euro area (EA15) trade balance with the rest of the world in March 2008 gave a 2.3 bn euro deficit, compared with +7.5 bn in March 2007. The February 20082 balance was +0.8 bn, compared with -1.6 bn in February 2007. In March 2008 compared with February 2008, seasonally adjusted exports fell by 2.9% while imports remained stable. The first estimate for the March 2008 extra-EU27 trade balance was a deficit of 20.5 bn euro, compared with -10.5 bn in March 2007. In February 2008, the balance was -15.6 bn, compared with -17.5 bn in February 2007. In March 2008 compared with February 2008, seasonally adjusted exports fell by 4.9% while imports rose by 0.3%. These data are released by Eurostat.

  • First International Carbon Action Partnership forum to be held in Brussels

The International Carbon Action Partnership will hold its first Global Carbon Market Forum in Brussels on 19-20 May, hosted by the European Commission. Launched last October, the International Carbon Action Partnership brings together public authorities that operate or are developing mandatory 'cap and trade' systems for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. By sharing experience and best practices through the International Carbon Action Partnership, different emission trading systems can be made compatible and able to work together as key pillars of the global carbon market that is essential for mobilising investment in low-carbon technologies and projects worldwide. The event will be opened by Mogens Peter Carl, the Commission's Director General for Environment. High level interventions will also be made by Teresa Ribera Rodriguez, Spain's Secretary of State for Climate Change, and Pete Grannis, Commissioner for Environmental Conservation of New York State in the US. Over 150 participants from XX countries will discuss monitoring, reporting, verification, compliance and enforcement - issues that are crucial for the credibility and success of any emissions trading system. The programme is available at

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