16 Mar 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 16 MARCHBrussels Daily
Competition: Results of first stakeholder survey published
The European Commission’s competition directorate has today published the results of the first comprehensive survey of stakeholders and EU citizens on the competition portfolio and the Commission’s work in this field. The two independent surveys overall provided very positive feedback: most professional stakeholders evaluate the work of DG Competition as effective in detecting infringements. 74% of EU citizens say that competition has a positive impact on them but they think that sectors most likely to raise issues relating to a lack of competition are energy, followed by transport, pharmaceuticals and telecoms. The survey also provided suggestions for improvement of the competition directorate’s working practices, which the Commission will look into carefully and for example input into its review of best practices. The full report is available on the DG Competition website.
Investment Plan for Europe: Vice-President Katainen and Commissioner Moedas promote #investEU and Horizon 2020 in Portugal
Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, and Commissioner Carlos Moedas, responsible for Research, Science and Innovation, are in Lisbon today to promote the Investment Plan for Europe and the Horizon 2020 research funding programme. Together they are meeting Portuguese political leaders, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), investors and students. Vice-President Katainen said: “Following last week’s great news from the Council, agreeing the Regulation for a European Fund for Strategic Investments, and a fourth Member State pledging to contribute, the ball is now rolling for the Investment Plan.” Commissioner Moedas said: “I am glad to be in Lisbon to present a plan that can benefit Portugal and Portuguese investment, reinforcing the country’s recovery. Portugal is definitely on the right track, but more investment is needed, particularly in research and innovation projects.”
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