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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 96-06-06

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MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

06 / 06 / 1996


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Conference on copyright in the Information Society successfully concluded
  • [02] Padraig Flynn condemns the latest Philip Morris advertising campaign on passive smoking
  • [03] Edith Cresson: Renforcer et coordonner la recherche sur les maladies neuro-dégénératives

  • [01] Conference on copyright in the Information Society successfully concluded

    Agreement was reached at the June 2-4 Florence conference on Copyright and the Information Society on the main issues to be tackled by future EC action in the framework of the Single Market (see IP/96/416). The conference concluded the consultation process which was initiated in July 1995 by the Commission's Green Paper on copyright and related rights in the Information Society. It discussed the results of these consultations and established, together with the more than 350 written comments already received on the Green Paper, the need for further Community legislation. Priority areas for EC initiatives include the legal regime applicable to digital transmissions and the scope of reproduction rights.

    [02] Padraig Flynn condemns the latest Philip Morris advertising campaign on passive smoking

    Philip Morris, the US tobacco conglomerate, has just launched a new advertising campaign aimed at protecting the huge profits it earns from cigarette sales. The key message of the campaign is that second hand tobacco smoke does not present a meaningful health risk. "The public should greet this message with the scorn it derserves. It comes after all from a company which once claimed that if cigarettes really caused cancer, they would stop making them!" stated Padraig Flynn, the European Commissioner with responsibility for public health.

    [03] Edith Cresson: Renforcer et coordonner la recherche sur les maladies neuro-dégénératives

    Même si la Commission, à travers son programme-cadre de R&amp;D, a lancé il y a déjà plusieurs années d'importantes recherches sur l'encéphalopathie spongiforme bovine (ESB) et les maladies neuro-dégénératives comme la maladie de Creutzfeld-Jakob, il faut "redoubler d'efforts et accélérer les travaux" a déclaré Mme Edith Cresson, Commissaire européen à la recherche, l'éducation et la formation, dans un discours prononcé hier devant les directeurs généraux de la recherche des quinze Etats membres de l'Union européenne. C'est pourquoi les maladies neuro-dégénératives humaines seront l'une des priorités du futur 5e programme-cadre, a-t-elle annoncé. Mais le seul effort de l'Union ne peut suffire, et il faut par conséquent coordonner les travaux accomplis dans l'ensemble des Etats membres et au niveau proprement européen. "Chacun doit savoir ce que l'autre fait", a poursuivi Mme Cresson. "En procédant ainsi, beaucoup de temps et de fiabilité dans les résultats seront gagnés, la moindre réduction dans les incertitudes peut avoir des répercussions énormes".

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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