CDE: Rapid 13 de julho

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Lisboa, 13 de julho de 2017


  • EU – Ukraine Summit: Ukrainian reforms combined with European Union support delivering positive results

The 19th Summit between the European Union and Ukraine is taking place today in Kyiv. Speaking at the joint press conference, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker said: "More steps have been taken in last three years than in the previous twenty, Ukraine should be proud of what it has achieved". The full remarks of President Juncker at the press conference will be available online. The Summit, which was also attended by Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, and Commissioners Johannes Hahn and Cecilia Malmström and preceded by a meeting between the two Presidents and the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman, provided an important opportunity to review the progress made in implementation of Ukraine's ambitious reform efforts, as well as to identify further reform priorities, including in the area of anti-corruption and transparency. A press release highlighting the outcomes of the Summit is available online. Following the Summit, Vice-President Dombrovskis will remain in Ukraine for a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Finance, Oleksandr Danylyuk, and members of the Verkhovna Rada. He will also travel to Mariupol and areas in eastern Ukraine to visit humanitarian assistance projects supported by the EU. Coverage of the 19th EU-Ukraine Summit and of the Vice-President's visit is available on Europe by Satellite. More information on EU-Ukraine relations can be found on the website of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, or in a dedicated factsheet on EU-Ukraine relations. 


  • Atlantic Ocean: EU boosts research cooperation with Brazil and South Africa 

Today, the European Union and its partners Brazil and South Africa commit to working together to better understand marine ecosystems, their resources and impact on climate. Ahead of the signing in Lisbon of the Belém Statement on Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation at the "New Era of Blue Enlightenment" Conference, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas said: "This partnership will go beyond the understanding and protection of the Atlantic Ocean: it will focus on the Atlantic's impact on climate change, but also its potential to transform our food systems, improve our health, modernise our energy systems, protect our wildlife habitats and boost the opportunities of the "blue" economy. To me, this partnership has the potential to become a model of science diplomacy in action." The full speech delivered by Commissioner Moedas this morning is available here. More information on the Belém agreement signed between the Commissioner and Ministers for Brazil and South Africa will be available here after the signing ceremony. More information on the international ocean governance "Our Ocean" conference in October 2017 in Malta here.  


  • Joint Research Centre opens its laboratories to wider scientific community

The European Commission's in-house science and knowledge service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), is opening its scientific laboratories and facilities to scientists and researchers from the private and public sectors. As early as December 2017, researchers will be able to use JRC research facilities located in Ispra (Italy), and thereafter in Geel (Belgium), Karlsruhe (Germany) and Petten (Netherlands), thus helping to maximise the benefits of these world-class infrastructures and laboratories. Past successful cooperation with universities, research institutes and SMEs has shown that there is big interest in using JRC facilities. With this initiative, the JRC aims to spread scientific knowledge, boost competiveness and help to bridge the gap between research and industry. The results will also feed into JRC's mission to support EU policymaking. During the pilot phase in 2017-2018, three facilities in Ispra will be opened to external users. They are the Reaction Wall and the Hopkinson Bar facility of the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA), and the Nanobiotechnology Laboratory. Further details are available in the press release as well as on the portal of the initiative.


  • Security Union: Cracking down on the illegal import of cultural goods used to finance terrorism

The European Commission today puts forward new rules to clamp down on the illegal import and trafficking of cultural goods from outside the EU, often linked to terrorist financing and other criminal activity. Today's proposal marks one of the final steps set out in the Commission's action plan to strengthen the fight against terrorism financing. It will stop this traffic in its tracks by banning the import into the EU of cultural goods exported illegally from their home countries and comes just days after the Hamburg G20 called on countries to tackle terrorist finance, including the looting and smuggling of antiquities. At the moment, the EU applies prohibitions on goods from Iraq and Syria but there is no general EU framework for the import of cultural goods. Current rules can be exploited by unscrupulous exporters and importers who can use the profits to fund illegal activities such as terrorism. A press release and Q&A on the new measures will also be made available. 



  • High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance delivers early recommendations

The High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, established by the Commission, has published its first report setting out concrete steps to create a financial system that supports sustainable investments. The Commission will explore some key early recommendations to take further steps towards a low carbon, more resource-efficient and sustainable economy. The report is part of broader efforts to map out an EU strategy on sustainable finance, a priority action of the Capital Markets Union (CMU) Action Plan. The first wave of EU reforms focused on making the financial system more stable and resilient. The Commission is now driving forward efforts to reorient the financial system so that it can support long-term, sustainable growth. The financial sector has a vital role to play in reaching the climate change goals of the Paris Agreement and the EU's 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. It is also vital that more private capital is mobilised towards green and sustainable investment so as to enable the transition to a low-carbon economy. Today's interim report by High-Level Group maps out the challenges and opportunities that the EU faces in developing a sustainable finance policy agenda, identifying possible areas of reform in financial policy. It also presents a first set of early recommendations to the Commission. The expert group will further explore other policy areas to provide further recommendations in the final report, due at the end of 2017. For more information please see the press release and the report. 

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