Audiovisual Services > Photo > News http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByDate.cfm?sitelang=en Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:22:06 GMT Meeting between Hans-Joachim Reck, President of the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public services, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026508&sitelang=en José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, met with Hans-Joachim Reck, President of the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public services (CEEP). Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026508&sitelang=en Algirdas Šemeta receives a group of Lithuanian librarians http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026501&sitelang=en Algirdas Šemeta, Member of the EC in charge of Taxation, Customs, Statistics, Audit and Anti-Fraud receives a group of Lithuanian librarians Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026501&sitelang=en Algirdas Šemeta receives Igors Ludboržs, Member of the Court of Auditors http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026510&sitelang=en Algirdas Šemeta, Member of the EC in charge of Taxation, Customs, Statistics, Audit and Anti-Fraud receives Igors Ludboržs, Member of the Court of Auditors Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026510&sitelang=en Algirdas Šemeta receives Pierre Moscovici, Member designate of the EC in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026500&sitelang=en Algirdas Šemeta, Member of the EC in charge of Taxation, Customs, Statistics, Audit and Anti-Fraud receives Pierre Moscovici, Member designate of the EC in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026500&sitelang=en Participation of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and László Andor, Member of the EC, in the Tripartite Social Summit http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026487&sitelang=en José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, participated in the Tripartite Social Summit. Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Giuliano Poletti, Italian Minister for Labour and Social Policy and President in office of the Council of the EU, were also present. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026487&sitelang=en Brussels European Council, 23-24/10/14 http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026475&sitelang=en Participation of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC and Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, at the Brussels European Council, 23-24/10/14 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026475&sitelang=en Participation of Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the EC, in the EP plenary session http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026506&sitelang=en Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the EC, participated in the EP plenary session which focused on the presentation of the new College of the EC. His speech was followed by a joint press conference with Martin Schulz, President of the EP. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026506&sitelang=en Androulla Vassiliou receives Mary McAleese, Chair of the High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026507&sitelang=en Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth receives Mary McAleese, Chair of the High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026507&sitelang=en The College of the Juncker Commission after the confirmation vote by the EP http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026497&sitelang=en First group photo of the College of the Juncker Commission and several life pictures after the confirmation vote by the EP during the plenary session of 20-23/10/14. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026497&sitelang=en Speech by Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade at the 'Catching the Indian Tiger' seminar http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026473&sitelang=en Speech by Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade at the 'Catching the Indian Tiger' seminar, organised by the Belgo-Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Brussels Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026473&sitelang=en Briefing by Günther Oettinger, Aleksandr Novak and Yuriy Prodan after the EU-Russia-Ukraine trilateral meeting on gas http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026486&sitelang=en Briefing by Günther Oettinger, Vice President of the EC in charge of Energy, Aleksandr Novak, Russian Minister for Energy and Yuriy Prodan, Ukrainian Minister for Energy and Coal Industry after the EU-Russia-Ukraine trilateral meeting on gas Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026486&sitelang=en Round table of the EU-Russia-Ukraine trilateral meeting on gas http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026498&sitelang=en Participation of Günther Oettinger, Vice President of the EC in charge of Energy, Aleksandr Novak, Russian Minister for Energy and Yuriy Prodan, Ukrainian Minister for Energy and Coal Industry at the round table of the EU-Russia-Ukraine trilateral meeting on gas Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026498&sitelang=en Weekly meeting of the Barroso II Commission http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026505&sitelang=en José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, participated in the weekly meeting of the Barroso II Commission in Strasbourg. Were present: Joaquín Almunia, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Competition, Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, Algirdas Šemeta, Member of the EC in charge of Taxation, Customs, Statistics, Audit and Anti-Fraud, Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Science, Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, Neven Mimica, Member of the EC in charge of Consumer Policy, Martine Reicherts, Member of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, and Jacek Dominik, Member of the EC in charge of Financial Programming and Budget. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026505&sitelang=en Participation of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, in the EP plenary session http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=025934&sitelang=en José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, participated in the EP plenary session which focused on his valedictory speech and the presentation of the evaluation of his 10 years as President of the European Commission. For the end of his mandate José Manuel Barroso notably published the book "European Commission 2004-2014: A Testimony by the President with selected documents". Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=025934&sitelang=en Hearing of Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President designate of the EC, at the EP http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026489&sitelang=en Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President designate of the EC in charge of the Energy Union, was auditioned by the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) of the EP. The main objectives of the hearings were to prepare the way for the vote confirming the new Commissioners by the EP. The hearing process also gave the Commissioners designate of the Commission of Jean-Claude Juncker the opportunity to set out their ideas on their future responsibilities and allowed the Members of the EP to ask them questions. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026489&sitelang=en Hearing of Violeta Bulc, Member designate of the EC, at the EP http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026490&sitelang=en Violeta Bulc, Member designate of the EC in charge of Transport and Space, was auditioned by the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) of the EP. The main objectives of the hearings were to prepare the way for the vote confirming the new Commissioners by the EP. The hearing process also gave the Commissioners designate of the Commission of Jean-Claude Juncker the opportunity to set out their ideas on their future responsibilities and allowed the Members of the EP to ask them questions. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026490&sitelang=en Participation of László Andor at the opening of 'Bangladesh - staying engaged' event http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026477&sitelang=en Participation of László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion at the opening of 'Bangladesh - staying engaged' event, organised by the EC's DG Trade Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026477&sitelang=en Visit by Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC, to Austria http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026466&sitelang=en Visit by Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy to Vienna, where he signs a Partnership Agreement with Sonja Stessl Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026466&sitelang=en Speech by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, at Chatham House http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026411&sitelang=en José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, went to London where he made the speech "Ten years at the helm of the European Commission: Some reflections on Europe" at Chatham House, the British Royal Institute of International Affairs. Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House, moderated the questions and answers time which followed. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026411&sitelang=en Visit by Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC, to Nepal http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026362&sitelang=en Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, travelled to Nepal from 18 to 21 October, while it was announced that the EU development programmes for Nepal and Bhutan will triple in the 2014-2020 period in comparison with the allocation from the previous years. This commitment shows the EU has taken note of the efforts both countries have made to fight poverty and implement constitutional reforms. EU support for this country will amount to 360 million euro; and it will focus on sectors such as education, sustainable rural development and strengthening democracy. During his stay, Andris Piebalgs met with several authorities, including Ram Baram Yadav, President of Nepal, and Sushil Koirala, Nepalese Prime Minister, as well as Ram Sharan Mahat, Nepalese Minister for Finance, with whom he signed the Multiannual Indicative Programme 2014-2020. Andris Piebalgs confirmed EU's commitment to helping the country's development process and, in particular, express support for reforms to place the public finances on a sounder footing. The Andris Piebalgs also visited EU funded programmes in Bhaktapur and in the Banke and Bardia Districts (Mid-Western Region). Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026362&sitelang=en Visit by Andris Piebalgs to Bhutan http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026464&sitelang=en Visit by Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development to Bhutan Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026464&sitelang=en Meeting of the EU-China Joint Committee, 18/10/2014 http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026472&sitelang=en Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, and Gao Hucheng, Chinese Minister for Trade, participated in the annual meeting of the EU-China Joint Committee. Intensive discussions between the European Commission and the Chinese government were concluded by an amicable settlement on the trade defence investigation into Chinese telecoms. The Commission took the official decision that it no longer considers it necessary to pursue this anti-dumping investigation against mobile telecommunications networks from China. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026472&sitelang=en Press conference by Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC, following the conclusion of the negotiations of the investment part of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026481&sitelang=en Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, gave a press conference following the conclusion of the negotiations of the investment part of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA). Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026481&sitelang=en Visit of Tonio Borg, Member of the EC, to a food retailers http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026452&sitelang=en Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health on a field trip to show how retailers and food banks work together to provide food to those in greatest need in Belgium Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026452&sitelang=en Visit by Johannes Hahn to Slovenia http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026442&sitelang=en Visit by Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy to Slovenia, where he gives a speech at the 'Rethinking Europe: creative regions for a strong Europe' symposium Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026442&sitelang=en Signature by Andris Piebalgs and Rustamjon Soliev, Head of the Mission of Tajikistan to the EU of the National Indicative Programme for Tajikistan http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026453&sitelang=en Signature by Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Rustamjon Soliev, Head of the Mission of Tajikistan to the EU of the National Indicative Programme for Tajikistan Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026453&sitelang=en Presentation of the Gold Medal of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe to José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026423&sitelang=en José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, went to Lausanne, where he received the Gold Medal of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe from the hands of José María Gil-Robles, President of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe. He made a speech entitled "Find the pride again to be European" on this occasion. Martin Schulz, President of the EP, and Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, also received the Gold Medal during the same ceremony. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026423&sitelang=en Press conference by Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC, on the first evaluation report on the trafficking of human beings http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026454&sitelang=en Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, gave a press conference following the publication of the mid-term report of the 2012-2016 EU strategy, accompanied by the statistical report on victims and traffickers for the years 2010-2012. The EC also reported on the use of the Directive on residence permits to non EU victims of human trafficking. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026454&sitelang=en Participation of Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC, at the first High Level EU-Angola ministerial meeting, 17/10/2014 http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026471&sitelang=en Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, participated in the first high level ministerial meeting between the EU and Angola, which was held in Brussels on 17 October 2014. The meeting was organised in the framework of the 'EU-Angola Joint Way Forward' document, which is intended to be the basis for a permanent process and an inclusive dialogue and cooperation at various levels in a range of areas. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026471&sitelang=en Participation of Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC, at the EU-Korea Trade Committee http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026458&sitelang=en Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, and Yoon Sang-jick, South Korean Minister for Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), participated in the EU-Korea Trade Committee. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026458&sitelang=en Joint press conference by Tonio Borg, Member of the EC, and Beatrice Lorenzin, Italian Minister for Health, following the EU High Level meeting on Ebola http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026468&sitelang=en Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health, and Beatrice Lorenzin, Italian Minister for Health and President in office of the Council of the EU, gave a joint press conference following the EU High Level meeting on Ebola, which was held in Brussels. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026468&sitelang=en Visit of Diodorus Buberwa Kamala, Head of the Mission of Tanzania to the EU, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026470&sitelang=en Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, received Diodorus Buberwa Kamala, Head of the Mission of Tanzania to the EU. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026470&sitelang=en Participation of Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC, at the 2014 Young Professionals VIP reception, organised by the AmCham http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026463&sitelang=en Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, participated in the 2014 Young Professionals VIP reception, organised by the American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium (AmCham Belgium). He pronounced a speech entitled "The EU-Trade Commissioner in a Globalised World - TTIP as an Example". Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026463&sitelang=en Visit of Volkan Bozkır, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator for accession negotiations to the EU, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026451&sitelang=en Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, received Volkan Bozkır, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator for accession negotiations to the EU. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026451&sitelang=en Mayors Adapt Event: Welcome speech by Jos Delbeke, Director-General DG Climate Action http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026429&sitelang=en Participation of Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action and Jos Delbeke, Director General of the EC's DG Climate Action at the welcome and opening session of the 'Mayors Adapt' event Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026429&sitelang=en Press conference by Günther Oettinger, Vice-President of the EC, on the Energy Security Stress Test Report http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026449&sitelang=en Günther Oettinger, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Energy, gave a press conference following the publication of the EC report on the resilience of the European gas system. It states that more gas will continue to be delivered to homes and companies, if Member States cooperate and allow the market forces to work as long as possible. Government intervention should be carefully prepared on a regional basis and only kick in, if needed. The report includes concrete short-term recommendations for the most vulnerable EU Member States and neighbouring countries. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026449&sitelang=en Visit of Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026457&sitelang=en Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro, and Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, received Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026457&sitelang=en Participation of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, in the 10th Asia/Europe Summit http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026274&sitelang=en José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, went to Milan to participate in the 10th Asia/Europe Summit (ASEM) in the presence of Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council. Firstly they together met with youth representatives who handed over to the two Presidents a declaration involving 120 students and agreed at the end of a simulation called "Model ASEM". Both leaders then attended a working session with Li Keqiang, Chinese Prime Minister. Discussions focused on migration and mobility issues, the Urbanisation Partnership and the COP21/CMP11 United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris in 2015. The situation in Ukraine was also on their agenda. On 16/10/2014 José Manuel Barroso made a speech at the closing ceremony of the 14th Asia/Europe Business Forum (AEBF). He then took part in the 10th ASEM Summit with Heads of State or Government from 51 Asian and European partners countries. The day after the President participated in a High Level Meeting on Ukraine with Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine. José Manuel Barroso and Herman van Rompuy then took part in the second day of the ASEM Summit, and eventually gave a joint press conference. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026274&sitelang=en Group photo of women of the cabinet of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC, for the European Code Week http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026460&sitelang=en Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, and female Members of the staff of her cabinet posed for a group photo wearing special t-shirts on the occasion of the European Code Week. Held from 11 to 17 October 2014 this week saw over 1500 events bringing the digital world to life – across the EU and countries from Norway to Turkey. The spotlight on coding came as seven European Ministers for Education already incorporated compulsory coding into their school curricula, with another five countries offering it as an option in schools. This was particularly timely, as reports showed Europe could have one million unfilled jobs in the future because Europeans lack the digital skills to fill them. A major new industry-led coding platform was also on the same day to promote learning and teaching of coding, bringing to life the vision of the "Grand Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs". Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026460&sitelang=en Press conference by Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC, on the fight against illegal fishing http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026447&sitelang=en Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, gave a press conference on the fight against illegal fishing activities worldwide. In this context, she presented the proposal by the EC to ban imports of fisheries products from Sri Lanka to tackle the commercial benefits stemming from illegal fishing. The move came after four years of intense dialogue with the country after which it could not demonstrate that it sufficiently addressed illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. In contrast, the Commission confirmed that Belize, Fiji, Panama, Togo and Vanuatu, which had received warnings at the same time as Sri Lanka, have successfully taken measures to tackle illegal fishing. Consequently, the Commission proposed to lift the trade measures imposed in March 2014 against Belize. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026447&sitelang=en Visit of Erwin Pröll, Governor of Lower Austria, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026436&sitelang=en Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, received Erwin Pröll, Governor of Lower Austria. They then participated in the opening of the exhibition 'Contemporary Architecture – Mirror of the Development of a Region', which was organised at the Berlaymont with the support of the government of Lower Austria. During his visit to Brussels, Erwin Pröll also met with Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, and Martine Reicherts, Member of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026436&sitelang=en Visit of the Members of the Board of Gmundner Molkerei to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026456&sitelang=en Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, received the Members of the Board of Gmundner Molkerei including Josef Fürtbauer, President of Gmundner Molkerei, and Michael Waidacher, General Director of Gmundner Molkerei. Erwin Pröll, Governor of Lower Austria, also accompanied the delegation. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026456&sitelang=en Violeta Bulc, Member designate of the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026465&sitelang=en Portraits of Violeta Bulc, Member designate of the EC Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026465&sitelang=en Meeting between Violeta Bulc, Slovenian Deputy Prime Minister; Minister without Portfolio responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026459&sitelang=en Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the EC, met with Violeta Bulc, Slovenian Deputy Prime Minister; Minister without Portfolio responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion. The President-elect asked the Council of the EU to add the latter to the list of Members designate of the EC after the resignation of Alenka Bratušek as Vice-President designate of the EC. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026459&sitelang=en Visit of Evelyne Paradis, Executive Director of ILGA-Europe, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026435&sitelang=en Martine Reicherts, Member of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, received Evelyne Paradis, Executive Director of ILGA-Europe (International Lesbian and Gay Association). Discussions focused on future EU action on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights as well as the ways to tackle discrimination. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026435&sitelang=en Participation of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC, in the eIDAS Regulation launching event http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026425&sitelang=en Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, participated in the launching event of the Regulation (EU) N°910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (eIDAS Regulation), entitled "Unlocking the potential of the digital single market". The eIDAS Regulation entered into force on 17/09/2014. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, notably attended the event. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026425&sitelang=en Participation of Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC, at the 'Dialogue on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership' http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026445&sitelang=en Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, travelled to Rome to participate in the 'Dialogue on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership'. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026445&sitelang=en Participation of Catherine Ashton, Vice-President of the EC, in the E3/EU+3 nuclear talks in Vienna http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026431&sitelang=en Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, went to Vienna where she participated in the E3/EU+3 talks with Iran over the nuclear programme of the country. The Vice-President notably met with Mohammed Javad Zarif, Iranian Minister for Foreign Affairs. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026431&sitelang=en Visit of Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026461&sitelang=en Günther Oettinger, Vice President of the EC in charge of Energy, received Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026461&sitelang=en Visit of Michel Platini, President of the UEFA, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026448&sitelang=en José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, received Michel Platini, President of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations). On this occasion the latter and Androulla Vassiliou signed a cooperation agreement covering the following three years. This partnership agreement committed the two institutions to work together regularly in a tangible and constructive way on matters of shared interest: the integrity of sport, respect for human rights and dignity, non-discrimination and solidarity. The agreement aimed to strengthen the positive image of sport, in particular football, and to fully exploit its potential in all areas of economic and social life. During the joint press conference Michel Platini also made a commitment to contribute actively to the European Week of Sport to be held for the first time in September 2015. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026448&sitelang=en Participation of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, in the 'Smart Regulation in the EU - Building on a Strong Foundation' conference http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026420&sitelang=en José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, participated in the "Smart Regulation in the EU - Building on a Strong Foundation" conference together with Edmund Stoiber, Chairman of the High-Level Group of Independent Stakeholders on Administrative Burdens. On this occasion the latter handed over the President the final report of the High Level Group, which had been launched in 2007. The report was entitled "Cutting Red tape in Europe: Legacy and outlook". During the questions and answers part of the conference, José Manuel Barroso expressed himself against the repatriation of EU powers as agreed in the Treaties, arguing that the overall balance was right. He also cautioned against an external impact assessment body, which would over-complicate the system. Eventually the President stressed that it was up to the EP to control the EC. The Commission was taking stock of its efforts to make EU law lighter, simpler and less costly. During this conference politicians, stakeholders and experts examined the achievements and persisting challenges in the field of smart regulation, administrative burden reduction and better implementation of EU legislation. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026420&sitelang=en Visit of Maximilian Hiegelsberger, Member of the Government of the Land of Upper Austria, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026434&sitelang=en Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, received Maximilian Hiegelsberger, Member of the Government of the Land of Upper Austria. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026434&sitelang=en Joint press conference by Jan Sundelin, President of the 'Big Data Value Association' and CEO of TIE Kinetix, and Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC, on the launch of a public-private partnership to master big data http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026443&sitelang=en Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, and Jan Sundelin, President of the "Big Data Value Association" and CEO of TIE Kinetix, gave a joint press conference on the launch of a public-private partnership (PPP) to master big data. The "Big Data Value Association" (BDVA) acted on behalf of companies including ATOS, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Orange, SAP, Siemens, and research bodies such as Fraunhofer and the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz - DFKI). The EC and Europe's data industry had committed to invest €2.5 billion in a PPP aiming to strengthen the data sector and put Europe at the forefront of the global data race. Mastering big data could mean: up to 30% of the global data market for European suppliers; 100,000 new data-related jobs in Europe by 2020; and also 10% lower energy consumption, better health-care outcomes and more productive industrial machinery. After their press conference Neelie Kroes and Jan Sundelin signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up the PPP on big data. The EU had earmarked over €500 million of investment over 5 years (2016-2020) from Horizon 2020 which private partners were expected to match at least four times over (€2 billion). Sun, 12 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026443&sitelang=en Visit of Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, Vietnamese Prime Minister, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026433&sitelang=en José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, Vietnamese Prime Minister. Discussions focused on Vietnam's domestic situation, human rights, economic recovery in the EU, state of play of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) negotiations, including ratification process. Regional issues, the Asia/Europe Meeting (ASEM) of 16-17/10/2014, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), South China Sea/East Sea, and the situation in Ukraine and Middle East were also on the agenda. After their working lunch, both leaders attended the signing ceremony of the cover letter of the EU/Vietnam Multi-annual Indicative Programme (MIP) for 2014-2020. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026433&sitelang=en Visit of Vũ Huy Hoàng, Vietnamese Minister for Industry and Trade, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026444&sitelang=en Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, received Vũ Huy Hoàng, Vietnamese Minister for Industry and Trade. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026444&sitelang=en Participation of Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, Member of the EC, at the 'Small and Medium Enterprises in the Strengthening of the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base' event http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026408&sitelang=en Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, Member of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, participated in the 'Small and Medium Enterprises in the Strengthening of the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB)' event, which was organised in La Spezia. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026408&sitelang=en Participation of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, in the seminar for the presentation of the 'Survey of Economic Reforms in the EU 2008-2014' http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026398&sitelang=en José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, participated in the seminar for the presentation of the "Survey of Economic Reforms in the EU 2008-2014", published by the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA). Mario Monti, President of the Bocconi University (Università Bocconi); Member of the Italian Senate; former Italian Prime Minister, and Jean-Claude Thébault, Director-General of the BEPA, were also present. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026398&sitelang=en Participation of Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC, at the Informal Council meeting on Cohesion policy and Economic Governance, in Milan http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026404&sitelang=en Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, travelled to Milan, where he pronounced a speech on the occasion of the Informal Council meeting on Cohesion policy and Economic Governance which was organised in Milan. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026404&sitelang=en Visit of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, to Naples http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026273&sitelang=en José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, went to Naples where he met with Stefano Caldoro, President of the Campania Region. The President then visited the EU co-funded Pompeii project at Pompeii archaeological site together with Massimo Osanna, Superintendent for the Archaeological Heritage of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae. The project was supporting the Italian efforts to preserve this cultural jewel with 78 million euros from the EU budget. The President underlined the importance of EU funding for investments in growth and jobs in Europe. Italy alone had received almost 44 billion euros from the EU Structural and Investment Funds between 2014-2020. The President expressed his hope that the country would make best possible use of it to help its economic development, notably in the South, stressing that Italy so far had absorbed a relatively small share of EU Funds from the period 2007-2013. The day after José Manuel Barroso delivered a speech on the occasion of the event "Il Sabato delle Idee" (The Saturday of Ideas) at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples (Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa - Napoli) followed by a discussion with citizens. In his speech José Manuel Barroso warned of seeing Europe as a foreign power and nationalising successes while attributing failure to the EU. He also highlighted the need for Italy to pursue growth-friendly fiscal consolidation and implement structural reforms, praising the Italian government, which had started implementing important reforms such as the labour market reform "Jobs Act". While stressing the need for Germany to use its fiscal space to do more for growth and investments in line with the EU's Country-specific recommendations, he also made clear that Italy's economic problems and its competitiveness challenges should not be blamed on Berlin. The President finally explained the considerable political and financial support the EU was providing to Italy to cope with the migratory pressure in the Mediterranean. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026273&sitelang=en Visit of Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC, to Germany http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026406&sitelang=en Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, travelled to Berlin where he participated, in the presence of Stephan Weil, Minister-President of the Land of Lower Saxony, in a round table on the ongoing negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). He then attended Hamburg Summit whose theme was "China meets Europe". Thu, 09 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026406&sitelang=en Ebola crisis: EU organises an air lift operation to West Africa http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026432&sitelang=en Ebola crisis: EU organises an air lift operation to West Africa Thu, 09 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026432&sitelang=en Visit of Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC, to the United States http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026403&sitelang=en Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, travelled to Washington to participate in the 2014 Annual Assembly of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group. In the margins of the event, he signed the National Indicative Programmes (NIP) for development cooperation with Belize, Lesotho, Togo and Zambia in the 2014-2020 period, which amount to 869 million euro. He also participated in the signing ceremony of the Multiannual Indicative Programme between the EC and Afghanistan for the 2014-2020 period. The funds will focus on vital sectors for growth and social stability, such as rural development and agriculture, health, and strengthening democracy in the country. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026403&sitelang=en Visit of Thomas Hammarberg, EU Special Adviser on Constitutional and Legal Reform and Human Rights in Georgia, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026397&sitelang=en Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, received Thomas Hammarberg, EU Special Adviser on Constitutional and Legal Reform and Human Rights in Georgia. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026397&sitelang=en Margaritis Schinas at the midday Briefing http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026440&sitelang=en Margaritis Schinas will not only be the new face but also the new voice in this press room, as the new Chief European Commission Spokesman Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026440&sitelang=en Visit of Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC, to the United States http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026415&sitelang=en Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, went to Washington to participate in the 2014 Annual Assembly of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group. In this context, she also took part in the meeting entitled "Impact of the Ebola Crisis: A Perspective from the Countries", which aimed at coordinating the response to the Ebola epidemic. She also participated in the 7th edition of the Resilience Dialogue. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026415&sitelang=en Participation of Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC, at the conference on the new Urban Development Network http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026389&sitelang=en Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, pronounced the opening speech of the first conference on the Urban Development Network - UDN, which was organised in Brussels, as part of the Open Days 2014. The theme of the first edition was "Inspire, Innovate and Exchange". Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026389&sitelang=en Participation of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, in the opening ceremony of the 'Tree of European Democracy', in Etterbeek http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026391&sitelang=en José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Margarida Sousa Uva, his wife, attended the opening ceremony of the "Tree of European Democracy" (Arbre de la Démocratie européenne) at the garden of "Paradis des enfants" school, in Brussels. Vincent De Wolf, Mayor of Etterbeek and Member of the Parliament of the Brussels-Capital Region, was notably present. The tree was dedicated to José Manuel Barroso for his 10 years as President of the European Commission and as resident of Etterbeek. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026391&sitelang=en Visit of Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026393&sitelang=en José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan. Both leaders confirmed the conclusion of negotiations on the EU/Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA). During their meeting two agreements were signed. This was an important moment for the country as this PCA would significantly deepen political and economic ties, for the benefit of the people of both Kazakhstan and Europe. Discussions also focused on Kazakhstan’s political and economic reforms and the international efforts in overcoming the Ukrainian crisis. Regional security issues related to post-2014 Afghanistan, regional water management, and international energy governance were also on the agenda. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026393&sitelang=en Participation of Neelie Kroes and Günther Oettinger, Vice-Presidents of the EC, in the opening of the 'EIP Smart Cities and Communities' kick-off conference http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026417&sitelang=en Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, and Günther Oettinger, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Energy, participated in the opening of the "European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC)" Action Clusters kick-off conference, where Action Clusters and 3000 partners started their break-out sessions pushing for Innovation. The two Vice-Presidents made a speech on this occasion. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026417&sitelang=en Participation of Günther Oettinger, Vice-President of the EC, at the high level conference 'Local authorities for the Energy Security of Europe' http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026371&sitelang=en Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, participated in the high level conference 'Local authorities for the Energy Security of Europe', which was organised in Brussels in the context of the Covenant of Mayors. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026371&sitelang=en Visit of Andreas Schieder, Chairman of the SPÖ group in the Austrian Parliament, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026396&sitelang=en Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, received Andreas Schieder, Chairman of the SPÖ group in the Austrian Parliament. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026396&sitelang=en Press conference by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC, on the cut of the number of regulated markets of Telecoms in Europe http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026399&sitelang=en Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, gave a press conference on the cut of the number of regulated markets of Telecoms in Europe. The EC, in agreement with Member States, had decided that two Telecom markets should no longer be subject to regulation in Europe: the retail market for access to fixed telephony and the wholesale market for fixed call origination. Two broadband markets had also been redefined, in order to limit regulatory burdens to what was strictly necessary for competitive broadband access and investment, aiming to reflect market and technology developments. These rules took effect immediately. The Commission was increasing its focus on the distinct needs of business users, to make sure that competitive connectivity could unleash growth across the economy. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026399&sitelang=en Press conference by Joaquín Almunia, Vice-President of the EC, on the conclusion by the EC that modified British measures for Hinkley Point nuclear power plant were compatible with EU rules http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026380&sitelang=en Joaquín Almunia, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Competition, gave a press conference on the conclusion by the EC that modified British measures for Hinkley Point nuclear power plant in Somerset were compatible with EU rules. The Commission had opened an in-depth investigation in December 2013 to examine whether plans of the United Kingdom to subsidise the construction and operation of a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point were in line with EU state aid rules. In particular, the EC had doubts that the project suffered from a genuine market failure. The opening of an in-depth inquiry gave interested third parties an opportunity to comment on the measure. During this in-depth investigation, the United Kingdom had agreed to significantly modify the terms of the project financing. As a result, the state aid provided would remain proportionate to the objective pursued, avoiding any undue distortions of competition in the Single Market. The modifications also reduced British citizens' financial contribution to the project. Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026380&sitelang=en Visit of Volodymyr Hroisman, Ukrainian Vice-Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services, and Pavlo Klimkin, Ukrainian Minister for Foreign Affairs, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026421&sitelang=en Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, and Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, received Volodymyr Hroisman, Ukrainian Vice-Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services, and Pavlo Klimkin, Ukrainian Minister for Foreign Affairs. Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026421&sitelang=en Awards ceremony of the 'Europe in my Region' photo competition http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026379&sitelang=en Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, presented the awards to the winners of the 'Europe in my Region' photo competition. The three projects were all funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026379&sitelang=en Participation of Andris Piebalgs and Neven Mimica, Members of the EC, at the 'Race for Survival' campaign, organised by Save the Children http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026416&sitelang=en Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, Neven Mimica, Member of the EC in charge of Consumer Policy, and Frazer Goodwin, Senior Advocacy Adviser at Save the Children, participated in a demonstration organised on the esplanade of the Berlaymont, as part of the 2014 'Race for Survival' campaign of the NGO Save the children.On 17 October 2014, more than 20 000 children across 42 countries will take part in the 'Race for Survival', a relay race which aims to raise awareness of the urgent need to end preventable child deaths by 2030. Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026416&sitelang=en Visit of Rodrigo Alejandro Nieto Enríquez, Mexican Undersecretary for Urban Development and Housing, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026385&sitelang=en Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, received Rodrigo Alejandro Nieto Enríquez, Mexican Undersecretary for Urban Development and Housing, with whom he signed a Letter of Intention aiming to establish a regional policy dialogue between the EU and Mexico. Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026385&sitelang=en Visit of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, to Italy http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026361&sitelang=en José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, went to Milan where he met with Miro Cerar, Slovenian Prime Minister, who took office on 18/09/2014. The President then participated in a High-level Conference on Employment in Europe, notably with Matteo Renzi, Italian Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU. Organised by the Italian Presidency, the event was the third of its kind. In his speech José Manuel Barroso pressed the EU leaders to live up to their budget commitments. He also underlined the importance of the EU's budget for seven years of €1 trillion, to help fund practical and effective ways to combat unemployment, in particular youth unemployment, for example through the Youth Guarantee, to which all EU Member States had signed up. Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026361&sitelang=en Visit of the delegation of Diakonie Austria to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026387&sitelang=en Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, received a delegation of the NGO Diakonie Austria. Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026387&sitelang=en Visit of Yoka Brandt, Deputy Executive Director for External Affairs of Unicef, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026414&sitelang=en Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, received Yoka Brandt, Deputy Executive Director for External Affairs of Unicef. Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026414&sitelang=en Press conference by Štefan Füle, Member of the EC, on the presentation of the 2014 Enlargement Package http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026383&sitelang=en Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, gave a press conference to present the EU 'Enlargement' Package in 2014. In a set of annual reports adopted, the EC assessed the progress made over the past year by the countries wishing to join the EU in the Western Balkans and by Turkey, and the challenges ahead. Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026383&sitelang=en Visit of the representatives from the Student Association of the University of Copenhagen, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026382&sitelang=en Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, received representatives from the Student Association of the University of Copenhagen. Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026382&sitelang=en Participation of Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC, at the CoR plenary session on the TTIP http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026395&sitelang=en Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, participated in the plenary session of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) on the theme of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026395&sitelang=en Visit of Alex Petriashvili, Georgian State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026376&sitelang=en Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, received Alex Petriashvili, Georgian State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026376&sitelang=en Additional hearing of Jonathan Hill, Member designate of the EC, at the EP http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026378&sitelang=en Jonathan Hill, Member designate of the EC in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, was auditioned a second time by the European Parliament. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026378&sitelang=en Presentation of the report of the multi-level governance and partnership of Luc Van den Brande, former President of the CoR, to Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026412&sitelang=en Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, met with Luc Van den Brande, former President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR), who presented him his report on the multi-level governance and partnership. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026412&sitelang=en Visit of Wilhelm Molterer, Vice-President of the EIB, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026375&sitelang=en Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, received Wilhelm Molterer, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB). Mon, 06 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026375&sitelang=en Visit of Bojan Pajtić, Chairman of the Executive Council of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and President of the Democratic Party, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026377&sitelang=en Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, received Bojan Pajtić, Chairman of the Executive Council of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and President of the Democratic Party of Serbia (DS), and Branislav Bugarski, Provincial Secretary for Interregional Cooperation and Local Self-Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026377&sitelang=en Visit of Amadou Ba, Senegalese Minister for Economy and Finance, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026413&sitelang=en Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, received Amadou Ba, Senegalese Minister for Economy and Finance. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026413&sitelang=en Hearing of Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President designate of the EC, at the EP http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026368&sitelang=en Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President designate of the EC in charge of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, was auditioned by the European Parliament. The main objectives of the hearings are to prepare the way for the vote confirming the new Commissioners by the EP. The hearing process also allows the Commissioners designate of the Commission of Jean-Claude Juncker the opportunity to set out their ideas on their future responsibilities and allows the Members of the EP to ask them questions. After his hearing, Jyrki Katainen held a press briefing for the journalists. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026368&sitelang=en Visit by László Andor, Member of the EC, to Finland http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026400&sitelang=en László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, travelled to Helsinki where he met with Lenita Toivakka, Finnish Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade. The visit took place while the EC announced the "Partnership Agreement" with Finland on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020. The agreement paved the way for investing 1.47 billion euros in total Cohesion Policy funding over 2014-2020 (current prices, including European Territorial Cooperation funding). Finland also received 2.38 billion euros for rural development and 74.4 million euros for fisheries and the maritime sector. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026400&sitelang=en Visit of the Heads of Missions of countries of the Western Balkans to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026401&sitelang=en José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, received the Heads of Missions of countries of the Western Balkans. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026401&sitelang=en Hearing of Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President designate of the EC, at the EP http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026370&sitelang=en Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President designate of the EC in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, was auditioned by the Open Conference of Presidents of the EP. The main objectives of the hearings were to prepare the way for the vote confirming the new Commissioners by the EP. The hearing process also gave the Commissioners designate of the Commission of Jean-Claude Juncker the opportunity to set out their ideas on their future responsibilities and allowed the Members of the EP to ask them questions. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026370&sitelang=en Hearing of Alenka Bratušek, Vice-President designate of the EC, at the EP http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026358&sitelang=en Alenka Bratušek, Vice-President designate of the EC in charge of the Energy Union, was auditioned by the Committees on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the EP. The main objectives of the hearings were to prepare the way for the vote confirming the new Commissioners by the EP. The hearing process also gave the Commissioners designate of the Commission of Jean-Claude Juncker the opportunity to set out their ideas on their future responsibilities and allowed the Members of the EP to ask them questions. Sun, 05 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026358&sitelang=en Hearing of Andrus Ansip, Vice-President designate of the EC, at the EP http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026359&sitelang=en Andrus Ansip, Vice-President designate of the EC in charge of Digital Single Market, was auditioned by the European Parliament. The main objectives of the hearings are to prepare the way for the vote confirming the new Commissioners by the EP. The hearing process also allows the Commissioners designate of the Commission of Jean-Claude Juncker the opportunity to set out their ideas on their future responsibilities and allows the Members of the EP to ask them questions. After his hearing, Andrus Ansip held a press briefing for the journalists. Sun, 05 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026359&sitelang=en Hearing of Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President designate of the EC, at the EP http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026357&sitelang=en Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President designate of the EC in charge of the Euro and Social Dialogue, was auditioned by the European Parliament. The main objectives of the hearings are to prepare the way for the vote confirming the new Commissioners by the EP. The hearing process also allows the Commissioners designate of the Commission of Jean-Claude Juncker the opportunity to set out their ideas on their future responsibilities and allows the Members of the EP to ask them questions. After his hearing, Valdis Dombrovskis held a press briefing for the journalists. Sun, 05 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026357&sitelang=en Hearing of Federica Mogherini, Vice-President designate of the EC, at the EP http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026360&sitelang=en Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President designate of the EC, was auditioned by the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) of the EP. The main objectives of the hearings were to prepare the way for the vote confirming the new Commissioners by the EP. The hearing process also gave the Commissioners designate of the Commission of Jean-Claude Juncker the opportunity to set out their ideas on their future responsibilities and allowed the Members of the EP to ask them questions. Sun, 05 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026360&sitelang=en Joint press conference by Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC, and Michel Lebrun, President of the CoR, on the occasion of the opening of the Open Days 2014 http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026374&sitelang=en Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, and Michel Lebrun, President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR), gave a joint press conference on the occasion of the opening of the Open Days 2014 which took place in Brussels from 6 to 9 October. Shirin Wheeler, Spokesperson of Johannes Hahn, was also present. Sun, 05 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026374&sitelang=en Visit of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, to Portugal http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026355&sitelang=en José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, went to Lisbon, where he participated in the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs Summit. The meeting was an initiative launched by Cionet, the largest European community of IT executives, and key Portuguese stakeholders. This Summit intended to generate synergies and steer joint efforts to revolutionise the employment and investment in the Information and Communication Technology sector in Portugal. The Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs was a European wide initiative launched by the European Commission in March 2013. The President then attended the award ceremony of the 2nd Helena Vaz da Silva European Award for Raising Public Awareness on Cultural Heritage 2014. This Award, established in 2013 by the National Centre for Culture in Lisbon (CNC) in cooperation with the leading European heritage organisation "Europa Nostra" and the "Clube Português de Imprensa", acknowledged exceptional contributions to the communication on cultural heritage and European ideals. On 06/10/2014 José Manuel Barroso participated in the high level conference on "The Future of Europe is Science". This conference gathered some 400 actors from the world of science, industry and society, aiming at take stock of European achievements in science over the last 10 years. World-class scientists, industrialists and political figures also debated the role science, technology and innovation could play in societal well-being and its potential to stimulate growth, jobs and business development opportunities for Europe. Thu, 02 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026355&sitelang=en Visit of Bekir Bozdağ, Turkish Minister for Justice, to the EC http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026373&sitelang=en Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, received Bekir Bozdağ, Turkish Minister for Justice. Thu, 02 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photoByReportage.cfm?ref=026373&sitelang=en