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Ten years of REACH: making chemicals safer for consumers, workers and the environment Chemicals are present in every aspect of our lives, at work and also in consumer goods such as clothes, toys, furniture and electrical appliances. But certain substan…

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CALENDRIER du 3 octobre au 9 octobre 2016

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Déplacements et visites

Lundi 3 octobre

European Parliament plenary session, in Strasbourg (03-06/10).

Informal Meeting of Employment, Social Policy and Health Ministers (until 04/10), in Bratislava.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Ms Maria João Rodrigues, Member of the European Parliament, and representatives of the Group of the Appeal of 9 May.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Joseph Daul, President of the European People’s Party.

Ms Federica Mogherini in Paris, France: attends a meeting on Libya at the Quai d’Orsay.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia: meets Mr Peter Kažimír, Minister of Finance of Slovakia; Mr Peter Pellegrini, Deputy Prime Minister for Investment of Slovakia.   

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia: gives the opening speech at the European Nuclear Energy Forum plenary meeting.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia: meets Mr Ivo Nesrovnal, Mayor of Bratislava.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskisin New York City, the U.S. (until 6/10): Delivers keynote speech to Board Members of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association; meets Mr Jeffrey Sprecher, Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange and William C. Dudley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; meets Mr Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change; visits the New York Stock Exchange.

Mr Günther Oettinger in Lisbon, Portugal: participates in a “Going local” event on the Digital Single Market with Ms Maria Manuel Leitão Marques, Minister of the Presidency and Administrative Simplification of Portugal, and Mr Jorge Oliveira, Secretary of State for Internationalisation of Portugal; he delivers a keynote speech at the event. He also participates in a hearing at the Parliament with Members of the Committees for European Affairs, for Economy, Innovation and Public Works and for Culture, Communication, Youth and Sports; meets Mr Manuel Caldeira Cabral, Minister of Economy of Portugal, Mr João Vasconcelos, Secretary of State of Industry of Portugal. He also meets Members of the Portuguese Industrial Strategic Committee and Representatives of Portuguese enterprises.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Madrid, Spain: visits the premises of the Iveco Plant.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Bratislava, Slovakia (until 04/10): participates in the Informal Meeting of Health Ministers.

Ms Marianne Thyssen receives Members of the Caterpillar Joint Task Force.

Ms Corina Creţu in Bucharest, Romania: gives a keynote speech at the Conference and Urban Development Network workshop “My City in Our Europe”.

 

Mardi 4 octobre

College meeting

Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (until 05/10), in Brussels.

 

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg.

President Jean-Claude Juncker participates at the Conference of Committee Chairs of the European Parliament.

Ms Federica Mogherini meets Mr Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.

Ms Federica Mogherini chairs EU-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue.

Ms Federica Mogherini chairs the EU-Central Asia Ministerial meeting.

Ms Federica Mogherini meets Shri M. J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs of India.

Ms Federica Mogherini meets Mr Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway.

Ms Federica Mogherini meets Ms Rula Ghani, First Lady of Afghanistan.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Bratislava, Slovakia: participates in the Informal Meeting of Health Ministers.

 

Mercredi 5 octobre

Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, in Brussels.

President Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on the Commission’s preparations for the October European Council.

Ms Federica Mogherini chairs the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič speaks at the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) conference “Industrial Regions and Climate Change Policies: Trade Unions’ Perspective”, in Brussels.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Javier Cavada Camino, President of Wärtsilä Corporation, and Mr Kari Hietanen, Executive Vice President for Energy Solutions of Wärtsilä Corporation.

Mr Karmenu Vella in New Delhi, India (until 07/10): participates in the World Sustainable Development Summit 2016.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Paris, France (until 06/10): meets with representatives of the European Affairs and Social Affairs Committees of the French National Assembly and the Senate of France.

Ms Marianne Thyssen in Lisboa, Portugal: meets Mr José António Vieira da Silva, Minister of Employment, Solidarity and Social Security of Portugal.

Mr Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: est en audition à l’Assemblée Nationale française devant les Commissions des Affaires européennes et des Finances.

M Phil Hogan à Clermont-Ferrand, France; assiste au ’25ème Sommet de l’élevage’.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Paris, France: delivers the opening speech at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum on Procurement for Innovation with Mr Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD; she also meets Mr Peter Žiga, Minister of Economy of Slovakia; and delivers a keynote speech at the High-level Debate “Boosting Innovation through Public Procurement”.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives EU General Prosecutors for the European Public Prosecutors’ Office (EPPO).

Mr Carlos Moedas in Madrid, Spain: delivers two keynote speeches at the South Summit on “EUREKA, innovation across borders”, and on “Building the Digital Single Market: Opportunities for entrepreneurial ecosystems H2020”.

 

Jeudi 6 octobre

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Antoni Martí, Head of Government of Andorra.

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Paris, France: receives the Prize for European Engagement awarded by La Maison du Barreau and delivers a speech.

President Jean-Claude Juncker attends a dinner hosted by the Jacques Delors Institute.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Valetta, Malta: participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue

Mr Maroš Šefčovič exchanges views with representatives of City networks on the strategic objectives of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, in Brussels. 

Mr Valdis Dombrovskisin Washington D.C., the U.S. (until 10/10): participates in the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group Annual Meetings. He holds a series of bilateral meetings, including with Mr Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor of the People’s Bank of China, Mr Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the Financial Stability Board, Mr Scott Morrison, Treasurer of Australia, Mr John Tsang, Financial Secretary of Hong Kong, Mr Henrique Meirelles, Minister of Finance of Brazil. He also delivers keynote speech at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, participates in panel debate at the International Finance’s annual conference.

Mr Jyrki Katainen meets Mr Inge Thulin, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of 3M Company.

Mr Johannes Hahn in Syracuse, Italy: participates at the Fischer Symposium 2016 “Yearning for the unknown – Experiencing neighbourhood, living in an ‘enlarged’ Europe” addressing the Opening Speech “Europe-Unity in Diversity”.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives representatives of the car industry.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Inge G.Thulin, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of 3M Company.

Mr Karmenu Vella in New Delhi, India (until 07/10): participates in the World Sustainable Development Summit 2016.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Paris, France: meets Ms Marisol Touraine, Minister of Social Affairs and Health of France; Mr Stéphane Le Foll, Minister of Agriculture of France; Ms Élisabeth Guigou, President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly. He also meets Mr Philip Cordery, Member of the Social Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly; and with representatives of the consumer organisation “UFC-Que Choisir?”.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos in Bulgaria: participates in the official launch of the European Border and Coast Guard at the Kapitan Andreevo border crossing point.

Ms Marianne Thyssen in Lisboa and Sitra, Portugal; attends the Hearing at the Parliament and exchanges views on European Pillar of Social Rights; visits an EU-funded project CIAPA in Sintra; meets Mr José António Vieira da Silva, Minister of Employment, Solidarity and Social Security; Ms Margarida Marques, Secretary of State of European Affairs; Mr Miguel Cabrita, Secretary of State of Employment; Ms Cláudia Joaquim, Secretary of State of Social Security; Ms Ana Sofia Antunes, Secretary of State of Inclusion with Persons with Disabilities and Social partners.

Ms Marianne Thyssen in Lisboa, Portugal: attends the High Level Conference on the European Pillar of Social Rights.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Dublin, Ireland: meets Mr Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland; and with representatives of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Houses of the Oireachtas. He also meets Mr Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Chair of the Houses of the Oireachtas; Mr Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government of Ireland.

Mr Phil Hogan in Athens, Greece (until 07/10): meets Mr Evangelos Apostolou, Minister of Agricultural Development and Food of Greece; and Mr Nikolaos Voutsis, President of the Hellenic Parliament. He also participates in the Congress of European Farmers “Next steps to ensure a dynamic and sustainable EU agriculture sector”.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives EU General Prosecutors for the European Public Prosecutors’ Office (EPPO).

Ms Vĕra Jourováv participates in a meeting of the Consumer Protection Cooperation Network (CPC) on the ‘Volkswagen case’.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Kosice, Slovakia: participates in and delivers a speech at the European Youth Conference.

Ms Margrethe Vestager participates in the opening of the Stakeholders Conference “Sector inquiry into e-commerce“, in Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Madrid, Spain: participates in a working breakfast with Members of the Association of Spanish Rectors of Universities and Association of Portuguese Rectors of Universities. He also visits the Spanish National Center of Cardiovascular Research, and the Google Campus.

Vendredi 7 octobre

President Jean-Claude Juncker participates at a debate hosted by Politique Internationale.

President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a speech at the 20th anniversary of Jacques Delors Institute “Notre Europe”.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Valetta, Malta: meets with Mr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta; Mr Louis Grech, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for EU Affairs; Mr Carmelo Abela, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security. He also attends a meeting of the Foreign and European Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Malta; meets Mr José Carreira, Executive Director of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Copenhagen, Denmark: gives a keynote speech at the session “The Foreign Policy Dimension of Energy transition” at the Inter-Parliamentary Meeting of the European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources (EUFORES), attends a meeting at the European Environmental Agency (EEA).

Mr Jyrki Katainen, Mr Christos Stylianides, and Ms Margrethe Vestager receive a network group of Danish CEOs, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn in Syracuse, Italy: participates at the Fischer Symposium 2016 “Yearning for the unknown – Experiencing neighbourhood, living in an ‘enlarged’ Europe”.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Nihat Zeybekci, Minister of Economic Affairs of Turkey.

Mr Karmenu Vella in New Delhi, India: participates in the World Sustainable Development Summit 2016.

Mr Pierre Moscovici in Washington D.C., the U.S., (until 9/10): takes part in the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group as well as the G7 and G20 Finance Minister Meetings; delivers a keynote speech on prosperity and growth at the Atlantic Council.

Mr Phil Hogan in Athens, Greece: participates in the 3rd Panhellenic Congress on the Development of Greek Agriculture.

Ms Violeta Bulc receives Mr Nihat Zeybekci, Minister of Economy of Turkey.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Budapest, Hungary: meets representatives of the National Union of Students in Hungary (HÖOK) and the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Hungary (FIVOSZ).

Ms Corina Creţu receives Mr Sorin Grindeanu, President of the Timiș County Council of Romania, and Mr Cosmin Necula, Mayor of Bacău in Romania.

Ms Corina Creţu receives Mr Bogdan Marius Chirițoiu, President of the Romanian Competition Council.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Paris, France: participates in the event marking the 20th anniversary of Jacques Delors Institute “Notre Europe”.

Mr Julian King in Mechelen, Belgium: meets Mr Bart Somers, Mayor of Mechelen, to discuss the prevention of radicalisation.

 

Samedi 8 octobre

President Jean-Claude Juncker attends the convention of the Christian Social People’s Party (CSV) of Luxembourg.

 

Dimanche 9 octobre

Prévisions du mois d’octobre:

10/10 Eurogroup, in Luxembourg.

10-11/10 Agriculture and Fisheries Council, in Luxembourg.

11/10 Economic and Financial Affairs Council, in Luxembourg.

13/10 Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, in Luxembourg.

13-14/10 Justice and Home Affairs Council, in Luxembourg.

17/10 Environment Council, in Luxembourg.

17/10 Foreign Affairs Council, in Luxembourg.

18/10 General Affairs Council, in Luxembourg.

19/10 European Council – Tripartite Social Summit, in Brussels.

20-21/10 European Council, in Brussels.

Prévisions du mois de novembre:

07/11 Eurogoup, in Brussels.

08/11 Economic and Financial Affairs Council, in Brussels.

11/11 Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels.

14-15/11 Agriculture and Fisheries Council, in Brussels.

14-15/11 Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels.

15-16/11 General Affairs Council, in Brussels.

16/11 Economic and Financial Affairs Council, in Brussels.

21-22/11 Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council, in Brussels.

28/11 Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels.

28-29/11 Competitiveness Council, in Brussels.

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 1er au 2 octobre:

Ricardo CARDOSO, +32 (0)460 764 266

Permanence RAPID – GSM: +32 (0)498 982 748

Service Audiovisuel, planning studio – tél.: +32 (0)229 52123

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Daily News 18/12/2015

President Juncker welcomes European Council progress on protecting the EU’s external borders and commitments to safeguard Schengen

Progress was made last night on the management of the refugee crisis, in particular on the protection of the EU’s external borders. The European Council notably agreed on the importance to protect Schengen as a major achievement of the European Union, including by ensuring systematic security checks at its external borders with relevant databases, and to address deficiencies as regards hotspots, relocation and returns. Leaders also agreed to rapidly examine the Commission’s proposals of 15 December 2015, including the European Border and Coast Guard, the targeted revision of the Schengen Borders Code, a voluntary humanitarian admission scheme for refugees from Turkey, and travel documents for returns. In the press conference following the first day of the summit, President Jean-Claude Juncker welcomed a broad positive response from leaders on the Commission’s proposals for a European Border and Coast Guard and the commitment to adopt all texts under the Dutch Presidency of the Council, by the end of June 2016. He also reiterated the need for implementing swiftly the decisions already taken and to reach agreement on the list of safe countries. He reminded of the Commission’s intention to come forward with proposals on a revision of the Dublin system and on legal migration in the first half of 2016. The European Council also held a substantive political exchange of views on UK plans for an EU membership referendum after which they agreed to work closely together to find mutually satisfactory solutions in all four areas by the 2016 February European Council. (For more information: Margaritis Schinas – Tel.: +32 229 60524; Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456)

 

Investment Plan for Europe: €200 million for SMEs in Estonia

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Sihtasutus KredEx (KredEx) have signed the first COSME agreement in Estonia, benefiting from the support of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe. The agreement will allow Kredex to support €200 million of loans and leases to more than 900 SMEs with limited collateral in Estonia over the next three years. European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said: “As I saw during my visit to the country in June, Estonia is a frontrunner when it comes to innovation and entrepreneurship. This agreement being signed today by KredEx with the EIF is good news for over 900 SMEs who will receive financing for their businesses. Estonia can also benefit in the context of the investment plan from infrastructure projects and in particular cross-border ones.” (For more information see press release or contact Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Siobhán Millbright – Tel.: + 32 229 57361)

Space: Third successful Galileo satellite launch this year

Two further Galileo satellites were successfully sent into orbit from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guyana on 17 December. Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, who attended the launch on site, said: “Over the past nine months we have had three successful launches of Galileo satellites, bringing the total number of satellites now in orbit to 12. There is reason to be proud of Europe’s technological excellence. Next year, we will present a European Space Strategy to further improve market opportunities for companies benefiting from space applications.” Galileo is the EU programme to develop a global satellite navigation system. It will provide more accurate positioning and timing information that can be used for products such as in-car navigation devices and mobile phones. Its services will make road and rail transport systems safer and help respond to emergency situations. Galileo’s global Search and Rescue function will be the first in the world to integrate almost real-time localisation of distress calls. This will help to save lives and reduce rescue workers’ exposure to risk. The Commission plans to ensure the gradual provision of initial Galileo services already as of 2016; the full services will be available by 2020, using the full Galileo network of 30 satellites and their supporting ground stations. Watch the lift-off of the satellites here (European Space Agency). (For more information: Lucía Caudet –Tel.: +32 229 56182; Heli Pietilä – Tel.: +32 229 64950)

Commission leads by example on energy and resource efficiency

Following the presentation of an ambitious Circular Economy package at the beginning of the month and the historic climate deal in Paris last week, the European Commission is marking ten years of reducing its own environmental footprint. Thanks to European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (“EMAS”) – one of the top environmental management tools in Europe – the European Commission is continuously reducing its environmental impact. For example,  since 2005 in Brussels it increased energy efficiency by 65%, and made better use of natural resources (by using 59% less water, 58% less paper and generating 28% less waste), while reducing CO2 emissions by 88%. Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva in charge of budget and human resources said: “The ambitious climate deal reached at COP21 in Paris needs everyone to take the right measures. At the European Commission we have reduced our environmental footprint substantially will continue to do so in the years to come.” By the end of this year, most Commission sites – covering 92% of its office space – should be applying the EMAS standards. Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella, in charge of overseeing EMAS, said: “As the European economy begins the transition to a more circular economy I am delighted that the Commission can hold its head up high and say we are committed to following our own advice.” More information is available under the following link. You can learn more about EMAS here. (For more information: Alexander Winterstein – Tel.: +32 229 93265; Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172; Andreana Stankova – Tel.: +32 229 57857)

Have your say on how to strengthen the European cybersecurity industry through a public-private partnership

Today the Commission launches a public consultation on how to best set up a partnership between public authorities and private actors to strengthen European cybersecurity capacities. Such a partnership would include a wide range of actors, from innovative SMEs and national security agencies to producers of components and equipment, critical infrastructure operators and research institutes. Along with other potential policy measures, this initiative would help the European cybersecurity industry to develop and address today’s challenges. It builds on last week’s political agreement on the first EU-wide cybersecurity rules (press release), and is a core element of the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy. When established, the public-private partnership (PPP) would pool industrial and public resources to improve Europe’s industrial policy on cybersecurity and build trust between Member States and industrial players. This consultation runs until 11 March 2016 and seeks views on cybersecurity risks and threats that people and businesses in Europe are facing, cybersecurity market conditions, potential technical priorities for the PPP on research and innovation and other possible supporting measures for the industry. More information can be found here and an overview of EU initiatives related to cybersecurity can be found here(For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Mercedes Gómez Vicente – Tel.: +32 2 29 13336)

Commission launches public consultation on long-term and sustainable investment

The European Commission launched today a public consultation on long-term and sustainable investment to assess how investors integrate long-term factors, such as environmental, social and governance issues, into investment decisions, and what obstacles may prevent them from doing so. Long-term and sustainable investment is key for competitiveness and growth and can contribute to making our pension systems more sustainable. It can also help achieve the EU’s policy objectives linked to the transition to low carbon and climate resilient economy and to the respect of fundamental rights. This public consultation follows the Communication on Long-Term Financing of the European Economy, which emphasized the importance of environmental, social, and good governance issues (‘ESG investments’) for the longer-term sustainable performance of companies and investors. The Action Plan on building a Capital Markets Unionpresented in September 2015 also reiterates the importance of ESG investments.The consultation is available here and will be open until 25 March 2016. (For more information: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Melanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659)

 

Commission hosts 9th Seminar on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Antisemitism

The 9th EU-Israel Seminar on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Antisemitism, which took place in Brussels on 16 – 17 December,  brought together about 30 representatives from the Foreign Ministry of Israel, the European Commission, the External Action Service and the Fundamental Rights Agency as well as technology experts and NGOs. The EU and Israel agreed to continue to work closely together in combatting Antisemitism, in particular through tackling hate speech online by exchanging experience in the field of technology and best practices. Commissioner Věra Jourová said: “The European Commission is extremely concerned about the rise of anti-Semitism and a general increase of hatred-based violence. I am happy that today we come together to look for common solutions for a very worrying phenomenon. We are focusing on what unites us: the fight against racism, against xenophobia, and in particular against Antisemitism. The recent terrorist attacks in Europe confirm the need for a comprehensive EU response to terrorism and security threats, taking account of all available tools. We must address the root causes of terrorism and of extremism. And this starts with prevention. We are working to ensure that the EU response to extremism does not lead to the stigmatisation of any one group or community.” More information available here (For more information: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Melanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659)

State aid: Commission approves additional aid for Cypriot cooperative banks on the basis of an amended restructuring plan

The European Commission has approved additional state aid of €175 million in favour of the Cooperative Central Bank Ltd. in Cyprus and its subsidiaries in line with EU state aid rules. The Commission concluded in particular that the additional restructuring measures that the bank committed to implement will ensure that the bank becomes viable in the long-term whilst distortions of competition will be minimised. EU Commissioner in charge of competition policy, Margrethe Vestager, said: “Repeated state aid for a bank, while its competitors compete on their own merits by finding capital on the market, can create serious distortions of competition. It is therefore crucial that Cooperative Central Bank restructures so that it in the future it can cover potential capital needs by raising money from private investors. It will then be in a position to contribute to the recovery of the Cypriot economy on a sustainable basis.” The press release is available online in EL, EN, FR and DE. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

 

EUROSTAT: Foreign citizens accounted for fewer than 7% of persons living in the EU Member States in 2014

On 1 January 2014, the Member States of the European Union (EU) had 506.8 million residents, of which 472.8 million were nationals (citizens of the reporting country) and 34.1 million foreign citizens, this latter group consisting of 14.3 million citizens of another Member State and 19.8 million non-EU citizens. It should be noted that persons who acquire citizenship in a Member State are no longer counted as foreign citizens in that country. On the occasion of today’s International Migrants’ Day, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, publishes a small selection of data on foreign citizens living in the EU Member States. A larger range of data broken down by country of citizenship as well as by country of birth is also available in the Eurostat database. A Eurostat press release can be found here. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 80423)

EUROSTAT: EU28 current account surplus €19.8 billion

The EU28 seasonally adjusted external current account recorded a surplus of €19.8 billion in October 2015, compared with a surplus of €19.7 billion in September 2015 and a surplus of €10.8 billion in October 2014, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In October 2015, compared with September 2015, based on seasonally adjusted data, the surplus of the goods account grew and the deficit of the secondary income account fell. The surplus of the services account decreased, and the surplus of the primary income account remained almost unchanged. The 12-month cumulated current account for the period ending in October 2015 recorded a surplus of €178.8 billion, compared with €73.3 billion for the 12 months to October 2014. The deficit of the goods account moved into surplus, the surplus of the services account increased and the deficit of the secondary income account fell slightly. The surplus of the primary income account moved into deficit. These data are subject to revision. A Eurostat press release can be found here. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Annikky Lamp – Tel.: +32 229 56151)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini travels to Kazakhstan for Central Asia Ministerial and bilateral visit

Federica Mogherini, the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, will on Monday 21 December travel to Astana, Kazakhstan where she will chair the 11th EU-Central Asia Ministerial Meeting and sign the EU-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. Press statements following the Ministerial are scheduled to take place at 16:20 (local time) and following the EPCA signature at 18:00 in the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photos and footage of both events will be available on Europe by Satellite. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel. +32 229 86570; Adam Kaznowski – Tel. +32 229 89359).

 

Calendar: 21 December 2015 – 10 January 2016

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