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14/07/2011

Top stories
 Statement by the EC, ECB, and IMF on the Review Mission to Ireland (14 July 2011)

Image of previous press conference on 15 AprilStaff teams from the European Commission (EC), European Central Bank (ECB), and International Monetary Fund (IMF) visited Dublin during July 6-14 for the regular quarterly review of the government’s economic programme. The objectives of the programme are to address financial sector weaknesses and to put Ireland’s economy on the path of sustainable growth, sound public finances, and job creation, while protecting the poor and most vulnerable.

The teams’ assessment is that the programme remains on track and is well financed. The authorities have continued to steadfastly implement programme policies. Tensions in sovereign bond markets have escalated during the visit, but programme financing is cushioning the impact of this shock on the Irish economy and public finances. Continued strong policy implementation will be important to limit potential contagion effects.

A video of the press conference will be available later this afternoon (17:15 Brussels time) on Europe by Satellite.

 
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 European Commission reaction to the downgrading by Moody's of Irish bonds

The European Commission regrets the decision of Moody's to downgrade Ireland.

It contrasts very much with the recent data, which support a return to GDP growth this year, and the determined implementation of the Programme by the Irish government, which has taken strong ownership of it.

Thanks to the determined action, the Irish programme is fully on track.

 
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 A plan to save Europe's fisheries

EU Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Commissioner Maria Damanaki presenting the proposals in Brussels yesterdayIn its proposals for a major reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), the European Commission has set out a radical approach to fisheries management in Europe. The plans will secure both fish stocks and fishermen's livelihood for the future while putting an end to overfishing and depletion of fish stocks. They aim to return the fishing industry to profit, end its dependence on public subsidies and create new opportunities for jobs and growth in coastal areas.

Change is urgent. Current EU measures have reduced the danger for some fish stocks, but commercial trawlers are still catching fish faster than they can reproduce. The result? Three out of four fish species are now overfished, threatening the entire marine ecosystem.

 
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 Fight against fakes: Increased customs actions boost protection of intellectual property rights

Customs offiers inspecting lorryIn 2010, EU Customs seized more than 103 million products suspected of violating intellectual property rights (IPR) at the EU's external borders. According to the Commission's annual report on EU Customs enforcement of IPR published today, the number of shipments stopped by customs almost doubled compared to last year, rising from 43,500 in 2009 to almost 80,000 in 2010.

The top categories of articles stopped by customs were cigarettes (34%), office supplies (9%) other tobacco products (8%), labels, tags and emblems (8%), clothing (7%) and toys (7%). 14.5% of all detained articles were household products such as shampoos, soaps, medicines or household appliances (hair dryers, shavers, computer parts) which could potentially have health and safety implications for consumers. One of the major trends this year is the growing number of detentions of postal packages.

 
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 Statement by the Eurogroup (Monday, July 11)

Commissioner Olli Rehn with Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker at the press conference following Monday's Eurogrop meetingMinisters reaffirmed their absolute commitment to safeguard financial stability in the euro area. To this end, Ministers stand ready to adopt further measures that will improve the euro area’s systemic capacity to resist contagion risk, including enhancing the flexibility and the scope of the EFSF, lengthening the maturities of the loans and lowering the interest rates, including through a collateral arrangement where appropriate. Proposals to this effect will be presented to Ministers shortly.

 
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News in brief
 Commission presents options for establishing a European system for tracking terrorist financing

Responding to the call from the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union,  the Commission this week adopted a Communication outlining the main options for establishing a European Terrorist Finance Tracking System (TFTS). This Communication represents an initial response to the request to prepare a legal and technical framework for establishing such a system within the European Union.

 
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 Emissions trading: Member States agree to auction 120 million phase 3 allowances in 2012

EU Member States this week agreed to the European Commission's proposal to auction 120 million emission allowances for Phase 3 of the Emissions Trading System in 2012, the year before Phase 3 starts.

Meeting in the EU Climate Change Committee (CCC), Member States also made substantial progress towards finalising two draft Agreements concerning procurement procedures for the single auction monitor and the common auction platform.

 
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 Quality jobs for all ages must be a priority says the EESC

The EU should strive to enhance job prospects and working conditions across the whole population to counter many of the difficulties we are currently experiencing. This was the message this week from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) plenary session. Dealing with the challenges of an aging population and creating an agenda for new skills and jobs, particularly for young people were the subjects of two opinions, both aiming at contributing to a more expedient European labour market.

 
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 State aid: Commission opens 3 in-depth state aid investigations in air transport in Ireland, France and Germany

The European Commission has opened three separate in-depth state aid investigations regarding the Marseille and Frankfurt Hahn airports as well as lower taxes for air passengers in Ireland that benefit almost exclusively domestic flights. The opening of an in-depth investigation gives interested third parties an opportunity to submit comments on the measures under investigation. It does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation.

 
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Agenda
 Agenda

Details of all EU-related events happening in Ireland, or of interest to Ireland but happening elsewhere, as well as European institutional events and other EU-agenda activities can be found on  www.eurodiary.ie

Thursday 14 July: Informal Meeting of Development Ministers, Sopot, Poland

Monday, 18 – Tuesday 19 July: Foreign Affairs Council, Brussels

Monday 18 - Tuesday 19 July: General Affairs Council, Brussels

Monday 18 to Tuesday 19 July: Informal Justice and Home Affairs Council, Sopot, Poland

Tuesday 19 July: Agriculture & Fisheries Council, Brussels

Wednesday 20 – Friday 29 July: ‘24/7’ photo exhibition on the Samaritans' work in Ireland, Dublin

24 July 2011 to 15 March 2012: Irish Successes Abroad exhibition travels around Ireland

 
 
 
 
 
Public consultations
 Public consultation on how best to seize the opportunities for TV and film in the online age

The European Commission launched on 13 July a public consultation on how best to seize the opportunities for TV and film in the online age. To this end, the European Commission has published a Green Paper (consultation document). The Green Paper serves as the basis for a debate on whether and how the regulatory framework needs to be adapted to allow European industry to develop new business models, creators to find new distribution channels and European consumers to have better access to content throughout Europe.

The views of all interested parties are sought on various aspects of online distribution of audiovisual works such as films, documentaries, TV dramas, cartoons etc. Replies can be submitted up until 18 November 2011.

 
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 Public consultation on possible European measures to support social businesses through private investment funds

The Commission services launched on 13 July a consultation on possible European measures to support social businesses through private investment funds. Social businesses combine a social, ethical or environmental mission with the entrepreneurial flair and innovation of a business perspective. They can face some specific challenges in getting investments.

The consultation closes on 14 September 2011.

 
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 Public consultation on practical rules for notifying personal data breaches

The views of telecoms operators, Internet service providers, Member States, national data protection authorities consumer organisations and other interested parties are being sought by the European Commission on whether additional practical rules are needed to make sure that personal data breaches are notified in a consistent way across the EU.

Contributions to the consultation are welcome until 9 September 2011.

 
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 Public consultation on the promotion of EU farm products

The European Commission launched on 14 July a debate on the future of promotion and information schemes for EU agricultural products. With the publication of a Green Paper on these issues, the Commission is looking at how to shape a more targeted and more ambitious strategy for the future, which will make clearer to consumers – both in the EU and beyond - the quality, traditions and added-value of European agricultural and food products.

Stakeholders - consumers, producers, distributors and official authorities - are invited to give their comments and suggestions by September 30, 2011.

 
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Job opportunities
 Short-term English language translators

In accordance with Article 5(4) of the General implementing provisions on the procedures governing the engagement and the use of contract staff at the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union, the Translation Centre is organising a selection procedure for the recruitment of short-term contract translators with English as principal language.

Their duties will include the translation of texts from French or German and other Community languages into English, the revision of texts translated by external contractors into English and editing of documents drafted in English.​

The closing date for applications is 31 July 2011.

 
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Calls for tender/proposals
 Call for tenders for a Study on price transmission in the sugar sector

The purpose of the study is to examine the transmission of price changes in the sugar sector; i.e. the extent to which variations of producer prices are transmitted to final consumers, including the intermediate stages of the food chain. The study will also analyse the reasons for any uneven or asymmetric price transmission between sugar producers and final consumers, taking into account available information on competition and concentration in the sector, and provide comparisons of price transmission between the sugar sector and other sectors (bread and cereal products, milk and dairy products).

The maximum budget attributed to this project is € 250,000.

The deadline for submitting offers is 2 September 2011.

 
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 Call for tenders for a pilot project on Assessing farmers' costs of compliance with EU legislation in the fields of environment, animal welfare and food safety

The purpose of the pilot project is to analyse the costs of compliance with environmental, animal welfare and food safety legislation for both EU and third country farmers, to compare the situation between the EU and main trading partner countries and to draw conclusions with respect to the impact on the competitiveness of EU agriculture.

The maximum budget attributed to this project is € 1,500,000.

The deadline for submitting offers is 30 September 2011.

 
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Spotlight on:
 Eurobarometer on young people's attitudes to drugs

SyringeAccording to a Eurobarometer survey published earlier this week on young people's drug use, Ireland is one of the easiest places in Europe to acquire a variety of drugs. The survey also looked at young people's opinion of the health risk associated with taking certain illicit drugs and what measures they think would be effective in combating the drugs problem. Young Irish people, for example, were the most likely to think that reducing poverty and unemployment would be effective and second most likely to think that the legalisation of drugs would be effective.

  • Heroin – 17% of young Irish people questioned found it easy or fairly easy to get heroin, the fifth highest level in Europe. The EU average was 13% with only 5% of young people in Finland and Greece finding it easy to acquire. 97% of Irish people think that heroin should continue to be banned, slightly above the EU average of 96%.
  • Cocaine - Young Irish people were fourth most likely to consider it easy to get cocaine at 30% compared to an EU average of 22%. Young people in Spain (44%) and Denmark (40%) topped the list. 94% of Irish respondents viewed regular cocaine use as "high risk" to health, slightly below the EU average of 95%.
    However, 2% of Irish respondents viewed regular cocaine use as "no risk". Only one other country, the Netherlands at 1%, had any respondents who viewed regular cocaine use as "no risk". Nonetheless, 94% of Irish people (in line with EU average of 94%) were of the opinion that cocaine should continue to be banned.
  • Ecstasy - Young Irish people were third most likely to consider it easy to get ecstasy at 32% compared to an EU average of 22%. Young people in Denmark (35%) and Italy (34%) were a little more likely to find it easy to acquire. 90% of Irish respondents viewed regular ecstasy use as "high risk", slightly below the EU average of 92%. 92% of Irish people (in line with EU average of 92%) were of the opinion that cocaine should continue to be banned
  • Cannabis – Ireland was in sixth place with 67% of young people considering it easy to acquire compared to a high of 75% in the Czech Republic and an EU average of 57%. Young Irish people were also fifth most likely to have used cannabis at 30% compared to an EU average of 26%.
    However they were second least likely (at 53% compared to an EU average of 67%) to view regular cannabis use as "high risk". 52% of Irish people thought that cannabis should continue to be banned, a little below the EU average of 59%, while 41% thought it should be regulated compared to an EU average of 34% and 6% thought it should be available without restrictions, compared to an EU average of 5%.
  • New substances that imitate the effects of illicit drugs - Respondents in Ireland were by far the most likely to say they have used new substances that imitate the effects of illicit drugs at 16% compared to an EU average of 5%. 33% of Irish respondents thought these new substances should be banned compared to an EU average of 34%, and 51% thought they should be banned only if they posed a threat to health, compared to an EU average of 47%. 14% thought they should be regulated compared to an EU average of 15%. 

Tackling society's drug problems

A list of possible actions that public authorities could take to reduce drug problems was presented which the young people surveyed were asked to rate. These were:

  • Tough measures against drug dealers and traffickers  - Only 52% of young Irish people surveyed considered such measures to be an effective way for public authorities to reduce drug problems, the second lowest in Europe (just ahead of Denmark at 49%). The average across the EU was 64% with young people in Bulgaria (81%) and Romania (79%) most likely to favour measures against dealers and traffickers.
  • Information and prevention campaigns – only 46% of young Irish people surveyed thought information and prevention campaigns were effective compared to an EU average of 49%. Young Portuguese were most likely to consider such campaigns as effective at 59% and Lithuanians least at 28%.
  • Treatment and rehabilitation of drug users – 45% of young Irish people thought treatment and rehabilitation of drug users was an effective way to combat the drugs problem compared to an EU average of 37%. Young people in Greece were most likely to agree with young people in Slovakia least likely at 24%.
  • Tough measures against drug users – only 26% of young Irish people surveyed chose tough measures against drug users as an effective way of reducing the drugs problem, below the EU average of 33%. Young people in Romania (50%) were most likely to think that these measures work with young people in Greece (17%) least likely.
  • Reduction of poverty and unemployment – young people in Ireland and the UK (both 36%) were most likely to think that reducing poverty and unemployment would be effective in combating the drugs problem compared to an EU average of 24%. Young people in Malta (9%) and Romania (10%) were least likely to agree.
  • More leisure opportunities – 22% of young Irish people (just below the EU average of 23%) thought that more leisure opportunities would be effective. Support for more leisure opportunities was highest in Slovakia (49%) and lowest in Greece and France (both 13%).
  • Legalisation of drugs – 21% of Irish people surveyed thought the legalisation of drugs would be effective, in second place behind France at 22%. The EU average was 13% with support lowest in Slovakia, Romania (both 6%) and the Czech Republic (5%). 

This survey’s fieldwork was carried out between 9 and 13 May 2011. Over 12,000 randomly selected young people (aged 15-24) were interviewed across the 27 EU Member States. 500 young people were interviewed in Ireland.

For more information

European Commission anti-drugs policy: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/anti-drugs
Eurobarometer on youth attitudes to drugs: http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/whatsnew2011_en.htm

 
 
 
 
 
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