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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-06-11

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News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

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

Midday Express 11/06/2001

  • [01] EU can affordably reach Kyoto target according to new report A new report from the European Climate Change Programme indicates that the European Union's 8% greenhouse gas reduction target under the Kyoto Protocol can be achieved with cost-effective measures to reduce emissions. After analysis of more than 40 measures the Programme concludes that the potential of cost-effective options is twice the size of the EU's required emission reduction. At the presentation of the report European Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström said : "The Programme has shown that the EU can meet its Kyoto target without imposing unreasonable costs on the European economy. It is now a matter of political will to move forward and prepare and implement the necessary initiatives."
  • [02] Accounting : Commission issues Recommendation on environmental issues in companies' annual accounts and reports The European Commission has adopted a Recommendation on recognition, measurement and disclosure of environmental issues in the annual accounts and annual reports of EU companies. The Recommendation clarifies existing EU accounting rules and provides guidance to improve the quality, transparency and comparability of environmental data available in companies' annual accounts and annual reports. The current lack of a common set of rules and definitions means that environmental information disclosed by companies is often inadequate and unreliable. This makes it difficult for investors and other users of financial statements to form a clear and accurate picture of the impact of environmental factors on a company's performance or to make comparisons between companies.
  • [03] Third "European Competition Day" takes place in Stockholm European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti together with the Swedish Minister for Industry, Employment and Communications, Ms Ulrica Messing, opened today the third "European Competition Day" in Stockholm, which is co- organised by the Commission and the Swedish Presidency of the European Union. The theme of the event is "Choose to Win" a reference to the wider choice, better prices and service levels that competition policy aims to ensure for the benefit of consumers. The purpose of the 'Competition Day' is precisely to inform European citizens about concrete actions taken by the competition authorities and the benefits they derive from them.
  • [04] Première réunion du groupe consultatif Entreprise de la Commission La Chambre professionnelle, volet "professionnel" fort de 35 membres du groupe politique d'entreprise (GPE), s'est réunie pour la première fois à Bruxelles aujourd'hui. Le GPE (dont l'autre volet se compose des directeurs généraux des Etats membres pour l'industrie et les petites entreprises) conseille la Commission sur les options politiques à prendre pour réaliser l'objectif "Entreprise Europe", fixé lors du Conseil européen de Lisbonne de mars 2000, consistant à devenir l'économie de la connaissance la plus dynamique du monde, capable d'une croissance économique durable accompagnée d'une amélioration quantitative et qualitative de l'emploi et d'une plus grande cohésion sociale.
  • [05] La Commission va financer des projets supplémentaires dans le cadre de l'Année européenne des langues La Commission financera 142 projets supplémentaires dans le cadre de l'Année européenne des langues 2001. Le financement annoncé aujourd'hui s'élève à 4,2 millions d'euros et vient s'ajouter aux 1,75 million d'euros déjà attribués à 43 projets au mois de janvier dernier (voir IP/01/5). Au total, plus de 1300 candidatures ont été reçues.
  • [06] Commission adopts euro 13 million humanitarian aid plan for Afghanistan The European Commission has agreed a euro 13 million aid package to help meet continuing humanitarian needs in Afghanistan. The funds will be channelled by the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) through partner organisations working in the field. This will enable ECHO to provide assistance to the victims of conflict and drought throughout 2001.
  • [07] EU to work with China to resolve outstanding obstacles to WTO accession Further to news on 9 July of the successful conclusion of bilateral talks between China and the US on China's accession to the WTO, European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said : "We will move swiftly to renew talks with the Chinese side to resolve our remaining differences in order to pave the way for China's accession". To this end, Mr Lamy and Chinese Trade Minister Shi Guangsheng spoke together on Friday 8 June, thereby establishing the necessary contacts in order to reach an agreement in view of the forthcoming WTO working party meeting scheduled for 28 June 2001.
  • [08] Fisheries Agreement with Cape Verde : Commission welcomes increased fishing opportunities for EU vessels The European Commission and Cape Verde have initialled a Protocol to the Fisheries Agreement for a period of three years from 1 July 2001 to 30 June 2004. "I am delighted that we have initialled a mutually beneficial Protocol with the authorities of Cape Verde. Under this Protocol, there are increased fishing possibilities for the EU tuna and deep-water fleet, a substantial increase in the EU and ship owners' financial contribution to Cape Verde and the inclusion of targeted and technical measures that will contribute to sustainable fisheries in the waters of Cape Verde", said European Commissioner Franz Fischler, responsible for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries.
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Note sur les résultats du Conseil Environnement Discours de M. Nielson : "Everybody go surfing ?: The European Commission on the role of IT in developing countries" à l'Assemblée générale annuelle Euforic (Bonn) Speech by Philippe Busquin at the Conference on Ethics and Biomedical Research - The process of balancing benefits and risks (Umeå, Sweden)
  • [10] Commission's website for the Gothenburg European Council The European Commission's website for Gothenburg will be launched after today's President Romano Prodi's press conference in Luxembourg. The address :


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