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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-10-12

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News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

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

Midday Express 12/10/2001

  • [01] Court of Auditors' report on the management of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) The European Court of Auditors published yesterday a report on the management of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). The European Commission's response is published in an annex to the report. The report covers the period 1997-1999 and follows the Court's opinion No 1/97 on the same subject. The Court recognises that notable improvements have been accomplished in recent years. According to the Court, unclear arrangements for the implementation of CFSP complicate day-to-day management. The Court recommends therefore to adopt clear operational principles with the regard to the Commission's role in the implementation of the CFSP. External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten welcomed the overall positive opinion and declared that : "The Court's recommendations encourage the Commission to pursue its reform of the management of external programmes. We will shortly issue a communication on how to streamline the financing of CFSP in order to make it more operational and effective, particularly in crisis situations."
  • [02] Court of Auditors' report on Tacis Cross Border Cooperation Programme The European Court of Auditors has adopted a report on the Tacis Cross Border Cooperation Programme. The Court recognises the political importance of the programme as it deals with those regions that are due to become the new eastern border of the European Union. The Court points at some shortcomings in the programme's coordination with other instruments, i.e. Interreg.
  • [03] La Commission met l'accent sur l'environnement et les normes à l'occasion de la journée mondiale de la normalisation Les membres de l'organisation internationale de la mondialisation célébreront le 14 octobre la Journée mondiale de la normalisation, dont le thème sera cette année "l'environnement et les normes: une association plus étroite". La recherche de l'amélioration de l'environnement par l'intermédiaire des normes est également une priorité majeure pour l'Union européenne. Cette journée est un moyen de rendre hommage aux efforts de coopération des experts du monde entier qui élaborent des spécifications techniques pour la production de biens et services et la gestion des processus. La Commission souhaite assumer un rôle de chef de file dans ce domaine important.
  • [04] Trafficking in persons : Anna Diamantopoulou and Joschka Fischer speak out in Berlin Anna Diamantopoulou, European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, will speak at the conference 'Europe against trafficking in persons' to be held in at the Auswärtiges Amt in Berlin from next Monday 15 October. Amongst the other speakers will be German minister for Foreign Affairs Joschka Fischer and German minister for Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Christine Bergmann. The conference, organised by the German ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the OSCE, will focus on the countries of destination western Europe and will discuss in particular victim protection, east-west cooperation and migration policies within the EU.
  • [05] Philippe Busquin speaks at conference on new satellite capacity for global monitoring of the environment and security (GMES) At a Belgian presidency conference next Monday, 15th October, European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin will present the Commission's initiative for building a new satellite-based capacity to monitor the environment and gather security-relevant information. The aim of the conference is to present the GMES concept and to discuss an action plan proposed jointly by the Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA). The conference's conclusions will feed into the EU Research (30 October) and Environment Councils (29 October) as well as to the ESA Council (14+15 November). GMES is an initiative to federate earth observation satellite systems and capacities in order to deliver new and/or better information services in support of policies such environment, agriculture, civil protection, humanitarian relief or external relations. The Commission launched the initiative in 1998 jointly with European and national Space Agencies. Recently, other nations such as Russia have expressed an interest in participating. A press conference will take place on 15th October at 18h30, Palais des Congrès, 3, Coudenberg, Brussels.
  • [06] Discussion en ligne avec Pascal Lamy : créer des opportunités pour tous grâce à un nouveau cycle de négociations commerciales Un débat en ligne aura lieu avec Pascal Lamy, Commissaire européen chargé du commerce, le mardi 16 octobre, de 18 heures à 20 heures (heure d'Europe centrale) sur les perspectives d'un nouveau cycle de négociations commerciales.
  • [07] Dopage, spécificité du sport, économie sociale et sport handicapé au programme du 10ème forum européen du sport (17-18/10) A l'invitation de Viviane Reding, Commissaire européenne à l'Education, à la Culture et aux Sports, des responsables des principales organisations sportives en Europe et des représentants des Etats membres de l'Union européenne et des pays candidats se réuniront les 17 et 18 octobre prochains à Bruxelles pour le 10ème forum européen du sport. Le forum sera ouvert par Viviane Reding, Bert Anciaux, ministre de la Culture, de la Jeunesse et des Sports de la Communauté flamande de Belgique et par Jacques Rogge, président du Comité international olympique.
  • [08] Commission services publish study on reform of tax and benefit systems in the Union A research paper published today by the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission concludes that while Member States have started to ease the tax burden on labour, progress on reforms has been unequal between tax and benefit systems : the emphasis has clearly been on the tax side while benefit reforms have mostly been relatively minor, and without adequate attention to the interaction between tax and benefit schemes. In view of the goal of full employment, to which the Union and the Member States are committed, it has become more urgent to speed up reforms of tax and benefit systems in order to increase labour supply and reduce structural unemployment. Further reforms aimed at making work pay should take a more comprehensive approach, including a review of the interaction between tax and benefit systems and their joint incentives to work. In general, further efforts are needed to reduce the overall generosity of benefit schemes, including eligibility rules, and to strengthen their interaction with active labour market policies in order to enhance the efficiency of active policies. This strategy could help to move people from benefit dependency to work, while preserving an adequate level of social protection for those in need. The full paper can be found on the DG ECFIN web-site :
  • [09] Mergers approved under the simplified procedure - 3i Group (FI) / Eqvitec Teknologia Rahasto I (FI) / Vahinkovakuutusosakeyhtiö Pohjola (FI) / Kestkinäinen Henkivakuutusyhtiö Suomi (FI) / Ion Blast Oy (FI) - 3i Group (FI)/OKO Bank Group (FI)/Uniglass Engineering Oy (FI)
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Note sur la préparation du Conseil Télécommunications Note sur la préparation du Conseil Ecofin Labelling of compound feedingstuffs agreed in conciliation: clear percentages on label Calendrier du 14 au 20 octobre


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