Other news - May 2011
Statement by Commissioner Michel Barnier following the agreement at the Competitiveness Council on micro-entities
"The Competitiveness Council today was dominated by a recurring theme: how to help small businesses (SMEs). There are over 20 million small businesses in Europe which are the strength of our economy. Too often, small businesses do not find what they want in the single market: they only see disadvantages, barriers and administrative burdens rather than a space that provides the opportunity to grow and prosper..."
Statement by Commissioner Barnier on Basel III and its implementation into EU law (Capital Requirement Directive - CRDIV)
Boosting creativity and innovation: Commission sets out a blueprint for Intellectual Property Rights
As part of the Single Market Act, the Commission unveiled today a wide-ranging strategy to modernise intellectual property rights (IPR) in the Single Market. Among the first deliverables of this strategy are today's proposals for an easier licensing system for so-called "orphan works", a new regulation to reinforce customs actions in fighting trade of IPR infringing goods, and a new proposal to reinforce the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy.
The European Inventor Award 2011 goes to pioneers in medical research and implant technology, clean energy, construction and water purification.
EU finance ministers reached an agreement on the proposal from the Commission to regulate short selling and sovereign Credit Default Swaps. This marks an important moment in view of the next step: trialogue with the European Parliament.
"Only a few days ago, in Finland, and a few months ago, in France, over 20% of those countries’ citizens cast their votes for extremist and populist movements which are seeking to retreat behind their national borders. In other words, they are seeking to bring an end to the European project. And in addition to those voters, many others harbour doubts and worries, or are angry. On top of that, many young people are just indifferent. It is with those fears and concerns in mind that I decided to write this speech". Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the Humboldt University, Berlin.