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Daily News 13 / 06 / 2017

College of Commissioners due to discuss more robust supervision of central counterparties (CCPs)

The College of Commissioners will meet today in Strasbourg to discuss a proposal to amend the so-called European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). As was announced during the EMIR REFIT review of at the beginning of May, today’s proposal aims to further improve the financial stability of the European Union. Specifically, the proposed reforms seek to ensure a more consistent and robust supervision of CCPs in EU and non-EU countries to deal with emerging challenges. The EU adopted the European Market Infrastructure Regulation in 2012 following the financial crisis to better manage and monitor the risks arising from derivatives markets for financial stability. A press conference and read-out of today’s College meeting by Vice-President Dombrovskis will take place in Strasbourg at 17:00 and can be followed live on EbS. You will be able to find press release and MEMO online. (For more information: Vanessa Mock – Tel.: +32 229 56194; Letizia Lupini – Tel.: +32 229 51958)

 

European Agenda on Migration: Commission reports on progress and calls on Member States to make further efforts to implement measures

Meeting in Strasbourg today ahead of next week’s European Council, the Commission will present four progress reports on measures taken under the European Agenda on Migration. The Commission will review the progress made in the EU’s emergency relocation and resettlement schemes and, as announced in its previous progress report, will specify its position on making use of its powers under the Treaties for those Member States that have not yet implemented the Council decisions. The Commission will also report on the roll-out of the European Border and Coast Guard and the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement. In addition, the Commission will present results and lessons learned under the Partnership Framework on Migration one year after its launch and the efforts undertaken along the Central Mediterranean route. Press releases on the implementation of the European Agenda on Migration and Partnership Framework on Migration will be available online at the start of the press conference with Commissioner Avramopoulos in Strasbourg, which is scheduled for 15h30. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Catherine Ray – Tel.: +32 229 69921)

 

30 ans de séjours «Erasmus» à l’étranger: la Commission lance une application mobile pour fêter cet anniversaire

Aujourd’hui, l’UE célèbre les 30 ans de son programme de séjours d’étude et de formation à l’étranger «Erasmus», dont ont déjà bénéficié 9 millions de personnes. Le président de la Commission européenne Jean-Claude Juncker et le président du Parlement européen Antonio Tajani présideront les célébrations du 30e anniversaire du programme Erasmus, devenu Erasmus+ en 2014, qui se dérouleront au Parlement européen à Strasbourg aujourd’hui. À cette occasion, la Commission lancera une nouvelle application mobile Erasmus+. Conçue pour les étudiants, les élèves d’établissements professionnels et les participants à des échanges de jeunes, l’application facilitera les démarches administratives et l’intégration des bénéficiaires tout au long de leur séjour. Le président Juncker a déclaré: «Chaque euro que nous investissons dans le programme Erasmus+ est un investissement dans l’avenir — l’avenir d’un jeune et de notre idée européenne. Je ne vois pas dans quoi il pourrait être plus important d’investir que dans ces porte-drapeaux de demain. Alors que nous fêtons le 9 millionième participant au programme, faisons en sorte que nous soyons neuf fois plus ambitieux pour l’avenir d’Erasmus.» Pour un programme qui aura aidé plus de 4 millions de personnes à étudier, se former et faire du bénévolat à l’étranger entre 2014 et 2020, l’application mobile Erasmus+ contribuera à rendre le programme plus inclusif et accessible: la Commission a en effet la ferme volonté de bâtir l’avenir d’Erasmus+ au-delà de 2020 avec la génération Erasmus+, afin d’ouvrir le programme à un éventail encore plus large de jeunes. Un communiqué de presse, une fiche d’information et un MEMO sont en ligne. (Pour plus d’informations: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tél.: + 32 229 67083; Inga Höglund – Tél.: + 32 229 50698)

Recherche et innovation: dernière ligne droite pour un nouveau partenariat euro-méditerranéen

Carlos Moedas, commissaire pour la recherche, la science et l’innovation, a salué hier au Parlement européen les avancées décisives sur le partenariat en matière de recherche et d’innovation dans la zone méditerranéenne (PRIMA). Ce partenariat, soumis au vote des eurodéputés aujourd’hui, vise à développer des solutions innovantes pour une gestion durable de l’eau et de la production alimentaire dans la région. Le commissaire Moedas s’exprimait hier lundi en plénière à Strasbourg et a déclaré: «Avec le feu vert du Parlement, PRIMA pourra élaborer des solutions indispensables aux graves pénuries d’eau et d’alimentation dans les régions les plus affectées de la zone méditerranéenne, répondre aux besoins les plus essentiels et ainsi agir sur une des causes profondes de l’immigration subie. Ce partenariat euro-méditerranéen en matière de recherche et d’innovation est une occasion unique pour les États membres de l’UE et les pays tiers de la Méditerranée de mettre en commun leurs ressources et de travailler pour l’avenir de la région. PRIMA est également un excellent exemple de l’ouverture de la recherche et de l’innovation européenne sur le monde et c’est pour cela que je me félicite que ce vote ait lieu aussi rapidement.» La proposition pour établir PRIMA a été présentée par la Commission le 18 octobre 2016. Le partenariat inclut d’ores et déjà dix-neuf pays qui contribueront au financement de PRIMA en complément d’un apport de l’Union européenne de près de 200 millions d’euros au travers du programme-cadre de recherche Horizon 2020. Suite à l’accord du Parlement, le Conseil devrait formellement finaliser le processus législatif le 26 juin prochain. Une fois adopté, le partenariat débutera en 2018, pour une durée de dix ans. Plus de détails seront disponibles à l’issue du vote au Parlement, en début d’après-midi, ici et ici. (Pour plus d’informations: Lucía Caudet – Tél.: +32 229 56182; Mirna Talko – Tél.: +32 229 87278; Maud Noyon – Tél.: +32 229 80379)

 

La Commission approuve une nouvelle appellation d’origine protégée de France

La Commission européenne a approuvé la demande d’inscription de l’«Ail violet de Cadours» dans le registre des appellations d’origine protégées (AOP). Il s’agit d’un ail sec  produit à partir des variétés Germidour et Valdour. Ce produit est conditionné dans une région se situant au confluent des départements de la Haute-Garonne, du Gers et du Tarn-et-Garonne en France. L’ail, originaire d’Orient, a probablement été introduit dans la région par la colonisation romaine des premiers siècles. Le commerce de l’ail s’est développé régulièrement jusqu’à la mise en place d’un marché hebdomadaire spécifique à l’ail violet. Ce marché se tient toujours à Cadours tous les mercredis, de mi-juillet à mi-décembre. Cette nouvelle appellation devient le 1400ème produit à être protégé. La liste complète est disponible dans la base de données DOOR. Pour plus d’informations, voir aussi les pages sur la politique de qualité. (Pour plus d’information: Alexander Winterstein – Tel: +32 2 29 93265;Clémence Robin – Tel: +32 229 52 509)

 

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Intrum Justitia by Nordic Capital, subject to conditions

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Intrum Justitia by Nordic Capital. The decision is conditional on the divestment of the companies’ overlapping debt collection and debt purchasing activities in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The Commission’s investigation focused on the markets for debt collection and debt purchasing where both Intrum Justitia and Lindorff, a portfolio company of Nordic Capital, are active. The Commission was concerned that the takeover would reduce competition in both markets in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway and Sweden. In order to address the competition concerns identified by the Commission, Nordic Capital offered to divest the whole of the debt collection and debt purchasing businesses of Lindorff in Denmark, Estonia, Finland and Sweden, and the whole of the debt collection and debt purchasing business of Intrum Justitia in Norway. The Commission was therefore able to conclude that the proposed transaction, as modified by the commitments, would no longer raise competition concerns. The decision is conditional upon full compliance with the commitments. The full press release is available online in ENFR, DE and SV. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni – Tel.: +32 229 90526)

 

Eurostat: La consommation par habitant a varié plus que du simple au double selon les États membres de l’UE – Rapport de près de un à six pour le PIB par habitant

La consommation individuelle effective (CIE) est un indicateur du niveau de bien-être matériel des ménages. Basée sur les estimations préliminaires pour l’année 2016, la CIE par habitant exprimée en standards de pouvoir d’achat (SPA) s’est échelonnée, parmi les États membres, de 53% à 132% de la moyenne de l’Union européenne (UE). Dix États membres ont enregistré une CIE par habitant supérieure à la moyenne de l’UE en 2016. Le niveau le plus élevé de l’UE a été relevé au Luxembourg, à 32% au-dessus de la moyenne de l’UE. L’Allemagne et l’Autriche se situaient à environ 20% au-dessus de la moyenne, suivis par le Royaume-Uni, le Danemark, la Finlande, la Belgique, la France, les Pays-Bas et la Suède, qui enregistraient tous des niveaux compris entre 10% et 15% au-dessus de la moyenne de l’UE. Un communiqué de presse est disponible en ligne. (Pour plus d’informations:Vanessa Mock – Tel.: +32 229 56194; Enda McNamara – Tel.: +32 229 64976)

STATEMENTS

 

Commissaire Jourová signe la convention sur la prévention et la lutte contre la violence à l’égard des femmes

La Commissaire Jourová signe aujourd’hui l’accession de l’UE à la convention sur la prévention et la lutte contre la violence à l’égard des femmes et la violence domestique ce midi à Strasbourg, en présence du Secrétaire Général, M. Thorbjørn Jagland. La convention d’Istanbul du Conseil de l’Europe est le plus vaste traité international sur la lutte contre la violence à l’égard des femmes et la violence domestique. Elle reconnaît que la violence à l’égard des femmes constitue une violation de leurs droits humains et prévoit des mesures visant à prévenir les actes de violence, à protéger les victimes et à poursuivre les auteurs de tels actes. Suite à une proposition de la Commission européenne, le Conseil a validé l’accession de l’UE à cette convention en mai dernier. La lutte contre la violence à l’égard est une des priorités en 2017 de la Commission européenne qui a lancé une campagne afin de soutenir les activités nationales de sensibilisation et les organisations de la société civile travaillant sur ce sujet. La campagne se décline aussi sur les médias sociaux: #SayNoStopVAW. La déclaration jointe du Premier Vice-Président Timmermans et de la Commissaire Jourová sur la décision du Conseil , ainsi que des fiches d’information sur la convention d’Istanbul et sur les actions de l’UE dans la lutte contre la violence à l’égard des femmes sont disponibles en ligne.  (Pour plus d’informations: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253;Mélanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissioner Creţu visits the Greek islands of Chios and Leros

On 13-16 June Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu is in Greece. On 14 and 15 June the Commissioner will visit the Greek islands of Chios and Leros, meet the regional governors of the North and South Aegean islands and the mayors of the islands received in Brussels by President Juncker in March 2017. Commissioner Creţu will inaugurate a new EU-funded desalination plant in Leros and visit other Cohesion Policy projects. Ahead of the visit, Commissioner Creţu said: “Responding to President Juncker‘s call, I will meet mayors of the North and South Aegean islands to assess the current situation and reflect on measures and actions which could alleviate the impact of the refugee crisis while boosting the local economy. The way the mayors have dealt with the migration challenge is admirable and my visit is a clear signal that they shall not be left alone in dealing with this extraordinary pressure. My visit will also focus on Cohesion Policy in the country and on the future of Cohesion Policy. Thanks to the July 2015 “A New Start for Jobs and Growth in Greece” Plan and to the efforts of the Greek authorities, Greece ranks among the top Member States in terms of implementation. Overall, Greece has received almost €11 billion of EU funds since July 2015. We are ready to help Greece seize further the opportunities offered by EU funds, for the direct benefit of the country’s real economy.” In Athens, on 13 June, the Commissioner will meet the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, and attend an event on resilient cities organised by the Mayor of Athens, Giorgios Kaminis. On 16 June, Commissioner Creţu will meet Dimitris Papadimitriou, Minister of Economy and Development, and Alexis Charitsis, Alternate Minister in charge of EU funds. The Commissioner will also deliver a keynote speech at an event on entrepreneurship, innovation and smart specialisation organised by the Governor of the region of Attica, Rena Dourou, and visit EU-funded projects in the capital. (For more information: Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 229 58615; Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr – Tel.: +32 229 56169)

Food waste: EU leading the way in the fight against food waste

Tomorrow (14 June), Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, in charge of Health and Food Safety, will address members of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste (FLW)at its second meeting where key deliverables from the Circular Economy Action Plan will be discussed. Ahead of the meeting, Commissioner Andriukaitis said: “At the first meeting the members called for policy coherence and integrated action at EU and national levels that I fully support. Now we need to get into the heart of the matter: methodology, guidelines on food donation, date marking. I am convinced that this unique forum dedicated to food waste prevention can help us all to move more quickly, find and adopt new solutions, seize opportunities to save food resources and together design new business models for healthier and more sustainable food systems”. The Platform brings together both public and private interests in order to foster cooperation amongst all key players in the food value chain and help accelerate the EU’s progress towards the global Sustainable Development Goal of halving food waste by 2030. Since its launch last autumn, the members of the Platform have supported the Commission in developing harmonised methodology for quantifying food waste, called for by the Commission’s waste legislation as well as the elaboration of EU guidelines on food donation, which the Commission intends to adopt by the end of 2017.  Focussed on supporting members in taking effective action to prevent food waste, a half-day will be dedicated to sharing experience in the implementation of national frameworks for action as well as new regulatory frameworks established in some Member States. New digital tools will also be presented to facilitate exchange of information, best practice and foster cooperation between members. The meeting will be web-streamed here. (For more information: Anca Paduraru – Tel.: +32 229 91269; Aikaterini Apostola – Tel.: +32 229 87624)

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EU response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

The Current Situation and Financial Assistance

West Africa is facing the largest and most complex Ebola epidemic on record. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been the most affected countries. Over 27, 514 people have been infected, more than 11,220 of whom have died.

The EU’s total financial contribution to date to fight the epidemic is over €1.8 billion. This amount includes previous funding from the Member States and the European Commission as well as the European Commission’s new pledge of €450 million announced at the UN’s International Ebola Recovery Conference in July.  It excludes, however, further potential pledges made by individual EU Member States at the same UN conference in July. 

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the decline in the number of cases and the contraction of the geographic area affected by Ebola has stalled during the last weeks. Both in Guinea and Sierra Leone new confirmed cases are still being identified and people continue to be diagnosed with Ebola post mortem. These patterns indicate that the disease is circulating in unrecognised chains of transmission. In order to achieve zero cases, there is a need for strong community engagement, improved contact tracing and earlier identification of cases.

The recent cases in Liberia highlight the importance of maintaining the capacity of early case detection and enhanced vigilance regarding deaths with unknown causes, even in countries that have been declared Ebola free.

The European Union has been active in the response to the Ebola emergency from the start. It has mobilised all available political, financial and scientific resources to help contain, control, treat and ultimately defeat Ebola. In October 2014 the European Council appointed Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, as EU Ebola Coordinator.

Commissioners Christos Stylianides, Vytenis Andriukaitis and Neven Mimica visited the affected countries in late 2014 to reaffirm the EU’s support for the fight against the disease and to announce support measures.

On March 3 2015, the European Union organised a high-level conference on the Ebola epidemic. The purpose was two-fold: first, to take stock of the ongoing emergency response and adapt it to the evolving situation on the ground, leading to eradication of the disease; second, to plan for the long term and support the recovery and resilience of the affected countries, including the development of their health systems. The event was co-chaired by the EU, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the United Nations, the African Union, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The Statement of the Co-Chairs from the conference was endorsed by the European Council on 16th March.

In July 2015, a new conference will take place, hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in cooperation with the Governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and in partnership with the European Union, African Union, the African Development Bank, and the World Bank. This pledging conference will bring together the international community and Heads of State from the three countries affected, to ensure that recovery efforts help the countries to build back better and ensure greater resilience going forward.

The Commission will examine the lessons learnt from the Ebola epidemic in a conference that will be held in October in Luxembourg under the Luxembourg Presidency. The outcome of the conference will be the basis of Council conclusions to be adopted in December this year.

Humanitarian Aid

Since March 2014, the European Commission has allocated more than €70 million in humanitarian funding to address the most urgent needs. These funds are channelled through humanitarian partner organisations, such as Médecins Sans Frontières, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, International Medical Corps, Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee, Alima, the World Food Programme’s Humanitarian Air Service, UNICEF and the World Health Organisation.

EU aid contributes to epidemic surveillance, diagnostics, treatment and medical supplies; deployment of doctors and nurses and training of health workers; raising awareness among the population and the promotion of safe burials.

Development Aid

The Commission is already providing over €210 million in development and early recovery assistance. Most of this money is provided to stabilise the countries and assist them in recovering from the crisis and beyond.

In addition, the EU is helping to strengthen health systems in the affected countries before the outbreak, as part of its long term support, and is now redirecting existing programmes wherever it is necessary towards the Ebola efforts and crisis context.

Budget support is provided to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help them deliver urgently needed public services – in particular health care – and also cushion the economic impact of the epidemic.

Development funding is also being used to strengthen other important areas like healthcare, education, water and sanitation.

Four mobile laboratories, deployed in Guinea and Sierra Leone, help with the detection of the virus and training of health workers. The labs can process up to 70 samples each day, seven days a week.

Furthermore, the EU supports the African Union’s medical mission in West Africa (ASEOWA), contributing EUR 5 million to pay civil and medical staff. This has so far allowed to cover the costs of the first 90 medical professionals and support staff, and to subsequently increase the total number of staff to about 150 people. The European Commission has also deployed health professionals to Guinea from the European Centre for Diseases Prevention and control. As of 29 June 2015, ECDC has deployed 85 health experts in relation to the Ebola response within and outside the EU, including 77 deployed in the West African region. Currently 16 ECDC mobilised experts are in the field. In addition, 9 experts from national fellowship programmes associated with the ECDC training programmes were also deployed by their organisations in the region by EU Member States.

The EU is equally working to strengthen preparedness against the epidemic. The EU has supported national plans in six countries for some €10.6million and has, for example:

  • Helped to refurbish and equip an Ebola treatment unit at the central hospital in Ivory Coast
  • Helped to provide a water and sanitation programme with hygiene messages on Ebola prevention in Guinea Bissau
  • Set up a facility in Burkina Faso to support the national preparedness plan

In addition, the EU is also contributing to the regional preparedness through support to WHO and the International Red Cross with a €6 million contract for each, for activities aimed at preventing the further spread of Ebola disease in West Africa.

Medical Research

The European Commission has promptly and strongly supported urgent Ebola research on potential treatments, vaccines and diagnostic tests with almost €140 million from Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation funding programme.

An initial €24.4 million were deployed to fund five projects that look to develop potential vaccines and medication against Ebola and translate their findings into available treatments. Work on these projects started in October 2014, and some have already begun producing results applicable to the current outbreak. Most promisingly, the EU-funded REACTION project announced encouraging evidence that favipiravir, an antiviral drug, is an effective treatment against early Ebola disease (Fact sheet). Another project called EVIDENT confirmed that the Ebola virus was mutated at a lower rate than feared and concluded that the diagnostic methods, treatments and vaccines under development should still be effective against the disease.More information on EU-funded projects can be found at the EU Research on Ebola website.

Additionally, the European Commission and the European pharmaceutical industry are funding eight research projects on the development of vaccines and rapid diagnostics tests, which are key to overcoming the current Ebola crisis. These projects are run under the new ‘Ebola+’ programme of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) and funded with a total of €215 million, €114 million of which come from Horizon 2020.

The EU is also supporting clinical research on Ebola through the European Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), a joint effort by European and Sub-Saharan African countries to develop promising treatments for poverty-related diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis. EDCTP recently added Ebola to this list and launched a call to develop new diagnostic tools for these diseases. The Commission has also urged EDCTP to mobilise funding from the Participating States to increase the EDCTP budget for 2014 and 2015 and to coordinate relevant research activities.

The Ebola outbreak demonstrates that ‘rapid reaction’ research and innovation in health crises is needed. In this context, the European Commission and other major funders have recently founded the ‘Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness’ (GloPID-R) which will facilitate launching a coordinated emergency research response within 48 hours in case of a significant new or re-emerging outbreak.

Emergency supplies and expertise

As part of its coordinated response, the EU has provided emergency supplies and sent experts to the affected countries. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism facilitates the delivery of material support from the Member states. They have provided mobile laboratories, treatment centres, ambulances and field hospitals. The EU has organised logistical support including multiple airlifting operations and supports the deployment of navy ships to transport emergency supplies provided by the Member States, such as food aid, medical kits, clean blankets and chlorine for sanitations. EU humanitarian experts, including specialists in hazardous diseases, have been deployed to the three most affected countries.

Medical Evacuation

International health workers are the backbone of the response to the Ebola epidemic. To support their mobilisation and protection, the EU has established a medical evacuation system. Member States are making capacity available for this.

Since the beginning of the epidemic and as of 2 July 2015, 65 individuals have been evacuated or repatriated worldwide from the EVD-affected countries. Of these, 38 individuals have been evacuated or repatriated to Europe. Thirteen were medical evacuations of confirmed EVD-infected patients to: Germany (3), Spain (2), France (2), UK (2), Norway (1), Italy (1), Netherlands(1) and Switzerland (1). Twenty-five asymptomatic persons have been repatriated to Europe as a result of exposure to Ebola in West Africa: UK (13), Denmark (4), Sweden (3), Netherlands (2), Germany (1), Spain (1) and Switzerland (1).

No new medical evacuations have taken place since 18 March 2015.

The medevac system ensures evacuation to an equipped hospital in Europe for international health workers and other EU nationals diagnosed with the virus. Evacuation requests are made by WHO to the health department of the Commission (DG SANTE) which identifies medical facilities available in EU Member States through communications in the EU’s Early Warning and Response System (EWRS). Transport to Europe is then coordinated by the ERCC. To date, a total of 39 people suffering from Ebola or having had a high risk exposure to the virus, have been medically evacuated to Europe.

Advocacy, coordination and diplomatic outreach

From the onset of the crisis, the EU has been in constant contact with the United Nations, relief agencies on the ground, the governments in the region as well as with regional organisations such as the African Union and ECOWAS.

The appointment by the European Council of an EU Ebola Coordinator, Commissioner Christos Stylianides, aims to ensure that EU institutions and Member States act in a coordinated manner with each other and with international partners. To this end, an EU Ebola Task Force has been set up and meets three times a week, bringing together the Member States, Commission services, the European External Action Service (EEAS) and representatives of the UN, the Red Cross and NGOs.

More information

EU pledges €450 million to Ebola affected countries:

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5338_en.htm