Daily Archives: February 25, 2017

Learning languages gives you many chances in life, says South Sudan journalist

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School in South Sudan. On International Mother Language Day, this year, UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova appealed for the potential of multilingual education to be acknowledged everywhere. Photo: UNMISS

A radio journalist at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is highlighting the benefits of multilingualism.

Sebbit Abdu, who speaks 10 languages, says he automatically feels at home in the places where they are spoken.

Mr Abdu spoke to Sebbit William on International Mother Language Day, observed annually on 21 February.

The two colleagues, who work for Radio Miraya, began by exchanging greetings in five of the languages spoken in South Sudan: Zande, Nur, Dinka, Madi and Bari.

Duration: 2’31”

More EU aid as humanitarian needs in Lake Chad region grow

The European Commission has announced additional assistance for the Lake Chad region in 2017 as humanitarian needs grow.

The European Commission has already allocated €55 million of humanitarian support to populations in the Lake Chad region in Africa in 2017 and is now planning to mobilise additional funding to the amount of €50 million to step up its support to a total of €105 million.

Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management ChristosStylianides made the announcement today during an international conference in Oslo, Norway aimed at addressing the pressing humanitarian situation in the region.

“With the crisis in the Lake Chad region growing at an extremely alarming rate, the EU is stepping up its response. Today I announced the EU will allocate €105 million in humanitarian aid for the crisis. These funds will help meet the life-saving needs of the affected populations and scale up our response. The conditions for delivering assistance remain particularly difficult. It is essential to ensure quick and safe access to people who need lifesaving assistance.” said Commissioner Stylianides.

The funding would help meet the increasing humanitarian needs, notably in the following five areas of food, nutrition, water and sanitation, health and protection.

The European Union has been one of the largest aid donors to the crisis in region. Since January 2016, €177 million has been provided in humanitarian aid and a further €159 million in development assistance from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa has recently been allocated to support 15 projects.

Background

The conflict between security forces and the armed group Boko Haram is having devastating humanitarian consequences in the Lake Chad basin. The crisis is heavily affecting populations in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Over 2.3 million people have been displaced within or out of their country.

Food insecurity has reached crisis levels in some parts of the region, and malnutrition rates are well beyond emergency levels defined by the World Health Organization (WHO). In Nigeria’s northeast region alone, some 4.6 million people are in need of emergency food assistance. Access to basic services is severely limited and the risk of epidemics due to the lack of water, sanitation, shelter and health services also remains extremely high.

High levels of insecurity across the area continue to seriously hamper humanitarian access.  The consequence of which is the difficulty of delivering aid, in particular to northeast Nigeria, the extreme north of Cameroon and the Diffa region in Niger.

EU proposes €105 million in humanitarian assistance for Lake Chad region

The European Commission plans to mobilise a total of €105 million in humanitarian support to populations in the Lake Chad region in Africa in 2017.

Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides made the announcement today during an international conference in Oslo, Norway aimed at addressing the pressing humanitarian situation in the region.

“With the crisis in the Lake Chad region growing at an extremely alarming rate, the EU is stepping up its response. Today I announced the EU’s allocation of €105 million in humanitarian aid for the crisis. These funds will help meet the life-saving needs of the affected populations and scale up our response. The conditions for delivering assistance remain particularly difficult. It is essential to ensure quick and safe access to people who need lifesaving assistance.” saidCommissioner Stylianides.

The funding would help meet the increasing humanitarian needs, notably in the areas of food, nutrition, water and sanitation, health and protection.

The European Union has been one of the largest aid donors to the crisis in region. Since January 2016 €177 million has now been provided in humanitarian aid and a further €159 million in development assistance from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa has recently been allocated to support 15 projects.

Background

The €105 million announced today consists of an initial allocation of €55 million for 2017 and a further amount of €50 million now proposed of humanitarian support to populations in the Lake Chad region.

The conflict between security forces and the armed group Boko Haram is having devastating humanitarian consequences in the Lake Chad basin. The crisis is heavily affecting populations in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Over 2.3 million people have been displaced within or out of their country.

Food insecurity has reached crisis levels in some parts of the region, and malnutrition rates are well beyond emergency levels. Only in Nigeria’s Northeast some 4.6 million people are in need of emergency food assistance. Access to basic services is severely limited and the risk of epidemics due to the lack of water, sanitation, shelter and health services also remains extremely high.

High levels of insecurity across the area continue to seriously hamper humanitarian access and is making the delivery of aid extremely difficult, in particular in Northeast Nigeria, the Extreme North of Cameroon and the Diffa region in Niger

For more information:

Chad factsheet

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/files/aid/countries/factsheets/chad_en.pdf

Cameroon factsheet

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/files/aid/countries/factsheets/cameroon_en.pdf

Niger factsheet

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/files/aid/countries/factsheets/niger_en.pdf

Nigeria factsheet

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/files/aid/countries/factsheets/nigeria_en.pdf

Daily News 24 / 02 / 2017

L’Europe aujourd’hui et demain: discours du Président Juncker

Le Président Juncker a prononcé un discours hier à l’Institut d’études européennes de l’Université catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve intitulé ‘l’Europe aujourd’hui et demain’. Le constat que le Président Juncker tire de l’histoire de l’intégration européenne est que “l’Europe n’est pas une évidence. L’Europe fut et l’Europe restera un choix.” En parlant du futur de l’Europe, le Président Juncker a affirmé que l’heure n’est pas à la redivision mais au rassemblement. Le président a cité plusieurs scénarios qui pourraient caractériser ce rassemblement et a plaidé à ce qu’une réponse soit apportée à la question de savoir s’il ne faudrait pas que ceux en Europe qui veulent avancer plus rapidement puissent le faire. Le discours complet est disponible en ligne. (Pour plus d’informations: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456)

WTO confirms Russian pork ban is illegal

The WTO’s Appellate Body confirmed that Russia’s import ban from 2014 on live pigs, pork and other pig products from the EU violates international trade rules. The ruling concerns a ban imposed by Russia because of the outbreak of African Swine Fever in areas in the EU close to the border with Belarus. In August 2016, a WTO panel acknowledged that the Russian measures are not based on the relevant international standards and violate WTO rules. The ruling confirms this finding, thereby sending another strong signal to Russia and all WTO Members on their obligation to respect international standards and, in particular, the principle of regionalisation, which would allow trade from individual areas of a country which are recognised as pest or disease-free, independent of the health status in the rest of the country. The EU has one of the world’s most efficient animal health and food safety systems, including high detection levels and stringent risk management rules. EU products from disease-free areas are safe, and there is no need for any country to maintain unjustified import restrictions. The EU calls on Russia to withdraw its unjustified measures and allow EU companies to resume normal business with their Russian partners. More information is available here. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: + 32 229 56185; Enrico Brivio – Tel.: + 32 229 56172; Axel Fougner – Tel.: +32 229 57276)

EU proposes €105 million in humanitarian assistance for Africa’s Lake Chad region

The European Commission plans to mobilise a total of €105 million in humanitarian support to populations in the Lake Chad region in Africa in 2017. Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides made the announcement today during an international conference in Oslo, Norway aimed at addressing the pressing humanitarian situation in the region. “With the crisis in the Lake Chad region growing at an extremely alarming rate, the EU is stepping up its response. Today I announced the EU’s allocation of €105 million in humanitarian aid for the crisis. These funds will help meet the life-saving needs of the affected populations and scale up our response. The conditions for delivering assistance remain particularly difficult. It is essential to ensure quick and safe access to people who need lifesaving assistance.” saidCommissioner Stylianides.Read the full press release here. (For more information: Carlos Martín Ruiz de Gordejuela – Tel.: + 32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140)

New Commission app for tracking invasive alien animals and plants in the EU

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has developed an online application that will help citizens identify and share information about 37 Invasive Alien Speciesin Europe. ‘Invasive Alien Species Europe’, which contains detailed information about and photos of those animals and plants, makes it possible for citizens to use their phones’ navigation system and cameras to capture images of them. By sending the exact location of a sighting and a photo via the app, users contribute to crowdsourcing the maps showing where invasive aliens species occur, and help to build the European Alien Species Information Network. Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the JRC, said: “The beauty of this app is that it turns its users into citizen-scientists, helping to monitor invasive alien species that threaten biodiversity in the EU. The information collected will enrich existing insights into invasive alien species. In this way we also foster citizens’ awareness of the problems caused by invasive alien species in Europe.” The list for instance includes the American grey squirrel, which transfers a poxyvirus that is lethal to native red squirrels and leads to their local extinction, the raccoon, which can harbour and spread diseases affecting humans as well as farmed and wild animals, and the signal crayfish that carries the crayfish plague fungus and leads to the extinction of native crayfish. A small proportion of alien species become invasive and seriously disturb ecosystems, causing damage worth millions of euros in the EU every year. The application is free and can be downloaded for android and iOS. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Joseph Waldstein – Tel.: +32 229 56184)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Harman by Samsung

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Harman International Industries, Incorporated of the US, by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. of South Korea. Harman designs and engineers software products and solutions for automakers, consumers and enterprises worldwide. Samsung is a global electronics company active in consumer electronics, information technology and mobile communications and device solutions. The activities of the parties overlap in several product areas, such as, headphones, audio home systems, speakers and DVD recorders. Some of Samsung’s memory integrated circuits (DRAMs and NANDs) are also destined for the automotive industry and used in Harman’s automotive products. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns because of the relatively low market shares and the existence of many strong competitors in the product markets concerned, including alternative suppliers of DRAMs and NANDs and alternative customers of these products. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8318. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni – Tel.: +32 229 90526; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Vice-President Ansip to call for vision, speed and cooperation on 5G at the Mobile World Congress

Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip participates in the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 February, the world’s largest event for the international mobile community, gathering policymakers, industry leaders and experts (see Vice-President Ansip’s blog post ahead of the event). On Tuesday at 11:00 am CET he will deliver a keynote speech asking Europe and its international partners to work together to deploy the next generation of communication networks, 5G. Common standards and spectrum coordination – both at global and European levels – are paramount for all sectors, from transport to healthcare, to fully benefit from first-class connectivity across borders. During the event, Vice-President Ansip will meet Spanish Minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda Álvaro Nadal, Brazilian Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications Gilberto Kassab as well as the Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai. He will also meet CEOs of European telecoms companies, participates in a roundtable on connected and automated driving and contributes to the GSMA Trans-Atlantic dialogue on the future of the digital economy. Vice-President Ansip will visit a series of stands, including the Graphene experience zone which showcases the latest achievements of the EU-funded Graphene Flagship and innovation based on this revolutionary material (see Vice-President Ansip’s recent blog post on the European Future and Emerging Technology Flagships). During these visits, he will have bilateral meetings with the senior management of Ericsson, Nokia and AT&T. More details on Vice-President Ansip’s programme at the Mobile World Congress 2017 can be found in his agenda and in the Commission’s weekly calendar. Photo and video coverage will be available on EbS, his speech will be published here and webstreamed here. Regular updates will be posted on @Ansip_EU. See also this new factsheet on the main achievements so far under the Digital Single Market strategy.(For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)

La Commission européenne présente au Salon de l’Agriculture à Paris pour célébrer l’agriculture française

Le Salon international de l’Agriculture ouvre demain ses portes à Paris pour une quinzaine de jours. Ce rendez-vous incontournable est l’occasion de prendre le pouls du secteur agricole français et européen et de célébrer ses réussites, sans occulter les défis et difficultés auxquels font face les agriculteurs français. Cette année, deux Commissaires européens visiteront le Salon de l’agriculture: Pierre Moscovici, Commissaire aux affaires économiques et financières, à la fiscalité et à l’Union douanière le lundi 27 février, et Phil Hogan, Commissaire à l’agriculture, le jeudi 2 mars. A cette occasion, les Commissaires s’entretiendront avec les représentants des éleveurs et producteurs agricoles en France. La Commission européenne sera présente tout au long de la durée du Salon avec un stand d’information pour renseigner le public sur la Politique Agricole Commune (PAC). C’est d’ailleurs au stand de la Commission que le Commissaire Hogan remettra le mercredi 1er mars les prix du Concours général agricole aux jeunes agriculteurs.A son arrivée à Paris le 1er mars, le Commissaire Hogan rencontrera le Premier ministre français, Bernard Cazeneuve, et le ministre de l’agriculture, Stéphane le Foll. La France reste le premier pays bénéficiaire de la Politique Agricole Commune. Plus d’informations sur la PAC en France sont disponibles en ligne. (Pour plus d’informations: Daniel Rosario – Tel: +32 229 56 185; Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Clemence Robin – Tel.: +32 229 52509)

Commissioner Vella travels to Indonesia for World Ocean Summit

Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for fisheries and maritime affairs, is attending the World Ocean Summit in Bali, Indonesia this week. Speaking at the session ‘the ocean economy – a whale of an opportunity?’ yesterday, he stressed the potential for sustainable ocean-based growth, for instance in emerging technologies like ocean energy, and laid out the EU’s international ocean governance agenda. “Blue economic growth is neither automatic nor inevitable. If our oceans are in bad shape, the blue economy cannot thrive. That is why, last November, the European Union proposed 50 actions to create the conditions for a sustainable blue economy around the world. We are creating a healthy investment environment for a healthy and productive marine environment,” Commissioner Vella said. On the margins of the Summit, he discussed ocean governance and the potential of the blue economy with Ms Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia, Mr John Maneniaru, Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources of the Solomon Islands, Mr Peter Thomson, President of the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNPGA), and business leaders. Today, in the closing session, he will also draw attention to the fourth Our Ocean Conference, a high-level international event aimed at generating commitments for concrete and measurable actions for healthy, sustainable oceans worldwide. This year’s edition will be hosted by the EU in Malta on 5-6 October. For more information see here. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: + 32 229 56172; Aikaterini Apostola – Tel.: +32 229 87624)

 

Calendar

The Commissioners’ weekly activities

Upcoming events of the European Commission (ex-Top News)

CALENDRIER du 27 février au 05 mars 2017

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

 

Lundi 27 février 2017

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

Mr Frans Timmermans receives a delegation of members of the Senate of Romania.

Ms Federica Mogherini in the Vatican City State: meets Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Vatican City State and Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Barcelona, Spain (until 28/02): participates in the Mobile World Congress; holds an exchange of views with CEOs of EU Telecoms on 5G; and delivers a speech at the GSMA Trans-Atlantic Dialogue on “Bringing the Future into Focus: Proactive Policy Making to Advance the Digital Economy”.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia: meets Mr Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia; Mr Peter Pellegrini, Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Minister for the Interior; and Mr Andrej Kiska, President of Slovakia.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives the members of the European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG) President’s Committee.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Mika Lintilä, Minister for Economic Affairs of Finland; and Mr Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister for Agriculture and the Environment of Finland.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives a delegation from the European Union Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers an opening address at the “Investing in new healthcare models” seminar organised by the European Commission, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn participates it the Serbia-EU Intergovernmental Conference, in Brussels.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr José Manuel González-Páramo, Europe Chair of the Trans-Atlantic Business Council (TABC) and Director of BBVA’s Executive Board.

Ms Cecilia Malmström delivers a speech at the Stakeholder Conference of the Initiative for a Multilateral Investment Court, in Brussels.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister for Energy of Lithuania.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Mika Lintilä, Minister for Economic Affairs of Finland.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a speech at the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) seminar on “Strategic investments for the future of healthcare”, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos in Tbilisi, Georgia: meets Mr Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia; and Mr Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: participe au Salon International de l’Agriculture.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Copenhagen, Denmark (until 28/02): addresses the Parliament of Denmark; meets Mr Thomas Ahrenkiel, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence; Mr Henning Thiesen, Director of the Danish Civil Protection Agency; and civil society including humanitarian partners.

Ms Corina Creţu in Florence, Italy: participates in a workshop “Policy – challenges and opportunities of innovation and industrial policy, the future of European industrial and innovation policy, the opportunity of digitisation of industry (Industry 4.0)”; and meets Mr Enrico Rossi, President of Tuscany Region.

Mr Julian King receives Mr Howard Davies, Chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland; and Ms Shriti Vadera, Chairwoman of Santander Bank UK.

 

Mardi 28 février 2017

Environment Council

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Philipp Rösler, Head of the Centre for Regional Strategies, Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum Geneva.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Srdjan Darmanović, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Montenegro.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Barcelona, Spain: participates in the Mobile World Congress; delivers a keynote speech on “Building the 5G Economy Policy & Regulation” and participates in the panel; and visits several exhibition stands.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Eoghan Murphy, Minister of State of Ireland for Financial Services, Government and Public Procurement.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis meets Mr Mario Greco, CEO of Zurich Insurance Group; and Mr Ron Kalifa, Vice-Chairman and Executive Director of Worldpay payment services, in Brussels.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives a delegation of journalists and local government representatives from Latvia.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis delivers a keynote speech at the conference “Fintech and Digital Innovation: Regulation and Disruption”, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Peter Olesen, Chairman of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT); and Mr Rolf Nagel, Member of the EIT Governing Board.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Ms Emma Marcegaglia, President of BusinessEurope.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Janez Potočnik, former Commissioner and current co-chair of the International Resource Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives a delegation of directors from Soste, the Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a keynote speech on industrial competitiveness at the European Industry Day Conference, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a speech at a University of Eastern Finland event; and meets rectors of Finnish Universities, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen participates in a working dinner of the World Economic Forum, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Srdjan Darmanović, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Montenegro.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Andros Kyprianou, Secretary General of AKEL Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Socratis Famellos, Deputy Minister for Environment and Energy of Greece.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Nick Hurd, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry of the United Kingdom.

Mr Karmenu Vella meets Mr Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister for Agriculture and the Environment of Finland, in Brussels.

Mr Karmenu Vella meets Mr Slaven Dobrović, Minister for the Protection of the Environment and Energy of Croatia, in Brussels.

Mr Karmenu Vella meets Mr Marko Pomerants, Minister for the Environment of Estonia, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a speech at the Joint Action CHRODIS conference on “Addressing Chronic Diseases and Healthy Ageing across Europe“, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Leuven, Belgium: on the occasion of World Rare Disease Day participates in the launch event of the European Reference Networks (ERNs) with Ms Maggie De Block, Federal Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health of Belgium, and His Royal Highness Prince Laurent of Belgium.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets a delegation from the European Union Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets Mr Antros Kyprianou, Secretary General of AKEL Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus, in Brussels.

Ms Marianne Thyssen receives representatives of key civil society organisations in the field of Social Affairs to exchange views on the European Pillar of Social Rights and on the 2030 Agenda/ Sustainable Development Goal on poverty.

Mr Phil Hogan receives wine producers from Slovenia.

Ms Violeta Bulc receives Mr Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation.

Ms Violeta Bulc delivers a speech at “The Future of Shipping” event organised as part of the European Shipping Week 2017, in Brussels.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska delivers an opening speech at the European Industry Day Conference, in Brussels.

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Vienna, Austria: meets Mr Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria; Ms Muna Duzdar, State Secretary for Diversity, Public Service and Digitalisation; and delivers a keynote speech at the 10th Anniversary Symposium of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

Mr Tibor Navracsics participates in the official signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Ms Maja Makovec Brenčič, Minister for Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics receives a delegation of education policy experts from the Bulgarian political party GERB to discuss modernisation of national education systems in the EU.

Ms Margrethe Vestager receives Mr Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister for Energy of Lithuania.

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers a keynote speechat the Conference: “Horizon 2020 – Performance and Further Simplification “, in Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers a keynote speech on the role of new technologies and innovation at the European Industry Day Conference, in Brussels.

Mr Julian King in London, the UK: participates in an Oral Evidence Session on EU policing and security issues at the Home Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons, the UK Parliament.

 

Mercredi 01 mars 2017

College meeting

01-02/03 European Parliament Plenary Session in Brussels

President Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the European Parliament on the preparations ahead of the European Council.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag.

President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a keynote speech on the 10th anniversary of the Liaison Office of the Bundestag, in Brussels.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Prague, the Czech Republic: meets Mr Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic; Mr Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister for Foreign Affairs; attends a commemorative Eeent celebrating the historical meeting between Mr Jan Patočka, Philosopher and Member of Charter 77 and Mr Maximilianus “Max” van der Stoel, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands; and attends the unveiling of Max van der Stoel Memorial.

Ms Federica Mogherini in the Western Balkans (until 04/03): on official visit.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Yves Mersch, Member of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Executive Board; and representatives of the Luxembourg Bankers’ Association and the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives Mr Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Stepan Kubiv First Vice-Prime Minister, Minister for Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete delivers an opening speech at “The Energy Transition – an Opportunity for Europe” conference organised by Claude Turmes, Member of the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Andros Kyprianou, Secretary General of AKEL Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Ms Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister for International Development and La Francophonie of Canada.

M Phil Hogan à Paris, France (jusqu’à 02/03); rencontre M. Bernard Cazeneuve, Premier Ministre de France et M. Stéphane Le Foll, Ministre de l’Agriculture, de l’Agroalimentaire et de la Forêt de France.

Ms Violeta Bulc delivers a speech at the European Shipping Week 2017 Conference, in Brussels.

 

Jeudi 02 mars 2017

02-03/03 Informal Meeting of Ministers responsible for Trade (FAC)

President Jean-Claude Juncker accompanied by Ms Violeta Bulc in Ljubljana, Slovenia (until 03/03): meets Mr Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia, on a working lunch; holds a joint press point with Mr Miro Cerar; and participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue with Mr Miro Cerar.

Mr Andrus Ansip receives Mr Chuck Robbins, CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Stepan Kubiv First Vice-Prime Minister, Minister for Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine; and a delegation of European IMF Executive Directors.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Sture Fjäder, President of Akava, the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland.

Mr Günther Oettinger meets Mr Manfred Weber, Chair of the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP) at the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Valletta, Malta (until 03/03): participates in the Informal meeting of Ministers responsible for Trade (FAC).

Mr Neven Mimica participates at “She Decides” international ministerial conference on women’s human rights, in particular their sexual and reproductive health, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica meets Mr Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica receives Mr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Mr Karmenu Vella participates in a joint signature of the EU-China Blue Year Programme, and participates in a High Level Dialogue on an “Integrated Approach to Ocean Affairs – Integrated Maritime Policy”, with Mr Wang Hong, Administrator of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) of China.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos participates in the 3rd European Migration Forum meeting, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets Mr Marco Minniti, Minister for the Interior of Italy, in Brussels.

M. Pierre Moscovici rencontre les Directeurs Exécutifs européens du Fonds Monétaire International (FMI).

Mr Christos Stylianides in Greece (until 04/02): delivers a speech at the Delphi Economic Forum.

M Phil Hogan à Paris, France: participe au Salon International de l’Agriculture.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Mr Elliot Schrage, Vice-President of Global Communications, Marketing and Public Policy at Facebook.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Mr Chuck Robbins, CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Madrid, Spain: delivers a keynote speech at the official opening of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Digital Spain – the innovation partnership on digital transformation run by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

Ms Corina Creţu in Warsaw, Poland (until 03/03): participates in the opening session of the V4+4 ministerial meeting; attends an extraordinary meeting of the Committee of Regions’ Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER); exchanges views in a joint debate with V4+4 ministers and COTER members on the future of cohesion policy; and meets Mr Jerzy Kwieciński, State Secretary in the Ministry for Economic Development of Poland.

Mr Julian King receives Mr Hans-Georg Maaßen, President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution of Germany.

Vendredi 03 mars 2017

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

President Jean-Claude Juncker accompanied by Ms Violeta Bulc in Ljubljana, Slovenia: meets Mr Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia; Mr Milan Brglez, President of the National Assembly of Slovenia; and participates in the inauguration of the EU House in Ljubljana together with Mr Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, and Mr Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Vilnius, Lithuania: meets Ms Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania; Mr Saulius Skvernelis, Prime Minister of Lithuania; Mr Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Seimas of Lithuania, and members of the Seimas; delivers a keynote address at the conference “Destination – successful Lithuania: how to encourage investments, sustainable growth and social welfare”; and participates in a working lunch with Mr Mindaugas Sinkevičius, Minister for Economy, and Mr Vilius Šapoka, Minister for Finance.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a keynote speech at the High-level Event on Attractive Climate Solutions organised by the Finnish innovation fund Sitra, the Norwegian Mission to the EU and the Nordic Council of Ministers, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica in Conakry, Guinea (until 05/02): participates in Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) Board meeting.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Vilnius, Lithuania: delivers a speech at the conference “Destination – successful Lithuania, how to encourage investments, sustainable growth and social welfare?”; meets Mr Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Seimas of Lithuania; and representatives of the European Affairs and Economy Committees.

Ms Marianne Thyssen meets Ms Andrea Nahles, Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs of Germany, in Brussels.

Mr Phil Hogan in Dublin, Ireland: meets representativesof Ornua, the Irish agri-food co-operative.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Ms Kaia Iva, Minister for Social Protection of Estonia.

Ms Corina Creţu in Warsaw, Poland: delivers a keynote speech at the opening session of the Committee of Regions’ Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER) seminar on the Future of Cohesion policy beyond 2020.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Copenhagen, Denmark (until 04/03): meets Mr Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark; Mr Thomas Senderovitz, Director-General of the Danish Medicines Agency; Ms Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, Chairwoman of the Danish Regions’ Pharmaceuticals Organisation AMGROS; and delivers a keynote speech at the Business Academy Aarhus’ Finance Conference.

 

Samedi 04 mars 2017

Mr Christos Stylianides in Athens, Greece: meets Mr Antonios Avgerinos, President of the Hellenic Red Cross; and Ms Maria Damanaki, former Commissioner and current Global Managing Director for Oceans at The Nature Conservancy.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Copenhagen, Denmark: delivers a keynote speech on current European issues at the “Youth EU Summit” organised by Danish NGO FIC.

 

Dimanche 05 mars 2017

Mr Neven Mimica in N’Djamena,Tchad (until 08/02): meets Mr Idriss Déby, President of Tchad; and visits EU-funded projects.

Prévisions du mois de février/mars:

27/02 Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

28/02 Environment Council

01-02/03 European Parliament Plenary Session in Brussels

02-03/03 Informal Meeting of Ministers responsible for Trade (FAC)

03/03 Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

06/03 Foreign Affairs Council

06/03 Agriculture and Fisheries Council

07/03 General Affairs Council

08/03 Tripartite Social Summit

09-10/03 European Council

13-16/03 European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

20/03 Eurogroup

21/03 Economic and Social Affairs Council

25/03 Celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties

27-28/03 Justice and Home Affairs Council

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 18 au 19 février 2017:

Johannes BAHRKE: +32 (0)460 75 86 15

Permanence RAPID – GSM: +32 (0) 498 982 748

Service Audiovisuel, planning studio – tél. : +32 (0)2/295 21 23