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EXME 13 / 08.04

Midday Express of 2013-04-08

News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne

The EU pledges over €27 million to improve access to basic services for the people of Darfur

European Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs announced today €27.5 million to support people's access to basic services (such as education and health), as well as water management and agriculture in Darfur, a region in Western Sudan. The funding was announced by the European Union during the International Donors Conference for Darfur, which is being held in Doha (7 - 8 April).

Climate Action: European Commission engages industry to spread best climate practices

On Monday 8 April 2013, industry and public sector representatives from 10 European Member States participate in a field trip to visit leading energy efficiency business-cases in Denmark.

Vassiliou to attend Council of Ministers of Culture of South East Europe – arts education, heritage and cooperation in focus

The importance of culture and arts education in human development and as a priority for cooperation for the EU and countries of South East Europe will be a focus of a ministerial meeting in Brdo on 8-9 April. The annual meeting of the Council of Ministers of Culture of South East Europe (CoMoCoSEE) will be attended by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Director General for Democracy at the Council of Europe, as well as by the Ministers from the region. They will also focus on how to build on existing culture and cultural heritage initiatives in the region, which is home to around 60 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The need to protect and promote this priceless heritage helped to inspire the creation of the Council of Ministers of Culture of South East Europe in 2005. Its representatives include the Ministers of Culture of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Slovenia and Turkey. Slovenia holds the Presidency of the CoMoCoSEE this year. The Ministerial grouping acts as a key regional policy platform in the field of culture and heritage, promoting cooperation with the EU, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. The European Commission supports these objectives. The EU Culture Programme already co-finances culture and heritage projects in all the region’s countries. The proposed Creative Europe programme (2014-2020) would also be open to them on an equal footing with EU Member States. Cultural heritage in Southern-East Europe is also strongly supported also by the EU Pre-Accession Policy. To find out more: DG Education and Culture , Commissioner Vassiliou's website , Twitter @VassiliouEU .


Mergers: Commission clears creation of Penguin Random House, combining publishing businesses of Bertelsmann and Pearson

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed creation of Penguin Random House, combining parts of the publishing businesses of the media company Bertelsmann of Germany and the publishing company Pearson of the UK. The Commission found that the transaction would not raise competition concerns, in particular because the merged entity will continue to face several strong competitors.

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