Launch of the EU Clean Energy Industrial Competitiveness and Innovation Forum for renewables
On 9 January, the first High-level meeting of the EU Clean Energy Industrial Competitiveness and Innovation Forum took place in the Berlaymont building. The forum was opened by the Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete. The meeting’s objective was to consolidate the industrial basis for renewables in the EU and to gather industry support to take advantage of the growth opportunities of the clean energy transition. More than 20 CEOs and industry leaders, including Small and Medium Enterprises, as well as representatives from international organisations, took part in this dialogue that focused on how to reinforce the competitiveness of the EU renewable energy industry’s value chain. The role of research and innovation and trade policy was also in the centre of discussions. Following the High-Level Meeting, a public event with all three sections of the Clean Energy Industrial Forum will be organised during the EU Industry Days on 22-23 February 2018. This will also serve as a spring board to assert EU industrial leadership in low carbon energy technologies to be show-cased in the 9th Clean Energy Ministerial and the 3rd Mission Innovation meetings in Malmö and Copenhagen in the week of 22-25 May 2018.
EUROSTAT: November 2017 – Euro area unemployment at 8.7% – EU28 at 7.3%
The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 8.7% in November 2017, down from 8.8% in October 2017 and from 9.8% in November 2016. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since January 2009. The EU28 unemployment rate was 7.3% in November 2017, down from 7.4% in October 2017 and from 8.3% in November 2016. This is the lowest rate recorded in the EU28 since October 2008. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Full text available here
Juncker Plan supports cancer research with €40 million loan to Indivumed
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a loan of €40 million to Indivumed GmbH, a physician-led, global oncology company with headquarters in Germany. The new funding will allow Indivumed to continue its development of a global database, supporting the work of cancer researchers by providing access to data from cancer patients, as well as investing in the latest technology to better understand complex cancer data. The financing for this project is guaranteed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the central pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe. Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said: “The healthcare systems in many EU Member States have growing needs for investments in modern infrastructure, innovative technologies and new models of care. The investment in Indivumed shows that the EU Institutions are committed to assist Member States in doing just that. I am pleased that the EIB is signing this agreement today to help stakeholders in the health sector make more use of the Investment Plan for Europe for the benefit of our citizens.”