Midday Express of 2012-05-24
European Commission - MEX/12/0524 24/05/2012
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Midday Express of 2012-05-24
News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne
The European Competition Network (ECN) has published a report showing that active enforcement of competition law in the food sector across Europe, in particular at the processing and manufacturing levels, has benefitted farmers, suppliers and consumers. The report shows that the food sector has been a priority of competition authorities in Europe over the last few years and that their action has intensified since the food price crisis broke out in 2007. The ECN brings together the European Commission and the national competition authorities of the 27 Member States.
Conference "Mission Growth on 29 May: Europe at the Lead of the New Industrial Revolution
EU growth requires a strong and innovation-driven industrial sector to exit the current crisis. The European Commission has been pushing for an ambitious agenda for EU industry for many years. This is President Barroso and Vice-President Tajani will be hosting a high-level conference on ways for a reshape of European industry to make it robust, sustainable, and growth-oriented. High-ranking speakers at the conference include Professor Jeremy Rifkin, several EU Ministers and industrial leaders. With this initiative the European Commission intends to launch a debate about new ideas for the growth strategy focusing on the real economy and industrial innovation in view of promoting a European leading role in the new technological development. This strategy should give concrete perspectives in terms of opportunities and employment for new generations. The new industrial revolution should lead towards a more efficient and sustainable use of our resources. More in general, our economy as a whole is going through major transformations, with new production techniques based on digital technologies, advanced materials, key enabling technologies, space, robotics, renewable energy, recycling and reuse of raw materials.
EU funds fight against hospital superbugs
The European Commission-funded Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) today launches a programme worth up to €600 million to combat hospital superbugs by speeding up the development of new antibiotics. Antibiotic resistant bacteria are estimated to cause at least 25,000 deaths in the EU each year. The first funding round, which represents a €224 million investment, will focus on exchanging data between researchers, carrying out clinical trials, and improving their efficiency. European Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn commented: "Antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest health challenges we face. It puts lives at risk and severely disrupts hospital services. The research from this initiative will result in much-needed new antimicrobials and improve our arsenal in the fight against dangerous superbugs." Details of the first funding round and a webinar are available at: www.imi.europa.eu . IMI’s programme is part of the European Commissions’ Action Plan against the rising threats from Antimicrobial Resistance, which was launched in November last year.
Tourism: Seminar in Beijing on the European Law
In the context of Europe China Trade Project (EUCTP) China has required European assistance in drafting their tourism law. In this context a seminar on Tourism Law in Europe will be organised in Beijing on 24-25 May 2012, where EU officials will present an overview of the European tourism framework and EU Member States will describe their national tourism provisions. The event will contribute to a frank debate between the Chinese and European authorities to enhance cooperation and increase flows of tourists in both directions. The EU is receiving about 3 million Chinese tourists per year and the Chinese market has a huge growth potential for the European tourism sector. The Europe China Trade Project provides support and technical assistance to China's economic, trade and investment reform, promoting China's sustainable development and integration in the global trading system. Under the project several activities in key areas such as sustainable trade, product safety and consumer protection, are in process. Building on the success of the previous project, the new EUCTP was officially launched in March 2011. More information on EUCTP can be found at http://www.euctp.org/
Commissioner Vassiliou to address European Newspaper Publishers' Association
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will address the general assembly of the European Newspaper Publishers' Association (ENPA) in Nicosia tomorrow. Commissioner Vassiliou will highlight the role of newspapers in shaping open, democratic and tolerant societies. She will also speak about the importance of media literacy in the digital era, the possibility of extending low or zero-rate VAT to online publications, and the need for stronger copyright protection for newspapers. ENPA represents over 5,000 national, regional and local newspaper titles, published in 26 European countries. More than 150 million newspapers are sold and read by over 300 million Europeans every day, in addition to millions of visits to online newspaper websites. The publishing industries employ more than 750,000 people in the EU.
The European Commission has called on EU Member States, in a report adopted today, to implement their national strategies to improve the economic and social integration of Europe's 10 to 12 million Roma. Member States developed these plans in response to the Commission's EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies adopted on 5 April 2011 (see IP/11/400 , MEMO/11/216) which was endorsed by EU leaders soon afterwards ( IP/11/789).
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