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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 96-06-11

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MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

11 / 06 / 1996


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Mario Monti se félicite de l'adoption du règlement visant à mieux protéger les inventions dans le secteur phytopharmaceutique
  • [02] Commission adopts regulation on UK gelatin, tallow and semen
  • [03] Transatlantic Summit to review progress on closer ties
  • [04] Social security: Padraig Flynn praises the Nordic countries
  • [05] Monika Wulf-Mathies: The Information Society needs to become an integrated part of European structural policy

  • [01] Mario Monti se félicite de l'adoption du règlement visant à mieux protéger les inventions dans le secteur phytopharmaceutique

    Le Conseil des Ministres a adopté, hier, le règlement visant à harmoniser la durée des droits de propriété industrielle en faveur des produits phytopharmaceutiques (insecticides, fongicides et herbicides). Ce règlement a pour objectif la création d'un nouveau titre de propriété industrielle, le certificat complémentaire de protection, qui donnera aux produits phytopharmaceutiques une protection supplémentaire de cinq ans après l'expiration du brevet. Le règlement entrera en vigueur six mois après sa publication au Journal officiel. "Ce nouveau règlement est une contribution utile pour l'établissement, dans l'Union européenne, d'un environnement juridique adapté aux industries de haute technologie" a commenté M. Monti. "En raison des longs délais qui s'écoulent entre la demande d'un brevet et la commercialisation effective d'un produit phytopharmaceutique - plus de dix ans en moyenne - une amélioration de la protection des droits de propriété industrielle s'imposait. L'industrie européenne des produits phytopharmaceutiques devrait ainsi être en mesure de récupérer les investissements considérables qu'elle fait dans la recherche et le développement et d'assurer son avenir comme source de nouveaux produits sur les marchés internationaux".

    [02] Commission adopts regulation on UK gelatin, tallow and semen

    The Commission has decided to adopt the regulation which specifies particular processing techniques and controls which must be introduced in the UK in relation to the manufacture of gelatin and tallow before the export of these products can recommence. It has been concluded by the European Union's scientific experts and endorsed by the World Health Organisation that these processing techniques inactivate any potential infectivity that may exist in the bovine material and therefore ensure that the resulting gelatin and tallow products are safe. The regulation stipulates a certain number of controls to be put in place in the UK including in particular that these products may only be manufactured in specified establishments under veterinary control; that the products are accompanied by a health certificate issued by an official veterinarian when dispatched to other member states; that the products are labelled to show the method and establishment of production, that the bovine raw material should be obtained only from animals which are less than 30 months of age and should exclude certain tissues such as the brain spinal cord.

    [03] Transatlantic Summit to review progress on closer ties

    President Jacques Santer and Trade Commissioner Sir Leon Brittan arrive in Washington tomorrow with the Italian Presidency to hold the European Union's biannual Summit with President Clinton, the first since the EU and US heralded a new era in their relations by signing the New Transatlantic Agenda last December. The Summit will take place in the White House. It will give the leaders the chance to review progress made in implementing the New Transatlantic Agenda, as well as to set new priorities for work in the second half of this year. The aim of the New Transatlantic Agenda is progressively to build stronger ties between the EU and the United States in four key areas of policy so that they can take joint action rather than just consult each other: promoting peace, stability and development worldwide; tackling crime, drugs, pollution and other global challenges; promoting science, education, cultural and business links across the Atlantic and creating a "New Transatlantic Market Place" by removing barriers to each other's business while working to expand world trade.

    [04] Social security: Padraig Flynn praises the Nordic countries

    In a speech today in Reykjavik to the Nordic Ministerial Conference, Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner, Padraig Flynn, highlighted the way in which the Nordic countries have led the way as regards policy development in social security matters.

    [05] Monika Wulf-Mathies: The Information Society needs to become an integrated part of European structural policy

    The opportunities offered by the Information Society need to be put to full use for the development of European regions, said Regional Policy Commissioner Monika Wulf-Mathies today at the "WZB-Open" of the Wissenschaftszentrum in Berlin. The European Commission has introduced a number of political measures to strengthen the role of the Information Society within European structural policy. These range from pilot projects to guidelines in which the Member States are being asked to use the potential of the modern information technology to support structural change and the development of industrial growth. Mrs Wulf-Mathies announced a conference to be held in 1997 in order to promote the Information Society as part of regional initiatives.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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