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MIDDAY EXPRESSNews from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction GĂ©nĂ©rale Communicationb
 Appel Ă candidatures pour la Â« Balance de cristal Â», Prix europĂ©en de pratiques innovantes concourant Ă la qualitĂ© de la justice civileDans le cadre de la 6Ă¨me JournĂ©e europĂ©enne de la justice civile, la Commission europĂ©enne et le Conseil de l'Europe organisent en 2008, le Prix Balance de cristal, qui rĂ©compense les pratiques innovantes concourant Ă la qualitĂ© de la justice civile. Ce concours est organisĂ© tous les deux ans par la Commission europĂ©enne et le Conseil de lâ€™Europe.
 Sharing excellence: Regional stakeholders gather in Brussels for two- day exchange of ideas on sustainable development, competitivenessDanuta HĂĽbner, Commissioner for Regional Policy, will on Monday welcome over 600 participants to a conference in Brussels entitled: 'Regions for Economic Change - Sharing excellence'. Co-organised with the Committee of the Regions, the two-day event will give participants from regions all over the EU the opportunity to learn from one another. They will share ideas on how best to support sustainable development and promote competitiveness through EU regional policy instruments.
 Mandelson in China to discuss new High Level Trade MechanismEU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson will travel to China today to begin a three day visit, where he will have his first meeting with the new Chinese Minister of Commerce Mr. Chen Deming. They will take forward the establishment of an EU-China High Level Economic and Trade Mechanism, which was agreed at the last EU-China Summit. This new group will bring together senior decision-makers from the Chinese leadership and their counterparts from the European Commission, to address issues that concern trade and the economy and that have a strategic dimension. Mandelson will also meet other key Chinese authorities and European businesses operating in China.
 Europe speeds up industrial research in Micro-ComputersThe European Commission is launching today a major Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) called ARTEMIS. With an unprecedented investment of â‚¬ 2.5 billion, this initiative, that has been endorsed by the Council of Ministers and by the European Parliament at the end of 2007, addresses embedded computer systems that â€“ while running almost unnoticed by users â€“ improve the performance of all kinds of machines: from cars, planes and phones, to factories, washing machines and televisions. The Governing Boards of ARTEMIS â€“ where public and private stakeholders take decisions jointly â€“ met for the first time in Brussels today.
 Europe boosts industrial research in Nano-electronicsAn unprecedented â‚¬ 3 billion will be invested in nanoelectronics, with the launch today of a major Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) endorsed by the Council of Ministers and by the European Parliament at the end of 2007. This initiative, called ENIAC, is a new public-private partnership which targets nanoelectronics, the technology that enables increasingly high levels of miniaturisation in the myriad of applications and high-tech products which are emerging today. The Governing Boards of this ENIAC â€“ where public and private stakeholders take decisions jointly â€“ meet for the first time in Brussels today.
 HĂĽbner in Thessaloniki to launch Cohesion Policy awareness campaignDanuta HĂĽbner, Commissioner for Regional Policy, will today take part in a ceremony to mark the launch of Greece's programming for Cohesion Policy 2007-2013. The launch in Thessaloniki, organised at the initiative of the Greek ministry of Economy and Finances, is the first of a series of events in Greek regional capitals to raise awareness about the opportunities that EU investment will bring.
 EU jobs outlook upbeat, but progress unevenEmployment growth has been impressive during the last year according to the Joint Employment Report, to be adopted by Employment Ministers on 29 February. Almost 6.5 million new jobs were created during the last two years and another 5 million jobs are forecast by 2009. Unemployment in the EU is expected to fall to under 7% in 2008, the lowest level since the mid- 1980s. The Report â€“ which assesses Member Statesâ€™ implementation of their national reform programmes in the area of employment â€“ is strongly upbeat. However, it also points to a number of ongoing areas for concern, notably youth unemployment and under-investment in education and training.
 Classical Swine Fever in Croatia: EU emergency veterinary team sent to assist containing the outbreakFollowing a recent outbreak of classical swine fever (CSF) in Croatia, the European Commission sent today an emergency veterinary team on-the spot to support the local authorities to rapidly respond and to help contain the disease.
 VAT fraud: The European Commission presents possible far-reaching measures on VAT to better combat fraudThe European Commission has adopted today a Communication on possible far- reaching measures to combat VAT fraud. The measures in question are the introduction of taxation for intra-Community supplies and the introduction of a generalised reverse charge. Both systems have the potential to considerably reduce the phenomenon of 'missing trader' (MTIC) fraud. However, both also pose potential problems that would need to be examined further before either system could be agreed.
 Les entrĂ©es de commandes dans lâ€™industrie en baisse de 3,6% dans la zone euroDans la zone euro (ZE13), lâ€™indice des entrĂ©es de commandes dans l'industrie a baissĂ© de 3,6% en dĂ©cembre 2007 comparĂ© Ă novembre 2007. Lâ€™indice avait progressĂ© de 2,0% en novembre. Dans lâ€™UE27, les entrĂ©es de commandes ont diminuĂ© de 1,2% en dĂ©cembre et de 0,2% en novembre. En excluant la construction navale ainsi que lâ€™Ă©quipement ferroviaire et aĂ©rospatial4, les entrĂ©es de commandes dans lâ€™industrie ont diminuĂ© de 0,8% dans la zone euro et de 0,5% dans lâ€™UE27. En dĂ©cembre 2007 par rapport Ă dĂ©cembre 2006, les entrĂ©es de commandes dans lâ€™industrie ont crĂ» de 2,1% dans la zone euro et de 7,5% dans lâ€™UE27. En excluant la construction navale ainsi que lâ€™Ă©quipement ferroviaire et aĂ©rospatial, les entrĂ©es de commandes dans lâ€™industrie ont progressĂ© de 3,3% dans la zone euro et de 6,6% dans lâ€™UE27. L'indice moyen des entrĂ©es de commandes dans l'industrie en 2007 a crĂ», par rapport Ă 2006, de 8,2% dans la zone euro et de 10,1% dans lâ€™UE27. Ces estimations sont publiĂ©es par Eurostat.
New boost for the internal market on goods Parliament supports the proposed approach
The European Commission welcomes todayâ€™s adoption by the European Parliament of a broad package of measures to facilitate the functioning of the internal market for goods. This will make it easier for companies, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises, to sell their products in the EU whilst increasing the protection of consumers. For industrial products existing market surveillance systems will be strengthened and for the first time aligned with import controls. Accreditation has also been introduced.
 Commission launches dialogue with Montenegro on visa free travelEuropean Commission Vice President Franco Frattini, in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security, launched a dialogue on visa free travel with Montenegro in Podgorica today. The aim of this dialogue is to give clear indications to the authorities of Montenegro on the measures that need to be taken to grant visa free travel to all citizens of the country. "This is a tangible and concrete proof of the EU's commitment to Montenegro's European future", said Vice President Frattini at the opening ceremony of the dialogue on visa free travel.
 Louis Michel souhaite le rĂ©tablissement d'un climat de confiance au TchadLe Commissaire Louis Michel a rencontrĂ© ce matin une dĂ©lĂ©gation tchadienne conduite par SEM Ahmat Allam-Mi, Ministre des Affaires EtrangĂ¨res et de l'IntĂ©gration Africaine. Cette rencontre a permis de passer en revue la situation interne suite aux rĂ©centes tentatives de renversement du pouvoir par des rebelles armĂ©s. Le Commissaire a renouvelĂ© sa condamnation ferme de cette attaque, et s'est inquiĂ©tĂ© des rĂ©percussions que cet Ă©tat de crise pouvait avoir sur la situation politique interne.
 Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of Eiffage by Sacyr VallehermosoThe European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Eiffage S.A. of France by Sacyr Vallehermoso (Sacyr) of Spain. The Commission concluded that the operation would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.
 Autre matĂ©riel diffusĂ©â€˘ Memo on Antitrust: Commission takes note of Microsoft's announcement on interoperability principles
â€˘ Memo on Preparation of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Brussels, 25 February 2008
â€˘ Memo on New European Commission proposals for fast track administrative burden reductions
â€˘ Memo on Joint Employment Report 2008
â€˘ Speech by Vice President Frattini on Integrated Border Management
â€˘ Speech by President Barroso "We are very well placed to succeed"
â€˘ Speech de la Commissaire Kuneva sur les Politiques des Consommateurs et de la concurrence â€“ pour le bien-ĂŞtre et la droissance"
â€˘ Speech by Commissioner Piebalgs on European energy security policy
â€˘ Calendrier hebdomadaire du 25 au 29 fĂ©vrier
â€˘ Top News from the European Commission
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