Articles taggés avec ‘Treaty of Lisbon’

EU Funding: EU trade with Bosnia and Herzegovina enters new phase

Mercredi 2 juillet 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Assistance to the Candidate countries to support their progressive compliance with EU rules and policies, including the acquis communautaire if necessary, in preparation for their accession

The European Commission has welcomed on july 1st the entry into force of the Interim Agreement (IA) with Bosnia and Herzegovina

The IA effectively creates a free trade area, with progressive opening of the market of Bosnia and Herzegovina facilitating economic and social development. The two sides signed the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) and the IA on 16 June in Luxembourg. Until the ratification process is finalised the trade provisions of the SAA are applied through the IA.

The agreement allows free access to EU markets for almost all goods from Bosnia and Herzegovina, which in turn will gradually open its market to the European products and services. Bosnia and Herzegovina will also introduce standards from the EU, progressively aligning its legislation in a number of areas such as competition, intellectual property, investment, public procurement or protection of personal data. This process will facilitate economic and social development in Bosnia and Herzegovina and will encourage proceeding with further economic reforms. Finally, the institutional set-up foreseen in the SAA/IA will constitute a forum of extensive dialogue and cooperation in trade related matters and beyond.

The latest Commission Communication on Western Balkans from 5 March 2008 notes that the region has a clear European perspective. In this regard, a successful implementation of the IA and SAA is a key and essential factor in assessing Bosnia and Herzegovina’s readiness to further advance relations with the EU.

Background

The EU is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s biggest trading partner, with total trade of around 5 billion euros in 2007. In 2007, imports coming from the EU made up 66.7% of total imports by Bosnia and Herzegovina, while exports to the EU accounted for 71.4% of its total exports. In 2007, EU imports from grew by 6.1% year on year to reach over 1.8 billion euros, while exports to Bosnia and Herzegovina grew by 8.3%, reaching over 3 billion euros.

 
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Press room - European Commission

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EU Funding: Commission opens up new prospects for transport links with the Western Balkans

Jeudi 26 juin 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants in the frame of the Trans-European Networks for transport

The European Commission opened on june 24th negotiations on a treaty establishing a Transport Community with the Western Balkans

This first meeting, held in Brussels with the region’s Transport Ministers, will be followed in the autumn by technical meetings with a view to concluding the Transport Community Treaty in 2009.

The treaty aims to establish an integrated market for infrastructure and land transport, maritime transport and inland waterways and to align the relevant legislation in the Balkans region with the EU legislation, so as to enable transport users and the general public to benefit sooner from the advantages of accession.

The treaty will help to accelerate the integration of the transport systems and to harmonise rules on safety, environmental protection and services. A Transport Community is a solid way to foster cooperation, stability and peace in the region.

Also, for the Balkans, this Community will go alongside the rapid development of a region with exceptional economic potential, providing a major boost to sustainable economic growth and the revitalisation of the rail networks.

For the EU, the Transport Community will help to promote stability and prosperity throughout Europe. It will also allow our trans-European transport network to expand and contribute to the further development of our internal market.

 
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Press room - European Commission

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EU funding: Boosting Small and Medium Enterprises’ investment in research

Mercredi 25 juin 2008
 
 

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 New framework programme for research and technology aiming at better exploiting research capacities in Europe and transforming scientific results into new products, processes and services.
 EUREKA-EU research and development support programme for high-tech SMEs, financed by the Article 169 under FP 7 Capacities

European Commission welcomes the Council agreement on the “Eurostars” Programme

On Monday 23rd of June, the Council of Ministers agreed to provide EUR 100 million from the EU’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7) budget to Eurostars, a Research and Development (R&D) programme jointly set up by 31 countries to boost research capacities of Small and Medium-Sized companies (SMEs) in Europe. The EUR 100 million from FP7 will leverage at least EUR 300 million in public funding from the participating countries, resulting in a package of EUR 400 million for financing trans-national research partnerships driven research-performing SMEs in Europe.

EU Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potočnik said: “Research-performing SMEs are the entrepreneurial stars of Europe. We have to join our efforts to support them in this task. The “Eurostars” programme is an excellent example of how Member States and the Commission can contribute to economic growth by reinforcing cooperation between their respective research programmes. Making it possible for SMEs to collaborate with the best European research teams, Eurostars will help them turn new ideas into successful businesses, and reinforce their competitive edge in knowledge and innovation – the cornerstones of our prosperity.”

Research-performing SMEs (i.e. companies capable to perform their own R&D) are crucial to the economic success of Europe in the global knowledge economy. With their flexible organisation, resolutely forward-looking strategies, and strong commitment to R&D, these SMEs are uniquely positioned to compete successfully in the global knowledge economy, seizing market opportunities and generating new jobs.

Eurostars provides a new, flexible and efficient tool specifically tailored to the needs of R&D- intensive SMEs. Based on Article 169 of the Treaty, the Commission has proposed to the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament that the European Community participates in Eurostars with up to EUR 100 million from the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) budget. Following the approval of the European Parliament in April, this proposal was adopted by the Council today.

The integration of the national research and development programmes of the participating countries into a joint programme for research-performing SMEs further contributes to the realisation of the European Research Area (ERA). This initiative adds to, and fully complements, existing actions in favour of SMEs in FP7. It also reinforces the cooperation between EUREKA[3] who will be managing the Eurostars programme, and the Community’s FP7.

The EUREKA Secretariat issues calls, receives project proposals, organises evaluation by independent experts, manages the Community contribution to the Joint Programme, and monitors progress of projects. The first such call (closed in February 2008) generated over 200 applications, demonstrating the high level of interest of the SME community.

 
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Press Room - European Commission

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EU funding: Europe-wide truck tour brings anti-discrimination message to 20 cities

Vendredi 20 juin 2008
 

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants for transnational projects, awareness raising and development of anti-discrimination strategies and policies

Commissioner Vladimír Špidla will tomorrow launch the 2008 ‘For Diversity. Against Discrimination.’truck tour as part of the EU’s Europe-wide anti-discrimination information campaign.

The tour will kick off at the United Islands of Prague music festival (Czech Republic), where 20,000 visitors are expected – before going on to visit 20 cities in 10 different EU countries over the next four months. The initiative – now in its fifth year – aims to raise awareness of the right to a life free of discrimination and has so far reached half a million people.

The truck tour is one of the most popular activities under the ‘For Diversity. Against Discrimination.’ campaign: an EU-wide information campaign launched in 2003 to raise awareness of discrimination and the legislation which exists to combat it, as well as to promote the benefits of diversity across the EU. By the end of the 2008 tour, the truck tour will have visited all Member States since it first set out in 2004 – details of routes. The Czech Republic has had three previous visits from the truck: Prague in 2004 and 2006 and Ostrava in 2004. This year Kacov (Sazavafest) will also host the truck.

The campaign aims in 2008 to build on the success of the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All, to which its activities last year were closely linked.

The 2008 truck tour will visit Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia. Stopping in two cities per country, the truck will visit music, youth and film festivals, sporting events, universities and employment fairs, and bring together business, NGOs, musicians, artists and the general public to explore discrimination and diversity issues.

Other activities under the campaign in 2008 include the Journalist Award which will be launched in August. This award recognises the work of online and print journalists in the EU who, through their work, contribute to a better public understanding of the benefits of diversity and the fight against discrimination.

 
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Press Room - European Commission

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