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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 97-10-09

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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

09/10/97


CONTENTS / CONTENU

[I] Résultats de la Commission du 8 octobre 1997 - Outcome of Commission meeting of 8 October 1997

  • [01] Rapport consolidé sur l'ESB: la Commission répond à 75 questions-clés sur la protection du consommateur posées par le Parlement européen
  • [02] Stronger role for the Directorate General responsible for SMEs
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [03] Padraig Flynn explains Commission's employment guidelines
  • [04] Emma Bonino: "Face aux crises humanitaires les drapeaux de l'ONU et de l'Europe de plus en plus mis en berne"
  • [05] Franz Fischler: EU reform proposals contribute to improve efficiency of global food and agricultural system
  • [06] Hans van den Broek about enlargement: differentiation is not discrimination
  • [07] Christos Papoutsis optimistic for a breakthrough on the gas Directive

  • [I] Résultats de la Commission du 8 octobre 1997 - Outcome of Commission meeting of 8 October 1997

    (voir aussi - see also Midday Express of 8.10)

    "MIDDAY EXPRESS"

    [01] Rapport consolidé sur l'ESB: la Commission répond à 75 questions-clés sur la protection du consommateur posées par le Parlement européen

    Huit mois après que la Commission européenne et le Parlement européen ont placé la protection du consommateur et la sécurité des denrées alimentaires au centre d'un effort politique conjoint pour combattre l'ESB, la Commission a présenté les progrès accomplis en adoptant le rapport consolidé final à la commission temporaire du Parlement européen chargée du suivi des recommandations concernant l'ESB. Ce document met en exergue les mesures qui ont été prises pour éradiquer l'ESB, protéger la santé de la population et retrouver la confiance du consommateur dans la sécurité des denrées alimentaires. Selon Emma Bonino, Commissaire responsable de la Politique des consommateurs, "les enquêtes en cours ont montré qu'il existe des dysfonctionnements dans le contrôle officiel de la production de viande dans les Etats membres, raison pour laquelle la Commission prendra des mesures pour renforcer le système des contrôles vétérinaires dans l'Union européenne afin d'améliorer la sécurité des denrées alimentaires et de prévenir les fraudes". Dans son rapport, la Commission présente un programme de travail ambitieux basé sur les résultats déjà obtenus. Dans la mise en oeuvre et la surveillance de ce programme, la Commission continuera à oeuvrer en étroite coopération avec les autres institutions (Parlement européen, Conseil des Ministres) et les Etats membres. Pour la Commission, il est évident que les Etats membres devront eux aussi faire face à leurs responsabilités, en particulier en ce qui concerne les contrôles, si nous voulons gagner le combat contre la ESB. La Commission adressera des rapports semestriels au Parlement européen ainsi qu'au Conseil des Ministres sur les progrès réalisés.

    [02] Stronger role for the Directorate General responsible for SMEs

    In view of the political importance of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and in a broader sense of enterprise policy and entrepreneurship, the European Commission has decided to give DG XXIII, responsible i.a. for SMEs, a wider and deeper coordination role within the Commission. This should ensure that policies in these areas are focused, coordinated and consistent. Commissioner Christos Papoutsis, responsible for DG XXIII, will chair a group of Commissioners on SMEs and entrepreneurship to assist in coordinating the Commission's overall approach. Commissioners Martin Bangemann, Monika Wulf-Mathies, Edith Cresson, Mario Monti, Yves-Thibault de Silguy, Karel Van Miert, Padraig Flynn and Ritt Bjerregaard will be invited to participate. The Commission will assess whether any reinforcement of DG XXIII is necessary in this context.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [03] Padraig Flynn explains Commission's employment guidelines

    Speaking today at a conference in Stockholm, Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner Padraig Flynn, said that the Employment Guidelines "refer to Member States' employment policies, not to new initiatives at European level. They are based on the understanding that jobs are created through local initiatives, not European or national schemes. What we can do at European and national level is support local initiatives and the process of creating jobs and promoting employability". He went on to say that "the guidelines are ambitious. They represent a challenge to the traditional thinking which takes as read Europe's ranking as second best in employment performance. They declare that our long term objective is to move progressively towards an employment rate in line with our main trading partners, Japan and the US, whose rate is above 70 %, compared with 60% in Europe. Half of that gap could be filled, in the medium term, if Member States use the positive macroeconomic conditions we now enjoy to that end. And if they make a clear shift to activate labour market and other structural policies".

    [04] Emma Bonino: "Face aux crises humanitaires les drapeaux de l'ONU et de l'Europe de plus en plus mis en berne"

    A l'occasion du cinquième anniversaire de ECHO (European Community Humanitarian Office), Emma Bonino, Commissaire en charge e.a. de l'Aide Humanitaire, a déclaré: "La communauté internationale, les donateurs, y inclus les Etats membres, continuent depuis des années à consacrer à l'aide humanitaire une quantité imposante de ressources. Mais trop souvent leurs stratégies politiques montrent un degré certain d'inconséquence entre choix humanitaires et choix diplomatiques. (...) Je suis de plus en plus convaincue qu'une politique étrangère uniquement fondée sur des intérêts - ou sur une perception nationale ou régionale de ceux-ci - n'est pas soutenable et qu'il n'y a plus d'alternative, pour l'Europe aussi bien que pour le reste du monde, à une politique étrangère qui soit aussi ancrée à la morale et inspirée par des principes, à commencer par le respect de la dignité de la personne humaine. (...) La crédibilité des Nations Unies se joue à Kabul, à Baghdad, au Soudan, en Algérie, dans les forêts du Congo; elle dépend de la détermination de ses représentants à plaider le respect des valeurs et des principes qui sont ceux de la Charte, et à en dénoncer - sans merci - les violations."

    [05] Franz Fischler: EU reform proposals contribute to improve efficiency of global food and agricultural system

    (!! embargo 1 pm !!) Franz Fischler, European Commissioner responsible for agriculture and rural development, has justified the necessary adjustments for European Union (EU) agricultural policy in a more market-oriented environment. At the 1st annual meeting of the International Policy Council on Agriculture, Food and Trade, which gathered leading thinkers and policymakers in agriculture and agribusiness from around the world in The Hague, Mr Fischler explained the Commission's proposals for the reform of the Common Agriculture Policy as well as the rural development policy as set out in its communication 'Agenda 2000'. "The EU is fully aware of its obligation to continue to contribute to world food supply on the basis of high quality products and increased competitiveness", the Commissioner stressed. (!! embargo 1 pm !!)

    [06] Hans van den Broek about enlargement: differentiation is not discrimination

    (!! embargo 1.15 pm !!) Hans van den Broek, European Commissioner responsible i.a. for enlargement, today addressed the Helsingin Sanomat Europe Seminar in Helsinki on the subject of the European Union enlargement to eastern Europe. "Some in Europe advocate a common start to the negotiations with all applicants whatever their degree of preparedness for membership. But little, beyond a short-lived feeling of political satisfaction, would be gained by opening negotiations with countries which are insufficiently prepared. Such negotiations would soon falter, leading to disillusionment. The immediate appeal of such an approach would quickly fade if the whole enlargement process and the progress of the more advanced applicants were held back. The Commission carefully considered these questions as well as the interests of our own citizens in a properly planned enlargement before unanimously recommending that negotiations begin next year with the five most advanced countries in the region, as well as Cyprus, following a Council decision taken two years ago", Mr van den Broek said. (!! embargo 1.15 pm !!)

    [07] Christos Papoutsis optimistic for a breakthrough on the gas Directive

    (!! embargo 2.30 pm !!) In his opening speech at a Conference on Energy and Gas Liberalisation in Brussels, Commissioner Christos Papoutsis, responsible i.a. for Energy, today said "that one of the targets of the Action Plan for the Single Market recently endorsed by the European Council in Amsterdam is to remove the remaining sectoral obstacles to market integration and to realise the internal market for electricity and natural gas. Referring to the gas directive he stressed that important progress has been made since negotiations resumed about a year ago and that he is optimistic that a breakthrough will be reached at the extraordinary Energy Council on 27 October, because there is the political will to find a compromise. The proposed Directive will satisfy security of supply, and protect against possible serious economic problems of gas companies, when opening the market." (!! embargo 2.30 pm !!)

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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