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EU@UNGA74 on Thursday  

To wrap up a week of confirmed commitment to multilateralism, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will attend the launch of the Alliance for Multilateralism hosted by France and Germany (11:30 local time, 17:30 CET) and a ministerial meeting of the Group of Friends of Mediation (09:30 local time, 15:30 CET). She will also attend the Ad-hoc Liaison Committee ministerial meeting (15:00 local time, 21:00 CET), a ministerial meeting organised by Jordan and Sweden on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (12:00 local time, 18:00 CET), a ministerial meeting with the Gulf Cooperation Council (09:15 local time, 15:15 CET), a ministerial meeting on Libya (18:30 local time, 00:30 CET) and a high-level meeting on the Central African Republic (16:15 local time, 22:15 CET). Commissioner Neven Mimica will continue showcasing the EU’s commitment to sustainable development at a high-level dialogue on financing for development (10:00 local time, 16:00 CET), while Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos will participate at a high-level event on accountability for atrocity crimes committed by Daesh organised by the Netherlands and Iraq (08:30 local time, 14:30 CET). Commissioner Julian King will arrive in New York to attend the Global Hope event (18:30 local time, 00:30 CET). Audio-visual coverage of the events and bilateral meetings will be available on EbS. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: .: +32 229 73582)

EU4Human Rights: the EU stands up for human rights in New York

As President of the European Council Donald Tusk delivers his speech this afternoon on behalf of the European Union during the general debate of the UN General Assembly, a series of EU high-level events and bilateral meetings will continue, including two of the biggest flagship events. High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, together with the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and EU Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore, will host the 2nd high-level side event on the Good Human Rights Stories initiative, bringing together ministers and high level officials from international human rights organisations (10:00 local time, 16:00 CET). This year’s edition focuses on building quality lives through economic, social and cultural rights in the world. In the afternoon, High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini will join Commissioner Neven Mimica and the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at the EU-UN Spotlight initiative event. Two years after its launch, the Spotlight Initiative’s activities are spanning the entire globe – thanks to the EU’s and UN’s engagement, and the support of partner governments and civil society at all levels. 13 countries have already started implementing Spotlight programmes, and around 2/3 of the European Union’s initial seed funding of €500 million have already been allocated. For more information about the EU-UN Spotlight initiative, check the press release and MEMO. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Christina Wunder – Tel.: +32 229 92256; Xavier Cifre Quatresols – Tel.: +32 229 73582)

EU charts new ground in global connectivity – looks to boost strategic ties with Asia

Tomorrow, the European Commission will launch its Europa Connectivity Forum – an innovative multi-stakeholder international conference aimed at fostering dialogue and strengthening ties between governments, financial institutions, and private sector actors in Europe and beyond. Building on the already close cooperation between the EU and its Asia-Pacific partners, this first edition of the Forum will be held under the theme EU-Asia Connectivity: Building Bridges for a Sustainable Future, one year after the adoption of the EU strategy to connect the two continents. The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said: “What we do politically must respond to the expectations and worries of our citizens. Increased connectivity is part of this response, because it benefits our people and our economies. Because it creates stability and prosperity for all.” He added: “Our European approach to connectivity is at the heart of our partnership with Asia, and we have a clear message: the European Union wants to engage more and to reinforce the connections between Europe and Asia in a mutually-beneficial way.” At the invitation of President Juncker, Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, will be the Forum’s special guest and will deliver a keynote speech at the opening plenary. President Juncker and Prime Minister Abe will conclude a Partnership on Sustainable Connectivity and Quality Infrastructure between the European Union and Japan – the first such Partnership of its kind -underlining further the strategic importance of the EU-Japan partnership that both parties have been committed to strengthen over the last years. EbS will have live coverage of President Juncker and Prime Minister Abe’s keynote speeches, and the whole Forum – featuringhigh-level political leaders and dignitaries, Presidents of European and international financial institutions, and leading business and finance executives – will be live streamed on the Forum’s website. For more information, read the full press release, visit the dedicated website, and consult the programme, strategy, and factsheet. (For more information: Mina Andreeva – Tel.: +32 229 91382; Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Adam Kaznowski – Tel: +32 229 89359)


République Centrafricaine: l’UE mobilise 60 millions d’euros supplémentaires

En marge de l’Assemblée Générale des Nations Unies, Neven Mimica, commissaire en charge de la coopération internationale et le développement, rencontre le Président de la République Centrafricaine (RCA), Faustin-Archange Touadéra. À cette occasion, le commissaire a annoncé l’octroi de 60 millions d’euros additionnels pour soutenir la mise en œuvre de l’accord de paix signé en février, portant le soutien total de l’Union européenne à la RCA à 442 millions d’euros pour la période 2014-2020. Le commissaire Mimica a déclaré: “Les 60 millions d’euros supplémentaires que l’UE a décidé d’octroyer à la République Centrafricaine visent à soutenir la mise en œuvre de l’accord de paix signé en février dernier. Les actions porteront sur le redéploiement de l’Etat sur tout le territoire, le renforcement de l’accès des populations aux services de base et la préparation des élections en 2020. Lemomentumcréé par la signature de l’accord de paix en février doit être soutenu, et les populations doivent rapidement voir les dividendes de la paix afin d’empêcher tout retour en arrière.” Egalement en marge de la 74ème Assemblée Générale, la haute représentante/vice-présidente Federica Mogherini s’exprimera aujourd’hui lors d’une réunion de haut niveau sur la République Centrafricaine, après avoir tenu un discours mercredi lors d’une réunion de haut niveau sur le Mali et le Sahel. Le communiqué de presse est disponible en ligne. (Pour plus d’informations: Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tél.: +32 229 65322; Christina Wunder – Tél.: +32 229 92256)


EU providing emergency response following earthquakes and flash floods in Albania 

In the aftermath of two devastating earthquakes that hit Albania and ensuing flash floods the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated by the Albanian authorities. In an immediate response, the European Union has already helped mobilise first aid supplies and relief items, such as tents, power generators and water pumps to the affected areas. Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said: “The European Union stands in solidarity with Albania at this difficult time and substantial EU support is already on its way. European experts, life-saving assets and material will soon be making a difference in the crucial early days of the response. I warmly thank Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and Norway for their offers of assistance through our Civil Protection Mechanism. Our thoughts are with all those in the affected areas and the first responders working on the ground. We stand ready to provide further assistance.” The European Union’s 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Centre is in constant contact with the Albanian authorities to closely monitor the situation and channel further EU assistance on request. It will also deploy an EU Civil Protection Team of several experts to facilitate the coordination of the in-coming assistance. Photos of the Emergency Centre are available, a factsheet on the EU’s Emergency Centre. (For more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz de Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140)


Education and training in the EU: supporting teachers is critical to build the European Education Area

Coinciding with the second European Education Summit, the European Commission published today the 2019 Education and Training Monitor analysing how education and training is evolving in the EU and its Member States. The 2019 Monitor shows further progress towards important EU education and training targets, but also highlights the need to better support teachers and make the teaching profession more attractive. Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said: “To build a resilient, cohesive and fair Europe, we need to invest in education. Above all, this means investing in teachers – giving them the tools and recognition they deserve. The success of any education reform depends on teachers – that is why better responding to their needs is key to building a true European Education Area by 2025. I am proud of what we have achieved with Member States over the past years, but more work lies ahead. The Education and Training Monitor has a vital role to play in driving further reform of our education systems, helping us ensure that everyone can make the most of their talents.” The Commission supports Member States to improve their education systems through policy cooperation, benchmarking and funding programmes such as Erasmus+. The Monitor, the EU’s annual flagship publication on education, is an integral part of this work. By presenting a wealth of policies and fostering dialogue, it helps Member States benchmark and improve their education systems. A press release and 28 country-specific factsheets in all EU languages and a general factsheet are available online. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Joseph Waldstein – Tel.: +32 229 56184)


Commission experts support the development of 13 Bulgarian research and innovation centres

Commission experts from the Joint Research Centre will provide support and guidance to 13 Bulgarian research and innovation centres to help them bring their innovative ideas to the market, facilitate the transfer and dissemination of knowledge and strengthen both their ties with businesses and their participation in European and international cooperation projects.Theexperts will also help the 13 centres improve their legal, managerial and operational frameworks, deal with state aid issues and identify financing opportunities, including through EU funds. The 13 centres include four “centres of excellence” i.e. fundamental research institutions and nine “centres of competence”, focused on applied research activities with potential for industrial uptake. It concerns sectors such as mechatronics, digital technologies, creative and gaming industries and biotechnology and other areas in line with the priorities of Bulgaria’s smart specialisation strategy, its industrial and innovation strategy based on local competitive strengths. A full press release is available here. (For more information: Johannes Bahrke – Tél.: +32 229 58615, Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr – Tel.: +32 229 56169)

State aid: Commission approves 6.2 million aid for Erfurt-Weimar Airport in Germany

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, additional operating aid of around €6.2 million to Erfurt-Weimar airport. The small regional airport is 100% publicly owned and located in the Land of Thuringia. In June 2018, the Commission approved, under EU State aid rules, initial operating aid of €10.7 million to the airport. Germany notified to the Commission its plans to extend the operating aid to the airport and to grant additional €6.2 million up to 2024 to the airport operator. This follows the prolongation of the rules on operating aid for small airports under the Aviation Guidelines until 2024 and the recent insolvency of airline Germania, which caused a significant drop in passengers at the Erfurt-Weimar airport. The operating aid aims to keep the airport running in the medium-term, until it is expected to cover its costs as of 2024. The Commission found that the measure is in line with EU State aid rules, in particular the Aviation Guidelines, as it will contribute to improving connections of citizens and facilitating regional development in the region of Thuringia, without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market. More information will be available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number SA.54496 once confidentiality issues have been resolved. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Giulia Astuti – Tel.: +32 229 55344)



Commissioner Jourová to reveal winners of the first ever EU Product Safety Award

Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vera Jourová will host the first edition of the EU Product Safety Awardceremony tonight in Brussels. Four SMEs and four large companies from several EU Member States will be rewarded for their efforts to enhance children’s safety. This first edition of the award honours companies that are excelling in the safety of childcare products, going above and beyond EU requirements for greater consumer safety. The award aims both to encourage more companies to make product safety a priority, and to give recognition to the companies who put product safety at the heart of what they do. A full press release with the names of the winners will be available online tonight. (For more information: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: +32 229-67094; Athina Reuter – Tel.: + 32 229 82390)


Commissioner Thyssen attends 2019 Employment and Social Development Conference

Tomorrow, 27 September, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, will attend the conference during which the 2019 Employment and Social Developments Review will be presented. The Conference will take place in Brussels and is organised jointly by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Council. Commissioner Thyssen will open the conference, of which this year’s theme is ‘Sustainable Growth for All: Choices for the Future of Social Europe’, with a keynote speech that will be made available here. The Conference will bring together around 200 participants from EU and international organisations, Member States, social partners, academia and civil society. Following a presentation of the main highlights of the 2019 ESDE review, the opening panel will discuss broad policy choices for sustainable growth and a just, socially fair transition to a climate-neutral economy. In addition, the conference will feature three thematic panel sessions on 1) economic sustainability: enabling sustainable and inclusive growth, 2) social sustainability: investing in people, essential services and housing, and 3) environmental sustainability: mitigating social impacts of climate action. The full programme is available here. (For more information: Christian Wigand: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: +32 229 67094)


Le commissaire Navracsics participe à la cérémonie de remise du prix “L’Europe des festivals, des festivals pour l’Europe”

Tibor Navracsics, commissaire chargé de l’éducation, de la culture, de la jeunesse et des sports, prendra, ce soir, la parole lors de la cérémonie de remise du label européen pour les festivals “L’Europe des festivals, des festivals pour l’Europe” à BOZAR à Bruxelles. Le commissaire Navracsics profitera de l’occasion pour souligner son soutien aux festivals d’art, qui permettent non seulement au public de découvrir le riche patrimoine culturel de l’Europe, mais également de promouvoir la créativité et la diversité de l’Europe. La cérémonie rendra hommage aux 24 festivals d’arts européens les plus remarquables choisis par un jury international parmi 715 festivals de 39 pays participant au programme Europe créative, en particulier les cinq festivals qui recevront l’édition 2019-2020 ‘Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Prix ​​de l’Europe. Dirigé par l’Association européenne des festivals, “L’Europe des festivals, des festivals pour l’Europe” est soutenu par le Parlement européen et mis en œuvre par la Commission afin de récompenser les festivals culturels pour leur contribution à la vie culturelle européenne et leur rôle dans la résolution des problèmes de société. (Pour plus d’informations: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tél.: +32 229 67083; Joseph Waldstein – Tél.: +32 229 56184)

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