27 Apr 2017
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 27 APRILBrussels Daily
Commission welcomes European Parliament vote on new EU reform support programme
The European Commission welcomes today’s European Parliament vote to greenlight the Structural Reform Support Programme, a new EU programme to provide technical support to Member States. Today’s vote paves the way towards the roll-out of the technical expertise the Commission provides for supporting Member States as they carry out reforms that help economies to grow, strengthen competitiveness, encourage investment and offer job opportunities and a better standard of living. The programme has a budget of EUR 142.8 million over the years 2017-2020 and will require no co-financing from Member States. The support will be coordinated and offered by the Commission’s Structural Reform Support Service. Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, also in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union said: A full press release is available here.
Commission adopts new Action Plan to help European regions protect biodiversity and reap economic benefits of nature protection
Today, the European Commission has adopted a new Action Plan to improve the protection of nature and biodiversity in the EU, for the benefit of its citizens and the economy. The Plan consists of 15 actions to be carried out by 2019 to rapidly improve the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives, which are the EU’s flagship nature policies. These Directives establish the largest coordinated network of biodiversity-rich protected areas in the world (the Natura 2000 network), covering more than 24% of land and sea in the EU. For more information a full press release is available here.
New atlas offers complete picture of water management in cities
The Commission published today the Urban Water Atlas for Europe. The publication – the first of its kind – shows how different water management choices, as well as other factors such as waste management, climate change and even our food preferences, affect the long-term sustainability of water use in our cities. Detailed factsheets in the Urban Water Atlas for Europe present the state of water management in more than 40 European cities and regions, together with a number of overseas examples. ” The publication stems from a collaboration of the Commission’s Joint Research Centre with Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic, the KWR Watercycle Research Institute, the European Innovation Partnership on Water, and the Network for Water in European Regions and Cities, NETWERC H2O. The atlas was presented today during the meeting of Ministers in charge of water management from the 43 members of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), hosted by the Maltese Government in Valetta. Further information is available in the press release.