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Daily News 04 / 06 / 2019

Brussels, 4 June 2019

Collector Bank to lend SEK 1 billion to Swedish SMEs with Juncker Plan support

The European Investment Fund has signed a guarantee agreement worth SEK 1 billion (around €94 million) under the EU's COSME programme with Collector Bank to support its lending to SMEs in Sweden. The deal is backed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments, the heart of the Juncker Plan. The agreement allows Collector Bank to offer loans to start-ups and small businesses at favourable terms, for example, without collateral requirements. Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said: "SMEs and start-ups play a critical role in Sweden's economy. With this European support, Collector Bank can provide more finance and on more favourable terms, meaning these small businesses will get the boost they need to expand their activities and create jobs." Collector Bank aims to launch its loan programme to SMEs in Finland towards the end of the year. A full press release is available here. As of May 2019, the Juncker Plan has already mobilised nearly €400 billion of additional investment, including €12.8 billion in Sweden. The Plan is currently supporting 949,000 small and medium businesses across Europe. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Siobhán Millbright – Tel.: +32 229 57361)


2019 U-Multirank university ranking: European universities performing well

The sixth and largest-ever edition of the U-Multirank university ranking, scoring more than 1,700 universities from 96 countries, has been published today. Every year, U-Multirank compares higher education institutions' performance in areas that matter most to students. A map showing the universities with top overall performance is a new feature U-Multirank has added in this year's edition. European higher education institutions are doing very well: EDHEC Business School (France), Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), and the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) are among the top performers. U-Multirank has also analysed the international openness of universities worldwide. Results show that the more universities cooperate internationally, the more satisfied their students are with their learning experience. These universities also do better in knowledge transfer and research impact. Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, said: "I am pleased to see the latest U-Multirank results which show that EU universities perform very well when education, research and student satisfaction are looked at together. As we work towards creating a European Education Area where everyone gets the best education and can study freely across borders, as well as developing our flagship European Universities initiative, I am sure that U-Multirank will continue to provide valuable information for applicants." Initiated by the European Commission and co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme, U-Multirank is the first global multi-dimensional ranking allowing users to create their own personalised rankings by selecting performance indicators on teaching and learning, international orientation, knowledge transfer, regional engagement and research. Following the call of EU leaders at the 2017 Gothenburg Summit, the Commission launched a €60 million call to develop the European Universities initiative, which aims to support the establishment of highly competitive, inclusive transnational universities. The results of the call are set to be published in the coming weeks. More information can be found here. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Joseph Waldstein – Tel.: +32 229 56184).


Eurostat: Le taux d'inflation annuel de la zone euro en baisse à 1,2% (mai 2019)

Le taux d'inflation annuel de la zone euro est estimé à 1,2% en mai 2019, contre 1,7% en avril selon une estimation rapide publiée par Eurostat, l'office statistique de l'Union européenne. S'agissant des principales composantes de l'inflation de la zone euro, l'énergie devrait connaître le taux annuel le plus élevé en mai (3,8%, comparé à 5,3% en avril), suivie de l'alimentation, alcool et tabac (1,6%, comparé à 1,5% en avril), des services (1,1%, comparé à 1,9% en avril) et des biens industriels hors énergie (0,3%, comparé à 0,2% en avril). Un communiqué de presse complet est en ligne. (Pour plus d'informations: Annika Breidthardt – Tél.: +32 229 56153; Enda McNamara – Tél.: +32 229 58615)


Eurostat: Le taux de chômage à 7,6% dans la zone euro, à 6,4% dans l'UE28 (avril 2019)

Dans la zone euro (ZE19), le taux de chômage corrigé des variations saisonnières s'est établi à 7,6% en avril 2019, en baisse par rapport au taux de 7,7% de mars 2019 et au taux de 8,4% d'avril 2018. Cela est le taux le plus faible enregistré dans la zone euro depuis août 2008. Dans l'UE28, le taux de chômage s'est établi à 6,4% en avril 2019, inchangé par rapport au taux de mars 2019 et en baisse par rapport au taux de 7,0% d'avril 2018. Cela est le taux le plus faible enregistré dans l'UE28 depuis le début de la série mensuelle sur le chômage en janvier 2000. Ces chiffres sont publiés par Eurostat, l'office statistique de l'Union européenne. Eurostat estime qu'en avril 2019, 15,802 millions d'hommes et de femmes étaient au chômage dans l'UE28, dont 12,529 millions dans la zone euro. Par rapport à mars 2019, le nombre de chômeurs a diminué de 108 000 dans l'UE28 et de 64 000 dans la zone euro. Comparé à avril 2018, le chômage a baissé de 1,394 million de personnes dans l'UE28 et de 1,147 million dans la zone euro. Un communiqué de presse complet est en ligne. (Pour plus d'informations: Christian Spahr – Tél.: + 32 229 50055; Sara Soumillion – Tél.: + 32 229 67094)






Sixth annual European Union-International Organisation for Migration strategic meeting to strengthen cooperation on migration takes place in Brussels

Today, the sixth EU-IOM Strategic Cooperation Meeting is taking place in Brussels. This year, senior officials from the EU and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) discuss developments at global level, EU-IOM cooperation on return and sustainable reintegration and the issue of migrants' protection. Discussions focus in particular on the way forward for EU-IOM cooperation in the context of the African Union-European Union-United Nations Joint Task Force on Migrant Protection in Libya. Ahead of the meeting, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said: “Migration is a global phenomenon that requires a comprehensive response and global synergies. No single country or organisation can address this challenge alone. Our cooperation with the International Organization for Migration is a key element in our comprehensive approach to managing migration operationally and in all aspects and I am glad to have today the opportunity to strengthen ties with such a trusted and long-standing partner.” In the afternoon, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Avramopoulos will hold bilateral meetings with António Vitorino, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration, to discuss external aspects of migration as well as the migration situation in the EU and cooperation with third countries. More information on the EU-IOM meeting is available online. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Katarzyna Kolanko – Tel.: +32 229 63444)




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