|Reference: MEX/12/1019 Event Date: 19/10/2012|
EXME 12 / 19.10
Midday Express of 2012-10-19
News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne
The EU's Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, is in Greece today to outline the most effective way to use EU Regional Funds for growth in the EU's next long term budget. Commissioner Hahn will meet the 13 Governors of Greece's regions in Athens to set out where the European Commission believes Greece can best concentrate its efforts in the next budget period 2014-2020 and to highlight where attention is needed to make the most of current funds. This will form a starting point for discussions on how programmes are designed and ultimately where investment is focused. Commissioner Hahn will also travel to Thessaloniki where he will meet members of the business community in Northern Greece to assess the impact of regional funds on the ground and discuss measures to create a more business friendly environment. While there, he will visit co-funded projects with the Mayor of Thessaloniki Yannis Boutaris.
The European Commission today proposed to provide Austria with €5.2 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 350 workers made redundant by enterprises providing social assistance in Steiermark (Styria, Austria). 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 release €2.6 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 502 redundant workers from ten motorcycle manufacturers in the Italian region of Emilia Romagna with their re-integration into the labour market. 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 Denmark with €1.3m from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 153 workers made redundant by Flextronics International Denmark A/S, a provider of design and electronic manufacturing services for original electronic equipment manufacturers. 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 Romania with €2.9m from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 1416 workers made redundant in Romania by SC Nokia Romania SRL and one of its suppliers with their return to 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 €5.4m from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 1350 workers made redundant by Saab and 16 of its suppliers. The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers for their approval.
The European Commission has proposed to provide Spain with €1.3m from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 500 redundant workers of the metal products sector in País Vasco (Spain) back into employment. The funds requested by the Spanish authorities would help former workers from 423 small and medium sized enterprises. The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and to the EU's Council of Ministers for approval.
Following the usual autumn update of EU funding needs in agriculture, and reflecting the international fisheries negotiations, the Commission agreed today to decrease by EUR 25.1 million its draft budget for 2013 presented this April. The planned needs for agricultural expenditure now amount to EUR 44.1 billion.
A new international portal was launched in Brussels today, which will allow authorities across the world to exchange information about unsafe products that have been taken off the market. The ‘Global Recalls Portal’ is a project developed jointly by the EU and OECD countries including the US, Australia and Canada. It was unveiled by the Director General in the Directorate General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission (SANCO), Paola Testori Coggi, the OECD Deputy Secretary General, Rinario Tamaki, and US Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman, Inez Tenenbaum, as part of International Product Safety Week.
The winners of the 2013 European Border Breakers Awards, celebrating the top new talents in European pop music, were announced today by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and the European music festival Eurosonic Noorderslag.
The deadline for submitting entries to become European Green Capital 2015 is now closed and the following cities have entered the competition: Bristol (UK), Brussels (Belgium), Bydgoszcz (Poland), Dublin (Ireland), Glasgow (UK), Kaunas (Lithuania), Kutahya (Turkey), Ljubljana (Slovenia).
The EU27 external current account recorded a deficit of 6.8 billion euro in the second quarter of 2012, compared with a deficit of 28.3 bn in the second quarter of 2011, according to a second estimate released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the second quarter of 2012, compared with the second quarter of 2011, the deficit of the goods account fell (-12.1 bn euro compared with -39.0 bn), and the surplus of the services account rose (+37.8 bn compared with +30.7 bn). The deficit of the income account increased (-18.1 bn compared with -7.0 bn), as did the deficit of the current transfers account (-14.4 bn compared with -13.0 bn).
Commissioner Hedegaard to visit China and South Korea for climate talks
Connie Hedegaard, Commissioner for Climate Action, will visit China and South Korea from 20-23 October for high-level talks on climate change. In Beijing, Commissioner Hedegaard will meet on 20 October with Xie Zhenhua, a vice-chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission who is China's lead negotiator on climate change issues. Their talks are expected to cover increasing EU-China cooperation on climate change, preparations for the UN climate conference in Doha, Qatar at the end of November, and efforts to reach a global agreement to tackle aviation emissions. Commissioner Hedegaard will also have a meeting with Chinese non-governmental organisations and lunch with members of China's climate change advisory panel. In Seoul, Commissioner Hedegaard will participate in an international ministerial conference on 21-23 October to prepare the Doha conference. Some 45 countries are expected to attend the Seoul talks. The meeting will be co-chaired by Ms Young Sook Yoo, South Korean Minister of Environment, and Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah of Qatar, who will be president of the Doha conference.
Collective efforts to pursue economic integration and promote strong and sustainable economic growth, social cohesion and employment were the main focus of the Tripartite Social Summit held in Brussels on 18th October, in preparation of the 18-19 October European Council. The Summit brought together the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, Cyprus President Demetris Christofias – for the Presidency of the EU's Council of Ministers – and László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, with representatives of European workers and employers (including ETUC, BUSINESSEUROPE, CEEP and UEAPME). Eamon Gilmore, the Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland, which holds the Council Presidency in the first half of 2013, also contributed to the debate. The Summit also reviewed progress on implementing the Compact for Growth and Jobs and discussed the social partners’ key role in EU governance, including their important contribution to restoring jobs and growth.
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