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EXME09 / 18.09


News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

18 / 09 / 09

Today, the European Commission announced €5 million of funding for 2009 to strengthen cultural and commercial relations between Europe's film industry and film-makers of third countries. The EU funding will enable European film makers, animators and other audiovisual professionals to learn new skills, and promote the industry, by cooperating with professionals outside Europe, and vice-versa. 40 projects will benefit from EU funding. They include joint training, reciprocal promotion, distribution and film screenings and other actions to encourage audiences in Europe and abroad to discover foreign films. The funding takes place under MEDIA International, an initiative for EU funding of international film cooperation started in 2008. Compared to 2008, this year's funding and number of selected projects have more than doubled (last year, 18 projects were funded by the EU with €2 million, IP/08/1273). This was made possible thanks to last December's vote by the European Parliament to increase the budget for international cooperation in the film sector.

Le tout premier concours «La musique contre la pauvreté», organisé par la Commission européenne pour mobiliser les jeunes autour de la lutte contre la pauvreté, a remporté un vif succès: 250 chansons originaires de plus de 20 pays ont été envoyées. «Let's join together», la chanson gagnante du groupe Ensemble pour la Paix, originaire de Rome, a remporté le concours. Outre un enregistrement professionnel de sa chanson, le groupe se produira à Stockholm au cours des journées européennes du développement en octobre.

The "Eurostat yearbook 2009" (Europe in figures) published today presents in more than 500 pages a comprehensive selection of the available statistical data at Eurostat, together with explanatory text. The yearbook may be viewed as an introduction to EU statistics and provides guidance to the vast range of data freely available from the Eurostat website and its online databases. The yearbook shows how key indicators have developed in the EU27, the euro area, the Member States and the Candidate countries. Data for the EFTA countries, the US and Japan are also included when available. It has sixteen main chapters on different statistical areas. The first chapter puts creativity and innovation – the theme of the European year 2009 – in the spotlight. The other chapters cover all major statistical domains: economy, population, education, health, living conditions and welfare, labour market, industry and services, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, external trade, transport, environment, energy, science and technology, Europe's regions and finally a chapter devoted to the links between statistics and European policies.

  • State aid: Commission approves prolongation of Greek support package for credit institutions

The European Commission has authorised, under EC Treaty state aid rules, a prolongation of the Greek support package for credit institutions until the end of 2009. The support measures consist in a recapitalisation scheme, a guarantee scheme and support through the issuance of Greek State special purpose securities to credit institutions. The authorisation also covers an amendment made to the recapitalisation scheme so as to adapt it to the Commission's Communication on recapitalisation (see IP/08/1901), that was adopted after the approval of the original scheme. The Commission found the prolongation of the measures, initially approved on 19th November 2008 (see IP/08/1742), to be in line with its Guidance Communication on state aid to overcome the financial crisis (see IP/08/1495). In particular, the extended measures are limited in time and scope. The Commission has therefore concluded that they represent an appropriate and proportionate means of remedying a serious disturbance in the Greek economy and as such are compatible with Article 87(3)(b) of the EC Treaty.

  • Vice President Tajani to address the 16th Intelligence Transport System (ITS) World Congress in Stockholm on 21 September 2009

The Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Transport, Antonio Tajani, will visit Stockholm on Monday 21 September to address the 16th ITS World Congress taking place from 21st to 25 st September. The Congress will present Europe 's main achievements in Intelligent Transport Systems and Services as well as its innovations in transport. The Congress theme "ITS in daily life" brings focus to the importance of making everyday use of innovative traffic management systems and mobility services a reality. It is in line with the European Commission's current efforts to promote Europe-wide deployment of it as well as to put ITS research results into operation and thus to bring benefits to the citizens and the business community alike. Vice President Tajani will hold a press conference at 13.30 hrs and address the opening session at 14.30 hrs.

  • Monthly Labour Market Monitoring September 2009

Latest data covering the period up to July/August 2009 indicate that the Labour Market is deteriorating at a slower pace than in previous months; still young people and migrants continue to be hit particularly hard. The general improvement is supported by rise in confidence among businesses and consumers, including their employment and unemployment expectations. The moderation in the economic recession results among others from increases in retail trade turnover. In this month's edition there is a special focus on the hotels and restaurants sector. Contrary to other sectors (such as the automobile and construction industries), hotels and restaurants have been unaffected by the financial crisis as such, since they rely very little on consumer credit. The impact of the crisis in this sector is a secondary consequence of the crisis in the real economy, as people have less disposable income and are uncertain about their economic perspectives. The sector was thus late in entering the recession, and will be late in coming out, too. Monthly Labour Market Monitor September 2009:

  • Commissioner Vassiliou to open major cancer conference in Berlin

Commissioner for Health, Androulla Vassiliou will travel to Berlin on 21 September to deliver an opening keynote speech on the EU’s plans to tackle cancer. The conference marks the beginning of a new collaboration between cancer patients and their carers, health professionals and scientists. This is the first joint conference of the European Cancer Organisation and the European Society for Medical Oncology. Topics covered at the congress include the latest scientific and clinical advances as well as developments in cancer care, treatment and prevention. Over 2,000 delegates are expected at the 4 day meeting. The Commissioner will introduce the EU’s new strategy on fighting cancer and specifically the establishment of a European Partnership for Action against Cancer. The Partnership brings together all actors from private, public and not for profit sectors working on cancer to support national authorities in sharing information, capacity and expertise in cancer prevention, control and research. The main goal of the Partnership is to reduce the number of new cancer cases in the EU by 15% by 2020. The official launch of the European Partnership for Action against Cancer will take place in Brussels on 29 September with the participation of President Barroso, HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium, Health Ministers, representatives of Member States, cancer experts, health professionals, industry and cancer patients and survivors. European Partnership for Action Against Cancer website:

  • Putting emphasis on innovation in the future Commission reform strategy - 5th Brussels Debate, 22 September 2009

The importance of innovation to Europe’s future prosperity is undisputed and has been recognised in the recent communication of the European Commission on "Reviewing Community innovation policy in a changing world", published on 2 September 2009. Innovation and creativity are becoming all the more important as the world’s economies move towards a knowledge-based, low-carbon economy. This Brussels Debate will examine the central question of how to put innovation at the heart of the EU’s future reform strategy and what policies and tools are needed to realise the EU’s ambitious agenda for innovation. Vice-President Günter Verheugen, Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry, will deliver the key note speech. Date: 22 September 2009, 17:00 - 19:00. Venue: Résidence Palace, Polak Room, Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels. See also: European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009

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