GRTU has been alerted with the important change on the light bulbs market. The changes concern the new light bulb packaging information which is available from 1st September 2010 onwards. As you may know, the old-style incandescent bulbs will stop being produced (gradually from 2009 until 2012), helping the EU to switch to greener lighting. The alternative light bulbs have new characteristics (lifetime of the bulb, number of switches on/off etc) which will have to be displayed on the light bulbs packaging through some icons.
The Euro-Mediterranean Free Trade Area was on the agenda of a meeting between EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and Trade Ministers of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) in Brussels. Participants also discussed how to enhance economic integration and how to boost Euro-Mediterranean trade and investment. The Conference also saw the launching of the EU Export Helpdesk in a fifth language, Arabic.
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the successor to the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme 2007-2013 (CIP). The CIP is the main EU budgetary instrument targeting competitiveness outside the research and skills areas. Its main priorities are SMEs, access to finance, innovation (including eco-innovation), take-up and use of information and communication technologies (ICT), energy efficiency and renewables. Through the consultation, the public is invited to have its say on what the priorities of future competitiveness and innovation EU funding should be. The consultation will remain open until 4 February 2011.
There is a need for more focus on cultural and creative industries (CCIs). This is the essential message in a recent Opinion adopted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which also comments on the Commission's Green Paper entitled "Unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries".
Reference is made to the articles which appeared in today's media regarding the operations of Green MT. The facts are as follows:
Green MT was licensed to operate up to December 2009. The process of issuing the licence for 2010 was delayed due to technical discussions between MEPA and Green MT. The discussions were concluded in June 2010 and a permit was issued.