CDE: Rapid 20 de março

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Lisboa, 20 de março de 2017


  • Preparation of the Eurogroup and ECOFIN meetings, 20-21 March 2017

Commissioner Moscovici will represent the European Commission at today's meeting of the Eurogroup. At the Eurogroup, ministers will take stock of the progress regarding the second review of the stability support programme for Greece. Ministers will also follow up on the implementation of Draft Budgetary Plans and the budgetary situation in the euro area as a whole. As part of the thematic discussions on jobs and growth, ministers will hold a discussion on pension sustainability in the euro area. Finally, ministers will report on national debt issuance plans to the Commission and to the Eurogroup. Commissioner Moscovici will participate in the press conference following the meeting. At tomorrow's ECOFIN, the Commission will be represented by Vice-President Dombrovskis, Vice-President Katainen and Commissioner Moscovici. Ministers will discuss the way forward on the proposal for reduced VAT rates for e-books and other e-publications, part of the Commission's VAT Action Plan. Views will also be exchanged on the proposal for a VAT 'reverse charge' mechanism. If adopted, this proposal would allow Member States to temporarily derogate from the VAT system currently in force across the EU, under strict conditions. As part of the European Semester the Council will discuss the country reports issued by the Commission in February, while ministers are expected to adopt a recommendation on the economic policies of the euro area for 2017. The outcome of the weekend's G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in Baden-Baden will also be discussed. Vice-President Katainen will make a presentation on the European Defence Fund and ministers will be brought up to date on the state of play of current legislative proposals in the field of financial services. A press conference with Vice-President Dombrovskis will follow the meeting. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Vanessa Mock – Tel.: +32 229 64976; Patrick Mc Cullough – Tel.: +32 229 87183; Enda McNamara – Tel: +32 229 56151)

  • Three companies will be awarded the Horizon Prize at CeBIT 2017 fair for developing a food scanner

The European Commission will award today at the CeBIT 2017 tech conference a total of €1,000,000 to three innovative companies who cracked the challenge of developing a food scanner solution: an affordable and non-invasive mobile solution that enables users to measure and analyse their food intake. Given the increase in food-related health problems such as obesity, allergies or food intolerance, the Commission launched this prize to help overcome the limitations of current food intake solutions and find radical breakthrough solutions in food scanning at a low price point. A Horizon Prize rewards innovators who delivered breakthrough solutions in a contest through the EU's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. This is the fourth Horizon 2020 Prize to be awarded. The Commission is present at CeBIT – a yearly international digital business fair held in Hanover, Germany – with its own exhibition showcasing Digital Single Market policy development and state of the art ICT innovations. The Commission also organises today on CeBIT the conference "Driving the Digital Economy and Society in Europe". Read more about the Commission's participation on the fair here, the link to livestream of the award ceremony at 15:25 can be found here. For an overview of the progress made with the Digital Single Market strategy consult this factsheet. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: + 32 229 67083; Lucía Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)

  • Eurostat: La croissance annuelle des coûts de la main-d'œuvre à 1,6% dans la zone euro

Les coûts horaires de la main-d'œuvre ont augmenté de 1,6% dans la zone euro (ZE19) et de 1,7% dans l'UE28 au quatrième trimestre 2016, par rapport au même trimestre de l'année précédente. Au troisième trimestre 2016, les coûts horaires de la main-d'œuvre avaient progressé respectivement de 1,4% et de 1,8%. Ces données sont publiées par Eurostat, l'office statistique de l'Union européenne. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d'informations: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)

  • Le taux d'emplois vacants à 1,7% dans la zone euro - à 1,8% dans l'UE28

Le taux d'emplois vacants s'est établi à 1,7% dans la zone euro (ZE19) au quatrième trimestre 2016, en hausse par rapport aux taux de 1,6% enregistrés tant au trimestre précédent qu'au quatrième trimestre 2015, selon les chiffres publiés par Eurostat, l'office statistique de l'Union européenne. Le taux d'emplois vacants dans l'UE28 s'est quant à lui établi à 1,8% au quatrième trimestre 2016, stable par rapport au trimestre précédent et en hausse par rapport au quatrième trimestre 2015 où il se situait à 1,7%. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d'informations: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)

  • Commissioner Malmström in Canada to discuss CETA preparations and EU trade agenda

Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström is in Canada today for a two-day visit focused on the  preparations for the upcoming entry into force of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, known as CETA, and the EU's ambitious agenda for free and fair trade. The trip will kick off today in Toronto, where the Commissioner will visit EU-businesses who are preparing for the entry into force of CETA, including a Cypriot family-run fashion boutique and a Danish-run design showroom and shop. The Commissioner will also visit the construction site of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit Project, which is the largest transit expansion in the history of Toronto, and is being delivered by a Canadian-European consortium. Later today, at a conference on "EU trade policy in a more protectionist world" at the Munk School of Global Affairs, the Commissioner will set out the EU's trade agenda in a keynote speech. The Commissioner will also speak today at an event with senior EU and Canadian business leaders. On Tuesday, the Commissioner will be in Ottawa, where she will meet the Canadian Minister for International Trade François-Philippe Champagne. The same day, she will also deliver a keynote speech on "The EU's Trade Policy: Effective, transparent, and based on values" at an event hosted by the think-tank Canada 2020. EbS photo and video will be available. Info and material (including video) about the visit is available here(For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: + 32 229 56185; Axel Fougner – Tel.: +32 229 57276)