Daily News of 2013-08-28
European Commission - MEX/13/0828 28/08/2013
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28 / 08 / 13
New EU support to strengthen Guinean Civil Society's role in public life
The EU has announced €6 million to support Guinea in the areas of governance and democracy. The funding is expected to benefit Civil Society Organisations; enabling them to play a more active role in public life and reinforce their position and networks. The four year programme (PASOC) will help to increase their ability to participate in local development and politics by, for instance, providing support such as training and sharing expertise. Civil society groups in Guinea played a crucial role in addressing human rights issues during the social conflicts and violent events of 2007-2009, as well as in the subsequent transition process and the organisation of Presidential elections in 2010. Since cooperation with Guinea is suspended following the adoption of appropriate measures under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement, current EU interventions are reserved for accompanying the democratic transition as well as directly supporting the population. The other 10th EDF projects concerning the governance sector and transport – five projects in total for an amount of 139.9 M€ - will be available for Guinea when free and transparent legislative elections have taken place.
Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard on mission to Paris
Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard will travel to Paris on Thursday 29 August, where she will have meetings with Mr Philippe Martin, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable development and Energy and with Mr Nicolas Hulot, Special envoy of the President of the Republic for the Protection of the Planet. Commissioner Hedegaard will also participate in the 21st conference of ambassadors of the French Foreign Service.
The European Commission adopted today an initiative on health-enhancing physical activity which is the first ever proposal for a Council Recommendation in sport. Sport and physical activity help people to stay physically and mentally fit by combating overweight and obesity and preventing related health conditions.
Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for sport said "much more can be done through our policies to encourage people to get out of their chairs. This initative is an important milestone in the Commission's efforts to promote health-enhancing physical activity in the EU. We propose to Member States to take measures across all those policy sectors that can enable citizens' to be or to become physically active. One key element of our proposal is to help Member States to trace developments and identify trends regarding their national efforts to promote sport and physical activity. By acting together with the Member States we will reduce the significant costs caused by the lack of physical activity in Europe ".