Archive pour octobre 2009

Commission proposes €100 million macro-financial assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Samedi 31 octobre 2009

IP/09/1654 Brussels, 30 October 2009 Commission proposes €100 million macro-financial assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina The European Commission today proposed to the Council to provide macro-financial assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the form …

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José Manuel Durão Barroso President of the European Commission European Council: Introductory Statement of President Barroso European Council Press Conference Brussels, 30 October 2009

Samedi 31 octobre 2009

SPEECH/ 09/510 José Manuel Dur ã o Barroso P resident of the European Commission European Council: Introductory Statement of President Barroso Figures and graphics available in PDF and WORD PROCESSED European Council Press Conference Brussels, 30 October …

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EC President Barroso congratulates the people of Mozambique on the holding of successful democratic elections

Samedi 31 octobre 2009

IP/09/1658 Brussels, 30 October 2009 EC President Barroso congratulates the people of Mozambique on the holding of successful democratic elections Following the successful holding of Presidential, Legislative and Provincial elections in Mozambique on …

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Commission proposes 100 million euro loan to Bosnia-Herzegovina

Vendredi 30 octobre 2009

The European Commission proposes to the Council to provide macro-financial assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the form of a loan of up to €100 million. This financial will assist the country in adjustment programme agreed by the Bosnian authorities with the International Monetary Fund to weather the impact of the economic crisis on the country.

The Commission today adopted a draft decision recommending to the Council to provide macro-financial assistance (MFA) in the form of a loan of €100 million to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The loan would be provided in two instalments, tentatively in the second and fourth quarter of 2010. The assistance supports, and is conditional on the respect of the adjustment programme agreed between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the IMF. It complements the latter’s financial assistance to the country. The European Parliament is also consulted.

The global economic and financial crisis started to reveal its impact on Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last quarter 2008 when economic activity decelerated and trade dynamics slowed drastically. Public finances increasingly came under stress in early 2009 as the result of falling revenues and high spending commitments. Therefore, the authorities turned to the IMF for external support and agreed a €1.15 billion Stand-By Arrangement programme in May 2009. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s GDP is foreseen to decrease by 3% in 2009, and the budget deficit to reach 4.7% of GDP. A slow recovery is expected in 2010.

The European Investment Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development have also enhanced their investment support in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the other Western Balkan countries. The Commission welcomes key support from private EU based parent-banks having a subsidiary in Bosnia and Herzegovina that have committed to maintain their financial exposure on the country.

MFA is an exceptional EU crisis response instrument available to EU neighbours. It is conditional and complements assistance by the IMF. The IMF capacity to help countries with financial difficulties is being considerably increased by EU Member States and other IMF members. The EU recently committed to provide €125 billion to the IMF, which is 35% of the increase in the IMF’s lending capacity from $250 billion to $750 billion.

MFA loans are financed through EU borrowings on the market. The money is lent with similar financial terms. In recent weeks the Commission already adopted a similar proposal to support Serbia with a EUR 200 million macro-financial assistance loan and to support Armenia and Georgia, respectively with € 100 million and € 46 million.

For more information on past MFA assistance, including annual reports go to:

http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/financial_operation_instruments/market_operations398_en.htm

Commission to provide €200 million for nearly 200 new LIFE+ projects

Vendredi 30 octobre 2009

196 new projects will be funded by the European Commission under the second call for the LIFE+ programme (2007-2013), the European fund for the environment. The projects covet all the EU and include actions in the fields of nature conservation, environmental policy, and information and communication. Overall, they represent a total investment of €431 million, of which the EU will provide €207.5 million.

Following the call for proposals, which closed in November 2008, the Commission received more than 600 proposals from public or private bodies from the 27 EU Member States. Of these, 196 were selected for co-funding through the programme’s three components: LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity, LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance and LIFE+ Information and Communication.

LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity projects improve the conservation status of endangered species and habitats . Of the 227 proposals received, the Commission selected for funding 80 projects from partnerships of conservation bodies, government authorities and other parties. Situated in 22 Member States, they represent a total investment of €199 million, of which the EU will provide some €107 million. The majority (74) are Nature projects, contributing to the implementation of the Birds and/or Habitats Directivesand the Natura 2000 network. The other six are Biodiversity projects, a LIFE+ project category for pilot schemes that tackle wider biodiversity issues.

LIFE+ Environment Policy & Governance projects are pilot projects that contribute to the development of innovative policy ideas, technologies, methods and instruments. Of the 288 proposals received, the Commission selected for funding 99 projects from a wide range of public and private sector organisations. The winning projects, situated in 19 Member States, represent a total investment of €211 million of which the EU will provide some €90 million. Projects targeting waste and natural resources (28 projects) account for the largest share of EU funding (some €26 million). Climate change is the second most targeted priority area with 24 projects (some €25 million), followed by water (17 projects). The remaining 30 projects cover various topics including air, chemicals, environment and health, forests, innovation, noise, soil, strategic approaches, and the urban environment.

LIFE+ Information and Communication projects disseminate information and raise the profile of environmental issues, and provide training and awareness-raising for the prevention of forest fires . Of the 98 proposals received, the Commission selected for funding 17 projects from a range of public and private sector nature and/or environment organisations. The projects are situated in 12 Member States and represent a total investment of €21 million of which the EU will provide some €10 million.

The LIFE+ programme

LIFE+ is the European financial instrument for the environment and has a total budget of €2.143 billion (two billion one hundred and forty three million euros) for the period 2007-2013. During this period, the Commission will launch one call for LIFE+ project proposals per year.

More information

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/publications/lifepublications/compilations/documents/natcompilation08.pdf

EU - FYROM Relations: 2009 achievements

Vendredi 30 octobre 2009

The EU Joint Advisory Committee - Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM PCC) of the CoR met yesterday in Brussels. The purpose of the meeting was to continue discussions initiated last spring. Its members were invited to discuss recent developments of EU - Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and their impact on sub-national authorities as well as issues of absorptive capacity at local and regional funds and programs.

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Irish authorities make record cigarette seizure

Vendredi 30 octobre 2009

OLAF/15/09 Brussels, 28 October 2009 Irish authorities make record cigarette seizure “Absolutely delighted” was the reaction of staff at OLAF, the European Commission Anti-Fraud Office, to the news yesterday that the authorities in Ireland had seized …

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Sector Accounts: second quarter of 2009Household saving rate at 16.5% in the euro area and 14.4% in the EU27Business investment rate at 20.8% in both zones

Vendredi 30 octobre 2009

STAT/09/152 29 October 2009 Sector Accounts: second quarter of 2009 Household saving rate at 16.5% in the euro area and 14.4% in the EU27 Business investment rate at 20.8% in both zones In the second quarter of 2009, in both the euro area (EA16) and the …

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Dismissed pregnant workers must enjoy effective judicial protection of their rights under Community law

Vendredi 30 octobre 2009

Press and Information Court of Justice of the European Communities PRESS RELEASE No 98/09 Luxembourg , 29 October 2009 Judgment in Case C-63/08 Virginie Pontin v T-Comalux SA Dismissed pregnant workers must enjoy effective judicial protection of their …

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In Advocate General Bot’s opinion, products originating from the occupied territories are not entitled to preferential customs treatment under the EC-Israel Agreement

Vendredi 30 octobre 2009

Press and Information Court of Justice of the European Communities PRESS RELEASE No 97/09 Luxembourg , 29 October 2009 Advocate General’s Opinion in Case C-386/08 Brita GmbH v Hauptzollamt Hamburg-Hafen In Advocate General Bot’s opinion, products originating …

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