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EXME 13 / 19.03

Midday Express of 2013-03-19

News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne

Road safety: EU reports lowest ever number of road deaths and takes first step towards an injuries strategy

Road fatalities across the EU have decreased by 9% in 2012. According to new figures published by the European Commission today, 2012 saw the lowest number of people killed in road traffic in EU countries since the first data were collected.

Environment: Commission helps Member States to get on track with sustainable waste management

Every year, each European citizen generates over 500 kilos of municipal waste, more than one third of which goes directly to landfill. Whereas some Member States manage to put those resources to productive use, recycling or composting around 60% of their municipal waste, others struggle to manage it. Today Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik is participating in a high level seminar in Brussels to help Member States that are lagging behind in sustainable waste management practices. The aim is to help optimise their waste policies through tailored Roadmaps with practical recommendations, focusing on the effective implementation of EU waste legislation. Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia were present at the seminar. In parallel, the European Environment Agency (EEA) published an in-depth analysis of the past decade's achievements in municipal waste management policies in the EU.

Commission seeks input on improving redress for consumers in cross-border claims

The European Commission has today launched a public consultation on how to improve access to justice for consumers and small businesses in small-scale cross-border disputes. The European Small Claims Procedure offers a cheap and easy way to resolve cross-border disputes for amounts below €2,000, without complicated legal procedures. It can be used in cases where consumers need to enforce their rights, for example because of non-delivery of goods ordered from another EU country. But a report last year from the European Consumer Centres Network found that this user-friendly procedure is not yet widely known and is often under-used ( IP/12/985). The European Commission is now asking for input from consumers, businesses and the general public on how the Small Claims Procedure currently operates and how it could be improved, simplified or modernised. The aim is to improve confidence in cross-border shopping, helping consumers and businesses make full use of Europe’s Single Market.

Commissioner Barnier appoints Philippe Maystadt as Special Adviser to enhance EU’s role in promoting high quality accounting standards

EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier has today appointed Philippe Maystadt, former President of the European Investment Bank, as Special Adviser. Capitalising on his expertise in the financial sector, Mr Maystadt’s role as Special Adviser will be to reinforce the EU's contribution to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), and to improve the governance of the institutions developing these standards.

New EU support to continue improving security in Somalia

Today the EU has decided to provide additional support of €33 million to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which plays an essential role in securing the country on its path towards lasting peace, prosperity and stability.

Commissioner Piebalgs to attend a Post-2015 development agenda consultation in India

European Commissioner for Development participates today in a consultation meeting on the Post Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda in New Dehli, India. A High Level Panel was set up by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in July 2012 to advise on the global development framework beyond 2015. Today's event intends to provide this HLP with the academic perspective from the South, and to connect its members with researchers from developing countries, policymakers and stakeholders from Asia and other regions. Two main topics will be discussed: Livelihoods, employment and social protection and water, sanitation, health and sustainability. For more information:

Production in construction down by 1.4% in euro area and down by 1.3% in EU27 in January 2013

In the construction sector, seasonally adjusted production fell by 1.4% in the euro area (EA17) and by 1.3% in the EU27 in January 2013, compared with the previous month, according to first estimates released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In December 2012, production increased by 0.3% in the euro area, but declined by 0.6% in the EU27. Compared with January 2012, production in January 2013 dropped by 7.3% in the euro area and by 8.0% in the EU27.

Autre matériel diffusé :

Statement by President Barroso ahead of a meeting with German Chancellor Merkel, French President Hollande and business leaders of the European Round Table of Industrialists on European competitiveness – rediffusion

Memo "Towards a Strategy on Serious Road Traffic Injuries – Frequently asked questions"

Memo "European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) - Fact Sheet"

Memo "Remarks by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton following her meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad"

Memo "Remarks by Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy to the press after the meeting with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić" – rediffusion

Memo "Remarks by Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy to the press after the meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić" – rediffusion

Speech by Vice-President Reding: "A more coherent enforcement of EU consumer rules"

Speech by Commissioner Janez Potočnik: "Let’s Clean up Europe!" – rediffusion

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