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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-04-23

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News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

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

Midday Express 23/04/2001

  • [01] Franz Fischler meets US senators Today, Franz Fischler, European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, welcomed a delegation from the US Senate, led by Senator Trent Lott. Both Commissioner Fischler and Senator Lott welcomed the progress recently made towards resolving the banana dispute. "This should considerably improve the transatlantic atmosphere. And I do not see any reason why progress should not be made on other areas of disagreement between us", commented Franz Fischler. "The WTO-agriculture negotiations are a top-priority on both sides of the Atlantic. Furthermore, our WTO- positions on many of the main issues are not that far apart. We tend to agree on the principles, but differ on the technicalities on these there is obviously scope for negotiation", Mr Fischler underlined. During an exchange of views on domestic agriculture policies, both sides agreed they faced similar challenges in securing the future for farmers and the rural areas. However, the EU and US have chosen widely different policy paths to reach those aims. Farm policy in the EU has undergone a radical transformation in recent years", Franz Fischler told the senators. "Not only is the agriculture budget stable and fixed, but farm safety net programmes are now designed ensuring payments are not linked to production. This is far less trade-distoring than deficiency payments or other production linked compensation", he added. Commissioner Fischler said he looked forward to continuing the exchange of views on farm policy when visiting the US Senate during his official trip to the US from 16 21 May.
  • [02] Etat de la recherche européenne sur l'ESB et les autres maladies associées Aujourd'hui, un groupe d'experts établi par Philippe Busquin, Commissaire européen responsable de la Recherche, présentera un état complet des recherches sur les Encéphalopathies Spongiformes Transmissibles comme l'ESB donnant une image plus claire des travaux de recherche actuellement réalisés en Europe. L'inventaire publié identifie les forces et les faiblesses de la recherche européenne dans ce domaine. Il met par exemple en relief le manque de coordination, de mise en réseau, de communication et d'échange des résultats entre les différentes initiatives nationales. Il montre aussi que les recherches européennes sont handicapées par plusieurs facteurs tels que le manque d'échantillons bien définis, la disponibilité limitée de modèles animaux et de lignées cellulaires et le manque de chercheurs formés. Le groupe a été créé par Philippe Busquin suite à une suggestion des ministres de la recherche des Etats membres lors de leur réunion du 16 novembre 2000.
  • [03] Commission acts against Duales System Deutschland AG (Green Dot) for the abuse of a dominant position The European Commission has adopted a decision finding that Duales System Deutschland AG (DSD), a company which created "The Green Dot" (Der Grüne Punkt) trademark, is restricting competition by abusing its dominant position in the market for organising the collection and recycling of sales packaging in Germany. The decision is limited to one provision of DSD's trademark agreement and does not call into question the existence and overall functioning of the DSD system. The Commission finds that, in certain cases, the payment system used by DSD disadvantages its customers and prevents the entry of competitors in the market concerned. The Commission believes that once DSD will have taken measures that end its abusive behaviour it will be able to adopt a favourable decision on the remaining agreements of the DSD system.
  • [04] Attribution du prix de l'UE pour l'architecture contemporaine Viviane Reding, Membre de la Commission européenne chargée de l'Education et de la Culture, a annoncé aujourd'hui que le prix de l'Union européenne pour l'architecture contemporaine - Prix Mies van der Rohe - est décerné à M. Rafael Moneo pour la conception et la réalisation du "Centre Kursaal" à San Sebastian (Espagne). La Mention spéciale destinée à un jeune architecte est décernée à M. Florian Nagler pour le "centre Kaufmann Holz AG" à Bobingen (Allemagne).
  • [05] e-confidence initiative : time for stakeholders to draw conclusions It is called the e-confidence barrier: e-commerce only accounts for around one percent of retail sales in Europe. While internet penetration is growing rapidly, consumer confidence in e-commerce and cross-border transactions remain low. Although there has been an ever-expanding number of codes, trustmarks and other schemes aimed at improving e-confidence, their sheer number and variety is such that they tend to confuse consumers more than they enlighten. The European Commission's e-confidence initiative has been a practical response to this deficit. It has brought together for a first time a range of business and consumer groups with an interest in e- commerce codes and guidelines to build the "e-confidence" of consumers. Initiated in May 2000, stakeholders such as BEUC, UNICE and GBDe members will meet today for the last time under the umbrella of the e-confidence initiative to draw conclusions on general principles as an agreed basis for good practice in e-commerce.
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Note sur la préparation du Conseil Agriculture EU Troika on the high-level consultations on Climate Change (21/04, New York) Discours de M. Bolkestein : "Tackling the counterfeiting and piracy scourge" (Stockholm) Discours de M. Nielson : "European Community development policy more than financial assistance alone" (Oslo, ! embargo 15h !) Discours de M. Liikanen : "E-marketplaces : new challenges for enterprise policy, competition and standardisation"


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