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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-10-10

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] Sécurité des arômes de fumée : David Byrne salue l'adoption d'un nouveau règlement par le Conseil
  • [02] €1.25 million advance payments for the eradication of avian influenza in Belgium
  • [03] Lack of women in European industrial research, but business strives to make a change
  • [04] Eurobarometer : latest survey shows growing support for key EU policies in acceding countries
  • [05] Enquête Eurobaromètre dans les pays adhérents et les pays candidats : des attentes fortes des jeunes de ces pays à l'égard de l'UE
  • [06] Foot-and-mouth disease in Argentina : extension of areas under restriction
  • [07] Commission welcomes Council agreement against unfair competition from subsidised third country airlines
  • [08] Signing of the EU-Macao Readmission Agreement
  • [09] Commission participates to Geneva TELECOM 2003 Conference
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 10/10/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 10/10/2003

  • [01] Sécurité des arômes de fumée : David Byrne salue l'adoption d'un nouveau règlement par le Conseil

    Le Conseil a adopté le règlement sur les arômes de fumée, qui harmonisera les règles nationales relatives à l'autorisation et à l'utilisation des arômes de fumée, fortement divergentes. Les arômes de fumée servent à donner un goût fumé à des aliments tels que la viande, le poisson et les en- cas. Ils sont fabriqués en condensant de la fumée fraîche dans de l'eau, puis en purifiant la fumée condensée. Grâce au processus de purification, l'utilisation d'arômes de fumée est généralement considérée comme moins dangereuse pour la santé que le traditionnel processus de fumage. Le règlement entrera en vigueur 20 jours après sa publication au Journal officiel de l'Union européenne. Les Etats membres devront mettre en œuvre les nouvelles règles dans un délai de 18 mois à compter de cette date, c'est-à-dire au plus tard au début de l'année 2005.

    [02] €1.25 million advance payments for the eradication of avian influenza in Belgium

    The European Commission today decided to pay an advance of €1.25 million to Belgium to reinburse compensation paid to farmers for losses they occurred due to avian influenza outbreaks in the first half of 2003. In total eight outbreaks have been reported in Belgium, about 3 million head of poultry have been killed and 5 million eggs destroyed. 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. The final and total amount of the EU contribution (50% of costs) to Belgium will only be fixed after the Belgian authorities have submitted the official and final claims and after the Commission has carried out financial and veterinary controls.

    [03] Lack of women in European industrial research, but business strives to make a change

    Overall, only 15% of EU industrial researchers are women despite an increase in the proportion of women graduates. This is one of the findings of reports presented by the European Commission today. More than 350 participants from more than 40 countries gathered in Berlin to discuss "Women in Industrial Research (WIR) speeding up changes in Europe". The conference, organised with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, represents a key step in EU strategy to promote women's participation in research in Europe. Based on the report "WIR - A wake up call for European Industry", the results of a European study on statistical data and case studies, national and corporate strategies and good practices were presented and discussed. The overall goal of the conference was to prepare and develop possible actions, together with businesses, to promote the presence of women in industrial research : a group of business executives presented in Berlin a blueprint to boost women's participation in industrial research.

    [04] Eurobarometer : latest survey shows growing support for key EU policies in acceding countries

    Public support for a number of key European Union policy priorities is continuing to grow in the ten acceding and three candidate countries, according to the most recent Eurobarometer opinion survey, published today. The survey is the latest in a series carried out in the ten countries due to join the EU next May as well as Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. It asks a number of questions about citizens' attitudes on a range of issues relating to the EU and its policies as well as their own lifestyles and outlook. This survey questioned 12,126 people in the 13 countries between 16 June and 18 July. The results show a continued growth in support for accession to the EU, membership of the euro and joint EU decision-making in foreign and defence policy.

    [05] Enquête Eurobaromètre dans les pays adhérents et les pays candidats : des attentes fortes des jeunes de ces pays à l'égard de l'UE

    Les jeunes des 10 pays adhérents au 1er mai 2004 et des 3 pays candidats ont un mode de vie et des aspirations personnelles relativement proches de ceux des jeunes de l'Union européenne à 15. C'est ce que montrent les résultats d'une enquête Eurobaromètre menée au printemps 2003, auprès de 10.000 personnes à la demande de la direction générale Education et Culture de la Commission européenne. Ce sondage montre aussi que sur les questions de société et sur les attentes vis-à-vis de l'Union, les jeunes des pays adhérents et candidats semblent se démarquer davantage des jeunes de l'Union à 15.

    [06] Foot-and-mouth disease in Argentina : extension of areas under restriction

    In September, when an outbreak of foot-and-mouth (FMD) disease had been reported by the Argentinean authorities in the province of Salta, the European Commission adopted a decision suspending the importation into the EU of de-boned and maturated bovine meat from some departments in the provinces of Formosa and Salta (see Midday Express of 10 September 2003). The Argentinian veterinary authorities have now enlarged the area under restriction to prevent a further spread of FMD and, from the information provided so far by them, it is not possible to fully assess the disease situation in this area. As a result of this uncertainty the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health yesterday voted in favour of a Commission proposal to extend the area from which the importation of de- boned and maturated meat is suspended. The new decision will apply to the whole territory of the provinces of Formosa, Salta, Chaco and Jujuy. Meat from other regions of Argentina which are free of FMD can continue to be imported into the EU in accordance with existing import rules.

    [07] Commission welcomes Council agreement against unfair competition from subsidised third country airlines

    On 9 October, the Transport Council agreed to fill the legal vacuum to react against unfair competition from subsidised third country competitors in the airline sector. This Regulation will address subsidies and also unfair pricing practices by third country competitors resulting from non- commercial advantages granted by their authorities. Loyola de Palacio, European Commission vice-president in charge of Transport and Energy, welcomed strongly this unanimous agreement. "This is a very important agreement for our airlines which will be put on an equal footing with their competitors in the future : the new instrument gives possibilities to react against very unfair practices", she said. "In the European Union, our airlines have to 'play it by the book' while it can happen that third country competitors on international routes. These new rules, when adopted, will fill the legal gap." The text will have to be seen by the European Parliament and the Council in second reading and might enter into force by 2004.

    [08] Signing of the EU-Macao Readmission Agreement

    European Commissioner for External Relations Chris Patten and Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini will sign the EU-Macao Readmission Agreement on 13 October on behalf of the European Community. The signing ceremony will take place in Luxembourg in the margins of the General Affairs External Relations Council. Ms Florinda Chan, Secretary for Administration and Justice of the Macao Special Administrative Region, will sign for Macao. The EU-Macao Readmission Agreement lays down common rules for the return of persons illegally residing on the territories of both Parties to their country of origin. It was negotiated in October 2001 following the EU's lifting of visa requirements for Macao SAR passport holders in March 2001. This is the second such agreement to be concluded since the EU was given responsibility for agreements on readmission of illegal immigrants under the Treaty of Amsterdam. The first, with Hong Kong SAR, was signed on 27 November 2002. For further information see MEMO/02/142 and MEMO/02/271.

    [09] Commission participates to Geneva TELECOM 2003 Conference

    European Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen will participate to the opening of the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) TELECOM 2003 in Geneva on Sunday October 12. Throughout the conference (October 12-18), the Commission will focus on the theme of eEurope. Each day on the Commission stand in Hall 5, officials will be presenting one of the specific policy priorities that the Commission and Member States are pursuing in this context (Broadband, eSafety, eLearning, eGovernment, etc). The Conference represents a good opportunity to demonstrate and exchange views on how EU policies may affect business development within the sector.

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note sur les résultats du Conseil Transports (09/10)

    Note sur la préparation du Conseil Agriculture et Pêche (13/10)

    Calendrier du 13 au 18 octobre 2003


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