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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-02-17

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 congratulates Tassos Papadopoulos
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of VM motori by Penske and DaimlerChrysler
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Premiere by Schroders Ventures
  • [04] Les exploitations agricoles dans l'UE en 2000 : un exploitant agricole de l'UE sur deux a 55 ans ou plus ; leurs exploitations ont une superficie deux fois moins grande que la moyenne
  • [05] Commission pushes for international advertising ban as WHO tobacco negotiations enter final round
  • [06] Commission adopts €8 million humanitarian aid package for Angola
  • [07] "Leave No Child Out" : EU - UNICEF Partnership on children's rights
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 17/02/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 17/02/2003

  • [01] Romano Prodi congratulates Tassos Papadopoulos

    The President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, has sent the following message to the elected President of the Republic of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos : "On behalf of the European Commission and on my own behalf, I warmly congratulate you on your election as President of the Republic of Cyprus. I am sure that under your leadership Cyprus will continue to prepare successfully for membership of the European Union by 1 May 2004. Your broad knowledge on EU matters obtained as President of the European Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives will guarantee such an achievement. I expect also that your election will lead to the solution of the Cyprus issue based on the comprehensive settlement as proposed by the United Nations. Please accept the assurance of my highest consideration."

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of VM motori by Penske and DaimlerChrysler

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of the Italian undertaking VM Motori S.p.A., a subsidiary of the US-based Detroit Diesel Corporation, by the US- based Penske Group and DaimlerChrysler AG. (The operation, notified on 13 January 2003, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Premiere by Schroders Ventures

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of the German undertaking Premiere Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG, active in the operation of a digital Pay TV platform, by the Channel Islands undertaking Permira Europe II Managers LP, controlled by Schroders Ventures Ltd. (The operation, notified on 13 Januray 2003, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [04] Les exploitations agricoles dans l'UE en 2000 : un exploitant agricole de l'UE sur deux a 55 ans ou plus ; leurs exploitations ont une superficie deux fois moins grande que la moyenne

    Selon une étude publiée aujourd'hui par Eurostat, en 2000, 52% des exploitants agricoles individuels de l'UE avaient 55 ans ou plus et 29% avaient 65 ans ou plus. Les jeunes exploitants âgés de moins de 35 ans, ne constituaient que 8% des agriculteurs. La part la plus élevée des exploitants de 55 ans ou plus, est enregistrée au Portugal (65%), en Italie (62%), en Grèce (56%) et en Espagne (53%). Dans l'UE, la proportion la plus faible d'exploitants de 55 ans ou plus était enregistrée en Finlande (25%), suivie par l'Allemagne (28%) et l'Autriche (29%). C'était également en Allemagne et en Autriche que la plus forte proportion d'exploitants de moins de 35 ans était observée (16% chacun).

    [05] Commission pushes for international advertising ban as WHO tobacco negotiations enter final round

    Commenting ahead of the final round of negotiations on the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) European Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner David Byrne said : "The health community of the entire world will be following these negotiations. Europe can show them leadership by delivering an effective tool for fighting the tobacco epidemic. With an estimated 4.9 million deaths a year world-wide caused by tobacco the stakes could not be higher". The negotiations take place from 17-28 February at the WHO in Geneva. Health officials from around the world will be attempting to agree a treaty - the FCTC - establishing a set of world-wide tobacco control rules. The Commission is negotiating alongside the Member States to ensure a common EU position. The EU already has a comprehensive set of anti-tobacco rules in place and wishes to see a robust and progressive FCTC. Since December 2002 the EU's rules have included a ban on tobacco advertising in print media, radio and internet (see IP/02/1788). The EU wants to see this advertising ban extended world-wide by the FCTC. It also wants an international ban on misleading descriptors such as "light" and "mild", international rules on labelling and health warnings, improved protection against passive smoking and curbing illicit trade in tobacco products. The outcome of this months' negotiations will be presented for adoption by health ministers at the WHO's World Health Assembly in May. For more details about the FCTC negotiations, see : http://www.who.int/gb/fctc/

    [06] Commission adopts €8 million humanitarian aid package for Angola

    The European Commission has adopted a new aid package to provide continuing humanitarian support for vulnerable populations in Angola. €8 million will be channelled by the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) through partner organisations and international agencies operating in the country. Commenting on the decision, Poul Nielson, the Commissioner responsible for Development and Humanitarian Aid, said : "As I saw for myself on my recent visit, the peace process in Angola has opened a window of opportunity for reconstruction and reconciliation. Although the fighting has ended, it is clear that the Commission will continue to have a humanitarian role in Angola for some time to come. In 2003, ECHO will focus its efforts on meeting the needs of people in newly accessible areas, and of returning internally displaced populations and refugees."

    [07] "Leave No Child Out" : EU - UNICEF Partnership on children's rights

    Tomorrow will see the launch of an initiative aimed at strengthening the rights of children in Central and Eastern Europe Countries (CEECs) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The project, which is co-financed by the European Commission, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and its partners, representatives of networks of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), aims to put children's rights at the forefront of policy and practice in CEECs and the CIS. Entitled "Leave No Child Out", the two-year project has received a grant of €400,000 through the "European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights" (EIDHR), the Commission's worldwide programme to support and promote Human Rights and Democracy.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

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