Other news - May 2011

Michel Barnier
Statement by Commissioner Michel Barnier following the agreement at the Competitiveness Council on micro-entities

30/05/2011

"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..."

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Michel Barnier
Europe will implement Basel III

27/05/2011

Statement by Commissioner Barnier on Basel III and its implementation into EU law (Capital Requirement Directive - CRDIV)

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Creativity and Innovation
Boosting creativity and innovation: Commission sets out a blueprint for Intellectual Property Rights

24/05/2011

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.

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Michel Barnier
European Inventor Award 2011

19/05/2011

The European Inventor Award 2011 goes to pioneers in medical research and implant technology, clean energy, construction and water purification.

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Michel Barnier
Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the EU: agreement on short selling

17/05/2011

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.

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Michel Barnier
Towards a New Europe

09/05/2011

"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.

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