EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 22 MAY

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS - 22 MAY
22 May 2015

EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 22 MAY

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Commissioner Moscovici visits Dublin on 26 May

Pierre Moscovici will be travelling to Dublin on Tuesday 26 May. The Commissioner for Financial and Economic Affairs, Taxation and Customs will participate in an exchange of views with the Parliament’s Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform on Ireland’s economic outlook and the 2015 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), which the Commission adopted this month. Moscovici will also participate in a panel discussion on the CSRs, together with Dara Murphy, Minister of State for European Affairs. During his one-day visit, the Commissioner will also meet with Michael Noonan, the Minister for Finance, and with Joan Burton, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Social Protection.

Natura 2000: Citizens award best conservation site in the EU

Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, announced yesterdayin Brussels the winners of the Natura 2000 Awards. The Awards recognise conservation achievements and raise awareness about initiatives across the EU. This year, a new category – the European Citizens’ Award – gave the public a chance to vote for their favourite finalist. The project Natura 2000 Day in Spain won with over 4 200 votes. “It’s clear that citizens understand the value of protecting our precious protected areas – I was delighted to see that almost 25 000 people voted for the inaugural Citizens’ Award this year”, said the Commissioner.  Winning projects in other categories include Denmark’s Blue Reef Project, Germany’s Biodiversity meets communities project, Spain’s Bear conservation project, France’s Vultures Project and DANUBEPARKS, a trans-boundary project with nine Danube countries. Natura 2000 is a network over 27 000 protected sites, protecting Europe’s natural heritage and contributing to 4.4 million jobs. More information available here.

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