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  • Daily News 15 / 03 / 2018

    €25 million of loans for cultural and creative SMEs in the Czech Republic The European Investment Fund and Komerční banka (KB) have signed a guarantee agreement for Czech businesses supported by the new Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility …

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  • European Committee of the Regions to elect new President

    Also on #CoRplenary agenda 12-13 July: Estonian EU Presidency priorities, Horizon 2020 review, CAP reform, EU clean buses initiative launch & EU energy “Winter Package”

    On 12 July after leading the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) for two-and-a-half years, Markku Markkula (FI/EPP) is expected to handover the Presidency to Karl-Heinz Lambertz (BE/PES). CoR m embers will also gather in Brussels to debate major EU policies, such as the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020 and the recent EU’s energy “Winter Package”. EU Commissioner Moedas will lead discussions on the mid-term review of the Horizon 2020 research programme and Transport Commissioner Bulc will join CoR members to discuss the future of low-emission mobility and the Connecting Europe Facility. Global action for sustainability will also be high on the agenda with ideas on how cities and regions can contribute to meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The 2018 European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award ceremony will take place on 12 July celebrating this year’s three new winners.

    Estonian EU Presidency sets out priorities

    Matti Maasikas , Estonian Deputy Minister of European Affairs, is due to present the priorities of the Estonian Presidency of the European Council – which include many priority areas for Europe’s regions and cities – which began on 1 July.

    Common Agricultural Policy reform after 2020

    Recommendations to reform the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020have been drafted by Guillaume Cros (FR/PES) and, together with its positionon EU Cohesion Policy adopted in May, the CoR will set out how the EU’s two largest budget items could be re-shaped in the future. Czesław Adam Siekierski, Chair of the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, will join the debate.

    Horizon 2020: future of research and innovation in Europe

    In its mid-term appraisal of Horizon 2020, the CoR will underscore the central importance of research and innovation on the long-term prospects of the European economy. Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, will debate the CoR’s recommendations, which have been prepared by Christophe Clergeau (FR/PES).

    Transport in Europe: Launch of EU-wide clean busses initiative
    EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc
    will discuss transport challenges with members of the CoR following the adoption of an opinion on ‘European strategy for low-emission mobility‘, led by József Ribányi (HU/EPP). After the debate, the Commissioner for Transport will be joined by the CoRs newly appointed President to launch an EU-wide green busses platform for regions and cities which aims to deploy at least 2,000 zero-emission buses by the end of 2019. The need to curb climate change will also be part of intense discussions when the CoR debates its three opinions on the EU’s energy “Winter Package”: clean energy, energy efficiency, and the promotion of renewable energy.

    Development: 600 local and regional leaders from across the world to gather in Brussels

    The United Nations, through the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015, has set objectives for every country in the world. In a CoR opinion entitled ‘ European action for sustainabilityFranco Iacop (IT/PES) addresses the direct and indirect challenges that the UN has set for European local and regional authorities. The European focus of his opinion will be complemented on 10-11 July by a major gathering of local and regional politicians from all across the world under the heading “Regions and Cities for Development” – “Assises de la coopération décentralisée”, co-organised by the CoR and the European Commission.

    As part of the effort to support cities in Libya, the CoR will also adopt recommendations on how to manage migration and save lives along the migration route through the central Mediterranean. The rapporteur is Hans Janssen (NL/EPP).

    Apress conferencewith the new CoR President is planned on 12 July, 16h

    Other opinions to be adopted:

    Practical information:

    Where: Paul Henri Spaak building – European Parliament, Hemicycle , 60 rue Wiertz, B – 1047 Brussels

    When: 12 July, 3pm-9pm; 13 July, 9am-1pm

    Follow us: @EU_CoR,#CoRplenary

    Contact: PresseCdr@cor.europa.eu

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  • Aviation Safety: Commission clears all airlines from Benin and Mozambique from EU Air Safety List

    Today the European Commission updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of non-European airlines that do not meet international safety standards, and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union. The EU Air Safety List seeks to ensure the highest level of air safety for European citizens, which is a top priority of the Aviation Strategy adopted by the Commission in December 2015.

    Following today’s update, all airlines certified in Benin and Mozambique are cleared from the list, following further improvements to the aviation safety situation in these countries. On the other hand, the airlines Med-View (Nigeria), Mustique Airways (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Aviation Company Urga (Ukraine) and Air Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe) were added to the list due to unaddressed safety deficiencies that were detected by the European Aviation Safety Agency during the assessment for a third country operator authorisation.

    Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: “I am glad that we are able to take all carriers from Benin and Mozambique out of the air safety list. Their reforms have paid off. This is also a signal to the 16 countries that remain on the list. It shows that work and cooperation pays off. The Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency are ready to assist them and raise the safety standards worldwide”.

    The EU Air Safety List not only helps to maintain high levels of safety in the EU, but it also helps affected countries to improve their levels of safety, in order to eventually allow them to operate flights to and from airports in the European Union. In addition, the EU Air Safety List has become a major preventive tool, as it motivates countries with safety problems to act upon them before a ban under the EU Air Safety List would become necessary.

    Following today’s update, a total of 181 airlines are banned from EU skies:

    • 174 airlines certified in 16 states[1], due to a lack of safety oversight by the aviation authorities from these states.
    • Seven individual airlines, based on safety concerns with regard to these airlines themselves: Iran Aseman Airlines (Iran), Iraqi Airways (Iraq) and Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname), Med-View Airlines (Nigeria), Mustique Airways (St Vincent and the Grenadines), Aviation Company Urga (Ukraine) and Air Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe).

    An additional six airlines are subject to operational restrictions and can only fly to the EU with specific aircraft types: Afrijet and Nouvelle Air Affaires SN2AG (Gabon), Air Koryo (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), Air Service Comores (the Comoros), Iran Air (Iran) and TAAG Angola Airlines (Angola).

    The Commission is constantly looking at ways to improve air safety. One such way is to work with aviation authorities worldwide to raise global safety standards. With this in mind, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is therefore implementing technical cooperation projects with partner countries and regions. An example is the “Improving Air Transport in Central Africa” (ATA-AC) project, where EASA works with a number of African states on several aspects of aviation safety. Benin and Mozambique both benefitted from such cooperation projects, which contributed to address past safety deficiencies. More information on technical cooperation projects is available here.

    Background information

    Today’s update of the Air Safety List is based on the unanimous opinion of the aviation safety experts from the Member States who met from 25 to 27 April within the EU Air Safety Committee (ASC). This Committee is chaired by the European Commission with the support of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The update equally got the support from the European Parliament’s Transport Committee. Assessment is made against international safety standards, and notably the standards promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

    For more information:

    List of airlines banned within the EU 

    Importance of aviation for the European economy

    EASA Technical Cooperation Projects

    [1]Afghanistan, Angola (with the exception of one airline which operates under restrictions and conditions), Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon (with the exception of 2 airlines which operate under restrictions and conditions), Indonesia (with the exception of 7 airlines), the Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Libya, Nepal, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone and Sudan.

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  • Daily News 06 / 01 / 2017

    EU releases additional emergency assistance in Africa and Asia

    With the humanitarian situation drastically deteriorating in a number of countries and regions, the EU is releasing urgent assistance to prevent critical consequences. A total of additional €28.7 million have been allocated to respond swiftly to the most urgent humanitarian needs. “Humanitarian needs worldwide reached record levels last year. We are mobilising the last reserves of the Commission’s 2016 budget to help cover the most urgent needs, in particular in countries where the humanitarian response is underfunded. We will continue to support the most vulnerable people worldwide with EU aid in 2017,” saidCommissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides. The biggest part of the package, €10 million, will go to humanitarian assistance in Somalia, a country that is currently facing a severe and worsening drought that has left additional hundreds of thousands of people short of food and water. Another €8 million will address the needs of the increasing numbers of displaced people and recent returnees in Afghanistan, who have been particularly hard hit by the sub-zero winter – as well as vulnerable Afghan refugees in Iran. Other humanitarian assistance will go to populations affected by conflict in Myanmar, to Egypt where the influx of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants from Syria, Iraq and sub-Saharan Africa continues, and to vulnerable people in Libya, where the humanitarian situation remains very fragile. The EU will allocate further assistance to address humanitarian needs worldwide from its 2017 humanitarian budget.(For more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz de Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140)

     

    Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Guardian by Koch

    The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Guardian Industries Corp. by Koch Industries, Inc., both of the US.  Guardian is active worldwide in manufacturing float glass, fabricated glass products and coated injection moulded plastic parts for automotive and other applications. In the United States, Guardian also distributes building materials for commercial and residential applications. Koch is active, among other areas, in refining, chemicals and biofuels, fertilisers, polymers and fibres, commodity trading, minerals, energy and investments. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, given the parties’ minor combined market positions resulting from the proposed transaction and the fact that Koch already controlled Guardian prior to the proposed transaction (see case number M.6734). The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8302. (For more information: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

    EUROSTAT: Le volume des ventes du commerce de détail en baisse de 0,4% dans la zone euro

    En novembre 2016 par rapport à octobre 2016, le volume des ventes du commerce de détail corrigé des variations saisonnières a diminué de 0,4% dans la zone euro (ZE19) et de 0,1% dans l’UE28, selon les estimations d’Eurostat, l’office statistique de l’Union européenne. En octobre, le commerce de détail avait progressé de 1,4% dans la zone euro et de 1,3% dans l’UE28. En novembre 2016 par rapport à novembre 2015, l’indice des ventes de détail s’est accru de 2,3% dans la zone euro et de 3,4% dans l’UE28. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d’information: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Mirna Talko – Tel.: +32 229 87278)

     

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    La Commissaire Bulc en Arabie Saoudite pour une visite sur le thème de l’investissement

    Violeta Bulc, commissaire chargée des transports, sera en visite officielle en Arabie Saoudite le dimanche 8 et lundi 9 janvier. L’objectif de cette visite est de présenter les opportunités qu’offre le Plan d’Investissement mis en place par l’Union Européenne, notamment dans le domaine des Transports, et de discuter d’une coopération accrue dans ce secteur. Dimanche, elle rencontrera les ministres saoudiens en charge respectivement du Transport, de l’Economie et de la Planification ainsi que du Commerce et de l’Investissement. Elle rencontrera également le vice-gouverneur de l’Autorité Générale Saoudienne d’Investissements ainsi que le président de la compagnie ferroviaire Saoudienne. Lundi, la Commissaire Bulc participera au second Business Forum organisé par l’Union Européenne et le Conseil de Coopération du Golfe (CCG). En marge de cet évènement, elle s’entretiendra avec le Secrétaire Général du CCG. (Pour plus d’information: Anna-Kaisa Itkonen – Tel.: +32 229 56186; Alexis Perier – Tel.: +32 229 69143)

    Calendar

    The Commissioners’ weekly activities

    Upcoming events of the European Commission (ex-Top News)

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  • Aviation: Commission updates EU air safety list –Iran and Africa make progress

    Today the European Commission updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that do not meet international safety standards, and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union. The EU Air Safety List seeks to ensure the highest level of air safety for European citizens, which is a top priority of the Aviation Strategy adopted in December 2015. The EU Air Safety List is one of the Union’s main instruments to meet that objective.

    Following today’s update, all airlines certified in Zambia are cleared from the list, along with Air Madagascar and three airlines certified in Indonesia (Citilink, Lion Air and Batik Air). In addition most aircraft of Iran Air are allowed to resume operations to the EU.

    EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: “Aviation safety is my top priority and today’s update illustrates our continuous efforts to offer the highest level of air safety to European citizens. I am happy to say that after seven years of work and extensive European technical assistance, we were able to clear all Zambian air carriers from the list. Following my visit to Iran in April, a technical assessment was successfully carried out in May. Based on this I am happy to announce that we are now also able to allow most aircraft from Iran Air back into European skies.”

    The EU Air Safety List not only helps to maintain high levels of safety in the EU, but it also helps affected countries to improve their levels of safety, in order for them to eventually be taken off the list. In addition, the Air Safety List has become a major preventive tool, as it motivates countries with safety problems to act upon them before a ban under the Air Safety List would become necessary.

    Following today’s update, a total of 216 airlines are banned from EU skies:

    • 214 airlines certified in 19 states[1], due to a lack of safety oversight by the aviation authorities from these states.
    • Two individual airlines, based on safety concerns: Iraqi Airways (Iraq) and Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname).

    An additional six airlines are subject to operational restrictions and can only fly to the EU with specific aircraft types: Afrijet and Nouvelle Air Affaires SN2AG (Gabon), Air Koryo (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), Air Service Comores (the Comoros), Iran Air (Iran) and TAAG Angola Airlines (Angola).

    Background information

    Today’s update of the Air Safety List is based on the unanimous opinion of the safety experts from the Member States who met from 31 May to 2 June within the EU Air Safety Committee (ASC). This Committee is chaired by the European Commission with the support of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Assessment is made against international safety standards, and notably the standards promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

    As part of the Aviation Strategy presented in December 2015, the Commission announced its intention to evaluate Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005 which establishes the Air Safety List. This evaluation will assess the most efficient ways to further improve the protection of passengers against unsafe air carriers.

    One such way is to work with aviation authorities worldwide to raise global safety standards. With the support of the European Commission, EASA is therefore implementing technical cooperation projects with partner countries and regions. One example is the SIASA project (Supporting the improvement of air safety in Sub-Saharan Africa). Through this project, EASA works with Sub-Saharan African countries and regional organisations to raise common safety standards, enhance safety oversight and reinforce expertise. More information on technical cooperation projects is available here.

    For more information:

    List of airlines banned within the EU 

    Importance of aviation for the European economy

    EASA Technical Cooperation Projects

    [1]Afghanistan, Angola (with the exception of one airline which operates under restrictions and conditions), Benin, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon (with the exception of 2 airlines which operate under restrictions and conditions), Indonesia (with the exception of 7 airlines), Kazakhstan (with the exception of Air Astana), the Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Libya, Mozambique, Nepal, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone and Sudan.

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  • CALENDRIER du 7 au 13 mars 2016

    (Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

    Déplacements et visites

    Lundi 7 mars

    Meeting of the EU Heads of State or Government and Turkey, in Brussels: President Jean-Claude Juncker and Ms Federeca Mogherini participate.

    Meeting …

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