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Daily News of 2013-11-13

European Commission - MEX/13/1113   13/11/2013

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EU to kick off fourth European Semester

Today the European Commission will adopt a number of documents to mark the start of the fourth European Semester for economic policy coordination in the EU. The Annual Growth Survey will set out general economic priorities for Member States to follow when drawing up their budgets and reform plans over the next year. The Alert Mechanism Report will screen EU economies for potential macroeconomic imbalances, and indicate which economies require further analysis. This year the Annual Growth Survey will be accompanied by the draft Joint Employment Report, which for the first time will include a scoreboard on employment and social policies, as well as a staff working document outlining how the country-specific recommendations have been implemented in the Member States. Finally, the Single Market Integration Report will take stock of progress in the single market in sectors that are essential to promote future growth. The package will be presented in a press conference by President Barroso, Vice-President Rehn and Commissioner Andor today (around 14:00, time to be confirmed).

Further information will be available during the press conference: European Semester 2014 press release, Third Alert Mechanism Report factsheet, Draft Joint Employment Report frequently asked questions and Economic Governance factsheet. The press statements from President Barroso , Vice-President Rehn and Commissioner Andor will be available after delivery.

Other news

Preparation of Economic and Finance Ministers Council

The EU's Council of Economic and Finance Ministers will take place in Brussels this Friday. The European Commission will be represented by Vice President Olli Rehn, Commissioner Michel Barnier and Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta. The formal session will start at 10.30. The Council will be called on to agree on strengthened rules on the taxation of savings income. The Single Resolution Mechanism is another agenda’s item, which will attract a lot of attention. The Council will discuss issues in relation of the EC’s proposal with a view to reaching a general approach. The agenda will also cover the following subjects: Anti-money laundering, Standard VAT return, international accounting standards and a state of play of the banking union developments

Licences for Europe: industry pledges solutions on availability of cultural content online

At today's final plenary meeting of the Licences for Europe stakeholder dialogue in Brussels, participants will present their practical solutions to help overcome problems European citizens may face in four areas: cross-border access and portability of services; user generated content and micro-licensing; audiovisual heritage and text and data mining. The meeting will be addressed by Commissioners Barnier, Kroes and Vassiliou (see programme) and will be webstreamed . Solutions presented today will address issues that consumers, right-holders, service-providers, and end-users face on a daily basis. When implemented, these commitments will provide important added value as they will have a real impact on the availability and accessibility of cultural content online.

Business, citizens and environment to benefit from free access to EU satellite data

The European Commission will provide free, full and open access to a wealth of important environmental data gathered by Copernicus, Europe's Earth observation system. The new open data dissemination regime, which will come into effect next month, will support the vital task of monitoring the environment and will also help Europe's enterprises, creating new jobs and business opportunities. Sectors positively stimulated by Copernicus are likely to be services for environmental data production and dissemination, as well as space manufacturing. Indirectly, a variety of other economic segments will see the advantages of accurate earth observation, such as transport, oil and gas, insurance and agriculture. Studies show that Copernicus – which includes six dedicated satellite missions, the so-called Sentinels, to be launched between 2014 and 2021 – could generate a financial benefit of some € 30 billion and create around 50.000 jobs by 2030. Moreover, the new open data dissemination regime will help citizens, businesses, researchers and policy makers to integrate an environmental dimension into all their activities and decision making procedures.

September 2013 compared with August 2013 - Industrial production down by 0.5% in euro area - Down by 0.2% in EU28

In September 2013 compared with August 2013, seasonally adjusted industrial production fell by 0.5% in the euro area (EA17) and by 0.2% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In August industrial production increased by 1.0% and 0.6% respectively. In September 2013 compared with September 2012, industrial production rose by 1.1% in the euro area and by 1.2% in the EU28.

New Deputy Director-General for Agriculture

The College has decided to transfer in the interest of the service Mr Joost KORTE, currently Deputy Director-General in the Enlargement Directorate-General, to the function of Deputy Director-General in charge of Directorates C, D and E in the Agriculture and Rural Development Directorate-General. Mr Korte, a Dutch National, has been Deputy Director-General for Enlargement since January 2012. Prior to that, he worked in the Secretariat-General as Director responsible for Relations with the Council, Commission representative in Coreper II (July 2009 to January 2011), G8 Foreign Affairs Sous Sherpa (since October 2010) and Advisor. He was previously Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Regional Policy Danuta Hübner, and Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for External Relations Chris Patten. He was also a Lecturer in the Law of International Organisations at the Europa Institute, University of Utrecht, and Leverhulme Visiting Fellow in European Community Law at the Centre of European Governmental Studies, University of Edinburgh. This decision takes effect on 1 January 2014.

First Slovak Director-General to take up duties on 1 January 2014

Mr Vladimir ŠUCHA, currently Deputy Director-General of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), will be transferred in the interest of the service to the post of Director-General of the JRC at the start of next year. He will be the first Slovak Director-General since Slovakia joined the EU in 2004. Previously, he spent six years as Director for culture and media in the Directorate-General for Education and Culture. Before joining the European Commission, he was Director of the Slovak Research and Development Agency, the national body responsible for funding research. From 2004-2005 he was principal advisor for European affairs to the Slovak Minister of Education. He worked at the Permanent Representation of Slovakia to the EU as research, education and culture counsellor, from 2000-2004. In parallel, Mr Šucha has followed a long-term academic and research career, being a full professor in Slovakia and visiting professor/scientist at a variety of academic institutions in other countries.

Protected quality farm products: Commission approves three new applications

The European Commission has approved the addition of three new quality farm products to the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications. These are, for the United Kingdom, " Fal Oyster " (Protected Denomination of Origin, "PDO"), an oyster caught with traditional sailing and rowing vessels in Truro Port Fishery, in the south-west of England; for Italy, " Maccheroncini di Campofilone " (Protected Geographical Indication, "PGI"), a thin and finely cut dried pasta produced in Campofilone, in the province of Fermo, characterized by a very short cooking time and ; for Belgium " Poperingse hopscheuten" / "Poperingse hoppescheuten " (PGI), hop shoots slowly grown underground in Poperinge, Ieper and Vleteren in West Flanders, known for their attractive white colour and nutty taste and traditionally eaten as a delicacy between the end of December and April. The denominations will be added to the list of close to 1,200 products already protected. More information: webpages on quality products and DOOR database of protected products.

What Commissioners said

Président Barroso a participé à la 2ème Conférence européenne sur l'emploi des jeunes

Après une première rencontre à Berlin, en juillet, les chefs d'Etat et de gouvernement, les ministres du Travail, les hauts représentants des institutions de l'UE et les partenaires sociaux se sont réunis mardi à Paris pour discuter la mise en œuvre des mesures concrètes de la lutte contre le chômage des jeunes. La Commission européenne a pris plusieurs initiatives pour compléter et soutenir les actions menées au plan national. Le Président Barroso a appelé les Etats membres à plus de détermination pour tirer tout le potentiel des différents leviers permettant de lutter contre le chômage et notamment pour mettre en place les structures nécessaires pour faire de la Garantie Jeunesse une réalité dès que possible. "Il n'y a pas de chose plus urgente aujourd'hui que de faire en sorte que l'on puisse offrir à notre jeunesse de réelles perspectives d'avenir", a dit le Président.

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