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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-06-06

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] Commission and WHO join forces to tackle health threats
  • [02] Classical swine fever in France, Luxembourg, Germany and Spain
  • [03] Franz Fischler calls upon Danish fishermen "to turn the tide of decline in the fisheries sector"
  • [04] World Environment Day : EU citizens worried about global environment trends
  • [05] Briefing technique demain sur les nouvelles techniques de publicité et leurs conséquences sur la réglementation audiovisuelle communautaire
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 06/06/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 06/06/2002

  • [01] Commission and WHO join forces to tackle health threats

    The European Commission and the World Health Organisation (WHO) today held a series of high-level consultations in Brussels to take forward their global alliance in tackling health threats. Commissioners David Byrne (Health and Consumer Protection), Pascal Lamy (Trade), Philippe Busquin (Research) and Poul Nielson (Development) as well as senior officials from the Environment Directorate-General discussed with WHO Director-General Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland joint strategies to address a wide range of health issues, including combating smoking, the fight against communicable diseases, health research, environment and health and nutrition and food safety. The issues addressed during the meetings show the extent of cooperation between the Commission and the WHO. David Byrne, who chaired the meetings, concluded : "The Commission and the WHO both have roles to play, and working together has a multiplying effect. We share goals, better health for all, we are natural allies and it makes sense to pursue these objectives together."

    [02] Classical swine fever in France, Luxembourg, Germany and Spain

    The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health voted in favour of European Commission proposals with regard to classical swine fever (CSF) in certain areas in France, Luxembourg, Germany and Spain. These areas, from where the export of live pigs and porcine semen, ova and embryos is banned, have been changed for the four countries and the periods when restrictions apply have been extended. In France the area has been reduced to the parts of the departments Moselle and Meurthe-et-Moselle close to the Luxembourg border. In Luxembourg, due to two new outbreaks in the last few days, the area has been extended to the whole territory of the country. In Germany, the part of North Rhine-Westphalia where the restrictions apply has been extended because of new cases in wild boar. In these three Member States, the measures are now applicable until 31 October 2002. In Spain, no new outbreaks have been reported since five weeks. The restrictive measures will now only apply in the comarca of Osona, compared previously to the whole province of Barcelona and three comarcas in the province of Gerona. The measures in Spain are applicable until 31 July 2002. The proposals will now be adopted by the Commission. The situation will be reviewed at the next meeting of the Committee, scheduled for 2-3 July.

    [03] Franz Fischler calls upon Danish fishermen "to turn the tide of decline in the fisheries sector"

    "Denmark has a long tradition of fishing which we should protect together by taking the measures necessary to promote the recovery of a growing number of our fish stocks which are depleted as a result of years of overfishing. Danish fishermen know too well the effects of too much fishing : dangerously small stocks, reduced catches and fish landings, shrinking income, job losses and the continuous weakening of coastal areas. I want to tell you today : we, stakeholders, can and must stop the rot. Let us turn the tide of decline together by taking the necessary decisions in the short- term to ensure the future of the sector in the long run. We have to urgently reduce the fishing pressure on fish stocks, we have to stop the madness of subsidising the building of vessels that threaten fish stocks and lose fishermen jobs. The Commission is determined to minimise the potential hardship for fishermen ; this is why it has proposed to make more money available to help those who decide to leave the sector", Commissioner Franz Fischler, responsible for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, told Danish fishermen's organisations when he presented the proposals by the Commission to reform the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

    [04] World Environment Day : EU citizens worried about global environment trends

    According to a special Eurobarometer Survey carried out in the fifteen Member States released by the European Commission to coincide with World Environment Day, concern about the future of the environment remains high among European citizens. The survey shows that the vast majority of Europeans are worried about trends in areas like environment and health, nature and wildlife protection, waste and climate change. 7,500 citizens from all 15 Member States were interviewed for the survey between 6-15 April 2002. European Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström commented : "The signal from European citizens is crystal clear : they want politicians to do more - both locally and globally - to protect the environment and to pave the way for genuinely sustainable development in the world."

    [05] Briefing technique demain sur les nouvelles techniques de publicité et leurs conséquences sur la réglementation audiovisuelle communautaire

    Alors que s'installe en Europe la télévision numérique de nouvelles techniques publicitaires se développent : publicité interactive, écrans partagés (split screens) et publicité / parrainage virtuels. Les dispositions actuelles sur la publicité contenues dans la directive "télévision sans frontières" (séparation des programmes et de la pub, temps limité de publicité à l'antenne, règles d'interruption des programmes par la pub, etc. ) sont-elles adaptées à ces nouvelles formes de publicité ? La Commission européenne a fait réaliser une étude indépendante sur ce thème. Les conclusions et recommandations de cette étude seront présentées à l'occasion d'un briefing technique, qui aura lieu demain, vendredi 7 juin, à 11h30 en salle de presse.

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de M. Prodi : "Agriculture, coopération and Méditerranée" à la Célébration du 40e anniversaire du Centre international des hautes études agronomiques méditerranéennes

    Speech by Günter Verheugen : "From Copenhagen 1993 to Copenhagen 2002" at the European Policy Centre Seminar

    Speech by Frits Bolkestein : "Systemic risk and prudential policy in the European Union" at the ING (Internationale Nederlanden Groep) conference on Monetary Union and Globalisation of financial markets (! embargo 1 pm !)

    Speech by David Byrne : "Food Safety and Enlargement of the European Union" at the European Business Summit


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