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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-03-04

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] La Commission européenne va aider l'Union africaine à déployer une mission d'observation du cessez-le-feu au Burundi
  • [02] Les possibilités d'éducation et de formation en Europe à portée de clic sur une souris d'ordinateur: le portail PLOTEUS sera lancé demain
  • [03] Company taxation: Commission launches public consultations on EU company tax reform
  • [04] Colombia: Commissioner Patten supports UN good offices
  • [05] Commission adopts control measures to contain avian influenza outbreak in the Netherlands
  • [06] Commission grants €420,000 in humanitarian aid to the victims of Cyclone Ami in the Fiji Islands
  • [07] December 2002 compared to December 2001 - Volume of retail trade down by 1.9% in euro-zone; EU15 down by 0.7%
  • [08] Janvier 2003 - Le chômage dans la zone euro en hausse à 8,6%; l'UE15 en hausse à 7,9%
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 04/03/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 04/03/2003

  • [01] La Commission européenne va aider l'Union africaine à déployer une mission d'observation du cessez-le-feu au Burundi

    La Commission européenne a décidé aujourd'hui de contribuer à la mise en place d'une mission d'observation de l'Union africaine (UA) appelée à surveiller le respect du cessez-le-feu au Burundi, grâce à une subvention de 1,23 million d'euros destinée à financer la constitution et le fonctionnement de la mission durant six mois. Cette mission suivra la mise en œuvre des accords de cessez-le-feu signés à la fin de 2002 entre le gouvernement provisoire du Burundi et les principaux groupes de rebelles. Compte tenu de l'actualité récente du Burundi, il est devenu urgent de déployer les observateurs de l'UA le plus tôt possible. La Commission européenne en appelle à toutes les parties burundaises concernées pour qu'elles respectent les accords et renouent un dialogue sans attendre. Sa contribution illustre le soutien apporté au processus de paix au Burundi et la priorité que la Commission européenne accorde au rétablissement de la paix et de la sécurité dans ce pays et dans la région des Grands Lacs en général. http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/cpcm/cp.htm

    [02] Les possibilités d'éducation et de formation en Europe à portée de clic sur une souris d'ordinateur: le portail PLOTEUS sera lancé demain

    J'aimerais m'installer en Italie pour y étudier l'architecture: quel est le moyen le plus simple de découvrir les solutions envisageables et les possibilités existantes? Je dois partir habiter en Suède avec ma famille, où puis-je trouver des informations sur son système éducatif pour mes enfants? Les réponses à toutes ces questions et bien d'autres peuvent être trouvées via le nouveau portail Internet PLOTEUS de l'Union européenne (www.ploteus.net), destiné à permettre aux personnes intéressées d'accéder à des informations détaillées sur l'éducation et la formation en Europe. Ce portail sur les possibilités d'éducation et de formation dans l'ensemble de l'espace européen (PLOTEUS, qui signifie «navigateur» en grec ancien) sera lancé à Bruxelles par Viviane Reding, le commissaire européen chargé de l'éducation, le 5 mars.

    [03] Company taxation: Commission launches public consultations on EU company tax reform

    The European Commission has launched open consultations on two projects in the field of EU company taxation. One concerns the possibility of using International Accounting Standards (IAS) as a starting point to develop an EU-wide consolidated tax base for companies. The other involves a "Home State Taxation" pilot project for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), which would allow an SME to account for its EU-wide profits in one tax declaration which it would submit to the Member State where its main seat is located. This exploratory work follows the Commission Company Tax Communication and study of 23 October 2001 (see IP/01/1468). The aim is to find solutions that would address the tax obstacles and inefficiencies resulting from the operation of fifteen different sets of tax rules in the EU. More information, including consultation documents setting out options and the various technical considerations involved in the two proposals, is available on the Europa website at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/taxation_customs/taxation/consultations_en.htm

    [04] Colombia: Commissioner Patten supports UN good offices

    Chris PATTEN, Commissioner for External Relations met the UN Secretary General Special Adviser on Colombia, Mr. James LEMOYNE this morning. They exchanged views on the situation and on the respective roles of the EU and the UN in this country. Said Commissioner PATTEN: 'I fully support the UN good offices in Colombia, and consider as very important that the international community be united behind the UN to seek a negotiated solution to the conflict. We will continue to work closely with UN agencies on the ground, in particular to improve the appalling human rights and humanitarian situation.' Commissioner PATTEN will visit Colombia in May in order to express the support of the EU to the Colombian government's efforts to improve the rule of law and seek a peaceful settlement of the conflict. He will meet Colombian officials, representatives of the civil society and EC assistance implementing partners.

    [05] Commission adopts control measures to contain avian influenza outbreak in the Netherlands

    Following a suspected outbreak of avian influenza in the Netherlands on 28 February, the Commission adopted a Decision today to reinforce the control measures already put in place by the Dutch authorities. Avian influenza is a highly contagious poultry disease that can cause severe economic damage to the poultry industry.

    [06] Commission grants €420,000 in humanitarian aid to the victims of Cyclone Ami in the Fiji Islands

    The European Commission has granted €420,000 in humanitarian aid for the people of Fiji Islands affected by Cyclone Ami in January. The funds will be directed through the Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), which comes under the responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson. The objective of this funding decision is to help people whose homes have been destroyed or damaged by providing them with essential non-food items. It will also restore and improve access to clean drinking water in rural areas and repair some damaged schools. Over 130,000 people were affected when Tropical Cyclone Ami hit Fiji in the early morning of 14 January, destroying homes and flooding parts of the South Pacific Archipelago with winds of up to 185km/h. A state of disaster was declared as around 8,000 houses, crops and infrastructure including schools, communications and electricity supply were damaged or destroyed. Heavy rainfall led to landslides and intensive flooding, including dangerous flash floods. (for more information: M. Curtis tel: 296 5932 fax: 296 3067)

    [07] December 2002 compared to December 2001 - Volume of retail trade down by 1.9% in euro-zone; EU15 down by 0.7%

    In December 2002, compared to December 2001, the volume of retail trade decreased by 1.9% in the euro-zone and by 0.7% in the EU15, Eurostat estimates today. Compared to November 2002, sales fell by 1.1% in the euro- zone and by 0.9% in the EU15. In December 2002, compared to December 2001, retail trade of "food, drinks and tobacco" contracted by 0.3% in the euro- zone but rose by 0.2% in the EU15. The non food sector decreased by 2.8% in the euro-zone and by 1.0% in the EU15.

    [08] Janvier 2003 - Le chômage dans la zone euro en hausse à 8,6%; l'UE15 en hausse à 7,9%

    Le taux de chômage de la zone euro, corrigé des variations saisonnières, s'élevait à 8,6% en janvier 2003, par rapport à 8,5% en décembre, selon les données publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat. Il était de 8,1% en janvier 2002. Le taux de chômage de l'UE15 s'élevait à 7,9% en janvier 2003, comparé à 7,8% en décembre3. Il était de 7,4% en janvier 2002. En janvier 2003, les taux les plus bas ont été enregistrés au Luxembourg (2,7%), aux Pays-Bas (3,1% en décembre), en Autriche (4,1%), en Irlande (4,5%) et au Danemark (4,7% en décembre). Le taux de chômage de l'Espagne (12,1%) est resté le plus élevé de l'UE.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Commissioner Verheugen at the Enlargment Seminar with UK Parliamentarians on "EU membership, a driving force in the reform process" Speech by Commissioner Diamantopoulou at the EAC Conference "Gender Equality and Europe's Future" Speech by Commissioner Bolkestein at the Centre for European Policy Studies on "The Take-over Directive: a Commission perspective" Speech by Commissioner Reding at the closing session of the Conference on Gender Equality and Europe's future - "Reinforcing gender equality: the challenge for the EU constitution" (embargo 18h00) Note on the result of the Competitiveness Council (for more information see: MEMO/03/47 - J. Todd - Tel. 2994107)

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