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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-09-11

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News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

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

Midday Express 11/09/2001

  • [01] "Écologisation" de la Commission européenne : décision sur la mise en œuvre du système de management environnemental et d'audit (EMAS) La Commission européenne a décidé aujourd'hui de prendre de nouvelles mesures pour "écologiser" l'institution en adoptant une décision en vue de mettre en œuvre le système communautaire de management environnemental et d'audit (EMAS). Ce système donnera à la Commission un aperçu exact de son impact environnemental, améliorera ses performances environnementales et procurera des avantages tant organisationnels que financiers. Mme Margot Wallström, commissaire chargé de l'environnement, a fait la déclaration suivante : "La Commission européenne va montrer l'exemple. Avec l'EMAS, nous voulons constituer un exemple pour les autres pouvoirs publics et les agents économiques. Notre objectif final est d'en arriver à un enregistrement EMAS pour la Commission européenne". M. Neil Kinnock, vice- président de la Commission, a déclaré : "La Commission a manifesté sa prise de conscience du besoin d'action concrète lorsqu'elle a lancé son programme en vue d'une gestion respectueuse de l'environnement en 1997. L'application de l'EMAS va renforcer notre engagement d'assurer une administration respectueuse de l'environnement."
  • [02] Frits Bolkestein discusses takeovers with Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee European Internal Market Commissioner Frits Bolkestein briefed the European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee in Brussels on 10th September concerning the Commission's plans to introduce a new proposal for a Directive on takeover bids. He emphasised that everyone agreed a Directive was needed as soon as possible and that he had told Finance Ministers earlier in July that he intended to put forward a revised proposal early next year. As a first step, a Group of High Level Experts was recently set up to advise on issues of concern (see IP/01/1237) and their report is expected by the end of 2001.
  • [03] Classical swine fever in Spain : further reduction of the restricted areas The Standing Veterinary Committee (SVC) today voted in favour of a European Commission proposal to reduce the area in Spain from which the export of live pigs and porcine semen, ova and embryos are banned in response to outbreaks of classical swine fever (CSF). The restrictions in the provinces of Valencia, Cuenca and Teruel, the second area where outbreaks of CSF were confirmed, have been lifted. However, during the next thirty days, Spain will send only live pigs from these areas to other Member States if they come from holdings which have been subject to a serological monitoring for CSF with a negative result. The existing restrictions in parts of the province of Lerida (The comarcas of Pla d'Urgell, Urgell, Noguera, Segrià, Garrigues and Sagarra) remain in place. The proposal will now be formally adopted by the Commission in the next few days and is applicable until 15 October.
  • [04] BSE - Scientific Steering Committee publishes new opinions The Scientific Steering Committee which advises the European Commission on multidisciplinary scientific matters has today published opinions related to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). The scientists adopted an opinion on the safety of cattle materials used in medical devices and medicinal products originating from countries where it is highly unlikely that BSE is present (classified as Geographical BSE Risk level I). They consider that cattle materials sourced from these countries are safe for the manufacture of medical devices and products provided the basic precautions such as ante- and post mortem inspection of animals at slaughter and proper animal identification and tracing rules are respected. The Committee is also publishing a preliminary opinion open for public consultation and comment on the risk presented by certain stunning methods used to slaughter cattle. Subject to confirmation of the very few available data, these methods may under certain conditions pose a risk of dissemination of brain particles into the blood, lungs and heart of the slaughtered animal. Comments are to be sent in before 26 October 2001. The opinion is expected to be adopted by the SSC at its meeting of December 2001. The full text of the opinions is available at:
  • [05] Franz Fischler souligne en Grèce la nécessité d'une plus grande détermination et d'un renforcement de la coopération pour sauver la pêche méditerranéenne Dans le cadre de rencontres avec des représentants des pêcheurs grecs, le commissaire européen, Franz Fischler, responsable de l'agriculture, du développement rural et de la pêche, a appelé à une approche plus déterminée dans la gestion de la pêche méditerranéenne. Il a souligné la volonté de la Commission de promouvoir et de renforcer la coopération internationale en Méditerranée en vue d'une activité de pêche durable dans la région. Les pêcheurs ont selon lui également un rôle important à jouer pour atteindre cet objectif. "La pêche joue en Grèce un rôle socio-économique de premier plan. Afin d'assurer son avenir, toutes les parties concernées doivent faire preuve d'une plus grande détermination, nous devons disposer de données scientifiques plus précises, le contrôle des activités de pêche doit être renforcé, ainsi que le respect de la réglementation, et la coopération entre toutes les parties intéressées doit être améliorée. Les efforts de ceux qui appliquent des mesures de conservation ne doivent pas être compromis par ceux qui ne le font pas. Nous avons l'intention d'aborder toutes ces questions, y compris celles du rôle accru du secteur de la pêche grecque dans les propositions de réexamen de la politique commune de la pêche qui seront présentées par la Commission d'ici la fin de l'année", a indiqué le Commissaire Fischler.
  • [06] Commission sends an extra euro 1 million in emergency aid for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia The European Commission has earmarked an additional euro 1 million in emergency aid to help people who have been displaced as a result of the conflict in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). This new decision will benefit 45,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 6,000 families hosting them. The aid will be channelled through the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) which comes under the responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson.
  • [07] Commission allocates euro 350,000 for victims of flooding in Serbia The European Commission has announced euro 350,000 in emergency aid to help flood victims in the Sabac region of Central-Western Serbia. A number of rivers burst their banks following heavy rains, resulting in widespread damage to homes and water supply systems, as well significant crop losses. Channelled through the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) which comes under the responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson, the funds will be used to rehabilitate houses damaged in the flooding which are occupied by the most vulnerable families, and to repair a number of water supply networks. The affected region has a resident population of some 270,000 and also plays host to 30,000 refugees and Internally Displaced Persons ECHO's implementing partner for this operation is the Italian NGO Movimondo/MOLISV. On 6 August, the Commission allocated euro 750,000 in humanitarian assistance to neighbouring Bosnia & Herzegovina, also seriously affected by the floods. So far this year, euro 45.3 million has been earmarked to meet the continuing humanitarian needs in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia following recent conflicts.
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Speech by Mario Monti : "Defining the boundaries of competition policy in high tech sectors" (Barcelona) Discours de Mme Reding : "L'espace éducatif européen" à l'Ecole supérieure de Commerce de Paris Ecole européenne des Affaires (ESCP/EAP) Opening statement by Pascal Lamy at third ASEM Ministerial (Hanoi)


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