Midday Express of 2010-04-19
European Commission - MEX/10/0419 19/04/2010
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EXME 10 / 19.04
Midday Express of 2010-04-19
News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communication
La Pologne recevra € 633 millions supplémentaires en fonds structurels, la République tchèque € 237 millions et la Slovaquie € 138 millions. Ce bonus est dû à leur croissance économique plus forte que prévue. L'accord inter-institutionnel (Parlement, Conseil, Commission) sur le cadre financier 2007-2013 prévoit un ajustement automatique pour les pays dont le PIB pour les années 2007-2009 a divergé de plus de 5% par rapport aux prédictions faites au moment où le cadre financier a été adopté. Or, sur cette période, le PIB de la Pologne est 8% supérieur à ces estimations; le PIB de la Slovaquie et la République tchèque sont respectivement 10,8% et 7,5% supérieures à ce qui avait été anticipé.
The European Commission today took a decision on the new national allocation plan (NAP) submitted by Poland for distributing carbon dioxide (CO2) emission allowances for the 2008-2012 trading period of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). It did not raise any objections. The EU ETS ensures that greenhouse gas emissions from the energy and industry sectors it covers are cut in a cost-efficient manner, thus helping the EU and its Member States to meet their emission commitments.
A European Commission decision adopted today will oblige all EU countries to use, as of May 2011, a European databank for medical devices (Eudamed). Medical devices range from life-supporting devices such as pacemakers through hip implants or X-ray machines, down to products used daily such as syringes or blood tests. Even though these devices are traded on the European single market, data which are key to their safety – such as conformity certificates, data on clinical investigations – are for the time being collected only at the national level. The Eudamed databank is a secure IT tool which will ensure rapid access to such data by market surveillance authorities. The databank will also streamline the rules for manufacturers placing in vitro diagnostic (IVD) devices on the market.
The investment of €123 billion through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) between 2000 and 2006 has had a clear impact in the regions. An estimated 1.4 million jobs were created during this period, 2 000 km of motorways were built and 14 million people drink better water thanks to EU supported projects. These results will be presented today at an evaluation conference in Brussels where Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy, will meet representatives from Member States, regions, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions and the European Court of Auditors.
In the construction sector, seasonally adjusted production fell by 3.3% in the euro area (EA16) and by 2.9% in the EU27 in February 2010, compared with the previous month. In January, production decreased by 0.9% in the euro-area and by 1.1% in the EU27. Compared with February 2009, output in February 2010 dropped by 15.2% in the euro area and by 10.2% in the EU27. These first estimates are released by Eurostat.
New European Portal: Customs security procedures in a few clicks
The European Commission has launched the first phase of a new web portal to help businesses to understand and follow the customs procedures for importing goods into and exporting goods from the EU. Designed as a single point of access to relevant and practical information, the portal includes animated scenarios to explain each step of the import, export and transit procedures. It also outlines the legal framework for such procedures, and includes information (such as policy information, databases and assistance services) taken from Commission and Member States’ customs websites. This first stage of the "European Customs Information Portal" (ECIP) focuses on the application of the Safety and Security Amendment to the Customs Code, which entered into force on 1 July 2009. The customs portal was developed together with Member States and the Trade Contact Group, and will be further extended in the future to cover other areas and provide more in-depth information on customs procedures. For further information: Link to ECIP: http://ec.europa.eu/ecip/
Enregistrement de trois dénominations de produits agricoles
La Commission européenne a ajouté trois dénominations de produits agricoles et alimentaires à la liste des appellations d'origine protégées (AOP) et indications géographiques protégées (IGP). Il s'agit de la plante ornamentale belge "Gentse azalea" (IGP), des "Pommes des Alpes de Haute Durance" (IGP) pour la France et du jambon italien "Prosciutto di Sauris" (IGP). Les trois dénominations s'ajoutent à la liste d'environ 900 produits déjà protégés en vertu de la législation sur la protection des indications géographiques, des appellations d'origine et des spécialités traditionnelles. Des renseignements sur les produits de qualité ainsi que la liste des dénominations protégées sont disponibles sur l'internet à l'adresse: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/quality/index_fr.htm
State aid: Public consultation - questionnaire on the application of the Temporary Framework
The European Commission has sent on 17 March a second questionnaire to Member States in order to gather further und more updated evidence on the use of the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support access to finance in the current financial and economic crisis , taking into account current economic circumstances. Other interested parties were also invited to contribute to the consultation. The questionnaire is available in 22 languages through the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/recovery/publications.html The deadline for comments has now been extended to 26 April 2010.
European Commission President Barroso today decided to set up an ad-hoc group to assess the impact of the situation created by the volcanic ash cloud on the air travel industry and the economy in general. The President wishes to ensure that the EU has the right analysis to be able to respond appropriately, if needed, and that any measures taken across the EU to respond to economic consequences of this situation are properly coordinated.
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