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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-11-07

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] Bankruptcy : Commission welcomes report advocating prevention and legal reform to improve business survival rates and encourage fresh starts
  • [02] Semaine Comenius : célébrer la dimension européenne à l'école
  • [03] Emploi : la part de l'emploi dans les services à haut niveau de savoir reste dans les pays en passe d'adhérer encore inférieure à la moyenne européenne
  • [04] Chris Patten in Ukraine (10-11/11) : Wider Europe Conference and bilateral visit
  • [05] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 07/11/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 07/11/2003

  • [01] Bankruptcy : Commission welcomes report advocating prevention and legal reform to improve business survival rates and encourage fresh starts

    The European Commission has welcomed the final report on "Restructuring, Bankruptcy and a Fresh Start", which has just been published, which lists the key factors to save businesses from bankruptcy or to motivate fresh starts. They include expert external advice, an option for restructuring, up-to-date and predictable insolvency law to encourage settlements, and a clear legal distinction between fraudulent and non-fraudulent bankruptcies. The report has been prepared for the Commission in response to the call in the European Charter for Small Enterprises for an assessment of national bankruptcy laws. The report, by experts from EU Member States, Norway and the EU accession countries, assesses the extent to which national bankruptcy laws act as a deterrent to business survival and a fresh start and also the effects of social stigma on the potential of entrepreneurs who have tried and failed to try again. It provides indicators, benchmarks and good practice examples of early warning mechanisms for foundering businesses, legal systems and insolvency procedures, fresh starts and social attitudes towards business failure. Bankruptcy laws have recently been reformed in the UK, Spain and Norway. A review of bankruptcy legislation is under way in Finland, whilst Italy and Portugal have initiated proceedings to revise their insolvency laws. It is hoped that the report will give fresh impetus to this process.

    [02] Semaine Comenius : célébrer la dimension européenne à l'école

    Après le succès de l'édition 2001, la Commission européenne organise, du 8 au 14 novembre, la deuxième édition de la Semaine Comenius. Dans les 30 pays participant au programme, des dizaines de manifestations vont permettre au grand public de découvrir des projets exemplaires ayant permis de rapprocher l'enseignement scolaire de l'Europe via, notamment, des partenariats transnationaux. A Bruxelles, outre une exposition rassemblant des projets Comenius, près de 200 élèves de 10 à 12 ans et leurs enseignants seront présents pour diverses activités.

    [03] Emploi : la part de l'emploi dans les services à haut niveau de savoir reste dans les pays en passe d'adhérer encore inférieure à la moyenne européenne

    Selon des informations publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat, en 2002, 163 millions de personnes étaient occupées dans l'UE, dont 7,4% dans l'industrie manufacturière de haute et moyenne-haute technologie et 33,3% dans les services à haut niveau de savoir. Dans les pays en passe d'adhérer, l'emploi dans l'industrie manufacturière de haute et moyenne-haute technologie représentait entre 1,1% et 9,2% de l'emploi total. Au niveau régional, 13 des 20 régions en tête en 2002, pour ce qui est de l'emploi dans l'industrie manufacturière de haute et moyenne-haute technologie, se situaient en Allemagne, tandis que les régions du Royaume-Uni, avec 6 des 20 premières places, prédominaient pour l'emploi dans les services à haut niveau de savoir.

    [04] Chris Patten in Ukraine (10-11/11) : Wider Europe Conference and bilateral visit

    On 10 November, European External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten will attend the conference entitled 'Wider Europe: intensification of cooperation in Central-Eastern Europe through common borders with the enlarged EU', which will be hosted by Ukraine's Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Hryshchenko. At the Conference, Commissioner Patten will outline the enormous potential of the EU's 'Wider Europe' policy for Ukraine and neighbouring countries, in particular as regards cross-border and regional cooperation and people-to-people contacts. In the margins, Commissioner Patten will meet with President Leonid Kuchma, Prime Minister Victor Yanukovich, Foreign Minister Hryshchenko, and the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) Volodymyr Lytvyn. He will also have an informal meeting with representatives of the main Ukrainian opposition parties. Commissioner Patten will also deliver a speech on EU Foreign Policy at the Kyiv International Taras Shevchenko Univeristy, and on 11 November, will visit the Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant, where he will inform himself about the Shelter implementation and EU funded projects.

    [05] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Poul Nielson at the annual ECHO Partners Conference

    Note sur la préparation du Conseil Compétitivité

    Calendrier du 10 au 15 novembre 2003


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