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14 / 01 / 14

Taking the next step: EU awards €575 million to mid-career researchers

The European Research Council (ERC) has today selected 312 top scientists in its first Consolidator Grant competition. This new funding will enable the researchers to consolidate their own teams and to further develop their best ideas. Projects selected include: using a geochemical clock to predict volcanic eruptions, exploring the effects of Dark Matter and Dark Energy on gravitational theory, checking responsibility, liability and risk in situations where tasks are delegated to intelligent systems, and investigating the role of genetic and environmental factors in embryo brain wiring. Total funding in this round is €575 million, with an average awarded grant of €1.84 million, up to a maximum of €2.75 million (more information here)

November 2013 compared with October 2013 - Industrial production up by 1.9% in euro area. Up by 1.5% in EU28

In November 2013 compared with October 2013, seasonally adjusted industrial production grew by 1.9% in the euro area (EA17) and by 1.5% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In October industrial production decreased by 0.8% and 0.5% respectively. In November 2013 compared with November 2012, industrial production increased by 3.0% in both the euro area and the EU28.

Produits agricoles de qualité: la Commission approuve trois nouvelles demandes

La Commission européenne a approuvé la demande d'enregistrement de trois nouveaux produits dans la liste des appellations d'origine protégées (AOP) et des indications géographiques protégées (IGP). Il s'agit, pour l'Allemagne, du " Dithmarscher Kohl " (IGP), chou blanc ou rouge cultivé sur le sol fertile de la région de Dithmarschen dans le Schleswig-Holstein, au Nord de l'Allemagne ; pour l'Espagne, du " Miel de Tenerife " (AOP), miel produit par les abeilles de l'Île de Tenerife, dans l’archipel des Canaries, dont la diversité de couleurs et arômes reflète la variété des écosystèmes et de la flore de l’île, riches en espèces endémiques et; pour la France, la " Châtaigne d’Ardèche " (AOP), châtaigne issue de variétés locales anciennes, souvent cultivée sur des pentes aménagées en terrasses, à l’Ouest de la vallée du Rhône, en bordure du Massif Central, et connue pour ses arômes typiques de brioche, de pain au lait, de potimarron, de patate douce et de miel. Cette décision devrait être publiée dans les prochains jours dans le Journal Officiel de l'Union Européenne. Ces 3 noms rejoindront alors la liste de plus de 1100 produits déjà protégés en vertu de la législation sur la protection des indications géographiques, des appellations d'origine et des spécialités traditionnelles. Pour plus d'informations, voir les pages sur la politique de qualité et la base de données DOOR listant tous les produits protégés.

Medium-term prospects for agricultural markets and income: overall positive for 2013-2023

Prospects for EU commodity markets are favourable for the period 2013-2023, according to the European Commission's latest  Medium-term Prospects . The medium-term forecast for arable crops is relatively positive, thanks to solid world demand and firm prices. The EU meat sector is expected to be supported by strong demand on the world market, while prospects of economic recovery should also allow for a higher consumption in Europe. Poultry meat will remain the most dynamic segment and pork Europe's favourite meat, while the decline in beef and sheep meat consumption is projected to continue. Forecasts for milk and dairy commodities are favourable on both the world and domestic market, while the cheese sector is expected to be boosted by a dynamic world market and steady growth in domestic demand. Agricultural income in the EU is expected to grow, although more as a result of the continuing decline in labour input rather than due to overall income growth.

President Barroso visits the Court of Justice and meets the Portuguese community in Luxembourg

On 15 January, President José Manuel Barroso will be in Luxembourg. Early afternoon, the President will visit the Court of Justice of the EU to meet its President, Mr Vassilios Skouris, and to take part in a roundtable with the Members of the Court. This roundtable will discuss the judicial system, the evolution of the EU and prospects for constitutional reform.

At 18:00, the President will meet the Portuguese Ambassador to Luxembourg, Ms Maria Rita Ferro, and the Portuguese community at the Embassy of Portugal.

What Commissioners said

President Barroso debates Lithuanian Presidency in Parliament

Opening the debate on the Lithuanian Presidency in Strasbourg, the President highlighted that Europe is in a far better place than at any time since the start of the financial crisis. Through a lot of hard work, together with the Lithuanian Presidency, we have been able to push forward a number of decisive initiatives that now need to be concluded, notably the banking union. Read the full speech .

Remarks by Olli Rehn at the ECON Committee Hearing on the Troika Report

Vice-President Rehn addressed the European Parliament's ECON Committee last night, in the context of its enquiry report on the workings of the Troika in Cyprus, Greece, Ireland and Portugal. He drew attention to the strengthening economic recovery in the Eurozone, but cautioned against any complacency due to the challenges that remain. He highlighted the role played by the adjustment programmes in helping to unwind macroeconomic imbalances, and preventing disorderly defaults with all their devastating economic and social consequences. He added that the purpose of macroeconomic adjustment programmes is to remedy an emergency situation in a sustainable way, requiring determined action under enormous time pressure and in very difficult conditions. Programmes have a beginning and an end: once the emergency is over, the reform process is continued under the normal procedures of EU economic governance.

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