Monthly Archives: March 2015

Structured Dialogue – European Parliament: Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee

I’m very glad to be back a month after we met to discuss the Green Paper on Capital Markets Union. I thought we had a very useful exchange then, and I was very grateful for the suggestions and comments you … Continue reading

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Improving how EU Member States and regions invest and manage EU Cohesion Policy funds

In 2014-2020 over 351 billion euro will be available to EU Member States, regions and cities under the Cohesion Policy (European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund). For many of these countries it is the main … Continue reading

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Today the Commission is launching a new platform for public service officials to exchange expertise and best practice around Europe, to further improve how EU investments are spent and managed. By helping Member States strengthen administrative capacity, TAIEX REGIO PEER 2 PEER, or PEER 2 PEER, is part of a broader initiative to fully use the potential of Regional Policy to create jobs and ensure sustainable growth, in line with the goals set by the Europe 2020 Strategy and the EU’s new €315 billion Investment Plan. Across the EU, 24 000 officials from national and local administrations are involved in managing the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund. PEER 2 PEER aims to capitalise on their know how and deliver better results by sharing their expertise and good practice through a new online platform where administrations can get and offer assistance. Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: “People living in Europe’s regions are not going to feel the benefit of projects supported by Regional Policy if local and national administrations managing these funds are not robust and efficient. When I came into office, I made it my priority to help them deliver the benefits of our policy’s investments through top-quality management at all stages. This PEER 2 PEER initiative is an important step: it is flexible, easy to use and addresses the specific needs of our regions.” PEER 2 PEER will be officially presented to stakeholders and representatives of Member States and regions during a launch event today in Brussels. This initiative is implemented as a pilot project, and its impact will be evaluated in 2016. Background PEER 2 PEER responds directly to specific requests from public administrations around Europe to deal with project management and investments in areas from ICT to energy efficiency. It will provide assistance through short-term expert missions, study visits and workshops. The system was developed on the basis of the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument (TAIEX), which has already proven its success with the Commission Directorate-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, in EU candidate countries using Pre-Accession funding. The main features of the PEER 2 PEER system are: Convenience: short-term expert exchanges are organised while keeping the administrative burden to a minimum Flexibility: it allows for different types of exchanges – expert missions, study visits and workshops – to address the needs identified by authorities managing the investment programmes in Member States. Promptness: exchanges can be launched swiftly once needs have been identified. Focus: exchanges concentrate on concrete and specific topics Quality: there are several in-built mechanisms for quality control and assessment of experts and exchanges. A study commissioned by the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy confirmed that there is high demand for a peer-to-peer exchange instrument among bodies managing the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund. It showed that 90% of the interviewees were interested in peer-to-peer learning, while 50% stated they had concrete capacity building needs.

Today the Commission is launching a new platform for public service officials to exchange expertise and best practice around Europe, to further improve how EU investments are spent and managed. By helping Member States strengthen administrative capacity, TAIEX REGIO PEER … Continue reading

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Speech at the Royal Society of London – Science without Borders

Carlos Moedas – Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Royal Society of London Lecture Professor Poliakoff, Ladies and gentlemen, Distinguished guests, Needless to say, it is a great honour to speak here today. The Royal Society of London is a … Continue reading

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Keeping consumers safe: nearly 2500 dangerous products withdrawn from the EU market in 2014

The European Commission published new figures today, showing that in 2014, nearly 2500 products, ranging from toys to motor vehicles, were either stopped before they entered the EU or removed from markets because they were dangerous for EU consumers. For … Continue reading

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The European Commission and the European Investment Bank facilitate access to credit for farmers

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have today presented a model guarantee instrument for agriculture, the first new product developed in the framework of their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on co-operation in agriculture and rural development within … Continue reading

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Fourth quarter of 2014 Annual growth in labour costs down to 1.1% in euro area Down to 1.4% in EU28

Hourly labour costs rose by 1.1% in the euro area (EA18) and by 1.4% in the EU28 in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared with the same quarter of the previous year. In the third quarter of 2014, hourly labour … Continue reading

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Tripartite Social Summit: focus on jobs, growth and investment for Europe

At the Tripartite Social Summit this morning, EU leaders and social partners focused on jobs, growth and investment priorities for Europe. The participants in the Social Summit discussed the analysis of the Member States’s economic situation contained in the Country … Continue reading

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State aid: Commission endorses £640 million compensation for UK postal network from 2015 to 2018

The European Commission has approved UK plans to grant £640 million to the UK Post Office Ltd for delivering a whole range of the public services in its entire network. The Commission found the measure to be in line with … Continue reading

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January 2015 – Euro area international trade in goods surplus €7.9 bn – €10.6 bn deficit for EU28

The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in January 2015 was €148.2 billion, nearly stable compared with January 2014 (€148.8 bn). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €140.3 … Continue reading

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