The EIB has launched calls for tenders to appoint an execution design team and a construction project manager for its new building project located on the Kirchberg campus next to the buildings it currently occupies. The calls for tenders were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 18 October within the framework of the European Union public procurement procedure.
I cannot start our conference today without first paying tribute to the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, killed in a car bomb in Malta on Monday. I am convinced that the Maltese authorities will do everything in their power to investigate and bring to light all the circumstances of this hideous crime. In this extraordinary moment, we remember all the journalists who have lost their lives realising their mission. I have been a journalist myself for many years and this is why I know what you feel today. Let us observe a minute’s silence for Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Turning to our work today. Yet again, our Tripartite Social Summit took place in the context of positive economic news. The European economy has finally woken up. GDP growth in the European Union is above 2 per cent, unemployment has fallen to below 8 per cent. The euro area is recording its fastest growth rate since 2011. In fact, the European recovery is no longer a recovery but a European economic expansion. In short, the economic success story of 2017.
It is our common task now to ensure that the benefits of economic growth are shared as widely as possible. And this is why in our meeting today we discussed, in very concrete terms, how the social partners can be better involved in national policy-making. I remain convinced that only by taking the views of social partners into account can we make real progress. This is especially important in today’s digital age, where citizens, young and old, need to be equipped with the right skills to prosper. This is what I discussed not only with the social partners today but also with the European leaders at the Digital Summit in Tallinn. And at the meeting of the European Council tomorrow, the spirit of Tallinn will drive our political decisions.
The leaders will also discuss migration. As you all know, the Italian government under the leadership of Prime Minister Gentiloni has effectively begun stemming the high flows on the Central Mediterranean we have witnessed since 2014. Thanks to Italy, the numbers of irregular migrants and deaths at sea are finally coming down. But we cannot only remain grateful to Italy. The European Union must now step up its efforts to help. Our Member States should be ready to commit more money to the Trust Fund for Africa. And the European Commission, which is managing this Fund, should make sure that the money is well targeted on stemming irregular migration. I will invite a frank and serious debate among the leaders, so that we sort out this problem once and for all.
On Friday, the European Council will be meeting at 27 to discuss Brexit. I have worked for a balanced message to come out of this meeting. There is clearly not the “sufficient progress” that we had hoped for. So we cannot yet proceed to the second phase of negotiations. However, while progress is not sufficient, there is promising progress, especially following the speech by Prime Minister May in Florence. I will therefore recommend the EU27 to begin internal preparations for talks on the transition and the future relationship.
Last night, I circulated to EU leaders a new agenda to guide the work of the European Union up to June 2019. This is the result of a full round of one-to-one consultations with leaders since our meeting in Tallinn a few weeks ago. From all quarters, there is now a new willingness to energise and enrich our work, draw on new ideas, maintain our unity and increase the dynamism of the EU. I will be calling on leaders to work together according to a strict timetable on the issues we have identified as the most pressing, from migration to EMU reform, where we are deadlocked and where the Gordian knot needs to be cut.
Unity is the objective of the Leaders’ Agenda. Because it is my firm belief that unity is a value in itself and that ambition should not be an excuse for division. So the starting point will always be EU27 or, where appropriate, EU28. However, unity cannot be a synonym for stagnation either.
The social dimension will be an important part of this new agenda. And already in a month from now, at the Göteborg Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth, leaders will have the opportunity to discuss social issues. Today’s summit with the social partners was an excellent beginning in this regard. Thank you.
European Commission – Speech – [Check Against Delivery] Brussels, 18 October 2017 In his state of the union address, President Juncker called for the EU to be stronger in fighting terrorism. We can’t stop all attacks, we can’t deliver zero risk.
European Commission – Press release Brussels, 18 October 2017 . As announced by President Juncker in his 2017 State of the Union Address, the Commission is today presenting alongside its 11th Security Union Report a set of operational and practical mea…
European Commission – Fact Sheet Brussels, 18 October 2017 . Security has been a political priority since the beginning of the Juncker Commission’s mandate. Since adopting the European Agenda on Security in April 2015, the Commission has been supportin…
The European Council on 19 October 2017 adopted conclusions on: migration, digital Europe, security and defence, and external relations.
The European Council on 19 October 2017 adopted conclusions on: migration, digital Europe, security and defence.
European Commission – Upcoming events The news: In October 2017, the European Commission will present a set of measures to better defend European citizens against terrorist threats and build a Europe that protects. Together with the 11th Progress Repor…
Global challenges like development and migration can only be tackled efficiently when Multilateral Development Banks (MDB) work together even more closely, EIB President Werner Hoyer stressed at the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings in Washington on Friday. “We are strong believers at the EIB in multilateralism and co-operative structures”, the President of the European Investment Bank said in a panel discussion with heads of other leading MDBs at the World Bank headquarters. “The EIB is open to close collaboration with other MDBs.”
How can National Development Banks (NDBs) and Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) mobilise more private sector funding to reach the Sustainable Development Goals? According to EIB Vice-President Ambroise Fayolle, “We have to find more innovative ways of working together, and enhance trust among ourselves in the appraisal process.”