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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-06-11

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Anna Diamantopoulou : "We must attack obstacles to job mobility in pension schemes"
  • [02] Further liberalisation of agricultural trade with Hungary
  • [03] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 11/06/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 11/06/2002

  • [01] Anna Diamantopoulou : "We must attack obstacles to job mobility in pension schemes"

    Anna Diamantopoulou, European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, will say tomorrow in Brussels that : "Many employers traditionally regarded supplementary pensions as a device for rewarding staff loyalty. However, this view has to be considered as outdated. Supplementary pensions should be regarded as deferred income and an essential component of social protection." The Commission has decided to attack the problem of supplementary pension rules which obstruct the mobility of EU workers when they go to another Member State to work, or even when they change jobs within their own Member State. The Commission decision to launch formal consultation of social partners is the first step towards EU action to help workers who are forced to change pension scheme when they change their employer. For more information : technical briefing and full press release tomorrow 12/06 at 11h30 in the Commission's press room.

    [02] Further liberalisation of agricultural trade with Hungary

    In the framework of the "double profit" agreements between the EU and candidate countries, the European Commission today adopted a proposal for a Council Regulation in view of additional liberalisation of agricultural trade with Hungary. The agreement with an additional duty free trade coverage of around €700 million incorporates a substantial improvement in existing concessions and addresses further new concessions in the cereals, beef and dairy sectors. The deal includes granting Hungary an additional duty free tariff quota of 120,000 tons on wheat and a new duty free quota of 450,000 tons for maize. The EU benefits from duty free concessions for increased quantities for fruit and vegetables (melons, potatoes, tomatoes and onions), beef and poultry meat. On both sides complete liberalisation was granted for cut flowers, sheep meat, malt and molasses. The agreement also involves a commitment from the parties to remove export subsidies for certain sectors. The proposal has now to be adopted by the Council and will most likely enter into force on 1 July 2002. In parallel, the Hungarian authorities are in the process of implementing the concession agreed for EU exports to Hungary. Commenting on the proposal, Commissioner Franz Fischler said : "Facilitating mutual farm trade before EU accession is part of the EU's strategy to prepare both sides for the EU accession and the single market." Negotiations with the remaining Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) are currently under way.

    [03] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Chris Patten : "The Implementation of the Association Agreement with Jordan" at the General Affairs Council (10/06, Luxembourg)

    Speech by Viviane Reding : "UK's draft Communications bill and the Community's audiovisual policy" at the Joint Committee on the draft Communications Bill (10/06, London)

    Speech by Romano Prodi : "A tribute to Marco Biagi" (10/06, Rome)


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