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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-11-10

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] Commission proposes common rules for adding vitamins and minerals to foods
  • [02] Matériaux industriels : améliorer la sécurité des équipements sous pression en Europe
  • [03] 2/3 of EU citizens support a European Constitution
  • [04] Annuaire statistique des pays candidats : de la population à l'environnement ; une grande diversité de données sur les pays candidats
  • [05] EU-Indonesia trade support programme
  • [06] Reform of raw tobacco, olive oil and cotton regime : Franz Fischler consults with sector
  • [07] Anna Diamantopoulou addresses European Social Fund national seminar in Italy
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 10/11/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 10/11/2003

  • [01] Commission proposes common rules for adding vitamins and minerals to foods

    The European Commission has today proposed a Regulation setting out common rules for the voluntary addition of vitamins, minerals and other substances such as herbal extracts to foods. The proposed legislation would harmonise the different rules in Member States and allow the free movement throughout the EU of foods "fortified" with nutrients. It would also create a list of approved vitamins, minerals and other substances. Minimum and maximum levels for adding different nutrients to foods would be set following scientific advice and labelling would show consumers which nutrients have been added to each product. The proposal will be adopted under the so- called co-decision procedure.

    [02] Matériaux industriels : améliorer la sécurité des équipements sous pression en Europe

    La sécurité des matériaux utilisés dans les équipements sous pression - des autocuiseurs aux centrales électriques sera renforcée grâce au premier ensemble d'approbations européennes de matériaux (AEM) qui vient d'être publié. Ces approbations permettent aux fabricants utilisant des matériaux innovants et modernes de prouver la conformité de ces matériaux avec les exigences de sécurité inscrites dans la directive 97/23/CE. Elles concernent le nickel 201, qui est notamment employé dans des installations chimiques extrêmement complexes. Les équipements sous pression conçus à partir de ces matériaux et ayant fait l'objet d'une AEM peuvent être commercialisés dans l'ensemble du marché intérieur communautaire, ce qui ne peut qu'inciter les fabricants à adopter des matériaux plus sûrs et plus modernes.

    [03] 2/3 of EU citizens support a European Constitution

    67% of citizens in the enlarged EU support the idea of a European Constitution according to a "Flash Eurobarometer" on the Convention and on the Intergovernmental Conference. 84% consider it "essential" or "useful" to give their opinion on the future Constitution by referendum. Poll results generally show large support for various institutional proposals made by the Convention and differ little from the June 2003 results. However, only five countries out of the 25 surveyed have more than 50% of respondents who state that they have heard about the Convention, compared to ten countries out of 25 in June.

    [04] Annuaire statistique des pays candidats : de la population à l'environnement ; une grande diversité de données sur les pays candidats

    Eurostat publie aujourd'hui un nouvel annuaire consacré aux pays candidats. Depuis la dernière édition de cet annuaire, Eurostat s'est attaché à élargir la couverture statistique de ce nouvel annuaire en incluant un grand nombre d'indicateurs structurels retenus par le Conseil européen de Copenhague afin de suivre la mise en oeuvre de la stratégie de compétitivité adoptée à Lisbonne. Les chapitres consacrés à l'éducation, à la recherche et au développement, à la finance, à l'énergie et à l'environnement ont eux aussi été sensiblement élargis.

    [05] EU-Indonesia trade support programme

    The European Commission has approved €8.5 million for a programme to support the economic and social recovery of Indonesia by improving bilateral trade flows with the EU, thus stimulating growth and contributing to poverty alleviation. In order to achieve its objective, the initiative aims to help foster a business environment favourable to enhancing EU- Indonesia economic relations. A substantial amount of technical assistance will be provided to this end. In particular, the programme will focus on the following technical and regulatory issues : WTO Capacity Building, harmonisation of EU Standards, research and development institutes and fishing laboratories.

    [06] Reform of raw tobacco, olive oil and cotton regime : Franz Fischler consults with sector

    On 10 and 11 November, the European Commission will hold a stakeholder seminar on the Commission's proposals to reform organisation of the raw tobacco, olive oil and cotton markets. The Commission has invited representatives of the sectors and the most concerned regions to voice their opinion on its proposals and to discuss them with Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler and Commission officials. This seminar forms part of the preparation of the legal reform proposals the Commission will table later this month.

    [07] Anna Diamantopoulou addresses European Social Fund national seminar in Italy

    Anna Diamantopoulou, European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, has today addressed a seminar in Italy on the European Social Fund. The seminar is being held as part of the ESF's mid-term review process and looks at lessons learnt so far in this programing period (since 2000), what are the priorities until 2006 and what can the ESF contribute in the next financial period from 2007.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Franz Fischler : "The reform of the tobacco sector" at Seminar on Tobacco

    Proposal for EU rules about adding vitamins and minerals to food frequently asked questions

    State of play on GMO authorisations under EU law


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