Author: European Commission.
The following press release was issued by the European Commission on .
Today the Commission adopted the Environmental Implementation Review, a new tool to improve implementation of European environmental policy and commonly agreed rules. This is the beginning of a new process. The Commission will address with Member States the causes of implementation gaps and find solutions before problems become urgent in areas such as waste management, nature and biodiversity, air quality and water quality. Today’s package includes: 28 country reports which map national strengths, opportunities and weaknesses; a Communication summarising the political conclusions of the country reports and examining common trend; and recommendations for improvements to all Member States. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, said: “Patchy and uneven implementation of environmental rules helps no one. Improving how environmental laws are applied benefits citizens, public administrations and the economy. This is where the Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) comes in. The European Commission is committed to helping Member States make sure that the quality of their citizens’ air, water and waste management is of the highest standard. This Review provides the information, the tools and the timetable to do this”. Full implementation of EU environment legislation could save the EU economy €50 billion every year in health costs and direct costs to the environment. A press release and 28 factsheets for each Member State available online. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172; Iris Petsa – Tel.: +32 229 93321)
The European Commission has awarded an additional €3.9 million in emergency funding to Greece under the Internal Security Fund (ISF) to help improve reception conditions for migrants on the Greek islands. This is to further support EU financed actions carried out by the Ministry of Defence to provide catering, accommodation and transportation to the migrants on the islands, also in support of emergency accommodation solutions, such as temporary accommodation in ships. With this award, the overall amount of emergency assistance from the Home Affairs Funds made available for Greece since 2015 amounts to €356.8 million. This emergency funding comes on top of the €509 million allocated to Greece under the national programmes for 2014-2020. In total, the Commission has made available over €1 billion in support for Greece since 2015 to support the country with migration and border management. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 80423)
The European Commission has awarded an additional €6.1 million in emergency funding to support migration management in Bulgaria. €3.6 million will be provided to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) to enhance the protection of unaccompanied children, carry out voluntary returns and provide reintegration support as well as assistance, information and counselling to migrants. An additional €2,5 million will be provided to IOM to complement the actions already implemented by the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior in order to improve migration management and the Bulgarian asylum system. The award decisions complement the EU funding granted to Bulgaria since October 2016, which amounted to a total of €149 million under AMIF and the Internal Security Fund (ISF). The emergency funding comes on top of the €91 million already allocated to Bulgaria under the national programmes for 2014-2020. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 80423)
Aujourd’hui, la Commission européenne a lancé une consultation publique afin de recueillir les avis des jeunes, des enseignants, de différentes organisations, des employeurs et d’autres parties prenantes sur les priorités et le renforcement du Corps européen de Solidarité. Depuis son lancement, le 7 décembre 2016, plus de 21 000 jeunes Européens ont fait part de leur volonté de participer à cette nouvelle initiative qui leur permettra d’apporter une contribution importante à la société au sein de l’Union et d’acquérir une expérience personnelle inestimable. La Commission prépare une proposition législative pour le premier semestre de 2017 qui attribuera une base juridique spécifique au Corps européen de Solidarité. Les résultats de la consultation alimenteront le travail de la Commission sur cette proposition, consolidant ainsi le Corps européen de Solidarité. La commissaire à l’emploi, aux affaires sociales, aux compétences et à la mobilité des travailleurs, Marianne Thyssen, a dit: “Avec tant de jeunes déjà inscrits, nous pouvons conclure que les jeunes Européens souhaitent de cette nouvelle opportunité pour améliorer leurs chances de trouver du travail tout en exprimant leur solidarité. Je suis impatiente d’entendre leurs points de vue ainsi que ceux de toutes les parties concernées.” Le commissaire chargé de l’éducation, de la culture, de la jeunesse et des sports, Tibor Navracsics, a ajouté: “J’apprécie grandement l’intérêt que tant de jeunes portent au Corps européen de Solidarité, et leur volonté de consacrer leur temps et leurs efforts à aider les autres. Nous devons maintenant préparer les prochaines étapes avec soin. Les réactions des jeunes ainsi que des organisations sont essentielles pour y parvenir.” La consultation publique se déroulera pendant huit semaines. De plus amples informations sont disponibles dans ce communiqué de presse. (Pour plus d’informations: Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 229 58615; Joseph Waldstein – Tel.: +32 229 56184)
Cet après-midi, Carlos Moedas, Commissaire en charge de la recherche, des sciences et de l’innovation, remettra le premier Prix Horizon pour un meilleur usage des antibiotiques, doté d’un million d’euros, au cours d’une cérémonie à l’université de Leuven en Belgique. Le prix sera remis à un des trois finalistes ayant développé un diagnostic rapide et efficace de la nature virale ou bactérienne des infections. Le but est de faciliter un recours plus avisé aux antibiotiques pour les patients, ces médicaments n’étant ni nécessaires ni efficaces en cas d’infection virale. Le Commissaire européen à la santé et à la sécurité alimentaire, Vytenis Andriukaitis, lui remettra les trois Prix européens de la santé pour les ONG luttant contre la résistance aux antimicrobiens, dotés respectivement de 20 000, 15 000 et 10 000 euros. La résistance antimicrobienne causée par le recours systématique aux antibiotiques est un enjeu majeur de santé publique en Europe et dans le monde. La cérémonie de remise de prix sera transmise à partir de 17 heures sur EbS. Un communiqué de presse sur les lauréats et une fiche technique sur la recherche financée par l’UE dans le domaine de la santé seront disponibles à 17h ici. (Pour plus d’informations: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: + 32 229 56182; Mirna Talko – Tel.: +32 229 87278; Maud Noyon – Tel.: +32 473 865656)
The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Fyffes of Ireland by Sumitomo of Japan. Fyffes is active in the production, procurement, distribution and marketing of fresh fruits and mushrooms. Fyffes also provides ripening services to third parties. Sumitomo is active in a wide range of sectors, including the production, procurement and distribution of vegetable and fresh fruits through its subsidiary Sumifru. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns because the companies’ activities do not overlap in the European Economic Area. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information will be available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8344. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni – Tel.: +32 229 90526)
On the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini, the EU’s Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Commissioner, Vĕra Jourová, and Development Commissioner, Neven Mimica, joined together to reaffirm the EU’s strong commitment to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation and made the following statement: “Over 200 million girls and women have suffered from Female Genital Mutilation across the world, including 500,000 living in Europe. Every day over 8,000 girls are at risk of being subject to this practice. We must put an end to this damaging practice, which horrendously violates the human rights, dignity and physical integrity of girls and women. We are determined to eliminate Female Genital Mutilation before it is too late. (…) In the European Union we are dedicating 2017 to combatting all forms of violence against women in the European Union, and Female Genital Mutilation is one of them. Women and girls in Europe must be protected from the violence and the pain inflicted by this practice. Teachers, doctors, nurses, police officers, lawyers, judges, or asylum officers, are key in detecting girls that could be at risk of becoming victims of Female Genital Mutilation. (…) Female Genital Mutilation is a crime in all EU Member States. We support partner countries outside Europe to take action to render Female Genital Mutilation unlawful, too. Since the start of an EU-UN programme, The Gambia and Nigeria have adopted ground-breaking legislation to criminalise this practice. 531,300 girls have received Female Genital Mutilation related care or prevention support, and 2000 communities have made public commitments to abandon this harmful practice. We will keep working so that other partners will follow this example and we stand ready to support.” An EU-wide web platformis available for teachers, doctors, nurses, police officers, lawyers, judges and asylum officers to help them detect girls at risk. The full statement and a Q&A are available online. (For more information: Carlos Martín Ruiz de Gordejuela – Tel.: + 32 229-65322; Mélanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659)
For the second year, Startup Europe Week will bring together tech entrepreneurs in different cities all over Europe. During this week, 200 events will take place in 40 countries across Europe, including countries such as Ukraine, Belarus and Azerbaijan in addition to the EU Member States. The aim is toinform startups about the available support and resources both at local, regional and EU level. Startup Europe Week is a grassroots movement promoted by the European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative. It is part of the Commission’s efforts under the Digital Single Market and Single Market strategies to boost economic growth and create jobs by helping startups. Last year more than 15,000 startups took part in the first Startup Europe Week which reached over 4 million people on social media. Vice-President Andrus Ansip said: “Europe is home to a vibrant startup scene, but some problems remain, such as linking tech hubs, communities and ecosystems. Bringing them closer together would help to unlock their potential, and offer them some scale to compete in the international marketplace. This is exactly the kind of area where Startup Europe Week can help, especially with the local and regional support networks that it can provide.” The Vice-President’s blog post on the Startup Europe Week is available online. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel: +32 2 29 67038; Inga Höglund – Tel: +32 229 50698)
European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, is in Berlin, Germany today and tomorrow. He will engage in a series of meetings with senior political leaders including Mr Wolfgang Schäuble, Minister of Finance of Germany and Ms Brigitte Zypries, Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany to discuss economic situation and reforms underway as well as industrial competitiveness in the global context. He will visit the Bundestag to meet Ms Ingrid Arndt-Brauer, Chairwoman of the Committee for Financial Affairs of the German Bundestag, and other Members of Parliament. He will also engage with social partners, meet Mr Dieter Kempf, President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the High-Level Group of the Future of Industry Alliance. He will deliver the keynote speech at the International Industry Conference on Global Challenges for Europe. The visit takes place in the context of the European Semester and provides an opportunity for the Vice-President to exchange views with German partners on a variety of issues including the current economic situation in the country, the Investment Plan for Europe and the global challenges facing Europe. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Enda McNamara – Tel.: +32 229 64976)
Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos will be in the U.S. this week to meet the new administration and discuss global migration challenges as well as cooperation on security. A meeting with the Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly will take place on Wednesday, 16h CET. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 80423)
The European Commission is today hosting a technical seminar on Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom. Mr. Michel Barnier, Chief Negotiator for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the UK, will chair the meeting, which includes senior officials from the EU27 Member States, the European Parliament and the Secretariat of the Council of the EU. The aim of the meeting is to create a common understanding of the key issues that need to be included in an orderly withdrawal agreement and will build on what was discussed at the previous seminar of 29 November 2016. In particular, today’s seminar will focus on issues surrounding the financial settlement and citizens’ rights. As this is a technical seminar only, there will be no press point afterwards. (For more information: Margaritis Schinas – Tel.: +32 229 60524, Daniel Ferrie – Tel.: +32 229 86500)
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