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Flash estimate for the second quarter of 2018 – GDP up by 0.4% in both euro area and EU28 +2.2% in both areas compared with the second quarter of 2017

Seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.4% in both the euro area (EA19) and the EU28 during the second quarter of 2018, compared with the previous quarter, according to a flash estimate published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the first quarter of 2018, GDP had also grown by 0.4% both in the euro area and in the EU28.

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Rule of Law: European Commission takes next step in infringement procedure to protect the independence of the Polish Supreme Court

Today, the European Commission decided to send a Reasoned Opinion to Poland regarding the Polish law on the Supreme Court. The new law lowers the retirement age of Supreme Court judges from 70 to 65, which puts 27 out of 72 sitting Supreme Court judges at risk of being forced to retire, including the First President of the Court. The Commission maintains that the Polish law is incompatible with EU law as it undermines the principle of judicial independence, including the irremovability of judges, and thereby Poland fails to fulfil its obligations under Article 19(1) of the Treaty on European Union read in connection with Article 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The Commission has carried out a thorough analysis of the response of the Polish authorities to the Letter of Formal Notice sent by the Commission on 2 July 2018. The response of the Polish authorities does not alleviate the Commission’s legal concerns. The Commission has therefore moved to the next stage of the infringement procedure. The Polish authorities now have one month to take the necessary measures to comply with this Reasoned Opinion. If the Polish authorities do not take appropriate measures, the Commission may decide to refer the case to the Court of Justice of the EU. More information is available in a press release, here.

 

EU scales up humanitarian assistance to victims of Lombok earthquakes  

The European Commission has announced a further €500,000 to step up its emergency response to meet the most pressing needs of those affected by the devastating earthquakes that struck the Indonesian island of Lombok in late July and early August. The latest allocation comes in addition to the initial €150,000 delivered earlier this month, thus bringing the EU’s total contribution to €650,000. The EU humanitarian funding complements the response of the Indonesian government and will focus on the most vulnerable groups and the most difficult to reach communities in the affected area. The EU aid will support the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in implementing emergency relief programmes and will directly benefit 80,000 vulnerable people. “We stand by the Indonesian people affected by the recent earthquakes in Lombok. This additional contribution will provide crucial support to those in need and ensure that the most vulnerable among the affected people have enough means to cope through this difficult time”, said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides. At least 390 people were killed and more than 1,300 injured when a series of major earthquakes and numerous aftershocks hit the popular Indonesian resort island over the course of the last two weeks. The tremors ravaged more than 67,000 homes, leaving over 300,000 people displaced. The EU funding is being made available through the Acute Large Emergency Response Tool (ALERT), which aims to respond to the immediate needs of the most vulnerable in the hours and days after a sudden-onset, large-scale emergency or a new humanitarian crisis.

 

Flash estimate for the second quarter of 2018 – GDP up by 0.4% in both euro area and EU28 +2.2% in both areas compared with the second quarter of 2017

Seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.4% in both the euro area (EA19) and the EU28 during the second quarter of 2018, compared with the previous quarter, according to a flash estimate published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the first quarter of 2018, GDP had also grown by 0.4% both in the euro area and in the EU28.

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Juncker Plan supports Nordlink interconnector with €100 million EIB investment

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €100 million financing agreement with TenneT, a leading European electricity transmission system operator, to support the construction of an electricity interconnector between Norway and Germany. The transaction is backed by the Juncker Plan’s European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The interconnector will span 624 kilometres, linking Norway and Germany across the North Sea. It will have a capacity of 1,400 megawatts, significantly improving the diversification and security of supply whilst enhancing electricity market integration in both countries. Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, responsible for the Energy Union, said: “We need forward-looking investments into modern energy infrastructure with adequate interconnections, in particular to integrate renewables into the grid. It is a vital element of our energy security as well as our climate action. This smart combination of renewable power generation – solar and wind in Germany and hydroelectric in Norway – underlines our firm commitment to bring clean power to millions of people.” A press release can be found here.  

 

Eurostat: Le PIB en hausse de 0,4% tant dans la zone euro que dans l’UE28

Au cours du deuxième trimestre 2018, le PIB corrigé des variations saisonnières a augmenté de 0,4% dans la zone euro (ZE19) ainsi que dans l’UE28 par rapport au trimestre précédent, selon l’estimation rapide publiée par Eurostat, l’office statistique de l’Union européenne. Au cours du premier trimestre 2018, le PIB avait crû également de 0,4% tant dans la zone euro que dans l’UE28. En comparaison avec le même trimestre de l’année précédente, le PIB corrigé des variations saisonnières a enregistré une hausse de 2,2% tant dans la zone euro que dans l’UE28 au deuxième trimestre 2018, après respectivement +2,5% et +2,4% au premier trimestre 2018. Au cours du deuxième trimestre 2018, le PIB des États-Unis a augmenté de 1,0% par rapport au trimestre précédent (après +0,5% au premier trimestre 2018). Par rapport au même trimestre de l’année précédente, le PIB a progressé de 2,8% (après +2,6% au premier trimestre 2018). Un communiqué de presse est disponible en ligne

 

Eurostat: La production industrielle en baisse de 0,7% dans la zone euro

En juin 2018 par rapport à mai 2018, la production industrielle corrigée des variations saisonnières a diminué de 0,7% dans la zone euro (ZE19) et de 0,4% dans l’UE28, selon les estimations d’Eurostat, l’office statistique de l’Union européenne. En mai 2018, la production industrielle avait augmenté de 1,4% dans la zone euro et de 1,3% dans l’UE28. En juin 2018 par rapport à juin 2017, la production industrielle a augmenté de 2,5% dans la zone euro et de 2,6% dans l’UE28. Vous pouvez trouver plus d’informations dans un communiqué de presse en ligne.

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 EU-UK Article 50 negotiations Brussels, 16-17 August 2018

Programme:

Thursday, 16 August 2018

  • Ireland/Northern Ireland

 

Friday, 17 August 2018

  • Future relationship

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Agreement signed for new digital data highway between Europe and Latin America

A group of 11 European and Latin American research and education networks forming the BELLA (Building Europe Link to Latin America) consortium, which is partially funded by the European Commission, have signed a contract to build Ellalink, an underwater fibre optic cable in the Atlantic Ocean connecting Europe and Latin America. The cable will be operational in 2020 and will provide reliable high capacityconnectivity to boost scientific and cultural exchanges as well as business. It is additionally a step forward in the creation of an EU–Latin America common research area. Construction of the cable will start as soon as the contract enters into force in the coming months. The Commission is investing around €26.5 million in the project, with funding from Horizon 2020, the Copernicus programme and the regional Development Cooperation Instrument. More details are available here.

Agreement signed for new digital data highway between Europe and Latin America

A group of 11 European and Latin American research and education networks forming the BELLA (Building Europe Link to Latin America) consortium, which is partially funded by the European Commission, have signed a contract to build Ellalink, an underwater fibre optic cable in the Atlantic Ocean connecting Europe and Latin America. The cable will be operational in 2020 and will provide reliable high capacityconnectivity to boost scientific and cultural exchanges as well as business. It is additionally a step forward in the creation of an EU–Latin America common research area. Construction of the cable will start as soon as the contract enters into force in the coming months. The Commission is investing around €26.5 million in the project, with funding from Horizon 2020, the Copernicus programme and the regional Development Cooperation Instrument. More details are available here.

 

Poland: better energy security thanks to the Cohesion Policy

EUR 145.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is invested in the construction of the pipeline “Pogórska Wola-Tworzeń”, a 168 km pipeline for the transport of natural gas, crossing the Polish regions of Małopolskie, Świętokrzyskie and Śląskie (Lesser Poland, Holy Cross and Silesia) in the south of the country. This gas pipeline is part of the North-South corridor, a so-called “common interest” project included in the 10-year development plan for 2017 established by the European network of gas transmission system operators (REGRT for gas). Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu commented: “This pipeline supported by European funds is a new stone in the building of the European energy market and the diversification of energy sources in the Union. It will help provide Poland with more affordable, safe and sustainable energy. “The North-South Corridor is composed of 10 different projects, of which 6 are currently co-financed by the EU. The total EU contribution to these 6 projects in the 2014-2020 budget period is € 275 million. The pipeline “Pogórska Wola-Tworzeń” is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

 

EU at the forefront of fighting Ebola in the DRC

“The EU continues to closely monitor the new Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we are providing all our support to help contain the virus, our humanitarian experts are on site in the affected areas, and working hard and in concert with other emergency responders We cannot and we will not be complacent with Ebola, we do not give up, and we will continue to support as long as necessary, “said the EU’s aid commissioner humanitarian and crisis management Christos Stylianides. During the weekend, the Commissioner met with Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. They assessed the situation on the spot and Commissioner Stylianides reiterated the EU’s unwavering support for the joint fight against Ebola. Both agreed to stay in constant contact. When the Ebola outbreak was declared in North Kivu province by the Congolese Ministry of Health on August 1, 2018, the European Commission immediately mobilized emergency aid. In addition to sending humanitarian experts from the Commission to the country, ECHO Flight Humanitarian Air Services has so far conducted eight flights carrying personnel, medical equipment and equipment to the city of Beni in the affected area by Ebola.

 

State aid: Commission clears inclusion of new combined heat and power plant in Polish scheme to support high-efficiency co-generation

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Poland’s plans to include a 600 megawatt gas-fired combined heat and power plant located in Płock in its existing scheme to support high-efficiency co-generation of heat and electricity. Cogeneration increases energy efficiency by recycling the heat from power generation for other uses, to the overall benefit of the environment. The Polish scheme was approved by the Commission in September 2016. Under the scheme, combined heat and power plants are granted certificates for each megawatt-hour of electricity they generate in combined heat and power mode. These certificates have a value because all suppliers in the Polish market are required to purchase a certain quantity of certificates or pay a penalty. The Commission found that the addition of the Płock plant to the scheme will contribute to the EU’s energy and environmental objectives without unduly distorting competition in the Internal Market, in line with the Commission’s 2014 Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy. Poland had to notify to the Commission the addition of the plant to the national scheme because the plant exceeds the 300 megawatt individual notification threshold set out in the Guidelines. More information will be available on the Commission’s competition website, in the State Aid Register under the case number SA.50305.

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BXL EU coming up

Find out  here  what will be discussed in the different European Institutions during the next week

 


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