09 Mar 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 09 MARCHBrussels Daily
EU Prize for Women Innovators celebrates outstanding women in science
To mark the International Women’s Day, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation is today launching the 3rd EU Prize for Women Innovators. The award celebrates women who have achieved outstanding success by bringing their innovative ideas to the market. The award will give public recognition to three remarkable women and aim to inspire others to follow in their footsteps. Speaking before the lunch event with distinguished women from academic, industry and the media where the prize will be launched, Commissioner Moedas said: “There may have been some improvement in recent years but, in Europe, female researchers and entrepreneurs remain a minority. Whether economically, intellectually or socially, we cannot afford to continue missing out on this vast pool of untapped talent. The EU Prize for Women Innovators recognises women entrepreneurs for their valuable achievements, inspiring both men and women alike.”
Preparation of Economic and Finance Ministers Council (ECOFIN)
On 10 March in Brussels, Vice-President Dombrovskis, Vice-President Katainen, Commissioner Moscovici and Commissioner Hill will participate in the EU’s Council of Economic and Finance Ministers’ meeting. On the legislative front, the Ministers are due to agree on the Commission’s proposal for a Regulation on the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). This is the essential legal component to establish the new Fund and render the Investment Plan for Europe operational. The Commission stands ready to provide all the technical support needed to get the proposal adopted by the co-legislators swiftly. Ministers will also discuss the implementation of national transposition measures for the legal instruments underpinning the banking union. The Commission will call on Member States to accelerate implementation. As regards the economic and fiscal policies coordination agenda, the Commission will present to the Ministers the comprehensive economic surveillance package published on 26 February. It includes in particular the “country reports” that the Commission decided to issue earlier in the European Semester cycle to allow more time for discussions with stakeholders and more ownership by Member States. Further, the Council is set to discuss the Commission proposal to recommend to France to correct its excessive deficit by 2017.
Report on the implementation of EU water legislation
Today the Commission has published a Communication and two reports showing how water policies can be a source of green and blue economic growth, with water management technologies at the heart of eco-innovation. The EU Water Framework Directive sets a framework at European level that aims to ensure clean water in sufficient quantities for people and nature, and for use in economic sectors such as agriculture, aquaculture, energy, transport and tourism. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said: “Water is the basis of all life: We need it for drinking and sanitation, to grow food, produce goods and energy. Its preservation is one of the world’s biggest challenges. The Communication and reports published today show that Member States need to sustain and enhance action to implement the Water Framework and Floods Directives to benefit people, nature and the environment addressing pollution, excessive abstraction and rivers alterations. To this end, EU funding opportunities should be exploited to the full“. Read Press Release.
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