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EXME 11 / 08.04
Midday Express of 2011-04-08
News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communication
A Commission staff working document on "Scaling up international climate finance after 2012" confirms that raising USD 100 billion per year by 2020 will be challenging but it can be done, if the right balance is struck between public funding, funding raised from international carbon markets, as well as private funds, partly leveraged by development banks. Climate funding and development aid need to go hand-in-hand and it requires strong international coordination to ensure an efficient spending.
Between 11 and 15 April 2011, more than 30 000 participants in 43 countries will discuss energy efficiency and renewable energy during the 2011 edition of the EU Sustainable Week. The European Commission is organising the core event in Brussels in order to debate on the best use of energy efficiency and renewable energy across Europe and show concrete examples how to increase both. It will announce the next steps to deploy smart grids throughout Europe and give consumers more possibilities to control their consumption and save more energy.
How can spending for Home Affairs better support an EU approach to migration and asylum, or the fight against terrorism and organised crime? Today the European Commission brings together representatives of Member States and EU institutions, international organisations and civil society to reflect on the future of funding in the field of Home Affairs for the next programming period (2014-2020). Sufficient and efficient funding will remain key to building a more open and secure Europe and reaching the goals set up in the Europe 2020 strategy.
The European Commission approved today the regional information and communication programme (2011-2013), worth € 14 million and targeting the 16 Neighbourhood partners. This programme will aim at improving the comprehension and the visibility of the EU policy and co-operation in the neighbouring countries.
Une confiture roumaine rejoint la liste des produits agricoles protégés comme IGP.
La Commission européenne a ajouté la dénomination "Magiun de prune Topoloveni" comme premier produit roumain à la liste des appellations d'origine protégées (AOP) et indications géographiques protégées (IGP). La spécialité roumaine s'ajoute à la liste de plus de 1000 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/schemes/index_fr.htm
Health Claims: Commission welcomes publication of EFSA's fourth set of opinions on Article 13 claims
The European Commission welcomes the publication, today, of the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) fourth set of opinions covering more than 440 health claims on food products (also known as "Article 13 claims"). It follows the publication of the first three series of opinions published on 1 October 2009, 25 February 2010 and 19 October 2010. The four sets of opinions cover more than 2,100 health claims of the approximately 4,600 submitted for scientific advice. In total, the Member States submitted to the Commission more than 44,000 health claims. The Commission consolidated these into a list of approximately 4,600. Due to the large number of health claims received and the delay in submissions by stakeholders to Member States, the deadline of 31 January 2010, stipulated in the Health Claims Regulation, for the adoption of a list of permitted health claims could not be met. In line with the review of the approach announced on 27 September 2010 ( IP/10/1176), EFSA is expected to finalise by the end of June 2011 its assessment of all claims on substances, other than the so-called "botanicals". The Commission will then immediately follow up in order to establish in one step the list of permitted health claims for all substances other than "botanicals". For more information please visit: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/ndaclaims/ndaclaims13.htm http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/labellingnutrition/claims/health_claims_en.htm
Commission proposes to allow Sweden to apply reduced taxation to shore-side electricity
The European Commission today has adopted a proposal for a Council Decision authorising Sweden to apply a reduced electricity tax rate to electricity provided to vessels at berth in a port ("shore-side electricity"). The reduced rate aims at promoting the use of shore-side electricity over the more polluting alternative of generating electricity on board which is very much used by vessels lying at berth in ports at the moment. Shore-side electricity will help to reduce local air pollution and noise in port cities and to a certain extent, CO2 emissions. In order to target vessels with significant on-board generation and limit the number of beneficiaries, Sweden intends to restrict this tax advantage to vessels of at least 400 tons as well as to supplies of shore-side electricity of at least 380 volts. The Swedish request is in line with the EU energy Taxation Directive and with the EU policy promoting shore-side electricity as a more environmental-friendly way for ships to satisfy their electricity needs while lying at berth in ports and contributes to the EU's environmental, health and climate policy objectives. The reduced rate will also act as an important signal for the sector to further invest in this technology. This Decision will now be discussed and authorised by EU Member States and would apply for a three years-period.
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