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Daily News 19 / 12 / 2017

Brussels, 19 December 2017

Safe products in the EU Single Market: Commission acts to reinforce trust

The Commission tabled today two legislative proposals to make it easier for companies, especially SMEs, to sell their products across Europe, and to strengthen controls by national authorities and customs officers to prevent unsafe products from being sold to European consumers. Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth Investment and Competitiveness, said: "The Single Market of 500 million consumers is a great EU success story. Today we are removing obstacles, reinforcing trust and allowing our businesses and consumers to make the most of it." Internal Market Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska added: "The Single Market is built on trust. Consumers must be able to trust that the products they use are of the same standard wherever they come from; and public authorities must be able to trust that the products on their national markets are safe for their citizens. The breast implant and 'dieselgate' scandals undermined this trust and we must rebuild it with stricter controls across the board. Faulty products have absolutely no place in the EU." Trade in goods accounts for 75% of intra-EU trade and around 25% of the EU's GDP. Reducing internal trade barriers further could lead to an increase of intra-EU trade by more than €100 billion per year. Today's initiatives were designed to improve the free flow of goods in the EU, namely through a better application of the principle of 'mutual recognition' and strengthened controls by national authorities. The press conference can be watched again here. More information is available in a press release, Q&A and video. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Victoria von Hammerstein – Tel.: +32 229 55040; Maud Noyon – Tel. +32 229 80379)


2017 Standard Eurobarometer: Fixing the roof while the sun is shining

For the first time since the economic and financial crisis began in 2007, a majority Europeans think the situation of the economy is good, according to a new Eurobarometer survey released today. The survey also found that positive perception of the economic situation nationally has increased in the last months and support for the euro is at its highest since 2004 in the euro area and optimism for the future of the EU outweighs pessimism. Overall, trust in the EU remains high and a majority of Europeans are optimistic about the future of the EU. "The free movement of people, goods and services within the EU" and "peace among the Member States of the EU" are perceived as the two most positive results of the EU. Respondents were also asked about their views on the main issues faced by the EU – immigration has overtaken terrorism as the biggest challenge in the eyes of citizens, followed by the economic situation, the state of Member States' public finances and unemployment. In another survey on the Future of Europe, a majority of Europeans were found to regard the EU as a place of stability in a troubled world. The two surveys, the "Autumn 2017 – Standard Eurobarometer" and the "Special Eurobarometer 'Future of Europe', were conducted through face-to-face interviews – a total of 33,193 people were interviewed across all EU Member States and in the candidate countries for the Standard Eurobarometer; and a total of 27,881 people were interviewed in Member States for the Special Eurobarometer. More information is available in the press release online. (For more information: Alexander Winterstein – Tel.: +32 229 93265)


Nouveau programme d'aide pour le Liban: l'UE s'engage fermement à soutenir le développement et la stabilité du pays

La Commission européenne a adopté un nouveau programme d'aide de 44 millions d'euros qui contribuera à promouvoir la stabilité et le développement économique et social au Liban. Les projets soutiendront le processus de réforme électorale du pays, amélioreront le secteur de la gestion des déchets et favoriseront le développement socio-économique le long du bassin du fleuve Litani. En amont de sa visite au Liban, la Haute Représentante/Vice-Présidente Federica Mogherini a déclaré: "Durant ma visite au Liban aujourd'hui, je vais confirmer le soutien total de l'UE à la stabilité, la sécurité et l'unité du pays. Le Liban peut compter sur l'engagement de l'UE en termes d'aide humanitaire, de coopération au développement, mais aussi sur le plan économique et de la sécurité. Nous continuerons également d'accompagner le Liban dans la solidarité dont il fait preuve à l'égard de la population syrienne fuyant le conflit. La prochaine conférence de Bruxelles II sur l'aide à apporter pour l'avenir de la Syrie et des pays de la région sera l'opportunité d'affirmer davantage le soutien de la communauté internationale au Liban." Johannes Hahn, Commissaire pour la Politique Européenne de Voisinage et les négociations de l'élargissement, a ajouté: "Nous allons soutenir la réforme électorale et la démocratie participative, promouvoir une gestion intégrée des déchets et aider à l'amélioration des conditions socio-économiques pour le peuple libanais. Ces nouveaux projets s'ajoutent à nos efforts pour atténuer l'impact du conflit syrien sur la société et l'économie libanaises, pour lesquels l'UE a octroyé 1 milliard d'euros en soutien aux réfugiés syriens et aux communautés d'accueil au Liban." Ce paquet vient s'ajouter au soutien apporté par la Commission européenne au Liban depuis le début de la crise syrienne, s'élevant à plus de 1,2 milliard d'euros, dont près de 1 milliard d'euros d'assistance aux communautés d'accueil et aux réfugiés se trouvant dans le pays. Plus de détails disponibles dans le communiqué de presse. (Pour plus d'informations: Maja Kocijančič – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Catherine Ray – Tel.: +32 229 69921; Alceo Smerilli – Tel.: +32 229 64887; Lauranne Devillé – Tel.: +32 229 80833)


State aid: Commission approves progressive application of renewable energy surcharge for certain self-suppliers of electricity in Germany

The European Commission has endorsed under EU State aid rules German plans to progressively apply renewable energy surcharges to certain self-suppliers of electricity. The surcharge reform will contribute to lower electricity bills for consumers, in a sustainable way for existing self-suppliers. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "It is important that the costs of the energy transition in Germany are distributed fairly between different German electricity consumers. At the same time, where consumers have made investments in good faith to produce their own electricity, the rules should be changed in a way that is sustainable. The reform of the renewable energy surcharge in Germany tries to strike the right balance and we approved it today". With today's decision, the Commission has endorsed German plans on the exemptions and reductions of the EEG surcharge for all existing self-suppliers of electricity (i.e. having entered into operation before August 2014), new self-suppliers (i.e. having entered into operation as of August 2014) using renewable energy sources and new small self-supply installations. The Commission is in ongoing, constructive contact with the German authorities on the issue of reductions for new cogeneration installations used for the self-supply of electricity and heat, which are not covered by this decision. A full press release is available in EN, DE, FR. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)


State Aid: Commission approves Irish support scheme for SMEs

The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules an Irish scheme to reduce the taxation of employee share options for SMEs. The scheme will allow small and medium-sized companies to recruit and retain employees without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market. Under the Irish support scheme, employees of small and medium-size companies (SMEs) will be relieved from paying income tax and social contributions when exercising their share options. The aim of the tax relief is to help SMEs attract and retain their employees by making their share options more attractive. The scheme will run for a period of 6 years. The Commission believes that the public intervention is needed to facilitate Irish SMEs' efforts to attract and retain employees, allowing these companies to contribute further to economic growth and innovation. This is also in line with the Commission policy to promote a more entrepreneurial culture and create supportive environment for SMEs. The Commission assessed the measure under Article 107(3)(c) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which allows State aid to facilitate the development of certain economic activities or areas. On this basis, the Commission concluded that the measure is in line with EU State aid rules. A full press release is available in EN, IE, FR, DE. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Maria Sarantopoulou - Tel.: +32 229 13740)


State aid: Commission approves the Maltese tonnage tax scheme subject to commitments

The European Commission has conditionally approved under EU State aid rules the Maltese tonnage tax scheme for a period of 10 years. The scheme will ensure a level playing field between Maltese and other European shipping companies, and will encourage ship registration in Europe. In 2012, the Commission opened an in-depth investigation into the Maltese tonnage tax scheme to examine its compatibility with EU State aid rules. With today's decision, the Commission endorses the Maltese scheme, subject to the amendments introduced by Malta. Malta has committed to introduce a number of changes to its scheme to prevent any discrimination between shipping companies and to avoid undue competition distortions. In particular, Malta agreed to restrict the scope of the scheme to maritime transport and to remove those tax exemptions for shareholders which constitute State aid. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Tonnage tax systems are meant to promote the competitiveness of the EU shipping industry in a global market without unduly distorting competition. I am pleased that Malta committed to adapt its tonnage tax system to achieve this. Moreover, by encouraging the registration of ships in the EU, the scheme will enable the European shipping industry to keep up its high social and environmental standards”. A full press release is available in EN, MT, FR, DE. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Maria Sarantopoulou - Tel.: +32 229 13740)


State aid: Commission approves introduction of tradable phosphate rights for dairy cattle in the Netherlands

The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a trading system for phosphate rights for dairy cattle in the Netherlands. The measure aims to improve water quality in the Netherlands by limiting phosphate production from dairy cattle manure and promote a shift to land-based farming. Given the high density of dairy cattle in the Netherlands, the phosphate contained in dairy cattle manure represents a significant environmental concern, as this can pollute ground and surface water.To limit phosphate production from dairy cattle manure in the Netherlands and to encourage land-based farming in the dairy cattle sector, and so improve water quality, the Dutch authorities are setting up a trading system for phosphate rights for dairy cattle. In addition to the main environmental objectives, the system also provides some support for young farmers and is intended to have a positive effect on grazing and grassland.The new system will enter into force on 1 January 2018, when dairy farms will be awarded phosphate rights for free and will only be allowed to produce phosphate from dairy cattle manure corresponding to the phosphate production rights they hold. At the end of each calendar year, farms will be required to demonstrate that they have sufficient phosphate rights to justify the amount of phosphate produced by their dairy cattle manure. A full press release is available in EN, NL, FR, DE. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)


Kosovo joins COSME, an EU funding programme for SMEs

SMEs and entrepreneurs from Kosovo will now be able to participate in COSME, the EU Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Programme,under the same conditions as their counterparts from EU Member States and other associated countries. Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs said: "Today's agreement is a milestone for SMEs and entrepreneurs in Kosovo. It opens doors for cooperation with businesses across the EU and will help create a better business environment." COSME, the first EU programme that Kosovo has joined, will bring new possibilities to Kosovo entrepreneurs for increasing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises. It will support projects on a wide range of topics that include clusters, SME internationalisation, building entrepreneurship skills, tourism, reducing the administrative burden for companies and protection of intellectual property rights. It will also help SMEs identify funding sources. Kosovo is the eleventh partner outside the EU to join and contribute to the programme, after Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, the Republic of Moldova, Turkey, Albania, Serbia, Armenia and Ukraine. (For more information: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: + 32 229 56182; Maud Noyon – Tel.: +32 229 80379; Victoria von Hammerstein – Tel.: +32 229 55040)


Reconstruire après Irma: les fonds européens à l'œuvre à Saint-Martin pour soutenir la population

Alors qu'une première aide financière au titre du Fonds de solidarité a été annoncée la semaine dernière, la Commission vient à présent de modifier le programme de la politique de Cohésion pour la Guadeloupe et Saint-Martin, sur demande des autorités françaises. Cela permettra de rediriger cinq millions d'euros du Fonds social européen (FSE) vers le territoire de Saint-Martin, pour faire face aux conséquences sociales de la catastrophe. Ces cinq millions d'euros du FSE permettront de financer des activités de formation et de reconversion professionnelles pour les personnes ayant perdu leurs emplois suite à la catastrophe, par exemple. Pour Saint-Martin, une décision augmentant le taux de co-financement jusqu'à 95% pour les opérations de reconstruction sous le Fonds européen de développement régional (FEDER) devrait suivre en 2018. Ces modifications ne modifient pas le budget global du programme. La Commissaire à l'emploi, aux affaires sociales, aux compétences et à la mobilité des travailleurs Marianne Thyssen a déclaré: "L'ouragan est passé, laissant derrière lui des dommages considérables tant au niveau économique que social. Plus que jamais Saint-Martin a besoin du soutien de l'Europe pour recréer des opportunités pour ses habitants et la politique de Cohésion participera pleinement à cet effort." La Commissaire à la politique régionale Corina Crețu a ajouté: "Cette décision montre que la Commission est prête à faire preuve de flexibilité et d'intensifier son soutien lorsque ses citoyens en ont le plus besoin. Les fonds de la politique de Cohésion ainsi que le Fonds de solidarité aideront les habitants de Saint-Martin à tourner la page de ce douloureux chapitre." (Pour plus d'information: Johannes Bahrke – Tél.: +32 229 58615, Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr - Tél.: +32 229 56169; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)                                         


La Commission approuve deux nouvelles indications géographiques protégées de Grèce et d'Italie

La Commission européenne a approuvé la demande d'inscription du «Μελεκούνι» (Melekouni) et de la «Lenticchia di Altamura» dans le registre des indications géographiques protégées (IGP). Le «Μελεκούνι» (Melekouni) est une pâtisserie traditionnelle en forme de losange produite sur l'île de Rhodes. Il est composé principalement de graines de sésame et de miel, d'épices, d'amandes et, éventuellement de zeste et/ou jus d'agrumes. Le «Μελεκούνι» se différencie des autres produits similaires par l'utilisation exclusive de miel et non d'édulcorants. Deuxième terme à être protégé aujourd'hui, la «Lenticchia di Altamura» est une lentille produite dans le territoire autour d'Altamura, une commune située dans les Pouilles au sud de l'Italie. Cette lentille est caractéristique du fameux régime méditerranéen grâce à son fort apport protéique qui a permis aux populations locales de limiter la viande dans leur alimentation. Ces deux nouvelles appellations vont rejoindre plus de 1415 produits déjà protégés dont la liste est disponible dans la base de données DOOR. Pour plus d'informations, voir aussi les pages sur la politique de qualité. (Pour plus d'information: Daniel Rosario – Tel: +32 2 29 56185; Clémence Robin – Tel: +32 229 52 509)


European Commission and Member States' consumer authorities call on Volkswagen to fully deliver on its commitment to repair the affected cars
Today, European consumer authorities announced that Volkswagen committed to continue and speed up the repair, free of charge, of the remaining cars affected by the Dieselgate in 2018. This is a result from their joint letter sent last September to the CEO of Volkswagen, urging the group to swiftly repair all affected cars. Commissioner Jourová said: "Volkswagen has not fully delivered on its commitments and needs to do much more for EU consumers. Now we need to draw the right lessons from the Volkswagen case, strengthen consumer's hands and the enforcement of EU law. And we will propose new ways for groups of consumers to defend their interests more effectively, especially when they face large companies. These proposals will be included in the New Deal for consumers I plan to announce in spring of 2018."The Member States' consumer authorities required Volkswagen to improve the level of repair, as it reaches by now 73% of cars across the EU. Authorities also insisted that Volkswagen works harder to handle all complaints pre and post repair and provides detailed information about the repair to all affected consumers. This will be followed up early next year in the framework of the ongoing enforcement action. In September 2017, EU consumer authorities, under the leadership of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), and with the facilitation of the Commission, had asked Volkswagen to take steps to ensure a fair treatment of consumers across the Union. The Consumer Protection authorities' press release is available here. (For more information: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Mélanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659)


Big data: Commission launches €2 million Horizon Prize to forecast energy traffic

The European Commission launched today the Big Data TechnologiesHorizon Prize for optimising the use of energy grids through a more precise forecasting system. A total sum of €2 million will be awarded to the winning data analytics solutions that devise an energy grid traffic forecasting system that is accurate, fast and scalable.The three top ranked contestants will have to develop software solutions that will be designed to analyse extremely large collections of datasets, from time recordings of weather conditions to operation of energy grid management. More information on the big data prize is available here. What the Commission is doing to facilitate cross-border access to non-personal data is outlined in this press release. Another emerging technology prize was launched last week, when the Commission announced the €5 million European Innovation Council (EIC) Horizon Prize on Blockchains for Social Good.It will award 5 prizes of €1 million to social innovations using Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), including blockchain based solutions. The prize is the third of six EIC Horizon Prizes. Both prizes are funded under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme. Further details on blockchain prize are available here and in a video trailer. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel. +32 229 67083; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698; Victoria von Hammerstein – Tel.: +32 229 55040)


State aid: Commission approves recapitalisation of the Lithuanian Central Credit Union

The European Commission has found that Lithuania's plan to support the recapitalisation of the Lithuanian Central Credit Union by EUR 8.9 million is in line with EU State aid rules. The Commission assessed the Lithuanian public support in view of the rules applicable to restructuring aid, in particular the Restructuring Communication and the 2013 Banking Communication. It found that the conditions under which the aid measure is granted are in line with the exemption provided in the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive, so that the measure can be implemented without the beneficiary being resolved ("precautionary recapitalisation"). Under the Lithuanian Central Bank's stress test and asset quality review, the Lithuanian Central Credit Union has no capital shortfall under the baseline scenario and a capital shortfall of around €8.9 million under the adverse scenario. Lithuania's planned precautionary capitalisation only addresses the shortfall in this adverse scenario. The Commission therefore concluded that the proposed restructuring aid will ensure that the Lithuanian Central Credit Union continues to be viable in the long-term while distortions of competition will be minimised, in particular given the small size of the beneficiary, its small market share and the aid amount. Burden-sharing principles under EU State aid rules have been fully respected. More information will be available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the reference SA.48920. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)


Concentrations: la Commission autorise l'acquisition de Fraikin par Värde

La Commission européenne a approuvé, en vertu du règlement européen sur les concentrations, l'acquisition du contrôle de Financière Truck Investissement (FTI) dont le siège social est situé en France par Värde Partners, Inc. dont le siège social est situé aux Etats-Unis. FTI est la société mère du Groupe Fraikin, principalement actif dans la location à court et à long terme de véhicules de passagers et de véhicules industriels à des clients professionnels. Värde est une société d'investissement internationale. La Commission a conclu que l'opération envisagée ne soulèverait pas de problème de concurrence compte tenu de son impact limité sur la structure du marché au sein de l'EEE. L'opération a été examinée dans le cadre de la procédure simplifiée du contrôle des concentrations. De plus amples informations sont disponibles sur le site internet concurrence de la Commission, dans le registre public des affaires sous le numéro d'affaire M.8647. (Pour plus d'informations: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Maria Sarantopoulou - Tel.: +32 229 13740)


Eurostat: Octobre 2017 comparé à septembre 2017 - La production dans le secteur de la construction en baisse de 0,4% dans la zone euro - En baisse de 0,7% dans l'UE28

La production dans le secteur de la construction en baisse de 0,4% dans la zone euro - En baisse de 0,7% dans l'UE28. En octobre 2017 par rapport à septembre 2017, la production dans le secteur de la construction, corrigée des variations saisonnières, a diminué de 0,4% dans la zone euro (ZE19) et de 0,7% dans l'UE28, selon les premières estimations d'Eurostat, l'office statistique de l'Union européenne. En septembre 2017, la production dans le secteur de la construction avait progressé de 0,1% dans la zone euro, tandis qu'elle avait reculé de 0,2% dans l'UE28. En octobre 2017 par rapport à octobre 2016, la production dans le secteur de la construction a augmenté de 2,0% dans les deux zones. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d'informations: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: + 32 229 56182; Maud Noyon – Tel.: +32 229 80379; Victoria von Hammerstein – Tel.: +32 229 55040)


Eurostat: La croissance annuelle des coûts de la main-d'œuvre à 1,6% dans la zone euro - À 2,1% dans l'UE28

Les coûts horaires de la main-d'œuvre ont augmenté de 1,6% dans la zone euro (ZE19) et de 2,1% dans l'UE28au troisième trimestre 2017, par rapport au même trimestre de l'année précédente. Au deuxième trimestre 2017, les coûts horaires de la main-d'œuvre avaient progressé de 1,8% et 2,3% respectivement. Ces données sont publiées par Eurostat, l'office statistique de l'Union européenne. Les deux principales composantes des coûts de la main-d'œuvre sont les salaires & traitements ainsi que les coûts non salariaux. Dans la zone euro, les salaires & traitements horaires ont augmenté de 1,6% et les coûts non salariaux de 1,5% au troisième trimestre 2017, par rapport au même trimestre de l'année précédente. Au deuxième trimestre 2017, les variations annuelles s'établissaient respectivement à +2,1%et +0,8%. Dans l'UE28, les salaires & traitements horaires ont progressé de 2,1% et les coûts non salariaux de 2,3% au troisième trimestre 2017. Au deuxième trimestre 2017, les variations annuelles s'établissaient respectivement à +2,5% et +1,8%. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d'informations: Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)                                        




Security Union: new EU Forum to protect public spaces

On Wednesday and Thursday, the Commission is organising the first meeting of the EU Operators' Forum, an important deliverable under theAction Plan on protecting public spaces from terrorism, announced by President Juncker in his 2017 State of the Union Address and presented by the Commission in October. The Forum will connect Member State authorities and private operators of public spaces, such as concert venues, sports arenas or shopping malls, to enable them to work together and jointly identify the best ways of keeping those spaces safe from terrorist attacks. Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King will deliver an opening speech to inaugurate the Forum. On Wednesday, participants will discuss guidance, develop recommendations and share good practices in protecting public spaces against terrorist attacks. On Thursday, a first thematic sub-group of the Forum will focus on the car rental sector and discuss possible ways to make it more difficult for terrorists to rent vehicles for attacks. For more information please see the press release on the Anti-Terrorism Package, a factsheet on 'Protecting Public Spaces' and a video on 'Europe that Protects', which are available online. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Katarzyna Kolanko – Tel.: +32 229 63444)


Commission renews mandates of three top researchers to the European Research Council's governing body

Today, the European Commission renewed the mandates of three members to the governing body of the European Research Council (ERC), the Scientific Council, for two more years. The three members are professors Martin Stokhof, Professor of philosophy of language at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) and the Department of Philosophy of the University of Amsterdam, Nils Stenseth, Research Professor in ecology and evolution and Chair of the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) at the University of Oslo and Michel Wieviorka, Professor at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and chair of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (Paris). The ERC Scientific Council is an independent body that decides the strategy and distribution of ERC funding. All of its members are selected by an independent Identification Committee. The ERC's main goal is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence. An ERC press release is available online. (For more information: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: + 32 229 56182; Maud Noyon – Tel.: +32 229 80379; Victoria von Hammerstein – Tel.: +32 229 55040)


Commissioner Oettinger launches the High-Level conference on "Shaping Our Future – Designing the Next MFF" [Updated 19/12/2017 at 17:00]

Ahead of the College debate on the long-term budget, on Monday 8 January the Commissioner for Budget and HR, Günther H. Oettinger launches the High-Level conference on "Shaping Our Future – Designing the Next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)", which is hosted by the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the Commission's in-house think tank. This conference opens the final stretch of preparing the Next MFF, before the Leaders' informal meeting in February and the Commission's proposal which will be presented in May 2018. The conference will start with a debate on "A Budget for the EU 27" by the new Eurogroup President and Portuguese Finance Minister, Mario Centeno, the Italian Minister for Economy and Finance, Pier Carlo Padoan and the German Secretary of State for Finances, Jens Spahn. The full programme and the list of the high-profile speakers including, from the Commission, Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competition, Jyrki Katainen and Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Cretu can be found here. The conference will take place in the Commission's Charlemagne building. Journalists can register here. During the conference, you can share your views by using the hashtag #EUBudget on Twitter(For more information: Alexander Winterstein – Tel.: +32 229 93265; Maria Sarantopoulou – Tel.: +32 229 13740)


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