Brussels Daily
28 Sep 2015


Brussels Daily

Commissioners Crețu and Hogan in Dublin discuss rural broadband

Corina Crețu, Commissioner for Regional Policy, and Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, are participating in an event today in Dublin on the topic of rural broadband. The European Commission has recognised the importance of rural broadband rollout, and has prioritised it in the EU Digital Single Market package. The ambition is to close the digital gap between urban and rural areas, by providing fast or ultra-fast broadband across the EU by 2020. Speaking ahead of the event, Commissioner Crețu said: “With a clear focus on the EU Digital agenda, we are committed to supporting Ireland in its plans to ensure faster broadband speeds in rural communities. €75 million from the European Regional Development Fund will be invested in broadband deployment and an increased connectivity in the country, providing the right conditions to create new opportunities for jobs and growth in rural areas.” Commissioner Hogan added “rolling out high speed broadband for rural areas is an important policy priority for my mandate. From the CAP budget, the estimated contribution from Rural Development funding will be between €1.6 and €2 billion. This money will, among other things, help to prepare communities throughout the EU by providing training so that they are ready to make the most of connectivity when it is in place.” Commissioner Crețu also meets today with the Irish Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin, and visits EU-funded projects in the field of research and innovation.


Climate diplomacy: Commissioner Arias Cañete in New York for climate negotiations ahead of Paris conference

European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete will be in New York on 28 – 30 September. The Commissioner will participate in the meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, a regular meeting convened by the Unites States where Ministers from major developed and developing economies will seek convergence of views on key issues in the ongoing climate negotiations. He will also meet with Mr Xie Zhenhua, China’s Special Representative for Climate Change, US Special Envoy on Climate Change Mr Todd Stern, and Mr Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy of Maldives and current chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). Commissioner Arias Cañete will attend a Ministerial meeting of the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action on Climate Change and a high-level discussion on the foreign policy dimension of climate change with the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of France Mr Laurent Fabius. The visit takes place just two months ahead of the UN climate conference in Paris (COP21), where a new global climate change agreement for the post-2020 period is due to be concluded. Commissioner Arias Cañete said: “The EU has a solid negotiating position. Now we need to step up the pace of the negotiating process. We look forward to the new text from the co-chairs guiding the negotiations − due in the coming days. With just five negotiating days left before we meet in Paris, we really need all countries to step out of their comfort zones and start making compromises.” 

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