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EXME 13 / 05.02
Midday Express of 2013-02-05
News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne
On 5th February, Safer Internet Day 2013, the Commission has presented the results of joint work of media, technology, telecoms and online companies undertaken since their December 2011 commitment to make the internet a better and safer place for kids (see IP/11/1485).
New EU funding announced today will provide grants, worth €150,000 each, for top-level researchers to bridge the gap between their work and marketable innovation. The European Research Council (ERC) has today published the outcome of the latest round of its top-up funding scheme 'Proof of Concept. A total of 60 grants have now been awarded to researchers who are already ERC grantees, with the 27 latest announced today.
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the Commission, announced today the appointment of Vygaudas Usackas the new Head of Delegation to the Russian Federation.
The use of chemicals in Europe has become considerably safer since the REACH regulation entered into force, according to a European Commission report published today. More readily available information about chemical substances on the market and better targeted risk management measures mean that risks from substances registered under REACH have significantly decreased. The trend is expected to continue, as industry is continuously working towards finding substitutes for the most hazardous chemicals. Five years after REACH's entry into force, implementation is in full swing. Companies have now registered 30,601 files with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) describing the uses and properties of 7,884 chemical substances manufactured or placed on the market. According to a Eurobarometer survey published today, 61% of Europeans think that chemicals are now safer than 10 years ago.
In December 2012 compared with November 2012, the volume of retail trade fell by 0.8% in the euro area (EA17) and by 0.6% in the EU27, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In November retail trade decreased by 0.1% in the euro area and remained stable in the EU27. In December 2012, compared with December 2011, the retail sales index dropped by 3.4% in the euro area and by 2.0% in the EU27. The average volume of retail trade index for 2012, compared with 2011, fell by 1.7% in the euro area and by 0.6% in the EU27.
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