CDE: Rapid 11 de julho de 2017

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Lisboa, 11 de julho de 2017


·      Avenir des finances de l'UE: les propositions du Groupe de haut niveau pour simplifier l'accès aux fonds européens

Aujourd'hui, le Groupe de haut niveau sur la simplification a présenté son rapport final sur des règles simplifiées pour les fonds européens dans la perspective du prochain cadre budgétaire, après 2020. Ce cadre simplifié bénéficierait autant aux autorités locales, qui gèrent les fonds au quotidien, qu'aux entreprises qui accèderaient plus facilement aux opportunités de financement de l'UE. Ce rapport alimentera directement la discussion sur l'avenir des finances de l'UE que la Commission a lancé le 28 juin avec un document de réflexion dédié à ce sujet. Par ailleurs, la Commission présente aujourd'hui trois rapports sur la mise en œuvre du budget de l'UE 2016, permettant de tirer des leçons pour l'avenir. Ces rapports soulignent notamment que des règles plus simples facilitent la vie des autorités locales, des entreprises et des agriculteurs, et leurs permettent d'utiliser au mieux les fonds européens; vous trouverez plus d'informations dans ce communiqué de presse. Le Commissaire au Budget et aux Ressources humaines Günther H. Oettinger, la Commissaire à la Politique régionale Corina Cre?u et Siim Kallas, ancien Vice-Président de la Commission européenne et Président du Groupe de haut niveau sur la simplification, présenteront les propositions du Groupe pour l'après 2020 aujourd'hui en salle de presse de la Commission, après la réunion de midi. Vous pourrez suivre la conférence de presse en direct et un communiqué de presse, ainsi que plus d'information sur les propositions-clés du groupe, sont disponibles en ligne.


·      Commission welcomes agreement by Parliament and Council to protect workers better against cancer-causing chemicals

Today the European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on the Commission's proposal to set new or stricter exposure limits for several cancer-causing chemicals in the workplace. The revision process of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive started in 2008, and the Juncker Commission took concrete action to speed up progress in this area. Since May 2016, we have put forward two proposals to amend this Directive and reduce workers' exposure to 20 cancer-causing chemicals. Both proposals would help save the lives of more than 100,000 workers over the next 50 years. More information can be found in this statement online.


·      HR/VP Mogherini, Commissioner Hahn and Commissioner Bulc at the 2017 Western Balkans Summit – stepping up regional cooperation to advance on the EU path

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, Johannes Hahn Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, and Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, will participate at the 2017 Western Balkans Summit which will take place tomorrow 12 July in Trieste, Italy. The Summit will be an opportunity to discuss concrete avenues to strengthen regional cooperation on connectivity, regional economic integration, youth empowerment and people-to-people contacts to further advancing the European Union integration perspective of the region. The High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini will represent the EU at the meeting with the Heads of State or Government. Commissioner Hahn will attend various side events, including the meeting of Foreign Ministers as well as the EU – Western Balkans Youth Forum, the Business Forum and the Civil Society Forum, where he will deliver key-note speeches. Commissioner Bulc will participate at the meetings of Economic Development as well as Transport Ministers and will, together with Mogherini and Hahn, also be at the signing ceremony of the Transport Community Treaty.  A full press release is available online, as is a factsheet "EU engagement in the Western Balkans". Photos and video of the mission will be on EbS. Ahead of the Summit, Commissioner Bulc will this evening take part in a special multinational Citizens' Dialogue in Goriza, on the border between Italy and Slovenia. 


·      Consumption tax revenues on the rise in 2015, according to new Commission study on taxation trends

Revenues from consumption taxes including VAT and excise duties were up for the EU-28 as a percentage of GDP in 2015, a study published today by the European Commission has found. However, the share of consumption taxes of total revenue rose only slightly to 28.7% compared to 28.5% in 2014. The findings are in the 2017 edition of the Taxation Trends report which takes stock of tax systems in the EU, Iceland and Norway with extensive and comparable data on the different tax structures and rates of Member States. For instance, the report also shows that the average top level of corporate tax fell from 22.5% to 21.9% from 2016-2017.  It also provides an analysis on the medium- to long-term evolution of these trends. Taxation is a top priority for the Juncker Commission and providing quality data is a must if we want to develop robust and effective tax policies for the future. This report, published annually, offers a breakdown of comparative tax levels in the EU and of tax revenues raised from consumption, labour and capital. It also contains data on energy, environmental and property taxation and on the top rates for personal and corporate income taxes. Download the report here.


·      La Commission lance l'Observatoire européen du marché du sucre

L'observatoire européen du marché du sucre entame dès aujourd'hui ses activités pour soutenir le secteur à mieux faire face à la volatilité des marché grâce à des analyses et informations sur les tendances des marchés. Le Commissaire à l'agriculture et au développement rural, Phil Hogan, avait annoncé la création d'un tel Observatoire pour le secteur sucrier en début d'année au Salon de l'Agriculture à Paris, répondant ainsi aux demandes des parties prenantes pour des informations régulières et à jour sur les évolutions économiques. Etabli sur le même modèle des deux Observatoires déjà existants, pour le lait et la viande, l'Observatoire du marché du sucre, vise à introduire plus de transparence dans le secteur en partageant des données économiques et des analyses à court-terme. L'agenda du jour portera sur les priorités et le fonctionnement de l'Observatoire et de son comité économique qui adoptera aujourd'hui les règles de procédure. Un Observatoire du marché des céréales sera aussi prochainement lancé. Plus d'informations sur le lancement de l'Observatoire du marché du sucre et l'annonce de sa création sont disponibles en ligne. 


·      College Members meet Japan's Economy Minister Seko and participate in EU-Japan Business Roundtable

Vice-President Andrus Ansip, Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Commissioner Cecilia Malmström spoke this morning at the EU-Japan Business Roundtable – a yearly gathering of businesses and policy makers, alternating between Japan and Brussels. The roundtable was the first opportunity to present to European and Japan business leaders last week's Economic Partnership Agreement reached with Japan. Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Ansip accentuated in his speech that the EU and Japan can bring their digital cooperation to the next level with free flow of personal data based on converging data protection laws, while Trade Commissioner Malmström noted in her speech the new opportunities the companies will be able to enjoy after the Economic Partnership Agreement removes 99 per cent of customs duties and reduces unnecessary red tape. This afternoon, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will meet Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko to sign a joint Memorandum of Cooperation on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and to exchange views on the state of the EU-Japan energy dialogue. Vice-President Jyrki Katainen will also meet Minister Seko to discuss international trade and investment issues. Later in the day, Minister Seko will additionally meet Vice-President Ansip and Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality V?ra Jourová to discuss data protection, adequacy decisions and data flows between Japan and the EU. The EU and Japan have been in a dialogue to promote high data protection standards since January 2017. Last week Commissioner Jourová took stock of progress in this dialogue with Japanese data protection Commissioner Haruhi Kumazawa. Additionally, President Juncker and Prime Minister Abe issued last Thursday a joint declaration, reaffirming the importance of ensuring a high level of privacy and security of personal data as a fundamental right and as a central factor of consumer trust in the digital economy. The aim is to strengthen EU-Japan industrial and digital cooperation in various digital fields, including also topics such as the Internet of Things and eGovernment. 


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