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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-07-02

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] Commission pushes for a stronger European-based pharmaceutical industry for the benefit of the patient
  • [02] Ecopoints : Commission again decides not to apply the 108% clause due to insufficient evidence
  • [03] Wider Europe : Commission to strengthen cross-border cooperation with new neighbours
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [04] L'économie de la zone euro continue à faire du sur-place
  • [05] Avian influenza : crisis over in the Netherlands
  • [06] Dispositifs médicaux : pour la Commission, le cadre réglementaire est bon mais sa mise en œuvre pourrait être améliorée
  • [07] Commission clears Hearst/Telegraaf Cosmogirl! magazine JV
  • [08] Commission clears acquisition of Britain's Holmes Place fitness clubs by two investment funds
  • [09] Mai 2003 : les prix à la production industrielle en baisse de 0,4% dans la zone euro ; baisse de 0,3% dans l'UE15
  • [10] Data protection : Commission recognises that Argentina provides adequate protection for personal data
  • [11] Temporary measures adopted at EU-level to mitigate risk of FMD spreading from Libya via animal transport vehicles
  • [12] Council, Commission and European Parliament meet in Strasbourg on the 2004 budget procedure
  • [13] Troisième réunion plénière du Groupe des Sages sur le Dialogue entre les Peuples et les Cultures
  • [14] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 02/07/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 02/07/2003[I] Résultats de la Commission du 1er juillet 2003 - Outcome of Commission meeting of 1 July 2003

  • [01] Commission pushes for a stronger European-based pharmaceutical industry for the benefit of the patient

    The European Commission has adopted plans to boost the competitiveness of the European-based pharmaceutical industry in line with the EU's health objectives. The Communication adopted its responses to the 14 wide-ranging recommendations set out in the Report of the High Level Group on Innovation and Provision of Medicines G10 Medicines. The Recommendations looked at areas of national and European competence. Part of the Commission's response is to create a framework of action based on the existing initiatives of the Pharmaceutical Review (see IP/03/785) and the Public Health Programme to move forward the issues raised in the G10 process, such as better access to medicines, integration of markets, competition amongst non-reimbursed medicines, competition from generic medicines and the relative effectiveness of medicines. In addition, the Commission proposes a number of other actions including the launching of a benchmarking exercise to monitor the competitiveness of the industry. This will be updated annually and will allow, over time, the possibility to develop a good overview of trends in competitiveness of the industry. This will be supplemented by an exercise to develop indicators capable of benchmarking, amongst other issues, the contribution of pharmaceutical products to public health in Europe. The Communication also highlights a number of areas where the G10 Group and the Commission believe that action at Member State level could make a significant contribution. The Communication notably proposes to launch a European reflection on promoting market integration and alternative ways of controlling pharmaceutical expenditure.

    [02] Ecopoints : Commission again decides not to apply the 108% clause due to insufficient evidence

    The European Commission has decided not to apply a cutback in ecopoints for 2003 as a result of the number of lorry trips made through Austria in 2002 as the so-called "108% clause" would require. Whilst initial statistics from Austria seemed to indicate that the 108% threshold had been exceeded in 2002, a closer examination cast doubt on this as no real evidence was provided of transit. The Commission will therefore be distributing the remaining ecopoints for 2003.

    [03] Wider Europe : Commission to strengthen cross-border cooperation with new neighbours

    The European Commission has proposed significant steps to improve the EU's interventions at its external borders after enlargement. This will significantly boost cooperation over 10,000 km of the EU's borders with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, the Western Balkans and in the Mediterranean. Between 2004 and 2006, existing instruments for cross-border cooperation such as INTERREG, PHARE-CBC, TACIS-CBC, CARDS and MEDA will be better coordinated through the creation of "Neighbourhood programmes" to be launched in 2004. This represents a major step towards a better implementation of joint projects on the external borders of the EU as the Commission foresees that €955 million could be reallocated for this purpose. For the period after 2007, the Commission highlights a number of options including the creation of a single New Neighbourhood Instrument in the next financial perspectives.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [04] L'économie de la zone euro continue à faire du sur-place

    Selon le dernier rapport trimestriel sur la zone euro, trois facteurs qui pesaient sur la croissance se sont améliorés : l'incertitude liée au conflit en Irak est désormais levée, l'inflation se réduit et les conditions financières deviennent plus favorables. De ce fait, après une croissance quasi nulle au début 2003, l'on s'attend encore à une reprise modérée de l'activité au second semestre 2003, même si la croissance cumulée pour l'ensemble de l'année pourrait s'avérer légèrement inférieure aux prévisions initiales.

    [05] Avian influenza : crisis over in the Netherlands

    At the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 1 July 2003, the three Member States previously affected by avian influenza gave an overview of their situation. Since there have been no new outbreaks in the Netherlands for the whole month of June, the protection measures for the Netherlands were not prolonged, as is already the case for Belgium and the Land of North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany. This means that all restrictions will be lifted in the Netherlands as of 11 July 2003 except in the surveillance zones around the outbreaks. Restrictions in the surveillance zones may only be lifted once "sentinel birds" have been placed in the affected holdings and demonstrated that the virus is no longer present. Since the start of the avian influenza epidemic in the Netherlands on 28 February 2003, no exports from the Netherlands were allowed for live poultry, hatching eggs nor for fresh, unprocessed poultry manure and litter. There were also restrictions on the transport of live poultry and hatching eggs within the Netherlands, with some derogations. Some of these restrictions were eased on 13 June 2003, but restrictions still remained in place for the five affected provinces: Flevoland, Gelderland, Limburg, Noord-Brabant and Utrecht. The positive report by the Dutch authorities yesterday shows that the crisis is now over and trade activities can resume as normal throughout the country, except in the surveillance zones, as of 11 July 2003.

    [06] Dispositifs médicaux : pour la Commission, le cadre réglementaire est bon mais sa mise en œuvre pourrait être améliorée

    Dans une communication adoptée aujourd'hui, la Commission européenne estime qu'en matière de dispositifs médicaux, le cadre réglementaire de l'UE fonctionne bien mais que les mesures prises pour sa mise en œuvre pourraient être améliorées. Il existerait actuellement sur le marché européen quelque 8.000 dispositifs différents auxquels les citoyens ont directement accès, depuis les simples bandages et lunettes jusqu'aux systèmes d'imagerie les plus sophistiqués et aux dispositifs de chirurgie invasive minimale en passant par les dispositifs implantables prolongeant l'espérance de vie et les dispositifs de diagnostic. Si le cadre réglementaire prévoit toutes les mesures de sauvegarde requises pour garantir l'accès aux technologies et assurer des niveaux de sécurité élevés, des améliorations sont nécessaires en matière d'évaluation de la conformité des produits aux exigences essentielles, de transparence ou de confiance entre les autorités réglementaires, les autres parties intéressées et le grand public, de surveillance du marché ainsi que de coopération entre les Etats membres et la Commission. Cette dernière recommande de mieux utiliser les possibilités existantes, notamment le reclassement des dispositifs, d'appliquer le principe de précaution et la clause de sauvegarde et d'élaborer une documentation ad hoc explicitant les mesures de mise en œuvre et clarifiant les aspects réglementaires. Représentant 26% des ventes mondiales pour une valeur estimées de 41 milliards d'euros, le marché européen des dispositifs médicaux occupe la seconde place dans le monde, après les Etats-Unis et avant le Japon. La communication annonce par ailleurs qu'une étude sera menée en collaboration avec les autorités nationales et l'industrie afin d'améliorer la qualité et la disponibilité des données. Cette étude cherchera à déterminer l'impact des dispositifs médicaux sur les dépenses de santé publique et à définir les moyens permettant d'améliorer la compétitivité. D'autres études portant sur des questions de santé publique sont prévues dans le cadre du programme d'action communautaire dans le domaine de la santé publique (2003-2008).

    [07] Commission clears Hearst/Telegraaf Cosmogirl! magazine JV

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the creation of a joint venture between HMI International Holdings, a subsidiary of the US-based diversified communications group Hearst Corporation, and Dutch diversified media group De Telegraaf Tijdschriften Groep B.V. The joint venture called TTG Hearst B.V. will publish and distribute in the Netherlands and in Belgium the Dutch version of Cosmogirl! magazine, a general interest monthly glossy magazine addressed to young women between 14 and 18 years of age. (The operation, notified on 27 May 2003, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [08] Commission clears acquisition of Britain's Holmes Place fitness clubs by two investment funds

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the proposed joint acquisition of the UK fitness club operator Holmes Place by investment funds Bridgepoint and Schroder Ventures Limited.

    [09] Mai 2003 : les prix à la production industrielle en baisse de 0,4% dans la zone euro ; baisse de 0,3% dans l'UE15

    Les prix à la production industrielle dans la zone euro ont baissé de 0,4% au mois de mai 2003 par rapport au mois précédent, selon les estimations publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat. Les prix dans l'UE15 ont diminué de 0, 3%. Au mois d'avril 2003 les prix avaient chuté de 0,5% dans la zone euro et dans l'UE15. En mai 2003 et par rapport à mai 2002, les prix à la production industrielle ont augmenté de 1,3% dans la zone euro et de 1,5% dans l'UE15.

    [10] Data protection : Commission recognises that Argentina provides adequate protection for personal data

    The European Commission has recognised that Argentina provides an adequate level of protection of personal data. This will allow personal data to flow freely from the EU to Argentina, without additional safeguards being needed to meet the requirements of the EU Data Protection Directive. The Commission's decision was taken in the light of advice from Member States' supervisory authorities.

    [11] Temporary measures adopted at EU-level to mitigate risk of FMD spreading from Libya via animal transport vehicles

    Following notification by Libya of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), the European Commission yesterday adopted temporary measures to prevent the possible spread of the virus into the EU via livestock transport vehicles. FMD is one of the most contagious viral diseases of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs and though it is not harmful to human health, it can have devastating economic consequences. The EU does not allow imports of live animals or animal products of species susceptible to FMD from countries in North Africa. However, since the virus can survive in a contaminated environment for several weeks, there is concern that vehicles having unloaded susceptible livestock, or returning registered horses from Libya, might potentially be contaminated by the virus. The precautionary measures decided today therefore specify the conditions for reinforced controls of cleansing and disinfection of animal transport vehicles on arrival to the EU. The measures were decided in agreement with the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, representing the veterinary services of the EU Member States. The last outbreak of FMD in Libya was reported in 1994. The current outbreak is the first ever recorded outbreak of this particular serotype north of the Sahara. The competent authorities in Libya have taken measures to contain the disease, but the significant delay between the first suspect case on 1 May 2003 and the confirmation of the disease on 18 June 2003 means that a spread of the disease to neighbouring countries cannot be fully excluded. These measures may therefore be extended to cover additional countries.

    [12] Council, Commission and European Parliament meet in Strasbourg on the 2004 budget procedure

    Budgetary Trilogue: Commissioner Schreyer meets today with a delegation from the European Parliament's budgets committee chaired by Mr Wynn, and with the Council, represented by under-secretary Magri. The second regular trilogue meeting is part of the 2004 budget procedure and prepares the forthcoming conciliation taking place before the Council's first reading of the 2004 draft budget at the ECOFIN meeting on 16 July. Agricultural expenditure, international fisheries agreements and CFSP funding are major subjects on the agenda but discussions cover also administrative expenditure, adjustments for enlargement and the mobilisation of the emergency aid reserve.

    [13] Troisième réunion plénière du Groupe des Sages sur le Dialogue entre les Peuples et les Cultures

    Le Groupe des Sages sur le Dialogue entre les Peuples et les Cultures a tenu sa troisième réunion plénière le lundi 30 juin et le mardi 1er juillet 2003, sous la co-présidence de Mme Assia Alaoui Bensalah et de M. Jean Daniel, en présence de deux membres de la Commission européenne, successivement MM. Pascal Lamy, en charge du Commerce, et Philippe Busquin, en charge de la Recherche. Les autres membres constitutifs de ce Groupe sont : Mmes Fatima Mernissi, Simone Susskind-Weinberger et Tullia Zevi, ainsi que MM. Malek Chebel, Juan Diez Nicolas, Umberto Eco, Shmuel N. Eisenstadt, Georges Joffé, Ahmed Kamal Aboulmagd, Bichara Khader, Adnan Wafic Kassar, Pedrag Matvejevic, Rostane Medhi, Tariq Ramadan, Faruk Sen, Faouzi Skali.

    [14] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de M. Prodi : "Con l'Italia per un'Europa forte e unita" (PE, Strasbourg)

    Speech by David Byrne : "GM Food and Feed" (01/07, EP, Strasbourg)

    Speech by Margot Wallström : "Traceability and labelling of GMOs" (01/07, EP, Strasbourg)


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