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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-04-14

Midday Express: News from the EU Commission Spokesman's Briefings Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commissioner Hübner in Belfast to launch new drive to boost growth and jobs in Northern Ireland
  • [02] Environnement: la Commission se félicite de l'adoption définitive de la directive «Qualité de l’air
  • [03] Industrial production up by 0.3% in euro area
  • [04] Search is on for most entrepreneurial region
  • [05] Dutch EU officials debate Europe with Dutch students at their former schools
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-04-14 Reference: MEX/08/0414 Date: 14/04/2008 EXME08 / 14.04

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communicationb

    14/04/08


  • [01] Commissioner Hübner in Belfast to launch new drive to boost growth and jobs in Northern Ireland

    Danuta Hübner, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, visits Belfast today to launch new investment programmes for Northern Ireland with Ian Paisley, Northern Ireland's First Minister, Brian Cowen, Prime Minister designate of Ireland, Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and Peter Robinson, Minister for the Northern Ireland Department of Finance. And the Commissioner will formally present the Commission's Northern Ireland Task Force's report on the region. This sets out a wide range of opportunities for Northern Ireland to tap into EU programmes and resources to help consolidate peace and stability, as well as its economic upturn.

    [02] Environnement: la Commission se félicite de l'adoption définitive de la directive «Qualité de l’air

    La Commission européenne se félicite de l'adoption de la directive concernant la qualité de l'air ambiant et un air pur pour l'Europe. Cette directive s'inspire rigoureusement de la proposition de la Commission de septembre 2005 et témoigne de la ferme détermination de l'Union européenne améliorer la qualité de l'air en fixant des normes contraignantes pour les particules fines PM2.5

    [03] Industrial production up by 0.3% in euro area

    In February 2008 compared with January 2008, seasonally adjusted industrial production grew by 0.3% in the euro area (EA15) and by 0.5% in the EU27. In January production rose by 0.6% and 0.7% respectively. In February 2008 compared with February 2007, industrial production rose by 3.1% in the euro area and by 3.3% in the EU27. These estimates are released by Eurostat.

    [04] Search is on for most entrepreneurial region

    The search for the most entrepreneurial region in the EU is on again. The European Commission has just launched the 2008 European Enterprise Awards (EEA). The EEA are rewarding excellence in enterprise and entrepreneurship promotion especially at regional level. Participation is open to national, regional or local authorities, or public-private partnerships, from anywhere in the EU and Norway. There are five categories: 1. Entrepreneurship promotion: initiatives encouraging an entrepreneurial mindset; 2. Red-tape reduction: measures to simplify administrative procedures for businesses, particularly Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs); 3. Enterprise development: innovative policies to promote enterprise; 4. Investment in skills: initiatives to improve entrepreneurial skills; and 5. Responsible and inclusive entrepreneurship: actions promoting corporate social responsibility and sustainable business practices. There are two selection stages; only by completing initial selection at national level can entrants be considered for the European Awards to be finalised by November 2008. A high profile jury will select the final winners, to be announced at a ceremony in May 2009 in Prague in cooperation with the Czech Presidency. The national competitions are being launched this week and each country is free in how it organizes the selection at national level. Regions which are interested in joining this competition can obtain more information via the following link.

    More information: <a href="http://www.european-enterprise-awards.org">www.european- enterprise-awards.org

    [05] Dutch EU officials debate Europe with Dutch students at their former schools

    On April 14th, more than 350 Dutch EU employees and politicians will visit their former secondary school (age 12-18) in the Netherlands. They will offer guest lessons and enter into talks with current pupils to discuss their work and their involvement in Europe. State Secretary Frans Timmermans (European Affairs) will visit his former school, the Bernardinus College in Heerlen, and the SG Zuidwest in The Hague. The project "EU back to school" is an initiative of the Representation of the European Commission in the Netherlands and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, as well as the Dutch General Governing Board Service. The practical organisation is carried out with the assistance of the Dutch European Platform and the Council for Secondary Education. For more information: Gemma Buters, press officer of the Representation of the European Commission in The Hague. Tel.: +31 70 3135300, mobile +31 6 51210424, e-mail: <a href="mailto:gemma.buters@ec.europa.eu">gemma.buters@ec.europa.eu

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on United Kingdom: Operational programme 2007-2013 "Northern- Ireland"

    A disposition au secrétariat de Jonathan Todd (BERL 03/315):

    Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration :

    Arrow Electronics/Logix

    Solvay/ Sibur/ JV From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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