13 May 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 13 MAYBrussels Daily
EUROSTAT: GDP up by 0.4% in the euro area and the EU28
Seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.4% in both the euro area (EA19) and the EU28 during the first quarter of 2015, compared with the previous quarter, according to flash estimates published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the fourth quarter of 2014, GDP grew by 0.3% in the euro area and by 0.4% in the EU28. Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 1.0% in the euro area and by 1.4% in the EU28 in the first quarter of 2015, after +0.9% and +1.3% respectively in the previous quarter. During the first quarter of 2015, GDP in the United States increased by 0.1% compared with the previous quarter (after +0.5% in the fourth quarter of 2014). Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, GDP grew by 3.0% (after +2.4% in the previous quarter). The press release can be found here.
President Juncker to discuss innovation investments and a new scientific advice mechanism at meeting with eminent scientists
President Juncker is today hosting a lunch meeting with a group of eminent, internationally awarded scientists. Joined by Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Commissioner Carlos Moedas, they will exchange views on how to ensure Europe remains a global centre for excellent science and make sure the Commission benefits from the best science advice in all policy making. In advance of the meeting, President Juncker said: “The thirst for discovery is what has helped move society from the Stone Ages. The world has changed, but for our society to continue advancing and our economy to grow, we need the highest ambition in pursuing knowledge, breakthroughs, innovations. For that to happen, a formidable brain alone doesn’t always suffice. We need additional sources of finance and investment for research and innovation. The Investment Plan for Europe will play a fundamental role in achieving that. Investing in research is a priority for Europe. We are currently in the last miles of negotiations with the European Parliament and the Council to get the European Fund for Strategic Investments up and running. I am actively working with the co-legislators to make sure that the potential short-term impact on fundamental research – which I know has been a concern in the research community – is minimised.” Today the President has also endorsed Commissioner Moedas‘ recommendation to set up a mechanism for high quality, timely, independent scientific advice. Commissioner Moedas said: “In combination with the forthcoming proposals on better regulation, the new model for independent scientific advice will contribute to the Commission’s continued pursuit of the best possible evidence-based policy. This will be a significant step forward for an effective European Commission that delivers for citizens, and addresses the major societal challenges which Europe faces.” A press release is available online.
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