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EXME 12 / 09.10
Midday Express of 2012-10-09
News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne
The European Commission proposed today fishing opportunities for the deep-sea fish stocks in EU and international waters of the North-East Atlantic for 2013-2014. In line with the scientific advice, the Commission proposes to increase total allowable catches (TACs) for 3 stocks, a decrease for 13 stocks, and maintain TACs at the current level for 8 stocks (including zero TACs for 6 stocks), compared to 2012.
The winners of the 2012 European Union Prize for Literature, which recognises the best new or emerging authors in the EU, will be announced today at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The European Union Prize for Literature is open to the 37 countries involved in the EU Culture Programme (27 EU Member States as well as Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Turkey). Each year, national juries in a third of the countries nominate the winner authors, so that all countries in the programme are represented over a three-year period. UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 13H30 CET
Marking the 20th anniversary of the Single Market
The Single Market Week will officially kick off with a launch event in the European Parliament in Brussels on 15 October. This event will offer a unique opportunity for an exchange of views and discussions between citizens, stakeholders and distinguished guests. Meanwhile, an interactive online debate on the European Single Market will take place. On 10 October at 19:00 CET, politicians, experts and intellectuals will argue for or against the idea that completing the single market is the only realistic way out of the crisis. The debate will be chaired by journalist Christine Ockrent and Commissioner Barnier will introduce it. Citizens can have their say by joining the debate live on Google+ and YouTube. http://youtube.com/versusdebates . In parallel to the Single Market Week events, the European SME Week 2012 will also take place in 37 countries from 15 October. The week will offer visitors insight into what the EU and national authorities do to support micro, small and medium-sized businesses. The overall aim is to encourage more people, particularly younger ones, to consider becoming an entrepreneur. For more information and press material on these events, please refer to our MEMO/12/755 .
Commissioner Andor: potential for 2.8 million jobs in the green sector by 2020
"The greening of the economy offers new job opportunities but ensuring that workers have the right skills will be a challenging task. The Commission will ensure that the challenges of the green economy are taken into account in the financial framework of the European Social Fund". This is the key message that Lazlso Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion is delivering today at the Green Workplace Representatives Conference organized by the European Trade Union Confederation. Andor will underline the potential of greening of the economy that could generate up to 2.8 million jobs by 2020. He stresses that it is vital to develop the right skills among workers - industries already report shortages of skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – and recall that the Commission will launch in December an EU Skills Panorama providing information on sector-specific skills. He will also call for action from the Member States notably for greater use of environmental taxes that can be used to finance job creation incentives in the green sector. Last, Andor will underline the key role of the social partners and of social dialogue in ensuring effective policy measures that will unleash the potential of the green sector. "Green jobs will be a crucial aspect of our joint action to tackle the challenges on the labour market" Andor will conclude. UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 14H30 CET
Public Health: One step further in cross-border organ traceability
The Commission adopted today a new piece of legislation to facilitate EU cross-border exchange of information about organs and their donors. In 2011, 30,000 organs were transplanted in the European Union, and many of them were shipped across borders. It is therefore of utmost importance to ensure EU-wide traceability of organs, particularly to cover cases where recipients suffer from adverse reactions to donated organs. The newly adopted legislation will aim to foster cross-border transmission of valuable information about: organs and donors (eg. types of organ – donor's age, gender, health history); the traceability of organs once exchanged, in compliance with confidentiality and data security measures; reporting of serious adverse events and reactions to specific organs, which allows the doctors to take appropriate measures if needed. The new Directive makes it mandatory for national authorities to exchange and store information on cross border organ exchanges and to provide a 24/7 service in case of serious adverse reactions or events. This will allow the medical teams to take appropriate and timely action and to ensure safety of patients. Read more about the Implementing Directive on traceability of exchanged organs at http://ec.europa.eu/health/blood_tissues_organs/organs/index_en.htm ; Follow our health updates on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EU_Health - Hashtag: #organdonationeu
The future Creative Europe programme will be in the spotlight at this week's MIPCOM in Cannes, the leading global market for entertainment content on television and other platforms. The European Commission envisages an increase in support for European TV co-productions under the proposed €1.8 billion Creative Europe programme for 2014-2020, following the success of similar ventures under the existing MEDIA programme , which has invested nearly € 60 million on TV co-productions. These include historical drama The Borgias, a French-German production, which was sold to eight other eight other EU countries and received € 500 000 from MEDIA, and crime series The Bridge, a Swedish-Danish-led venture, with pre-sales in seven countries, which received € 400.000. To be eligible for funding support, at least three broadcasters from different countries must be involved in the production. The MEDIA 'strand' of Creative Europe will also continue to support training and networking initiatives for TV professionals to encourage future European collaborations. Current examples of such projects include the European Drama Series Lab run by the Erich Pommer Institute in Potsdam and the 'Serial Eyes' post-graduate course for young script-writers and producers organised by the German Film and Television Academy. The Creative Europe programme is currently being discussed by Member States and the European Parliament, which will jointly decide its future budget. Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda) and Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth) will issue a declaration at MIPCOM on opportunities created by the digital revolution. See also: MIPCOM 2012
Transport: Aviation Platform on 8 October
The Aviation Platform set up to give strategic advice to Vice President Kallas in order to establish the basis for a sustainable future for air transport met for the fifth time on 8 October. The top-level representatives of the different branches of the aviation sector gave their input in order to prepare the High Level Single European Sky (SES) Conference which will take place in Limassol on 11-12 October. During this meeting Tom Enders, CEO of EADS reported on the recent adoption of the ACARE Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda. The Members also discussed the Communication on the EU's external aviation policy adopted on 27th of September. The dinner following the platform was dedicated to an open discussion on ETS.
A new deal that will boost cooperation, dialogue and help to share information and best practice between the European Union (EU) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was signed between the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, and the Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs.
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