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EXME 12 / 16.07
Midday Express of 2012-07-16
News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne
The European Commission has today proposed to provide The Netherlands with €2.9 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 435 redundant workers in the construction sector, strongly affected by the economic and financial crisis, with their re-integration into employment. The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers for their approval.
The European Commission has today proposed to provide Sweden with €4.3 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 700 workers made redundant by the pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca back to employment. The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers for their approval.
In the context of its state aid modernisation initiative (SAM) (see IP/12/458), the European Commission has launched a review of the risk capital guidelines as amended on 1/12/2010 , which outline the criteria for assessing the compatibility of public support measures in this field. The review starts with a public consultation, seeking stakeholders' views on the functioning of the guidelines since their adoption in 2006 and in particular on market developments concerning the supply of equity and debt finance to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). In light of the submissions received and its own experience in applying the guidelines, the Commission will propose revised draft guidelines in 2013, with a view to contributing to the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Submissions can be made until 5 October 2012.
On 16 and 17 July 2012, the transport and telecommunications ministers will meet in an informal council in Nicosia to discuss how to optimise the use of information and communications technologies for transport. Ministers will review means to lift existing barriers to the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in the EU. The focus is on access to transport-related "open data", on tools for planning and integrated ticketing for journeys across Europe using various transport modes, and on the deployment of intelligent systems and services on the trans-European transport (TEN-T) network and in European cities.
Euro area annual inflation was 2.4% in June 2012, unchanged compared with May. A year earlier the rate was 2.7%. Monthly inflation was -0.1% in June 2012. EU annual inflation was 2.6% in June 2012, up from 2.5% in May. A year earlier the rate was 3.1%. Monthly inflation was 0.0% in June 2012.
The first estimate for the euro area trade in goods balance with the rest of the world in May 2012 gave a 6.9 bn euro surplus, compared with -1.2 bn in May 2011. The April 2012 balance was +3.7 bn, compared with -4.5 bn in April 2011. In May 2012 compared with April 2012, seasonally adjusted exports rose by 0.3% while imports fell by 0.9%. The first estimate for the May 2012 extra-EU27 trade in goods balance was a 3.8 bn euro deficit, compared with -14.5 bn in May 2011. In April 2012 the balance was -12.6 bn, compared with -17.1 bn in April 2011. In May 2012 compared with April 2012, seasonally adjusted exports rose by 1.7% while imports fell by 1.7%.
Montenegro gets European assistance to fight forest fires
The European Civil Protection Mechanism is coordinating fire-fighting assistance to Montenegro, which requested help on Saturday to deal with serious forest fires in the northern part of the country. The European Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre communicated Montenegro's request to the 32 European countries collaborating in civil protection, and secured assistance from Croatia. It sent two helicopters with a crew of eight people to the zone of the fire. The risk of forest fires remains high across Southern Europe, due to the continuing heat wave and low precipitation. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism remains at the disposal of its participating states to coordinate the provision of assistance if needed. The Commission's civil protection experts are constantly monitoring the risks for and evolution of forest fires in Europe and are in regular contact with their national counterparts so that a fast and coordinated reaction can be provided in case of new emergencies. The European Civil Protection Mechanism facilitates cooperation in disaster response among 32 European states (EU-27 plus Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The participating countries pool the resources that can be made available to disaster-stricken countries all over the world. The European Commission manages the Mechanism through the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC). (For more information: EU Civil Protection Mechanism: http://ec.europa.eu/echo/policies/disaster_response/mechanism_en.htm
Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva's website: http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/georgieva/index_en.htm)
Enregistrement d'une dénomination de produit agricole
La Commission européenne a ajouté une dénomination à la liste des indications géographiques protégées (IGP). Il s'agit, pour le Danemark, de la viande bovine " Vadehavsstude ". Cette dénomination 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
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