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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-09-13

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News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

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

Midday Express 12/09/2001

[I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] Statement by President Prodi on the attacks against the United States "Please observe a minute's thoughtful silence in memory of the victims of this dreadful and tragic event… This morning the Commission held an extraordinary meeting. We observed a minute's silence and then discussed various political aspects for which the Commission has particular responsibility. This afternoon I shall go to the European Parliament and the General Affairs Council (Foreign Ministers). The Commission stressed, and I shall reaffirm, the need to send the strongest possible signal of European solidarity with the American people and I will call for a common European approach to all aspects of this tragedy. The Commission expressed its horror at these acts of barbaric crime, its compassion for the victims and their families and its solidarity with the American people. We share their grief, mourn with them and commit ourselves to working together with President Bush and the US Government to build a safe, democratic world for all our peoples. We have acted to protect our own staff and interests in Europe and in our overseas delegations. We stand ready to offer any practical assistance we can. I conveyed this message to the US Ambassador yesterday evening. Our economy and social structures are strong and resilient and we remain calm and confident. Our co-operation with the USA in the fight against terrorism is more necessary than ever and must be pursued with renewed vigour. This barbaric attack was directed against the free world and our common values. It is a watershed event and life will never be quite the same again. European Institutions and Governments will work closely together with our American friends and partners in the defence of freedom. We shall not allow terrorism to triumph. We shall not allow terrorism to divide the world, as its perpetrators intend it to. We shall deny them this victory. In the darkest hours of European history, the Americans stood by us. We stand by them now."
  • [02] Commission warns Member States to maintain pressure of EU labour market reforms The European Commission has agreed an employment package to advance reform of EU labour markets. The three-part annual package - a report on Member States' employment performance, a set of recommendations addressed to each individual member state and policy guidelines for the future - gives credit to Member State governments for positive results so far in creating new jobs and switching to job-friendly policies. The year 2000 has been the most successful since the launch of the European employment strategy. But the Commission also calls on governments, business and trade unions to persevere with reform of labour markets regardless of any cooling of the world business climate. The package now goes to the EU's Council of Ministers for decision before the end of the year.
  • [03] Une politique des transports au service des citoyens européens Recentrer la politique européenne des transports sur les demandes et besoins des citoyens, telle est l'ambition de la Commission européenne pour les dix prochaines années. En adoptant aujourd'hui le Livre Blanc "La politique européenne des transports à l'horizon 2010 : l'heure des choix", la Commission met pour la première fois les besoins des usagers au coeur de sa stratégie et propose près de soixante mesures pour réussir ce pari. La première de ces mesures visera à effectuer un rééquilibrage modal à l'horizon 2010, grâce à une politique active de revitalisation du rail, promotion des transports maritime et fluvial, et de développement de l'intermodalité. En effet, la Commission entend assurer à tous les citoyens un développement des transports européens qui garantisse simultanément l'efficacité, la qualité et la sécurité. Ce document de réflexion et de propositions constitue également la première contribution concrète à la stratégie de développement durable arrêtée par le Conseil européen de Göteborg en juin dernier. "L'UE doit répondre aux attentes des Européens et concilier des exigences parfois contradictoires pour contribuer au développement économique tout en renforçant notre qualité de vie", a insisté Loyola de Palacio, vice-présidente en charge des Transports et de l'Energie. "Les citoyens européens méritent un système de transports performant, qui garantisse la qualité et la sécurité : le Livre Blanc en pose les fondements, grâce à une utilisation plus imaginative et rationnelle des différents moyens de transport et des infrastructures", a-t- elle ajouté.
  • [04] Asile : la Commission propose une définition commune du réfugié et des normes communes concernant les droits des réfugiés La Commission européenne a approuvé une proposition visant à établir une définition commune du réfugié et des droits dont doivent bénéficier les réfugiés. Cette proposition, qui vient cinquante ans après la convention de Genève, devrait engendrer une harmonisation bien nécessaire dans ce domaine et mettre ainsi fin à ce que l'on appelle le "shopping" en matière d'asile. Avec les autres propositions de la Commission portant sur la question de l'asile, la proposition approuvée ce jour devrait garantir un niveau de protection minimal dans tous les Etats membres pour les personnes ayant réellement besoin de se placer sous une protection internationale, tout en empêchant les demandes d'asile abusives qui minent la crédibilité du système. Par la présentation de cette proposition, la Commission remplit les engagements qu'elle avait contractés au sommet de Tampere, en vue de la mise en place d'un régime d'asile commun en Europe. Compte tenu de la clause de sortie (opt-out) les concernant, cette proposition ne s'applique pas au Danemark et ne s'appliquera au Royaume-Uni et à l'Irlande que si ces deux Etats membres décident de participer au régime commun.
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [05] Commission clears acquisition of Thyssen Schienen Technik GmbH by Voest-Alpine Stahl The European Commission has authorised the acquisition of German rail producer Thyssen Schienen Technik GmbH by Voest-Alpine Stahl AG, an Austrian steel manufacturer. This operation will make Voest-Alpine Stahl the largest producer of rails in the European Union, but it will face competition from other significant producers such as Corus and Lucchini and well as from non-EU companies.
  • [06] Pascal Lamy hails 'spirit of Hanoi' as EU and Asia agree on need to launch New Round of WTO trade negotiations in Doha European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy underlined the 'spirit of Hanoi' as instrumental in ensuring a successful meeting between EU and Asian economic and trade ministers (ASEM meeting) in Hanoi yesterday. At a press conference following the meeting, Mr Lamy praised participants for the "frankness and openness of discussions, the dose of common sense and flexibility" and the constructive attitude they had brought to the informal talks that he likened to those held in Mexico on September 1. "People have shown a willingness to understand each other, to step away from entrenched positions in reaching a consensus on the priority we all give to launching a WTO Round at Doha".
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Speech by Erkki Liikanen : "The European Union position as to the role of private equity in the EU innovation and entrepreneurship policy" at the EVCA policy meeting (11/09)


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