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Lisboa, 13 de novembro de 2017


Statement by Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on the earthquake on the Iran/Iraq border

The earthquake that struck the area on the border between Iran and Iraq last night has taken the lives of hundreds of people and caused extensive damage across the two countries.

On behalf of the European Union, I express our heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families at this time of great sadness.

The European Union stands by the people of Iran and Iraq and the authorities and their efforts to respond to this tragedy. 

We are committed to help both countries and provide any humanitarian assistance necessary.

At this stage, our humanitarian partners in the region have immediately started to provide emergency assistance.

We are in touch with the authorities in Iran and Iraq and our 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Centre is closely monitoring developments in the area.

Defence: European Commission welcomes steps towards Permanent Structured Cooperation

The Commission strongly welcomes the move by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden towards launching Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) on defence, by signing today a joint notification and handing it over to High Representative Federica Mogherini.

President Juncker has been calling for a stronger Europe on security and defence since his election campaign, saying in April 2014: "I believe that we need to take more seriously the provisions of the existing Treaty that allow those European countries who want to do this to progressively build up a common European defence. I know this is not for everybody. But those countries that would like to go ahead should be encouraged to do so. Pooling defence capacities in Europe makes perfect economic sense."

PESCO is a Treaty-based framework and process to deepen defence cooperation amongst EU Member States who are capable and willing to do so. It will enable Member States to jointly develop defence capabilities, invest in shared projects and enhance the operational readiness and contribution of their armed forces. Following today's notification the Council should adopt a formal decision establishing PESCO by the end of the year, with the first projects to be identified in parallel.

The European Defence Fund launched by the Commission in June 2017 will boost collaborative projects in the area of defence research, prototype development and join acquisition of capabilities. Today's joint notification marks an important step towards creating a fully-fledged European Defence Union by 2025, as President Juncker stressed in his State of the Union address on 13 September 2017.

For more information on PESCO please see a factsheet here. See here the Strategic Note: In Defence of Europe by the European Political Strategy Centre. You can watch the PESCO signing ceremony on EbS.

EU and Chile to start negotiations for a modernised Association Agreement

A first round of negotiations between the EU and Chile for a modernised Association Agreement will take place on 16 November, in Brussels. This follows the decision taken today by EU Member States to approve the mandate for the European Union to conduct these negotiations.

The full press statement is here. More information: EU-Chile trade relations

Next steps against fake news: Commission sets up High-Level Expert Group and launches public consultation

The Commission launched today a public consultation on fake news and online disinformation and set up a High-Level Expert Group representing academics, online platforms, news media and civil society organisations. The work of the High-Level Expert Group as well as the results of the public consultation will contribute to the development of an EU-level strategy on how to tackle the spreading of fake news, to be presented in spring 2018.

The Commission is inviting experts to apply for the High-Level Group on fake news. As far as possible, the group should include several representatives of each field of expertise, be it academia or civil society delegate. The Commission aims at a balanced selection of the experts. The call for application is open until mid-December. Commissioner The full press release is available here. 

Sustainable Finance: Commission seeks views on how best to encourage sustainable investments

The Commission is today launching a public consultation on how asset managers and institutional investors could include environmental, social and governance factors when taking decisions. This would help them allocate capital more efficiently by taking into account sustainability risks, rather than merely seeking to maximise short-term financial returns. Today's consultation follows up on one of the eight early recommendations delivered by the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG) in its interim report of July 2017. The EU has taken the lead in building a financial system that supports sustainable growth and sustainable finance continues to be one of the Juncker's Commission's main priorities. The consultation further underlines the EU's commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As announced in its 2018 Work Programme, the Commission will adopt an Action Plan on sustainable finance in the first quarter of 2018. The public consultation is open until 28 January 2018 and is available here.

Eurostat: Les fonds envoyés à l'étranger par les résidents de l'UE en baisse à 30,3 milliards d'euros en 2016

En 2016, les sommes d'argent envoyées par les résidents de l'Union européenne (UE) dans les pays hors-UE, appelées transferts personnels, se sont élevées à 30,3 milliards d'euros, contre 31,3 mrds en 2015. Comme les flux entrants dans l'UE se sont établis dans le même temps à 9,9 milliards d'euros, il en a résulté un solde négatif (-20,4 mrds d'euros) pour l'UE avec le reste du monde. La majorité des transferts personnels se compose de flux d'argent envoyés par les migrants dans leur pays d'origine. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici

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