EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS 06 JUNE 2019

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS 06 JUNE 2019
06 Jun 2019

EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS 06 JUNE 2019

Brussels Daily

Publication of latest agri-food trade figures: net trade balance for the EU exports

The latest monthly agri-food trade report published today shows that the monthly value of EU agri-food exports in March 2019 reached €12.6 billion which is 7% above the level of March last year. Imports in March 2019 were valued at €10.1 billion, which brings the monthly agri-food trade surplus at €2.5 billion, a 34% increase over the positive trade balance of €1.9 billion in March 2018. Export values notably increased for wheat, spirits and liqueurs, cotton flax and pork meat. On their side, monthly import values from soybeans, cereals and cocoa beans significantly went up. The United States are the EU’s first origin for imports and first destination for exports. The monthly report provides a table presenting the trade balance, its development by product category and the main trading partners from April 2017 to March 2018. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: + 32 229 56185; Clémence Robin – Tel.: +32 229 52509)

 

Vice-President Ansip and Trade Commissioner Malmström in Japan to participate in the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy

On 8 and 9 June, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip and Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström will be in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan, to participate in the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy. On 6 and 7 June, Vice-President Ansip will be in Tokyo for a series of events, starting with an exchange of views with leading stakeholders from the technological and research community of Japan and the President of the European Research Council Jean-Pierre Bourguignon. Vice-President Ansip will then participate in a roundtable on G20 digital priorities with business associations and government representatives from Japan, Europe and the United States. He will meet Hiroshige Sekō, Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Masatoshi Ishida, Japanese Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications to discuss data flows, artificial intelligence and research and innovation. During his participation in the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy on 8 June Vice-President Ansip will emphasise the need for a human-centric approach in the field of artificial intelligence as well as describe the EU’s efforts in ensuring a high level of cybersecurity of 5G networks. On the same day, Commissioner Malmström will meet Tarō Kōno, the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Hiroshige Sekō, the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, as well as the Australian Minister for Trade, Simon Birmingham, the Korean Minister for Trade, Yoo Myung-hee, and the Singaporean Minister for Trade and Industry, Chan Chun Sing. Both Vice-President Ansip and Commissioner Malmström will highlight the recently launched plurilateral negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on electronic commerce. On 9 June,Commissioner Malmström will join trade ministers to discuss current developments. She will call for increased efforts to reform the World Trade Organization, notably the need to solve the crisis facing its Appellate Body mechanism, as well as pushing for new rules to tackle market distortions and to ensure a level playing field for producers and investors. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Daniel Rosario – Tel.: +32 229-56185; Marietta Grammenou – Tel.: +32 229 83583; Kinga Malinowska – Tel.: +32 229 51383)

 

Commissioner Arias Cañete in Italy to present the strategy for a climate neutral Europe by 2050

Today, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, will be in Italy to present the European Commission’s strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050, published by the Commission last November. His visit will start with a parliamentary hearing at the Industry, Environment and EU Affairs Committees of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies, to present the Commission’s vision for a climate-neutral Europe. Later that day, Commissioner Arias Cañete will meet relevant stakeholders, both third-sector organisations and industry representatives, to discuss the opportunities for European industry in the modernisation and transition towards a climate neutral economy. The Commissioner will also meet Davide Crippa, Undersecretary of State in charge of Energy issues. Finally, he will conclude his visit exchanging views on climate neutrality objectives with Sergio Costa, Minister of Environment, Land and Sea. This is the seventh of a number of visits that the Commissioner is planning in the coming weeks and months to highlight the EU’s long-term vision, aligned with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. (For more information: Anna-Kaisa Itkonen – Tel: +32 229-56186; Lynn Rietdorf +32 229-74959)

 

For more details see European Commission Daily News

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