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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-04-08

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] Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments : la Commission adopte une liste restreinte de candidats en vue de constituer le conseil d'administration
  • [02] La Commission alloue €8 millions en faveur des personnes déplacées en Colombie
  • [03] Commission allocates €3 million in humanitarian aid for refugees in Zambia
  • [04] Comment encourager le mécénat culturel en Europe ?
  • [05] Anna Diamantopoulou at the 2nd UN World Assembly on Ageing, Madrid : "Demography is not destiny"
  • [06] Innovation specialists get together in Stockholm to boost development of European business start-ups
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 08/04/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 08/04/2002

  • [01] Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments : la Commission adopte une liste restreinte de candidats en vue de constituer le conseil d'administration

    La Commission européenne a publié une liste restreinte de 30 candidats, parmi lesquels 14 membres du conseil d'administration de la nouvelle Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments (EFSA) seront sélectionnés. Le quinzième membre du conseil d'administration sera nommé par la Commission elle-même. La Commission poursuit ses travaux concrets de mise au point, de façon à ce que l'autorité puisse entamer ses activités dans les mois à venir. La liste restreinte publiée aujourd'hui constitue un nouveau jalon important en vue d'atteindre l'objectif que s'est fixé la Commission, à savoir le lancement réussi de l'Autorité.

    [02] La Commission alloue €8 millions en faveur des personnes déplacées en Colombie

    La Commission européenne a approuvé un plan global 2002 de €8 millions pour venir en aide aux populations déplacées à l'intérieur de la Colombie par le conflit actuel. Au cours des prochains mois, près de 125.000 personnes vont bénéficier de l'aide d'urgence mise en place via l'Office d'Aide Humanitaire (ECHO) qui est placé sous la responsabilité du Commissaire Poul Nielson. Cette aide sera distribuée essentiellement sous forme de nourriture, produits non alimentaires (par exemple, produits d'hygiène), des soins de santé, des infrastructures sanitaires et des matériels de construction. Cette décision porte à €42 millions l'aide financière allouée par la Commission au titre de l'aide humanitaire aux victimes du conflit en Colombie depuis 1997.

    [03] Commission allocates €3 million in humanitarian aid for refugees in Zambia

    The European Commission has adopted a decision worth €3 million to help tackle the growing refugee crisis in Zambia. The general objective is to cope with the consequences of the movement of new refugees into the country from neighbouring states and to provide emergency services to the new arrivals. The assistance provided by the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) will support a range of activities for new arrivals and vulnerable groups in the refugee camps including health screening, vaccinations, food aid and water/sanitation projects. Specific support will also go to children under five. Zambia has been a haven for people fleeing conflict in neighbouring countries since the mid-1960s. However, the country's capacity to provide asylum and services to refugees has been drastically eroded, due to declining economic fortunes and an accelerated influx in recent years. Since 1999 the number of refugees has grown by 50% to reach almost 300,000. More than half of these are accommodated in six large camps with remainder having settled spontaneously in local communities without applying for formal refugee status. The bulk of the refugees come from Angola (235,000) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (50,000). The assistance from the Commission will benefit both refugees living in the camps, as well as the general population of the refugee-affected areas.

    [04] Comment encourager le mécénat culturel en Europe ?

    Le séminaire qui réunit aujourd'hui et demain à Madrid, à l'initiative de Pilar del Castillo, ministre espagnole de l'Education, de la Culture et des Sports, et de Viviane Reding, membre de la Commission européenne en charge de l'Education et de la Culture, les responsables de grands musées européens, des directeurs de fondations, des responsables du mécénat d'entreprise et des universitaires sur le thème du mécénat culturel sera l'occasion de faire le point sur la situation du mécénat en Europe et de réfléchir aux moyens de promouvoir et de développer cette pratique.

    [05] Anna Diamantopoulou at the 2nd UN World Assembly on Ageing, Madrid : "Demography is not destiny"

    Europe is among the regions of the world with the oldest population and European countries will continue to be at the forefront of the ageing experience for several decades to come. Yet, ageing is no longer primarily a concern for the developed world. Today it is increasingly becoming a concern also for developing countries. In many of these countries ageing will happen much faster and occur in the context of a substantially lower level of development than in Western Europe. In the 21st century ageing will therefore be a problem demanding a global answer.

    [06] Innovation specialists get together in Stockholm to boost development of European business start-ups

    The 'Third European Forum for Innovative Enterprises' (Stockholm, 8-9 April 2002) has brought European and international experts together to discuss the future of innovation policy and business start-up development in European regions and cities. The Forum, organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the City of Stockholm under the Innovation and SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) Programme, is for the first time closely involving main European cities to learn from their outstanding experience and potential in European start-up creation. The event also highlights the results from the Pilot Action of Excellence on Innovative Start-Ups, PAXIS.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Romano Prodi at the ceremony organised by the City of Sarajevo (06/04)

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