Archive pour juin 2009

Movies selection for the LUX Award of the European Parliament

Mardi 30 juin 2009

Since 2007, the LUX Award clearly represents the European Parliament struggle for European cinematography.

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Renewable Energy Directive

Mardi 30 juin 2009

Following to the recent Renewable Energy Directive ratified the last 23 April, Member States have to elaborate their Renewable Energy Action Plan and detail their strategies for reaching their 2020 renewable energy targets.

Each Member State must submit a NREAP to the Commission by 30 June 2010 at the latest.

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, underlined the importance of National Renewable Energy Action Plans: “With the binding targets for the share of renewable energy in 2020 the EU has taken a major step towards creating certainty for investors in green renewable energy technologies. While National Action Plans will further contribute to a stable investment climate, the template that the Commission adopted today will help Member States produce a credible plan which in turn will help the EU to meet its targets on time.”

The Directive sets mandatory national targets for each Member State with the aim of achieving a 20% share of renewable energy in Europe’s final energy consumption by 2020. Member States therefore need to design long-term renewable energy measures and policies and develop detailed estimations on the contribution of renewable energy in final energy consumption. NREAPs will ensure this.

Indeed, a NREAP has to reflect Member States’ national targets for the share of energy from renewable sources consumed in transport, electricity, heating and cooling in 2020, as well as the chosen trajectory to achieve them. It must detail national policies on biomass resources and on the implementation of biofuel sustainability schemes while taking into account effects of other policy measures related to energy efficiency. A NREAP is further required to specify national policies on enabling measures such as revising administrative procedures, building codes, information and training, energy infrastructure development and access, support schemes and flexibility measures.

The objective of the template adopted today is not only to guarantee the completeness of the NREAPs, but also to ensure their comparability with each other, as well as with future reporting on the implementation of the Directive, both by Member States and by the Commission

EIB: Funds for Trans-European Transport Network

Mardi 30 juin 2009

The European Investment Bank (EIB) lended 1 billion euro for the extension of the Warsaw-Berlin A2 motorway forming part of the priority Trans-European Transport Network.

The EIB funds will fund 62.5% of the total cost of the project which will be implemented and operated by Autostrada Wielkopolska S.A. (AWSA). The new motorway will link Swiecko and Nowy Tomysl in Western Poland and is a continuation of the first phase of construction between Nowy Tomysl-Komorniki and Krzesiny-Konin that was co-financed by the EIB with a EUR 275 million loan and has been fully operational since 2004.

The new motorway link will complete a 358 km-motorway section on Poland’s main East-West transport axis, providing a modern highway connection between several major Polish cities, including Poznan, Lodz and Konin.

Mrs Marta Gajecka, EIB Vice-President responsible for EIB lending in Central and Eastern Europe, including Poland, commented : “It is a priority for the EIB to finance projects, which will contribute to the reduction of Poland’s gap in rail and road infrastructure that needs to be filled in the coming years. The connection of Poland with the main trans-European networks of central Europe is a key element for sustainable economic growth and creation of employment in the region concerned as well as in the whole country”.
Background:

The mission of the EIB, the European Union’s long-term financing institution, is to contribute to the integration, balanced development and economic and social cohesion of the Member States by financing sound investment. Since 1990 t he EIB has signed finance contracts in Poland exceeding to EUR 20 billion, including the current loan. Out of this some EUR 12.7 billion represent EIB loan commitments since the accession of Poland into the EU in May 2004.

Since 1990 t he EIB co-financed sections of the A1, A2, A4 and A6 motorways and major national roads along the Pan-European Corridors II, III and VI in Poland. Up to now, the Bank provided some EUR 8.5 billion for the rehabilitation and extension of the Polish transport network.

ENPI: Cooperation between EU and Israel

Lundi 29 juin 2009

The European Commission and Israel are to sign a Financing Agreement for the implementation of the 2008 Annual Action Programme for Israel under the European Neighbourhood Policy.

The objective of the Annual Action Programme is to develop an increasingly close relationship between the EU and Israel, aiming at achieving a significant level of economic integration and deepening political co-operation. The financial contribution of the European Union will be limited to €2 million per year.

The 2008 Annual Action Programme for Israel – part of the ongoing cooperation between Israel and the EU in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy – will promote legislative approximation and strengthen the dialogue between the EU and Israeli public administrations in the areas of equal employment opportunities and veterinary services. This will be carried out by means of “twinning” projects in which European experts will be working in Israel for extended periods of time within the respective Israeli institutions.

A press release from the EU Delegation in Israel said the Agreement would be signed at the Israeli foreign ministry on 22 June.

European Research Area (ERA) promotion in Serbia

Lundi 29 juin 2009

European Commission works for research promotion and for enlargment as well. The initiative for a single European Research Area including the Western Balkans region is an evidence.

A special call for proposals for the Western Balkans region

To encourage scientists from Serbia and the entire Western Balkan region, Janez Potočnik will announce a special call for proposals to be launched during the summer that will address the specific needs of the region with respect to research capacity.

Opportunities for Serbian’s scientific community

During the day, representatives from the European Commission and from Serbian research programmes will present the European policies and funding opportunities under FP7 and the Serbian matching programmes in various areas of research such as health, energy, information technologies and food, agriculture and biotechnology. The European programmes to support researcher’s mobility and frontier research will also be highlighted.

Helping Serbia’s pre-accession process

In view of Serbia’s pre-accession process, a general session will explain how the EU-funded Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) can work for research. The Commissioner will underline as well the role of the JRC as key player in the EU’s R&D cooperation with Serbia. The Joint Research Centre assists the country it its preparation to comply with EU’s legislation in the framework of a special programme developed for enlargement candidates. In particular, this programme focuses on complex scientific and technical issues underpinning EU legislation in a wide range of policy areas which are important for the citizen, such as: environment, health, food, energy, chemicals, agriculture and nuclear safety.

Beyond the funding possibilities, integrating into the European Research Area

Since 1 January 2007, Serbia has been associated to FP7 and can participate in all calls for proposals. More than 90 applicants have already obtained EU funding to engage in research and networking with leading research entities in the EU and the Western Balkan Region. Cooperation under FP7 also allows Serbia to participate in the wider European Research Area and contribute, together with the EU Member States, to the setting of research priorities. Launched by the Commission in 2000, the ERA concept combines: a European “internal market” for research, where researchers, technology and knowledge freely circulate; effective European-level coordination of national and regional research activities, programmes and policies; and initiatives implemented and funded at European level.

Background

The 7th European Framework Programme for Research (FP7) supports scientific research in the EU with a budget of almost 54 billion Euros over 7 years (2007-2013). As an associated country, Serbia can compete in FP7’s calls for proposals on the same basis as EU Member States and is either observer or full Member in the European Research Area governance bodies.

Intergovernemenal meeting between EU representatives and India ministers

Lundi 29 juin 2009

The Troika group, representative for EU external relations, will meet today Indian government delegation in Prague.

An EU-India Troika ministerial meeting will take place today in Prague. The meeting will be attended by the EU GAERC President, Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Jan Kohout, the EU Commissioner in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union, Javier Solana.

India’s delegation will be led by Federal Foreign Affairs Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna. The meeting will also be attended by Swedish State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Frank Belfrage.

The participants will address the EU – India relations and the cooperation between the EU and India in specific areas – a free trade agreement, a maritime agreement, energy and the strengthening of political dialogue in the fields of human rights and the fight against terrorism.

The Union for the Mediterranean hosts the Mediterranean journalist award.

Lundi 22 juin 2009

The journalists from one of 43 member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean are invite if they wish to participate in the Mediterranean Journalism

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The tenth seminar ACP-UE will take place in Bostwana

Lundi 22 juin 2009

The ACP-EU civil society seminar organise by the European Economic and Social Commitee will discuss about the economic and social interest.

During the three - day seminar, 12 EESC members will be joined in Gaborone by Southern African civil society representatives from the 15 SADC countries; they will discuss a wide range of issues, including the impact of the economic and financial crisis on Africa and how to ensure sustainable food security on the continent.

Keynote speakers will include the Hon. Mr Neo Moroka , Botswana’s Minister for Trade and Industry and Chief Coordinator of the SADC EPA Group, the Hon. Mr Dikgakgamatso Ramadeluka Seretse , Botswana’s Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the Hon. Mr Baledzi Gaolathe , Botswana’s National Authorising Officer and Minister of Finance and Development Planning.

Initiatives to promote the involvement of civil society in the ACP-EU development partnership will also be on the table, in parallel with the opportunities presented by the 2010 revision of the Cotonou Agreement , the basis of ACP-EU development cooperation.

On the third and final day, p articipants will assess challenges specific to the region and developments in the ongoing negotiations on the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) ; they will also explore the scope for increased participation of ACP economic and social interest groups in the EPA process.

Background note :

Under the auspices of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, the EESC organises meetings with ACP-EU Economic and Social Interest Groups. This role has been confirmed by the Cotonou Agreement, which mandates the EESC to organise consultation sessions and meetings of ACP-EU economic and social interest groups.

Within this framework, in addition to the general meetings organised by the EESC in Brussels every two to three years, the EESC also organises regional seminars at regular intervals in ACP countries.

Are the European cities playing a role in policy development neighborhood?

Lundi 22 juin 2009

In order to share the benefits of the enlargent with the neighbouring countries a conference will take place in Tsibilli.

The conference will take place alongside the next meeting of the EUROCITIES Working Group (WG) ENP & Enlargement.
Conference participants will discuss:
- Priority areas of cooperation from the Eastern city perspective
- Experiences and the added-value of working with EUROCITIES’ Forums and WGs
- Concrete partnership opportunities between ENP and EU cities, as well as within the different Forums and WGs of EUROCITIES.

This meeting is timely as it takes place when the EU is sending a clear message of support to Eastern neighbours with the formal adoption of the Eastern Partnership in early May. This partnership is an ambitious initiative aimed at deepening political and economic relations, increasing energy security and mobility, and giving an additional boost to pro-democratic and market-oriented reforms in Eastern partner countries.

Accommodation costs are covered by the organisers.

The flowering plants may be the key of the food security.

Lundi 22 juin 2009

The European Commission has fund the project BLOOM-NET for 1,3 million euro, the project will study the flowering plants.

The ability to determine when a plant flowers can be of enormous benefit to the planet’s food production, since much of what we consume (from the feed given to livestock to products bought off the supermarket shelf) originates in some form from flowering plants.

In a world of diminishing and strained food sources, the issue of the sustainability of the food supply is a major concern, particularly as the global population continues to grow. Research conducted by a team from Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and Israel (representing both flowering research experts and technology pioneers) may spawn a highly anticipated solution to this problem.

BLOOM-NET (’The meristematic regulatory network controlling the floral transition’) is one of 12 projects selected under ERA-NET (European Research Area-Network) Plant Genomics, supported by the European Union’s Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). The ERA-NET scheme plays an important role in improving the coordination and cooperation of national and regional research programmes on a given subject area - in this case, plant genomics.

Since flowers are the reproductive organs of a plant, according to Professor Davies, it is absolutely necessary for farmers and breeders to know when flowering will take place, and that this be reflected in their breeding programmes and scheduled harvests. By improving on our knowledge and applying this insight, farmers could expect more effective and productive output.

Professor Davies pointed out that plant growers have been trying for centuries to determine when flowering will take place, by looking at weather patterns, changing light levels or other means. ‘But we can now improve on these predictions by adding in other factors, such as minute changes in genetic make-up.

The team will collaborate with computer modelling specialists to create a model that will eventually have the capacity to predict the effects of changes in the genetic structure of a small but important group of cells. This tissue, known as shoot apical meristem, is responsible for the growth of both the flower and the rest of the plant. As well as the internal signals, the digital model will also have the ability to determine the impact of other external forces, such as climate, on the flowering process.

The project is coordinated by Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands. In addition to the University of Leeds, project participants include Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Plant Breeding Research (Germany), MPI Tuebingen (Germany), and the University of Tel-Aviv (Israel).