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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-03-08

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News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Service Presse et Communicationb

Midday Express 08/03/2001

  • [01] BSE : Commission proposal to gradually lift restrictions on export of Portuguese beef backed by the Standing Veterinary Committee The Standing Veterinary Committee yesterday voted in favour of a draft European Commission decision proposing a gradual lifting of the ban on Portuguese beef exports and allowing the resumption of certain exports under the strict conditions of a Data Based Export Scheme (DBES). Such exports to third countries and EU Member States of beef and beef products would be authorised after inspection reports have confirmed the correct implementation of the Scheme on the ground. Only de-boned meat from animals born after 1 July 1999, between 6 and 30 months of age, complying with the conditions of the DBES would be eligible for export. The ban on exports of live bovine animals from Portugal remains in place. The proposal will now be formally adopted by the Commission.
  • [02] La Commission invite les tiers à présenter leurs observations sur les services de transbordeurs transmanche de P&O Stena Line P&O Stena Line, exploitant de services de transbordeurs transmanche, ainsi que ses entreprises fondatrices P&O et Stena Line ont demandé à la Commission européenne de renouveler l'exemption qui leur avait été accordée en application des règles de concurrence communautaires. L'entreprise commune avait initialement obtenu une autorisation d'exploitation de trois ans, qui expire le 9 mars. La Commission publie aujourd'hui un résumé de la demande au Journal officiel des Communautés européennes en invitant les tiers intéressés à présenter leurs observations dans un délai d'un mois.
  • [03] Accession partnership with Turkey adopted The Accession Partnership with Turkey has been formally adopted today by the European Union. This signifies a further important step in the implementation of the pre-accession strategy for Turkey. This strategy, as applied to all other candidate countries, became operational after Turkey's designation as a candidate country by the Helsinki European Council in December 1999.
  • [04] Plus de transparence, un plus pour l'environnement Sur proposition de la Commissaire européenne chargée du budget, Michaele Schreyer, une grande étape vers plus de transparence dans la politique budgétaire qui signifie en même temps un plus pour l'environnement, a été convenu avec les délégations du Conseil et du Parlement européen, lors du triologue informel de Stockholm.
  • [05] Franz Fischler in Verona : "Society should be setting the farming agenda" Speaking at the opening of "Veronafiere", the largest agricultural trade fair in Italy, Franz Fischler, European Commissioner for agriculture, rural development and fisheries, has stressed the need for a broad-based discussion of what society wants from agriculture. It was not necessary, however, to start from zero since the reforms of 1992 and Agenda 2000 had already set agricultural policy on a new path.
  • [06] Chris Patten in Dublin "The European Union has every reason to strut its stuff : boasting its achievements, shaping events and spreading its values. But Europe's Foreign and Security Policy has lagged behind its many other achievements" according to Chris Patten, European Commissioner for External Relations, speaking in Dublin yesterday evening. He went on to say that : "The European Union has become a global player. As the biggest market, largest trader and most important purveyor of assistance, it is about time we developed a global outlook in a coherent view of what we are, what we want and where we are going." On the EU's Rapid Reaction Force, Mr Patten said that it would not be desirable that it should, one day, grow into an alternative to NATO or a replacement for it. "What we are talking about", he said, "is not mutual defence, but a widening of the range of options open to the EU when dealing with situations of crisis and instability, notably at our periphery."
  • [07] Fourth quarter of 2000 - Euro-zone and EU15 GDP up by 0.7% ; +3.0% and +2.9% compared to the fourth quarter of 1999 (! embargo 12 am !) Euro-zone and EU15 GDP both grew by 0.7% during the fourth quarter of 2000, compared to the previous quarter, according to first estimates out today from Eurostat. These figures follow a rise of 0.5% and 0.6% respectively for the euro-zone and the EU15 in the third quarter of 2000. Compared to the fourth quarter of 1999, GDP rose by 3.0% in the euro-zone and by 2.9% in the EU15 compared to +3.2% during the previous quarter in both areas. During the year 2000, euro-zone and EU15 GDP grew4 by 3.4% and 3.3% respectively, recording a strong rise with respect to 1999 (+2.5% for both zones). In 2000, the economy of the US grew by +5.0%, also recording an acceleration compared to 1999 (+4.2%).
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Discours de M. Prodi : "Europe: a family governed by common rules" (Varsovie) Discours de Mme Reding : "The role of the EU in creating the knowledge and information society" au Zentrum für Europäische Integrationsforschung (07/03, Université de Bonn) Discours de M. Nielson : "Rio + 10 : Words are not enough" à la Chatham House Conference (06/03, Londres)


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