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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-06-18

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News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

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

Midday Express 18/06/2001

  • [01] Protection des données : la Commission approuve des clauses contractuelles types pour les transferts de données vers des pays tiers La Commission européenne a adopté une décision définissant des clauses contractuelles types qui assureront un niveau de protection adéquat des données à caractère personnel transférées de l'UE vers des pays tiers. La décision fait obligation aux Etats membres de reconnaître que les sociétés ou organismes utilisant de telles clauses types dans des contrats relatifs à des transferts de données à caractère personnel vers des pays tiers assurent un "niveau de protection adéquat" des données. En vertu de la directive de l'UE relative à la protection des données (95/46/CE), toutes les données à caractère personnel transférées vers des pays tiers doivent bénéficier d'un "niveau de protection adéquat". L'utilisation de ces clauses contractuelles types sera volontaire, mais offrira aux sociétés et aux organismes un moyen simple de respecter leur obligation d'assurer un "niveau de protection adéquat" aux données à caractère personnel transférées vers des pays tiers qui n'ont pas été reconnus par la Commission comme assurant à ces données un niveau de protection adéquat. A ce jour, seuls la Suisse, la Hongrie et le système américain de la "sphère de sécurité" ont été reconnus comme offrant une protection adéquate (voir IP/00/865).
  • [02] European Council in Göteborg : "A big step forward for sustainable development", says Margot Wallström (! embargo 1 pm !) European Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström today said in a speech at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels that the European Council in Göteborg was "a big step forward - putting the environmental dimension of sustainable development on the same footing as economic and social development, and by inserting it in the Lisabon process". The Commissioner also welcomed the the European determination to address climate change. She continued : "The environment remains at the top of citizens' concerns and is an area where the EU is expected by people to provide added value over action by Member States. This also means that it is an area where the EU can demonstrate that it merits the citizens' support. In that sense, Göteborg has also been a Summit that carries a message to the man in the street."
  • [03] Commission welcomes Candidate Countries' push to embrace e-economy At the launch of the eEurope Plus Action Plan on 16 June 2001 in Gothenburg, the European Commission warmly welcomed the undertaking of the Heads of Government of the EU Candidate Countries to embrace the challenges of the knowledge-based economy. The eEurope+ Action Plan aims to assist in accelerating reform and modernisation of the economies in the Candidate Countries through the use of Information Society technologies and tools. It is mirrored on the eEurope 2002 Action Plan of the EU-15 but with additions and changes of the objectives, actions and timetable to reflect the economic and social situation in the Candidate Countries.
  • [04] Franz Fischler on the future of the Fisheries Policy : "There are no miracle cures, no quick-fixes" Speaking at the Fisheries Council in Luxembourg today, Franz Fischler, European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries said : "The aim of the Green Paper is to engage all interested parties and in particular the stakeholders, in a wide-ranging debate which will help us find the right answers to a number of challenges facing the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), being aware of the fact that there are no miracle cures, no quick-fixes, for the current problems. I think that there is a broad consensus emerging by now that the CFP has not delivered biological, economic and social sustainability, despite some positive results that unfortunately have exacted a high price."
  • [05] May 2001 - Euro-zone annual inflation up to 3.4% ; EU15 up to 3.1% (! embargo 12 am !) Euro-zone annual inflation rose from 2.9% in April to 3.4% in May according to Eurostat data published today. A year earlier the rate was 1.9%. EU15 annual inflation rose from 2.6% in April to 3.1% in May. A year earlier the rate was 1.7%. In May, highest annual rates were in the Netherlands (5.4%), Portugal (4.9%) and Spain (4.2%) ; lowest rates were in the United Kingdom (1.7%), France (2.5%) and Denmark (2.8%). Annual inflation rose from 1.2% to 1.8% in Switzerland and from 3.3% to 3.6% in the USA. Core inflation, i.e. excluding energy, food, alcohol and tobacco, rose to 2.1% from 1.9% in April 2001. Energy is the component with the biggest upward impact on inflation followed by food (especially unprocessed food). The services sector and non-energy industrial goods have a significant down-ward impact with lower than average inflation sub-indices.
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Note sur la préparation du Conseil Agriculture Speech by Mario Monti : "Enforcement of competition policy case for the accession negotiations and for developing a real competition culture" at the 7th annual competition conference between Candidate Countries and the European Commission (Ljubljana) Speech by Chris Patten : "The EU and Morocco - close partners in regional leadership" (Rabat, ! embargo 9 pm !)


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