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23 / 01 / 2017

 

Commission prepares next steps towards European Pillar of Social Rights

Today, the European Commission is taking a further step towards establishing a European Pillar of Social Rights with a high level conference in Brussels. Detailed proposals will follow shortly. The European Commission also announced it would co-host an EU Social Summit with Sweden later this year. More than 600 participants from Member State authorities, EU institutions, social partners and civil society, including more than 20 national Ministers and several Members of the College of Commissioners, are discussing the results of the public consultation on this European Pillar of Social Rights. At this occasion, President Jean-Claude Juncker announced today that more detailed proposals will follow shortly. He also informed that the Commission will co-host a “Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth” together with Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Gothenburg on 17 November 2017. President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “Since the start of my mandate, I have made clear that I wanted a more social Europe. We have taken important first steps to achieve that. This year will be crucial. Following the broad public consultation, it is time to establish the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Social Summit in Sweden will help us to deliver the momentum and put social priorities where they belong: at the top of Europe's agenda.” Prime Minister Stefan Löfven stated: “In these challenging times, we need to show that we can deliver results in peoples’ everyday lives. A more social Europe, with fair working conditions, effective labour markets and a strong social dialogue, should be a priority for all of us. I trust we can take important steps towards this goal at the Social Summit in November.” The Commission has organised a broad public consultation on the Pillar last year, with more than 16.000 contributions. Today's discussions bring this process to an end and will help the Commission prepare its proposal on the Pillar to be expected in March. The Social Summit in November will be an opportunity for key stakeholders to discuss the policy priorities and initiatives set at European level and to see how the European Union, the Member States and social partners at all levels can deliver on their shared economic and social priorities. It will seek to gather Heads of State or Government, social partners and other key players so they work together to promote fair jobs and growth. Further information is available in the opening speech of Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs Marianne Thyssen, the press release and on the website on the European Pillar of Social Rights. (For more information: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: +32 229 67094)

 

De meilleures connexions entre le Nord et le Sud de l'Europe grâce à la politique de Cohésion

315 millions d'euros du Fonds de cohésion financeront la construction d'une section manquante de l'autoroute A1 entre Częstochowa et Pyrzowice, dans la région polonaise de Silésie. Cette section est située sur le corridor Baltique-Adriatique au cœur du Réseau Transeuropéen de Transport, qui relie le Nord de l'Europe au Sud par le centre de la Pologne. Les citoyens polonais et les voyageurs internationaux bénéficieront de meilleures connexions avec l'autoroute tchèque D1 et le Sud de l'Europe. Ce projet contribuera également à désengorger le trafic dans la ville de Częstochowa, pour une meilleure qualité de vie dans la zone urbaine. "Un réseau de transport homogène dans toute l'UE maintient la compétitivité de nos économie locales et apporte des changements concrets et positifs dans la vie quotidienne des citoyens. Les investissements stratégiques sur les bonnes sections du principal réseau de transport de l'UE représentent de nouvelles opportunités pour le commerce, l'emploi et le tourisme," a déclaré la Commissaire à la politique régionale Corina Creţu. La longueur totale prévue de l'autoroute A1 est de 568 km. En décembre 2016, environ 442 km avaient été construits avec le soutien financier de l'UE. La section Częstochowa-Pyrzowice devrait être opérationnelle d'ici juin 2019. Plus d'informations sur les Fonds structurels et d'investissement européens en Pologne sont disponibles ici et sur la plateforme Open Data. (Pour plus d'informations: Jakub Adamowicz - Tél.: +32 229 50595; Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr - Tél .: +32 229 56169)

 

First in Europe: Spanish cultural and creative SMEs will receive EUR 150 million worth of loans               

The European Investment Fund and the Compañía Española de Reafianzamiento (CERSA), an entity attached to the Spanish Ministry of Industry, have signed today a guarantee agreement – the first one supported under the new Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility of the EU's Creative Europe programme. The European Union's support is expected to leverage a portfolio of EUR 100 million of counter-guarantees. More than 1,000 SMEs in the cultural and creative sectors (including film, theatre, video games production, music and performance, editorial sectors) are expected to access around EUR 150 million worth of loans. Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, and Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said: "Today's agreement shows our commitment to supporting the European cultural and creative sectors which need innovative tools to get easier access to funding. This is very promisingfor initiatives across all cultural sectors which can now benefit from the backing of our guarantee facility. It will help to bridge the existing financing gap for these sectors which play an important role in our economy and society." Set up under the cross-sectoral strand of the Creative Europe programme, the Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility is the first EU investment instrument with such a wide scope in the culture and creative sectors. It pursues the same objective as the SME window of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which drives the Investment Plan for Europe: increasing lending to SMEs to enable them to scale up their activities. Full press release is available here. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Joseph Waldstein - Tel.: +32 229 56184)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Brammer by Advent

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Brammer of the United Kingdom by Advent of the United States. Brammer distributes industrial products used for maintenance, repair and overhaul. Advent is a private equity investor with holdings in various sectors. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns given the companies' limited market position. The operation 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.8316. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni - Tel.: +32 229 90526)

 

EUROSTAT: Troisième trimestre 2016 par rapport au deuxième trimestre 2016 - La dette publique en baisse à 90,1% du PIB dans la zone euro

À la fin du troisième trimestre 2016, le ratio de la dette publique par rapport au PIB s'est établi à 90,1% dans la zone euro (ZE19), contre 91,2% à la fin du deuxième trimestre 2016. Dans l’UE28, le ratio a également diminué, passant de 84,2% à 83,3%. Par rapport au troisième trimestre 2015, le ratio de la dette publique par rapport au PIB a baissé dans la zone euro (de 91,5% à 90,1%) ainsi que dans l’UE28 (de 85,9% à 83,3%). À la fin du troisième trimestre 2016, les titres de créances ont représenté 79,7% de la dette publique de la zone euro et 81,0% de celle de l’UE28, les crédits respectivement 17,3% et 15,1%, et le numéraire et dépôts 3,0% et 3,9%. En raison de l'implication des gouvernements de l'UE dans l'aide financière à certains États membres, des données trimestrielles sur les prêts intergouvernementaux sont également publiées. À la fin du troisième trimestre 2016, la part des prêts intergouvernementaux dans le PIB s’est établie à 2,2% dans la zone euro et à 1,6% dans l’UE28. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d'information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Annikky Lamp – Tel.: +32 229 56151)

 

EUROSTAT: Déficit public désaisonnalisé de la zone euro en hausse à 1,7% du PIB - Légère hausse à 1,9% du PIB dans l’UE28

Au troisième trimestre 2016, le ratio du déficit public par rapport au PIB, corrigé des variations saisonnières, s’est établi à 1,7% dans la zone euro (ZE19), en hausse par rapport au deuxième trimestre 2016 où il se situait à 1,5%. Dans l’UE28, le ratio du déficit public par rapport au PIB a légèrement augmenté, à 1,9% du PIB contre 1,8% au trimestre précédent. Ces données sont publiées par Eurostat, l’office statistique de l’Union européenne. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d'information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Annikky Lamp – Tel.: +32 229 56151)

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Commissioner Vella promises EU support for the Arctic and its people at Tromsø conference

Commissioner Vella is travelling to Tromsø, Norway, to attend the Arctic Frontiers conference, one of the biggest Arctic gatherings of the year. The Commissioner's attendance is preparation for a midsummer arctic showcase of EU commitment to the region. That event will take place on 15-16 June in Finland and is designed to promote action to protect and support sustainable development in the region and the 4 million who live there. Speaking at a panel session on the blue-green Arctic economy, the Commissioner said: "Climate change in the Arctic is a real cause for concern. The region is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world – and every year seems to bring more bad news. That is why the European Union is engaged in the Arctic. With our integrated policy for the Arctic, our prime objective is to respond to climate change and safeguard the Arctic environment, to strengthen cooperation with our Arctic partners, and to promote sustainable blue-green development". The impact of the EU on the Arctic – and of the Arctic on the EU – is becoming increasingly more intense, hence the need for an integrated and a coordinated approach. Against this background, the European Commission and EU High Representative adopted a Joint Communication on the EU Arctic policy in April last year.  Following the conference, Commissioner Vella will participate in an open session of the Arctic Stakeholder Forum, a forum set up by the Commission in 2016. It brings together governments, regional and local authorities from the European Arctic to identify key investment priorities for the Arctic and ways to better streamline EU funding programmes in the future. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: + 32 229 56172; Iris Petsa - Tel.: +32 229 93321)

 

Commissioner Moscovici visits Dublin, Ireland tomorrow to discuss corporate tax

Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, Pierre Moscovici travels to Dublin, Ireland tomorrow where he is due to address the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach on the EU's proposals for a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB). During his visit, he will also address the "Irish Times Corporate Tax Summit" and attend a roundtable with business stakeholders. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Patrick McCullough – Tel.: +32 229 87183)

 

 

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