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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-06-22

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News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

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

Midday Express 22/06/2001

  • [01] Commission clears acquisition of True North by Interpublic in the marketing communications sector The European Commission has decided to approve the proposed acquisition of True North Communications Inc., US, by Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., US. Both companies are active in marketing communications. The market position of the parties does not raise any competition concerns.
  • [02] EU and Norway agree on recovery measures for cod in the North Sea Following negotiations in Brussels on 20 and 21 June, the European Union and Norway have agreed on new measures to help the recovery of the badly depleted cod stocks in the North Sea. These measures will include an increase in the mesh sizes of nets used in demersal fisheries (bottom- dwelling species) and the use of selective devices in fishing gears to prevent the capture of young fish. "I am delighted that we have been able to reach agreement with Norway. These measures will enhance the recovery of cod in the North Sea. I believe that this agreement strikes the right balance between the urgent need to protect cod and the need not to unduly hinder other valuable fisheries. This is the result of extensive negotiations with all the parties concerned, including the stakeholders", Mr Fischler, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries said. The Commission will, as soon as possible, propose a follow-up Regulation to implement these measures. This package of measures forms the second stage of a three-stage approach : emergency measures established last February, additional technical measures now and a full recovery plan for which the Commission intends to submit a proposal to the Council and the European Parliament at the end of the year.
  • [03] La Commission propose d'octroyer un financement permanent aux organisations de défense de l'environnement La Commission européenne a adopté aujourd'hui une proposition de décision relative à un nouveau programme d'action pour la promotion des organisations non gouvernementales de défense de l'environnement européennes (ONG). Ce programme vise à fournir un soutien financier permanent aux organisations de défense de l'environnement pour les cinq prochaines années. Il contient un certain nombre de caractéristiques nouvelles. En effet, son champ d'application géographique a été étendu, ce qui permettra aux ONG de défense de l'environnement des pays candidats et des pays des Balkans de bénéficier de ses dispositions; sa durée est passée de quatre à cinq ans et son budget, qui était de 10,6 millions d'euros, a été porté à 32 millions d'euros. Mme Margot Wallström, membre de la Commission chargée de l'environnement, a déclaré à ce propos : "Je suis très heureuse de pouvoir renforcer le soutien aux ONG, à l'intérieur comme à l'extérieur de l'UE. Les organisations de défense de l'environnement jouent un rôle capital dans la formulation, la mise en œuvre et l'évaluation de la politique. Je pense aussi que les ONG mènent une action essentielle, dans leurs domaines d'activités respectifs, lorsqu'il s'agit de faire participer les citoyens et d'assurer leur information, que ce soit sur le plan local, régional ou national."
  • [04] Statement by the European Commission on Foreign Sales Corporations WTO Panel The WTO is due to issue a confidential interim report on the Foreign Sales Corporations Panel today. This report is a confidential document circulated by the panel to the parties in order to allow them to make comments and suggestions before the panel issues its final ruling (due to be made public on 13 August). The European Commission will carefully study the report in order to send comments to the panel. It would be premature and inappropriate for the Commission to comment on the content and potential implications of the report at this stage.
  • [05] Anna Diamantopoulou meets the ambassadors of the ACP countries in the run-up to the World Conference against Racism in South Africa Anna Diamantopoulou, European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, yesterday met ambassadors of the ACP countries to discuss the forthcoming world conference against racism in Durban, South Africa. Mrs Diamantopoulou, who will lead the European Community delegation at the conference, scheduled for 31 August to 8 September, outlined her hopes for the event and said it would provide "a prime opportunity for governments to commit to concrete action against racial and ethnic inequality". She stressed that the EU condemns all forms of racism, xenophobia and related intolerance and said "racism is a violation of human rights, and a waste of human talent and potential". The Commissioner set out the positive measures taken at European level to combat racism and promote racial equality, including the antidiscrimination package adopted last year. She ended by expressing her concern about the divisions on questions such as colonialism, slavery and compensation which may threaten the outcome of the conference. She said : "An acknowledgement of historic injustices can build a bridge between the past and the future. We must then cross this bridge and move forward to concrete and constructive cooperation."
  • [06] Viviane Reding on "Television without frontiers" directive In a speech hold today at the RTL Group Management Conference in Venice, European Commissioner for Education and Culture Viviane Reding stressed that : "The significance of changes in the audiovisual market is such as to encourage us to rethink the concept of broadcasting. Even where content is simultaneously distributed, this in no way means that it will be simultaneously viewed. Perhaps the time has come to think in terms of users who have access to a vast range of electronic content, which can take a wide variety of forms, at a time - and very often at a place - of their own choosing. In such a scenario, some public interest objectives, such as pluralism, will increasingly be met by the market itself. Where they are not, self-regulation may play a greater role than hitherto. Above all, we must avoid over-regulation, which might hinder the development of the market and harm Europe's competitiveness. Europe's competitiveness depends in great part on the rapid move to the Information Society. We must ensure a flexible regulatory framework that encourages innovation and transition."
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Speech by Romano Prodi : "Europe is listening" at an official dinner hosted by Prime Minister Bertie Ahern (21/06, Dublin) Calendrier du 25 juin au 1er juillet


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