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EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS - 18 NOVEMBER
18 Nov 2015

EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 18 NOVEMBER

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The EU and other OECD partners agree on trade measures supporting cleaner energy

The European Commission welcomes the agreement reached late yesterday by members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – including the EU – to substantially limit the export-related support for coal-fired power plants and to encourage the use of the most advanced technology in energy production. The outcome of two years of intense discussions represents a first important step forwards in aligning export credits policies with the global push for cleaner energy generation. EU Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström said: “The agreement reached today demonstrates that our trade policy can make a meaningful contribution towards production of cleaner energy and climate change mitigation. I am glad that the EU could play an instrumental role in the process that led to this agreement and I now hope that other countries, not yet involved, will follow this lead in the wake of COP21 meeting in Paris.” According to the new OECD rules, the export credit agencies of the involved OECD countries will only be able to support export of coal-fired plants when it is clear that no less polluting power generation technology is available. If this would be the case, only the most efficient coal plant technologies would be supported. More information on this announcement is available on the OECD website.

 

EU grants easier access for services exports from Least-Developed Countries

The European Union notified today  the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that it will start granting easier access to services exported from the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs), through preferential treatment. On this occasion, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said: “The EU attaches great importance to helping the least developed countries better integrate into the world trading system. I hope that this will encourage all developed and developing WTO Members, who have not yet given preferential treatment to these countries, to do so without delay. This waiver is an important deliverable of the Doha Development Agenda.” The EU joins other WTO members who have responded to the commitments made at the 2013 WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali to the so-called LDCs services waiver. This means, for example, that in some 30 important sectors or subsectors, preferential treatment will enable the least developed countries to transfer management trainees to affiliated companies in the EU, and allow them to get up to one year of experience there. More information on this announcement is available here.

Transnational cooperation: €140 million of EU funds for sustainable growth in the Atlantic Area

The Commission adopted yesterday the 2014-2020 Atlantic Area transnational cooperation programme, worth €185.3 million, with €140 million coming from the European Regional Development Fund. Fostering innovation, promoting a resource-efficient economy, protecting the Atlantic territory against risks of natural and human origin and promoting the region’s natural and cultural assets are the key focuses of the programme. It covers 38 regions from 5 EU Member States: France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and the United Kingdom, including the outermost regions of the Canary Islands (Spain) and the Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira (Portugal). The descriptions of the 2014-2020 programmes are available on Commissioner Crețu‘s webpage and on Inforegio.

OTHER NEWS

  •  The Commission adopts first State of the Energy Union Report
  • European Agenda on Security – European Commission strengthens control of firearms across the EU
  • Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP): stronger partnerships for a stronger neighbourhood
  • Work-Life Balance for parents and caregivers: Commission launches public consultation
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