Brussels Daily
05 Nov 2014


Brussels Daily

Commission welcomes European Court of Auditors annual report for the budget 2013

The European Commission welcomes the European Court of Auditors’ annual report on the management of the EU budget presented today. It states that in 2013 the error rate was 4.7%, compared to 4.8% in 2012. The findings of the Court are particularly significant with 2013 being the last year of the 2007-2013 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), with the volume of payments and the relevant reporting requirements substantially higher. New provisions have been put in place to further reduce the risk of errors under the current MFF 2014-2020. The corrective measures are tougher, the indicators for performance are improved, and the rules for beneficiaries are simpler. The result should be an even better delivery of the EU budget for its citizens. For further information, please refer to the Q&A on the Annual report of the European Court of Auditors and European Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva’s Speech before the European Parliament Committee on Budgetary Control.

President Juncker in the press room

Following today’s College meeting, President Juncker came to the Commission’s press room for a readout from the first College meeting of the Juncker Commission and a short Q&A session with journalists at 12:30 CET. Watch his intervention via the Commission’s EBS services.

1st Juncker College meeting

Today, the College has met for the first time, which was an opportunity for President Juncker together with the new members of the College to have a general debate on the challenges lying ahead on the economic front, after a presentation by Vice-President Katainen and Commissioner Moscovici. External relations have been discussed with a special focus on Ebola, and a note presented by Commissioner Stylianides detailing his priorities as newly elected EU Ebola Coordinator. Visit the new website of the European Commission.

President Juncker presented the European Strategic Policy Centre

President Juncker presented today the new European Strategic Policy Centre, a revamped version of the former Bureau of European Policy Advisers. It will provide professional and targeted advice to the President and it will be organised around six teams (composed by up to six members): an Economic Team, a Social Affairs Team, a Sustainable Development Team, a Foreign Affairs Team, an Institutional Team and an Outreach and Communication Team. The head of the European Strategic Policy Centre will be assisted by two deputies who are designated by the President. A decision on the filling of the posts will still need to be taken.

Mandate of the Task Force for Greece extended

Upon a proposal by President Jean-Claude Juncker, the College has decided to prolong the mandate of the Task Force for Greece (DG ECFIN) until 30 June 2015. The Task Force was created on 12 October 2011 in view of coordinating the delivery of a comprehensive programme of technical assistance for Greece and to support the delivery of the Greek Economic Programme. For more information please visit the dedicated webpage by the Commission’s DG ECFIN.

Ebola response: EU Ebola Coordinator Stylianides and EU Commissioner for Health Andriukaitis to visit Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea from 12-16th November

Today the College discussed the Ebola epidemics, an emergency that needs a coordinated European response, as Commissioner Stylianides underlined. The Commissioner for Humanitarian and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, who is also the European Union’s coordinator for the Ebola crisis gave an overview of the situation in West Africa. He detailed the EU response with all available tools: humanitarian, development, diplomatic, vaccine research and coordination. The EU has collectively mobilised more than 900 million EUR in response to this crisis. Commissioner Stylianides and his colleague, the Commissioner for Health Vytenis Andriukaitis, will travel together to the affected region, visiting Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea between 12 and 16 November.

Other News

September 2014: Volume of retail trade down by 1.3% in euro area and by 1.2% in EU28

In September 2014 compared with August 2014, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail tradefell by 1.3% in the euro area (EA18) and by 1.2% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In August retail trade rose by 0.9% and 1.1% respectively. In September 2014 compared with September 2013 the retail sales index increased by 0.6% in the euro area and by 1.0% in the EU28.

Meeting between President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and HR/VP Federica Mogherini: EU confirms commitment to support Colombia Peace Process

The European Union will continue and is ready to step up the support for the current peace process in Colombia. High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini confirmed this yesterday when she met Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, her first bilateral meeting in Brussels since the start of her mandate. High Representative Mogherini and President Santos had met previously in August in Bogota at his inauguration.

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