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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-10-21

Midday Express: News from the EU Commission Spokesman's Briefings Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commissioner Potočnik participates in the inauguration of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN – EMBARGO 15H00
  • [02] International Donors' Conference for Georgia: call for wide international support for stabilisation and growth in Georgia
  • [03] First visit of a European commissioner of Education & Training to Northern Ireland
  • [04] To boost small enterprises standardisation needs to ‘Think small first’
  • [05] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-10-21 Reference: MEX/08/1021 Date: 21/10/2008 EXME08 / 21.10

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communicationb

    21/10/08


  • [01] Commissioner Potočnik participates in the inauguration of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN – EMBARGO 15H00

    In Geneva today, European Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik participates in the formal inauguration of the CERN'S Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and most complex scientific instrument ever built to study the basic constituents of matters – the fundamental particles. Following the successful circulation of the first beam in the LHC on 10 September, Heads of Government, Research Ministers and High Representatives of CERN's Members and Observer States and other countries, as well as over a thousand leading EU and international scientists will participate in this event. While the bulk of the construction cost of LHC was supported by CERN's Member States, the European Union has been an active participant in the setting up and implementation of the ambitious research programmes of the LHC, in particular through the FP6 and FP7 European Research Infrastructures and Marie Curie budgets.

    [02] International Donors' Conference for Georgia: call for wide international support for stabilisation and growth in Georgia

    The European Commission and the World Bank have invited international donors and financial institutions to a Donors' Conference for Georgia on 22 October in Brussels, which will be co chaired with the current French and future Czech presidencies of the EU. President José Manuel Barroso will open the conference and Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner will represent the European Commission in the discussions. The conference will call for pledges to mobilise external assistance to support the country in the reconstruction of damaged infrastructure, reintegration of internally displaced people and in accelerating Georgia's recovery from the impact of the August 2008 conflict on its economy. The European Commission will present its framework for an assistance package of up to €500 million over three years, depending on the pace of recovery and the evolution of the Georgian economy.

    [03] First visit of a European commissioner of Education & Training to Northern Ireland

    Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, Mr Ján Figel', is visiting Northern Ireland on 22 - 23 October 2008. During his trip, he will be meeting Sir Reg Empey MP, MLA, the Minister for Employment and Learning, and Mr Gerry Kelly MLA, Junior minister at the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister. They will discuss education and training priorities in EU and in Northern Ireland, including the Northern Ireland Action Plan, key competences for lifelong learning, peer learning, learner mobility, the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), the system of European Credit Transfer in Vocational Education and Training (ECVET), as well as the issue of new skills for new jobs. Also on the agenda is the issue of intercultural dialogue in Northern Ireland. The Commissioner will also visit 'Opportunity Europe', a two day fair and exhibition that encourages young people to deepen their knowledge of Europe and learn other languages through a series of fun and interactive workshops. The Commissioner will also visit Hazelwood Integrated College, which brings together children, parents and teachers from both Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions in Northern Ireland. Integrated colleges aim to provide a balanced education, and provide pupils with the opportunity to understand and respect all cultural and religious backgrounds.

    [04] To boost small enterprises standardisation needs to ‘Think small first’

    Standardisation is an excellent tool for cooperation among companies to facilitate international trade, competition and the acceptance of innovations by markets. But not every enterprise benefits equally from standardisation. A key challenge for European standardisation is to strengthen its contribution to the competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), providing them with better access to easier-to- use standards and increasing the involvement of SMEs in standards-making. These issues were in the focus of the discussions at a conference organised today by the 2008 French Presidency of the European Union in cooperation with the European Commission’s Enterprise and Industry Directorate- General to mark World Standards Day 2008. Reference in EU legislation to voluntary standards is widely considered a successful example of better regulation. Examples of this approach are found in many sectors such as telecommunications, machinery and medical devices. Voluntary standardisation is also very important for the smooth introduction of innovative products and services in open markets. More information

    [05] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Speech by Commissioner Rehn on Serbian Business and European Integration, Brussels

    • Speech by President Barroso on Results of the European Council, Strasbourg From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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