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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-09-05

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] Romano Prodi met Colin Powell during the World Summit in Johannesburg (04/09)
  • [02] EU : Now we must turn World Summit agreement into concrete results
  • [03] Entreprises européennes 2002 : atouts et faiblesses des entreprises de l'UE
  • [04] La Commission organise une consultation en ligne sur la réglementation applicable aux dépositaires d'OPCVM
  • [05] Anna Diamantopoulou to visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 05/09/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 05/09/2002

  • [01] Romano Prodi met Colin Powell during the World Summit in Johannesburg (04/09)

    The President of the European Commission Romano Prodi and the US Secretary of State Colin Powell welcomed the results achieved at the Summit and agreed on the need to implement Johannesburg Plan of Implementation fully and without delay. President Prodi expressed his concern over the increasing divide between North and South. He agreed with Secretary Powell that this must be a matter of common concern and that the answer must be found through resolute implementation of a multilateral agenda. President Prodi stressed that the old approach (Trade not Aid) must be abandoned and replaced by Trade and Aid. They also discussed the situation in the Middle East and Iraq. On the Middle East they shared their concerns about standstill in the Peace Process and stressed the importance of international cooperation. They agreed that Iraq must comply with relevant UN resolutions and must allow the disarmament inspectors to operate without any restriction. Secretary Powell agreed with President Prodi that this is a multilateral problem. On the International Criminal Court there was common understanding on the need to continue working together to find a solution to American concerns without undermining the principles and objectives of the Court.

    [02] EU : Now we must turn World Summit agreement into concrete results

    The European Union yesterday welcomed the results of the World Sustainable Development Summit in Johannesburg as a success and underlined Europe's determination to lead the way in turning the Summit's action plan into concrete results on the ground. European Commission President Romano Prodi said : "We came to Johannesburg to launch a North-South pact which also encompasses the results of the Doha and Monterrey conferences. I welcome this relaunch of multilateralism which puts sustainable development firmly on the global agenda. Naturally we cannot be happy with everything we achieved but the results take us in the right direction. Reaching agreement is important but without implementation it means nothing. The EU will take the lead in implementing the outcome of Johannesburg because we are strongly committed to fighting poverty through trade and aid while protecting the environment. We owe it to the world to deliver."

    [03] Entreprises européennes 2002 : atouts et faiblesses des entreprises de l'UE

    Rassemblant l'essentiel de l'information statistique disponible sur les activités industrielles et de services de l'UE, "Entreprises européennes, faits et chiffres 2002", publié aujourd'hui par Eurostat répond à nombre de questions que les acteurs de la vie économique se posent. La publication présente un aperçu global de l'évolution de l'activité des entreprises européennes d'industrie et de services (sur la période 1995 à 2000) et aborde quelques sujets qui les concernent toutes : la mondialisation, l'innovation, la diffusion des technologies de l'information et de la communication, etc.

    [04] La Commission organise une consultation en ligne sur la réglementation applicable aux dépositaires d'OPCVM

    Les services de la Commission européenne ont lancé, sur la base d'un questionnaire consultable par voie électronique, une consultation publique concernant la réglementation applicable aux dépositaires qui, dans les différents Etats membres, conservent des actifs pour le compte des investisseurs des fonds collectifs de placement (fonds communs et SICAV). Ces fonds sont regroupés sous l'appellation d'"organismes de placement collectif en valeurs mobilières" (OPCVM). Ils sont présents dans tous les Etats membres et pèsent environ 35% du PIB de l'UE. Outre la conservation des actifs, les dépositaires d'OPCVM assurent une certaine protection des intérêts des investisseurs, en veillant à ce que les gestionnaires des fonds collectifs respectent leurs obligations légales et réglementaires. Cette consultation fait suite à une invitation du Conseil des ministres des finances de juin 2001 ; elle vise à déterminer comment, selon les parties intéressées, la réglementation applicable aux dépositaires d'OPCVM peut renforcer la protection des investisseurs ainsi que le système financier. Les règles actuelles découlent du dispositif communautaire mis en place par la directive 85/611/CEE. Le questionnaire peut être consulté sur le site Web Europa à l'adresse suivante: http://europa.eu.int/comm/internal_market/ucitsconsultation.htm. La date limite pour participer à la consultation est le 30 octobre 2002.

    [05] Anna Diamantopoulou to visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories

    Anna Diamantopoulou, European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, will visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories from 8-10 September. The objective of the visit is to explore with prominent personalities, including women politicians, peace activists and representatives of NGOs, the role that women can play in moving out of the present crisis. Discussions will also extend to women's rights in general both in the EU and in Israel and the Palestinian Territories including trafficking in women. In addition, Mrs Diamantopoulou will have meetings with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, Palestinian Minister of Labour Ghassan Khatib and Sari Nusseibeh, leading member of the Israeli- Palestinian Peace Coalition and PLO Commissioner for East Jerusalem. The Commissioner will visit women's organisations at the refugee camp in Ramallah. She will meet the EU-Israel Forum Press Club and representatives of the Palestinian media. Concerning the current situation in Israel and Palestine, Mrs Diamantopoulou said : "A conflict is the manifestation of a shared problem. In order to resolve it, there needs to be dialogue. I came here to meet with those that even in the present difficult circumstances still believe that the initiative to renew a dialogue with the other side should not be left entirely in the hands of the political leaders. In order to have a real political impact, this dialogue should involve all sectors of society as a collective, shared effort. Local communities and other interest groups need to participate in the process of peace building, and to feel a share of responsibility for the future of their society".

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note sur la préparation du Conseil informel Ecofin (06-07, Copenhague)

    Speech by Chris Patten on Afghanistan at the plenary session of the European Parliament (04/09, Strasbourg)

    Speech by Chris Patten on ASEM at the plenary session of the European Parliament (04/09, Strasbourg)

    Speech by Anna Diamantopoulou : "Policies, partners, people: an integrated approach to fighting poverty" at the Danish Presidency Conference on Social Inclusion (Skagen, DK)


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