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State aid: Commission adopts new film support rules

The European Commission has adopted revised criteria for assessing under EU state aid rules Member States' support schemes in favour of films and other audio-visual works. The new Cinema Communication allows aid for a wider scope of activities, highlights Member States' discretion in defining cultural activities worthy of support, introduces the possibility to give more aid to cross-border productions and promotes film heritage. The Commission took into account the comments received during three public consultations of Member States and stakeholders.

Employment: Globalisation Adjustment Fund provided over €73.5 million to support 15 700 EU workers in 2012

The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) helped a total of 15 700 dismissed workers find new job opportunities in 2012, according to a report published today. The EGF provided more than €73.5 million to assist workers in 11 Member States, matched by another €51.7 million from national resources. Commissioner László Andor said: "The EGF has proved to be an effective tool to help people who have lost their jobs, and in particular for lower-skilled and disadvantaged jobseekers. I am glad that the Council and the European Parliament have agreed for the EGF to continue in the 2014-20 period and that it will again be able to help workers made redundant as a result of the economic crisis. Also, for the first time, the EGF will be available to fixed-term workers and the self-employed and, in regions of high youth unemployment, young people not in employment, education or training".

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Commissioner Piebalgs to announce future development budget for Myanmar

European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, has today announced the proposed main sectors for development cooperation with Myanmar from 2014 – 2020 are rural development, education, governance and support to peace building, ant that the EU financial support could increase up to €90 million per year. He made this announcement during a visit to the country (13 - 15 November) to participate in the first EU-Myanmar Task Force. Commissioner Piebalgs said: “The development taking place in Myanmar is unprecedented and to needs to be acknowledged. But we must not forget about the challenges ahead, for which the EU, as one of the main donors, will stand by with further support to continue the necessary reforms in the country." Commissioner Piebalgs is also launching an EU-funded programme (€2 million) to support sustainable production of garments made in Myanmar.

EU-wide poll shows public support for responsible research and innovation

A new Eurobarometer survey shows that more than three quarters (77%) of Europeans think that science and technology has a positive influence on society. Respondents however also express concern over risks from new technologies, such as to human health and the environment. They want research and innovation to be carried out with due attention to ethical principles (76%), gender balance (84%), and public dialogue (55%). Similar to results of earlier Eurobarometer surveys, more than half of all Europeans are interested in developments in science and technology (53%), but a majority do not feel informed enough (58%).

One out of three SMEs did not get the finance they needed in 2013

Access to finance is still among the top concerns of the EU's small and medium sized enterprises and younger and smaller firms are the most badly affected, according to the "Access to Finance" survey released today by the European Commission and European Central Bank. About one third of the SMEs surveyed did not manage to get the full financing they had planned for during 2013 and 15% of survey respondents saw access to finance as a significant problem for their companies. Companies believed that bank financing conditions worsened during 2013, with respect to interest rates, collateral and required guarantees.

Check the 2013 Report on the Access to Finance of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SAFE) .

Future of Europe Debate: Viviane Reding takes French views on board in Marseille

Today Vice-President Viviane Reding will take part in a citizens' dialogue, with Christiane Taubira, Keeper of the Seals and Minister of Justice in the French government. The event will take place between 5.30 and 8.00 p.m. at the Dock des Suds, 12 rue Urbain V, 13002 Marseille. It will be an opportunity for people to have a direct exchange with the Vice-President and the Minister of Justice. A number of subjects will be tackled, in particular the future of Europe and citizens’ rights and expectations. The debate will be chaired by Thierry Bezer (France 3 TV). Internet users will also be able to follow the debate live and to respond via Twitter using hash tag #EUDeb8.

Surfing in the sky: Commission gives airlines green-light for 3G and 4G broadband services in aircraft

The Commission has adopted new rules that allow the latest wireless communication technology to be used by passengers on board aircraft flying over the European Union.

This means that from now onwards, spectrum for 3G (UMTS) and 4G (LTE) communications may be used above an altitude of 3000 metres. Until now only 2G (GSM) has been permissible on-board aircraft flying in the EU.

This EU decision creates the possibility for airlines – rather than a right for passengers - to allow use of smart phones and tablets during flights.

Produits agricoles de qualité: enregistrement de "Tepertős pogácsa" comme spécialité traditionnelle garantie

La Commission européenne a approuvé la demande d'enregistrement dans la liste des spécialités traditionnelles garanties (STG), pour la Hongrie, de" Tepertős pogácsa ", une galette salée de forme cylindrique, à pâte levée, fourrée aux rillons de porc et au saindoux, à texture moelleuse (omlós) ou feuilletée (leveles), et assaisonnée avec du sel et du poivre. Ce nom rejoint la liste de près de 1200 produits déjà protégés comme indications géographiques, appellations d'origine ou spécialités traditionnelles. Pour plus d'information, consulter les pages internet sur les produits de qualité et la base de données DOOR reprenant les dénominations protégées.

Flash estimate for the third quarter of 2013 - Euro area GDP up by 0.1% and EU28 up by 0.2% /-0.4% and +0.1% respectively compared with the third quarter of 2012

GDP rose by 0.1% in the euro area (EA17) and by 0.2% in the EU28 during the third quarter of 2013, compared with the previous quarter, according to flash estimates published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the second quarter of 2013, GDP grew by 0.3% in both zones. Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, seasonally adjusted GDP fell by 0.4% in the euro area and rose by 0.1% in the EU28 in the third quarter of 2013, after -0.6% and -0.2% respectively in the previous quarter.

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