08 Jan 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 08 JANUARYBrussels Daily
Listening to Europe – European Commission launches its 2015 series of Citizens’ Dialogues in Riga
The European Commission today launches a new series of Citizen’s Dialogues, giving people across Europe a chance to talk directly with members of the European Commission. This is part of a clear commitment to better communication with citizens. In the Mission Letters sent to all Commissioners in September 2014, President Juncker called on the College to be “politically active in the Member States and in dialogues with citizens.” First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “The European Union is more than just ‘Brussels’ and that’s why we want all Commissioners to spend more time with people in the Member States. Listening to their concerns and how they think that Europe can help will allow us to do our job better. My colleagues and I look forward to a series of lively and open discussions with Europe’s citizens.” See full press release.
Volume of retail trade up by 0.6% in euro area – Up by 0.8% in EU28
In November 2014 compared with October 2014, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade rose by 0.6% in the euro area (EA18) and by 0.8% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In October retail trade also rose by 0.6% and 0.8% respectively. In November 2014 compared with November 20134 the retail sales index increased by 1.5% in the euro area and by 2.6% in the EU28. See press release.
Industrial producer prices down by 0.3% in euro area – Down by 0.4% in EU28
In November 2014, compared with October 2014, industrial producer prices fell by 0.3% in the euro area (EA18) and by 0.4% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In October prices decreased by 0.3% in in the euro area and by 0.5% in the EU28. In November 2014, compared with November 2013, industrial producer prices fell by 1.6% in the euro area and by 1.8% in the EU28.A full press release is available online.
Employment and Social Situation: Quarterly Review shows small but consistent growth in employment
According to the Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review published today, the economic recovery which started in the EU in the spring of 2013 remains subdued and recent GDP forecasts for the EU have been revised down. However employment has shown a small but consistent growth in and has increased in the large majority of EU Member States. Employment has even increased in countries with a very high unemployment rate such as Greece, Spain and Portugal. It has also improved across the large majority of sectors, expanding significantly in the services sector. Not only temporary and part-time employment has increased, but also permanent and full time. However, the return to pre-crisis unemployment levels is less rapid than hoped for. See press release.
Five years on from the Haiti earthquake: The EU’s response
On 12 January 2010, Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake that took 222,750 people’s lives, injured many thousands and made 1.5 million homeless. Today, the amount of people still living in camps – those formally known as Internally Displaced People – has gone down to 85,000. While many challenges still lay ahead of Haiti, in terms of poverty eradication, political stability and environmental degradation, the EU has been able to support the Haitian population right from the aftermath of the earthquake in January 2010 up to now, with our aid reaching one in every two Haitians. More information is available online.
College visit to Riga: Press conference by President Jean-Claude Juncker and Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma
The College of Commissioners is currently in Riga, paying its traditional visit to the incoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Today at 15:00 local time (14:00 CET) a press conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma will be held in the Ziedoņa hall of the Latvian National Library. This will be live broadcast on EBS and on the website of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Tomorrow, Friday 9 January, at 10:00 local time (9:00 CET) President Juncker together with the High Representative Vice-President Mogherini and the Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma will launch the European Year for Development 2015 in the National Library of Latvia. This event too will be available on EBS and on the website of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU.