Conclusions of the Agriculture & Fisheries Council. The Council formally adopted the a directive and a regulation amending the EU's rules on credit rating agencies (details) and the so-called "two-pack" of regulations aimed at further improving economic governance in the euro area (details).
The Eurogroup released a statement on Cyprus and on Greece. For Greece, the Eurogroup concludes that the necessary elements are in place for Member States to finalise the relevant national procedures required for the approval of the next EFSF instalment, which amounts to EUR 7.5 bn. For Cyprus, the first disbursement under the first tranche for an amount of EUR 2 bn took place today.
Conclusions of the ECOFIN Council. Main points:
The European Commission published a Communication on the Marco Polo programme (2003–13) , helping companies shift freight off the road and on to more environmentally friendly modes, like short-sea shipping, rail and inland waterways. From 2003 to 2012, 172 grants were awarded to over 650 companies.
The European Parliament published a Q&A on EU draft rules setting out minimum EU requirements for the award by public authorities of "concession" contracts to procure works or services from private suppliers.
In a statement, Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht said that the European Commission has taken a decision in principle to open an ex officio anti-dumping and an anti-subsidy investigation concerning imports of mobile telecommunications networks and their essential elements from China.
The European Commission adopted two regulations to promote the roll-out of 'intelligent information services', such as real-time warnings about dangerous road conditions ahead and information on safe and secure parking places for truck drivers. They can be provided through different means such as variable road signs, the radio and mobile phone applications. Press release and memo.
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso gave a speech at the European Business Summit entitled: An EU strategy for industrial competitiveness.
Emissions of greenhouse gases from installations participating in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) decreased by 2% last year, according to the information recorded in the Union Registry. Details.
Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding gave a speech in Brussels on Modern Insolvency Rules: lending a helping hand to businesses in distress.
The European Commission launched a consultation on the Structural Reform of the Banking Sector. Commission proposals are envisaged for early autumn 2013.
Agenda of the European Commission for the coming weeks.
Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, Benoît Coeuré gave a speech: Monetary policy in the crisis – Confronting short-run challenges while anchoring long-run expectations.