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European Commission - Daily News

Daily News 12 / 11 / 2018

Brussels, 12 November 2018

Competition: Registration opens for upcoming conference on competition policy and digitisation

The Commission has opened today the registrations for the upcoming conference "Shaping competition policy in the era of digitisation", which will take place in Brussels on 17 January 2019. The event will bring together experts to discuss topics such as the role of data and artificial intelligence, the market power of digital platforms and how to preserve digital innovation. Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager will give the opening speech. Other confirmed speakers include Commissioner for Digital Economy Mariya Gabriel and Nobel laureate Jean Tirole. The list of speakers also includes the three Special Advisers on digitisation appointed by Commissioner Vestager earlier this year: Professors Heike Schweitzer and Jacques Crémer, and Assistant Professor Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye. The conference and the report from the Special Advisers are designed to provide input to the Commission's ongoing reflection process about how competition policy can best serve European consumers in a fast-changing world. Registration will be open on the conference's webpage until 30 November. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni - Tel.: +32 229 90526)


High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini at the International Conference on Libya in Palermo

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, will attend the International Conference for Libya hosted by the Italian Government in Palermo on 12-13 November. The Conference aims to demonstrate the international community's full support for the implementation of the United Nations Action Plan on Libya and the efforts of UN Special Representative Ghassan Salamé to overcome the political stalemate in Libya's transition towards a stable, secure and prosperous country. The European Union has for years been supporting Libyans through its extensive cooperation, including support for a political transition, to the security sector and the economic development, in terms of humanitarian aid and will continue to stand next to the Libyans to work for a better future for all. More information on the EU-Libya relations  and on EU support to Libya. Photos and videos of the visit of will be available on EbS. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Lauranne Devillé - Tel.: +32 229 80833)


Commissioner Thyssen gives keynote speech at joint conference between the International Labour Organisation and the Commission on Domestic Workers and Health and Safety at the Workplace

This afternoon, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, will give a keynote speech at a conference on Domestic Workers and Health and Safety at the Workplace, jointly organised by the International Labour Organisation and the European Commission, and taking place in Brussels. The conference will be attended by representatives of national governments, labour inspectorates, social partners, EU institutions and agencies as well as international experts. The conference follows up on the commitments taken by the Commission in January 2017 in its Communication on Safer and Healthier Work for all, outlining the modernisation of the occupational health and safety framework. The aim of the conference is to take stock of the situation as regards health and safety at the workplace of domestic workers in particular, and have an exchange of views, experiences and good practices as regards occupational health and safety policies for this category of workers. Health and safety at the workplace is also one of the key principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. Commissioner Thyssen's speech will be published here. (For more information:Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)


Commissioner Bieńkowska speaks at NATO-Industry Forum

Tomorrow, Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska will be in Berlin for the NATO-Industry Forum 2018. The Commissioner will deliver a keynote address as will the Supreme Allied Commander General André Lanata, the Head of the German Chancellery Helge Braun and the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg. This year's NATO-Industry Forum will focus on Innovation and Emerging & Disruptive Technologies. Ahead of the Forum Commissioner Bieńkowska said: "I am looking forward to this exchange between EU, NATO and industry. It is timely at a moment when we are making ambitious moves towards more defence cooperation in Europe. I am convinced, that we need a vibrant, competitive, and innovative defence industry to tackle the defence challenges of today and tomorrow." In the course of two days (12 and 13 November) participants can engage in round-tables on topics such as logistics & sustainment, enhanced military decision-making or disruptive technologies. The Forum welcomes prominent leadership from industries across the Alliance, as well as senior representatives from Allied nations and the European Union. EU-NATO cooperation constitutes an integral pillar of the EU's work aimed at strengthening European security and defence, as part of the implementation of the EU Global Strategy. For more information on EU-NATO cooperation, see the factsheet. Commissioner Bieńkowska will also have a bilateral meeting with Secretary General Stoltenberg to in particular provide an update on the European Defence Fund. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Victoria von Hammerstein – Tel.: +32 229 55040; Esther Osorio - Tel.: +32 229 62076)


Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica on official visit to Mongolia

Commissioner Neven Mimica, responsible for International Cooperation and Development, is on an official visit to Mongolia today and tomorrow, where he will meet political leaders of Mongolia, including President Khaltmaagiin Battulga, Minister of Foreign Affairs Damdin Tsogtbaatar, Minister of Finance Chimed Khurelbaatar and Minister of Labour and Social Protection Sodnom Chinzorig. At this occasion, Commissioner Mimica said: "The EU's support for Mongolia is and remains strong and this visit is an opportunity to promote ongoing development projects in the country. The planned budget support, which we are currently discussing, would strengthen Mongolia's public finance management and promote employment and vocational training. It would continue the work we are doing through several other ongoing projects, which are helping to diversify the Mongolian economy." As part of his visit, the Commissioner will also officially inaugurate the new European Union Delegation in Ulaanbaatar. The visit signals the European Union's continued commitment to support Mongolia's democracy and sustainable development. The EU-Mongolia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement entered into force in November 2017 and provides the legal framework for expanding EU-Mongolia relations and covers such issues as political dialogue, development cooperation, trade, cooperation in the field of agriculture and rural development, energy, climate change, research and innovation, education and culture.  For more information on EU-Mongolia relations see the factsheet, as well as the EU Delegation website(For more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz de Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Christina Wunder – Tel.: +32 229 92256)


Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management Stylianides in Germany to discuss on rescEU

Today, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides travels to Germany to meet the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Mr Thomas Strobl, to deepen the discussion on rescEU – the Commission's comprehensive plan to strengthen Europe's emergency response to disasters. Together with Member of the European Parliament Andreas Schwab and the Prefect for the French Grand-East region, Mr Jean-Luc Marx, Commissioner Stylianides will be introduced to a cross-border co-operation project between Germany and France to commonly address potential disasters on the Rhine river. Commissioner Stylianides will also meet with representatives of German civil protection organisations, such as the Technisches Hilfswerk, Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe, Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund and Malteser Hilfsdienst. When disasters overwhelm national response capacities the EU can mobilise support via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Current plans on rescEU are in the final phase of negotiations between the Council and the European Parliament and will enable the EU to respond even better in disaster situations when Member States have exhausted their national capacities. (For more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz de Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140)


Commissioner Gabriel in Albania to promote the Digital Agenda for Western Balkans and encourage progress on digital issues

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, will travel to Tirana, Albania, on 13 November, to promote the Commission's enhanced support to the Western Balkan partners in the digital transformation of their economies and societies. She will discuss the implementation of the various priorities of the Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans with the Prime Minister, Mr Edi Rama, Steering Board Chair of the Authority of Electronic and Postal Communications, Ilir Zela and Deputy Prime Minister, Senida Mesi. She will also visit Tirana Business Park to inaugurate the E-mma Balkans and the ADISA one stop shop for public service delivery. During her visit the Commissioner will welcome the commitment of Albanian government to swiftly deliver on the implementation of the Digital Agenda for Western Balkans as well as the actions stemming from the Digital Integration Summit in Trieste, Italy. In this context, Albania is expecting to continue the work with regional partners to lower roaming costs, to further boost internet trust and security, to improve broadband infrastructure (including through the Western Balkans Investment Fund's support for broadband rollout) and to promote digital skills. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Marietta Grammenou- Tel.: +32 229 83583)


Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič in Germany to discuss electro mobility, batteries and a just transition from coal

European Commission's Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič travels to Germany for a two-day series of meetings focused mainly on Europe's competiveness in the field of electro mobility and the support for a just transition in coal-intensive regions. On Tuesday (13 November), he will speak alongside Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier at the Electric Mobility Networking Conference 2018, with a special focus on the battery cell production in Europe. This topical matter will also be discussed during their joint meeting with industry representatives from the wide variety of segments of the battery value chain. "Batteries are instrumental to power clean mobility and clean energy systems. Thanks to genuine involvement of all actors, Germany is playing a leading role in the European Battery Alliance. The Commission is set to foster these decisive steps towards Europe's strategic independence and leadership in this area," Vice-President Šefčovič said. He will also hold a joint press conference with Minister Altmaier at 12h00, transmitted by EbS, before delivering a keynote speech at the EurActiv-led conference on the Future of the European Single Energy Market. The Vice-President will also meet the Federal Minister of Environment Svenja Schulze to discuss steps ahead of the COP24 in December in Katowice, Poland. On Wednesday (14 November), Vice-President Šefčovič will visit alongside Minister President of Brandenburg Dietmar Woidke a number of sites in the Lausitz region where lignite mining remains a part of the economic fabric. He will stress the Commission's commitment to a just transition towards a modern, decarbonised economy that leaves no region behind. (For more information: Anca Paduraru – Tel: +32 229-91269; Lynn Rietdorf – Tel: +32 229-74959)



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