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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-06-26

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News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

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

Midday Express 26/06/2001

  • [01] Margot Wallström welcomes EU Council's approval of Candidate Countries participation in the European Environment Agency European Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström today welcomed the EU Council's approval of the thirteen bilateral agreements concluded with each one of the candidate countries for their participation in the European Environment Agency (EEA). She said : "This EEA is the first European body that opens to the Candidate Countries already before their accession. It will give us a better knowledge of the state of the environment in the whole of Europe and the Agency can also assist the Candidate Countries in implementing the EU environmental laws". The candidate countries will enter the EEA as they complete their own national ratification procedures during 2001. To date Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta and the Slovak Republic have ratified these Agreements. Community assistance is foreseen for to support the participation fees these countries will have to pay to the Agency during the first three years of their participation in it. Upon entry in the Union these countries will continue their participation in the Agency as full Member States and the EU budget will cover the costs for their participation in the EEA from that point on.
  • [02] Capital adequacy : Commission welcomes extended timetable for revision of Basel Capital Accord The European Commission has welcomed an announcement from the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision that, following responses to its proposals to revise the 1998 Capital Accord (announced January 2001 see IP/01/60), it will extend its timetable for revision and implementation of the new Accord to 2005, with an additional round of consultation in early 2002. The Commission has received a large number of responses to its own consultative paper on a new capital adequacy framework for banks and investment firms (see IP/01/160), also launched January 2001, which was designed to be considered in parallel with that of the Basel Committee. It is currently performing a thorough review of all comments received. The Commission remains committed to adopting a proposal for amending the EU framework shortly after the finalisation of the new Capital Accord by the Basel Committee (due during 2002) and believes that, in light of the Committee's extended timetable for consultation, 2005 represents a realistic date for implementation of the new Accord.
  • [03] Commission calls for talks with Liberia over human rights and corruption concerns The European Commission is calling for the opening of consultations with Liberia in the light of the worsening situation in the areas of human rights, democratic principles, the rule of law and corruption. A Communication adopted today will be submitted for decision to EU Member States in the Council of Ministers. The Commission is seeking an in-depth dialogue with the Liberian authorities to discuss measures that need to be taken to remedy the situation. The Commission's proposal is based on articles 96 and 97 of the Cotonou Agreement. This is the first time that the Commission has proposed using article 97, an innovation of the Cotonou Agreement, as the basis for opening consultations. Article 97 is invoked in serious cases of corruption.
  • [04] La Commission mobilise 7 millions d'euros d'aide humanitaire pour l'Erythrée La Commission européenne a adopté un plan d'intervention pour 2001 d'un montant de 7 millions d'euros en faveur de l'Erythrée. Cette décision permettra d'assurer la continuité de l'aide humanitaire aux victimes de la guerre et de la sécheresse. Gérée par l'Office d'aide humanitaire (ECHO), cette décision intervient principalement dans les domaines de la santé et de la fourniture d'eau potable et des abris.
  • [05] EU gives euro 1.15 million in humanitarian aid following the earthquake in Peru The European Commission, through its Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), has moved quickly in response to the earthquake which struck southern Peru on 23 June. In the first instance, a decision to allocate humanitarian aid worth euro 1.15 million was taken on Monday 25 June under the "primary emergency aid" procedure to help meet the urgent needs of the victims. The funds will be used to provide essential relief items, food aid, temporary shelter, medical support, water and sanitation. This may be followed up by further decisions, depending on the scale of needs identified and once a more full assessment has been undertaken.
  • [06] Anna Diamantopoulou meets Edmund Stoiber and Roland Koch Anna Diamantopoulou, European Commissioner in charge of Employment and Social Affairs, will reassure Bavarian Prime Minister Edmund Stoiber and Hesse premier Roland Koch today in Germany that regions and local authorities have a key role to play in the success of EU coordination strategies for employment, combating poverty and social exclusion and in the structural funds. Responding to fears, most recently expressed in a Bundesrat (upper house of the regions) resolution of 1 June, that EU processes such as coordination on fighting poverty, overlap with powers of the German Länder, Mrs Diamantopoulou will make clear in Wiesbaden and Munich that the EU is responsible for helping Member States to identify common aims and best practice. However, she will add, the strategies stand or fall by the work of the Länder and local authorities in choosing how to meet common objectives. She will point forward to the White Paper on governance (how best to ensure participation of all interested parties in decision-making) to be tabled shortly by the Commission. On enlargement and free movement of workers, Anna Diamantopoulou will call for careful analysis of the situation in individual EU border regions prior to adoption of a Commission policy paper on helping frontier zones announced in its enlargement strategy paper of 8 November 2000.
  • [07] Le programme "Euro-Facile" aux régions ultra-périphériques Des politiciens des régions ultra-périphériques de l'Union européenne (RUP) se rencontrent à Bruxelles le 27 juin pour discuter les résultats des premiers projets du programme "Euro-Facile" de la Commission européenne. Les journalistes sont invités à participer à la conférence. L'UE compte sept RUP : Açores, Iles Canaries, Guadeloupe, Guyane, Madère, Martinique, Réunion. Les populations défavorisées des RUP, à l'instar de celles des régions continentales, connaîtront lors du passage à l'euro des difficultés aggravées par les handicaps structurels de ces régions. Mais, plus que les régions métropolitaines, les RUP sont confrontées à de faibles niveaux de revenus et des taux de chômage près de trois fois plus élevés que la moyenne européenne, touchant en grande majorité les jeunes, des taux d'analphabétisme importants, une population vieillissante et peu familiarisée aux manipulations bancaires informatisées. Le programme de la conférence est disponible aux bureaux Brey 6/94 et 6/236.
  • [08] La Commission tient une conférence sur une Europe élargie pour les chercheurs "Mobilité, Excellence, Elargissement" sont les trois mots clés de l'importante conférence organisée par la Commission européenne les 27 et 28 juin au bâtiment Charlemagne à Bruxelles. La conférence est une initiative conjointe de Romano Prodi, Président de la Commission, et de Philippe Busquin, Commissaire à la Recherche. Trois autres Commissaires participeront aux discussions, à savoir Anna Diamantopoulou (Emploi et Affaires sociales), António Vitorino (Justice et Affaires intérieures) et Viviane Reding (Education et Culture). L'objectif est de proposer une discussion large et ouverte sur les défis rencontrés par les chercheurs dans une Europe élargie, en particulier les moyens pour lever les obstacles à leur mobilité et promouvoir un développement dynamique et équilibré de l'excellence scientifique.
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Note sur la préparation du Conseil Télécommunications Note sur la préparation du Conseil Transports


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