Daily News 16 / 05 / 2023
EU Energy Platform: EU attracted over 13.4 bcm of gas in first joint gas purchasing tender
In a press point this morning, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič has announced the successful outcome of the first-ever international tender for joint purchasing of EU gas supplies.
By leveraging its collective economic weight, the EU managed to attract bids from a total number of 25 supplying companies equivalent to more than 13.4 billion cubic meters of gas (bcm) – surpassing the 11.6 bcm of joint demand that EU companies submitted through the recently established AggregateEU mechanism.
The international suppliers have already been matched with the European customers on AggregateEU by service provider PRISMA, amounting to an overall volume of 10.9 bcm. This covers 8.7 bcm of gas via pipeline and 2.2 bcm of LNG.
EU companies will now be able to negotiate the terms of the supply contracts directly with the supplying companies, with no involvement of the Commission.
Speaking earlier today, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said: “This is a remarkable success for an instrument that did not exist some five months ago. The Commission has played its role as aggregator and matchmaker, and now it is for the respective parties to conclude their agreements. It is a win-win for all parties.” The full remarks are available here.
This exercise will support the EU Member States' efforts to meet their gas storage obligations for next winter, while strengthening our collective energy security at competitive prices. Further tenders will follow every two months until the end of year. The next tendering round is expected to be launched in the second half of June.
Demand aggregation and joint purchasing is a flagship initiative under the EU Energy Platform, which was created to work on the diversification of EU gas supplies after Russia invaded Ukraine and Europe collectively decided to end its dependence on Russian fossil fuel imports. You can find more information here.
(For more information: Tim McPhie – Tel.: +32 2 295 86 02; Giulia Bedini – Tel: +32 2 295 86 61; Ana Crespo Parrondo – Tel.: +32 2 298 13 25)
Connecting Europe: Commission signs high-level agreements with Western Balkans to improve transport links
Today, the Commission signed high-level agreements with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. The agreements adapt the trans-European transport network (TEN-T), the EU's network of railway lines, roads, ports and inland waterways connecting EU towns and cities, by linking it to the Western Balkans. This is a major step towards greater transport connectivity between the European Union and our Western Balkan partners.
Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean, said: “With the signature of these agreements, and with our proposal for a Western Balkans European Transport Corridor, we are laying the ground to integrate the transport network of the Western Balkans into the EU's. It will promote the development of sustainable and resource-efficient transport connectivity between the EU and these countries. The importance of closer and seamless transport connections cannot be underestimated.”
The Transport Community, which brings together the EU Member States represented by the Commission and the Western Balkan partners, actively supports the execution of projects connecting the six countries with each other, and with the EU.
The integration of the Western Balkan transport networks into the TEN-T will also help prepare EU candidate countries and potential candidates for their future accession to the EU.
You can find more information here.
(For more information: Stefan de Keersmaecker - Tel.: +32 2 298 46 80; Anna Wartberger – Tel.: +32 2 298 25 04)
InvestEU backs €100 million guarantee agreement to support small businesses in the Netherlands set up by young people, women and people with a migrant background
The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Dutch microfinance provider Qredits are set to make it easier for Dutch micro-entrepreneurs to get access to financing. The two institutions have concluded an agreement under the InvestEU programme whereby the EIF will grant a €100 million guarantee to enable Qredits to strengthen its support to young persons, female entrepreneurs, and businesses set up by people with a migrant background, helping them to grow their business ideas. With this financial agreement under InvestEU, less-served social groups will be able to benefit from loans at a reduced interest rate and with lower collateral requirements. Qredits expects to help around 5,000 small entrepreneurs. They can also benefit from business development and coaching services provided by Qredits.
Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, said: “Thanks to this financial agreement under InvestEU, around 5,000 entrepreneurs in the Netherlands will be empowered to grow their business ideas. It is particularly positive that the financing from Qredits will target less-served social groups such as young people, women and people with a migrant background.”
The InvestEU programme provides the EU with long-term funding by leveraging private and public funds in support of EU policy priorities. As part of the programme, the InvestEU Fund is implemented through financial partners who will invest in projects using the EU budget guarantee and thus mobilising at least €372 billion in additional investment.
A press release is available online.
(For more information Veerle Nuyts — Tel.: +32 2 299 63 02; Flora Matthaes – Tel.: +32 2 298 39 51)
2023 État de Schengen: réalisations et priorités clés à venir
La Commission présente aujourd'hui le deuxième rapport sur la situation dans l'espace Schengen. Ce rapport s'inscrit dans le cadre de l'initiative de la Commission visant à renforcer encore la gouvernance de l'espace Schengen grâce à un rapport annuel présentant la situation dans l'espace Schengen, recensant les défis et les bonnes pratiques, ainsi que les domaines d'action prioritaires.
Les résultats concrets sont notamment l'adhésion de la Croatie à l'espace Schengen, l'adoption d'un nouveau cadre juridique pour les évaluations Schengen, la première politique stratégique pluriannuelle pour la gestion européenne intégrée des frontières, l'adoption de la recommandation du Conseil relative à la coopération opérationnelle des services répressifs et le lancement du nouveau système d'information Schengen.
Chaque année, des centaines de millions de personnes franchissent les frontières extérieures de l'UE, ce qui fait de l'UE la destination la plus accueillante au monde. En 2022, 65 % des touristes du monde entier qui se sont rendus à l'étranger sont venus en Europe, faisant de l'espace Schengen la zone la plus attrayante et la plus visitée du monde. Le rapport recense les bonnes pratiques, qui mettent en évidence les solutions innovantes qui sont appliquées dans les États membres dans des domaines essentiels tels que la gestion des frontières extérieures, la politique des visas, les retours, la coopération policière, les systèmes informatiques et la protection des données.
Pour l'avenir, le rapport 2023 sur la situation dans l'espace Schengen souhaite que l'on s'appuie sur des priorités essentielles pour garantir une mise en œuvre harmonieuse et efficace de l'architecture de Schengen, en tenant compte des nouveaux défis et domaines d'action prioritaires.
Le rapport servira de base aux discussions politiques qui auront lieu lors du Conseil Schengen qui se tiendra le 8 juin 2023, et permettra de les orienter. Pour en savoir plus, veuillez consulter notre communiqué de presse.
(Pour plus d'information: Anitta Hipper – Tél.: +32 2 298 56 91; Fiorella Belciu – Tél.: +32 2 299 37 34)
De nouvelles règles en matière de transparence fiscale aideront les États membres à faire la lumière sur le secteur des crypto-actifs
La Commission se félicite de l'accord politique auquel sont parvenus aujourd'hui les ministres des finances de l'UE sur de nouvelles règles de transparence fiscale applicables à tous les prestataires de services facilitant les transactions portant sur des crypto-actifs pour les clients résidant dans l'Union européenne.
Valdis Dombrovskis, vice-président exécutif pour une économie au service des personnes, a déclaré : « Les crypto-actifs et la monnaie électronique recèlent un énorme potentiel pour stimuler l'activité économique et l'innovation, mais ils comportent également des risques de réduction de la transparence et de facilitation de l'évasion ou de la fraude fiscales. La mise à jour de nos règles fiscales pour remédier à ces problèmes aidera les administrations nationales à percevoir les impôts de manière plus efficace et à suivre l'évolution des technologies à mesure que l'Europe progresse dans sa transition numérique. »
Paolo Gentiloni, commissaire à l'économie, a déclaré : « L'accord conclu aujourd'hui est une bonne nouvelle pour la transparence fiscale dans un monde financier qui évolue à une vitesse vertigineuse. L'anonymat signifie que de nombreux utilisateurs de crypto-actifs réalisant des bénéfices importants échappent au contrôle des autorités fiscales nationales, ce qui est clairement inacceptable. Lorsque cette directive entrera en vigueur, les États membres obtiendront les informations dont ils ont besoin pour garantir que les gains réalisés dans le cadre de transactions ou d'investissements dans les crypto-actifs sont imposés. »
Les nouvelles obligations de déclaration concernant les crypto-actifs, la monnaie électronique et les monnaies numériques de banque centrale entreront en vigueur le 1er janvier 2026. L'adoption des nouvelles règles sera possible lorsque l'opinion du Parlement européen sera disponible.
Un communiqué de presse est disponible en ligne.
(Pour plus d'informations: Veerle Nuyts – Tel.: +32 2 299 63 02; Francesca Dalboni – Tel: +32 2 298 81 70)
Creative Europe: Commission reinforces support to Ukraine in the cultural sector
Three EU-Ukraine consortia, selected to participate in the Commission's Creative Europe programme following a special call for Ukraine, have now started implementing their projects to support Ukrainian artists and cultural organisations in Ukraine and in the countries participating in Creative Europe. These three projects, that involve 16 European and Ukrainian organisations, will offer flexible funding mechanisms and capacity building. The ZMINA consortium coordinated by the Izolyatsia organisation will provide financial support to Ukrainian artists and cultural organisations to create and showcase their work in Ukraine and in countries participating in Creative Europe. The Culture Helps consortium, coordinated by Insha Osvita, has already launched first calls to fund actions to help displaced Ukrainians, in particular children, to have access to culture. Finally, the U-RE-HERIT consortium, coordinated by the Lithuanian Association of Architects, will provide capacity building support and training to Ukrainian cultural heritage professionals to contribute to the post-war recovery of their country's cultural heritage.
Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, said: “I am pleased to see this special call take shape. I know that with the Creative Europe funding, these three organisations will be able to make a real difference on the ground. Preserving the cultural heritage and maintaining access to education and culture are key for the resilience and the reconstruction of the country. Creative Europe stands with Ukraine.”
The special Creative Europe call for Ukraine was launched in September 2022, as a response to Russia's war of aggression in Ukraine and its dramatic consequences on the Ukrainian creative sector and cultural heritage. The Creative Europe programme has encouraged more cooperation between European and Ukrainian cultural organisations, for instance by supporting the mobility of Ukrainian artists through its scheme Culture Moves Europe, or by facilitating the publication and distribution of books and cultural contents in Ukrainian language. The Commission is working in collaboration with the EU delegation to Ukraine and the EU Member States to ensure the coordination of EU support for Ukraine in the fields of education and culture. More information is available online.
(For more information: Sonya Gospodinova – Tel.: +32 2 296 69 53; Flore Boutier - Tel.: +32 2 29 66043)
Soudan : Nouveaux vols du pont aérien humanitaire de l'UE
L'UE continue de soutenir l'acheminement de fournitures humanitaires au Soudan, par le biais de vols du pont aérien humanitaire. Cette semaine, un nouveau vol a permis de livrer 30,3 tonnes de fournitures essentielles, notamment des fournitures médicales et du matériel d'hébergement, qui ont été transportées depuis les entrepôts des Nations unies à Dubaï vers les partenaires humanitaires à Port-Soudan. Ce vol fait suite à un autre vol du pont aérien à destination du Soudan le 9 mai.
En plus des vols du pont aérien humanitaire, l'UE a alloué un total de 800 000 euros pour l'aide immédiate et les premiers secours aux populations du Soudan lui-même, ainsi qu'aux réfugiés et aux rapatriés dans les pays voisins. Ce financement comprend 200 000 euros pour le Croissant-Rouge soudanais et 200 000 euros pour les Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge d'Égypte, d'Éthiopie et du Sud-Soudan.
Cette somme s'ajoute aux 73 millions d'euros déjà alloués au Soudan en 2023 au titre de l'aide humanitaire. La Commission européenne est en contact avec ses partenaires humanitaires pour s'assurer que les programmes prévus et existants soient adaptés, le cas échéant, à la nouvelle situation et aux nouvelles priorités.
Des experts de l'aide humanitaire de l'UE ont été rapidement déployés le long des régions frontalières dans les pays limitrophes du Soudan (Éthiopie, Soudan du Sud, Tchad, Égypte et République centrafricaine), afin d'évaluer rapidement les besoins humanitaires émergents sur le terrain.
(Pour plus informations: Balazs Ujvari - Tél.: +32 2 295 45 78; Daniel Puglisi - Tél.: +32 2 296 91 40)
State aid: Commission approves €1.3 billion Polish scheme to support agricultural producers' payments of insurance premiums to cover adverse climatic events
The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €1.3 billion Polish scheme to support agricultural producers to pay insurance premiums covering the risk of damage to certain vegetable products and livestock species. The measure contributes to the achievement of the objectives of the Common Agricultural Policy by helping preserve stable incomes for agricultural producers.
The scheme is open to small, medium, and large companies active in agricultural primary production in Poland who subscribe insurance coverage with insurance companies selected by the Polish authorities following an open tendering procedure. The eligible beneficiaries are entitled to receive an aid amount of up to 65% of their insurance premiums, provided that those do not exceed certain thresholds. For the event of drought specifically, the scheme includes a State reinsurance mechanism whereby Poland will cover part of the compensation payments that insurance companies would need to pay to agricultural producers.
The Commission assessed the scheme under EU State aid rules, in particular Article 107(3)(c) TFEU and the 2023 Guidelines for State aid in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas. On this basis, the Commission approved the Polish scheme under EU State aid rules.
Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy said: ”This €1.3 billion measure will foster a resilient agricultural sector in Poland and ensure long-term food security. It will help protect agricultural producers against losses due to adverse climatic events and hence keep their incomes stable. All without unduly distorting competition.”
A press release is available online.
(For more information: Arianna Podesta – Tel.: +32 2 298 70 24; Nina Ferreira - Tel.: +32 2 299 81 63)
State aid: Commission approves €26.5 million Bulgarian measure to provide Bulgarian Posts with urgent liquidity support
The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €26.5 million (BGN 50 million) Bulgarian measure to provide Bulgarian Posts EAD (‘Bulgarian Posts') with urgent liquidity support. Bulgarian Posts is a state-owned company that provides universal postal services throughout the whole territory of Bulgaria with a network of 2,973 post offices with 8,500 staff. The company is currently facing urgent liquidity needs due to inflation and increased operating costs.
The measure aims at providing Bulgarian Posts with resources to meet its urgent and immediate liquidity needs until end October and continue its postal service and pension payment activities. The rescue aid will take the form of a loan. Bulgaria committed to ensure that, after six months, the loan will be reimbursed, or Bulgarian Post will submit a restructuring plan of the company in order to become viable in the long-term. Such possible restructuring would be subject to the Commission's assessment and approval.
The Commission assessed the Bulgarian measure under EU State aid rules, in particular the Commission's Guidelines on rescue and restructuring, which enable Member States to rescue companies in difficulties, provided in particular that the public support measures are limited in time and scope and contribute to an objective of common interest. The Commission found that the measure will help ensure the continuation of the universal postal services and payment of pensions, in the interest of the Bulgarian economy and population. At the same time, the strict conditions attached to the loan will keep to a minimum any possible distortions of competition resulting from the rescue aid. On this basis, the Commission approved the measure under EU State aid rules.
The non-confidential version of today's decision will be made available under the case number SA.106972 in the State Aid Register on the Commission's Competition website once any confidentiality issues have been resolved. New publications of state aid decisions on the internet and in the Official Journal are listed in the State Aid Weekly e-News.
(For more information: Arianna Podesta – Tel.: +32 2 298 70 24; Nina Ferreira - Tel.: +32 2 299 81 63)
Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft, subject to conditions
The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard (‘Activision') by Microsoft. The approval is conditional on full compliance with the commitments offered by Microsoft, which fully address the competition concerns identified by the Commission and represent a significant improvement for cloud gaming as compared to the current situation.
The Commission's in-depth market investigation indicated that Microsoft would not be able to harm rival consoles and rival multi-game subscription services. At the same time, it confirmed that Microsoft could harm competition in the distribution of games via cloud game streaming services and that its position in the market for PC operating systems would be strengthened.
To address the competition concerns identified by the Commission in the market for the distribution of PC and console games via cloud game streaming services, Microsoft offered the following comprehensive licensing commitments, with a 10-year duration: (i) a free license to consumers in the EEA that would allow them to stream, via any cloud game streaming services of their choice, all current and future Activision Blizzard PC and console games for which they have a license; and (ii) a corresponding free license to cloud game streaming service providers to allow EEA-based gamers to stream any Activision Blizzard's PC and console games.
Taking into consideration the feedback of the market, the Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition, as modified by the commitments, would no longer raise competition concerns and would ultimately unlock significant benefits for competition and consumers.
Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy said: "Video games attract billions of users all over the world. In such a fast-growing and dynamic industry, it is crucial to protect competition and innovation. Our decision represents an important step in this direction, by bringing Activision's popular games to many more devices and consumers than before thanks to cloud game streaming. The commitments offered by Microsoft will enable for the first time the streaming of such games in any cloud game streaming services, enhancing competition and opportunities for growth."
A press release is available online.
(For more information: Arianna Podesta – Tel.: +32 2 298 70 24; Sara Simonini- Tel.: +32 2 298 33 67)
President von der Leyen to participate in the Council of Europe Summit, G7 Summit and EU-Republic of Korea Summit
As detailed yesterday during her press conference, today President von der Leyen starts a series of international engagements that will take her to Iceland, Japan and the Republic of Korea. A united response to Russia's war and steadfast support to Ukraine, a multifaceted approach to our relations to China, efforts to enhance economic security and a common decarbonisation endeavour will be at the core of the President's discussions with partners.
Today, the President is in Reykjavik, where she will meet the Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrín Jakobsdóttir. Their meeting will be followed by a press conference at +/- 16:45 CEST which will be broadcast on EbS. Later today, President von der Leyen will participate in the Summit of Heads of State or Government of the Council of Europe. The President will take part in the opening session of the Summit, with the title ‘United around our values', which you can follow live on EbS. Then she will participate in a roundtable discussion on ‘Supporting Ukraine – solidarity and accountability'. Finally, the leaders will have a working dinner under the title ‘United for Ukraine'.
The Summit will continue tomorrow, when President von der Leyen will deliver remarks at the General Debate on ‘United for Europe', which will also be broadcast live on EbS.
Then, President von der Leyen will travel to Hiroshima, where she will participate in the Summit of the G7 between Friday and Sunday, 19-21 May. During the different working sessions, G7 leaders will discuss issues such as the situation in Ukraine, in the Indo-Pacific, economic resilience and security, and engagement with G20 and Global South partners, amongst others.
On Saturday, in the margins of the Summit, the President will host together with US President Joe Biden, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, a special event on the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII), which you can follow live on EbS.
Finally, on Monday, 22 May, President von der Leyen will arrive in Seoul to participate in the EU-Republic of Korea Summit along with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk-yeol. A press conference will conclude the meeting and will be transmitted live on EbS.
The President's public remarks during these summits will be published on Press Corner.
(For more information: Eric Mamer – Tel.: +32 2 299 40 73)
High Representative Borrell and Commissioner Johansson host high-level ministerial conference on the Roadmap to comprehensive Small Arms and Light Weapons control in the Western Balkans
Today, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, are hosting a high-level ministerial conference on the implementation of the Regional Roadmap for comprehensive Small Arms and Light Weapons control in the Western Balkans. Gunnar Strömmer, Minister of Justice of Sweden, is participating on behalf of the Presidency of the Council. The conference is attended by ministers of interior and/or foreign affairs of the EU and of Western Balkan partners, as well as by international and regional organisations and several other non-EU countries.
The conference is an important opportunity to discuss the possible continuation of the Regional Roadmap beyond 2024 and how the EU will continue to support the Western Balkan partners in their efforts to improve the comprehensive control of firearms in the region.
Cooperation with the Western Balkans on small arms and light weapons is an important element of the EU's strong engagement on security with the region. The Regional Roadmap is part of the EU Action Plan on Firearms trafficking 2020-2025 for South East Europe. It was signed by the Western Balkan partners in 2018. It runs until 2024 and has seven specific goals to improve comprehensive control of small arms and light weapons in the region.
All six Western Balkans partners are successfully implementing the Roadmap, they have now effective strategies in place for the control of firearms, and have also adapted their national legislation to harmonise it with EU legislation.
(For more information: Anitta Hipper – Tel.: +32 2 298 56 91; Andrea Masini -Tel.: +32 2 299 37 34)
Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis travels to Uzbekistan & Kazakhstan to strengthen EU-Central Asia relations
Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis will travel to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, where he will participate in the Annual Governors' Meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (May 17-18), and represent the EU at the EU-Central Asia Economic Forum in Almaty, Kazakhstan on May 19.
At the EBRD Annual Governors' Meeting, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis will co-sign a number of important joint initiatives, providing EU guarantees to support co-financing opportunities across the Bank's region of operations.
Two strategically important decisions are due to be agreed by the Governors – on the work to be launched regarding capital increase to support Ukraine, and an amendment to the Bank's statutes allowing expansion beyond its region of operations to a limited number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Iraq.
He will participate at the high-level panel on connectivity and hold bilateral meetings with, among others, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, EBRD President Odile Renaud-Basso, and Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova Dumitru Alaiba.
At the second in-person EU-Central Asia Economic Forum in Almaty, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis will focus on the need to strengthen trade and economic ties between the two regions. He will present high-level deliverables in support of this goal including signing a number of cooperation agreements, the adoption of EU financial guarantee programmes, and outlining a forthcoming Prosperity Programme for the region.
He will hold bilateral meetings with leaders from the five Central Asian countries. Finally, he will visit EU funded projects outside Almaty, and engage with Kazakh authorities on the deepening Strategic Partnership between the EU and Kazakhstan on sustainable raw materials, batteries and renewable hydrogen value chains.
(For more information: Veerle Nuyts – Tel.: +32 2 299 63 02; Laura Bérard - Tel: +32 2 295 57 21).
EU-US Health Dialogue: Commissioner Kyriakides receives US Secretary for Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra
Tomorrow, Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety and Xavier Becerra, US Secretary for Health and Human Services, will hold a first EU-US Health Dialogue.
The meeting will focus on three strands: cancer priorities, global health threats and the global health architecture. Commissioner Kyriakides and Secretary Becerra will exchange views to advance cooperation under Europe's Beating Cancer Plan and the US Cancer Moonshot programme in view of establishing a new structured dialogue on cancer. They will discuss current and emerging global health threats as well as the global health architecture and more specifically negotiations on the pandemic agreement, amendments of the International Health Regulations, and the reform of the WHO. They will also discuss cooperation between the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) and US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), and support to Ukraine will also be addressed.
A joint press point on the outcomes and next steps of the dialogue will start at around and 15:30 CEST and can be followed here.
(More information: Stefan De Keersmaecker – Tel.: +32 229 84680; Célia Dejond – Tel.: +32 229 88199.)
Festival de Cannes: Le commissaire Breton présentera le « European Media Industry Outlook »
Aujourd'hui, la 76e édition du Festival de Cannes et son marché du film ouvrent leurs portes aux professionnels de l'audiovisuel. Le commissaire au marché intérieur, Thierry Breton, se rendra à Cannes le 18 mai pour rencontrer des start-ups et innovateurs du secteur audiovisuel et présenter le « European Media Industry Outlook », un nouveau rapport explorant les tendances des médias et analysant leur impact sur le marché et l'industrie de l'UE.
Le commissaire Breton prononcera également le discours d'ouverture du Forum européen du film, intitulé « Regarder vers l'avenir : une vision pour les industries européennes de l'audiovisuel et des médias ». Son intervention sera suivie de discussions sur la compétitivité du secteur européen des médias et les futurs modèles d'entreprise avec des représentants de haut niveau de l'industrie.
Le festival présentera également neuf films soutenus par le volet MEDIA du programme « Europe créative », dont quatre concourent pour la Palme d'or : « Club Zero », de Jessica Hausner ; « La chimera », d'Alice Rohrwacher ; « Kidnapped », de Marco Bellocchio et « Four Daughters », de Kaouther Ben Hania. Les lauréats du festival de cette année seront annoncés le samedi 27 mai lors de la cérémonie de clôture.
De plus amples informations sur la présence de la Commission à Cannes sont disponibles ici.
(Pour plus d'informations: Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 2 295 86 15; Thomas Regnier – Tel.: +32 2 299 10 99)
Tentative agendas for forthcoming Commission meetings
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Upcoming events of the European Commission
Eurostat press releases