The Danish EU Presidency has reached an agreement on European standardisation. Thereby the Council and the European Parliament has agreed on the first of the twelve initiatives in the Single Market Act intended to modernise European trade and contribute to growth in Europe. The agreement will improve conditions for participation of businesses and stakeholders in the development of standards, ensure that standards reach the market faster, which will shorten the time span from idea to production, and boost the development of European standards for services.
The European ministers for research- and innovation have after long and hard negotiations reached an agreement on the overall structure for the EUs coming Framework programme for research and innovation – Horizon 2020 – which has a proposed budget of EUR 80 billion.
The administrative burdens on listed companies are being reduced in order to make it easier for businesses to raise capital and contribute to growth and employment in the EU. This is at the heart of changes to the so called Transparency Directive. The Danish Presidency is leading negotiations of the Directive, and has just received a mandate in the Council of Ministers to begin negotiations with the European Parliament.
New EU rules require that providers of mortgage credit in the EU should ensure better information for consumers and more solid credit assessments for the receipt of mortgage credit. At the same time it will be easier for consumers to see where the best options are for them in taking out a mortgage. This is the heart of the new so-called Mortgage Credit Directive. The Danish Presidency is leading negotiations on the Directive, and has just received a mandate in the Council of Ministers to begin negotiations with the European Parliament.
On 30 May, together with other European ministers, the Danish Minister for Business and Growth set a footprint on the growth agenda in Europe. The Competitiveness Council discussed a number of the initiatives to cre-ate growth in the Single Market Act.
160 parliamentarians from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and Europe had a number of questions for the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach during the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Horsens, ending today.
Den Vorsitz über die Verhandlungen zum mehrjährigen Haushaltsplan der EU im Rat „Allgemeine Angelegenheiten“ am Dienstag, dem 29. Mai, führt der Minister für europäische Angelegenheiten, Nicolai Wammen.
Today, Monday 28 May, Prime Minster Helle Thorning-Schmidt and President of the Danish Parliament Mogens Lykketoft welcomed politicians from 78 developing countries as well as from the European Parliament in Horsens.
On 24-25 May 2012, the Danish EU Presidency and the European Commission will open the doors for a conference in Copenhagen on financing and organising large transport infrastructure projects.
Today, the Danish Presidency has reached agreement with the European Parliament on a regulation on the Internal Market Information System (the IMI-system). The agreement ensures that Member States’ authorities are able to cooperate more effectively across borders. The Danish Minister for Business and Growth sees the agreement as a considerable result for the Danish Presidency.
The Danish Presidency has secured an ambitious agreement between the institutions of EU. The new requirements will dramatically reduce the harmful smoke from ships.
Today, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament agreed to initiate a pilot phase on European project bonds in 2012-13. This remains an important milestone, and the Danish presidency has therefore played an important role in the efforts towards strengthening European infrastructure. Concretely, the project will contribute to enhancing Europe’s competitiveness and thereby enhance the prospects for economic growth. The pilot phase on project bonds makes cooperation between private stakeholders and the European Investment Bank (EIB), EU and the member states on infrastructure projects within transport, energy, and information- and communication technology easier.
Today Nicolai Wammen will discuss ways to generate investment, growth and jobs in the EU with the parliamentarians. The debate takes place ahead of the informal meeting among the Heads of State or Government in Brussels 23 May. Wammen will also participate in debate specifically about ways to improve the conditions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).
Today the Danish Presidency gained support from member states for an agreement that will strengthen the regulation of credit rating agencies.
On Monday 21 May 2012, The Danish Ministry of the Environment, the city of Aalborg and the European Commission host the 20-year anniversary of one of Europe’s key pieces of nature legislation, the Habitats Directive, and of LIFE, the EU funding instrument for the Environment in the raised bog habitat of Lille Vildmose.