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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-10-11

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News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

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

Midday Express 11/10/2001

  • [01] Euro 400 million from the EU Budget for foot-and-mouth disease in 2001 Four EU countries will receive advance payments worth euro 400 million from the EU Budget for veterinary measures taken in relation with foot-and-mouth disease in 2001. These payments are broken down as follows : euro 355 million for the United Kingdom, euro 39 million for the Netherlands, euro 3.3 million for France and euro 2.7 million for Ireland. The disbursements are equal to 60% of the eligible costs incurred by the Member States in compensating owners for the slaughter and destruction of animals, the destruction of milk, the cleaning and disinfecting of holdings, the destruction of contaminated feeding stuffs (Cf. 90/424/EEC: Council Decision of 26 June 1990 on expenditure in the veterinary field). These euro 400 million have been available through redeployment of funds within agricultural expenditures thanks to lower spending in some areas arable crops (euro 50 million), dairy products (euro 250 million) and sheep meat (euro 100 million). The budgetary authority (Council and European Parliament) has approved the transfer proposed by Budget Commissioner Michaele Schreyer. "By careful managing of the budget, the Commission can make advance payments this year and, therefore, lessen the burden on the 2002 Budget", said Mrs Schreyer.
  • [02] FMD : some regions in Great Britain can restart export of pigmeat The Standing Veterinary Committee (SVC) yesterday endorsed a European Commission proposal allowing the United Kingdom for the first time after the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) to export, under strict conditions, pigmeat from certain areas in Great Britain. The areas concerned are the islands in the north of the UK, most of Scotland and counties in the east and west of Great Britain. The restrictive measures in Northern Ireland had already been lifted on 7 June 2001. The proposal still has to be adopted by the Commission in the coming days and will enter into force on 22 October.
  • [03] Arrêts importants de la Cour de justice sur les droits des apatrides et des réfugiés en matière de sécurité sociale La Cour de justice s'est prononcée le 11 octobre 2001 dans le cadre de plusieurs litiges concernant le droit à l'égalité de traitement en matière de sécurité sociale des apatrides et réfugiés qui résident dans un Etat membre. La Cour a confirmé la validité de l'inclusion de ces deux catégories de non-ressortissants communautaires dans le règlement (CEE) n° 1408/71 coordonnant les régimes de sécurité sociale des Etats membres. Toutefois, la Cour considère la disposition d'égalité de traitement de ce règlement comme n'étant pas applicable aux personnes ayant immigré dans un Etat membre directement au départ d'un Etat tiers, sans s'être déplacées à l'intérieur de l'Union, en l'absence de tout autre élément communautaire transfrontalier.
  • [04] Second quarter of 2001 : euro-zone and EU15 GDP up by 0.1% ; +1.7% and +1.8% respectively compared to the 2nd quarter of 2000 (! embargo 12 am !) Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 0.1% both in the euro-zone and in the EU15 during the second quarter of 2001, according to revised estimates out today from Eurostat. Economic growth had reached 0.5% for both zones during the previous quarter. In comparison with the second quarter of 2000, the euro-zone and the EU15 GDP grew by 1.7% and 1.8%, respectively, after an increase of 2.4% and 2.5% in the previous quarter.
  • [05] Commission welcomes agreement on Zanzibar and announces new NGO assistance Mr Poul Nielson, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian aid, today welcomed the signature in Zanzibar of the agreement between the CCM (Chama Cha Mapinduzi) ruling party and the CUF (Civic United Front) opposition party. The agreement marks the end of several months of talks between the two parties on Zanzibar, which is part of the United Republic of Tanzania. Speaking in Brussels, Mr Nielson said : "I welcome this important agreement. I also congratulate the leaderships of both the CCM and the CUF parties. Tanzania has once again shown its ability for peaceful resolution of conflict. I encourage both sides to engage fully in the implementation of this agreement."
  • [06] Poul Nielson to visit the Caribbean region from 14 to 19 October Mr Poul Nielson, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian aid, will pay an official visit to the Caribbean region from 14 to 19 October. His trip will take him to Suriname, Guyana and St Lucia. This is the first visit to the region by Commissioner Nielson and is designed to promote the objectives of EU development assistance. Mr Nielson will use the trip to see first hand the need and impact of EU aid in the region. He will underline that the main aim of the EC development cooperation policy to foster sustainable development designed to eradicate poverty and to help developing countries integrate into the world economy. Mr Nielson will have discussions with political leaders and visit a series of EU funded projects. In St Lucia, Mr Nielson will address the annual EC/Cariforum meeting.
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Discours de M. Prodi : "L'Europe un mois après le 11 septembre: défis et réponses" à la Confédération européenne des Syndicats Speech by Mario Monti : "Competition and consumer: the case of pharmaceutical products" at the European Competition Day (Antwerp, ! embargo 2.30 pm !)


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