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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-07-18

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] Lutte contre la fuite des cerveaux : la Commission propose des mesures pour améliorer les carrières des chercheurs
  • [02] Commission report shows Europe's public research centres mean business
  • [03] La Commission préoccupée par l'incapacité des Etats membres à transposer les nouvelles dispositions en matière d'égalité raciale
  • [04] Commission clears Samsung's and Total Holding's acquisition of Samsung Atofina Ltd
  • [05] Florence Forum gets rid of all cross border electricity charges
  • [06] Major industrial accidents : Commission pursues infringement procedures against the Netherlands, Ireland and Italy
  • [07] Integrated pollution prevention and control : Commission pursues legal action against Ireland and Austria
  • [08] Fisheries : transfer of unused quotas under the EU/Greenland protocol
  • [09] La Commission adopte un programme immédiat de réhabilitation après crise de 30 millions € pour la Côte d'Ivoire
  • [10] Commission approves €31.5 million package for regional cooperation in the Western Balkans for 2003
  • [11] Foot-and-mouth disease : Paraguay and Argentina
  • [12] Information Society : Commission holds high-level forum in Peru on partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean
  • [13] Anna Diamantopoulou lance un site Web relooké
  • [14] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 18/07/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 18/07/2003

  • [01] Lutte contre la fuite des cerveaux : la Commission propose des mesures pour améliorer les carrières des chercheurs

    La Commission européenne a proposé aujourd'hui une série de mesures destinées à empêcher que les meilleurs chercheurs européens n'abandonnent leurs carrières en Europe en faveur d'opportunités plus lucratives aux Etats-Unis ou ailleurs. Sur base d'une analyse approfondie des perspectives de carrière au sein de l'UE, la Communication "Les chercheurs dans l'Espace européen de la Recherche : une profession, des carrières multiples" identifie les facteurs qui déterminent le développement des carrières scientifiques, à savoir la formation, les méthodes de recrutement, les conditions d'emploi, les mécanismes d'évaluation et l'avancement dans la carrière. A cette fin, la Communication propose des actions concrètes pour encourager et structurer un meilleur dialogue et un meilleur échange d'informations avec les chercheurs, et vise à créer un véritable marché du travail compétitif dans le domaine de la recherche en Europe. Parmi les actions préconisées figurent : une "Charte européenne du chercheur" ; un "Code de conduite pour le recrutement des chercheurs" ; des mécanismes communs pour évaluer et acter les compétences, les qualifications et les résultats de la recherche ; l'élaboration d'instruments avancés an matière de formation ; ainsi que l'accès à des financements adéquats et à des bénéfices minimaux en matière de sécurité sociale pour les doctorands.

    [02] Commission report shows Europe's public research centres mean business

    A European Commission study of 769 public research centres across Europe, released today, dispels commonly held views that they are in decline, by demonstrating that the sector is much larger and more dynamic than generally appreciated and is radically re-inventing itself by building stronger links with industry. The research centres surveyed employ over 100, 000 scientists, and in recent years have shifted from pure research to strong science-industry relationships, with much more activity in applied research than in basic research. They are therefore key to meeting the Lisbon European Council's goal of turning Europe into the most competitive knowledge-based economy in the world.

    [03] La Commission préoccupée par l'incapacité des Etats membres à transposer les nouvelles dispositions en matière d'égalité raciale

    La Commission européenne est vivement préoccupée du fait que les Etats membres ne sont pas parvenus à ce jour à transposer en droit national les nouvelles dispositions communautaires en matière de discrimination raciale. De nombreux Etats membres ne seront pas en mesure de respecter la date limite de transposition fixée au 19 juillet 2003. Dans son discours d'ouverture à une conférence sur la lutte contre la discrimination prévue le lundi 21 juillet, Anna Diamantopoulou, commissaire responsable de l'emploi et des affaires sociales, adressera un message clair aux gouvernements des Etats membres de l'UE sur la nécessité d'incorporer immédiatement ces dispositions dans leur droit national.

    [04] Commission clears Samsung's and Total Holding's acquisition of Samsung Atofina Ltd

    The European Commission has cleared the acquisition of joint control of the undertaking Samsung Atofina Ltd. ("JV"), Korea, by Samsung General Chemicals Co. Ltd. ("Samsung"), Korea, belonging to the Samsung Group and Total Holdings UK Ltd. ("Total Holdings") belonging to the Total Group ("Total"), France. Samsung Atofina is active in the manufacture of basic petrochemical products and commodity polymers. Samsung is incorporated under the laws of Korea and belongs to the Samsung Group. It is engaged in the manufacture of basic petrochemical products and commodity polymers. Total Holdings is a subsidiary of Total Holdings Europe Ltd. which belongs to the Total Group. Total is involved in oil exploration, development, refining, marketing, trading, shipping and production of base chemicals and commodity polymers. (The operation, notified 18 June 2003, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [05] Florence Forum gets rid of all cross border electricity charges

    A milestone agreement was reached on 9 July in Rome at the tenth meeting of the Florence European Electricity Regulatory Forum with the decision to remove completely the 0.5 € MW/h network access charge on exports currently applied by Member States. As from 1 January 2004, no additional network charges will be charged for cross-border electricity transactions in the internal market. They will be treated like national transactions and charged in the same way. "Tariff barriers to the exchange of electricity will be dismantled six months before required by European legislation", said Loyola de Palacio, European Commission Vice-President in charge of Energy and Transport. "The Commission welcomes this decision which demonstrates the commitment of the Forum to an integrated electricity market without artificial barriers to trade. Business and consumers should soon reap the benefits of this new breakthrough decision."

    [06] Major industrial accidents : Commission pursues infringement procedures against the Netherlands, Ireland and Italy

    The European Commission has sent a formal request to the Netherlands, Ireland and Italy urging them to correctly transpose into national legislation an EU law on the control of major industrial accidents involving dangerous substances. This EU law is known as the Seveso II Directive and aims to avoid or minimise the consequences of major industrial accidents through a variety of preventive measures, including preparation of emergency plans and public participation. The requests take the form of so-called 'reasoned opinions', the second phase of EU infringement procedures set out in Article 226 of the Treaty. In the absence of a satisfactory response within two months, the Commission may refer the Member States to the European Court of Justice. The decisions taken show that the Commission is determined to establish - as soon as possible - a common EU framework for preventing and limiting the consequences of major accidents involving dangerous substances.

    [07] Integrated pollution prevention and control : Commission pursues legal action against Ireland and Austria

    The European Commission is acting to safeguard the environment by pursuing infringement proceedings against Ireland and Austria. The Commission has decided to refer Austria to the European Court of Justice because Austrian law fails to fully transpose specific EU legislation on integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC). The IPPC Directive aims to ensure that potentially polluting industrial and agricultural operations are subject to strict environmental controls. The Commission has also sent a final written warning ("reasoned opinion") asking Ireland to take steps to fully transpose the Directive into Irish law. Current national law in Austria and Ireland does not give citizens sufficient guarantees that their environment will be protected as strictly as the Directive requires.

    [08] Fisheries : transfer of unused quotas under the EU/Greenland protocol

    For the first time since the conclusion of the EU/Greenland fisheries agreement in 1985, the European Commission and Member States have agreed transfers of unused fishing possibilities under this agreement. This follows recent changes to the current protocol in accordance with the EU move towards the development of partnership agreements (see ME/26/06/2003). In line with this new approach, the transfers are designed to make the unused quotas available to Member States, which have expressed an interest in catching them. They also aim at globally improving the utilisation of the fishing possibilities available under the agreement, which currently stands at around 50%. Thus, Germany agreed to transfer 5,000 tonnes of redfish from its quota allocation to the east of Greenland as follows : 2, 125 tonnes each to Portugal and Spain, 500 tonnes to Sweden and 250 tonnes to the UK. Germany also agreed to a transfer of 500 tonnes of western redfish each to Ireland, Portugal and Spain. Quota uptake by the various parties concerned will be monitored and a meeting will be convened at the beginning of September to examine whether there is a possibility of further transfers from quota-holding Member States to other Member States.

    [09] La Commission adopte un programme immédiat de réhabilitation après crise de 30 millions € pour la Côte d'Ivoire

    La Commission européenne a adopté un programme immédiat de réhabilitation après crise pour la Côte d'Ivoire de 30 millions €. Le Président de la Commission Romano Prodi et le Commissaire responsable de la coopération et l'aide humanitaire Poul Nielson ont annoncé l'adoption de ce programme à l'occasion de la visite de M. Seydou Diarra, Premier ministre de la Côte d'Ivoire, le jeudi 17 juillet 2003.

    [10] Commission approves €31.5 million package for regional cooperation in the Western Balkans for 2003

    The European Commission has approved a Regional Action Programme for 2003 to reinforce the regional cooperation between Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYROM). The programme will have a total budget of €31.5 million, funded under the 2003 CARDS (Community Assistance for Reconstruction, Development and Stabilisation programme). Activities, discussed and approved by national authorities, will encourage cooperation and dialogue between the Balkans countries in four priority areas, namely (1) integrated border management, (2) institutional capacity building, (3) democratic stabilisation and (4) regional infrastructure. and environmental development. The adoption of this programme reflects the importance the EU gives to the promotion of regional cooperation within the Stabilisation and Association Process (SAp).

    [11] Foot-and-mouth disease : Paraguay and Argentina

    An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease has been reported by the Paraguayan authorities in an area (Pozo Hondo) 3km from the border with Argentina. Paraguay is not authorised for export of fresh meat into the EU. The surveillance area of the outbreak affects part of the territory of Argentina. The Argentinean authorities reacted immediately to avoid the possible spread into Argentinean territory, in particular with vaccination and a ban of the movement of animals along the border area. The Commission has been informed immediately and the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health voted in favour of a Commission proposal to suspend the importation into the EU of de-boned and maturated bovine meat from the Argentinean departments of Ramon Lista in the province of Formosa and of Rivadavia in the Province of Salta until 15 September 2003.

    [12] Information Society : Commission holds high-level forum in Peru on partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean

    Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society will meet with Ministers, Regulators, Private Sector and Civil Society representatives from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean in Lima (Peru) on 20-21 July 2003 at a high-level forum. The objective of this forum is to discuss ways to consolidate their partnership aimed at building an open and inclusive Information Society in these regions. This meeting is a follow-up of the ministerial meeting held in April 2002 in Seville, where the @LIS cooperation programme was formally launched. Discussions will also focus on issues related with the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) that will take place in December in Geneva. This Forum will also debate ways to strengthen the participation of Latin American and Caribbean organisations in the Commission's IST Research and Development programme, taking advantage of the new financing possibilities under the international cooperation section of the sixth framework programme.

    [13] Anna Diamantopoulou lance un site Web relooké

    Anna Diamantopoulou, Commissaire européenne chargée de l'emploi et des affaires sociales, a lancé un site Web relooké, disponible dans les onze langues officielles de l'UE : http://europa.eu.int/comm/commissioners/diamantopoulou

    [14] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note sur la préparation du Conseil Agriculture / Pêche

    Calendrier du 21 au 25 juillet


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