21 Jun 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 22 JUNEBrussels Daily
Commission report points to rising global protectionism
The global tendency to restrict trade has remained strong in the last 18 months, according to a European Commission report on barriers to trade released today. Over this time period, the 31 countries monitored in the report together adopted 200 new protectionist measures, bringing the total amount adopted since the beginning of the economic crisis to 1000. The EU strives to remove such barriers for the benefit of European companies and citizens, and the report also presents an overview of the EU’s actions on specific trade barriers hindering sales of EU products and services in the EU’s strategic markets. Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said: “Trade protectionism continues to be on the rise around the world. Open markets are proven to bring more innovation, increased productivity, economic growth and prosperity. Despite this, few barriers to trade have been removed, while new ones have been introduced. That’s why we continue our efforts to promote open trade by negotiating free trade agreements, and enforcing the existing rules. I strongly hope that our partners can join us in our strong commitment to make open markets work for all.” Products most affected by restrictive measures include raw materials and energy products hit by export restrictions, as well as Information and Communications Technology (ICT) products hit with local content requirements and unjustified data localisation constraints. Product bans, import or export duties and licences that strike trade right at the border, remain the most common trade restrictions. More information on the ‘2016 Report on Trade and Investment Barriers and Protectionist Trends’ is available here
Energy Union: New Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy joins forces
On 22 June 2016, Energy Union Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change and founder of Bloomberg LP, will announce the launch of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy in Brussels. The world’s two primary city-led climate change initiatives, the EU’s Covenant of Mayors and the UN-based Compact of Mayors will join forces in a new, first of-its-kind global union of cities leading in the fight against climate change. The announcement will take place in the presence of Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Patrick Klugman, Deputy Mayor of Paris. The joining of forces will create the broadest global coalition committed to climate leadership, building on the commitment of more than 7100 cities from six continents and 119 countries representing more than 600 million inhabitants altogether. The launch comes six months after the historic Paris Climate Change Summit, where cities were crucial voices in shaping and advocating for a strong global agreement. Cities are significant in the implementation of the Paris Agreement: they represent major opportunities to reduce climate emissions and enhance climate resilience. Cities innovate faster, and are less hampered by politics than many nation states in their efforts to move towards clean energy and low carbon infrastructure. And cities do even better when they collaborate. Aligning efforts will allow for greater collaboration between cities across the world, bridging gaps and building connections, as well as increasing funding based on consolidation of data around the impact of urban solutions to support and empower cities in their action. Media is invited to join the announcement at the VIP corner in Berlaymont on 22 June at 9:30 CET or follow LIVE on Europe by Satellite. Read online about the Covenant and Compact cities initiatives. And more on Energy Union.
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