Federica Mogherini to visit Tehran and Riyadh as part of the outreach on Syrian crisis

MIL OSI – Source: European Union – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Federica Mogherini to visit Tehran and Riyadh as part of the outreach on Syrian crisis

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, will – in the framework of decisions taken by the Foreign Affairs Council and the European Council last week to undertake outreach to key actors in the region on the Syrian crisis – travel to Tehran on 29 October and Riyadh on 31 October for senior level talks on these issues. 
Talks with regional interlocutors have already begun and are also planned after these visits. The High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini will continue to liaise constantly with the UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura in pursuing this outreach.

Remarks by the High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini at the joint press conference with Ioannis Kassoulides,

MIL OSI – Source: European Union – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Remarks by the High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini at the joint press conference with Ioannis Kassoulides,

Nicosia, 28 October 2016
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Thank you. It is for me not only a pleasure but I would say also a must to be here in this moment that we understand perfectly well is a crucial moment for negotiations and it is only natural for us, together with Christos [Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management], to be here as the European Union and with our personal support for this important phase of the negotiations.

You referred to the fact that I visited already Cyprus; clearly a lot has been achieved since my last visit. Actually we see that more progress has been achieved in the last months than ever before on negotiations and we are here not only to exchange informations and views, being briefed and I am thankful to Ioannis [Kasoulides, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus], to the President [Nicos Anastasiades] for the insights in the negotiation, also to Espen Eide [UN Secertary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus] whom I met and with whom I am constantly in contact, I would like to thank him personally and the UN’s facilitating role.

But most of all, it has been an occasion to discuss the EU’s support – and our personal support, but we are not only individuals, we are representing institutions: How can the European Union accompany in an even more effective way this process as this process enters its crucial phase? This is a process that is led with the strong ownership of courageous leaders who are showing determination, a vision and a lot of attention to the people of Cyprus’ future. Our role as European Union is to accompany the leaders and their determination in a way that can be beneficial for all Cypriots to live in a united, European Cyprus.

So we discussed ways in which the European Union can better accompany these steps. Personally, we stand fully behind their efforts, their talks towards a settlement under the UN’s auspices and we share the leaders’ assessment that it would be feasible to overcome the remaining challenges that we know exist, very much encouraged by their determination to continue and intensify talks as the beginning of November in Switzerland; overcome these challenges and reach an agreement on a comprehensive settlement even by the end of this year. So the European Union, myself, us personally, are fully supporting, fully encouraging, fully accompanying this process with all our determination and with all the instruments and tools that the European Union can put at the disposal of the Cypriots, all of them.

Finally, let me stress it once again, this would be not only a turning point and a historic page for the island, this would be as the minister [Ioannis Kasoulides, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus] rightly pointed it out an extremely important step for the entire region. This is a particularly difficult region that needs hope and trust in diplomacy and in political solutions as no other region in the world needs – and this is a direct interest of all Europeans and all our friends in this region, that is a European region, being in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea -; that diplomacy and determination and investment in political solutions can lead to positive news for the people. This would be a game changer not only for all Cypriots, not only the island, also for the European Union, but also obviously for the entire South East Mediterranean and for the entire Middle East. It is a regional but even global responsibility to try and do this last mile in the most positive way.

Thank you.

Q. On the crucial issue of security after the settlement. Can you please elaborate on the EU position on this issue? If you could tell us in which concrete and effective ways can the EU safeguard security in Cyprus after a settlement and address the concerns raised by mostly the Turkish Cypriots with regards to this issue. Will the EU be present in case of a multilateral conference?

A. First, the issue of security and guarantees, something we discussed today, is still, as you know very well, an issue for the parties to discuss during the negotiations so I will not elaborate publicly on this, also because as I stressed before it is extremely important that the negotiations see the leaders taking decisions and finding solutions that can benefit the entire island. Obviously the best guarantee for security in any country in the world is a well-functioning state and particularly for any Member State of the European Union is being a Member State of the European Union itself. I will stop here for the moment as, as you understand well, we are entering a last crucial phase of negotiations and I would never publicly comment on issues that are subject to negotiations by the parties.

Q. On the possible terrorist threats emerging from the Middle East with ISIS being pushed outside Mosul and possible terrorists coming to Europe – what is the EU doing to prevent that ?

A. First of all, let me say that it would be quite short sided  and even cynical to consider what is happening in Mosul, the liberation of areas both in Iraq but also in Syria that are seeing a strong Da’esh presence only through the lenses of the movement of terrorist fighters, in some cases, foreign terrorist fighters towards Europe. I do not think that a solution would be to keep them all where they are. Obviously, we all agree on the fact that the territories both in Iraq and Syria need to be first and foremost liberated from the presence of Dae’sh. So this is a security interest for the European Union and for the European Union’s citizens.
Having said that, it is not directly linked to our portfolio on the external side but on the internal side of the European Union’s work as you know there have been measures to strengthen the control of the movements of people at our external borders, in particular on the control of the identity and, in general terms, in the last months and years, we have increased the work we do on two issues that are fundamental. One is the issue of financing of Da’esh and terrorist activities in general and the second one is obviously the control of foreign terrorist fighters; not only on their way back to Europe but also on their way to Syria and Iraq. So this is the work that our colleagues who are dealing with internal security are intensifying a lot in the last months and this would obviously concern also potential movements from that part of the region as well as it concerns also internal threats because as you have noticed most of the attacks that the European Union’s territory has experienced in the last year are actually coming from within.
So, the work has intensified on all fronts. In this respect, it is mainly an internal work, what we are doing together and I would like to thank Christos for an excellent work we are doing together, working on the liberated areas, Mosul will be obviously a priority for us, to make sure that people can return to their houses and in their communities as soon as possible in the most secure way. This is itself part of the stabilisation and the prevention of further threats of terrorist activities, investing in people’s lives and wellbeing and this is the work for which I would like to commend Commissioner Stylianides for an excellent work he is doing.

Q. On CETA. Would the EU agree to a summit in Ottawa after the summit in Brussels failed today?

A. I don’t comment on that. It is so important what is happening here. I am ready to answer always to questions, but indeed I would like you to focus on the historical relevance of what we are discussing here today and of what is happening in this part of the European Union. So I will not comment on that in this moment even if we were in Brussels, but especially here because I think it is only fair to Cyprus and the leaderships here to focus our message today on all our support to this last very important phase of the talks.

Link to the video: http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?ref=I128451

Gas markets: Commission reinforces market conditions in revised exemption decision on OPAL pipeline

MIL OSI – Source: European Union – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Gas markets: Commission reinforces market conditions in revised exemption decision on OPAL pipeline

A competitive EU gas market where energy companies can trade freely and have easy access to pipelines is essential for ensuring secure and affordable supplies to all EU citizens and is a priority under the Energy Union strategy.
Since its launch in 2011, OPAL has been to a 100% exempt from EU internal energy market rules on third party access and tariff regulation. Now, according to the revised decision, the use of only 50 % of OPAL’s capacity will be exempt from third party access rules and the operation of the other 50 % of the pipeline capacity will be covered by stringent EU market rules. These rules ensure transparent and non-discriminatory access to all gas companies. Moreover, additional conditions are now in place in order to create better trading possibilities for all market participants.
In its decision, the Commission finds that while changes to the initial exemption decision are justified in view of market changes since 2009, more stringent conditions are neededto ensure fair and non-discriminatory access to the pipeline for all market participants and thus contribute to market integration, security of supply and improved competition on the Czech market. In its decision, the Commission notably requests that a significant amount of the pipeline’s capacity has to be made available as a reliable – so called “firm” – capacity for competitors. Under given conditions, the Commission may even revise this threshold further upward. In addition, companies with a dominant position on the Czech market are not allowed to outbid other users of the pipeline for this capacity, while added monitoring obligations provide further safeguards for the pipeline to contribute to market integration and competition.
The additional conditions introduced in the Commission’s decision reflect the latest market developments, – increasing cross-border trade in Central Europe and growing liquidity in the markets – and, in ensuring that all companies have access to the pipeline, it allows the competitive gas markets to develop further to the benefit of European consumers. Today’s Decision for an efficient use of existing pipelines contributes to market integration particularly in this case of the Czech and German markets. Enabling greater access from the German hub “Gaspool” to the Czech market will also increase security of supply.
The exemption framework will, as was the case under the earlier decision, be applicable until 2033. Following this date, standard regulatory provisions will fully apply to the OPAL pipeline. The decision is binding on the German energy regulatory authority with immediate effect.

The OPAL pipeline connects Nord Stream 1 in Northern Germany with the gas infrastructure in the Czech Republic.
According to EU law, exemptions from the EU gas rules on third party access, regulated tariffs and unbundling can be granted – subject to the Commission’s approval – in order to enable new investments which would not take place if the standard regulatory provisions were to be applied in full.
In 2009, the OPAL pipeline was fully exempted from third party access and tariff regulation provisions. However, to ensure effective competition on the gas markets in the Czech Republic, companies with a dominant position on one of the Czech gas markets (which includes the Gazprom group and RWE group) were only then allowed to book more than 50 % of the capacity for the Czech Republic if they implemented a ‘gas release programme’, a sale of gas under conditions set by the regulatory authority. Such a programme was never implemented and as a consequence, significant parts of the pipeline capacity remained unused.
In May 2016 the German Energy Regulator Bundesnetzagentur notified to the Commission changes to the 2009 exemption decision. These suggested changes replace the 50% booking limitation, which was subject to a gas release programme, by non-discriminatory access to half of the capacity. Thus, all parties, including dominant companies, could book this half of the pipeline, whereas the other half would remain fully exempt. In addition, a share of capacity would need to be made available as firm capacity.
In its decision today, adopted under the third Gas Directive (Directive 2009/73/EC), the Commission sets out the following main additional conditions:
–       The amount of firm short-term capacity from the Gaspool hub (“FZK capacity”) to be made available has to be increased up to 20 % in case of demand. If technically feasible, changes to the competitive situation are such as to justify an increase, and the benefits of an increase outweigh the costs thereof, the Commission can request further increases of this capacity.
–       Undertakings or groups of undertakings with a dominant position in the Czech Republic or which control more than 50 % of natural gas arriving at Greifswald may bid for this capacity only at the base price. The base price may not exceed the average price of comparable capacity on other pipelines.
–       Bundesnetzagentur has to monitor and report on the effectiveness of the OPAL decision for improving competition on the Czech market. The OPAL operator shall be certified under the applicable unbundling provisions.

The Commission’s Decision will be published on the following website:

Commission welcomes progress at international level to tackle maritime emissions

MIL OSI – Source: European Union – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Commission welcomes progress at international level to tackle maritime emissions

The European Union and its Member States have been among the main advocates of such system, as outlined in the European Strategy for low-emission mobility adopted by the Commission in July 2016. Following the international agreement to tackle aviation emissions, reached earlier this month, today’s deal is another significant addition to the global efforts to tackle climate change and modernise the economy.
Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said, “Three weeks after the aviation deal in Montreal, the momentum for global action on climate remains strong. Today’s agreement is a milestone for a cleaner shipping sector. Data collection is an important first step, and it is very positive that we also started a discussion on a fair contribution of shipping to the climate efforts. The Commission will continue to work closely with the International Maritime Organisation and all its members for a competitive and sustainable shipping sector.”
Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella welcomed the decision on sulphur emissions: “The IMO took a landmark decision. The global cap agreed is fully in line with the sulphur cap already applicable in EU waters under the Sulphur Directive. The decision will significantly reduce the impact of ship emissions on human health and ensure a global level-playing-field for ship operators. I congratulate the coordinated support from EU Member States that was instrumental for the positive outcome achieved”.

The agreement on a global and mandatory system to collect fuel consumption data was reached within the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organisation, the United Nations body responsible for shipping. In practice, as of 2019 ships over a certain threshold capacity (5,000 gross tonnage and above) will be required to collect data on fuel consumption and energy efficiency, and report it to the flag state. The data will be subsequently transferred to the IMO, which will produce a yearly report. This system constitutes an important first step for further decarbonisation measures.
The Committee also started to discuss the shipping sector’s contribution to the international efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, as this sector is not explicitly mentioned in the Paris Agreement.

Next steps
The IMO now needs to develop guidelines regarding the implementation of the mandatory data collection scheme. The Commission and the EU Member States will continue actively to contribute to their development. The Commission will then assess whether the EU own data collection scheme should be aligned to the global one.
Further work is also expected within IMO on the definition of shipping’s ambition in terms of GHG emissions reductions.

The EU maritime sector overall generates a gross added value of just under €500 billion a year to which the shipping sector is one of the main contributors. The sector provides some 5.4 million jobs in the EU. Its future competitiveness goes hand-in-hand with greater environmental sustainability. Reducing shipping’s environmental impacts is therefore a priority area as highlighted in the European Strategy for low-emission mobility adopted in July 2016. The implementation of the latter will be a priority in 2017 as President Juncker outlined in his State of the Union address.
More information
MEMO on the key takeaways of the IMO meeting
IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee
A European Strategy for low-emission mobility

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Syngenta by ChemChina

MIL OSI – Source: European Union – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Syngenta by ChemChina

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “This deal would lead to the combination of a leading crop protection company with one of its main generic competitors. Therefore we need to carefully assess whether the proposed merger would lead to higher prices or a reduced choice for farmers”.
The proposed merger would combine Syngenta of Switzerland, one of the main global seeds and crop protection companies, and ChemChina of China, which controls Adama, the largest supplier of generic crop protection products in Europe. The transaction would take place in an industry that is already relatively concentrated.
The Commission’s preliminary concerns
Syngenta and ChemChina, through Adama, each have strong partially overlapping portfolios of crop protection products, including herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and plant growth regulators. These products are used for the cultivation of several of the main crops grown in Europe, including cereals, cotton, corn, fruits and vegetables, oilseed rape, soybean, sugarbeet and sunflowers.
The Commission’s initial investigation identified preliminary concerns in a number of these crop protection markets and suggests that:
the parties have relatively high combined market shares in many of these markets, and that at least some of each party’s products may compete directly with those of the other;
Adama may be an important generic competitor of Syngenta in many of these markets;
for a company that focuses on generic crop protection products, Adama has a broad portfolio of products, wide geographic coverage and good access to downstream distributors.
The Commission therefore has preliminary concerns that the proposed merger could reduce competition on these markets and that this in turn could have an impact on price and choices for farmers.
As well as looking into crop protection markets, the in-depth investigation will also verify whether the merger may negatively affect Syngenta’s and ChemChina’s supply of active ingredients. These are the key chemical input for other manufacturers to make crop protection products.
The transaction was notified to the Commission on 23 September 2016. The Commission now has 90 working days, until 15 March 2017, to take a decision. The opening of an in-depth inquiry does not prejudge the final result of the investigation.
Given the worldwide scope of Syngenta’s and ChemChina’s activities, the Commission is cooperating closely with other competition authorities, notably with the Federal Trade Commission in the US and the antitrust authorities of Brazil and Canada.

Companies and products
Syngenta is a global agrochemical and seeds company with headquarters in Switzerland. Syngenta produces and sells crop protection products, seeds, and lawn and garden products. It is active on a global basis in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of a wide range of crop protection products and seeds.
ChemChina is a diversified Chinese state-owned company. ChemChina is active in the agrochemical sector through its agrochemical division China National Agrochemical Corporation (CNAC), and its wholly-owned subsidiary Adama Agricultural Solutions (Adama). CNAC manufactures and sells chemical products, mainly outside the EEA. Adama is an Israeli company primarily active at global level in the manufacturing and distribution of off-patent formulated products for crop protection and professional pest control. It also sells active ingredients to other crop protection producers.

Merger control rules and procedures
The Commission has the duty to assess mergers and acquisitions involving companies with a turnover above certain thresholds (see Article 1 of the Merger Regulation) and to prevent concentrations that would significantly impede effective competition in the EEA or any substantial part of it.
The vast majority of notified mergers do not pose competition problems and are cleared after a routine review. From the moment a transaction is notified, the Commission generally has 25 working days to decide whether to grant approval (Phase I) or to start an in-depth investigation (Phase II).
In addition to the current transaction, there are four other on-going phase II merger investigations:
–       The proposed merger between Dow and DuPont, with a decision deadline on 6 February 2017
–       The proposed acquisition by HeidelbergCement and Schwenk of Cemex Croatia, with a decision deadline on 23 February 2017
–       The proposed merger between Deutsche Börse AG and London Stock Exchange Group, with a decision deadline on 6 March 2017
–       The proposed acquisition of the Greek gas transmission system operator DESFA by the Azeri state oil company SOCAR.
More information will be available on the competition website, in the Commission’s public case register under the case number M.7962.

Statement on the Decision of Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva to become Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank and to resign from the European Commission

MIL OSI – Source: European Union – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Statement on the Decision of Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva to become Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank and to resign from the European Commission

Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva, responsible for Budget and Human Resources, has informed European Commission President Juncker of her decision to resign from her post as Member of the European Commission in order to take up a new responsibility, as of 2 January 2017, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA), known collectively as the World Bank.
President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “It is with great regret that I have accepted Kristalina Georgieva’s decision to resign from the European Commission. The fact that she has been asked to take a leading role in the World Bank is an acknowledgment and recognition of Kristalina Georgieva’s many talents and her professionalism. I sincerely congratulate her on this new role. Kristalina Georgieva has been an excellent Vice-President during the first two years of the Commission which I have the honour to preside. I have always been glad to rely on her determination to deliver, her strategic advice and her friendship. Kristalina Georgieva is an experienced politician for whom I have great respect and I want to thank her for her loyal and committed work as Vice-President of the European Commission. She will be greatly missed.
The work of the European Commission must go on. I have therefore asked Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner responsible for Digital Economy and Society, to succeed Kristalina Georgieva in her portfolio. After the current Vice-Presidents, Günther H. Oettinger is the first Commissioner in seniority and protocol order in the Commission. Having been Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, one of the biggest Länder in Germany, and Vice-President in the previous European Commission, he can rely on extensive political experience and a good network of contacts in the European Parliament, the Member States and in Europe’s regions. I have therefore full confidence in his professionalism, capacity and expertise to assume this new responsibility.”
In line with the Interinstitutional Framework Agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the European Commission, President Juncker has informed Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, of Kristalina Georgieva’s resignation and of his intention to transfer her portfolio to Günther H. Oettinger. This should allow for the relevant parliamentary consultation to take place (paragraph 7 of the Interinstitutional Framework Agreement). Kristalina Georgieva’s resignation will take effect at the latest on 31 December 2016 (midnight), depending notably on the development of the ongoing budgetary negotiations. Until then, President Juncker has asked Vice-President Georgieva to work closely with Günther H. Oettinger in order to allow for an orderly transition of responsibilities and the portfolio.
As regards the vacancy caused by the resignation of Kristalina Georgieva in the European Commission, Article 246 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) stipulates that this vacancy shall be filled for the remainder of her term of office by a Member of Bulgarian nationality, appointed by the Council, by common accord with the President of the Commission and after consulting the European Parliament. President Juncker stands ready to discuss swiftly with the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov potential names for a new Commissioner of Bulgarian nationality as well as the allocation of a possible portfolio.
Article 17(3) of the Treaty on European Union provides that Commissioners shall be chosen on the ground of their general competence and European commitment from persons whose independence is beyond doubt. Procedurally, the appointment of a new Commissioner of Bulgarian nationality requires common accord between the President of the Commission and the Council of Ministers after the consultation of the European Parliament (Article 246, subparagraph 2 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union). In addition, the Interinstitutional Framework Agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the European Commission requires the President of the Commission to “seriously consider” the results of the consultation of the European Parliament before giving his accord to the decision of the Council to appoint the new Commissioner (paragraph 6 of the Framework Agreement).

Extracts from the relevant legal texts

Extract of the relevant provision from the Framework Agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the European Commission:
(7) If the President of the Commission intends to reshuffle the allocation of responsibilities amongst the Members of the Commission during its term of office, pursuant to Article 248 TFEU, he/she shall inform Parliament in due time for the relevant parliamentary consultation with regard to those changes. The President’s decision to reshuffle the portfolios can take effect immediately.
(6) Where it becomes necessary to arrange for the replacement of a Member of the Commission during his/her term of office pursuant to the second paragraph of Article 246 TFEU, the President of the Commission will seriously consider the result of Parliament’s consultation before giving accord to the decision of the Council.
Parliament shall ensure that its procedures are conducted with the utmost dispatch, in order to enable the President of the Commission to seriously consider Parliament’s opinion before the new Member is appointed.
Similarly, pursuant to the third paragraph of Article 246 TFEU, when the remainder of the Commission’s term of office is short, the President of the Commission will seriously consider Parliament’s position.

Article 246 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, subparagraph 2
A vacancy caused by resignation, compulsory retirement or death shall be filled for the remainder of the Member’s term of office by a new Member of the same nationality appointed by the Council, by common accord with the President of the Commission, after consulting the European Parliament and in accordance with the criteria set out in the second subparagraph of Article 17(3) of the Treaty on European Union.

Article 17 of the Treaty on European Union, paragraph 3
3.   (…)
The members of the Commission shall be chosen on the ground of their general competence and European commitment from persons whose independence is beyond doubt.
In carrying out its responsibilities, the Commission shall be completely independent. Without prejudice to Article 18(2), the members of the Commission shall neither seek nor take instructions from any Government or other institution, body, office or entity. They shall refrain from any action incompatible with their duties or the performance of their tasks.

Visit of the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Ms Věra Jourová to EASO Headquarters in Malta, Valletta

MIL OSI – Source: European Union – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Visit of the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Ms Věra Jourová to EASO Headquarters in Malta, Valletta

On 28 October, José Carreira, Executive Director of EASO, welcomed Ms Věra Jourová, Commisioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality to EASO headquarters in Valletta, Malta.During her visit, the Commissioner was briefed on EASO main activities and structure with a particular focus on EASO’s supporting role and ongoing operations in the hotspots in Greece and Italy. Another relevant topic for discussion was the overall asylum situation in the EU.Important figures and milestones have been mentioned during the meeting, explaining EASO’s efforts in carrying out a number of operations in Italy and Greece, where are deployed, overall, some 280 staff in around 20 locations.In this context, EASO’s Executive Director held that he believes “in the importance of having a strong justice component in our asylum and migration policies, especially in the current European context, focused on finding real solutions for the real problems that Member States have to cope with. EASO is a crucial part of the EU response to the current migratory challenges, being one of the key players in the implementation of the EU relocation programme and of the EU-TR Statement”.Any further information on EASO may be obtained by contacting Mr. Jean-Pierre Schembri on the following e-mail address:jean-pierre.schembri@easo.europa.eu  (follow us live on twitter @EASO).

Monetary Policy Guidelines for 2017-2019, draft (introduction, part 1, forecast tables)

MIL OSI – Source: Central Bank of the Russian Federation in English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Monetary Policy Guidelines for 2017-2019, draft (introduction, part 1, forecast tables)

Monetary Policy Guidelines for 2017-2019, draft (introduction, part 1, forecast tables)28.10.2016 PDF, 1.00 MB
“Guidelines for the Single State Monetary Policy in 2016 and for 2017 and 2018″24.11.2015 PDF, 5.01 MB
“Guidelines for the Single State Monetary Policy in 2015 and for 2016 and 2017″24.11.2014 PDF, 952 KB
“Guidelines for the Single State Monetary Policy in 2014 and for 2015 and 2016″11.12.2013 PDF, 807 KB
“Guidelines for the Single State Monetary Policy in 2013 and for 2014 and 2015″29.12.2012 PDF, 732 KB
“Guidelines for the Single State Monetary Policy in 2012 and for 2013 and 2014″27.06.2012 PDF, 587 KB
“Guidelines for the Single State Monetary Policy in 2011 and for 2012 and 2013″27.06.2012 PDF, 691 KB
“Guidelines for the Single State Monetary Policy in 2010 and for 2011 and 2012″27.06.2012 PDF, 526 KB

La nouvelle France des territoires

MIL OSI – Source: Government of France – Press Release/Statement

Headline: La nouvelle France des territoires

Le Premier ministre s’est rendu en Gironde, à Pessac, pour évaluer les résultats du programme de réindustrialisation, “Usine du futur”,  initié par la région Nouvelle Aquitaine. Ce dispositif, issu de la Nouvelle France industrielle, établit un diagnostic de performances industrielles des PME et ETI régionales, puis les accompagne dans leurs démarches d’amélioration d’outils, d’organisation industrielle et de compétitivité avec pour objectif la réindustrialisation des territoires.

Réindustrialiser les territoires
Le Premier ministre a défendu le nouveau dialogue entre l’Etat et les territoires qu’il a souhaité engager dans la prolongation de la réforme territoriale portée par ce gouvernement. Un dialogue avec les régions notamment qui porte aussi bien sur le développement économique, l’aménagement équilibré des territoires ou la formation professionnelle.Grâce au programme “Usine du futur”, la région Nouvelle Aquitaine dispose d’un programme performant qui va de l’identification des filières stratégiques au soutien à l’appareil industriel, en passant par la définition de la carte des formations. “Nous rassemblons les entreprises régionales autour d’un projet commun : réindustrialiser les territoires, redonner de la compétitivité aux entreprises, remettre l’humain, les compétences et l’innovation au cœur de la productivité. […] C’est important, car la stratégie territoriale gagnante ne se bâtit pas en silo, mais en rassemblant tous les potentiels locaux”, a-t-il déclaré. Et les résultats sont au rendez-vous : “ces ‘usines du futur’ embauchent, innovent, se développent et exportent. Et plus important encore, elles renforcent leur implantation dans leurs territoires” s’est félicité le Premier ministre. En présence du président de la région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Alain Rousset, il a visité l’entreprise I2S, fleuron du renouveau de l’industrie dans cette région et du programme “Usine du futur”,  initié par la région.
Soif d’innovation
Le Premier ministre a également visité, à Mérignac, le domaine viticole du Château Luchey-Halde, site de formation pour les élèves ingénieurs agronomes en viticulture et oenologie, terrain d’expérimentation pour la recherche. Il a reçu à cette occasion une délégation de viticulteurs et négociants de vins bordelais.Il leur a annoncé que le futur texte réglementant l’usage des produits phytosanitaires reprendrait l’architecture et les mesures de fonds du texte actuellement en vigueur et annulé par le Conseil d’Etat pour vice de forme. Le futur texte devra, si des “mesures consensuelles” se dégagent, intégrer de nouvelles précautions “car la société française toute entière regarde avec plus d’acuité les questions de santé et de protection de la biodiversité”.Par ailleurs, il faudra améliorer  le matériel d’épandage, recourir  à des produits de substitution moins dangereux, et à des changements de pratiques , plus économes en produits sanitaires.Belles rencontres au domaine viticole Luchey-Halde qui transmet aux élèves-ingénieurs le goût de la tradition et la soif de l’innovation. pic.twitter.com/ut9T7q98PN— Manuel Valls (@manuelvalls) October 27, 2016
Donner aux territoires les moyens de leur compétitivité
Les nouvelles compétences économiques des régions, issues de la loi NOTRe permettent aux régions de France de renforcer leurs actions dans les territoires au service du développement économique et de l’emploi. “La France des territoires change à grands pas ! Toutes ces évolutions créent de nouvelles opportunités que les territoires peuvent saisir avec ambition, à condition, bien sûr, que nous leur en donnions tous les moyens”, a déclaré le Premier ministre. Mais pour le Premier, ministre, “les territoires ne demandent pas à être protégés ou assistés. Ils demandent à disposer de toutes les cartes pour agir, pour innover, en matière de soutien aux entreprises, ou bien de solidarité. Ils demandent que leurs compétences, les politiques qu’ils mènent soient reconnues comme contribuant à l’effort national et à la cohésion de notre pays.” 
Transfert d’une fraction de la TVA aux régions en 2018
L’Etat doit reconnaître aux régions les moyens de leur autonomie. “C’est pourquoi, dès 2018, les régions ne dépendront plus d’une dotation d’Etat mais gagneront une réelle autonomie financière”, a rappelé le Premier ministre. Ainsi, “les régions n’auront plus de dotation globale de fonctionnement, mais une fraction de TVA dont l’effet dynamique annuel garantira, augmentera et pérennisera leurs moyens d’action.””Ce choix parachève la réforme territoriale, il lui donne tout son sens : des territoires forts, co-responsables avec l’Etat, capables de choisir leur avenir”, s’est-il félicité. 

Article – 10th edition of Charlemagne Youth Prize open for applications

MIL OSI – Source: European Union – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Article – 10th edition of Charlemagne Youth Prize open for applications

Young people who make a difference deserve recognition. That is why the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation award the Charlemagne Youth Prize every year. Today we open applications for the 10th edition. If you are between 16 and 30 years old and run a project with a European dimension, do not hesitate to apply for our competition. The winning projects will benefit from recognition and media coverage as well as prize money to further develop the initiative.
The prize
The Charlemagne Youth Prize is organised by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation in Aachen and is awarded each year to projects run by young people aged between 16 and 30. The winning projects should provide models for young people living in Europe and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community.
The three winning projects will be chosen from the 28 projects nominated by national juries in the individual EU member states. This year the financial rewards are higher than in previous years: the first prize will be awarded €7,500, second prize €5,000 and third prize €2,500.
Representatives of all 28 national winning projects will be invited to the Charlemagne Youth Prize award ceremony in Aachen in May 2017.
The rules
Projects must: meet several criteria in order to qualify. They have to promote European and international understanding, foster the development of a shared sense of European identity and integration, as well as serve as a role model for young people living in Europe and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community.
Should you still have questions, you can write directly to the prize secretariat at ECYP2017@EP.europa.eu.
Social media
Join the discussion on social media using the hashtag #ECYP2017.