Remarks of Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis at the launch of the International Platform on Sustainable Finance in Washington, DC

Dear Managing Director,

Honourable Governor,

Ladies and gentlemen,

No country can afford to sit aside when it comes to climate change.

On this, all countries are in the same boat.

That is one main reason we are here today – in a race against time.

Of the 18 hottest years in recorded history, 17 have occurred since the year 2000. It is now looking very likely that 2019 will be added to this list.

The global climate emergency is becoming more marked and more obvious.

In Europe, we are committed to achieving the Paris Climate Agreement goals and aim to reach climate neutrality by 2050.

This implies unprecedented modernisation and change.

It will transform our economies and societies.

While public funding will be vital for the transition, it cannot pay the massive bill alone. We also have to tap into private capital to shift the trillions needed.

 No national budget can pay for that on its own. Nor should it.

 Countries should link their sustainable financing requirements to global financial markets – to scale up green investment at the level that the world needs.

 Financial markets span the world and are well positioned to play their part.

 That is the other reason we are here:

– to find the best ways to work together;

– to develop integrated markets for sustainable finance;

– to coordinate approaches, but not duplicate our work or fragment markets.

I want to thank the founding member representatives for showing their support and commitment at today’s launch of the International Platform on Sustainable Finance: Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, India, Kenya and Morocco and, of course, the countries of the European Union.

I would also like to thank our observers. 

The Platform is open for any like-minded country to join: I call on countries

across the world to join us and help make a difference on the ground.

It will help private investors to identify and make the most of environmentally

sustainable investments. That way, the whole world can benefit.

Thank you.




Article – LUX Prize: discover the finalists competing for Parliament's film award

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Dag Hammarskjöld died in a suspicious plane crash in 1961 on his way to ceasefire negotiations in order to resolve a conflict in Katanga, Congo, in which significant economic interests were at stake. The Swedish UN Secretary General was a progressive politician who wanted to prevent Western countries like Britain and France from reinstating their influence in Africa, after colonies had gained independence. Mads Brügger’s slow-building documentary sheds light onto the mystery. This is the third time in the LUX Prize’s history that a documentary is among the three finalists.

God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya

What happens when a women takes part in a race traditionally reserved for men and manages to get hold of a holy cross that an Orthodox priest throws into a river? Petrunya does precisely that and enrages both the men and the priest, who draws the police into the case. Although not initially a feminist, Petrunya refuses to give in to demands that she return the cross and fights for equal rights. “Why don’t I have the right to a year of good fortune?” she asks referring to the “prize” for the winner of the contest.

The Realm

How far will someone go to hold on to power? This adrenaline-charged thriller deals with political corruption. It tells the story of the demise of a successful politician and his fiefdom, which had looked destined to last forever. Get ready for bitter arguments, tense car chases and clashes with a probing press.

in Malta, Ireland and the UK, the film is known as The Candidate.




The EIB adopts the 2X Challenge Criteria to increase its impact on gender equality

  • EIB is the first Multilateral Development Bank to endorse the 2X criteria
  • It will use the 2X Challenge criteria in its development finance transactions
  • EIB investments meeting the 2X criteria will be reported separately to the G7 $3 billion target

The EIB has today signed up to endorsing the 2X Challenge, a commitment from the development finance institutions (DFIs) of the G7 to mobilise $3 billion by 2020 in investments that contribute to women’s economic empowerment in developing countries.

The 2X Challenge calls on Development Financial Institutions to unlock resources from their own funds as well as private capital that will help advance women as entrepreneurs, business leaders and employees. It also aims at bringing products and services that enhance women’s economic participation and success. Supported investments should provide women in developing countries with access to leadership opportunities, quality employment, finance and enterprise support, improve their quality of life, and ultimately contribute to gender equality.

In May 2019, four DFIs from non-G7 countries – FMO (Netherlands), FinnFund (Finland), Swedfund (Sweden) and IFU (Denmark) – officially joined, expanding the initiative beyond the G7. They are also joined today by the Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets (SIFEM).

As the first Multilateral Development Bank (MDB) to support the initiative, the EIB will use the 2X Challenge criteria (https://www.2xchallenge.org/criteria) in its operations financing gender equality and supporting women economic empowerment in developing countries. Its results will be counted separately than those counting towards the achievement of the $3 billion target.

Speaking from the World Bank Autumn meetings in Washington DC, from where he signed the pledge, EIB Vice-President Andrew McDowell said: “To accelerate development and reduce poverty we must tackle the obstacles that limit womens potential. Gender equality is a core European value and central to the European Unions external policies. As the bank of the European Union, we are honoured to be the first multilateral development bank to endorse the 2X Challenge criteria. By joining forces with 13 development finance institutions we are committing to a common effort to advance women’s economic empowerment and gender equality through our investments. The 2X Challenge is a fantastic initiative supporting the achievement of the UNs Sustainable Development Goals and we strongly encourage others to join it.

“To have a Multilateral Development Bank (MDB) endorsing the 2X criteria and applying it to its portfolio is a major step for the 2X Challenge,” said Anne-Marie Lévesque, Chair of the 2X Challenge Working Group and Gender Lead at FinDev Canada. “We look forward to working with EIB to accelerate capital flows towards gender lens investing worldwide”.




New agreement improves access to funding for Caribbean projects supported by the EIB and the Caribbean Development Bank

  • The EIB and CDB sign a new procurement agreement to deliver better support for  projects across the region
  • Delegation from the EU Bank meets high-level regional representatives at the Caribbean Development Bank during the World Bank Group/IMF meetings in Washington

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have signed a new agreement to deliver better support for climate resilient projects across the region. The new Procurement Procedural Framework, will help the EIB and CDB to improve project implementation and monitoring, leading to more efficient financing for a range of climate focused investments in the Caribbean.

The initiative aligns with the continuous efforts of both banks to promote harmonization and aid effectiveness, as well as their commitment to supporting mutual reliance, streamlining procurement activities for promoters and recipients and increasing the resource efficiency of multilateral development banks’ (MDBs) procurement monitoring.

The new Framework, was signed during a bilateral meeting between EIB Vice-President, Emma Navarro and CDB President, Dr. William Warren Smith, on the margins of the World Bank/IMF meetings in Washington.

Speaking at the signature event in Washington, EIB Vice-President, Emma Navarro said: “Small island states are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and access to finance to support public sector initiatives in this area is critical. The new agreement today will help the EIB and CDB to improve project implementation and monitoring, leading to more efficient support for climate adaptation and resilience projects in the Caribbean. This new step in the long-term partnership with CDB confirms our commitment to delivering efficient finance for projects in the region.”

CDB President, William Warren Smith said: “Reaching agreement on a common procurement approach is one of the most common challenges we face when we co-finance projects with other institutions. This agreement removes this risk for projects being jointly financed by CDB and EIB, and will provide for more efficient project appraisal and project execution. The agreement is also timely, coming on the eve of the rollout, by CDB of a new procurement policy and procedures. With effect from November 2019, the new policy and procedures will be applied to new projects being financed by CDB.”

This approach not only allows for a better division of labour between financiers, it also increases coherence and development impact of jointly co-financed operations, whilst avoiding the parallel application of EIB and CDB rules and inconsistencies when working on a common project.

This agreement will allow the two institutions to delegate to each other procurement arrangements and monitoring in relation with jointly co-financed projects, therefore reducing the costs on Promoters and strengthening partnerships.

The EIB has supported development and economic activity in the Caribbean with loans and equity investment worth EUR 1.8 billion. Since 2011, it has provided EUR 170 million of concessional funding to CDB to support climate action projects in the region. Investments financed include energy efficiency, solar power, security of water supply, flood prevention and post-hurricane reconstruction projects.

See EIB’s participation in the World Bank Group/IMF annual meetings

Notes to editors:

The Caribbean Development Bank is a regional financial institution established in 1970 for the purpose of contributing to the harmonious economic growth and development of its Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs). In addition to the 19 BMCs, CDB’s membership includes four regional non-borrowing members – Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela and five non-regional, non-borrowing members; i.e., Canada, China, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom. CDB’s total assets as at December 31, 2018 stood at USD3.24 billion (bn). These include USD1.75 bn of Ordinary Capital Resources and USD1.49 bn of Special Funds Resources. The Bank is rated Aa1 Stable with Moody’s, AA+ Stable with Standard & Poor’s and AA+ Stable with FitchRatings. Read more at caribank.org.




Daily News 18 / 10 / 2019

President Juncker attends the 17-18 October 2019 European Council meeting

President Jean-Claude Juncker yesterday attended the European Council meeting, where EU leaders discussed Brexit, only hours after an agreement was reached at negotiator level on the Withdrawal Agreement. This agreement included a revised Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland and a revised Political Declaration on the framework of the future EU-UK relationship. President Juncker held a press conference with President of the European Council Donald Tusk, Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier. President Juncker said: “What we have agreed on is much more than a deal, it is a legal text, which provides legal certainty to the problems created by Brexit. The text we agreed on protects the rights of our citizens and it protects peace and stability on the island of Ireland. Fundamentally, today’s deal is about people and peace.” Leaders then discussed relations with Turkey and the perspectives of EU enlargement. Conclusions can be found here and here. Today, leaders discussed the EU’s next long-term budget and climate change. President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, who had been invited to attend the European Council meeting, presented the priorities of the new Commission. President Juncker held today a joint press conference with President Tusk during which he said: “It is an historical error not to open accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania […] On the next EU long-term budget, I reminded leaders that they have to conclude this debate quickly. If we wait until the end of next year, we will lose two more years during which researchers will not be able to do their work and students will not be able to go on Erasmus.” The press conference can be followed here. Today’s conclusions can be found here. (For more information: Mina Andreeva – Tel.: +32 229 9138; Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229-67456)

Energy Union: EU invests to upgrade Polish Liquefied Natural Gas terminal in Świnoujście

The European Commission has approved a €130 million investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to expand the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal in Świnoujście, northwest Poland. The project will increase the terminal’s capacity to convert LNG into its gaseous form, store it, and ensure that it is easily transported. The ERDF financing was possible notably due to an important regional dimension of the project. LNG from the terminal will be transported through the newly constructed interconnectors to other countries including the Baltic States, Slovakia, Czechia and Ukraine. Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said: “I applaud Poland’s commitment to diversification policy that lies at the center of our Energy Union Strategy. It is yet another key step in strengthening security of supply of entire Central and South Eastern Europe, increasing competition on the regional gas market and providing industry as well as households with secure, reliable and affordable energy.” The LNG terminal’s construction was supported by a €224 million ERDF grant in the previous EU budget period. The development of the terminal is part of ongoing efforts to achieve energy independence and the EU Climate Goals. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tél .: +32 2 296 70 83, Andreana Stankova – Tél .: +32 2 295 78 57)

EU approves new budget assistance to the Republic of Moldova to support the rule of law, energy and public finance reforms

Today, the European Commission has approved to mobilise €14.35 million in budget support assistance to the Republic of Moldova to support the country in delivering on its ambitious reform agenda in the fields of law enforcement, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, public finance and energy. Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations said: “Today’s assistance package demonstrates the EU’s commitment to the Moldovan citizens, who have long demanded that such reforms are put in place. The Moldovan authorities are intensifying their work to combat corruption in an effective way and to guarantee the independence of the judiciary and prosecution services. This is vital for public trust and needs to move forward at full speed. The Moldovan people can count on the EU’s full support to accompany the process”. This new payment follows the budget support payments made in July 2019 (€14.54 million), the recently announced first instalment of Macro-Financial Assistance (€30 million), and the EU-Moldova Association Council, last 30 September 2019. The full press release, as well as a dedicated factsheet on EU-Moldova relations is available online. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Alceo Smerilli – Tel.: +32 229 64887)

 

The European Union and countries worldwide join their forces to mobilise private investors for financing the green transition

The European Union is today launching the International Platform on Sustainable Finance (IPSF) together with relevant authorities from Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, India, Kenya, and Morocco. Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, also in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, will introduce the newly-created platform in the presence of Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), together with IPSF members’ and observers’ representatives, at the IMF and World Bank Group Annual Meetings, in Washington D.C. This initiative is part of the international efforts to meet the Paris Agreement commitments. Vice-President Dombrovskis said: ”While public funding will be vital for the green transition, it cannot pay the massive investment bill alone. We also have to tap private capital, and greatly scale up green investment so that it can help address the climate emergency.” To reach the Paris targets, trillions of investments in sustainable infrastructure will be needed over the next decades. For Europe alone, additional financing in the range of EUR 175 and 290 billion per year will be necessary. The launch of this Platform is essential to stimulate investment and redirect capital flows towards our climate objectives at the scale required for the most important economic transition of our times. It will act as a forum for facilitating exchanges and, where relevant, coordinating efforts on initiatives and approaches to environmentally sustainable finance, while respecting national and regional contexts. It will focus on environmentally sustainable initiatives in particular in the areas of taxonomies, disclosures, standards and labels, which are fundamental for investors to identify and seize green investment opportunities worldwide. The IPSF is supported by the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank, the International Organisation of Securities Commissions, the Network for Greening the Financial System, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the United Nations Environment Programme – Finance Initiative, in their role of observers. See the Joint Statement and the Q&A(For more information: Vanessa Mock – Tel.: +32 229 56194; Guillaume Mercier – Tel.: +32 229 80564).

European Vocational Skills Week 2019: almost 1,500 events across the EU promoting the benefits of vocational education

Today, the European Vocational Skills Week 2019 taking place in Helsinki comes to an end. This year, 1,407 associated events and activities have been held across Europe so far and have helped the European Vocational Skills Week campaign to reach 2.5 million people, which is the highest number ever since the first edition in 2016. “I am incredibly impressed by the VET projects I have seen, and more convinced than ever that VET really is a ‘First Choice’, leading to rewarding and exciting careers”, Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, said. “I am therefore very pleased that we have reached more people than ever before during this fourth edition of our Vocational Skills Week, and hope that they too will spread the word about the quality of vocational education.” Each year, as part of the European Vocational Skills Week, the EU recognises individuals, organisations and initiatives for their efforts in promoting and offering quality vocational education and training, through the ‘Awards for VET Excellence’. The awards are designed to highlight the quality in VET, provide visibility to the winners, motivate those taking part and support the development of networks and new career opportunities. The full list of winning companies can be found in this press release. Commissioner Thyssen‘s closing remarks will be published here. (For more information: Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)

 

La Commission lance un observatoire du marché des fruits et légumes

Lancé officiellement aujourd’hui avec une première réunion, le nouvel observatoire du marché des fruits et légumes permettra à ce secteur clé de l’agriculture européenne de bénéficier d’analyses à court terme et d’une plus grande transparence sur les prix, la production, et les échanges commerciaux. Les fruits et légumes représentent environ 24% de la valeur de la production agricole de l’UE. L’observatoire se concentrera sur les fruits à pépins (pommes et poires), les agrumes, les fruits à noyau (pêches et nectarines) et les tomates. Un conseil d’administration composé d’experts du marché se réunira de manière régulière, sur le même modèle que les autres observatoires déjà existants pour les secteurs du lait, de la viande, des céréales, et du sucre. L’observatoire du vin aura également sa première réunion très prochainement. Plus d’informations sont disponibles en ligne. (Pour plus d’informations: Daniel Rosario – Tél: +32 2 29 56185; Clémence Robin – Tél: +32 229 52 509)

 

Le rapport de la Commission sur l’administration en ligne montre un écart réduit entre les pays européens leaders et les moins performants  

La Commission européenne a publié aujourd’hui son rapport sur l’administration en ligne, qui évalue l’utilisation des technologies de l’information et de la communication dans les administrations publiques, ainsi que les niveaux d’interopérabilité transfrontalière et d’interaction numérique entre les administrations et les citoyens ou les entreprises dans les États membres de l’UE et dans huit pays tiers. L’étude de cette année montre des améliorations du niveau de transparence et de l’utilisation des services numériques, tels que l’identification électronique (eID) et les documents électroniques. Cela confirme également que l’écart entre les pays les plus performants et les moins performants s’est réduit, se situant actuellement à 42 points de pourcentage (p.p.), bien en deçà de l’écart de 50 p.p., ou plus, mesuré sur les années 2012-2015. Les pays pionniers dans les services publics numériques sont Malte, l’Estonie et l’Autriche, suivis de près par la Lettonie, la Lituanie et la Finlande. L’Europe est la plus avancée dans le domaine appelé « centrage sur l’utilisateur », ce qui indique que les administrations publiques accordent la priorité aux services destinés à satisfaire les besoins et les attentes des citoyens. Des efforts supplémentaires sont nécessaires pour renforcer la sécurité des services publics en ligne, ainsi que pour accroître la transparence, la mobilité transfrontalière et la disponibilité de l’identification électronique et des documents électroniques. Le rapport sur l’administration en ligne, publié depuis 2012, est essentiel pour informer et contribuer aux politiques de l’UE sur le terrain. La Commission s’est engagée à soutenir le développement et l’utilisation de services publics en ligne transfrontaliers, notamment par le biais de son plan d’action pour l’administration en ligne 2016-2020. Plus d’informations sont disponibles ici, et les données sur chaque pays sont ici.(Pour plus d’informations: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tél. : +32 229 67083; Marietta Grammenou – Tél.: +32 229 83583)

 

Concentrations: La Commission autorise l’acquisition de Exadis par Renault et Mobivia

La Commission européenne a approuvé, en vertu du règlement européen sur les concentrations, l’acquisition de Exadis par Renault et Mobivia, toutes trois basées en France. Exadis est active dans la distribution en gros de pièces détachées automobiles pour véhicules particuliers et utilitaires légers. Renault a des activités concernant la conception, la fabrication et la commercialisation de véhicules automobiles et de pièces détachées. Mobivia est active dans le secteur de l’après-vente automobile, ainsi que dans le secteur des nouvelles mobilités. La Commission a conclu que la concentration envisagée ne soulevait pas de problème de concurrence en raison de son impact limité sur le marché. La transaction a été examinée en vertu de la procédure simplifiée de contrôle des concentrations. De plus amples informations sont disponibles sur le site internet concurrence de la Commission, dans le registre public des affaires sous le numéro d’affaire M.9575. (Pour plus d’informations: Lucía Caudet – Tél. +32 229 56182; Maria Tsoni – Tél.: +32 229 90526)

 

 

STATEMENTS

Statement by Commissioner for Trade Malmström on the U.S. countermeasures in the Airbus dispute

Following the move by the U.S. today to apply countermeasures against imports from the EU in consequence of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Airbus dispute, Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström made the following statement: “We regret the choice of the US to move ahead with tariffs. This step leaves us no alternative but to follow through in due course with our own tariffs in the Boeing case, where the U.S. has been found in breach of WTO rules. Imposing tariffs on each other serves nobody’s long term interest. It will inflict very significant damage to the highly integrated supply chain of the aircraft sectors in the U.S. and the EU and will result in collateral damage to many other sectors already suffering under the current trade tensions. The EU and U.S. have both been found in breach of WTO rules. As the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers, the EU and the U.S. have a joint responsibility to sit down and negotiate a settlement that is balanced and compliant with the WTO. The EU has, this July, shared concrete proposals with the U.S. on clearly identified existing aircraft subsidies and on future support to our respective aircraft sectors. This offer remains on the table. The Commission will monitor the impact of the announced U.S. countermeasures on the European products concerned, notably in the agricultural sector. The European Commission is committed to defending European companies, farmers and consumers.” The Statement is also available online. For more information please see available material on the WTO decision authorising countermeasures, the history of the dispute, the parallel WTO dispute on Boeing and potential EU countermeasures. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tél. +32 229 56185; Kinga Malinowska – Tél.: +32 229 51383)

 

EU Anti-Trafficking Day: Commission calls for an end to impunity for human traffickers

To mark the 13th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the European Commission is urging Member States to end the impunity of traffickers by stepping up prevention efforts and bringing perpetrators to justice. Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said: “Trafficking in human beings has no place in European societies. Despite efforts by Member States as well as Europol involvement, the level of investigations, prosecutions and convictions in Europe remains too low for a crime that brings astronomical profits for the perpetrators. For as long as we allow this culture of impunity to reign, we fail each and every victim we are here to help. We must step up our efforts to enhance prevention, investigation and prosecution while ensuring better protection of trafficking victims.”  EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, Myria Vassiliadou, added: “Traffickers take advantage of those most vulnerable: women and girls remain the overwhelming majority of the victims, mainly trafficked for sexual exploitation in the EU. We must address all challenges, including the demand for the services and goods provided by the victims.” The EU has a robust legal and policy framework in place aimed at eradicating trafficking in human beings. The EU Anti-Trafficking Directive, which lies at the heart of this framework, establishes robust provisions on victims’ protection, assistance and support as well as on prevention and prosecution of the crime. More information on the EU actions and work of the EU Anti-trafficking Coordinator, is available in the publication “EU anti-trafficking action 2017-2019: at a glance”, and on the EU Anti-trafficking Website. (For more information: Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Kasia Kolanko – Tel.: +32 229 63444)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Federica Mogherini travels to Tokyo, Japan, to attend the enthronement ceremony of Japanese Emperor Naruhito and for bilateral meetings

On 21 – 23 October, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will be in Tokyo, Japan. On Tuesday 22 October, she will attend the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito alongside representatives of over 190 countries and international organisations. Prior to the ceremony, on Monday, she will meet with Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defence Minister Tarō Kōno to discuss the strong EU-Japan partnership, regional and international issues, as well as EU-Japan security and defence cooperation, including on cyber and maritime security and crisis management. She will also meet with Fumio Kishida, member of the National Diet of Japan and former Foreign Minister. On Wednesday, High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini will participate in a roundtable with representatives of academia and civil society. She will attend a dinner hosted by the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzō Abe. Japan is one of the EU’s closest and most like-minded partners. At the EU-Japan Summit in April 2019, the EU and Japan agreed to step up their cooperation under the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement– provisionally applied since 1 February 2019 – in several areas, including connectivity, data protection, and climate change. The EU and Japan are also implementing anEconomic Partnership Agreement, whichentered into force on 1 February 2019. Most recently, on 27 September, at the Europa Connectivity Forum: EU-Asia Connectivity, attended by Prime Minister Abe, the European Union and Japan signed a Partnership onSustainable Connectivity and Quality Infrastructure, which paves the way for the EU and Japan to work together on all dimensions of connectivity, based on shared values and interests. On the same day, the European Commission recommendedthat the Council of the European Union authorize the start of negotiations for an EU-Japan Agreement to allow the transfer and use of Passenger Name Record data in order to prevent and combat terrorism and serious transnational crime. For more information on EU-Japan relations, please consult the dedicated factsheetand visit the website of the EU Delegation to Japan. Photos of her visit will be available on EbS. (For more information: Maja Kocijančič – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Adam Kaznowski – Tel.: +32 229 89359)

Commissioner Navracsics attends #BeActive Awards Gala in Budapest

This evening, the #BeActive Awards Gala takes place in Budapest, the 2019 European Capital of Sport. The #BeActive Awards competition is a central part of the European Week of Sport. Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, will give an opening speech before the winners of the three awards – #BeActive Education Award, #BeActive Workplace Award and #BeActive Local Hero Award – are announced. Commissioner Navracsics will also hand out an award to the winners of the 2019 Social Biking Challenge run by the Commission’ Joint Research Centre to encourage people to cycle with others. Ahead of the event, Commissioner Navracsics said: “We created the #BeActive Awards to award and celebrate outstanding commitment to sport and physical activity. They are a key part of the European Week of Sport, helping us reach out to people at the local level. I am proud of all the projects nominated – they are wonderful examples of how we can harness sport to build strong, resilient communities.” National coordinating bodies and partners of the European Week of Sport submitted 63 applications across the three categories. Nine projects, three per category, were shortlisted with the three best projects to be unveiled this evening. The names of the winners will be announced live on Twitter (@EuSport) where information on all the projects is also available. More information and the names of the winners of the Social Biking Challenge will be available here. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel. +32 229 67083; Joseph Waldstein – Tel. +32 229 56184)

Commissioner Gabriel participates in the 2019 Annual Policy Dialogue of the World Leadership Alliance and Club de Madrid  

On Monday 21 October Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel,will be in Madrid to participate in a panel discussion at the 2019 Annual Policy Dialogue on digital technology policies, organized by the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid in partnership with the IE School of Global and Public Affairs. The event will bring together Members of the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid and representatives from governments, civil society, academia and technology companies in order to discuss policy solutions that address the challenges of digital transformation and artificial intelligence (AI) in our societies. Commissioner Gabriel will participate in a panel discussion, in which she will highlight the challenges and opportunities presented by advanced AI as well as the Commission’s actions on ethical and human-centric AI development.She will also stress the importance of protecting our democratic processes and institutions from disinformation and the relevant EU actions. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Marietta Grammenou – Tel.: +32 229 83583)

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