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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-11-07

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>

MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

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

Midday Express 07/11/2001

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

  • [01] Fraud : prevention is better than cure The European Commission has adopted concrete measures proposed by Budget Commissioner Michaele Schreyer, which are designed to prevent fraud. These measures are part of a mid-term (2000 2001) strategy for fighting fraud presented last spring (cf. IP/01/693 of 16 May 2001), as well as part of the internal reform process of the Commission. The current arrangements provide for systematic consultation of the financial controller on every draft legislation in the agricultural sector, as well as specific anti- fraud section in the financial statement accompanying every legislative proposal. These arrangements are, however, considered insufficient. The concrete measures adopted today provide for the early identification of risk sectors according to criteria defined by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). A fraud-proofing unit will be established at OLAF and will have the task of analyzing cases of fraud and irregularities, in particular from the point of view of the weaknesses and loopholes identified in legislation from a prevention angle. OLAF will be involved as early as possible in the preparation of drafts that are selected as presenting a high risk of fraud. As regards to contracts, the adopted measures are designed for the adoption of standard contracts for the Commission and introduction of a central database of contracts and contractors.
  • [02] BSE : Commission authorises aid measures for farmers in Belgium The European Commission authorises Belgium to pay out the second tranche of direct aid to beef farmers for approximately euro 29,7 million (BEF 1,200 million). An equivalent amount had already been authorised by the Commission last July (see IP/01/1087). The aid is targeted to beef farmers who have been particularly affected by the consequences of BSE because of the dependence of their income on beef meat production. Normally, such income aid may not be paid by Member States. However, the Commission recognises that the current crisis in the beef market is exceptional, and therefore justifies such aid.
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [03] António Vitorino déplore l'attentat au Pays Basque Le Commissaire européen à la Justice et aux Affaires intérieures, António Vitorino, en son nom personnel et au nom de la Commission, condamne vivement l'attentat perpétré ce matin au Pays Basque et exprime ses condoléances à la famille du magistrat José Maria Lidon. M. Vitorino réitère sa solidarité envers le peuple et le gouvernement espagnols.
  • [04] La Commission renforce la dimension locale de la stratégie européenne pour l'emploi Sur proposition d'Anna Diamantopoulou, Commissaire européenne chargée de l'Emploi et des Affaires sociales, la Commission a adopté aujourd'hui une initiative visant à renforcer la dimension locale de la stratégie européenne pour l'emploi. Ce document d'orientation propose diverses manières de développer l'emploi au niveau local et présente des mesures permettant de tirer parti de l'expérience acquise et de promouvoir le transfert de bonnes pratiques au niveau européen.
  • [05] FMD : UK can now restart exports of sheep and goat meat The Standing Veterinary Committee yesterday endorsed a European Commission proposal allowing the United Kingdom for the first time since the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) to export, under strict conditions, fresh sheep and goat meat from certain areas in Great Britain. These areas are the Scottish Islands, most of Scotland, some counties in the east of Great Britain and two counties in Wales. The export of farmed and wild game meat from certain areas will also be allowed. The proposal will be formally adopted by the Commission in the coming days and will enter into force as soon as adopted by the Commission.
  • [06] David Byrne to discuss responses to potential threat of bioterrorism at G7+ meeting in Ottawa European Commissioner David Byrne, responsible for Health and Consumer Protection, is in Ottawa today attending a meeting of the G7 countries (USA, Canada, Japan, Germany, the UK, France, Italy) plus Mexico on ways to improve health security. The G7+ meeting focuses on topics such as improving public health readiness and prevention, responding more effectively to public health security crises and strategies for increased collaboration. The G7+ meeting takes place in the margins of an OECD health conference on improving health systems performance measurement and reporting.
  • [07] Philippe Busquin présente les avancées du plan d'action 'Femmes et Sciences' Demain, le 8 novembre au matin le Commissaire européen à la Recherche Philippe Busquin ouvrira une conférence de deux jours intitulée 'Genre et Recherche' visant à faire le point sur les résultats des travaux entrepris en vue d'augmenter le nombre des femmes dans la science. Ces travaux qui ont débuté en 1999 visent essentiellement à proposer une série d'indicateurs statistiques mesurant la participation des femmes au développement des sciences en Europe ainsi qu'un panorama européen des politiques nationales en faveur de la promotion des femmes dans les sciences. Ils permettront d'assurer à l'avenir une meilleure harmonisation des politiques nationales en la matière. En outre, seront discutées les mesures à prendre dans le contexte de l'Espace Européen de Recherche et dans la perspective du prochain programme-cadre 2002-2006. Le but de cet exercice étant surtout d'augmenter le nombre d'experts scientifiques féminins qui jugent les propositions pourront bénéficier d'un financement communautaire. Un déjeuner de presse se tiendra le même jour à 13h00 au batiment Charlemagne en présence de M. Busquin, de Françoise Dupuis - ministre belge de l'enseignement supérieur-, des ministres ou représentants ministériels compétents espagnol, danois, luxembourgeois, français, tchèque, autrichien, britannique, grec et suédois, de hauts représentants du Maroc et de l'Afrique du Sud ainsi que des chercheurs reconnus. Pour plus d'informations consultez : www.cordis.lu/improving/women/home.htm
  • [08] Second meeting of the EU-FRY Consultative Task Force (06/11, Belgrade) The second meeting of the EU-FRY (Former Republic of Yugoslavia) Consultative Task Force took place in Belgrade on 6 November 2001. The meeting reviewed FRY's compliance with the EU's political and economic conditionality (fundamental principles of democracy, rule of law, human and minority rights, market economy reforms, regional cooperation and compliance with international obligations), as well as implementation of the sectoral recommendations from the previous meeting. The establishment of the necessary coordination and implementation mechanisms within the FRY was also covered. After a general discussion of economic developments, a detailed discussion on further specific sectors followed: energy, transport, telecommunications, customs and justice and home affairs.
  • [09] La Commission financera des lignes d'assistance téléphonique dans le but de promouvoir une utilisation plus sûre de l'internet La Commission européenne a publié un nouvel appel de propositions le 1er novembre pour des actions de sensibilisation en vue d'une utilisation plus sûre de l'internet. Cette initiative concerne un large éventail de projets destinés à sensibiliser le public à une utilisation plus sûre de l'internet. La préférence sera donnée aux propositions qui présentent une dimension internationale. Cet appel de propositions est doté d'un budget indicatif de 4,2 millions d'euros. Les propositions doivent parvenir au service de la Commission chargé du plan d'action le 31 janvier 2002 au plus tard.
  • [10] Anna Diamantopoulou : "German labour market reforms are solid but should be accelerated" (! embargo 08/11, 9 am !) Anna Diamantopoulou, European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, will tomorrow in Germany call for a more responsive German labour market in the drive to stimulate business and create jobs. In a speech to the Conference of ministers for employment and social affairs of the German Länder in Potsdam Mrs Diamantopoulou will say : "We must continue indeed accelerate the pace of reforms. The pace of change in work and lifestyles has accelerated. And the challenges are no longer just technological or industrial. They are social and political." Mrs Diamantopoulou will also discuss enlargement and the role of the German Länder in the so-called 'open coordination method' used to carry forward reforms at EU level in the areas of employment, social inclusion and pensions.
  • [11] New Commission websites on the WTO Ministerial meeting in Doha To mark the fourth WTO Ministerial Conference taking place in Doha (Qatar) from 9-13 November, Directorates General Trade, Agriculture and Press are making available special pages on their websites. Download the latest press releases, speeches, publications and position papers relevant to the Ministerial Conference directly from these sites. An overview of the Commission's dialogue with NGOs on WTO negotiations is also available, as well as links with the official WTO site for the Doha Ministerial and other related sites. The sites will be constantly updated during the Doha WTO Ministerial. DG Trade: http://trade-info.cec.eu.int/europa/2001newround/index_en.php and http://europa.eu.int/comm/trade/index_en.htm DG Agriculture: http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/external/wto/newround/index_en.htm DG Press: http://europa.eu.int/comm/press_room/presspacks/doha/pp_doha_en.htm
  • [12] Fusion approuvée selon la procédure simplifiée Prudential Insurance Company of America (US) / Banca Popolare di Bergamo Credito Varesino (I)
  • [13] Autre matériel diffusé Note sur les résultats du Conseil Ecofin (fiscalité tabac) Guide prices for fisheries products in 2002 : proposed increases for almost all species Speech by Poul Nielson at the public hearing "Aid to the Afghans" (European Parliament) Opening speech by Margot Wallström at the COP7 meeting (Marrakech, ! embargo 2 pm !)

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