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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-12-01

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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

01/12/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] To protect cod, whiting and hake Commission proposes substantial cuts in 2001 catches
  • [02] Un accord est trouvé en vue d'améliorer la sécurité des produits et d'accroître la protection des consommateurs
  • [03] Journée mondiale de lutte contre le SIDA : la Commission s'engage à prendre des mesures pour combattre la maladie
  • [04] Results of the Standing Veterinary Committee on BSE
  • [05] Sécurité maritime : Loyola de Palacio se félicite du vote en plénière du Parlement européen
  • [06] EU to request WTO consultations on US safeguard measures on imports of steel products
  • [07] Fisheries negotiations EU/Morocco : "No agreement would be missed opportunity for Morocco"
  • [08] "Formation 2000", grand rendez-vous européen de la formation professionnelle à Bruxelles les 5 et 6 décembre 2000
  • [09] East Timor : Commission to host Donor Conference in Brussels on 5-6 December 2000
  • [10] Fusion approuvée selon la procédure simplifiée
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé

  • [01] To protect cod, whiting and hake Commission proposes substantial cuts in 2001 catches

    The European Commission has adopted a proposal to make substantial cuts in the fishing possibilities of a number of key EU fish stocks for next year. These reductions in Total Allowable Catches (TACs) respond to independent scientific advice warning that cod and whiting in the North Sea and to the west of Scotland are in severe danger of collapse. The Northern hake stock in EU western waters is also at risk. Scientists have warned that the level of fishing must be significantly reduced on these three species. These cuts must also apply to a number of other demersal species that evolve with cod, whiting and hake.

    [02] Un accord est trouvé en vue d'améliorer la sécurité des produits et d'accroître la protection des consommateurs

    Le Conseil des ministres est parvenu à un accord politique concernant le projet de Directive de la Commission qui vise à améliorer les règles régissant la sécurité des produits en Europe et révise la Directive sur la sécurité générale des produits (92/59/CEE). La Directive sur la sécurité générale des produits poursuit deux objectifs complémentaires : assurer un niveau élevé et uniforme de protection de la santé et de la sécurité des consommateurs à travers l'Europe en même temps qu'un fonctionnement correct du marché intérieur. David Byrne, commissaire européen chargé de la santé et de la protection des consommateurs, a déclaré : "L'idée qui sous-tend la Directive est simple. C'est que seuls des produits sûrs soient mis sur le marché. Je salue chaleureusement et soutiens de ma faveur le travail intense qui a été déployé afin de répondre par une décision rapide et concrète aux vives préoccupations des citoyens concernant les questions de santé et de sécurité. Ce travail témoigne auprès d'eux de notre détermination à poursuivre l'amélioration des outils de gestion des risques."

    [03] Journée mondiale de lutte contre le SIDA : la Commission s'engage à prendre des mesures pour combattre la maladie

    Les Commissaires européens Poul Nielson (développement et aide humanitaire), Pascal Lamy (commerce), David Byrne (santé et protection des consommateurs) et Philippe Busquin (recherche) ont marqué la journée mondiale de lutte contre le SIDA en confirmant leur engagement à combattre la maladie par tous les moyens à leur disposition, notamment en aidant à renforcer les systèmes de santé dans les pays en développement, en améliorant le dépistage et les soins, et en faisant de la prévention une priorité essentielle.

    [04] Results of the Standing Veterinary Committee on BSE

    The Standing Veterinary Committee (SVC) yesterday discussed two new measures to combat BSE proposed by the European Commission : the temporary ban of the feeding of meat and bone meal (MBM) to all farm animals and the inclusion of the intestine to the list of specified risk materials. A third proposal on the financing of the test programmes for "risk animals" was also discussed. On the temporary ban of the feeding of meat and bone meal (MBM) the Committee did not reach a qualified majority. The proposal will now be put to the Agriculture Ministers meeting on Monday 4 December which was convened to discuss the BSE situation. The Committee gave a favourable opinion on the Commission proposal to include the entire intestine of bovines of all ages to the current list of specified risk materials (SRMs). This proposal is based on a new recommendation from the Scientific Steering Committee to consider the entire intestine as a SRM. After formal adoption by the Commission, the decision will apply from 1 January 2001. The SVC also voted in favour of a draft Commission decision approving the programmes of the Member States and fixing the level of Commission financial contribution with regard to the testing of all animals at risk over 30 months of age (emergency slaughtered animals and animals displaying clinical signs at normal slaughter). The financial participation of the Commission for the programmes approved is euro 15.5 million. The testing programme will start on the 1 January 2001.

    [05] Sécurité maritime : Loyola de Palacio se félicite du vote en plénière du Parlement européen

    Loyola de Palacio, vice-présidente de la Commission européenne en charge des Transports et de l'Energie, a fait part de sa grande satisfaction après le vote du Parlement européen sur le paquet de sécurité maritime. "Cette décision va dans le sens des propositions de la Commission : nous devons être à la hauteur des enjeux et protéger nos côtes des bateaux poubelles", a-t-elle déclaré. Le Parlement a approuvé les rapports sur le paquet législatif proposé par la Commission concernant les contrôles dans l'Etat du Port, les sociétés de classification et l'interdiction progressive des pétroliers à coque unique. "J'espère maintenant que le Conseil des Ministres sera en mesure d'adopter des positions communes dès le 21 décembre et que ce premier paquet législatif pourra entrer en vigueur dans les plus brefs délais", a ajouté Mme de Palacio.

    [06] EU to request WTO consultations on US safeguard measures on imports of steel products

    The European Union requested today WTO consultations with the United States on safeguard measures that the US has imposed on imports of two steel products, namely steel wire rod and welded line pipe. These measures inflict substantial economic damage upon the EU industry. The EU believes that the US was wrong to conclude that increased imports of these two products into the US caused or threatened to cause serious injury to US producers. As a matter of principle, the EU considers that safeguard measures should only be used as an exceptional tool in emergency situations, an opinion that has been recently confirmed by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body. The consultation request extends to certain provisions of the US legislation which the EU considers are themselves not in conformity with WTO safeguard rules.

    [07] Fisheries negotiations EU/Morocco : "No agreement would be missed opportunity for Morocco"

    The European Union and Morocco held another round of negotiations on 29 and 30 November in Rabat. Both parties presented their respective positions. It was agreed to hold the next meeting next week in Brussels. The EU side reiterated the importance a cooperation agreement in the fisheries sector would have. It would substantially support the development of the Moroccan fisheries sector. "We are prepared to assist - through actions financed by the EU - the development of the Morocco's coastal fisheries with their employment potential, the restructuring of the high sea fleet, port infrastructures and services improvement, and the marketing and development of fish products. Not having an agreement would be a missed opportunity for the Moroccan fisheries sector", European Fisheries Commissioner Franz Fischler said. In the meeting, the EU has been seeking to identify a common ground between the parties which would include the compromises necessary to reach an agreement. The EU has also given concrete indications of our flexibility and willingness to compromise. Unfortunately these efforts have not been reciprocated on the Moroccan side.

    [08] "Formation 2000", grand rendez-vous européen de la formation professionnelle à Bruxelles les 5 et 6 décembre 2000

    Organisé par la Commission européenne, "Formation 2000" offrira une vitrine des meilleurs projets du programme Leonardo da Vinci et sera l'occasion d'échanges d'expériences entre les acteurs présents et futurs de la formation professionnelle en Europe. Cet événement se tiendra au Parc des Expositions du Heysel les 5 et 6 décembre prochains.

    [09] East Timor : Commission to host Donor Conference in Brussels on 5-6 December 2000

    The Third Donors' Meeting on East Timor, hosted by the European Commission, will take place in Brussels on 5-6 December. It brings together delegates from the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), led by the UN Special Representative Mr Sergio Vieira de Mello, the East Timor Transitional Authority (ETTA), the World Bank, led by Vice-President for East Asia and Pacific Jemal-ud-din-Kassum, who will all co-chair the meeting, as well as EU Member States, other important international donors and non governmental organisations. The European Commission will be represented by Commissioners Chris Patten (External Relations) and Poul Nielson (Development and Humanitarian Aid). The purpose of the Brussels Donors' Meeting, which follows Donors' Meetings in Tokyo (December 1999) and Lisbon (June 2000), is to map out a vision for East Timor's transition to full independence as well as its long-term development objectives. This meeting is of high political significance in that it will consider the political guidelines for the building of the world's youngest nation, prior to its accession to full independence. Furthermore, the conference will address the key issue of creating an economically viable and self- sustainable East Timor. This is not a pledging conference as donor meetings in Tokyo and Lisbon already pledged USD 523 million. Media are invited to view the opening statements. They should go to the press desk lobby in the Charlemagne at 14h on 5 December to obtain the press pass. All non-EU accredited press should pre-register with Rachel Winter Jones, Press Officer at the World Bank Brussels Office on 02-552.00.52 or e-mail: rjones1@worldbank.org. Media are also invited to the press conference that will take place on 6 December 2000, at 17.30h, in the Charlemagne conference centre, room S4, first floor.

    [10] Fusion approuvée selon la procédure simplifiée

    St. James's Place Capital plc ("SJPC", UK) / SCP De Milo S.a.r.l. (Lux) / de Milo S.A. (Lux)

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    MEMO 93 - Visite de M. Fischler en Hongrie

    MEMO 94 - Résultats du Conseil Marché intérieur

    MEMO 95 - Prix européens pour l'environnement

    Discours de Mme Diamantopoulou : "Breaking barriers, building bridges" au European Disability Forum (Athènes)

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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