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EXME 13 / 25.03

Midday Express of 2013-03-25

News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne

Making the EU more attractive for foreign students and researchers

The EU needs to attract talented non-EU students and researchers who can contribute to our growth and competitiveness with their knowledge and skills. Moving to Europe temporarily is an opportunity embraced by over 200.000 students and researchers from outside the EU every year. However, far too many of them have to face unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles. Current rules for obtaining a student visa or a residence permit are often complex and unclear; procedures can be lengthy and vary considerably across Member States and moving from one Member State to another can be very difficult or even impossible. This hampers the possibility to provide EU countries with a greater pool of talent and reduces the appeal of the EU as a world centre for excellence.

European Commission launches Green Paper on the long-term financing of the European economy

The European Commission has today adopted a Green Paper that launches a three-month public consultation on how to foster the supply of long-term financing and how to improve and diversify the system of financial intermediation for long-term investment in Europe. Long-term investment represents spending that enhances the productive capacity of the economy. This can include energy, transport and communication infrastructures, industrial and service facilities, climate change and eco-innovation technologies, as well as education and research and development. Europe faces large-scale long-term investment needs, which are crucial to support sustainable growth. To fund long-term investment, governments, businesses and households need access to predictable long term financing.

Environment: Bristol, Brussels, Glasgow and Ljubljana shortlisted for European Green Capital 2015

Bristol, Brussels, Glasgow and Ljubljana have been chosen as the four finalists to proceed to the next stage of the European Green Capital 2015 Award organised by the European Commission. The European Green Capital Award is an annual prize that goes to one city every year, singling out its environmental performance.

GreenLight awards: winners to be unveiled at energy efficiency conference

The European Commission's GreenLight programme encourages electricity savings through energy-efficient lighting technologies. Each year, the best-performing participants in the initiative are chosen. The 2012 winners will be unveiled tomorrow 26 March during the conference "Scientific support to EU growth and jobs: efficient buildings, vehicles and equipment", organised by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and to be opened by the EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.Nine companies from five different countries have been selected because of their electricity savings and the technologies implemented. The GreenLight programme currently has partners, who each year save roughly the electricity consumption of a city of 250 000 inhabitants. The ceremony award will take place at 12:30h in the Alcide De Gasperi room, Charlemagne Building (170, rue de la Loi, Brussels), where the conference will also be held. The event is open to the press and the full programme is available at:

Autre matériel diffusé :

Joint statement by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe

Memo "The EU's free trade agreements – where are we?" – rediffusion

Memo "A Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Japan" – rediffusion

Statement by President Barroso following the meeting between the European Commission and the Russian Government – rediffusion

Memo "Remarks by Vice President Rehn on Cyprus at the Eurogroup Press Conference on 25 March 2013" – rediffusion

Memo "Green paper on long-term financing of the European economy - Frequently Asked Questions"

Memo "Clearer and more consistent rules for non-EU nationals coming to the EU for studies, scientific research and other exchanges"

Speech by Commissioner Štefan Füle: "Address on EU-Albania relations" – rediffusion

Memo "Vice-President Šefcovic tells Europe's Foreign Ministers: review of European External Action Service must strengthen the role of the EU as a global player" – rediffusion

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