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European Commission - Daily News

Daily News 31 / 08 / 2016

Brussels, 31 August 2016

New psychoactive substances: Commission proposes new ban and strengthens the EU's early warning system and risk assessment

Today, the European Commission has proposed to subject the new psychoactive substance MDMB-CHMICA(sometimes referred to as "Black Mamba") to control measures across the European Union. According to the risk assessment report provided by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), the acute toxicity of MDMB-CHMICA can cause severe harm to the health of individuals. So far, eight Member States have reported 28 deaths and 25 acute intoxications associated with MDMB-CHMICA. Multiple reports have also indicated the possibility that its use causes violence and aggression. This week, the Commission also proposed an amendment to the founding Regulation of the EMCDDA to allow for swifter and more effective EU action in the fight against new psychoactive substances. The proposal aims at further strengthening the EU early warning system and risk assessment on new psychoactive substances by streamlining and speeding up data collection and assessment procedures. It is part of the new approach agreed with the European Parliament and the Council to advance the negotiations on the package of legislative proposals on NPS proposed in September 2013.  Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said: "The number, type and availability of harmful new drugs continue to grow in Europe, and Member States cannot effectively fight the spread of these new psychoactive substances alone. Our proposal to subject MDMB-CHMICA or "Black Mamba" to control measures is part of our efforts to effectively address the threat posed by new psychoactive substances on a European level. The same is true for our proposal to strengthen the EU's early warning system and risk assessment - it will allow for a more systematic and sophisticated monitoring and swifter decision-making on new psychoactive substances." You can find more information on the work of the EMCDDA here. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 58602)


EUROSTAT: Juillet 2016 - Le taux de chômage à 10,1% dans la zone euro, à 8,6% dans l'UE28

Dans la zone euro (ZE19), le taux de chômage corrigé des variations saisonnières s’est établi à 10,1% en juillet 2016, stable par rapport à juin 2016 et en baisse par rapport au taux de 10,8% enregistré en juillet 2015. Il s’agit toujours du taux le plus faible enregistré dans la zone euro depuis juillet 2011. Dans l’UE28, le taux de chômage s’est établi à 8,6% en juillet 2016, stable par rapport à juin 2016 et en baisse par rapport au taux de 9,4% de juillet 2015. Cela reste le taux le plus faible enregistré dans l'UE28 depuis mars 2009. La Commissaire de l'Emploi, les Affaires sociales, les Compétences et la Mobilité des travailleurs, Marianne Thyssen, a dit: "Par rapport à il y a un an, 24 Etats-Membres ont enregistré une baisse de chômage, avec les plus fortes baisses enregistrées dans les Etats-Membres ayant les taux de chômage les plus élevés. Cela signifie que les mesures ciblant des régions spécifiques portent fruit. Au niveau européen, nous poursuivons la lutte contre le chômage des jeunes, ciblant les régions les plus touchées. De plus, en automne de cette année, nous publierons un rapport sur les résultats obtenus jusqu'à présent par la Garantie pour la Jeunesse et l'Initiative pour l'Emploi des Jeunes." Un communiqué de presse EUROSTAT est disponible en ligne. (Pour plus d'informations: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: +32 229 67094)


EUROSTAT: Euro area annual inflation stable at 0.2%

Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 0.2% in August 2016, stable compared with July 2016, according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Looking at the main components of euro area inflation, food, alcohol & tobacco is expected to have the highest annual rate in August (1.3%, compared with 1.4% in July), followed by services (1.1%, compared with 1.2% in July), non-energy industrial goods (0.3%, compared with 0.4% in July) and energy (-5.7%, compared with -6.7% in July). A Eurostat press release is available here. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Annikky Lamp – Tel.: +32 229 56151)


Four EU-funded films in competition at the Venice International Film Festival

Four films supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA programme are competing in the 73rd Venice International Film Festival which starts today. The EU has invested around €160,000 to support the development and distribution of Une Vie by Stéphane Brizé, Frantz by François Ozon, Les Beaux Jours d'Aranjuez by Wim Wenders competing in the Venezia 73, and King of the Belgians by Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens competing in Orizzonti. Several other EU-funded films are being screened out of competition (more information). On Sunday 4 September, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, Günther H. Oettinger, will be at the Festival. He will meet representatives of the film sector to discuss EU action to promote the circulation of European films as well as proposals under the Digital Single Market strategy which are relevant for the audiovisual sector, such as the Commission's upcoming proposals to modernise EU copyright rules as well as the update of EU audiovisual rules proposed in May. Ahead of the event, he said: "All our initiatives go in the same direction: supporting creativity in the digital age. We want to help those who invest – not only their money but their energy, their passion – in bringing high-quality content to Europeans. We also want that European films and audiovisual programmes circulate better across the EU for the benefits of all". At the European Film Forum, a platform for dialogue between policy makers and professionals of the film sector, Commissioner Oettinger will also give a speech addressing how cinemas can fully reap the benefits of digital technologies. Participants at the European Film Forum will also discuss access to finance, with a particular interest in the recently launched guarantee facility for the cultural and creative sector. (For more information: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Marie Frenay – Tel.: +32 229 64532)


Commission supplies emergency consignment of Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine to the Republic of Mauritius

The European Commission is sending, as an emergency response, a total of 300,000 doses of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccines to the Republic of Mauritius, in support of their FMD vaccination campaign. The Republic of Mauritius asked for urgent assistance in order to be able to tackle the ongoing outbreaks in the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues. The vaccine comes from the EU vaccine bank. The shipment is due to be delivered within the next three weeks. The European Commission is supporting the eradication programme since this highly contagious viral disease affecting cattle, sheep, goats and pigs represents a threat to the close-by territories, including Réunion, an overseas department of France, located west of Mauritius. The disease does not affect humans. The EU does not allow imports of live susceptible animals from the Republic of Mauritius or any of their products. Persons travelling from that country to the EU are prohibited from bringing in their luggage any meat and milk products as they may harbour the virus. Further information on FMD is available online. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: + 32 229 56172; Clémence Robin - Tel.: +32 229 52509)


Agriculture: the Commission approves two new Protected Designations of Origin from Ireland

The Commission has approved today the addition of two new names from Ireland to the quality register of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO). "Oriel Sea Salt" is harvested from the bay of Port Oriel located in County Louth in the north-eastern part of Ireland. It is almost powder-like to the touch and is naturally crystal white so it does not need to be washed or rinsed. "Oriel Sea Salt" is affected by the deep water currents, cleanliness, mineral content and purity of the water in this location and of the process used to make, preserve and refine these characteristics. Harvesting of sea salt in Port Oriel dates back centuries when salt was a vital ingredient in preserving fish landed at the harbour for consumption, storage and subsequent transport to market. "Oriel Sea Minerals" which are concentrated sea mineral salts in liquid form also become Protected Designation of Origin today. They represent a good food supplement providing minerals to the body. With these two names, Ireland now has seven food names protected in the EU quality register. More information: webpages on quality products and DOOR database of protected products. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: + 32 229 56172; Clémence Robin – Tel.: +32 229 52509)




Le Commissaire Pierre Moscovici participe à la Conférence des Ambassadeurs à Paris

Le Commissaire Pierre Moscovici participe ce jeudi 1er septembre à laConférence des Ambassadeursà Paris, réunissant chaque année tous les chefs de missions diplomatiques français. Il s'exprimera lors de laséance plénière intitulée "Une Europe forte dans un monde incertain", sur les défis européens après le référendum britannique et sur la nécessité de faire advenir une nouvelle dynamique au service du projet européen. Le Commissaire Moscovici évoquera également les perspectives en vue du sommet européen de Bratislava le 16 septembre prochain, notamment en matière de croissance, d'approfondissement de la zone euro, de sécurité, ou encore de soutien à l'éducation et à la jeunesse. (Pour plus d'informations: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Patrick McCullough – Tel.: +32 229 87183)


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