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EXME 13 / 12.04
Midday Express of 2013-04-12
News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne
Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will visit the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, on 15 April to meet scientists and researchers supported with funding from the EU Marie Curie Actions . Members of the team which discovered the Higgs particle last summer ( IP/12/755) and researchers who are developing new state-of-the-art 3D imaging to improve cancer treatments are among those she will meet. 35 research training initiatives at CERN have received a total of € 44 million in support from the Marie Curie Actions.
In February 2013 compared with January 2013, seasonally adjusted industrial production grew by 0.4% in both the euro area (EA17) and the EU27. In January production fell by 0.6% and 0.5% respectively. In February 2013 compared with February 20124, industrial production decreased by 3.1% in the euro area and by 2.5% in the EU27.
Europe's social crisis: Is there a way out?
"We all need to realise – citizens and political leaders – that there is no way out of Europe's social crisis unless we properly redesign the currency union; unless we structurally fix or even reconstruct the building", László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion will say today at Munich's Max Planck Institute. "For this we need discipline, collective determination, but also solidarity between the rich and the poor. Unless European leaders agree on really systemic and collective solutions that ensure a decent economic future for every country participating in the common currency, there is no light at the end of the tunnel for many of the troubled countries, and there is no light at the end of the tunnel for Europe. We need to restore some convergence in terms of the growth potential of the individual countries of the Economic and Monetary Union. We need to act decisively to reduce unemployment and exclusion in the 'periphery'. We must all realise that what is at stake is really the future of the whole European project. What is at stake is peace and prosperity for each of us individually, and for all of us collectively. We must face up to this reality, and do what it takes to overcome this crisis." UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 15.30 CET
Winners of EU Prize for Literature at London Book Fair
Authors Anna Kim (Austria) and Sara Mannheimer (Sweden), who were among the winners of the 2012 European Union Prize for Literature ( IP/12/1082), have been invited to the London Book Fair, which opens on Monday 15 April. The two authors will take part in a debate organised as part of the EU-backed 'Literature across Frontiers' initiative, which promotes literary exchanges, translations and policy development around literature. The event takes place in the Pen Literary Café on 17 April. Launched in 2009, the EU Prize for Literature honours the best new or emerging authors and highlights the creativity and diversity of Europe’s contemporary fiction. To find out more: The London Book Fair 2013 , European Commission and culture , Commissioner Vassiliou's website , Twitter @VassiliouEU .
First European School celebrates 60th anniversary
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, Commissioner Maria Damanaki, Luxembourg Minister for Education Mady Delvaux-Stehres and the Orthodox Archbishop of Benelux, His Eminence Metropolitan Panteleimon are among the guests at the first European School today, to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The school opened its doors in September 1953, to 72 primary school pupils in a former villa in Luxembourg. It offered mother-tongue teaching in German, French, Italian and Dutch language sections. Having moved to the Kirchberg, the school now has 2,700 children from all 27 EU Member States and 22 other countries around the world, divided across nine language sections.
The on-going economic crisis poses a serious challenge to the dialogue between workers' and employers' representatives and governments according to a report published today by the European Commission. The report shows that recent government reforms have not always been accompanied by fully effective social dialogue, leading to increasingly conflictual industrial relations in Europe.
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