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

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] Iraq : Commission grants a further €37 million in humanitarian aid
  • [02] Commission to invest €9 million into research for SARS prevention
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Dutch slaughterhouse Dumeco
  • [04] Efficacité énergétique : les nouvelles classes énergétiques A+ et A++ vont apparaître d'ici 2004 pour les réfrigérateurs et congélateurs
  • [05] Commission approves Danish compensation scheme to vessel owners for temporary cessation of fishing for cod in the Baltic
  • [06] Fisheries : Commission seeks green light from Council to open talks on partnership agreement with Libya
  • [07] David Byrne et Margot Wallström se réjouissent de l'accord du PE sur une approche fiable et sûre sur les OGM et les denrées alimentaires et aliments pour animaux génétiquement modifiés
  • [08] Greenhouse gas emissions trading : Margot Wallström hails final agreement on climate change breakthrough
  • [09] Commission welcomes Parliament's vote on revision of packaging and packaging waste Directive
  • [10] Services financiers : la Commission salue l'approbation, par le Parlement européen, de la proposition de directive sur les prospectus
  • [11] EU Cohesion Policy in the Czech Republic : negotiations on the 2004- 2006 programmes will start on 3 July in Prague
  • [12] Commission opens Delegation in Ecuador
  • [13] Avril 2003 par rapport à avril 2002 : les ventes du commerce de détail ont augmenté de 2,2% dans la zone euro ; hausse de 2,8% dans l'UE15
  • [14] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 03/07/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 03/07/2003

  • [01] Iraq : Commission grants a further €37 million in humanitarian aid

    The European Commission has approved a new humanitarian aid package worth €37 million to help victims of the ongoing crisis in Iraq. The focus of the aid is on supporting health, nutrition, water, sanitation and food programmes. The funds are channelled through the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) under the direct responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson, and the programmes will be implemented by experienced United Nations and NGO partners.

    [02] Commission to invest €9 million into research for SARS prevention

    Today in Brussels, European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin announced at least €9 million will be made available to fund new research to help tackle Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). As the gathering of data on the transmissibility and pathogenesis of the SARS virus continues, much knowledge is still lacking concerning the transmission, reservoirs, stability and origin of the virus. The special call covers, amongst others, surveillance and control, clinical manifestations including disease transmission, infection control procedures, interventions and vaccines, and risk assessment. Research projects resulting from this call should help pave the way for a new European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Asian partners should also participate in the initiative.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Dutch slaughterhouse Dumeco

    The European Commission has approved the acquisition of the Dutch slaughterhouse group Dumeco by the Best Agrifund, a Dutch based company active mainly in Germany. The transaction broadens Best Agrifund's activities on the European meat market but it does not raise any competition concerns.

    [04] Efficacité énergétique : les nouvelles classes énergétiques A+ et A++ vont apparaître d'ici 2004 pour les réfrigérateurs et congélateurs

    A partir de 2004, les consommateurs pourront repérer les réfrigérateurs et congélateurs particulièrement économes sur le plan de la consommation électrique ; ils afficheront les classes A+ et A++ sur les étiquettes que les fabricants doivent apposer sur les produits exposés à la vente. Cette décision de la Commission européenne aidera le consommateur à réaliser des économies d'énergie et contribuera ainsi à renforcer la sécurité d'approvisionnement énergétique de l'Union et la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique.

    [05] Commission approves Danish compensation scheme to vessel owners for temporary cessation of fishing for cod in the Baltic

    The European Commission has approved a Danish compensation scheme for vessel owners who were affected by a temporary ban on cod fishing in the Baltic over the period 15 April to 31 May 2003. Denmark proposes to compensate the vessel owners affected by this temporary ban in accordance with the provisions in the EU Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG). The compensation will be calculated on the basis of the value of the fish that could have been caught by those concerned during that period minus a percentage equivalent to operating costs and wages for the crews. Those receiving compensation cannot reclaim the equivalent fish quota for 2003. The maximum overall amount for this scheme has been fixed at 20 million DKK (around €3 million). The contribution from the EU FIFG will amount to 50%. The Commission established the 15 April to 31 May 2003 ban after receiving evidence that large quantities of undersized cod were being caught in towed gears in the Baltic threatening the recovery of this stock. In effect, this represented an extension of the summer ban covering the period 1 June to 31 August which is one of the measures included in a 2001 cod recovery plan established within the framework of the International Baltic Sea Fisheries Commission (IBSFC). Last week, IBSFC held a meeting to examine ways of strengthening this recovery plan.

    [06] Fisheries : Commission seeks green light from Council to open talks on partnership agreement with Libya

    Today, the European Commission asked the Council of Ministers to authorise the start of negotiations with the Government of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to conclude a fisheries partnership agreement. Such a partnership agreement would be of mutual benefit. While the EU would obtain sustainable fishing opportunities in Libyan waters, Libya would get EU support to modernising its fisheries sector. Furthermore, a closer cooperation in the fisheries sector would also strengthen the ties between Libya and the EU. According to EU rules, Member States have to give the Commission a mandate with negotiating guidelines, before the talks can start.

    [07] David Byrne et Margot Wallström se réjouissent de l'accord du PE sur une approche fiable et sûre sur les OGM et les denrées alimentaires et aliments pour animaux génétiquement modifiés

    Le Parlement européen a adopté le 2 juillet en deuxième lecture deux propositions de la Commission européenne relatives aux organismes génétiquement modifiés (OGM), lesquelles instaurent un système communautaire clair de traçage et d'étiquetage des OGM, et réglementant la mise sur le marché et l'étiquetage des denrées alimentaires et aliments pour animaux obtenus à partir d'OGM. La nouvelle législation vise à définir une approche fiable et respectueuse concernant les OGM, les denrées alimentaires et aliments pour animaux génétiquement modifiés. Il permettra d'assurer la traçabilité des OGM tout au long de la chaîne alimentaire, depuis l'exploitation agricole jusqu'à la table, et de fournir des informations au consommateur par l'étiquetage de toutes les denrées alimentaires et tous les aliments pour animaux composés ou obtenus à partir d'OGM ou qui en contiennent.

    [08] Greenhouse gas emissions trading : Margot Wallström hails final agreement on climate change breakthrough

    On 2 July, the European Parliament voted in favour of a compromise package on emissions trading, thereby finalising a Directive which will give carbon dioxide a market value across the EU from January 2005. "The agreement on this Directive signifies a breakthrough both for climate change and emissions trading", Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström declared : "It means that the largest emissions trading scheme in the world to date will be a reality from 2005, and that the architecture foreseen under the Kyoto Protocol is coming to life. Companies across 25 countries must now start incorporating climate change into day-to-day commercial decisions, and begin assessing what innovative steps they can take to reduce emissions."

    [09] Commission welcomes Parliament's vote on revision of packaging and packaging waste Directive

    The European Commission welcomes positive vote of the European Parliament on 2 July on the revision of Directive 94/62/EC on Packaging and Packaging Waste. The revision more than doubles the minimum recycling targets. The key open question for conciliation is now the deadline by which the new targets must be reached.

    [10] Services financiers : la Commission salue l'approbation, par le Parlement européen, de la proposition de directive sur les prospectus

    La Commission européenne s'est félicitée du vote par lequel le Parlement européen a approuvé, le 2 juillet, sa proposition modifiée de directive sur les prospectus. Cette directive permettra aux sociétés de lever, plus aisément et à moindre coût, des capitaux dans toute l'Union européenne, sur la base de l'aval donné par l'autorité réglementaire d'un unique Etat membre ("autorité compétente de l'Etat membre d'origine"). Elle renforcera la protection offerte aux investisseurs en assurant que tous les prospectus, d'où qu'ils soient émis dans l'UE, leur fournisse l'information claire et complète dont ils besoin pour prendre leurs décisions. Un prospectus est un document de publicité contenant des données financières et non financières clés, qu'une société met à la disposition des investisseurs potentiels lorsqu'elle émet des valeurs mobilières (actions, obligations, instruments dérivés, etc.) pour lever des capitaux et/ou lorsqu'elle veut faire admettre ses valeurs mobilières à la négociation sur un marché boursier.

    [11] EU Cohesion Policy in the Czech Republic : negotiations on the 2004- 2006 programmes will start on 3 July in Prague

    On 2 July, the European Commission announced the launching of the first round of negotiations with the Czech Republic on future regional development programmes. Negotiations will start on 3 July in Prague with the Czech Republic. They will be dedicated to the Community Support Framework (CSF) and related Operational Programmes (OP) for the period 2004- 2006. In a letter of 25 June, addressed to Pavel Neemec, Czech Minister for Regional Development, Michel Barnier, Commissioner responsible for regional policy, set out the Commission's position on how Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund should be used in the Czech Republic.

    [12] Commission opens Delegation in Ecuador

    With a view to reinforcing and consolidating the friendly relationship between the European Commission and Ecuador, the Commission's External Relations Director for Latin America, Francisco da Câmara Gomes, is officially opening the EC Delegation in Quito on 3 July 2003. During his visit to Ecuador, Mr da Câmara Gomes will also meet with key government officials to discuss, among other things, the new cooperation agreement between the EU and the Andean Community (CAN).

    [13] Avril 2003 par rapport à avril 2002 : les ventes du commerce de détail ont augmenté de 2,2% dans la zone euro ; hausse de 2,8% dans l'UE15

    En avril 2003, par rapport à avril 2002, le volume des ventes du commerce de détail s'est accru de 2,2% dans la zone euro et de 2,8% dans l'UE15, selon les estimations publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat. Par rapport au mois de mars 2003, les ventes ont progressé de 1,5% dans les deux zones.

    [14] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de M. Lamy : "L'état d'avancement des négociations de l'Agenda de Doha pour le Développement (ADD)" à la session plénière du Parlement européen (02/07, Strasbourg)

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