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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-08-01

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission clears acquisition of VDBO by Archer Daniel Midlands (ADM)
  • [02] La Commission lance une consultation sur Internet à propos de la teneur en cadmium dans les engrais
  • [03] EU-ACP : working together on the Road to Cancun
  • [04] Social security systems and demographic developments in agriculture in the CEE candidate countries Midday Express 01/08/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 01/08/2003

  • [01] Commission clears acquisition of VDBO by Archer Daniel Midlands (ADM)

    The European Commission has approved the acquisition of VDBO, a division of Unilever Bestfoods active in the seed oil sector and its by-products, by ADM. The transaction broadens ADM's activities on the seed oil and bakery fat markets but no competition concerns arise as a result of the transaction.

    [02] La Commission lance une consultation sur Internet à propos de la teneur en cadmium dans les engrais

    La Commission européenne lance aujourd'hui une consultation sur Internet d'une durée de 8 semaines à propos d'un projet de proposition visant à introduire progressivement des teneurs maximales pour le cadmium dans les engrais phosphatés. Le cadmium est un métal lourd toxique présent naturellement à faibles concentrations dans l'environnement. La proposition vise à introduire graduellement sur plusieurs années des limites maximales de cadmium dans les engrais. Cette introduction graduelle donnera aux fournisseurs d'engrais suffisamment de temps pour s'adapter aux nouvelles dispositions et garantir la continuité de l'approvisionnement aux agriculteurs de l'UE. L'objectif final est de stopper l'accumulation de cadmium dans les terres agricoles. La consultation qui commence le 1er août 2003 permettra aux parties intéressées de faire part de leurs commentaires sur l'impact et sur les modalités des futures obligations juridiques avant que la Commission ne finalise sa proposition. Cette consultation prendra fin le 26 septembre 2003.

    [03] EU-ACP : working together on the Road to Cancun

    European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy and Trade Ministers from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACPs) met on 31 July in Brussels to prepare the upcoming WTO Ministerial meeting which will take place in Cancun (Mexico) in September as well as to discuss the on-ongoing negotiations for EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements. With less than a month to go before Cancun, both parties agreed to work together to ensure the right balance between market opening and rules, taking into account the particular circumstances of ACP countries, especially the poorest countries and landlocked and island countries. Pascal Lamy said : "Both the EU and ACP countries consider the development dimension as the key element of the Doha Agenda. Whether on agriculture, on industrial tariffs or on access to medicines we must ensure that we respond to the concerns and expectations of developing countries."

    [04] Social security systems and demographic developments in agriculture in the CEE candidate countries

    The assessment report "Social security systems and demographic developments in agriculture in the CEE candidate countries" by the Network of Independent Experts in the CEE Candidate Countries and the Institute for Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO) has been published today. It provides an overview of the agricultural social security systems and their impact on agrarian structural change. The report shows that social security arrangements for agricultural workers in the Accession and Candidate Countries are generally integrated into the overall social security system, with the existence of specific schemes for agriculture. However, a large number of farmers are not covered adequately, which is also a reflection of the general level of social security that is still under transformation in these countries. The low levels of social security in some countries accentuate the significance of the subsistence agriculture to importantly contribute to the livelihood of unemployed and pensioners. Most experts contributing to the report share the view that current social security arrangements have little impact on demographic developments or structural change in the market oriented agricultural sectors in those countries. Encouragement to farmers to take up early retirement through incentives in the social security system might be an alternative, provided it led to an accelerated restructuring of the sector. As in current Member States reforms of the social security systems are under way with a view to stabilising the finances of the social security system and reducing the size of the state budget contribution. The full text of the report is available on the internet at : http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/publi/reports/ccsocialsec/index_en.htm

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