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EXME 13 / 04.04
Midday Express of 2013-04-04
News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne
In February 2013, compared with January 2013, the industrial producer price index rose by 0.2% in the euro area (EA17) and by 0.4% in the EU27. In January prices increased by 0.4% in both zones. In February 2013 compared with February 2012, industrial producer prices gained 1.3% in both the euro area and the EU27.
Commissioner Piebalgs to discuss future development cooperation with the Pacific countries
Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs will participate this week (4-5 April) in a high level meeting to discuss priorities of the EU-Pacific cooperation for the coming years. The event will bring together high level representatives from 14 Pacific countries in Apia, Samoa. As part of the meeting, a new financing agreement will be signed to boost access Water and Sanitation in the region and step up the EU efforts towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Commissioner will take the opportunity to visit some on-going EU-funded projects in the area. In particular, he will focus on seeing the effects of the December 2012 Cyclone Evan and reviewing some of the recovery efforts achieved partially thanks to the EU support. The bilateral programmes under the current European Development Fund complement the regional envelope by supporting national initiatives in energy, water and sanitation and rural development. All together the 15 PACP countries (including Timor Leste) benefited from an EDF bilateral assistance of €400 million in addition to the other streams of funds (more than €350 million). For more information: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/fiji/press_corner/all_news/index_en.htm
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the Commission, announced today the appointment of three new Heads of EU Delegations.
Future of Europe Debate: Commissioner Potočnik Face to Face with Citizens in Pisa, Italy
On 5 April 2013, Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik will be in Pisa, Italy, to hold a debate with over 200 citizens about the sustainable use of resources. The initiative is sponsored by the European Commission as part of its series of direct debates with citizens on the European Union and the future of Europe, on the occasion of the European Year of Citizens and in anticipation of the European elections of 2014. The event, will be attended by the Mayor of Pisa, Marco Filippeschi and will take place from 9:30 am at the Stazione Leopolda in Pisa Piazza Guerrazzi 11. It will be moderated by journalist and radio host Federico Taddia . Live streaming can be followed at: http://webcast.ec.europa.eu/eutv/portal/citizendialogue-pisa_050413 and on Twitter using the hashtag # EUdeb8.
Aid figures released by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) today show that the European Union and its 27 Member States remained the world's largest donor in 2012, providing more than half of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) reported by Development Assistance Committee (DAC). The economic crisis and severe budgetary constraints facing most developed countries have impacted global Official Development Assistance (ODA) levels negatively, resulting in a nominal decrease of more than EUR 8 billion USD compared to 2011. The EU collective ODA decreased to EUR 55.1 bn from EUR 56.2 bn in 2011; or from 0.45% to 0.43% of EU gross national income (GNI). The total ODA of the 27 EU Member States alone decreased from 52.8 bn to 50.5 bn, or from 0.42 to 0.39% of GNI. Only four Member States increased1 and seven maintained their ODA levels2, while 16 Member States reduced their effort.
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