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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-11-03

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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 Service Presse et Communicationb

03/11/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission activates Community Maritime Pollution Task Force to assist French authorities after the sinking of the chemical tanker IEVOLI SUN
  • [02] Italian chemical tanker sinking - statement by Loyola de Palacio
  • [03] Fonds social européen : Anna Diamantopoulou signe un train de programmes septennal d'aide à la formation et à l'éducation pour l'Espagne
  • [04] Philippe Busquin hosts internet-chat on genetics and the future of Europe

  • [01] Commission activates Community Maritime Pollution Task Force to assist French authorities after the sinking of the chemical tanker IEVOLI SUN

    The services of the European Commission have immediately activated the Community Task Force in response to a request for assistance by the French Secrétariat Général de la Mer, which belongs to the office of the French Prime Minister, following the sinking of the chemical tanker IEVOLI SUN. The French authorities have asked to be informed about existing means and inspection methods for this type of chemical marine accidents. The Commission has equally been asked to supply information on experience existing in other Member States regarding the reaction of styrene in extreme conditions. The French authorities have also made a request for information regarding any existing assessment of the environmental impact of styrene leaking into the marine environment. The French authorities have requested to the Commission to mobilise its network of experts on maritime experts. Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström declared : "From the outset, the services of the Commission and the French authorities have been in close contact. The Commission is ready to provide assistance on the ground through its network of marine pollution experts." Mrs Wallström added that this accident underlines the importance of reinforcing EU cooperation, as recently proposed by the Commission. On 27 September 2000 the Commission put forward a proposal for a Council Decision establishing an EU mechanism for the coordination of the civil protection intervention in the event of emergencies, including marine pollution.

    [02] Italian chemical tanker sinking - statement by Loyola de Palacio

    European Commission Vice-President in charge of Transport and Energy, Loyola de Palacio, expresses her deep regret at the loss of "IEVOLI SUN" but is relieved to learn that none of the seafarers onboard was lost and wishes to extend her gratitude to the heroic work by the Cherbourg maritime command. She is very concerned about this new maritime accident involving a tanker vessel. Mrs de Palacio stated : "This latest accident demonstrates graphically the need for adoption as soon as possible of the package of measures proposed by the Commission to put in place stronger safeguards against these kinds of disasters".

    [03] Fonds social européen : Anna Diamantopoulou signe un train de programmes septennal d'aide à la formation et à l'éducation pour l'Espagne

    Mme Anna Diamantopoulou, Commissaire européen pour l'Emploi et les Affaires sociales, se trouve aujourd'hui à Madrid pour signer huit programmes de formation et d'éducation financés par le Fonds social européen pour la période 2000-2006. Avec une aide financière de plus de 884 millions d'euros, ces programmes de l'Objectif 3 représentent ensemble 40% des opérations de financement au titre de l'Objectif 3 par le FSE en Espagne dans la nouvelle série de concours des Fonds structurels.

    [04] Philippe Busquin hosts internet-chat on genetics and the future of Europe

    "Like me, this summer you probably followed the latest stages in the race for the human genome between an international public research consortium and a large American company. The final sprint for the finish somewhat overshadowed the scientific and technical performance, rather putting the underlying ethical, economic and political issues in the spotlight. I would like us to think together about the consequences for society of genetic advances, particularly trying to imagine their implications for basic values, quality of life, and social and economic development in Europe. With this in mind I have suggested organising a major conference, which will take place in Brussels on 6 and 7 November. But in parallel with the debate between the experts at the conference, I would like to involve other "experts" - people like you and me, who have questions, opinions and comments on these issues that they would like to discuss." Join European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin on the Internet on 7 November "live" from 18.30 to 20.30 Central European Time. The discussion will take place in the eleven official languages of the European Union. Questions may be put in any of those languages and may also be sent in advance to: chat- busquin@cec.eu.int

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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