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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-03-07

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] Structural Funds: Commission contributes Euro 2.85 million to a programme of innovative actions in the West Midlands
  • [02] Preliminary result of the budget year 2002 : important reimbursements to the member states
  • [03] L'UE et les États-Unis vont travailler ensemble dans le domaine de la recherche sur l'énergie et le changement climatique
  • [04] EU contributes € 57.75 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees
  • [05] Commissioner Poul Nielson to visit Cuba, 1014 March 2003
  • [06] The Commissioner for External Relations Chris Patten today responded to events in Haifa and Gaza in the past 24 hours
  • [07] Meeting between External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten and ICTY chief Proscutor Cara del Ponte
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 07/03/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 07/03/2003

  • [01] Structural Funds: Commission contributes Euro 2.85 million to a programme of innovative actions in the West Midlands

    Today in Birmingham, Michel Barnier, the Commissioner responsible for regional policy, officially launched a programme of innovative actions in the West Midlands region with a contribution from European funds of Euro 2.85 million. The programme is part of the European Union's drive to encourage the development of new ideas and to help the regions along the pathway to economic success in a rapidly changing world. Building on the results of previous European programmes, the new programme will be based on a widely drawn partnership bringing together the business, community and public sectors in the region. A particular feature will be the creation of a "School on Innovation" capable of evaluating and giving advice on projects.

    [02] Preliminary result of the budget year 2002 : important reimbursements to the member states

    About € 7 billion have been left over from the budget exercise 2002, resulting in a reduction of the financing by Member States of around € 6 billion compared to the 2003 EU budget as adopted last December. This preliminary result can be announced very early thanks to the Commission's automatic accounting system, which allows consolidation of results from different spending departments. Budget Commissioner Michaele Schreyer will present this still preliminary figure to the ECOFIN meeting today: "This money will reduce the Member States' contributions to the 2003 budget and thus alleviate the national budgets in these economically difficult times. Finance Ministers should receive it as good news."

    [03] L'UE et les États-Unis vont travailler ensemble dans le domaine de la recherche sur l'énergie et le changement climatique

    Le commissaire européen chargé de la recherche, M. Philippe Busquin, a rencontré hier à Bruxelles M. Spencer Abraham, secrétaire d'État américain à l'Énergie. Ils ont discuté de la coopération scientifique entre l'UE et les États-Unis dans le domaine de la recherche sur le changement climatique et l'énergie, comme la coopération sur la fusion nucléaire par le biais du projet ITER (réacteur thermonucléaire expérimental international) et du programme EURATOM avec la signature d'un accord de coopération, les piles à hydrogène et la capture et le stockage du CO2. Ils se sont accordés à dire que les activités de recherche conjointes devaient être développées. Des universités américaines, des centres de recherche et des entreprises participeront à des projets dans les domaines de l'environnement et de l'énergie en application du 6ème programme-cadre de recherche communautaire (2003-2006), doté d'un budget de 17,5 milliards d'euros. Chacune des parties supportera ses propres coûts. M. Busquin a également profité de la visite, le 5 mars, de M. John H. Marburger, conseiller scientifique auprès du président des États-Unis, pour discuter de la coopération scientifique entre l'UE et les États-Unis.

    [04] EU contributes € 57.75 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees

    The European Commission today approved a contribution of €57.75 million for the year 2003 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). The EU funds will provide support to the education, health, relief and social programmes of the UNRWA for registered Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, the Syrian Arab Republic, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

    [05] Commissioner Poul Nielson to visit Cuba, 1014 March 2003

    Mr Poul Nielson, European Commissioner in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid, will carry out an official visit to Cuba from 10 to 14 March. On the occasion of his first visit to Cuba, Mr Nielson will officially inaugurate the new EU Delegation office in Havana. Meetings with key Cuban authorities, representatives of civil society and leading Cuban dissidents are foreseen. Discussions will focus on strengthening the political dialogue between the EU and Cuba and improving EU-Cuban development co-operation. Cuba applied in January 2003 to join the Cotonou Agreement. Mr Nielson will also visit EU funded projects in the country.

    [06] The Commissioner for External Relations Chris Patten today responded to events in Haifa and Gaza in the past 24 hours

    "We strongly condemn the contemptible attack in Haifa yesterday. We also regret the continuing loss of life in the Palestinian Territories. Since the beginning of the year, there have been almost 300 people dead from the two communities. This bloodshed must stop. Terror and violence must end. So must settlement activity. It is imperative that both sides play their part in creating the conditions in which the peace process ca be relaunched."

    [07] Meeting between External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten and ICTY chief Proscutor Cara del Ponte

    The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, Carla del Ponte, today met External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten to discuss the level of cooperation with ICTY by the state of the Western Balkans. Prosecutor Del Ponte stressed that "cooperation remained partial and insufficient, in particular by Serbia & Montenegro and to a certain extent Croatia which, to this day, have not shown any real commitment to arrest indictees at large on their territory". Commissioner Patten reiterated the position set out by EU Foreign Ministers at ther February meeting, that "respect for international law is an essential element of the Stabilisation and Association process", which sets the framework for the EU's policy towards the region. He emphasised EU Foreign Ministers' clear message that "full cooperation with the ICTY is essential for further movements towards the EU".

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de Mme Reding sur "l'identité culturelle européenne" à la faculté des Sciences Politiques de Gênes

    Speech by Franz Fischler on "Fisheries parntnersip agreements" at the meeting with ACP Ambassadors

    Calendrier du 10 au 14 mars 2003 A disposition au secrétariat de Amelia Torres (BREY 06/80): Deux notifications préalables d'une opération de concentration : ADM/Pura Deutsche Bahn/WestLB/Aurelis/JV


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