CALENDRIER du 27 février au 05 mars 2017

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

 

Lundi 27 février 2017

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

Mr Frans Timmermans receives a delegation of members of the Senate of Romania.

Ms Federica Mogherini in the Vatican City State: meets Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Vatican City State and Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Barcelona, Spain (until 28/02): participates in the Mobile World Congress; holds an exchange of views with CEOs of EU Telecoms on 5G; and delivers a speech at the GSMA Trans-Atlantic Dialogue on “Bringing the Future into Focus: Proactive Policy Making to Advance the Digital Economy”.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia: meets Mr Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia; Mr Peter Pellegrini, Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Minister for the Interior; and Mr Andrej Kiska, President of Slovakia.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives the members of the European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG) President’s Committee.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Mika Lintilä, Minister for Economic Affairs of Finland; and Mr Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister for Agriculture and the Environment of Finland.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives a delegation from the European Union Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers an opening address at the “Investing in new healthcare models” seminar organised by the European Commission, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn participates it the Serbia-EU Intergovernmental Conference, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr José Manuel González-Páramo, Europe Chair of the Trans-Atlantic Business Council (TABC) and Director of BBVA’s Executive Board.

Ms Cecilia Malmström delivers a speech at the Stakeholder Conference of the Initiative for a Multilateral Investment Court, in Brussels.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister for Energy of Lithuania.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Mika Lintilä, Minister for Economic Affairs of Finland.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a speech at the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) seminar on “Strategic investments for the future of healthcare”, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos in Tbilisi, Georgia: meets Mr Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: participe au Salon International de l’Agriculture.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Copenhagen, Denmark (until 28/02): addresses the Parliament of Denmark; meets Mr Thomas Ahrenkiel, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence; Mr Henning Thiesen, Director of the Danish Civil Protection Agency; and civil society including humanitarian partners.

Ms Corina Creţu in Florence, Italy: participates in a workshop “Policy – challenges and opportunities of innovation and industrial policy, the future of European industrial and innovation policy, the opportunity of digitisation of industry (Industry 4.0)”; and meets Mr Enrico Rossi, President of Tuscany Region.

Mr Julian King receives Mr Howard Davies, Chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland; and Ms Shriti Vadera, Chairwoman of Santander Bank UK.

 

Mardi 28 février 2017

Environment Council

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Philipp Rösler, Head of the Centre for Regional Strategies, Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum Geneva.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Srdjan Darmanović, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Montenegro.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Barcelona, Spain: participates in the Mobile World Congress; delivers a keynote speech on “Building the 5G Economy Policy & Regulation” and participates in the panel; and visits several exhibition stands.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Eoghan Murphy, Minister of State of Ireland for Financial Services, Government and Public Procurement.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis meets Mr Mario Greco, CEO of Zurich Insurance Group; and Mr Ron Kalifa, Vice-Chairman and Executive Director of Worldpay payment services, in Brussels.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives a delegation of journalists and local government representatives from Latvia.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis delivers a keynote speech at the conference “Fintech and Digital Innovation: Regulation and Disruption”, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Peter Olesen, Chairman of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT); and Mr Rolf Nagel, Member of the EIT Governing Board.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Ms Emma Marcegaglia, President of BusinessEurope.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Janez Potočnik, former Commissioner and current co-chair of the International Resource Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives a delegation of directors from Soste, the Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a keynote speech on industrial competitiveness at the European Industry Day Conference, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a speech at a University of Eastern Finland event; and meets rectors of Finnish Universities, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen participates in a working dinner of the World Economic Forum, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Srdjan Darmanović, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Montenegro.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Andros Kyprianou, Secretary General of AKEL Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Socratis Famellos, Deputy Minister for Environment and Energy of Greece.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Nick Hurd, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry of the United Kingdom.

Mr Karmenu Vella meets Mr Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister for Agriculture and the Environment of Finland, in Brussels.

Mr Karmenu Vella meets Mr Slaven Dobrović, Minister for the Protection of the Environment and Energy of Croatia, in Brussels.

Mr Karmenu Vella meets Mr Marko Pomerants, Minister for the Environment of Estonia, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a speech at the Joint Action CHRODIS conference on “Addressing Chronic Diseases and Healthy Ageing across Europe“, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Leuven, Belgium: on the occasion of World Rare Disease Day participates in the launch event of the European Reference Networks (ERNs) with Ms Maggie De Block, Federal Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health of Belgium, and His Royal Highness Prince Laurent of Belgium.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets a delegation from the European Union Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets Mr Antros Kyprianou, Secretary General of AKEL Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus, in Brussels.

Ms Marianne Thyssen receives representatives of key civil society organisations in the field of Social Affairs to exchange views on the European Pillar of Social Rights and on the 2030 Agenda/ Sustainable Development Goal on poverty.

Mr Phil Hogan receives wine producers from Slovenia.

Ms Violeta Bulc receives Mr Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation.

Ms Violeta Bulc delivers a speech at “The Future of Shipping” event organised as part of the European Shipping Week 2017, in Brussels.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska delivers an opening speech at the European Industry Day Conference, in Brussels.

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Vienna, Austria: meets Mr Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria; Ms Muna Duzdar, State Secretary for Diversity, Public Service and Digitalisation; and delivers a keynote speech at the 10th Anniversary Symposium of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

Mr Tibor Navracsics participates in the official signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Ms Maja Makovec Brenčič, Minister for Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics receives a delegation of education policy experts from the Bulgarian political party GERB to discuss modernisation of national education systems in the EU.

Ms Margrethe Vestager receives Mr Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister for Energy of Lithuania.

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers a keynote speechat the Conference: “Horizon 2020 – Performance and Further Simplification “, in Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers a keynote speech on the role of new technologies and innovation at the European Industry Day Conference, in Brussels.

Mr Julian King in London, the UK: participates in an Oral Evidence Session on EU policing and security issues at the Home Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons, the UK Parliament.

 

Mercredi 01 mars 2017

College meeting

01-02/03 European Parliament Plenary Session in Brussels

President Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the European Parliament on the preparations ahead of the European Council.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag.

President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a keynote speech on the 10th anniversary of the Liaison Office of the Bundestag, in Brussels.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Prague, the Czech Republic: attends the unveiling of Max van der Stoel Memorial.

Ms Federica Mogherini in the Western Balkans (until 04/03): on official visit.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Yves Mersch, Member of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Executive Board; and representatives of the Luxembourg Bankers’ Association and the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives Mr Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Stepan Kubiv First Vice-Prime Minister, Minister for Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete delivers an opening speech at “The Energy Transition – an Opportunity for Europe” conference organised by Claude Turmes, Member of the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Andros Kyprianou, Secretary General of AKEL Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Ms Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister for International Development and La Francophonie of Canada.

M Phil Hogan à Paris, France (jusqu’à 02/03); rencontre M. Bernard Cazeneuve, Premier Ministre de France et M. Stéphane Le Foll, Ministre de l’Agriculture, de l’Agroalimentaire et de la Forêt de France.

Ms Violeta Bulc delivers a speech at the European Shipping Week 2017 Conference, in Brussels.

 

Jeudi 02 mars 2017

02-03/03 Informal Meeting of Ministers responsible for Trade (FAC)

President Jean-Claude Juncker accompanied by Ms Violeta Bulc in Ljubljana, Slovenia (until 03/03): meets Mr Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia, on a working lunch; holds a joint press point with Mr Miro Cerar; and participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue with Mr Miro Cerar.

Mr Andrus Ansip receives Mr Chuck Robbins, CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Stepan Kubiv First Vice-Prime Minister, Minister for Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine; and a delegation of European IMF Executive Directors.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Sture Fjäder, President of Akava, the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland.

Mr Günther Oettinger meets Mr Manfred Weber, Chair of the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP) at the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Valletta, Malta (until 03/03): participates in the Informal meeting of Ministers responsible for Trade (FAC).

Mr Neven Mimica participates at “She Decides” international ministerial conference on women’s human rights, in particular their sexual and reproductive health, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica meets Mr Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica receives Mr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Mr Karmenu Vella participates in a joint signature of the EU-China Blue Year Programme, and participates in a High Level Dialogue on an “Integrated Approach to Ocean Affairs – Integrated Maritime Policy”, with Mr Wang Hong, Administrator of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) of China.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos participates in the 3rd European Migration Forum meeting, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets Mr Marco Minniti, Minister for the Interior of Italy, in Brussels.

M. Pierre Moscovici rencontre les Directeurs Exécutifs européens du Fonds Monétaire International (FMI).

Mr Christos Stylianides in Greece (until 04/02): delivers a speech at the Delphi Economic Forum.

M Phil Hogan à Paris, France: participe au Salon International de l’Agriculture.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Mr Elliot Schrage, Vice-President of Global Communications, Marketing and Public Policy at Facebook.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Mr Chuck Robbins, CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Madrid, Spain: delivers a keynote speech at the official opening of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Digital Spain – the innovation partnership on digital transformation run by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

Ms Corina Creţu in Warsaw, Poland (until 03/03): participates in the opening session of the V4+4 ministerial meeting; attends an extraordinary meeting of the Committee of Regions’ Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER); exchanges views in a joint debate with V4+4 ministers and COTER members on the future of cohesion policy; and meets Mr Jerzy Kwieciński, State Secretary in the Ministry for Economic Development of Poland.

Mr Julian King receives Mr Hans-Georg Maaßen, President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution of Germany.

Vendredi 03 mars 2017

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

President Jean-Claude Juncker accompanied by Ms Violeta Bulc in Ljubljana, Slovenia: meets Mr Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia; Mr Milan Brglez, President of the National Assembly of Slovenia; and participates in the inauguration of the EU House in Ljubljana together with Mr Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, and Mr Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Vilnius, Lithuania: meets Ms Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania; Mr Saulius Skvernelis, Prime Minister of Lithuania; Mr Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Seimas of Lithuania, and members of the Seimas; delivers a keynote address at the conference “Destination – successful Lithuania: how to encourage investments, sustainable growth and social welfare”; and participates in a working lunch with Mr Mindaugas Sinkevičius, Minister for Economy, and Mr Vilius Šapoka, Minister for Finance.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a keynote speech at the High-level Event on Attractive Climate Solutions organised by the Finnish innovation fund Sitra, the Norwegian Mission to the EU and the Nordic Council of Ministers, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica in Conakry, Guinea (until 05/02): participates in Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) Board meeting.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Vilnius, Lithuania: delivers a speech at the conference “Destination – successful Lithuania, how to encourage investments, sustainable growth and social welfare?”; meets Mr Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Seimas of Lithuania; and representatives of the European Affairs and Economy Committees.

Ms Marianne Thyssen meets Ms Andrea Nahles, Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs of Germany, in Brussels.

Mr Phil Hogan in Dublin, Ireland: meets representativesof Ornua, the Irish agri-food co-operative.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Ms Kaia Iva, Minister for Social Protection of Estonia.

Ms Corina Creţu in Warsaw, Poland: delivers a keynote speech at the opening session of the Committee of Regions’ Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER) seminar on the Future of Cohesion policy beyond 2020.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Copenhagen, Denmark (until 04/03):meets Mr Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark; and delivers a keynote speech at the Business Academy Aarhus’ Finance Conference.

 

Samedi 04 mars 2017

Mr Christos Stylianides in Athens, Greece: meets Mr Antonios Avgerinos, President of the Hellenic Red Cross; and Ms Maria Damanaki, former Commissioner and current Global Managing Director for Oceans at The Nature Conservancy.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Copenhagen, Denmark: delivers a keynote speech on current European issues at the “Youth EU Summit” organised by Danish NGO FIC.

 

Dimanche 05 mars 2017

Mr Neven Mimica in N’Djamena,Tchad (until 08/02): meets Mr Idriss Déby, President of Tchad; and visits EU-funded projects.

Prévisions du mois de février/mars:

27/02 Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

28/02 Environment Council

01-02/03 European Parliament Plenary Session in Brussels

02-03/03 Informal Meeting of Ministers responsible for Trade (FAC)

03/03 Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

06/03 Foreign Affairs Council

06/03 Agriculture and Fisheries Council

07/03 General Affairs Council

08/03 Tripartite Social Summit

09-10/03 European Council

13-16/03 European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

20/03 Eurogroup

21/03 Economic and Social Affairs Council

25/03 Celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties

27-28/03 Justice and Home Affairs Council

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CALENDRIER du 27 février au 05 mars 2017

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

 

Lundi 27 février 2017

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

Mr Frans Timmermans receives a delegation of members of the Senate of Romania.

Ms Federica Mogherini in the Vatican City State: meets Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Vatican City State and Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Barcelona, Spain (until 28/02): participates in the Mobile World Congress; holds an exchange of views with CEOs of EU Telecoms on 5G; and delivers a speech at the GSMA Trans-Atlantic Dialogue on “Bringing the Future into Focus: Proactive Policy Making to Advance the Digital Economy”.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia: meets Mr Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia; Mr Peter Pellegrini, Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Minister for the Interior; and Mr Andrej Kiska, President of Slovakia.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives the members of the European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG) President’s Committee.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Mika Lintilä, Minister for Economic Affairs of Finland; and Mr Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister for Agriculture and the Environment of Finland.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives a delegation from the European Union Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers an opening address at the “Investing in new healthcare models” seminar organised by the European Commission, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn participates it the Serbia-EU Intergovernmental Conference, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr José Manuel González-Páramo, Europe Chair of the Trans-Atlantic Business Council (TABC) and Director of BBVA’s Executive Board.

Ms Cecilia Malmström delivers a speech at the Stakeholder Conference of the Initiative for a Multilateral Investment Court, in Brussels.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister for Energy of Lithuania.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Mika Lintilä, Minister for Economic Affairs of Finland.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a speech at the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) seminar on “Strategic investments for the future of healthcare”, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos in Tbilisi, Georgia: meets Mr Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: participe au Salon International de l’Agriculture.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Copenhagen, Denmark (until 28/02): addresses the Parliament of Denmark; meets Mr Thomas Ahrenkiel, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence; Mr Henning Thiesen, Director of the Danish Civil Protection Agency; and civil society including humanitarian partners.

Ms Corina Creţu in Florence, Italy: participates in a workshop “Policy – challenges and opportunities of innovation and industrial policy, the future of European industrial and innovation policy, the opportunity of digitisation of industry (Industry 4.0)”; and meets Mr Enrico Rossi, President of Tuscany Region.

Mr Julian King receives Mr Howard Davies, Chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland; and Ms Shriti Vadera, Chairwoman of Santander Bank UK.

 

Mardi 28 février 2017

Environment Council

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Philipp Rösler, Head of the Centre for Regional Strategies, Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum Geneva.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Srdjan Darmanović, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Montenegro.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Barcelona, Spain: participates in the Mobile World Congress; delivers a keynote speech on “Building the 5G Economy Policy & Regulation” and participates in the panel; and visits several exhibition stands.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Eoghan Murphy, Minister of State of Ireland for Financial Services, Government and Public Procurement.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis meets Mr Mario Greco, CEO of Zurich Insurance Group; and Mr Ron Kalifa, Vice-Chairman and Executive Director of Worldpay payment services, in Brussels.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives a delegation of journalists and local government representatives from Latvia.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis delivers a keynote speech at the conference “Fintech and Digital Innovation: Regulation and Disruption”, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Peter Olesen, Chairman of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT); and Mr Rolf Nagel, Member of the EIT Governing Board.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Ms Emma Marcegaglia, President of BusinessEurope.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Janez Potočnik, former Commissioner and current co-chair of the International Resource Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives a delegation of directors from Soste, the Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a keynote speech on industrial competitiveness at the European Industry Day Conference, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a speech at a University of Eastern Finland event; and meets rectors of Finnish Universities, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen participates in a working dinner of the World Economic Forum, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Srdjan Darmanović, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Montenegro.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Andros Kyprianou, Secretary General of AKEL Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Socratis Famellos, Deputy Minister for Environment and Energy of Greece.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Nick Hurd, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry of the United Kingdom.

Mr Karmenu Vella meets Mr Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister for Agriculture and the Environment of Finland, in Brussels.

Mr Karmenu Vella meets Mr Slaven Dobrović, Minister for the Protection of the Environment and Energy of Croatia, in Brussels.

Mr Karmenu Vella meets Mr Marko Pomerants, Minister for the Environment of Estonia, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a speech at the Joint Action CHRODIS conference on “Addressing Chronic Diseases and Healthy Ageing across Europe“, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Leuven, Belgium: on the occasion of World Rare Disease Day participates in the launch event of the European Reference Networks (ERNs) with Ms Maggie De Block, Federal Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health of Belgium, and His Royal Highness Prince Laurent of Belgium.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets a delegation from the European Union Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets Mr Antros Kyprianou, Secretary General of AKEL Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus, in Brussels.

Ms Marianne Thyssen receives representatives of key civil society organisations in the field of Social Affairs to exchange views on the European Pillar of Social Rights and on the 2030 Agenda/ Sustainable Development Goal on poverty.

Mr Phil Hogan receives wine producers from Slovenia.

Ms Violeta Bulc receives Mr Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation.

Ms Violeta Bulc delivers a speech at “The Future of Shipping” event organised as part of the European Shipping Week 2017, in Brussels.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska delivers an opening speech at the European Industry Day Conference, in Brussels.

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Vienna, Austria: meets Mr Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria; Ms Muna Duzdar, State Secretary for Diversity, Public Service and Digitalisation; and delivers a keynote speech at the 10th Anniversary Symposium of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

Mr Tibor Navracsics participates in the official signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Ms Maja Makovec Brenčič, Minister for Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics receives a delegation of education policy experts from the Bulgarian political party GERB to discuss modernisation of national education systems in the EU.

Ms Margrethe Vestager receives Mr Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister for Energy of Lithuania.

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers a keynote speechat the Conference: “Horizon 2020 – Performance and Further Simplification “, in Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers a keynote speech on the role of new technologies and innovation at the European Industry Day Conference, in Brussels.

Mr Julian King in London, the UK: participates in an Oral Evidence Session on EU policing and security issues at the Home Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons, the UK Parliament.

 

Mercredi 01 mars 2017

College meeting

01-02/03 European Parliament Plenary Session in Brussels

President Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the European Parliament on the preparations ahead of the European Council.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag.

President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a keynote speech on the 10th anniversary of the Liaison Office of the Bundestag, in Brussels.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Prague, the Czech Republic: attends the unveiling of Max van der Stoel Memorial.

Ms Federica Mogherini in the Western Balkans (until 04/03): on official visit.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Yves Mersch, Member of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Executive Board; and representatives of the Luxembourg Bankers’ Association and the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives Mr Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Stepan Kubiv First Vice-Prime Minister, Minister for Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete delivers an opening speech at “The Energy Transition – an Opportunity for Europe” conference organised by Claude Turmes, Member of the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Andros Kyprianou, Secretary General of AKEL Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Ms Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister for International Development and La Francophonie of Canada.

M Phil Hogan à Paris, France (jusqu’à 02/03); rencontre M. Bernard Cazeneuve, Premier Ministre de France et M. Stéphane Le Foll, Ministre de l’Agriculture, de l’Agroalimentaire et de la Forêt de France.

Ms Violeta Bulc delivers a speech at the European Shipping Week 2017 Conference, in Brussels.

 

Jeudi 02 mars 2017

02-03/03 Informal Meeting of Ministers responsible for Trade (FAC)

President Jean-Claude Juncker accompanied by Ms Violeta Bulc in Ljubljana, Slovenia (until 03/03): meets Mr Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia, on a working lunch; holds a joint press point with Mr Miro Cerar; and participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue with Mr Miro Cerar.

Mr Andrus Ansip receives Mr Chuck Robbins, CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Stepan Kubiv First Vice-Prime Minister, Minister for Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine; and a delegation of European IMF Executive Directors.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Sture Fjäder, President of Akava, the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland.

Mr Günther Oettinger meets Mr Manfred Weber, Chair of the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP) at the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Valletta, Malta (until 03/03): participates in the Informal meeting of Ministers responsible for Trade (FAC).

Mr Neven Mimica participates at “She Decides” international ministerial conference on women’s human rights, in particular their sexual and reproductive health, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica meets Mr Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica receives Mr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Mr Karmenu Vella participates in a joint signature of the EU-China Blue Year Programme, and participates in a High Level Dialogue on an “Integrated Approach to Ocean Affairs – Integrated Maritime Policy”, with Mr Wang Hong, Administrator of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) of China.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos participates in the 3rd European Migration Forum meeting, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets Mr Marco Minniti, Minister for the Interior of Italy, in Brussels.

M. Pierre Moscovici rencontre les Directeurs Exécutifs européens du Fonds Monétaire International (FMI).

Mr Christos Stylianides in Greece (until 04/02): delivers a speech at the Delphi Economic Forum.

M Phil Hogan à Paris, France: participe au Salon International de l’Agriculture.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Mr Elliot Schrage, Vice-President of Global Communications, Marketing and Public Policy at Facebook.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Mr Chuck Robbins, CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Madrid, Spain: delivers a keynote speech at the official opening of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Digital Spain – the innovation partnership on digital transformation run by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

Ms Corina Creţu in Warsaw, Poland (until 03/03): participates in the opening session of the V4+4 ministerial meeting; attends an extraordinary meeting of the Committee of Regions’ Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER); exchanges views in a joint debate with V4+4 ministers and COTER members on the future of cohesion policy; and meets Mr Jerzy Kwieciński, State Secretary in the Ministry for Economic Development of Poland.

Mr Julian King receives Mr Hans-Georg Maaßen, President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution of Germany.

Vendredi 03 mars 2017

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

President Jean-Claude Juncker accompanied by Ms Violeta Bulc in Ljubljana, Slovenia: meets Mr Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia; Mr Milan Brglez, President of the National Assembly of Slovenia; and participates in the inauguration of the EU House in Ljubljana together with Mr Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, and Mr Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Vilnius, Lithuania: meets Ms Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania; Mr Saulius Skvernelis, Prime Minister of Lithuania; Mr Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Seimas of Lithuania, and members of the Seimas; delivers a keynote address at the conference “Destination – successful Lithuania: how to encourage investments, sustainable growth and social welfare”; and participates in a working lunch with Mr Mindaugas Sinkevičius, Minister for Economy, and Mr Vilius Šapoka, Minister for Finance.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a keynote speech at the High-level Event on Attractive Climate Solutions organised by the Finnish innovation fund Sitra, the Norwegian Mission to the EU and the Nordic Council of Ministers, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica in Conakry, Guinea (until 05/02): participates in Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) Board meeting.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Vilnius, Lithuania: delivers a speech at the conference “Destination – successful Lithuania, how to encourage investments, sustainable growth and social welfare?”; meets Mr Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Seimas of Lithuania; and representatives of the European Affairs and Economy Committees.

Ms Marianne Thyssen meets Ms Andrea Nahles, Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs of Germany, in Brussels.

Mr Phil Hogan in Dublin, Ireland: meets representativesof Ornua, the Irish agri-food co-operative.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Ms Kaia Iva, Minister for Social Protection of Estonia.

Ms Corina Creţu in Warsaw, Poland: delivers a keynote speech at the opening session of the Committee of Regions’ Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER) seminar on the Future of Cohesion policy beyond 2020.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Copenhagen, Denmark (until 04/03):meets Mr Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark; and delivers a keynote speech at the Business Academy Aarhus’ Finance Conference.

 

Samedi 04 mars 2017

Mr Christos Stylianides in Athens, Greece: meets Mr Antonios Avgerinos, President of the Hellenic Red Cross; and Ms Maria Damanaki, former Commissioner and current Global Managing Director for Oceans at The Nature Conservancy.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Copenhagen, Denmark: delivers a keynote speech on current European issues at the “Youth EU Summit” organised by Danish NGO FIC.

 

Dimanche 05 mars 2017

Mr Neven Mimica in N’Djamena,Tchad (until 08/02): meets Mr Idriss Déby, President of Tchad; and visits EU-funded projects.

Prévisions du mois de février/mars:

27/02 Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

28/02 Environment Council

01-02/03 European Parliament Plenary Session in Brussels

02-03/03 Informal Meeting of Ministers responsible for Trade (FAC)

03/03 Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

06/03 Foreign Affairs Council

06/03 Agriculture and Fisheries Council

07/03 General Affairs Council

08/03 Tripartite Social Summit

09-10/03 European Council

13-16/03 European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

20/03 Eurogroup

21/03 Economic and Social Affairs Council

25/03 Celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties

27-28/03 Justice and Home Affairs Council

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Scientists close in on cracking Enigma code of common cold

The research findings of the researcher in the Universities of York, Leeds, and Helsinki, revealed the workings of a ‘hidden code’ within the genome of Human Parechovirus. The virus is a member of the Picornavirus family that includes the common cold, polio, and hand foot and mouth disease.

The work builds on a discovery made in 2015, when scientists at the Universities of Leeds and York, identified a set of encrypted signals in a plant virus with a single-stranded ribonucleic acid (RNA) genome, not too dissimilar to the structure of the Parechovirus that infect humans and can cause sepsis-like illness and meningitis in children.

They found that the details of the decoding mechanism appear identical in all strains of the virus, potentially allowing a single drug to treat them all, something that is not possible with a vaccine.

Professor Reidun Twarock, a mathematical biologist at the University of York’s Departments of Mathematics, Biology, and the York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis, explains: “Previously scientists have assumed that the signals regulating the assembly of a virus were located in a unique area of the genome.  

“Using a combination of biological insight and mathematical modelling, our study suggests that, by contrast, the mechanism relies on multiple dispersed sites in the genome that act together in a cooperative way to enable efficient virus formation.

The common cold infects more than two billion people annually, making it one of the most successful viral pathogens, so we are excited to make this crucial step forward.

Scientists had previously attempted to detect assembly signals by genetically recoding these viruses, but failed to find any.  The latest results solve this mystery; they show that the additional, ‘hidden’ code responsible for virus formation is robust against such genome changes, and is conserved across different viruses in the same family.

The team is now working to screen for potential anti-viral drugs that target this decoding mechanism.  Successful future partnerships with the pharma-industry and further funding support could potentially see drug development results within the next ten years.

Professor Peter Stockley, from the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology at the University of Leeds, said: “The coding works like the cogwheels in a Swiss watch. We now need a drug that has the same effect as pouring sand into the watch; every part of the viral mechanism could be disabled.  

“We need to move away from a vaccine approach, which is what we have for flu and polio. Vaccines, although our best source of defence against polio at the moment, can result in the release of more virulent strains of the disease. Protecting against infection therefore relies on continued worldwide vaccination, which is both very expensive and logistically difficult.”

The World Health Organisation has a goal of eliminating polio infections worldwide via vaccination but recognises that before vaccination can be terminated there is a need to develop anti-polio drugs to cure residual infections.

Professor Sarah Butcher, from the University of Helsinki, said: “This new research means that treatment would be less likely to trigger drug resistance, which is currently one of the major problems in anti-viral therapy. This discovery could be a great leap forward in curing a host of conditions.”

PPG to exhibit aerospace products and services at Avalon 2017 Australia International Airshow

SYLMAR, Calif., Feb. 24, 2017 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) will exhibit its latest aerospace products and services at the Avalon 2017 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition in Geelong, Australia, Feb. 28 through March 5.

PPG’s global aerospace business offers coatings, sealants, transparencies, packaging and application systems, and transparent armor, as well as chemical management services. Among PPG’s aerospace products and services to be featured at Avalon 2017 are:

  • DESOTO® and DEFT® aerospace coatings, such as DESOTHANE® high-performance coatings systems that offer long-lasting, high-gloss and color-rich finishes for aircraft.
  • PRC® and PRO-SEAL™ aerospace sealants, such as non-chromate corrosion-inhibiting PR-2870 sealant that provides commercial, general aviation and military aircraft manufacturers as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul shops with faster cure to reduce application cycle time for significant cost savings.
  • SEMCO® packaging and application systems, such as new SEMCO 1088 mixer for complete automatic mixing of filled SEMKIT® packages to minimize operator setup, reduce worker fatigue, and ensure more thorough and consistent mixing.
  • PPG aircraft transparencies including an A320 Airbus right-hand sliding side window, a Textron Scorpion forward canopy and an F-18 canopy.

To learn more about these products and meet the PPG team, visit stand 1A16 at Avalon Airport. PPG’s Australia aerospace team will be joined by global marketing and technology representatives for sealants, coatings and transparencies.

For additional information about PPG’s aerospace products and services, visit www.ppgaerospace.com.

PPG: WE PROTECT AND BEAUTIFY THE WORLD™
At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $14.8 billion in 2016. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

 
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Pro-Seal is a trademark and Deft, DeSoto, Desothane, PRC, Semco and Semkit are registered trademarks of PRC-DeSoto International, Inc.

 

 
PPG Media Contact:
Audrey Fujimoto
Aerospace
+1-818-741-1685
audrey.fujimoto@ppg.com
www.ppgaerospace.com

CleanClad – The Name We Can Trust for Total Wall Hygiene

Sheffield, England — (SBWIRE) — 02/24/2017 — Businesses across the UK are discovering CleanClad*, the hygienic wall cladding solution from MP Plastic Building Products Ltd. CleanClad is a simple, yet effective, option for sectors that require high levels of hygiene, such as food and healthcare providers. Not only is it extremely effective, it is an economical alternative to other cladding systems, including hard-to-maintain stainless steel. It is a solution that has many applications that can be tailored to meet customers’ individual needs, making it extremely versatile.

MP Plastic Building Products Ltd is the UK’s largest supplier of hygienic wall cladding. It has supplied and/or installed CleanClad in top name outlets, including Starbucks, Tesco, Asda, TGI Fridays, Pizza Hut, Aldi, Nando’s and McVitie’s, as well as establishments run by the NHS and Ministry of Defence. CleanClad is also popular with the education sector and developers – especially now that 80 per cent of new builds require hygienic cladding to meet specifications.

With huge stocks in its warehouse, MP Plastic Building Products Ltd offers a next day delivery service, as well as installation and free nationwide site surveys and costings.

CleanClad has been developed to clad walls that need to be not just nearly clean but really clean – to meet food safety regulations and to protect public health. It is ideally suited to premises such as commercial kitchens, food preparation and storage areas, laboratories, hospitals, food processing premises and wet areas. It is the easy-to-maintain alternative to traditional cladding products, which are either hard to keep clean or difficult to maintain.

CleanClad – total wall hygiene from MP Plastic Building Products

What is CleanClad?

CleanClad is the smart choice for those who need a wall cladding system that can be used in any area that requires high levels of hygiene. It is a specially developed PVC system that is super-quick to install, easy to maintain and less expensive than some alternatives. Because it is so easy to keep hygienically clean, it is ideal for areas that require regular two-stage and deep cleans. CleanClad really does offer total wall hygiene, complying to the highest regulatory standards.

Unlike some alternatives, CleanClad can easily be bonded to most surface types – so achieving total wall hygiene need not be time-consuming or a chore. It is conveniently available in two sheet sizes and four thickness depths, making it suitable for almost anywhere.

When looks matter

As well as clinical white, CleanClad is also available in a variety of trending pastel and gloss colours, making it a great option for businesses that want to create a high visual impact. It is perfect for restaurants and other areas that are used or seen by the public. To complement its hygienic wall cladding, MP Plastic Building Products Ltd also stocks a range of hygienic ceiling panels, flooring products and essential accessories such as corner joints, PVC skirting, edging and jointing strips, among others. All products can be colour co-ordinated, meaning total hygiene doesn’t have to compromise style.

For laboratories, operating theatres and other areas that require the highest levels of hygiene, MP Plastic Building Products Ltd supplies antimicrobial sheets, impregnated with an antimicrobial agent.

Find out more

For further information about CleanClad and other hygienic cladding products available from MP Plastic Building Products Ltd, visit http://www.wallcladdinginstallers.com/

Alternatively, call 0845 5051840.

Media Contact:
MP Plastic Building Products Ltd
MP House Sheffield Road Sheffield S9 2YL
0845 5051840
Michael Brightmore
mick@mp-plastics.co.uk

Directorate Change

FIRSTGROUP PLC

DIRECTORATE CHANGE

FirstGroup plc (the ‘Group’), a leading transport operator in the UK and North America, today announces the appointment of Richard Adam as an independent Non-Executive Director, and the retirement of Brian Wallace from the Board, with effect from 24 February 2017. Richard will succeed Brian as Chair of the Audit Committee on the same date.

Richard brings a wealth of financial acumen, M&A and international business experience to the Board, having served as Finance Director of private and listed businesses for nearly thirty years. From 2007 until retiring in 2016 Richard was Group Finance Director of Carillion plc, the integrated support services and construction business with activities in education, road and rail, defence, health, energy and other sectors for government and private clients. Prior to this he was Group Finance Director of Associated British Ports Holdings plc for seven years. Richard serves as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committees of Countryside Properties plc, the FTSE 250 housebuilder, and of Countrywide plc, the listed residential estate agency and property services provider. He was previously Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of SSL International plc, and a Non-Executive Director of Zattikka plc and Wincanton plc. Richard qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 1982.

Commenting on today’s announcement, FirstGroup Chairman Wolfhart Hauser said:

“I am delighted to welcome Richard to the Board of FirstGroup. Good governance lies at the heart of a successful and sustainable company and I am confident that his strong background and long experience in contract-based international infrastructure businesses will be of immense value to the Board as we continue to improve the Group’s returns, resilience and prospects.

“On behalf of the Board and everyone at FirstGroup I would also like to thank Brian for his dedication and significant contribution to FirstGroup’s progress over the last five years. We wish him every success in his future endeavours.”

This announcement is made pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.11R. There are no other details required to be disclosed under Listing Rule 9.6.13R.

Contacts at FirstGroup:

Faisal Tabbah, Head of Investor Relations

Stuart Butchers, Group Head of Media

Silvana Glibota-Vigo, Deputy Company Secretary

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7725 3354

Contacts at Brunswick PR:

Michael Harrison / Andrew Porter, Tel: +44 (0) 20 7404 5959

Notes

FirstGroup plc (LSE: FGP.L) is a leading transport operator in the UK and North America. With £5.2 billion in revenues and 110,000 employees, we transported around 2.2 billion passengers last year. Each of our five divisions is a leader in its field: In North America, First Student is the largest provider of student transportation with a fleet of around 47,000 yellow school buses, First Transit is one of the largest providers of outsourced transit management and contracting services, while Greyhound is the only nationwide operator of scheduled intercity coach services. In the UK, FirstGroup is one of Britain’s largest bus operators running a fleet of some 6,200 buses, and we are one of the country’s most experienced passenger rail operators, carrying around 140 million passengers last year.

Our vision is to provide solutions for an increasingly congested world… keeping people moving and communities prospering.

Visit our website at www.firstgroupplc.com and follow us @firstgroupplc on Twitter.


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Directorate Change – RNS

US companies would avoid EU state aid rules with Republican tax proposal

A planned reform of the US tax system designed to attract economic activity and jobs to the country could also put US companies beyond the reach of European state aid rules, an EU official told EURACTIV’s media partner PaRR.

On 9 February, US President Donald Trump promised to announce a “phenomenal” tax reform in the next two or three weeks.

The text of a reform to be voted by US Congress will combine elements of Trump’s manifesto pledges with proposals by the Republican group in the House of Representatives, as widely reported.

Trump promised a tax cut for every income level, a corporate tax reduction to 15% and a one-time 10% repatriation tax rate for corporate profits held overseas.

The Republican group’s proposals, steered by Texas congressman Kevin Brady, include a corporate tax rate of 25% for small businesses; 20% for large businesses and a “repatriation tax holiday” at 8,75%.

Border adjustment tax

Another key element of House Republicans’ plan is a so-called border adjustment tax (BAT), similar to value added tax (VAT) as currently employed in all OECD member states except the US.

By imposing a 20% tax on imports and exempting exports, the BAT is designed to incentivise corporations with large exporting activities to operate from within the US.

The BAT would compensate the disadvantage US exporting companies suffer compared to foreign competitors operating in a VAT system.

According to the EU official, the measure would likely not increase the total US tax income, but rather be contemplated as a way to attract economic activity and employment to the US.

No more tax rulings for Apple?

Countries’ tax authorities only grant rulings to companies that are incorporated on their own territories where they are liable for taxation. If US companies such as Apple move their tax residency to the US and export from the US to the European single market, EU member states will no longer be in a position to offer such companies tax rulings.

Where the European Commission considers such tax rulings offer foreign companies a selective advantage they may constitute state aid.

Repatriation of US companies would therefore take such entities beyond the ambit of US state aid surveillance, the official explained.

In an ongoing probe of EU member states’ tax ruling practices, the European Commission has so far opened six cases involving individual companies of which four companies were American (Apple, Starbucks, Amazon and McDonald’s).

Last August, the agency ordered Ireland to recover a record €13bn in unpaid taxes from Apple. The tech giant’s Irish branches received profits for worldwide sales of Apple products outside the Americas.

Apple, Ireland lines of defence diverge in state aid case

In its challenge of the European Commission’s €13bn recovery decision, Ireland does not agree with Apple’s position that almost the entirety of its profits are generated by R&D, and should therefore be taxed in the US, PaRR has learned.

The US government last year criticised the Commission for its state aid actions. In a February letter and an August white paper, the US Treasury condemned the Commission’s “new interpretation” of state aid rules in tax cases.

In an effort to rebuff the US criticism, the Commission – for the first time in a state aid case – offered other tax authorities the chance to claim their part of the estimated €13bn recovery amount if they felt entitled to, as reported.

It specifically mentioned that the amount “would also be reduced if the US authorities were to require Apple to pay larger amounts of money to finance research and development efforts.”

The US authorities are understood to have made no such request yet in relation to Apple.

The tax proposal would not have a retrospective impact on any ongoing state aid actions, the official added.

The blueprint of the Republican proposal estimates the total foreign earnings of US companies at more than $2 trillion.

Kitron inngår kontrakt med Rheinmetall

(2017-02-24) Kitron har inngått en avtale med Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles. Den potensielle kontraktsverdi er 250 millioner kroner over en femårsperiode. Avtalen omfatter produksjon av elektronikk, måleinstrumenter og kontrollutstyr.Produksjonen vil foregå ved Kitrons anlegg i Kaunas i Litauen.– For halvannet år siden annonserte vi en ny kontrakt med Rheinmetall Defence Electronics. God drift og evne til å oppfylle våre forpliktelser har åpnet nye muligheter i andre Rheinmetall-divisjoner. Denne nye kontrakten med Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles er et typisk eksempel på hvordan vi skaper mersalg gjennom horisontal integrasjon med eksisterende kunder, sier Tommy P. Storstein, konserndirektør salg og marked i Kitron ASA.For ytterligere informasjon, vennligst kontakt:
Peter Nilsson, konsernsjef, tlf.: +47 948 40 850
Tommy P. Storstein, konserndirektør salg og marked, tlf.: +47 936 69 909
E-post: investorrelations@kitron.com
Kitron er et av Skandinavias ledende foretak innen produksjon av elektronikk og relaterte tjenester for bransjene Forsvar/Luftfart, Energi/Telekom, Industri, Medisinsk utstyr og Offshore/Marine. Konsernet har virksomhet i Norge, Sverige, Litauen, Tyskland, Kina og USA. Kitron omsatte for om lag 2.1 milliarder kroner i 2016 og har om lag 1.350 ansatte. www.kitron.comDenne opplysningen er informasjonspliktig etter verdipapirhandelloven §5-12.

Kitron signs contract with Rheinmetall

(2017-02-24) Kitron has signed an agreement with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles. The potential contract value is NOK 250 million over a five-year period. The agreement covers manufacturing of electronics, measuring instruments and control devices.The production will take place at Kitron’s plant in Kaunas, Lithuania.“One and a half year ago we announced a new contract with Rheinmetall Defence Electronics. Our operational performance and ability to fulfil our obligations have opened new opportunities with other Rheinmetall divisions. This new contract with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles is a typical example of how we grow new business through horizontal integration with existing customers,” said Tommy P. Storstein, Corporate sales director of Kitron ASA.For further information, please contact:
Peter Nilsson, CEO of Kitron ASA, tel. +47 94 84 08 50
Tommy P. Storstein, Corporate sales director of Kitron ASA, tel. +47 93 66 99 09
E-mail: investorrelations@kitron.com
Kitron is one of Scandinavia’s leading electronic manufacturing services companies for the Data/Telecoms, Defense, Energy, Industry, Medical devices and Offshore/Marine sectors. The company is located in Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, Germany, China and the United States. Kitron had revenue of about NOK 2.1 billion in 2016 and has about 1,350 employees. www.kitron.comThis information is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

Austria steps up legal case against Eurofighter

Austria may broaden its legal proceedings against Airbus and the Eurofighter consortium to US and British courts over a dispute involving the purchase of combat aircraft. EURACTIV Germany reports.

One week ago, Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ) announced that his ministry had filed a fraud complaint in Austria against Airbus Defence and Space GmbH, as well as Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH.

The defence ministry claims that Airbus and the Eurofighter consortium illegally charged nearly 10% of the purchase price of €1.96 billion for so-called offset deals. Those deals were included in the agreement but should have allegedly been reported separately.

It is suing for €1.1 billion which it claims is an indication of the difference in price between the Eurofighter costs and a cheaper alternative.

A spokesman for the ministry confirmed a report by Austrian newspaper Kurier, explaining that “from the viewpoint of compliance rules in British and US American law, there are indications that the jurisdiction of English and US American authorities could be justified due to the many offset deals with US American parties”.

Airbus has previously denied any accusations of wrongdoing.

The Eurofighter affair goes back nearly to the start of the last decade. After much debate, the then ruling ÖVP-FPÖ government decided in summer 2002 to replace its fleet of Saab-built Draken aircraft, which dated back to 1963. The initial plan was for an order of 24 new aircraft to contribute to an EU task force. This number was then scaled back to 18 due to budgetary concerns.

Flash forward to 2007 and then Defence Minister Norbert Darabos (SPÖ) held behind-closed-doors negotiations that were supposed to get Vienna a better deal, to the tune of a €370 million discount.

But the number of aircraft was reduced from 18 to 15 and instead of new planes Austria was set to take delivery of used models. It became clear afterwards that this would entail more expensive maintenance costs.

The Eurofighter programme is a joint undertaking by Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo, meant to provide European countries with a technically advanced fighter jet. The United Kingdom has purchased 160 of the planes.

After Trump and Brexit, EU to launch defence research plan

The European Union will unveil its biggest defence research plan in more than a decade on Wednesday (30 November) to reverse billions of euros in cuts and send a message to US President-elect Donald Trump that Europe wants to pay for its own security.

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