The European Commission has announced today that it will open Private Storage Aid for butter, Skimmed Milk Powder (SMP) and certain cheeses in order to alleviate the impact of Russian restrictions on imports of EU dairy products and to limit the negative effects on the internal market. The Commission has also confirmed that the period for public intervention of butter & SMP will be extended until the end of the year.
EU Agriculture & Rural Development Commissioner Dacian Cioloș explained:
“Price signals on the European dairy market show that the Russian ban is starting to hit this sector. In a number of Member States export earnings are being lost and new outlets need to be found. The European dairy sector needs time and help to adapt so I am announcing today targeted market support, focusing on milk powder, butter and exported cheeses If needed, further measures will follow.”
Meeting between President Barroso and President Poroshenko, Saturday 30 August
On Saturday 30 August, President Barroso will meet Ukrainian President Poroshenko in Brussels. The objective of the meeting is to discuss the situation in Ukraine, the latest developments, upcoming elections and EU support.
A press point is scheduled to take place after their meeting, please follow EBS for exact timing and coverage of the press point.
Vice-President Oettinger to hold talks with Russian Energy Minister Novak, Friday 29 August
On Friday 29 August 2014, Vice President Günther H. Oettinger, responsible for energy, will hold talks with the Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in Moscow. The aim is to discuss a range of gas issues in particular security of gas supply to and transit through Ukraine and secure supply to the EU in the next winter. Furthermore it aims at preparing the next trilateral meeting on energy security in September following the agreement in Minsk. The Moscow talks will be followed by a joint press conference by Vice-President Oettinger and Energy Minister Novak in the Russian Energy Ministry. Accreditation to the Russian Energy Ministry's press service is mandatory.
President Barroso, Vice President Oettinger and Commissioner Füle attend Western Balkans Conference in Berlin today
Today, Thursday 28 August, President Barroso attends the Western Balkans Summit hosted by the German government in Berlin. The aim is to reiterate the Union's commitment to the European perspective of all Western Balkan countries and support for the accession process, not least by facilitating increased regional cooperation. President Barroso will first have a one-hour bilateral meeting with Chancellor Merkel and then participate in the leaders' segment of the summit. He will notably introduce the discussion about regional cooperation and the EU dimension. In the context of the summit, Commissioner Füle will attend the meeting with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Vice President Oettinger will attend a Western Balkans business meeting. A press conference at the Chancellery is scheduled for Thursday 17.30 with Chancellor Merkel, President Barroso and the Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama who is the current Chair of the South East Europe Cooperation Process. A working dinner will conclude the summit.
Timely flood alerts and real-time monitoring of flood emergencies can save lives and prevent damage to property, infrastructure and the environment. Imprints , WeSenseIt and UrbanFlood are just three examples of EU-funded projects that have developed unique forecasting and alert systems to warn communities of impending floods.
In August 2014 the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area remained broadly flat (at +0.16) compared to July (+0.17). Managers' more optimistic appraisals of past productionand, to a lesser extent, export order books were offset by a marked decrease in their assessment of expected production. Managers' views on the level of stocks of finished products and overall order books remained broadly unchanged.
The European Union today took an important step towards creating a comprehensive EU investment policy, with the publication of a Regulation setting out a new set of rules to manage disputes under the EU's investment agreements with its trading partners. The rules – set out in the Regulation on financial responsibility under future investor-to-state disputes – are a necessary component of a common EU investment policy.
Following her meeting with the Italian Minister of Interior Angelino Alfano, Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström said:
"We have discussed the future of Mare Nostrum and on how to manage migration in the Mediterranean. The European Commission will do its utmost to make sure that the whole European Union, that all the Member States, will play an increased role in helping Italy to manage the migration issue in the Mediterranean".
"And that is why we have been working together intensely on a new Frontex operation, which aim will be to increase the assistance to Italy. We have decided that the two ongoing Frontex operations Hermes and Aeneas will be merged and extended into a new upgraded operation. The aim is to put in place an enlarged 'Frontex plus' to complement what Italy has been doing".
"After each tragedy in the Mediterranean there have been calls from all Member States saying that they deplore these losses of lives. This is of course important, this oral solidarity. But that solidarity now needs to be transformed into concrete action. That is why I call upon all Member States to contribute to this new operation because it is a concern to all of us and it is a challenge that will not disappear".