Daily News of 2013-08-20
European Commission - MEX/13/0820 20/08/2013
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The European Commission has today adopted a package of trade measures to address the continued unsustainable fishing of herring by the Faroe Islands. European Commissioner for Maritime and Fisheries Affairs, Maria Damanaki said: "The imposition of such measures is always done as a very last resort. The Faroese could have put a stop to their unsustainable fishing but decided not to do so. It is now clear to all that the EU is determined to use all the tools at its disposal to protect the long-term sustainability of stocks." The measures will come into force 7 days after publication in the Official Journal.
The European Commission is mobilizing humanitarian aid experts to assess the needs of people affected by severe flooding in Sudan in recent weeks. "I am confident that the Government of Sudan will rapidly allow humanitarian organisations to access the affected areas. It is crucial that assessments can be carried out urgently to understand the level and type of assistance required. This will enable the provision of much-needed relief assistance to the flood victims," said Kristalina Georgieva, the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. The Commission is ready to increase its humanitarian assistance to the people of Sudan if needed. Its humanitarian assistance to Sudan for 2012-2013 currently stands at more than €76 million.
The European Commission awards its 50th European Industrial Doctorate (EID) research grant today. The €1.5 million grant is for research into new antibodies that will destroy a tumour's blood vessels and eradicate the tumour. The so-called VAMPIRE project ('Vascular Antibody-Mediated Pharmaceutically Induced tumour Resection') is led by the University of Birmingham in the UK and SomantiX, a Dutch biotech company based in Utrecht. The research is supported by associated European universities, companies and research centres including Swiss science and technology university ETH Zurich and the charity Cancer Research UK. The EID scheme is targeted at projects which bring together business and academic partners in two countries.
In the construction sector, seasonally adjusted production rose by 0.7% in the euro area (EA17) and by 0.8% in the EU27 in June 2013, compared with the previous month, according to first estimates released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In May 2013, production rose by 0.5% and 0.3% respectively. Compared with June 2012, production decreased by 3.0% in the euro area and by 1.5% in the EU27 in June 2013.