13 Jan 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 13 JANUARYBrussels Daily
Commission takes major steps to implement Investment Plan for Europe, encourages structural reforms and investments
Just 50 days after announcing its ambitious Investment Plan for Europe to boost jobs and growth, the Juncker Commission is today due to take further important steps towards the implementation of the Investment Plan. At 16.00, Vice-President Dombrovskis, Vice-President Katainen and Commissioner Moscovici will come to the European Parliament’s press room to present a legislative proposal for the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which will be at the very heart of President Juncker’s Investment Plan. They will also present a Commission Communication providing guidance on how to encourage structural reforms and investment under the existing rules of the Stability and Growth Pact to ensure the common fiscal framework is supportive of the EU’s jobs and growth agenda. The event will take place in Strasbourg and can be followed live on EBS. A press pack will be available on RAPID shortly after the start of the press conference. Accredited press is also invited to attend an off-the record technical briefing as from 10.30 in the Berlaymont press room (Brussels) on the implementation of the Investment Plan for Europe, followed by a briefing on the guidance on the Stability and Growth Pact.
Commissioner Malmström to present the results on the public consultation on ISDS in TTIP
Today at 17:30 Commissioner Malmström will give a press conference to present the results of the public consultation on investment protection and investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The report on the public consultation on investment protection and ISDS in TTIP as well as a press release and a memo will be published at 15:00. Prior to publication, technical briefings will be held both in Strasbourg (14:00) in room WIC 600 and Brussels (14:00) in Aquarium 4. The press conference can be followed live on EbS.
EUROSTAT: EU28 current account surplus €15.0 billion
The EU28 seasonally adjusted external current account recorded a surplus of €15.0 billion (0.4% of GDP) in the third quarter of 2014, unchanged from a surplus of €15.0 bn (0.4% of GDP) in the second quarter of 2014 and down from a surplus of €16.7 bn (0.5% of GDP) in the third quarter of 2013, according to a second estimate released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. See full Eurostat press release.
Privacy and security needed to boost mobile healthcare
Europeans are increasingly using mobile devices to monitor their health and connect with healthcare professionals. But barriers remain to fully unlock the potential of mobile healthcare or “mHealth”. According to the results of a public consultation published today by the European Commission, strong privacy and security tools (such as data encryption) are essential to help mHealth flourish in Europe. Ensuring patient safety and developing a clear legal framework to facilitate the access of entrepreneurs to the market are also important requirements for the respondents, the results show. The European Commission will, in the course of 2015, discuss with stakeholders the options for policy actions as part of the creation of a Digital Single Market. Full text