16 Oct 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 16 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
EUROSTAT: Euro area international trade in goods surplus €11.2 billion
The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in August 2015 was €148.3 billion, an increase of 6% compared with August 2014. Imports from the rest of the world stood at €137.1 billion, a rise of 3% compared with August 2014. As a result, the euro area recorded a €11.2 billion surplus in trade in goods with the rest of the world in August 2015, compared with +€7.4 billion in August 2014. Intra-euro area trade rose to €114.7 billion in August 2015, up by 2% compared with August 2014. A Eurostat press release can be found here.
Launch of the Second Phase of Global Climate Change Alliance
On 29 October 2015, the European Commission will launch the second phase of the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA+) during an event in Brussels. The GCCA+ is EU’s principal means of delivering climate-related support to developing countries, a partnership of EU countries and developing countries most vulnerable to climate change, coordinated by the European Commission. The event is very timely since in December 2015, global leaders from around the world will gather in Paris during COP21 to reach an agreement tackling one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century. Moreover, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been approved by the UN General Assembly on 25 September in New York. The ambitious and comprehensive outcome document, Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, together with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda agreed last July, will guide international development and cooperation for the next fifteen years. The GCCA+ is one of the EU’s major contributions to the implementation of this Addis Ababa Action Agenda and to the upcoming COP21. The media is invited to attend and follow key note speeches, including the one by EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica. The event is also open to Member States representatives, EU partner countries and civil society organisations. More information about the programme is available here.