Archive pour septembre 2009

Neelie Kroes European Commissioner for Competition Policy Lessons learned from the economic crisis Address to Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Parliament Brussels, 29th September 2009

Mercredi 30 septembre 2009

SPEECH/ 09/420 Neelie Kroes European Commissioner for Competition Policy Lessons learned from the economic crisis Figures and graphics available in PDF and WORD PROCESSED Address to Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Parliament Brussels, …

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Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of Sanyo by Panasonic, subject to conditions

Mercredi 30 septembre 2009

IP/09/1383 Brussels, 29 th September 2009 Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of Sanyo by Panasonic, subject to conditions The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Sanyo Electric Co….

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Typhoon Ketsana: Commission aids the Philippines; ready to help Vietnam and Laos

Mercredi 30 septembre 2009

The European Commission is providing €2 million in emergency humanitarian aid to the vulnerable Filipinos most affected by tropical storm Ketsana. A rapid response coordinator from the Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) is on the ground in Manila. According to the Philippine National Disaster Coordinating Council, nearly two million people have been affected by Ketsana with more than 600,000 displaced in evacuation centres and makeshift shelters. Since hitting the Philippines, Ketsana has intensified in strength and has now slammed into the coast of central Vietnam as a full-blown typhoon. More than 167,000 people have been evacuated from areas at risk in Vietnam. ECHO teams in the region are on standby to ensure a rapid response, including for Laos as the typhoon is moving west towards this country.

Expressing his sympathy with the victims of Ketsana, Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, said: “This is a major tragedy. More than 240 people have died, more than 600,000 are displaced and two million people are affected in the Philippines alone. The fast-track funding that we are deploying will focus on meeting the most urgent humanitarian needs in the stricken areas. The European Commission also stands ready to provide emergency assistance to Vietnam and Laos if necessary. In recent years, we have also been helping disaster-prone communities to be better prepared through the Commission’s natural disaster-preparedness programme. This programme is essential to saving lives”.

ECHO is coordinating its assistance with the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) in the civil protection unit of the Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment.

Immediate humanitarian needs covered by the Commission’s assistance include food, safe drinking water, health, sanitation, temporary shelters, basic household items (including blankets, jerry cans, clothes and kitchen sets) plus telecommunications.

The European Commission regularly provides emergency support to victims of weather-related disasters in the region. It is also funding a €10 million natural disaster-preparedness programme in South East Asia, including the Philippines, Vietnam and Laos. Vietnam was well-prepared for the typhoon and the authorities promptly held preparatory meetings with relief organisations when the path of Ketsana became evident.

Background

In line with its commitment to support disaster risk reduction, the Commission has allocated more than €152M from the humanitarian aid budget since 1996, when the disaster preparedness programme was launched. The aim of this programme is to improve the capacities of communities at risk around the world – from South East Asia to South and Central Asia, South-East Africa and the South-West Indian Ocean, South and Central America and the Caribbean (see IP/09/924).

All funds are channelled through the Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), under the responsibility of Commissioner Karel De Gucht. The Commission-funded projects are implemented by non-governmental relief organisations, specialised UN agencies and the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement.

Androulla Vassiliou Member of the European Commission, responsible for Health Launch European Partnership against cancer Speech at the launch of the European Partnership against cancer Brussels, 29 September 2009

Mercredi 30 septembre 2009

SPEECH/ 09/421 Androulla Vassiliou Member of the European Commission, responsible for Health Launch European Partnership against cancer Figures and graphics available in PDF and WORD PROCESSED Speec h at the launch of the European Partnership against …

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Over 1,000 EU stakeholders and policy makers at the European Culture Forum in Brussels

Mercredi 30 septembre 2009

IP/09/1378 Brussels, 29 September 2009 Over 1,000 EU stakeholders and policy makers at the European Culture Forum in Brussels Culture cooperation and intercultural dialogue will be discussed in Brussels on 29 and 30 September at the European Culture Forum, …

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September 2009: Upward trend in Economic Sentiment Indicator continues

Mercredi 30 septembre 2009

IP/0 9/1371 Brussels, 29 September 2009 September 2009: Upward trend in Economic Sentiment Indicator continues The upward trend in the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) continued in September in both the EU and the euro area….

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September 2009: Business Climate Indicator improves slightly

Mercredi 30 septembre 2009

IP/ 09/1370 Brussels, 29 September 2009 September 2009: Business Climate Indicator improves slightly The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area improved further in September, although the improvement was less marked than in the previous month. …

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José Manuel Durão Barroso President of the European Commission European Partnership for Action Against Cancer Brussels, 29 September 2009

Mercredi 30 septembre 2009

SPEECH/ 09/423 José Manuel Dur ã o Barroso P resident of the European Commission Launch of the European Partnership for Action Against Cancer Figures and graphics available in PDF and WORD PROCESSED European Partnership for Action Against Cancer Brussels …

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Working together to fight cancer- President Barroso and Commissioner Vassiliou launch the European Partnership for Action against Cancer

Mercredi 30 septembre 2009

IP/09/1380 Brussels, 29 September 2009 Working together to fight cancer- President Barroso and Commissioner Vassiliou launch the European Partnership for Action against Cancer Today, in Brussels, over 300 cancer organisations, patients and cancer survivors, …

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Creative cities for European economy

Mardi 29 septembre 2009

At this week’s European Culture Forum, Yannick Guin, Vice-President of Nantes Metropole, shares the views of Europe’s cities regarding current EU discussions on cultural and creative industries

Stronger leadership, better targeted EU support, and cross-sectoral partnership are among some of the key recommendations EUROCITIES has submitted for consideration in the prospective European Commission Green Paper on Cultural and Creative industries.
The recommendations are based on a recent survey undertaken by EUROCITIES, which shows that cities see a thriving cultural and creative sector as essential for driving forward local economies, particularly within the present-day economic climate.

For cities, the issues at the heart of the current EU discussion on cultural and creative industries are:

1. Strengthening leadership and advocacy: at all government levels for the role of the creative economy in responding to the new economic challenges.

2. Promoting European values: through cultural and creative industries, which can contribute significantly to social integration and community cohesion as well as European values of tolerance, democracy and solidarity.

3. Emphasising creativity in EU innovation policy: so that innovation in European policies and co-funding programmes doesn’t exclusively focus on science and technology and recognises that creative industries can bring new elements and know-how into traditional industries.

4. Integrating creativity into relevant EU programmes: so that entrepreneurial talent is fostered in all fields, thereby enhancing business sustainability as well as long-term growth and employment.