09 Oct 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 09 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
Eurostat regional yearbook 2015: A statistical portrait of the EU across the regional spectrum
The regional yearbook, published every year by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, provides an overview of European regional statistics covering a wide range of fields. It is thus a helpful tool to understand the regional diversity that exists within the EU. Commenting on the yearbook, Marianne Thyssen, responsible for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobilitysaid: “Despite economic recovery and signs of improvements in the EU labour market, the employment situation varies between the EU Member States. We can observe the same pattern at regional level with wide disparities in employment rates between regions at national level. Through the European Social fund we are supporting regional development, promoting employment and social cohesion.” Corina Crețu, responsible for Regional Policy said: “The annual regional yearbook is an essential tool to assess the impact of Cohesion policy on the ground and to tailor it further in order to better address the specific needs of territories and communities in the future.” A Eurostat press release is available here.
Commissioner Moscovici representing the Commission at a ministerial meeting on Climate Finance in Lima
Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs will attend a key ministerial meeting on Climate Finance in Lima today. The session will gather Ministers of Finance from around the world to discuss ongoing efforts to scale-up climate finance, i.e. funding to help developing countries to both limit and adapt to climate change. This is an important milestone on the road to the crucial UN conference on climate change starting in Paris on 30 November, which needs to reach a new, robust climate change agreement. The EU and its Member States are the biggest contributors of climate finance to developing countries, providing €9.5 billion in 2013 in grants and loans. In addition, the European Investment Bank is providing €2 billion in financing for climate projects in developing countries. The EU is firmly committed to contributing its fair share to the international commitment of $100 billion in climate finance annually by 2020. Furthermore, by 2020, at least 20% of the EU budget will be spent on climate action. Read a full memo on climate finance here.
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