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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-04-01

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] Statement by President Prodi on the commencement of the mission in Macedonia
  • [02] L'accord de Cotonou entre en vigueur ce 1er avril 2003
  • [03] Industrial property : registration of "Community Designs" from 1 April 2003
  • [04] Février 2003 : le chômage dans la zone euro en hausse à 8,7% ; l'UE15 reste stable à 7,9%
  • [05] Sustainable chemicals : Margot Wallström presents new EU regulatory framework at Brussels conference
  • [06] EU to challenge Australia's protectionist food import regime at WTO
  • [07] Poul Nielson to visit Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan from 2-6 April
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 01/04/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 01/04/2003

  • [01] Statement by President Prodi on the commencement of the mission in Macedonia

    On 31 March, the President of the European Commission Romano Prodi stated : "As the European Union in Macedonia took over from NATO mission in Macedonia today, the long process of European integration has taken another step forward. Another significant step that may be overshadowed by the gravest crisis that has affected inter-European and transatlantic relations and the United Nations since the Second World War. The tragic context makes today's event seem slight in comparison to the differences dividing us. But appearances can be deceptive and the significance of the first military mission undertaken under the umbrella of European security should not be undervalued. It is a sign that Europe is still pushing ahead in spite of everything, this Europe that people yearn for both within the EU and outside and that is still lacking. This is another reason why I send my warmest greetings and best wishes to all European personnel engaged from today in a mission to safeguard peace and stability in the Balkans and to restore people's tranquility and confidence in the future there. In so doing, those personnel are helping to carry forward the European integration process. I see no better way to use our military force."

    [02] L'accord de Cotonou entre en vigueur ce 1er avril 2003

    L'accord conclu dans les domaines du commerce, de l'aide et de la politique à Cotonou, au Bénin, en juin 2000, entre les 77 pays d'Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique (ACP) et l'UE entre pleinement en vigueur aujourd'hui. Le partenariat qu'il institue fixe, pour les 20 prochaines années, des objectifs ambitieux axés sur la réduction de la pauvreté, la prévention des conflits violents et l'amélioration de la gouvernance. Il vise à rendre la coopération au développement ACP-UE plus efficace et définit des obligations mutuelles. M. Poul Nielson, Commissaire européen chargé du développement et de l'aide humanitaire a indiqué à ce sujet que : "Le retard survenu dans la ratification de l'accord ne doit pas nous faire oublier les objectifs ambitieux que nous nous sommes fixés. A une époque de conflit et de division qui caractérise le monde, nous sommes amenés à saluer les buts que nous partageons dans le cadre de l'accord de Cotonou et l'engagement pris par plus de 90 pays, la moitié de ceux de la planète, à œuvrer ensemble pour les réaliser. Du point de vue de la solidarité Nord- Sud, c'est la principale manifestation à souligner."

    [03] Industrial property : registration of "Community Designs" from 1 April 2003

    The Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) in Alicante will register Community Designs as from 1st April 2003, under the EU's new Community system for the protection of designs. This system has been set up under a Regulation adopted by the EU's Council of Ministers on 12 December 2001, after a proposal from the European Commission. The registration procedure is simple and inexpensive. Unregistered designs will also be protected.

    [04] Février 2003 : le chômage dans la zone euro en hausse à 8,7% ; l'UE15 reste stable à 7,9%

    D'après Eurostat, le taux de chômage de la zone euro, corrigé des variations saisonnières, s'est élevé à 8,7% en février 2003, par rapport à 8,6% en janvier. Il était de 8,1% en février 2002. Le taux de chômage de l'UE15 a été de 7,9% en février 2003, inchangé par rapport au mois de janvier. Il était de 7,4% en février 2002. En février 2003, les taux les plus bas ont été enregistrés au Luxembourg (2,8%), aux Pays-Bas (3,4% en janvier), en Autriche (4,2%), en Irlande (4,5%) et au Danemark (5,0%). Le taux de chômage de l'Espagne (11,9%) est resté le plus élevé de l'UE.

    [05] Sustainable chemicals : Margot Wallström presents new EU regulatory framework at Brussels conference

    On 31 March, European Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström delivered a key note address on the new EU Chemicals Policy at the European Voice Conference "Beyond REACH" (REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals). In her introduction, the Commissioner said : "… the new chemicals policy will radically change the way in which we deal with chemicals in the EU. It will make a major contribution to the protection of human health and the environment, and it will close today's unacceptable knowledge gap."

    [06] EU to challenge Australia's protectionist food import regime at WTO

    The European Union has decided to request Australia to enter into WTO formal consultations on its quarantine system for imports of agricultural products. Consultations are the first step in the WTO dispute settlement process and if they prove unsuccessful, entitle the EU to ask for a WTO Panel to be set up to rule on the legality of the Australian system. European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said : "Australia has built a quarantine system which is highly efficient at blocking the import of agricultural products into this country. We believe this system flagrantly breaches WTO rules, despite Australia's constant claims to be the only beacon of free agricultural trade. The EU will use WTO procedures to ensure that Australia practises what it preaches on agricultural market access."

    [07] Poul Nielson to visit Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan from 2-6 April

    Mr Poul Nielson, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, is to visit Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan from 2-6 April. In each country, Mr Nielson will be discussing issues of peace and security with political leaders, as well as reviewing matters relating to the EU's development cooperation and humanitarian aid programmes with the countries concerned. Mr Nielson's last visit to the Horn of Africa was in October 2000.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Loyola de Palacio : "Energy for tomorrow's Europe" at the Seminar World Energy Council

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