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Daily News 09 / 03 / 2017

Brussels, 9 March 2017

Corps européen de solidarité: la mise en rapport des jeunes avec les organisations commence

Alors que trois mois se sont écoulés depuis que le corps européen de solidarité a été lancé et que la possibilité de s'y inscrire a commencé d‘être offerte aux jeunes Européens intéressés, les organisations accréditées pour proposer des stages de solidarité peuvent désormais utiliser la base de données correspondante pour trouver des employés, des stagiaires ou des bénévoles potentiels pour leurs activités. Plusieurs centaines de places seront disponibles dès ce printemps et des milliers d'autres suivront dans les prochains mois. Tibor Navracsics, commissaire chargé de l'éducation, de la culture, de la jeunesse et du sport, a, quant à lui, déclaré: «Aujourd'hui, le corps européen de solidarité fait un énorme pas en avant dans sa matérialisation sur le terrain. Maintenant que nous ouvrons notre base de données aux organisations et aux autorités publiques, la mise en relation peut débuter et les premiers jeunes Européens pourront bientôt commencer leurs activités. Je suis fier de constater que de nombreux jeunes ont déjà rejoint le corps et sont prêts à retrousser leurs manches. J'encourage à présent les organisations à leur emboîter le pas et à fournir autant de stages que possible.» Marianne Thyssen, commissaire chargée de l'emploi, des affaires sociales, des compétences et de la mobilité des travailleurs, a déclaré à ce propos: «Nous posons ce jour une autre pierre angulaire du corps européen de solidarité. L'ouverture de l'outil de mise en correspondance en ligne aux organisations et aux partenaires fournissant des stages permettra aux membres du corps européen de solidarité de commencer à exercer une influence positive sur le terrain, tout en acquérant des compétences extrêmement utiles pour leur vie et leur carrière futures.» Depuis son lancement, près de 24 000 jeunes Européens se sont inscrits auprès du corps européen de solidarité. Son système en ligne permet d'établir un lien direct entre les organisations et les jeunes intéressés par un stage de solidarité.Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d'informations: Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 229 58615; Joseph Waldstein – Tel.: +32 229 56184)

 

Commissioner Moedas awards the 2017 EU Prize for Women Innovators to four outstanding entrepreneurs

At an award ceremony in Brussels yesterday on International Women's Day, Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas and Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness announced the four winners of the 2017 Horizon 2020-funded EU Prize for Women Innovators. Ms Michela Magas, founder of Stromatolite, who built a new generation of incubation and creative technology toolkits for innovation, won the first Prize (€100,000). The 2nd Prize (€50,000) was awarded to Ms Petra Wadström, founder of Solvatten, which produces a portable water purifier and water heater powered by solar energy. The 3rd Prize (€30,000) went to Ms Claudia Gärtner, founder of microfluidic ChipShop, which provides “lab-on-a-chip” systems as miniaturised solutions for better diagnostics. Ms Kristina Tsvetanova, CEO and co-founder of BLITAB Technology, which has produced the first tablet for blind users, won the Rising Innovators Award, a new award category which recognises excellence in female entrepreneurs aged 30 years or under and is worth €20,000. Carlos Moedas said: "The stories of these entrepreneurs are remarkable. They have achieved incredible feats in many areas and we have to recognise the achievements of women who have not been recognised enough. By 2016, 885 people were awarded a Nobel Prize but only 5% of Nobel Laureates are women. This is too low. We need to improve on recognising extraordinary women working across sectors in the EU.  And since 2011 we have been showcasing such individuals through the EU Prize for Women Innovators." A press release is available here, and more information on the winners, including introduction videos, can be found here (For more information: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: + 32 229 56182; Mirna Talko – Tel.: +32 229 87278; Maud Noyon – Tel.: +32 473 865656)

 

Juncker Plan: Investment Plan for Europe secures EUR 30 million to support research and development activities in Finland

The Juncker Plan has backed a European Investment Bank (EIB) loan of up to EUR 30 million to Valio, a Finnish dairy producer, to support an extensive research, development and innovation programme. The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the central pillar of the Juncker Plan, was a crucial factor in making this loan agreement possible. Valio's research activities will centre on dairy chemistry and related technologies. The objective is to create innovative solutions to enhance dairy food production efficiencies. The loan will also finance investment in the laboratory equipment required to carry out this research programme, the systems required to implement the outcomes of that research and studies on consumer preferences. European Commission Vice-President, Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said: "Valio, a food industry giant in Finland, is also a global frontrunner in dairy ingredients due to its investments in research and development. Modernising Europe's food industry and agricultural production technologies, supporting the research programmes underpinning that modernisation, as well as bringing innovative agricultural products to the market, requires sustained investment. That is where the Investment Plan for Europe can play an important role. I am delighted that today's EFSI-backed loan agreement will allow Valio to invest in the equipment and research required for its development and innovation programme. This Finnish success story can continue to innovate, expand and create new jobs." A full press release is availablehere. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Enda McNamara – Tel.: +32 229 64976)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of HPE's software business by Micro Focus

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of the software business, as well as of certain additional assets related to Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company ("HPE") of the US, by Micro Focus of the UK. Both HPE and Micro Focus are active in the supply of infrastructure software, including application development software. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns because of the presence of a number of strong competitors and the recent entry or expansion of competitors in the market. The transaction was examined under the normal merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8223. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni - Tel.: +32 229 90526)

 

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Vice-President Dombrovskis travels to Warsaw, Poland

Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, also in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, is in Warsaw today and tomorrow. He will engage in a series of meetings with senior political leaders and officials, including Mr Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland, Mr Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Finance and Ms Elżbieta Rafalska, Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy. He will participate in an exchange of views with members of the European affairs, public finances and economic committees of the Polish Parliament. He will also engage with employer and trade union representatives. The meetings and events will cover a wide range of topics, including the prevailing economic situation in Poland, the Banking Union, the Capital Markets Union and the Five Presidents' Report. The visit takes place in the context of the European Semester, the economic policy coordination cycle of the European Union. (For more information: Vanessa Mock – Tel.: +32 229 56194; Enda McNamara – Tel.: +32 229 64976)

 

Commissioner Arias Cañete in Berlin to advance talks on the "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package

Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, will visit Berlin on 9-10 March. During his visit, the Commissioner will have meetings with the Head of the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks, Peter Altmaier, and the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Brigitte Zypries. The Commissioner will also meet the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and the Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy, as well as energy stakeholders and environmental organisations. At the meetings, the Commissioner will discuss how to make steady progress towards the adoption of the "Clean energy for all Europeans" package (IP/16/4009) and will also exchange views on the decarbonisation of the transport sector following the Commission's strategy for low-emission mobility in 2016. During the second day of his visit, the Commissioner will discuss how to sustain a competitive and business-friendly energy transition with members of the Economic Council. He will also meet the Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister for Science, Research and Economy of Austria, Reinhold Mitterlehner. (For more information: Anna-Kaisa Itkonen - Tel.: +32 229 56186; Nicole Bockstaller – Tel.: +32 229 52589)

 

Commissioner Avramopoulos and Council Presidency Ministers in Silicon Valley and San Francisco to meet with U.S. internet companies

Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos is travelling to the U.S. today together with the Maltese Minister of Home Affairs and National Security Carmelo Abela and the Interior Minister of Estonia Andres Anvelt, representing the current and future Council Presidencies respectively. Tomorrow they will meet the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg and Google's General Counsel and Senior Vice-President Kent Walker in Silicon Valley before travelling to San Francisco where they will meet with the Vice-President for Trust and Safety of Twitter, Del Harvey. The meetings aim at operationalising the steps agreed at the EU Internet Forum in December 2016 and furthering the relationship between the EU and internet companies in order to jointly work on removing terrorist content online and strengthening positive counter-narratives to terrorist propaganda online. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 80423)

 

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