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The following press release was issued by the European Commission on .
Today, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is participating in the informal Malta Summit in Valletta. The main focus of discussions will be on how to better manage migration and save lives along the Central Mediterranean route. Leaders are expected to agree on a concrete set of short- and medium term actions which will help stabilise the Central Mediterranean route. The meeting will also provide an opportunity for the EU-27 to have a broad discussion on the future of Europe ahead of the Rome Summit on 25 March which will mark the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome. Given the new realities and old challenges facing Europe at the start of 2017, the informal Malta Summit is a time for collective action in the area of external migration but also a moment to show unity. It presents an opportunity to reaffirm European values and defend the tolerance, solidarity and openness that Europe is built on. Following the first working session on external migration, leaders will publish the Malta Declaration setting out concrete short- and medium term actions to improve the situation along the Central Mediterranean route and on the ground in Libya and its neighbouring countries. Joint press conference by Prime Minister Muscat, President Tusk and President Juncker is currently scheduled for 16:00 CET and can be followed live via EbS. Ahead of the Informal Malta Summit, the Commission and the High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini presented a number of measures that they consider leaders should agree to in order to stabilise the Central Mediterranean route. More facts and figures that are likely to feature in the Malta Summit discussions can be found in a factsheet and a strategic note from the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC). (For more information: Margaritis Schinas – Tel.: +32 496 583826; Mina Andreeva – Tel.: +32 229 91382; Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764)
The Commission is amending the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) making it fit for tackling CO2 emissions from aviation. This comes following an agreement by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to stabilise international aviation emissions.The European Union is a leading advocate for addressing fast-growing emissions from aviation. At the 2016 ICAO Assembly, the European Union and its Member States played an instrumental role in securing a deal on a global market-based measure to stabilise international aviation emissions. The system will require airlines to monitor and report their annual CO2 emissions on international routes and offset those exceeding 2020 levels. Following this deal at global level, a revision of the EU Emissions Trading System is needed to maintain the contribution of the aviation sector to the European climate objectives and for the smooth implementation of the ICAO Global Market-Based Measure. The Commission is proposing to continue with the current geographic scope of the EU Emissions Trading System for aviation, covering flights between airports in the European Economic Area. This will ensure a level playing field and equal treatment of all airlines flying in Europe. Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: “With this proposal we are making sure that the aviation sector also contributes to our climate objectives. Now, we call on countries around the world to participate in the global scheme from the beginning and help us finalise and implement sound environmental criteria to deliver real emissions reductions in the aviation sector.” Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: “Following ICAO’s landmark agreement, the European Union is now focused on getting the global scheme up and running. We are serious about achieving carbon neutral growth for aviation, and we will provide technical and financial assistance to make it happen. Aviation is a global business and no country can be left behind!” Read the full press release in EN, FR and DE. (For more information: Anna-Kaisa Itkonen – Tel.: +32 229 56186; Alexis Perier – Tel.: +32 229 69143; Nicole Bockstaller – Tel.: +32 229 52589)
The European Investment Bank has agreed to loan EUR 28.5 million to support investments in the Irish forestry sector. This transaction benefits from the support of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe. The loan will allow pan-European forest investment fund Dasos to finance crucial upgrades to Ireland’s forestry infrastructure and consolidation of its management. European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan said: “Forests help to keep our rural areas vibrant and sustainable, providing over three million jobs in the EU. They also play a major role in the protection of EU biodiversity and represent a key sector in the transition towards a low-carbon and climate friendly economy. Continued investment in the sector is therefore a win-win for our economy, for our local communities, and our environment. This strategic partnership with the European Investment Bank will help to achieve these objectives, deliver the Investment Plan for Europe and support jobs and growth in rural Ireland.” A full press release is available here. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: +32 229 56185; Enda McNamara – Tel.: +32 229 64976)
En décembre 2016 par rapport à novembre 2016, le volume des ventes du commerce de détail corrigé des variations saisonnières a diminué de 0,3% dans la zone euro (ZE19) et de 0,8% dans l’UE28, selon les estimations d’Eurostat, l’office statistique de l’Union européenne. En novembre, le commerce de détail avait reculé de 0,6% dans la zone euro et de 0,1% dans l’UE28. En décembre 2016 par rapport à décembre 2015, l’indice des ventes de détail s’est accru de 1,1% dans la zone euro et de 2,3% dans l’UE28. Par rapport à 2015, le volume moyen des ventes de détail a progressé en 2016 de 1,8% dans la zone euro et de 2,8% dans l’UE28. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d’informations: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: + 32 229 56182; Mirna Talko – Tel.: +32 229 87278)
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