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Daily News of 2013-10-04

European Commission - MEX/13/1004   04/10/2013

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August 2013 compared with July 2013 - Industrial producer prices stable in euro area - Up by 0.1% in EU28

In August 2013, compared with July 2013, the industrial producer prices remained stable in the euro area2 (EA17) and increased by 0.1% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In July prices rose by 0.2% in the euro area and by 0.4% in the EU28. In August 2013 compared with August 2012, industrial producer prices fell by 0.8% in the euro area and by 0.3% in the EU28.

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EU helps to boost food security and build resilience to drought in Ethiopia

The European Union (EU) has announced that it will provide €50 million to improve food security and build resilience to drought in southern and eastern Ethiopia. The new funds will help to boost food security in the lowland areas of Ethiopia through a series of long-term measures: for example, it will support a mechanism that provides cash and food to vulnerable people in case of a shock (eg during a drought) and will improve nutrition, for instance by promoting dietary diversification and the local production of vegetables, milk and forage. The assistance will also strengthen animal health services and support livestock vaccination campaigns, as well as the management of natural resources such as water and grazing lands. The various activities will help families get more income and be better prepared to cope with any further droughts or shocks. The project is part of the Supporting Horn of Africa Resilience (SHARE) initiative taken by EU Commissioners Andris Piebalgs and Kristalina Georgieva.

EU to discuss future development cooperation with Guatemala

During his first ever visit to Guatemala this week, EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will discuss priorities for future EU assistance with the Guatemalan authorities and civil society. Mr Piebalgs is also expected to reaffirm the EU’s on-going commitment to cooperation with Guatemala.  EU cooperation with Guatemala is expected to focus on food security, violence and conflict prevention and  economic competitiveness going forward. Pending approval by the European Parliament and the European Council, the bilateral allocation for Guatemala for 2014-2020 is expected to be €186 million. Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said: “Guatemala has made impressive progress in terms of education and the eradication of poverty, but huge challenges, such as very high malnutrition levels, still remain.  By better targeting our future funding to make sure it focuses on key sectors, we will do all we can to make sure that we continue to help those most in need.” Further information: IP/13/904

Commission proposes to open negotiations on Visa Facilitation with Morocco

Today the Commission proposed to the Council to open negotiations between the EU and Morocco on an agreement to facilitate the procedures for issuing short-stay visas. "This is a very concrete and important step in the longstanding cooperation between the EU and Morocco. Easier access to visas will reinforce the social and economic development and mutual understanding between our countries and people", said Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs.

Débat sur l’avenir de l’Europe: le vice-président Šefčovič et le Premier ministre slovaque Fico rencontrent les citoyens à Košice

MM. Maroš Šefčovič, vice-président de la Commission européenne, et Robert Fico, Premier ministre slovaque, organisent de concert un débat citoyen à Košice, capitale européenne de la culture 2013. Cet événement, qui se tiendra au Kunsthalle, le samedi 5 octobre, rassemblera des centaines de citoyens venus de tous les horizons. Ce débat à caractère exceptionnel entre représentants de l'Europe, responsables politiques nationaux et citoyens est le 32e d’une série de dialogues avec les citoyens que les commissaires européens organisent dans l’ensemble de l’Union européenne. Ces dialogues sont la réponse à l’appel du président Barroso en faveur d'«un large débat à travers toute l’Europe. Un débat aux dimensions véritablement européennes.» Chaque dialogue est axé sur trois thèmes: la sortie de la crise économique pour l’Europe, les droits des citoyens et l’avenir de l’Europe.

Justice and Home Affairs Council 7-8 October 2013 in Luxembourg

European Union Justice and Home Affairs ministers will meet in Luxembourg on 7-8 October 2013. The European Commission will be represented by Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner and Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.

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