14 Jul 2014
DAILY COMMISSION NEWSBRIEF – 14 July 2014Brussels Daily
Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Cioloş and Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Wilhelm Molterer signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the European Commission and the EIB for co-operation in agriculture and rural development in 2014-2020. Commissioner Cioloş said: “This Memorandum of Understanding will bring the agri-food sector closer to financial instruments needed to increase competitiveness and innovation. The financial instruments envisaged have a strong potential for supporting short supply chains, as well as for small farm structures and young farmers. Farmers will have easier access to funding to back their investment decisions, while Member States and stakeholders will also greatly benefit from the EIB’s support and experience on financial instruments and strategic investment.”Vice President Molterer said: “The EIB has long-standing experience in agriculture, rural development and food security financing. Long-term lending conditions can encourage entrepreneurs in these sectors to implement business ideas that are difficult to finance out of the current short term cash-flow. And experience has shown that MoUs are very helpful reference guides for strengthening cooperation and developing future activities.”
6th TTIP round
Today the sixth round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the EU and the US kicks off in Brussels. All working groups that have met in previous rounds will come together to pursue the negotiations. The Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission will again organise a stakeholder event on Wednesday 16 July to ensure that a plurality of interests is taken into account during the negotiations. Accredited journalists have the possibility to attend the stakeholder event in a ‘listening mode’, that means on an “on the record” basis, but without the possibility to ask questions. This time it will also be possible to film the conference. EU chief negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero and U.S. chief negotiator Dan Mullaney will hold the closing press conference on Friday 18 July at 15.30. The press conference can be followed live via EbS ( webstream).
The European Commission has today adopted a Recommendation on online gambling services. It encourages Member States to pursue a high level of protection for consumers, players and minors through the adoption of principles for online gambling services and for responsible advertising and sponsorship of those services. The aims of the principles are to safeguard health and to minimise the eventual economic harm that may result from compulsive or excessive gambling. “Today’s Recommendation delivers one of the core elements of the Commission’s 2012 action plan on online gambling services” said Vice-President Michel Barnier, responsible for Internal Market and Services. “We must better protect all citizens, and in particular our children, from the risks associated with gambling. We now look to the Member States, but also to online gambling operators, to match our ambition for a high level of consumer protection throughout the EU in this fast growing digital sector.” See also MEMO/14/484.
The EU is about to launch its first ever multi-donor development trust fund, in support of the Central African Republic (CAR). With an initial amount of €64 million the fund creates an effective and coordinated international instrument to help the population of the country and contribute to its stabilisation. The EU trust fund for CAR “Bêkou” (which means “hope” in Sango, the country’s main language) will prepare the transition from emergency response, such as humanitarian aid, towards longer-term development assistance. It will contribute to the reconstruction of the country, in particular restoring the national and local administrations, re-establishing economic activity and essential services (such as electricity, transport, health and education) and stabilizing the country. The activities will also focus on enabling neighbouring countries to overcome the consequences of the crisis in CAR. Highly accountability standards will apply in the implementation of this Trust Fund, considering the particular context in the country.
President Barroso meets the Ibero-American General Secretariat, Ms Rebeca Grynspan
Today President Barroso meets the new Secretary General of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), Ms Rebeca Grynspan. They will discuss a closer cooperation between the EU and the SEGIB, based on the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2006. The commercial relations between the EU and Latin America, development aid and security will also be on the table.
During the meeting President Barroso and Ms Grynspan will also talk about the reform process of the system of Ibero-American summits and its future objectives and challenges. The next EU-CELAC summit is scheduled to take place in Brussels on 10-11 July 2015.
Ms Grynspan was appointed in February this year and is the organisation’s second Secretary-General after Mr Enrique Iglesias, who held the post for almost ten years.
In May 2014 compared with April 2014, seasonally adjusted industrial production fell by 1.1% in both the euro area (EA18) and the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In April 2014 industrial production rose by 0.7% in both zones. In May 2014 compared with May 2013, industrial production grew by 0.5% in the euro area and by 1.1% in the EU28.