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Midday Express of 2012-10-04

Commission Européenne - MEX/12/1004   04/10/2012

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EXME 12 / 04.10

Midday Express of 2012-10-04

News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne

Enterprise Promotion Awards: Shortlist of best entrepreneurship policies

European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) nominees help people create and grow businesses: technological or traditional, local or international. The EEP Awards recognise innovation and reward the success of public bodies and public-private partnerships in promoting enterprise and entrepreneurship at national, regional and local levels. This year's projects supported entrepreneurs — aged from 10 to over 50 years — as across Europe they set-up and improve the Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) which are crucial to our economy. The winners for each of the five categories will be announced at the first ever SME Assembly on 15 November 2012 in Cyprus. One project will also receive the prestigious Grand Jury Prize.

Digital Agenda: Major banks, telecoms companies and governments join forces in EU-wide cyberattack exercise

Hundreds of cyber security experts from across the EU are testing their readiness to combat cyberattacks in a day-long simulation across Europe today. In Cyber Europe 2012 , 400 experts from major financial institutions, telecoms companies, internet service providers and local and national governments across Europe are facing more than 1200 separate cyber incidents (including more than 30 000 emails) during a simulated distributed denial of service (DDoS) campaign. The exercise is testing how they would respond and co-operate in the event of sustained attacks against the public websites and computer systems of major European banks. If real, such an attack would cause massive disruption for millions of citizens and businesses across Europe, and millions of euros of damage to the EU economy.

Commission leads by example at conference showcasing 21st century IT solutions

On 4 and 5 October over 800 IT specialists and policy managers from EU institutions and agencies will attend the European Commission ICT Conference 2012, helping to lay the digital foundations for 21st century EU administrations. Social media, mobile ICT and other 21st century developments are offering EU administrations possibilities and tools undreamed of by public servants of previous generations. New trends in technology coupled with highly IT-literate societies across the Union are having a huge impact - both on citizens’ expectations and the demands placed on administrations.

State aid: Commission approves restructuring aid for Austrian bank Hypo Tirol

The European Commission has concluded that a planned capital injection of €220 million for the Austrian bank Hypo Tirol Bank AG was in line with EU state aid rules. In particular, the Commission found that the bank's restructuring plan ensures the bank's viability without state support and provides for a sufficient own contribution to the restructuring costs while minimising distortions of competition.

Environment: Commission proposes measures to tackle "biopiracy" and facilitate nature-based research

Researchers and companies in the EU received a boost today with a new proposal that should provide reliable access to genetic resources from outside the Union. The proposal – a draft Regulation that would implement the 'Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing' – is designed to protect the rights of countries and of indigenous and local communities that allow their genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge to be used, while also giving researchers in Europe improved, reliable access to quality samples of genetic resources at low cost with high legal certainty.

The EU and the International Fund for Agricultural Development sign a partnership to improve sustainable agriculture

Today in Brussels, European Union Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further strengthen the cooperation between the EU and IFAD on agriculture.

Learn about EU science! The JRC's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) in Geel opens its doors!

On Sunday, 7 October 2012 (10h to 17h) the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) in Geel, Belgium will open its doors! The IRMM is one of the seven institutes of the Joint Research Centre – the only European Commission’s in-house science service. This event is a great opportunity for researchers, teachers, students and families to learn about the world of measurement science by performing fun, interactive experiments such as extracting DNA from a kiwi, exploring the nano-scale or pitting the human senses against sophisticated detection equipment. Visitors can also enjoy a guided tour of our linear accelerator – a unique research facility in the world that is rarely open to the public. The mission of this JRC's research Institute is to promote a common and reliable European measurement system in support of EU policies. The prime objective is to build confidence in the comparability of measurements by the production and dissemination of internationally accepted quality assurance tools, including validated methods, reference materials, reference measurements, interlaboratory comparisons and training. These allow for instance to make sure that medical tests results are comparable from country to country. For security reasons, registration is mandatory and limited to 800 people. You can register online until Friday 5 October: http://irmm.jrc.ec.europa.eu/openday . Interested media can also get in touch with David Anderson (JRC-IRMM Communication officer) at +32 498 98 80 00.

Public Health: Increasing the safety of medicines under stricter monitoring

Today the Council gave its approval to the amended legislation on pharmacovigilance; the science related to detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse reactions to medicines. Even though the rules on pharmacovigilance were improved in 2010, potential weaknesses were brought to light in 2011. Therefore, the Commission promptly ran a "stress-test" of the rules and proposed further amendments to the legislation. The new rules will come into force by the end of 2013. They will lead to strengthened monitoring of additional categories of medicinal products. Patients and health professionals will recognise these medicines thanks to a standard black symbol, and an explanatory statement about the product's characteristics. That statement will encourage all users to report suspected adverse reactions to these medicinal products. As for marketing authorisation holders, they will need to clearly justify all withdrawals, suspensions or non-renewals of the marketing authorisations. No product will fall through the net and escape scrutiny where safety concerns are identified. The Commission fully supports the endorsed legislation and is very pleased that an early agreement was reached between the European institutions.

Commissioner Maria Damanaki visits Czech Republic

Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries will visit the Czech Republic on 4 and 5 October. She will meet the Czech Minister of Agriculture Mr Petr Bendl, leading representatives of Czech Republic authorities and scientists. On October 5, Ms Damanaki will visit aquaculture farms and get first-hand experience of some innovative freshwater aquaculture projects currently running in Southern Bohemia. The Commissioner will present the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, proposed by the Commission last year and currently being discussed by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. The reformed fisheries policy will aim at preserving fish stocks at sustainable levels for the benefit of current and future generations by managing fisheries in a responsible, science-based way. In meetings with stakeholders involved in the aquaculture sector, Commissioner Damanaki will notably put emphasis on how a reformed Common Fisheries Policy can give impetus to the sustainable growth of European aquaculture through an EU coordinated approach based on strategic guidelines, common priorities and exchange of best practices. The Commissioner will also have meetings and discusses with local and regional authorities and representatives of the local community.

Internal Market and Services Commissioner Michel Barnier visits Brazil

Commissioner Barnier arrives in São Paulo today where he will participate in a seminar on "The euro and the financial and banking reforms in the European Union: implications and relevance for EU-Brazil relations" (speech will be published on Rapid). During his visit, the Commissioner will also meet with Guido Mantega, Minister of State of Finance, Roberto Egydio Setubal, Chairman of the Board of the Brazilian Banking Federation, Luiz Awazu Pereira, Deputy-Governor of the Central Bank of Brazil, and with European representatives of major European groups operating in Brazil. Given the importance of a global level playing field in financial regulation, Brazil is an important partner in the programme of financial reform mandated by the G20.

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Digital Agenda: Major banks, telecoms companies and governments join forces in EU-wide cyberattack exercise

Hundreds of cyber security experts from across the EU are testing their readiness to combat cyberattacks in a day-long simulation across Europe today. In Cyber Europe 2012 , 400 experts from major financial institutions, telecoms companies, internet service providers and local and national governments across Europe are facing more than 1200 separate cyber incidents (including more than 30 000 emails) during a simulated distributed denial of service (DDoS) campaign. The exercise is testing how they would respond and co-operate in the event of sustained attacks against the public websites and computer systems of major European banks. If real, such an attack would cause massive disruption for millions of citizens and businesses across Europe, and millions of euros of damage to the EU economy.

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