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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-09-24

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] Agricultural reform continued : Commission proposes sustainable agricultural model for Europe's tobacco, olive oil and cotton sectors
  • [02] La Commission ouvre la discussion sur la réforme du régime européen du sucre
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [03] Commission's proposal on biometric identifiers for visa and residence permit for third country nationals
  • [04] La Commission poursuit la lutte contre les maladies professionnelles
  • [05] €10 million advance payments for the eradication of avian influenza in the Netherlands
  • [06] Commission welcomes "decisive action" by the North-west Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO) to rebuild Greenland halibut stocks
  • [07] Pascal Lamy in Prague and Budapest to address trade implications of EU enlargement
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 24/09/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 24/09/2003[I] Résultats de la Commission du 23 septembre 2003 - Outcome of Commission meeting of 23 September

  • [01] Agricultural reform continued : Commission proposes sustainable agricultural model for Europe's tobacco, olive oil and cotton sectors

    The European Commission has put forward proposals for a fundamental reform of the common market organisations (CMO) for olive oil, raw tobacco and cotton in line with the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP) decided by the Council in June 2003. For these three sectors, it is proposed to transfer a significant part of the current production-linked payments to the decoupled single farm payment scheme, the key feature of the future CAP. As was the case in the June 2003 CAP Reform, this payment as well as other direct payments will be linked to the respect of environmental and food safety standards through cross-compliance. To facilitate a sustainable policy for the raw tobacco sector in the future, the Commission proposes a phasing out of the current regime over three years, a decoupling of the existing tobacco premium, a phasing out of the Community Tobacco Fund and the setting up of a financial envelope for restructuring tobacco-producing areas. In the olive oil sector, 60% of the production-linked payments for the reference period would be converted into new entitlements to the single farm payment scheme. Member States would retain the rest for the granting of an additional direct payment for low output and marginal olive groves and for quality policy. For cotton, 60% of the producer-support expenditure per Member State would be transferred as new entitlements to the single farm payment scheme whilst Member States would retain 40% for a new direct area payment to producers. The balance with the cotton expenditure for the reference period would finance inter- branch organisations and restructuring in cotton-producing areas. The reform is expected to bring better market orientation, environmental benefits, enhanced competitiveness and more stable income for farmers, due to the higher transfer efficiency of decoupled payments.

    [02] La Commission ouvre la discussion sur la réforme du régime européen du sucre

    La Commission européenne a présenté une communication présentant les implications de trois scénarios de réforme pour le secteur communautaire du sucre. Avant de soumettre une proposition formelle, la Commission souhaite d'abord ouvrir la discussion sur les objectifs du régime communautaire du sucre dans le nouveau contexte, en se basant sur les informations contenues dans l'évaluation d'impact approfondie du secteur européen du sucre. Cette évaluation décrit les trois principales options politiques. Dans la première, le régime actuel serait prorogé au-delà de 2006. La réduction nécessaire des quotas, des tarifs et des prix se ferait au sein de l'actuelle organisation commune de marché (OCM). La deuxième option impliquerait la suppression progressive des quotas de production et le prix interne à l'UE pourrait s'ajuster à celui des importations non- préférentielles. Ce scénario de réduction des prix a également fait l'objet d'un examen quant à son impact sur la structure des échanges mondiaux et comprend la possibilité de permettre aux producteurs de sucre de bénéficier du système de paiement unique par exploitation découplé de la production. Enfin, la troisième option envisage une libéralisation complète du régime actuel du sucre. Les producteurs seraient intégrés dans le système de paiement unique par exploitation. Dans ce scénario, on a évalué l'incidence de la suppression complète des restrictions tarifaires et quantitatives à l'importation sur le marché européen du sucre. Par cette communication et l'évaluation d'impact approfondie du secteur du sucre qui l'accompagne, la Commission respecte son engagement d'élaborer un rapport en 2003 sur le régime communautaire du sucre et ses perspectives.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [03] Commission's proposal on biometric identifiers for visa and residence permit for third country nationals

    The European Commission has adopted today and sent to the Council and European Parliament two proposals on the modification of the Regulations laying down a uniform format for residence permits of third country nationals (EC) 1030/02 and laying down a uniform format for visas 1683/95.

    [04] La Commission poursuit la lutte contre les maladies professionnelles

    La Commission européenne demande aux Etats membres de prendre les mesures nécessaires pour prévenir un certain nombre de maladies qui peuvent couramment être reliées au lieu de travail. De telles mesures devraient également permettre aux malades de demander une indemnisation.

    [05] €10 million advance payments for the eradication of avian influenza in the Netherlands

    The European Commission today decided to pay an advance of €10 million to the Netherlands to reinburse compensation paid to farmers for losses they occurred during the avian influenza epidemic in the first half of 2003. The EU contribution to this compensation is 50%. Farmers have been compensated for animals killed and eggs destroyed. Compensation is also paid for the costs of destruction of carcasses, eggs, contaminated feedingstuff and equipment and the cleaning and desinfection of holdings. In total, more than 25 million poultry units have been killed and 130 million eggs destroyed in the Netherlands during this epidemic. The final and total amount of the EU contribution to the Netherlands will only be fixed after the Netherlands have introduced their official and final claims and after the Commission has carried out financial and veterinary inspections in the Netherlands.

    [06] Commission welcomes "decisive action" by the North-west Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO) to rebuild Greenland halibut stocks

    On behalf of the EU, which is a member of the North-west Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO), the European Commission has welcomed the adoption of a long-term rebuilding plan for Greenland halibut in this area. The decision was taken in response to the latest scientific advice on the state of this stock recommending an unexpectedly substantial cut in the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) in 2004. The 15-year rebuilding plan includes much reduced TACs until 2007 and ways of setting TACs to ensure the rebuilding of the halibut stock for the following years. Measures will also be taken to ensure compliance with the conservation measures. This plan underlines the consistency between the EU internal and external fisheries policy and its commitment to achieving sustainable fisheries.

    [07] Pascal Lamy in Prague and Budapest to address trade implications of EU enlargement

    On 25 and 26 September European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy travels to the Czech Republic and Hungary to discuss EU trade policy questions with government, business community and civil society. On the eve of his visit, Mr Lamy said : "Next year we will be enlarging the EU family to ten new members and like any family, we should take the time to prepare this event together. I want to share views with Czech and Hungarian administration and citizens and explain my view of how the enlarged EU, speaking with one voice on trade, can promote our view of harnessed globalisation."

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de M. Barnier : "Vers une Constitution européenne" (PE, Strasbourg)

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