09 Mar 2017
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 09 MARCHBrussels Daily
Commissioner Arias Cañete in Berlin to advance talks on the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package
Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, will visit Berlin on 9-10 March. During his visit, the Commissioner will have meetings with the Head of the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks, Peter Altmaier, and the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Brigitte Zypries. The Commissioner will also meet the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and the Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy, as well as energy stakeholders and environmental organisations. At the meetings, the Commissioner will discuss how to make steady progress towards the adoption of the “Clean energy for all Europeans” package (IP/16/4009) and will also exchange views on the decarbonisation of the transport sector following the Commission’s strategy for low-emission mobility in 2016. During the second day of his visit, the Commissioner will discuss how to sustain a competitive and business-friendly energy transition with members of the Economic Council. He will also meet the Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister for Science, Research and Economy of Austria, Reinhold Mitterlehner.
Commissioner Moedas awards the 2017 EU Prize for Women Innovators to four outstanding entrepreneurs
At an award ceremony in Brussels yesterday on International Women’s Day, Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas and Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness announced the four winners of the 2017 Horizon 2020-funded EU Prize for Women Innovators. Ms Michela Magas, founder of Stromatolite, who built a new generation of incubation and creative technology toolkits for innovation, won the first Prize (€100,000). The 2nd Prize (€50,000) was awarded to Ms Petra Wadström, founder of Solvatten, which produces a portable water purifier and water heater powered by solar energy. The 3rd Prize (€30,000) went to Ms Claudia Gärtner, founder of microfluidic ChipShop, which provides “lab-on-a-chip” systems as miniaturised solutions for better diagnostics. Ms Kristina Tsvetanova, CEO and co-founder of BLITAB Technology, which has produced the first tablet for blind users, won the Rising Innovators Award, a new award category which recognises excellence in female entrepreneurs aged 30 years or under and is worth €20,000. Carlos Moedas said: “The stories of these entrepreneurs are remarkable. They have achieved incredible feats in many areas and we have to recognise the achievements of women who have not been recognised enough. By 2016, 885 people were awarded a Nobel Prize but only 5% of Nobel Laureates are women. This is too low. We need to improve on recognising extraordinary women working across sectors in the EU. And since 2011 we have been showcasing such individuals through the EU Prize for Women Innovators.” A press release is available here, and more information on the winners, including introduction videos, can be found here