31 Oct 2018
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 31 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
EU ready to help Member States suffering from extreme weather conditions
Several European countries have recently experienced worsening weather conditions resulting in the tragic loss of lives. This month, the European Commission’s Copernicus mapping system has produced satellite maps of affected countries upon request, to help national civil protection authorities across Europe. This includes mapping for floods in Italy, France, Spain as well as forest fires in Greece. “The EU stands ready to provide all help necessary to our Member States. Our Emergency Reponses Coordination Centre in Brussels is closely monitoring the weather conditions across Europe. We are in contact 24/7 with national authorities and ready to provide assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism or our Copernicus satellite system”, said Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management. Photos of the Emergency Centre are available, as well as a video of the EU’s Copernicus programme and a factsheet on the EU’s emergency centre.
Trade Report: EU agreements deliver on growth and jobs and support sustainable development
According to the second annual report about the implementation of trade agreements issued today, trade under existing EU trade agreements keeps growing. EU agreements – covering nearly 70 partners all over the world – are proving effective in removing barriers to trade and promoting high standards of labour and environment protection. Also, when it comes to the promotion of EU standards and sustainable development, thanks to specific provisions in EU trade agreements, some EU partners stepped up their workers’ protection and ratified International Labour Organisation Conventions. Despite these positive developments, more could still be achieved if EU companies made full use of the opportunities available under the agreements in place. Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström said:”Our growing list of strategic agreements opens doors and gives a competitive edge to European companies in key markets. It also helps advance the respect of human and labour rights, and environmental standards. We must continue to making sure that the rules in place are followed, and that businesses can make the very most out of these deals.” Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström will discuss the contents of the report with EU Trade Ministers at the upcoming Council meeting on 9 November. Discussions with the European Parliament will also follow. For more information, see the press release, EU trade agreements implementation report and the accompanying Commission staff working document.