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Daily News 04 / 11 / 2015

Brussels, 4 November 2015

The EU at the G20 summit in Antalya: Presidents Juncker and Tusk set out the EU's agenda

At the 10th edition of the G20 leaders' meeting taking place in Antalya from 15 to 16 November 2015, the European Union will be represented by President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, responsible for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs will accompany the two Presidents to the G20 and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will also be there to take part in an informal meeting of Foreign Ministers of G20 countries. Ahead of the Summit, in a joint letter sent to EU Heads of State and Government, Presidents Juncker and Tusk set out the EU's agenda for the G20 meeting. High on the list of priorities will be a collective response to the refugee crisis; continuing to deliver on the jobs, growth and investment agenda; promoting youth employment and social inclusion; moving forward on the G20's work on tax transparency and pushing for political momentum for trade opening as well as for a strong outcome in the UN negotiations on climate change. More details are available in the press release online. The two Presidents will hold a joint pre-Summit press conference on Sunday, 15 November 2015 at 10:30 (tbc) local time. We will have a pre-Summit off-the-record background briefing (for accredited journalists) in Brussels on Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 10:30 (exact time tbc) by the EU's G20 Sherpa. Both will be available on EbS. (For more information: Margaritis Schinas – Tel.: +32 229 60524; Mina Andreeva – Tel.: +32 229 91382)

€12 millions de fonds européens pour une coopération transfrontalière accrue entre Mayotte et les Comores

La Commission a approuvé hier le programme de coopération transfrontalière 2014-2020 entre la région ultrapériphérique française de Mayotte et les îles voisines des Comores, en Afrique australe. Le budget total du programme atteint plus de €16 millions, dont €12 millions venant du Fonds européen de développement régional. Le programme comporte trois axes prioritaires: accroitre les échanges commerciaux dans les filières clés pour l'économie de la zone, comme la transformation agro-alimentaire, les Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication et le transport maritime, améliorer l'état de santé des populations et les capacités de secours aux personnes et développer la mobilité dans l'enseignement. Les descriptions des programmes 2014-2020 sont disponibles sur le site de la Commissaire Crețu et sur Inforegio. (Pour plus d'informations: Jakub Adamowicz – Tel.: +32 229 50595; Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr – Tel.: +32 229 56169)


EUROSTAT: A range of indicators monitoring progress made in the EU to tackle climate change

Energy, transport and increased human intervention in the environment have proven to be major contributors to climate change over the last few decades. The European Union (EU) has actively been pursuing ambitious emission reduction targets for years. The UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Paris in December 2015 (COP21) illustrates the global political importance of climate change, energy security and sustainable transport, three topics that have become increasingly interconnected. On the occasion of the publication of the 2015 Energy, transport and environment statistical book and with regard to the forthcoming COP21 in Paris, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, publishes a small selection of data on energy, transport and environment in the EU related to climate change. These data show that while primary consumption of energy stood in 2013 at its early 1990s level, renewables have increased their share in final energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions decreased over the same time period. A Eurostat press release can be found here. (For more information:Anna-Kaisa Itkonen - Tel.: +32 229 56186;Jakub Adamowicz – Tel.: +32 229 50595;Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172;Nicole Bockstaller – Tel.: +32 229 52589; Alexis Perier - Tel.: +32 229 69143;Iris Petsa – Tel.: +32 229 93321)


EUROSTAT: Industrial producer prices down by 0.3% in both euro area and EU28

In September 2015, compared with August 2015, industrial producer prices fell by 0.3% in both the euro area (EA19) and the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In August 2015 prices decreased by 0.8% in the euro area and by 0.9% in the EU28. In September 2015, compared with September 2014, industrial producer prices fell by 3.1% in the euro area and by 3.8% in the EU28. A Eurostat press release can be found here. (For more information:Lucia Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182;Heli Pietila – Tel.: +32 22964950)


President Juncker and Commissioner Hill in Frankfurt

On Thursday 5 November, President Juncker will travel to Frankfurt where he will give a keynote speech at 13:00 at the Business Forum of the German local cooperative banks, entitled 'Prosperity - Freedom – Security: Scenarios for a Changing World'. The speech will be live-streamed by EbS, and made available online. President Juncker is expected to address the big challenges that Europe is currently facing, including the refugee crisis and the next steps in completing the Banking Union. He will notably touch upon the Commission's plans for a European Deposit Insurance Scheme that will be adopted by the end of this year.  Today, ahead of the President's visit, Jonathan Hill, Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union is in Frankfurt as well. He will give a speech at the ECB Forum on Banking Supervision on completing the banking union, and the response to the financial crisis. He will also meet Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) and Danièle Nouy, Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) to discuss current developments in financial services. The same day, Commissioner Hill will address a workshop with SMEs organised by the Minister of Finance of the State of Hessen, Dr. Thomas Schäfer and Frankfurt Main Finance on "Capital Markets Union: News Ways Towards a Better Financing of Our SMEs in Europe". Commissioner Jonathan Hill will be available for comments together with Minister Schäfer at 15h30. Registrations to the ECB Forum can be done here. Commissioner Hill's speech is available online. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 561 53; Maud Scelo – Tel.: +32 229 81521)

Commissioner Bieńkowska on mission to Berlin to discuss the Single Market Strategy

Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, will be on her first official visit to Germany on 5 and 6 November. The overall focus of her meetings in Berlin will be to present and discuss the Single Market Strategy and the modernisation of industry. The state of play of investigations into the Volkswagen emissions case will also be discussed. On Thursday 5 November, she will meet Mr Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Mr Alexander Dobrindt, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, and Mr Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand, and deliver a speech on the Single Market at the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce. On Friday 6 November, the Commissioner will have an exchange of views with the members of the Committee on Economic affairs and Energy at the German Bundestag; and meet Mr Markus Kerber, Managing Director of the German Federation of Industry (BDI). (For more information: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Mirna Talko – Tel.: +32 229 87278)


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