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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-04-04

Midday Express: News from the EU Commission Spokesman's Briefings Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Western Balkans: European Commission publishes first annual report on the Stabilisation and Association Process
  • [02] La Commission européenne veut améliorer la protection des passagers à bord des bateaux
  • [03] Noise Emissions: Commission requests Germany, Italy, Greece and Portugal to implement EU law on noise from outdoor equipment
  • [04] January 2002 - Industrial production unchanged in euro-zone; EU 15 down by 0.1%
  • [05] January 2002 compared to January 2001 - Volume of retail trade up by 0.7% in euro-zone; EU15 up by 1.5%
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé:
  • [07] Disponible dans le sécretariat de Amelia Torres et Michael Tscherny 6/80: Midday Express 04/04/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 04/04/2002

  • [01] Western Balkans: European Commission publishes first annual report on the Stabilisation and Association Process

    The European Commission has adopted its first annual report on the EU's Stabilisation and Association Process. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are the participants in this process. In the report, the Commission also proposes enhanced arrangements for political dialogue and regional co-operation with SAp participants, through the establishment of a new political forum.

    [02] La Commission européenne veut améliorer la protection des passagers à bord des bateaux

    La Commission a présenté un nouveau paquet de mesures visant à renforcer la sécurité des passagers à bord des bateaux. Deux nouvelles propositions devraient permettre d'éviter des accidents dramatiques comme celui de l'Express Samina en 2000 grâce à des prescriptions plus strictes en matière de stabilité des vaisseaux et à des règles de sécurité plus rigoureuses pour les passagers à mobilité réduite en général, et pour les bateaux à grande vitesse en particulier. Par ailleurs, la Commission présente son point de vue au sujet des possibilités d'amélioration de la protection des passagers au moyen d'un régime de responsabilité plus strict en cas d'accident. Ces propositions, déjà annoncées dans le nouveau Livre blanc de la Commission concernant la politique des transports, complètent une série de règles adoptées à la fin des années 1990 à la suite du naufrage de l'Estonia. "On observe encore des différences importantes entre les États membres en ce qui concerne les normes de sécurité applicables aux navires transportant des passagers. La répétition des accidents mettant en cause des ferries, comme celui de l'Express Samina, montre que nous devons prendre d'urgence des mesures afin de corriger ces différences et d'assurer la cohérence des règles appliquées dans l'Union européenne, quel que soit le pavillon du vaisseau", a déclaré Loyola de Palacio, Vice-Présidente de la Commission chargée du transport et de l'énergie.

    [03] Noise Emissions: Commission requests Germany, Italy, Greece and Portugal to implement EU law on noise from outdoor equipment

    The European Commission has decided to send formal requests to Germany, Italy, Greece and Portugal to implement properly an EU law limiting noise emissions from certain outdoor equipment. The equipment covered includes chain saws, concrete mixers, mobile and tower cranes, dumper trucks, hydraulic excavators, refuse collection vehicles and garden equipment such as lawnmowers and hedge trimmers. The deadline for adopting the rules was 3 July 2001. The Member States in question all failed to inform the Commission that the rules had been implemented on a national level by this date. The formal requests take the form of so-called 'Reasoned Opinions', the second stage of infringement proceedings under Article 226 of the EC Treaty. If the Member State fails to comply with the Reasoned Opinion within two months, the Commission may decide to bring the case before the European Court of Justice.

    [04] January 2002 - Industrial production unchanged in euro-zone; EU 15 down by 0.1%

    Seasonally adjusted industrial production remained unchanged in the euro- zone in January 2002 compared to December 2001, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities in Luxembourg, estimates today. This follows a rise of 0.4% in December and a fall of 0.6% in November. Output in the EU15 decreased by 0.1 % in January 2002, after an increase of 0.3% in December and a drop of 0.4% in November. In January 2002 compared to January 2001, industrial production dropped by 3.2% in the euro-zone and by 3.6% in the EU15.

    [05] January 2002 compared to January 2001 - Volume of retail trade up by 0.7% in euro-zone; EU15 up by 1.5%

    In January 2002, as compared to January 2001, the volume of retail trade increased by 0.7% in the euro-zone and by 1.5% in the EU15, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities in Luxembourg, estimates today. Compared to December 2001, sales increased by 0.6% in the euro-zone and by 0.3% in the EU15.

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé:

    Speech by Chris Patten "Developoing Europ's External Policy in the Ages of Globalisation" - Central Party School, China

    [07] Disponible dans le sécretariat de Amelia Torres et Michael Tscherny 6/80:

    Hochtief/Volkswagen/JV CVC/Massive

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