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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-10-13

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 les communications non sollicitées : la Commission discute des méthodes à utiliser avec les parties intéressées des secteurs public et privé
  • [02] World Standards Day (14 October) : global standards for the global Information Society
  • [03] Rendre l'Europe plus accessible aux personnes handicapées
  • [04] Floods : European research for better predictions and management solutions
  • [05] La Commission autorise l'acquisition par PaperlinX de la division papier de Buhrmann
  • [06] Commission clears acquisition of Saint-Gobain Terreal by Clay Tiles
  • [07] "We need realism and pragmatism for Finnish farm aid talks", says Franz Fischler
  • [08] Statement by European Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner Anna Diamantopoulou on the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize (10/10)
  • [09] EU-Andean Community : second round of negotiations for new Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement
  • [10] 6ème Assemblée Parlementaire Paritaire UE-ACP (11-15/10, Rome)
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 13/10/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 13/10/2003

  • [01] Lutte contre les communications non sollicitées : la Commission discute des méthodes à utiliser avec les parties intéressées des secteurs public et privé

    Quelques jours seulement avant l'échéance du 31 octobre fixée pour la transposition de la nouvelle directive "vie privée et communications électroniques", Erkki Liikanen, Commissaire européen chargé des entreprises et de la société de l'information, accueillera le 16 octobre à Bruxelles un atelier consacré aux communications non sollicitées, ce que l'on appelle communément le "spam". Plus de 200 participants représentant les Etats membres, les entreprises et d'autres parties intéressées discuteront des méthodes utilisables pour contribuer à rendre aussi efficace que possible la politique d'interdiction du courrier non sollicité et renforcer ainsi la confiance des consommateurs dans l'internet et les services de communications. Les actions proposées seraient centrées sur la sensibilisation des consommateurs, l'application effective des règles par les Etats membres, des solutions techniques et une autorégulation à mettre en œuvre par les entreprises, et la coopération internationale. Les résultats serviront de base à l'élaboration d'une communication que la Commission devrait présenter dans le courant de l'année.

    [02] World Standards Day (14 October) : global standards for the global Information Society

    World Standards Day on 14 October will focus on the role of standards for the Information Society. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) standards have a direct bearing on almost all aspects of our life: business and commerce, finance and banking, healthcare and education, transport and tourism, and public administration. This year's World Standards Day will also pave the way to an EU-US dialogue on ICT standards to exchange early warnings on potential technical barriers to global solutions for the Information Society. Europe's contribution to this dialogue include a recognition of the importance of open standards in order to stimulate competitive innovation in ICT goods and services worldwide. The UN World Summit on the Information Society to be held in December 2003 in Geneva, is also expected to recognise the importance of open and international standards, in line with the European approach. The World Standards Day is an opportunity to explain to citizens the importance of standards, and their potential to enhance the inclusiveness of European society. To mark the occasion, Commissioner Liikanen invited Commission staff to a workshop on 14 October to learn more about the European standards organisations and how they work.

    [03] Rendre l'Europe plus accessible aux personnes handicapées

    Un programme stratégique en vue de rendre, partout en Europe, les biens et les services plus accessibles à tous les citoyens, et plus particulièrement aux personnes handicapées, sera défini à l'occasion d'un atelier sur "l'accessibilité pour tous" qui aura lieu à Bruxelles le 14 octobre. Cet atelier, présidé par M. Erkki Liikanen, Commissaire chargé des entreprises et de la société de l'information, sera axé sur la manière dont les normes et les questions liées à la conception pour tous peuvent aider des entreprises innovantes à mettre au point des produits et des services qui répondent aux exigences du plus large éventail possible d'utilisateurs. Dans de nombreux cas, ces biens et ces services, notamment ceux qui intègrent des technologies de l'information et de la communication, sont essentiels pour permettre aux personnes handicapées d'accéder aux services publics et de contribuer au développement social et économique de l'Europe. Les personnes handicapées constituent aujourd'hui environ 20% de la population européenne totale. Parmi elles figurent environ 45% de citoyens de plus de 75 ans qui éprouvent des difficultés à accomplir les actes de la vie quotidienne, et ce pourcentage s'accroît avec l'augmentation de l'espérance de vie. L'intégration de l'accessibilité dans les politiques de l'UE, y compris en matière d'éducation, d'entreprises et d'emploi, fait partie de l'action plus large menée par la Commission dans le but de permettre aux personnes handicapées d'occuper pleinement leur place dans la société. L'inclusion des personnes handicapées se traduira non seulement par des bénéfices sociaux, mais aussi par des possibilités commerciales.

    [04] Floods : European research for better predictions and management solutions

    Floods are one of Europe's most widespread disasters. Major flooding has occurred nearly every year somewhere in our continent during the previous decades. Today, European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin is visiting the city of Dres-den (Germany), hit very hard by one of the worst flood catastrophes to occur in Central Europe since the Middle Ages. On this occasion, the Commission is organising a briefing in the Ständehaus of Dresden to present the results of some major research projects on floods, looking into how better to prevent, predict, mitigate, adapt and manage these catastrophes. For the period 1980-2002, the greatest number of floods occurred in France (22%), Italy (17%) and the UK (12%). The highest number of fatalities occurred in Italy (38 %), followed by Spain (20%) and France (17%). The greatest economic losses occurred in Germany and Italy (both €11 billion), followed by Spain and the UK (both around €6 billion). In the last decade, the EU has launched around 50 research projects in this field, with a total budget of €58 million, in areas such as flood risk assessment, flood hazard and risk mapping, flood forecasting and preventative land-use planning. The Commission is currently developing a European Flood Alert System (EFAS).

    [05] La Commission autorise l'acquisition par PaperlinX de la division papier de Buhrmann

    La Commission européenne a donné le feu vert à une opération par laquelle l'entreprise australienne PaperlinX Ltd va acquérir le contrôle exclusif de la division papier de l'entreprise Buhrmann N.V., numéro un du négoce de papier en Europe et dont le siège est aux Pays-Bas. Après un examen de la part de marché cumulée des entreprises concernées sur le marché du négoce de papier, la Commission a conclu que l'opération ne soulevait aucun problème sous l'angle de la concurrence.

    [06] Commission clears acquisition of Saint-Gobain Terreal by Clay Tiles

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of the French tiles and bricks maker Saint-Gobain Terreal by Luxembourg's Clay Tiles Participations, controlled by US private investment company The Carlyle Group. (The operation, notified on 9 September 2003, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [07] "We need realism and pragmatism for Finnish farm aid talks", says Franz Fischler

    Visiting South Ostrobothnia/Finland on 11 October, Franz Fischler, European Agriculture Commissioner, stressed his willingness to find a workable solution on the question of extending Finnish agricultural state aids (Article 141). "I am very familiar with Finnish agriculture. I have been in Finland many times, I maintain an excellent relationship with the Finnish authorities and the farming sector and in my home country Austria, many farmers have to work under similar, difficult conditions. This is why I have great sympathy for the concerns of Finnish farmers. My philosophy has always been to look at farming not only from a pure efficiency angle, but also from the point of view of what farming does to maintain our environment, our landscape, our culture and traditions", he said. He urged Finnish farmers to look at the whole picture. "The talks on Article 141 are not about eliminating farm subsidies. These aids come on top of the substantial subsidies Finnish farmers receive from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). 141 is a transitional measure, agreed as part of Finland's EU accession package to help your farmers integrate into the CAP. Any prolongation of this support would therefore have to encourage farmers to invest, modernise and adapt to the new challenges, and not the opposite. Consequently, any solution has to be targeted, time limited and degressive", Mr Fischler explained.

    [08] Statement by European Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner Anna Diamantopoulou on the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize (10/10)

    "In awarding this year's Peace Prize to Shirin Ebadi, the Nobel committee has brought an issue that is often ignored to the forefront of world attention. Ms Ebadi's work in promoting the rights of women and children within her society is much deserving of international recognition. In the current global political climate, her award is an important reminder that there is no inherent contradiction between Islam and fundamental human rights. Ms Ebadi will no doubt serve as an inspiration to the thousands of people all over the world fighting for equal rights for women, and respect for the basic human rights of children."

    [09] EU-Andean Community : second round of negotiations for new Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement

    The second round of negotiations for a new Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the Andean Community takes place in Quito (Ecuador) from 13 to 15 October. The EU negotiating team will be lead by Ms Astrid Schomaker, Head of the Andean Community Unit at the European Commission's External Relations Directorate General, while the Andean negotiating team will be lead by Ambassador Mentor Villagómez, Head of the Ecuadorian Mission to the EU. Ecuador is the current holder of the rotating Presidency of the Andean Community. The Commission hopes that, building on the substantial progress made during the first round of negotiations in May in Brussels, both parties will be able to complete the negotiation in Quito and initial the text of the new agreement.

    [10] 6ème Assemblée Parlementaire Paritaire UE-ACP (11-15/10, Rome)

    La 6ème session de l'Assemblée Parlementaire Paritaire UE-ACP aura lieu à Rome du 11 au 15 octobre à l'Auditorium di Roma. L'Assemblée réunit en session plénière les représentants parlementaires des 79 pays ACP et leurs 77 homologues députés du Parlement européen. M. Poul Nielson, Commissaire européen responsable de la coopération au développement et l'aide humanitaire, a déclaré : "Notre assemblée paritaire reste une des plus vives manifestations de l'accord de Cotonou et du partenariat Nord-Sud. L'assemblée reflète aussi l'importance que nous attachons à la dimension parlementaire dans notre coopération."

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Romano Prodi in Egypt (12-13/10)

    Speech by Romano Prodi : "Sharing stability and prosperity" at Tempus MEDA Regional Conference (Alexandria, Egypt)


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