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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-12-04

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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

04/12/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] BSE Farm Council - Commission calls for swift decisions
  • [02] La Commission lance une consultation avec les parties concernées sur un nouveau projet de publication d'indicateurs de qualité des services de transport aérien
  • [03] Frits Bolkestein urges Spain to agree energy taxation and European Company Statute proposals
  • [04] Pascal Lamy opens investigation into South Korean subsidies to shipbuilding industry
  • [05] Pays d'Europe centrale et orientale : la Commission propose la signature d'un accord sur le tranport par car
  • [06] EU to observe elections in Guyana
  • [07] Fish Producer's Organisations Forum in Brussels
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé

  • [01] BSE Farm Council - Commission calls for swift decisions

    On the occasion of the extraordinary Agriculture Council on BSE to be held today in Brussels, the European Commission called for firm and swift decisions to tackle the BSE-problem. "The Commission has brought forward a package of wide-ranging new proposals. We call on the farm ministers to agree on a European response to this European problem", Consumer Protection and Agriculture Commissioners David Byrne and Franz Fischler said.

    [02] La Commission lance une consultation avec les parties concernées sur un nouveau projet de publication d'indicateurs de qualité des services de transport aérien

    L'augmentation des plaintes relatives à la détérioration de la qualité des services de transport aérien, en particulier en ce qui concerne les normes de ponctualité, souligne la nécessité d'accroître la transparence en matière de performances des différents opérateurs. Quatre mois après le lancement d'une campagne destinée à faire prendre conscience de leurs droits aux passagers aériens, la Commission a donc décidé de proposer une initiative visant à permettre aux voyageurs de choisir les compagnies aériennes en connaissance de cause. Dans un premier temps, la Commission consulte actuellement toutes les parties concernées sur l'élaboration d'un système de notification obligatoire et régulière des données, qui servira de base à la publication future de rapports à l'intention des passagers aériens communautaires sur les indicateurs de qualité des services.

    [03] Frits Bolkestein urges Spain to agree energy taxation and European Company Statute proposals

    [04] Pascal Lamy opens investigation into South Korean subsidies to shipbuilding industry

    Today, European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy announced his decision to open an investigation into unfair practices concerning the South Korean shipbuilding industry under the EU Trade Barriers Regulation (TBR). This decision follows a detailed examination of a complaint lodged by the European shipbuilding industry on 24 October 2000. "We have looked carefully at the complaint of our industry and believe there are clear grounds for us to launch this investigation. We are treating the concerns of EU shipbuilders with the utmost seriousness. If necessary, we will take this all the way to the WTO", said Pascal Lamy.

    [05] Pays d'Europe centrale et orientale : la Commission propose la signature d'un accord sur le tranport par car

    Après quatre années de négociations avec 14 pays d'Europe centrale et orientale, la Commission européenne présente au Conseil une proposition de signature de l'accord Interbus relatif au transport de passagers par autocar et autobus. Cet accord facilitera les transports de passagers tant au niveau des procédures administratives qu'au niveau des contrôles entre les pays signataires de l'accord. Il s'inscrit également dans une logique d'intégration progressive des Etats non membres de l'Union. L'accord prévoit en effet une harmonisation progressive en matières de règles sociales, fiscales et techniques qui sera bénéfique pour la liberté des échanges.

    [06] EU to observe elections in Guyana

    The European Commission has taken a decision to fund the participation of an EU component to the International Observation Mission for the next general elections in Guyana. These elections were originally scheduled for 17th January 2001. However, since the registration of the voters was not completed on time, they have been postponed, and it is now expected that they will take place before the end of March 2001. The Head of the EU observers is Mr Mark Stephens, who will also be the Deputy Chief of the International Observers Group. In addition, some 30 EU Short Term Observers will be sent to Guyana shortly before the election day. The cost of the EU contribution will not exceed euro 314,000.

    [07] Fish Producer's Organisations Forum in Brussels

    Producers in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors will, for the first time, meet at a Forum of Producers' Organisations organised by the European Commission, on 4th and 5th December in Brussels. Some 200 people are expected to gather to exchange ideas and to examine a number of specific topics of interest to their industry. Commissioner Fischler, responsible for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, welcomed the initiative. He said : "As the interface between producers - that is, fishermen and fish farmers - and the market, fish Producers' Organisations are in an ideal situation to influence the conditions related to supply and demand. I am sure that the recently reformed common market organisation, which has strengthened Producers' Organisations, will enable them to play an even greater role in sustainable fisheries."

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note sur la préparation du Conseil Industrie/Energie volet énergie

    Note sur la préparation du Conseil Industrie/Energie volet industrie

    Note sur les conclusions des Consultations Pêche avec la Norvège pour 2001

    Discours de Mme Reding : "Les réseaux de salles de cinéma: promoteurs de la circulation des films en Europe" à la clôture de la 5e conférence annuelle d'Europa Cinémas (02/12, Paris)

    Discours de Mme Reding : "A guide to The world of Images: why do we need to teach film at schools ?" à la European Film Academy (02/12, Paris)

    Discours de M. Bolkestein : "Le développement du capital-risque, clé de la compétitivité et dela création d'emplois dans l'UE" au déjeuner/débat à la chambre de commerce franco-néerlandaise (Paris, ! embargo 12h30 !)

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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