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Daily News 28 / 11 / 2017

Brussels, 28 November 2017

Europe's social dimension: President Juncker and Prime Minister Löfven present way forward after the Social Summit

Less than two weeks after the Social Summit, which took place on 17 November in Gothenburg, the two hosts of the Summit, European Commission President Juncker and Swedish Prime Minister Löfven, take stock of its outcome. The concluding report published today will serve to frame the follow-up of the Summit, which starts with the December European Council. President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said: "The Social Summit was a landmark moment in the debate on the future of Europe. It sent a clear message that a stronger, more democratic and fairer Union must be built on fair jobs, inclusive growth and equal opportunities. With the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, all EU institutions and leaders have made it our joint responsibility to stand up for the rights of our citizens in a fast-changing world. Now it is time to deliver. This starts with the December European Council. And you can be sure that the European Commission will continue to play a strong role in this endeavour, notably through the country specific recommendations in the European Semester process." The discussions between Heads of State or Government at the Summit showed a lot of common ground on the need for Europe to be equipped with a strong and tangible social dimension. Going forward, tackling the challenges of labour markets, as well as focusing on both economic and social development will be essential. The Summit was a first milestone in the debate on the future of Europe as laid out in President Juncker's Roadmap for a more United, Stronger and more Democratic Union, as well as the first stop on the road to the meeting of EU Leaders in Sibiu on 9 May 2019. More information on the outcome of the Summit can be found in this press release. The concluding report is available here. (For more information:Mina Andreeva – Tel.: +32 229 91382; Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)


Daring ideas to explore the unknown: EU grants €630 million to over 300 top researchers

Today the European Research Council (ERC) awarded Consolidator Grants to over 300 researchers across Europe. On this occasion, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "The Horizon 2020 programme will be funding 329 new ERC grants with €630 million to boost the EU's scientific excellence and competitiveness. Such grants contribute to increasing the EU's attractiveness as a place for research and innovation. I'm also pleased to see that the share of grants attributed to women researchers is growing in ERC competitions. We still have much to do, but it has always been my ambition to deploy all efforts possible to achieve gender equality in the realm of research and innovation." The new grantees will take on many different challenges at the frontiers of knowledge. They will have the chance to have far-reaching impact on timely scientific questions such as antibiotic resistant bacteria, mechanisms of collective decision-making in a society or forensic practices across Europe. The ERC Consolidator Grants are awarded to outstanding researchers of any nationality and age, with at least seven and up to 12 years of experience after their PhDs, and a scientific track record showing great promise. The ERC, set up by the EU in 2007, is the first European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. More information on today's announcement is available online: news item, examples of research projects and statistics. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Victoria von Hammerstein – Tel.: +32 229 55040; Maud Noyon – Tel. +32 229-80379)


Un meilleur accès à l'eau potable et un meilleur réseau de transport en Roumanie grâce aux fonds européens

Près de 176 millions d'euros du fonds de cohésion sont investis dans des infrastructures de gestion et distribution de l'eau dans de nombreuses zones urbaines du comté de Vrancea, à l'Est du pays. Ce projet soutenu par l'Europe, qui prévoit notamment la construction et la réhabilitation de centaines de kilomètre de réseau de distribution et d'égout, permettra à près de 66 460 personnes de plus dans la région d'avoir accès à une eau potable de qualité. Le projet devrait être achevé à la fin de 2021. "L'accès à une eau de qualité ne devrait pas être un luxe. Et pourtant c'était le cas pour beaucoup de Roumains avant qu'intervienne la politique de Cohésion. Voilà une marque concrète de solidarité européenne," a commenté la Commissaire à la politique régionale Corina Creţu. Par ailleurs, 76 millions d'euros du fonds européen de développement régional sont investis dans des travaux de rénovation sur la route nationale E79, qui traverse le pays et le relie au Sud à la Grèce et au Nord à la Hongrie. Les travaux, qui visent à améliorer la sécurité routière et le confort de voyage, concernent la section entre la ville de Deva, en Transylvanie, et Oradea, à la frontière avec la Hongrie. "Cette route relie la Roumanie à ses voisins, et l'Ouest du pays au centre, à 1h du comté de Sibiu; toutes les routes mènent à Sibiu," a ajouté la Commissaire Creţu.(Pour plus d'informations: Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 229 58615; Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr – Tel.: +32 229 56169)


Trade negotiations: Commission publishes report following negotiating round with Mercosur

In keeping with its commitment to a more transparent trade policy the Commission has published the report summarising the progress made during the latest round of talks for the EU-Mercosur trade agreement.  The reportoffers a summary of the progress made in all areas of the negotiations, namely: trade in goods (including market access, and general rules); wine and spirits annex; rules of origin; anti-fraud; technical barriers to trade; sanitary and phytosanitary measures (animal and plant health); state-owned enterprises, disputes settlement; services and establishment; government procurement; intellectual property (including geographical indications); trade and sustainable development; small and medium-sized enterprises; and institutional affairs. The EU remains committed to reaching a comprehensive, balanced and ambitious trade agreement. The latest round with Mercosur was held between 6 and 10 November in Brasilia and the next one is starting in Brussels on 29 November. The most recent Commission proposals made in the course of the negotiations can also be accessed through the dedicated transparency page. More information EU-Mercosur talks is available on the website of DG Trade. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: + 32 229 56185; Kinga Malinowska - Tel.: +32 229 51383)


Commission and European Investment Bank launch new advisory service to help cities plan investments

This new advisory service will be launched this afternoon at the 2017 Cities Forum in Rotterdam by Commissioner for Regional policy Corina Creţu and European Investment Bank Vice-President Vazil Hudák. It will provide tailored advice to cities in planning and implementing investments programmes and projects for sustainable urban development across all sectors, from social inclusion to climate actions. In line with the Urban Agenda for the EU's objectives, this new service will support investment strategies that are owned and led by cities. More information will be available in a press release which will be published here in all languages at 14h45 CET, at the moment of the launch event in Rotterdam. (For more information: Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 229 58615; Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr – Tel.: +32 229 56169)


Commissioner Navracsics to take part in high-level science event at the European Parliament

Today, Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the Joint Research Centre, takes part in the annual ‘Science meets Parliaments' gathering, which brings together top-level policy makers and scientists from across Europe. This year, participants will discuss the "role of science in a post fact society". Ahead of the event, Commissioner Navracsics said: "Politicians and scientists need to maintain a close and regular exchange. This is vital to ensure that sound scientific advice can continue to underpin policy-making. At the same time, decision-making needs to become more open to civil society. That is why I am pleased that Science meets Parliaments brings all sides together." 'Science meets Parliaments' is organised by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) with the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment panel. This year's edition,the third, which will be web streamed, builds upon the JRC annual conference "EU4facts: evidence for policy in a post-fact world". The event will be followed by the second edition of the Science meets Regions, hosted by the Committee of the Regions (CoR), under the title "Maximising the Impact of Science for Regions and Cities in Current and Future EU Policies". Throughout 2017 a series of local "Science meets Regions" and "Science meets Parliaments" events took place across Europe, organised jointly by the JRC, the CoR, national parliaments and regional authorities. See also more information on recent Commission's initiatives against disinformation. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt - Tel.: +32 229 67083; Joseph Waldstein - Tel.: +32 229 56184).




Déclaration de la Commissaire Creţu sur la demande des autorités françaises de recevoir l'aide du Fonds de Solidarité de l'UE

Suite au passage des ouragans Irma et Maria sur les Caraïbes, l'Union européenne avait annoncé qu'elle aiderait la reconstruction, dans le long terme, avec les fonds européens. La Commission a désormais reçu la demande des autorités françaises de recevoir l'aide du Fonds de solidarité de l'UE, ce qui permettra de bientôt pouvoir financièrement soutenir la Guadeloupe et surtout à Saint-Martin, qui avait été dévasté par l'ouragan Irma. La Commissaire à la politique régionale Corina Creţu a déclaré: "Le soutien de l'Europe sera bientôt à l'œuvre sur l'île. Telle est la promesse que j'ai faite au Président de la collectivité de Saint-Martin, Daniel Gibbs, lors de la Conférence des Régions Ultrapériphériques en octobre, où nous avons présenté notre nouvelle stratégie pour un partenariat renforcé avec ces régions. Elle sera tenue, car aussi loin que les régions ultramarines puissent être du continent par la géographie, jamais elles n'ont été si proches, si intégrées, si européennes." Retrouvez la déclaration de la Commissaire Creţu dans son intégralitéici. (Pour plus d'informations: Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 229 58615; Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr – Tel.: +32 229 56169)


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