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EXME 14 / 20.08


20 / 08 / 14

President Barroso's recent phone calls with President Poroshenko: security situation in Ukraine and Minsk meeting

President Barroso expressed his concern with the security situation and condemned the shelling of a convoy of internally displaced people.

The President of the European Commission urged an enquiry on this incident and recalled the need to protect civilian lives. He underlined the need to stop border hostilities and the flow of arms and personnel from Russia into Ukraine.

President Barroso also informed President Poroshenko that, following the invitation he received from both President Putin and President Poroshenko to attend the Customs Union - Ukraine Summit meeting in Minsk on 26th August, he has decided to ask High Representative/Vice-President Catherine Ashton, Vice-President Günther Oettinger, responsible for energy, and Commissioner for Trade Karel de Gucht, to represent the European Union at this event.

President Barroso, on his behalf and that of the President of the European Council, also invited President Poroshenko to visit Brussels in the near future.

European satellite navigation: Galileo launches two more satellites

Tomorrow Galileo, the EU's satellite navigation programme, will send two more satellites into space, reaching a total number of 6 satellites in orbit. The lift-off will take place at the European spaceport near Kourou in French Guiana, at 14.31 CET and can be viewed via live streaming here . The launch marks another milestone for Galileo as a step towards a fully-fledged European-owned satellite navigation system. These two satellites are the first of a new series which is fully owned by the EU. With the forthcoming addition of a new wave of such satellites to the existing array, the availability and coverage of the Galileo signal will gradually improve and bring us a step closer to the fully operational phase of the programme. The satellites to be launched tomorrow, Doresa and Milena, were named by the two schoolchildren who won an EU wide drawing competition to name them. See MEMO/14/509 .

Other news

June 2014 compared with May 2014: Production in construction down by 0.7% in euro area, down by 0.3% in EU28

In June 2014 compared with May 2014, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector fell by 0.7% in the euro area (EA18) and by 0.3% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In May 2014, production in construction fell by 1.4% in both zones. In June 2014 compared with June 2013, production in construction fell by 2.3% in the euro area and by 0.5% in the EU28.

European Research Council

European researchers have discovered a method of creating wearable sensors by adding graphene to shop-bought rubber bands. Graphene makes the rubber electrically conductive, opening up a host of possibilities. The sensors could be used in medicine (to monitor blood pressure/glucose, respiration), in the automotive industry (sensitive airbags), in robotics, etc. The team participates in the ambitious EU Graphene Flagship and is led by Prof. Jonathan Coleman, a researcher funded by the European Researcher Council , the premier blue-sky funding agency in Europe. European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes and Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said: "Europe is the place to lead innovative research and develop news technologies. Graphene has the potential to improve people's life and boost our industry. This is the EU investing in the future. We congratulate Professor Coleman and his team for this new discovery".

For more information please refer to AMBER CENTRE'S press release .

Robots lending a helping hand to build Airbus planes

Trying to squeeze into tight spaces, carrying out highly repetitive tasks and living with back injuries: these everyday realities of working in aviation construction will soon be over. By bringing robots onto the factory floor to carry out the uncomfortable and tedious tasks, the EU-funded project VALERI hopes to place a higher value on human know-how. Seven partners , including Airbus, from Spain, Germany and Austria are building a working laboratory prototype and will test it in a factory setting by 2015.

Produits agricoles de qualité : la Commission approuve deux nouvelles demandes

La Commission européenne a approuvé la demande d'enregistrement de deux nouvelles appellations d'origine protégées. Il s'agit pour l'Italie du " Torrone di Bagnara " (IGP), un nougat friable et croquant aux amandes et épices recouvert de sucre perlé ou de cacao amer, fabriqué dans la commune de Bagnara Calabra selon un procédé caractéristique de cuisson à feu vif lui donnant un petit goût de "brûlé" au palais. Pour l'Espagne, il s'agit du " Jamón de Serón " (IGP), un jambon issu de races porcines sélectionnées pour leur grande taille, affiné pendant plus de 16 mois selon un processus de séchage-maturation naturel, et dont la saveur douce, l'arôme intense et la faible teneur en sel sont dus à la fois à son imprégnation en gras et au climat aride de Serón. La décision de la Commission devrait être publiée prochainement au Journal Officiel de l'Union européenne. Ces deux noms rejoindront alors plus de 1200 produits déjà protégés, dont la liste est disponible dans la base de données DOOR . Pour plus d'informations, voir aussi les pages sur la politique de qualité .

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