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EXME 12 / 12.09
Midday Express of 2012-09-12
News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne
"In my State of the Union address today, I am setting out a clear political vision for the future of our Union. The challenges I outline call for vision, coherence and effectiveness on the part of the EU Institutions. Using its right of initiative, the Commission will bring forward proposals in the coming months designed to respond to the challenges identified in my speech. In keeping with the Framework Agreement between the European Parliament and the Commission and following on from the structured dialogue between members of the Commission and different parliamentary committees, in this letter I set out the main elements guiding the preparation of the Commission Work Programme for 2013 and beyond."
The Commission today adopted a proposal to strengthen the ability of European political parties to form a truly European public sphere and express the will of EU citizens, by increasing their visibility, recognition, effectiveness, transparency and accountability. The proposal provides European-level legal status for European political parties and their affiliated foundations, tackling the most important obstacle they face when operating in and across Member States. Most are currently registered as Belgian non-profit making associations, or 'asbl'.
The EU institutions have reinforced their fight against cyber threats by establishing the EU's Computer Emergency Response Team, or CERT-EU, on a permanent basis. This decision follows a successful one-year pilot for the team, which drew positive assessments from clients and peers.
In July 2012 compared with June 2012, seasonally adjusted industrial production grew by 0.6% in the euro area (EA17) and by 1.1% in the EU272. In June production decreased by 0.6% and 0.8% respectively. In July 2012 compared with July 2011, industrial production dropped by 2.3% in the euro area and by 1.5% in the EU27.
Fisheries: Less Discards and Simpler Rules for EU Cod Fisheries
The European Commission has just tabled an amendment to the long-term management plan for cod in the North Sea, the Skagerrak, the Eastern Channel, the Kattegat, the West of Scotland and the Irish Sea. The plan, which has been in force since 2008, aims at bringing back cod stocks to sustainable levels. It has now been revised in the light of an evaluation by scientists and of feedback from the fishing sector and the Member States. In the new plan, a series of technical amendments are proposed. For instance, more flexibility is proposed in order to avoid an automatic reduction of total allowable catches (TAC) and fishing effort by 25% every year in cases of lack of certain scientific data. Also, incentives are given to member states to make their fishermen reduce discarding of unwanted fish. For instance, in fisheries where all catches are counted against quotas, the vessels participating in anti-discard trials should be exempt from the effort regime (limits of how much fishing vessels can fish). In the reformed Common Fisheries Policy, the Commission has proposed to gradually replace single-species management plans by multi-species, mixed-fishery plans. Today's amendment to the cod plan is an interim solution pending the development and implementation of such a novel mixed-fishery long-term plan for the North Sea area. For more information, see DG MARE website (Multi-annual plans): http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/cfp/fishing_rules/multi_annual_plans/index_en.htm
European Development Days 2012: Debating new ideas for food security, social protection and the private sector in developing countries
This year's European Development Days will put the spotlight on burning issues for the developing world. At a time when emerging countries are getting richer; when Africa is recording unprecedented economic growth and a boom in business activities; but also at a time when food security remains an acute challenge and inequalities are rising, the international development community will gather in Brussels on 16-17 October at the European Development Days to discuss these challenges and push forward the global agenda. Organised by the European Commission, this high-level event will host heads of state from across Africa such as Macky Sall, President of Senegal, Joyce Banda, President of Malawi and Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon and Dr Thomas Boni Yayi, President of Benin. The EU institutions will be represented by European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, HR/VP Catherine Ashton, Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva and Commissioner for Agriculture, Dacian Ciolos. Other guests include EU ministers, representatives of UN institutions, civil society, academia and the private sector. The main themes of discussion will include: - Agriculture, Food security and resilience – the event will highlight the European Commission's first ever set of proposals on resilience, which will outline a series of concrete recommendations on how to target the root causes of food insecurity and help millions of people to adapt and recover quickly from shocks. - Social protection and inequality – the recent crisis confirms the need to complement economic growth with social measures to warrant inclusive and sustainable development. How can development aid help to achieve this? - Role of the private sector – the event will look at ways in which the private sector can make a difference in developing countries. Registration is open now, and as places are limited, we recommend that you sign up now in order to reserve your place. The programme and confirmation of speakers are available at: http://eudevdays.eu/edd12/programme/agenda You can find out more about how to cover the EDDs and register at: http://eudevdays.eu/sites/default/files/20120910_EDD12_MediaGuide.pdf Find out more about European Development Days here: http://eudevdays.eu/ For further information or with any questions, please contact Stacey Vickers on email@example.com or +32 2 29 94153
Commissioner Hedegaard to take part in African Ministerial Conference on the Environment
Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, will take part in the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in Arusha, Tanzania on 13-14 September. Regarding climate change, the conference will provide a platform for African countries to consolidate and enhance Africa’s common position in the international climate negotiations in preparation for the annual UN climate change conference, to be held at the end of November in Doha, Qatar. Many African countries are part of the group of Least Developed Countries with which the European Union worked closely to achieve progress at last year's UN climate conference in Durban, South Africa. As well as attending AMCEN and addressing the conference on 14 September, Commissioner Hedegaard will hold bilateral meetings with ministers with a view to helping ensure the Doha climate conference becomes a successful milestone on the way to the adoption of a legally binding global climate agreement by 2015.
Today's proposals for a single supervisory mechanism (SSM) for banks in the euro area are an important step in strengthening the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). In the new single mechanism, ultimate responsibility for specific supervisory tasks related to the financial stability of all Euro area banks will lie with the European Central Bank (ECB). National supervisors will continue to play an important role in day-to-day supervision and in preparing and implementing ECB decisions. The Commission is also proposing today that the European Banking Authority (EBA) develop a Single Supervisory Handbook to preserve the integrity of the single market and ensure coherence in banking supervision for all 27 EU countries.
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