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Daily News 13 / 09 / 2016

Brussels, 13 September 2016

European Commission launches EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017

Today, the European Commission opens the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017 competition, which awards four female entrepreneurs who have successfully brought an innovation to market. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "The EU Prize for Women Innovators highlights just some of the many remarkable women contributing to the European knowledge economy. Previous winners have had significant achievements in areas as diverse as immunology, telecommunications and software development. We hope these prizes help winners to continue on the path of innovation and encourage others to follow in the footsteps of these outstanding entrepreneurs." This year's edition is open to women of any nationality living in an EU Member State including countries associated to Horizon 2020 that have founded or co-founded a company with a turnover of at least €100,000. To spotlight a new generation, the 2017 edition will also feature a Rising Innovator award worth €20,000 for a female entrepreneur under 35 years old. The winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize will receive €100,000, €50,000 and €30,000 respectively. More information on the Prize as well as a video by the Commissioner is available online. Applicants can apply via the competition websitebefore the closing date of 3 November 2016. (For more information: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Joseph Waldstein – Tel.: +32 229 56184)


Concentrations: la Commission approuve l'acquisition conjointe du gestionnaire de réseau de transport de gaz Thyssengas par Electricité de France et Dutch Infrastructure Fund

La Commission européenne a approuvé, en application du Règlement européen sur les concentrations, l'acquisition en contrôle conjoint du réseau de transport de gaz de Thyssengas en Allemagne par Electricité de France ("EDF") et Dutch Infrastructure Fund B.V. des Pays-Bas ("DIF"). Thyssengas gère un réseau de transport de gaz dans le Nord-Ouest de l'Allemagne. EDF est le principal fournisseur d'électricité en France et est aussi présent sur d'autres marchés en Europe. Dans une moindre mesure, EDF est également actif dans la distribution de gros et au détail de gaz naturel. DIF est un fond d'investissement. La Commission a conclu que l'opération envisagée ne poserait pas de problèmes de concurrence étant donné l'absence de chevauchements horizontaux et de liens verticaux résultant de la transaction. L'opération a été examinée selon la procédure simplifiée du contrôle des concentrations. Plus d'informations sur cette affaire sont disponibles sur le site internet concurrence de la Commission sous le numéro M.8119. (Pour plus d'informations: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Angela Nardella- Tel.: +32 229 86801)


Eurostat: L’emploi en hausse de 0,4% dans la zone euro et de 0,3% dans l’UE28

Le nombre de personnes ayant un emploi a augmenté de 0,4% dans la zone euro (ZE19) et de 0,3% dans l'UE28 au deuxième trimestre 2016 par rapport au trimestre précédent, selon les estimations basées sur les comptes nationaux et publiées par Eurostat, l’office statistique de l'Union européenne. Au premier trimestre 2016, l'emploi avait progressé de 0,4% dans les deux zones. Ces chiffres sont corrigés des variations saisonnières. Un communiqué de presse est disponible en ligne. (Pour plus d'informations: Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)




Commissioner Navracsics to host launch of OECD’s Education at a Glance 2016 report [updated on 13/09/2016 at 12:13, correcting the date of the event]

On Thursday, 15 September at 11:30, Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, will be joined by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría at the Press Club Brussels Europe for the launch of the OECD’s Education at a Glance 2016, the leading international compendium of comparable national statistics measuring the state of education worldwide. The report measures the efforts of European Union and other OECD countries to improve the quality and equity of their education systems as part of their commitments to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for education by 2030. It also addresses: public and private spending on education; its social and economic benefits for people and economies; tuition fees; the outcomes of education based on an analysis of tertiary completion rates; and class sizes, teacher salaries and instruction times. The European Commission and the OECD cooperate closely in the field of education, with the objective of increasing and deepening knowledge of education systems and outcomes. In the context of this partnership, Commissioner Tibor Navracsics is pleased to host the launch of Education at a Glance and offer the EU perspective on the state of education in the European Union. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt - Tel.: +32 229 67083; Joseph Waldstein - Tel.: +32 229 56184)



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