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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-09-19

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] Internal Market : further deterioration in Member States' implementation of rules
  • [02] Transmission de demandes d'asile entre Etats membres - DubliNet est à présent opérationnel
  • [03] Preparation of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers (22/09, Brussels)
  • [04] Deuxième trimestre 2003 par rapport au deuxième trimestre 2002 : les coûts de la main-d'œuvre ont augmenté de 2,9% dans la zone euro ; hausse de 3,0% dans l'UE15
  • [05] Renewal of EU/Madagascar and EU/Mauritius fisheries protocols
  • [06] Food safety : meeting of David Byrne and Thai Agriculture Minister
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 19/09/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 19/09/2003

  • [01] Internal Market : further deterioration in Member States' implementation of rules

    The latest figures compiled by the European Commission show a further deterioration in Member States' implementation in national law of Internal Market Directives that they themselves, together with the European Parliament, have adopted. This is despite the call from the March 2003 Spring European Council in Brussels for a renewed effort by July to meet the targets set by Heads of State at previous European Councils in Stockholm (2001) and Barcelona (2002). Instead, the new figures show that in July, eight Member States had a "transposition deficit" (the percentage of Directives that have not been implemented in national law in due time) more than double the target of 1.5%. Only two Member States (Denmark and Spain) met this target, while Austria, Italy and France were furthest away from meeting it. Worryingly, the average deficit for the EU as a whole was up to 2.8%, from 1.8% in May last year. That is worse than it has been since 2000. The news is little better for the "zero tolerance" target set by EU Heads of State at the Barcelona European Council in Spring 2002, under which no Directives should remain unimplemented more than two years after the due date. Only four Member States (Denmark, Greece, Portugal and Finland) met this target by the end of July. France had the worst record in this respect, followed by Luxembourg and Belgium.

    [02] Transmission de demandes d'asile entre Etats membres - DubliNet est à présent opérationnel

    Un réseau sûr de communications électroniques entre les autorités nationales qui traitent les demandes d'asile, DubliNET, est opérationnel depuis le 1er septembre dans les Etats membres de l'Union européenne, ainsi qu'en Norvège et en Islande. Sa création était prévue par le règlement "Dublin II" établissant les critères et mécanismes de détermination de l'Etat membre responsable de l'examen d'une demande d'asile présentée par un ressortissant d'un pays tiers, qui remplace la convention de Dublin.

    [03] Preparation of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers (22/09, Brussels)

    The EU's Council of Ministers responsible for competitiveness will meet in Brussels on Monday 22nd September at 10am under the chairmanship of the Italian Minister for European Affairs, Rocco Buttiglione, and the Italian Minister for Education, Universities and Research, Letizia Moratti. The European Commission will be represented by Internal Market and Taxation Commissioner Frits Bolkestein, Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner António Vitorino, Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen and Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin.

    [04] Deuxième trimestre 2003 par rapport au deuxième trimestre 2002 : les coûts de la main-d'œuvre ont augmenté de 2,9% dans la zone euro ; hausse de 3,0% dans l'UE15

    D'après Eurostat, dans l'ensemble de l'économie, le coût horaire total de la main-d'œuvre dans la zone euro a augmenté de 2,9% en termes nominaux, au cours du deuxième trimestre 2003 par rapport au deuxième trimestre 2002. L'augmentation était de 2,7% au premier trimestre 2003. Dans l'UE15, la hausse a été de 3,0% au cours du deuxième trimestre 2003, contre 2,8% au trimestre précédent.

    [05] Renewal of EU/Madagascar and EU/Mauritius fisheries protocols

    The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has initialled two fisheries protocols with Madagascar and Mauritius respectively. The new protocol with Madagascar will last for three years from1 January 2004. The number of tuna vessels allowed to fish under this protocol remains unchanged : 40 seiners and 40 long-liners as does the annual financial compensation of €825,000. Vessel owners will continue to pay € 25 per tonne of tuna caught but the amount to be paid in advance to Madagascar will increase. The new protocol with Mauritius, applicable from 3 December 2003, will last for 4 years, a year longer than the current one. The number of tuna vessels will increase from 83 to 90 as will the financial compensation from €412,500 to €487,500 and the fishing possibilities from 5,500 tonnes to 6,500 tonnes. The measures agreed under these new partnership agreements will contribute to achieving sustainable tuna fisheries in these areas and to strengthening international cooperation within the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) of which the EU is a member. These measures include the use of the vessel monitoring system (VMS) which allows for the continuous monitoring of EU vessels operating in Madagascar's waters by the control authorities. The vessels concerned by these protocols come from Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and the UK.

    [06] Food safety : meeting of David Byrne and Thai Agriculture Minister

    European Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner David Byrne met the Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand, Mr Sora-at Klinpratoom, in Brussels on Thursday, 18 September. During the meeting, the Minister presented the Thai structure in charge of regulating food safety standards, the National Bureau of Agricultural Commodities and Food Standards (ACFS). Commissioner Byrne recognised the key role of Thailand in south-east Asia and its role in advocating improved food safety. Minister Sora-at Klinpratoom expressed his appreciation for the EU decision in January 2003 to totally lift the restrictions on shrimp and to reduce testing of poultrymeat from 100% to 20%. Since March 2002, all consignments of shrimps and poultry from Thailand had to be tested for the presence of residues since the presence of nitrofurans had been detected in imported products from the country (see IP/02/436). The control system set up by the Thai authorities has also been monitored by the Commission Delegation in Thailand.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Text of video address by Anna Diamantopoulou at Conference on Human Capital

    Speech by Erkki Liikanen : "eEurope 2005" at IT-Dynamon vihkiäsjuhla (Jyväskylä, ! embargo 1h30 pm !)

    Calendrier du 22 au 27 septembre 2003


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