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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 96-12-19

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>

MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

19/12/1996


CONTENTS / CONTENU

[I] Résultats de la Commission du 18 décembre -Outcome of Commission meeting of 18 December

  • [01] Commission has decided to authorize genetically modified maize in the light of available scientific advice
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [02] Cohesion Fund: ECU 445 million for environmental and transport projects in Portugal
  • [03] Cohesion Fund: ECU 333 million for environment and transport sector in Greece
  • [04] La Commission octroie 170 millions d'Ecus pour le programme "Energia" en Italie
  • [05] Feu vert pour un programme environnemental en Espagne
  • [06] La Commission accord un soutien financier substantiel aux réseaux trans-européens de transports
  • [07] Feu vert à la création d'Iridium, un système de communications personnelles globales par satellites (S-PCS)
  • [08] Commission clears a notified agreement concerning the Britannia gas field
  • [09] Sécurité des transports de matières radioactives: 18 études financées par la Commission
  • [10] Commission acts on major accident hazards and takes legal action against Germany and Spain
  • [11] Commission acts to protect wild birds in France and to ensure habitat protection in Ireland
  • [12] Commission takes legal action against Belgium and Ireland for not implementing rules concerning water pollution
  • [13] Hans van den Broek visits Hungary
  • [14] MEDA: financement pour 55 millions d'Ecus en faveur du Maroc et du Liban
  • [15] Policy advice to the governments of the New Independent Sates and Mongolia: Tacis signs a contract for ECU 12 million
  • [16] Phare funds help to smooth ethnic differences in Estonia

  • [I] Résultats de la Commission du 18 décembre -Outcome of Commission meeting of 18 December (voir aussi - see also Midday Express du 18/12)

    [01] Commission has decided to authorize genetically modified maize in the light of available scientific advice

    The European Commision decided to authorize the placing on the market of genetically modified maize notified by Ciba-Geigy in accordance with Directive 90/220. The decision was based on reports from three Scientific Committees: The Scientific Committee on Food, The Scientific Committee on Animal Nutrition and The Scientific Committee for Pesticides. In their reports the committees confirmed the Commission's proposal on maize which had been discussed in the June Environment Council. The Commission considered carefully the question of labelling and took note of the forthcoming regulation on Novel Foods and of the foreseen revision of Directive 90/220 in 1997.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [02] Cohesion Fund: ECU 445 million for environmental and transport projects in Portugal

    Portugal is to receive ECU 445.4 million from the EU's Cohesion Fund to finance a number of projects in the environmental and transport sector. ECU 348.1 million is provided for the environmental sector, while ECU 97.3 million will be put up for infrastructure projects. The funding will go to projects such as solid waste treatment in the North of Lisbon or the modernisation of the port of Leixões. The contribution of the Cohesion Fund to all of the approved project represents 85% of the total public expenditure.

    [03] Cohesion Fund: ECU 333 million for environment and transport sector in Greece

    Greece is to receive ECU 333 million from the EU's Cohesion Fund to finance a number of projects in the environmental and transport sector. ECU 324.1 million will be provided for the transport sector, while ECU 88.9 million will be provided for the environmental sector. The funding will go to projects such as the new railway line Thriassio Pedio - Elefsis - Korinthos, the PATHE-motorway or the wastewater treatment facilities at Kalambaka - Meteora or Villia. The Cohesion Fund contribution for all of the approved projects varies between 80 to 85% of public expenditure.

    [04] La Commission octroie 170 millions d'Ecus pour le programme "Energia" en Italie

    La Commission européenne a donné le feut vert pour le programme italien "ENERGIA". Ce programme prévoit le financement des infrastructures nécessaires à compléter le réseau de gaz naturel, ainsi que la modernisation et le développement du réseau éléctrique. Le coût total du Programme est de 485 millions d'Ecus, dont 170 millions d'Ecus de cofinancement communautaire au titre du Fonds européen de développement régional (FEDER), 111 millions d'Ecus de contribution publique et 204 millions d'Ecus de contribution privée assurée par ENEL S.p.A.

    [05] Feu vert pour un programme environnemental en Espagne

    La Commission européenne a donné le feut vert pour le programme environmental espagnol PITMA II (PITMA: Programa Industrial y Tecnologico Medioambiental). Ce programme a comme but l'aide aux entreprises industrielles et doit contribuer à adapter les installations industrielles à la législation environnementale et à renforcer le développement et l‘application d‘équipements, technologies et services appropriés. L'aide communautaire s‘élève à 59,7 millions d'Ecus à charge du Fonds européen de développement régional (FEDER) et représente 70% des dépenses publiques éligibles. Les investissements qui seront mobilisées par le secteur industriel sont estimés à 538,41 millions d'Ecus.

    [06] La Commission accord un soutien financier substantiel aux réseaux trans-européens de transports

    L'engagement sans faille de la Commission européenne en faveur des réseaux trans-européens (RTE) se confirme, comme en témoignent les concours financiers de 280 millions d'Ecus en faveur de 107 projets d'infrastructures de transports qu'elle vient d'accorder dans le cadre du budget 1996. La part la plus importante est destinée aux 14 projects spécifiques confirmés par le Conseil européen d'Essen de décembre 1994. Des dépenses de 352 millions d'Ecus pour les RTE de transports sont prévus en 1997, auxquelles s'ajoutera une enveloppe de 100 millions d'Ecus du programme PHARE en faveur des infrastructures de transports dans le cadre de projets trans- frontaliers dans les pays d'Europe centrale et orientale.

    [07] Feu vert à la création d'Iridium, un système de communications personnelles globales par satellites (S-PCS)

    La Commission européenne a donné son feu vert à la création d'Iridium, un consortium conduit par l'entreprise américaine Motorola, dont l'objectif est de fournir, d'ici au dernier trimestre 1998, des services de communications numériques sans fil à l'échelle mondiale, utilisant un ensemble de 66 satellites qui seront déployés en orbite basse. Il s'agira de services de téléphonie vocale mobile, de recherches de personnes et de transmission de données (dont la télécopie, par exemple) qui seront fournis par l'intermédiaire de téléphones portatifs (bimodes ou monomodes), de téléphones installés dans les véhicules, de récepteurs d'appels et autres équipements dont disposeront les abonnés. Comme Iridium ne limitera pas la concurrence, sa création est considérée comme tombant en dehors du champ d'application des articles 85(1) du Traité CE et 53(1) de l'Accord sur l'Espace Economique Européen.

    [08] Commission clears a notified agreement concerning the Britannia gas field

    The European Commission has cleared an Agreement notified by the companies participating in the development of the Britannia gas field in the United Kingdom. The notified oral agreement concerned the decision by the participating companies to appoint one of their number as the single sales negotiator on behalf of them all. The Commission has concluded that this Agreement did not affect trade between Member States and was therefore outside the scope of the European Community's competition rules. This was a factual determination relating solely to the notified oral agreement which was in force between February 1992 and the end of 1994.

    [09] Sécurité des transports de matières radioactives: 18 études financées par la Commission

    La Commission européenne a décidé d‘allouer une aide financière de deux millions d‘Ecus à la réalisation de dix-huit projets visant à trouver les moyens d‘améliorer la sécurité des transports de matières radioactives. Il s‘agit essentiellement de travaux d‘évaluation et d‘expérimentation nécessaires pour harmoniser et améliorer les conditions de transport dans le secteur nucléaire.

    [10] Commission acts on major accident hazards and takes legal action against Germany and Spain

    The European Commission has decided further steps in legal actions against Germany and Spain for failing to respect Community directive on major accident hazards (the "Seveso" Directive). The Commission will lodge an application before the European Court of Justice against Germany and send a Reasoned Opinion to Spain.

    [11] Commission acts to protect wild birds in France and to ensure habitat protection in Ireland

    The European Commission has decided to take further steps in legal actions against France (reasoned opinion) and Ireland (application to the European Court of Justice) for failing to respect Community nature conservation legislation. France has not fully implemented the Directive on the conservation of wild birds. Ireland has still not adopted national legislation to give effect to the Directive on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild flora and fauna.

    [12] Commission takes legal action against Belgium and Ireland for not implementing rules concerning water pollution

    The European Commission has decided to take further steps in legal action against Belgium (application to the European Court of Justice) and Ireland (reasoned opinion) for failing to respect the Community Directive on dangerous substances in water.

    [13] Hans van den Broek visits Hungary

    Commissioner Hans van den Broek, responsible for relations with Central and Eastern European countries, will pay an official visit to Hungary today and tomorrow. The Commissioner will meet the Hungarian President Arpad Gôncz, Prime Minister Gyula Horn, as well as other members of the Hungarian government. Furthermore, meetings are foreseen with the President of the Hungarian Parliament, Mr Zoltan Gal, members of the Hungarian Parliament, and the President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In addition, the Commissioner will address a conference of Hungarian businessmen.

    [14] MEDA: financement pour 55 millions d'Ecus en faveur du Maroc et du Liban

    La Commission européenne vient de décider le financement de deux projets dans le cadre du programme MEDA. Il s'agit d'un projet de pistes et routes rurales au Maroc (30 millions d'Ecus) et d'un projet de plan d'investissement au Liban (25 millions d'Ecus). Le règlement MEDA est l'instrument financier de l'Union européenne dans le cadre du Partenariat Euroméditerranéen. Doté d'un montant de 3.425 millions d'Ecus pour la période 1996-1999, il est destiné aux financements de projets dans les pays et territoires suivants: Algérie, Chypre, Egypte, Israël, Jordanie, Liban, Malte, Maroc, Syrie, Tunisie, Turquie, territoires occupés de Gaza et de la Cisjordanie.

    [15] Policy advice to the governments of the New Independent Sates and Mongolia: Tacis signs a contract for ECU 12 million

    The European Commission signed an ECU 12 million contract with a consortium of consultants for the management of the Tacis European Expertise Service (EES). The principal objective of the EES is to provide high level advice to the Governments, Parliaments and other relevant decision and policy- making bodies and institutions of the New Independent States (NIS) and Mongolia.

    [16] Phare funds help to smooth ethnic differences in Estonia

    The European Commission decided to allocate ECU 1.4 million from Phare funds for language training for non-Estonians in Estonia. An appropriate solution for the issue of the large minority of non-Estonian speakers in Estonia is an important element in the preparation of Estonia for full membership of the European Union.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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