Enterprise & Industry > e-newsletter
Enterprise & Industry > e-newsletter
shadow

2 February 2011

The Commission calls for action on commodities and raw materials
The Commission calls for action on commodities and raw materials

Excessive volatility of prices on all major commodity markets occurs at a time when the competitiveness of European industry crucially depends on efficient and secure access to raw materials. Raw materials are vital for the EU�s economy and particularly crucial for the development of modern environmentally friendly technologies such as electric cars and photovoltaics.


The recent volatility in commodity prices threatens to increase inflation and global raw material markets are becoming increasingly distorted due to protectionist measures. The price fluctuation on the agricultural commodity markets has an impact on farmers, food-makers and consumers, including in the poorest countries.

In response to these challenges, the European Commission presented today an integrated strategic vision to tackle challenges in Commodity markets and on Raw materials. The Commission proposes actions to improve the regulation, functioning and transparency of financial and commodity markets.

Read more ...

separator

Vice-President

Antonio Tajani

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

"We need fair play on external markets, a good framework to foster a sustainable supply of raw materials from EU sources as well as improved resource efficiency and more recycling. A successful implementation of our strategy will be key to Europe�s competitiveness as well as to Europe�s ability to develop today the technologies of tomorrow."

Vice-President A. Tajani website

Vice-President Antonio Tajani - Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry
shadow

Innovation: main competitors outpace the EU despite progress in many Member States

 
Innovation: main competitors outpace the EU despite progress in many Member States

The EU is failing to close the innovation performance gap with its main international competitors: the US and Japan. Although the trends in most EU Member States are promising despite the economic crisis, progress is not fast enough. While the EU still maintains a clear lead over the emerging economies of India and Russia, Brazil is making steady progress, and China is catching up rapidly.

Read more ...

shadow

European Commission consults on the modernisation of the European Public Procurement Market

 
European Commission consults on the modernisation of the European Public Procurement Market

Public procurement accounts for roughly 17% of the EU�s GDP. In times of tight budgets,public procurement policy must ensure the most efficient use of public funds, with a view to supporting growth and job creation. This would require flexible tools that make transparent and competitive contract awards as easy as possible for public authorities. With these objectives in mind, the Commission has launched a consultation.

Read more ...

shadow

Commission launches ambitious programme to deepen the Single Market for services

 
Commission launches ambitious programme to deepen the Single Market for services

While services currently represent two-thirds of the EU's GDP and employment, they only make up for around one-fifth of total intra-EU trade. Today, only about 8% of European SMEs do business in other Member States. This lack of dynamism prevents small and innovative businesses to grow. To unlock this potential of the Single Market the Commission has adopted a set of targeted actions to tackle remaining problems.

Read more ...

shadow