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EXME 12 / 20.01

Midday Express of 2012-01-20

News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne

European Capital of Culture: President Barroso and President of Portugal open Guimarães 2012

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva will be in Guimarães tomorrow (21 January) to mark the city's year as 2012 European Capital of Culture. The festivities will start with a major theatrical and multimedia open-air show. The programme focuses on the city's history (its centre is a UNESCO world heritage site), as well as on contemporary and innovative cultural themes. Almost 50% of its population is less than 30 years old, making it one of the youngest cities in Europe; its 2012 logo – "the heart of Guimarães" – has inspired an exhibition featuring 200 art works created by local primary school children, using paper, buttons, gum and dolls' clothes. As well as raising its international profile, the event is expected to act as a catalyst for the social, economic and urban transformation of Guimarães. The city shares the title of European Capital of Culture this year with Maribor in Slovenia. More information available on:


Commission launches dialogue with Kosovo on visa free travel

Today, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström launched a visa liberalisation dialogue with Kosovo in Pristina. The aim of this dialogue is to eventually lift the visa obligation for citizens of Kosovo. This will only be possible, however, once the Government of Kosovo has implemented substantial reforms in key areas such as the security of travel documents; border, migration and asylum management; public order and security issues (notably the fight against organised crime and corruption) and fundamental rights issues related to the freedom of movement.

Autre matériel diffusé :

Memo "Safety of passenger ships – Costa Concordia accident and Commission review of safety legislation"

Memo "Preparation of the Agriculture/Fisheries Council of January 23, 2012"

Memo "Š.Füle in Morocco: We stand behind your reform efforts" – rediffusion

Statement by Commissioner Potočnik on the new Regulation on biocides

Statement by Commissioner Potočnik on the new directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) – rediffusion

Statement by the EC, ECB, and IMF on the Review Mission to Ireland - rediffusion

Speech by Commissioner De Gucht: "Working together for growth. Making the most of the internal market and external trade"

Speech by Commissioner Dalli "EU Animal Welfare Strategy 2012-2015: Analysing the past and shaping the future" – rediffusion

Discours du Commissaire Barnier: ""Vers une nouvelle gouvernance économique et financière européenne"

Speech by Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn: "Venture Capital Round Table" – rediffusion

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Calendrier hebdomadaire du 23 au 29 janvier 2012

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