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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-11-27

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Voyager avec des animaux de compagnie : introduction du passeport pour animaux domestiques en juillet 2004
  • [02] Justice and Home Affairs Council reached general agreement on Framework decision on drugs trafficking, on the basis of a Commission proposal of May 2001
  • [03] Commission clears ABN Amro purchase of Swedish garden tools maker GGP
  • [04] La Commission se félicite de l'accord du Conseil sur ITER
  • [05] EU needs to boost productivity and employment growth rates, says Competitiveness Report 2003
  • [06] Mediterranean fisheries : Ministers agree to step up management, controls and fight against illegal fishing (Venice)
  • [07] Franz Fischler devant la conférence de la FAO à Rome : au cœur des débats, la relance des négociations agricoles avec l'OMC
  • [08] Commission "Training Day" highlights increase in staff training since launch of reform
  • [09] David Byrne, Renate Künast et Miguel Arias Cañete ouvrent la conférence européenne sur la perception du risque
  • [10] Third meeting of the EU's Kosovo SAp Tracking Mechanism (26-27/11, Pristina)
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 27/11/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 27/11/2003

  • [01] Voyager avec des animaux de compagnie : introduction du passeport pour animaux domestiques en juillet 2004

    La Commission européenne a adopté une décision établissant un modèle de passeport qui permettra aux animaux domestiques et à leurs propriétaires de se déplacer plus facilement à l'intérieur de l'Union européenne. La nouvelle législation communautaire entrera en vigueur en juillet 2004, date à partir de laquelle tous les chats, chiens et furets devront être munis d'un passeport pour pouvoir voyager. Le passeport pour animaux domestiques, qui constitue un document vétérinaire, fournira la preuve que l'animal a bien été vacciné contre la rage. Grâce à ce seul document, les animaux domestiques pourront donc être emmenés dans tous les Etats membres, à l'exception de l'Irlande, de la Suède et du Royaume-Uni. Ce passeport pourra également contenir des renseignements concernant d'autres vaccinations, y compris celles qui ne sont pas exigées par la loi, ainsi que des informations relatives aux antécédents médicaux de l'animal.

    [02] Justice and Home Affairs Council reached general agreement on Framework decision on drugs trafficking, on the basis of a Commission proposal of May 2001

    As illicit drug trafficking often involves several Member States, action by the European Union adds real value to national policies. This instrument is part of the EU comprehensive anti-drugs strategy, based on an approach that balances measures to cut demand and combat supply. The need to adopt a common and clearly-defined approach to this problem should also be seen in the context of the enlarged EU. The European Commission believes that closer cooperation is needed between the various law enforcement authorities in the Member States to tackle the problem of illicit drugs trafficking. To be effective, such cooperation must be based on a common set of principles and aims. By agreeing on a common definition of the offence of drug trafficking and by foreseeing effective, proportionate and dissuasive penalties in all Member States, this framework decision constitutes a major step forward.

    [03] Commission clears ABN Amro purchase of Swedish garden tools maker GGP

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of full control of the group of companies owned by Global Garden Products Sweden Förvaltning AB (GGP Group), active in the development, production and sale of garden tools and equipment, by ABN AMRO Capital Limited (UK), a subsidiary of the Dutch financial services group ABN AMRO. (The operation, notified on 28 October 2003, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [04] La Commission se félicite de l'accord du Conseil sur ITER

    Le Commissaire européen chargé de la Recherche, Philippe Busquin, a salué l'accord unanime obtenu au Conseil des ministres le 26 novembre sur la candidature de l'Union pour accueillir à Cadarache (France) le projet du réacteur de fusion thermonucléaire ITER.

    [05] EU needs to boost productivity and employment growth rates, says Competitiveness Report 2003

    To improve standards of living, the EU needs to regain its leadership in productivity growth and raise employment rates, says the Competitiveness Report 2003, published by the European Commission today. The report suggests that the decline in hours worked per person in the EU, together with the virtual stagnation in total hours worked over the past thirty years and the recent slowdown in productivity growth, are not consistent with expectations of a rapidly improving standard of living. The cumulative US-EU difference in productivity growth in 1995-2002 is 9 percentage points when measured by person employed and 4.5 points when measured by hours worked. The report finds that firms that achieve high productivity growth are those that combine organisational improvements with investment in new technologies, and particularly in information and communication technologies (ICT). ICT has contributed more to productivity growth in the US than in the EU, which relies more heavily on investment in traditional types of capital. The report also identifies factors, such as R&D, that determine regional productivity growth and competitiveness. Convergence of productivity levels across EU regions appears to be weak, at about 1.5% per year. Finally, the report examines the competitiveness of EU accession countries and discusses the likely impact of enlargement on economic structures in a wider European Union. It notes that accession countries that have low productivity and compete essentially on low labour costs could potentially become “locked in” to labour-intensive or natural resource-intensive patterns of production. A detailed picture of productivity, job-creation, and innovation performance are provided by the annual enterprise and innovation scoreboards, also issued today.

    [06] Mediterranean fisheries : Ministers agree to step up management, controls and fight against illegal fishing (Venice)

    The Ministerial Conference on the Sustainable Development of Fisheries in the Mediterranean came to a close on 26 November. In a joint declaration, fisheries ministers from the Mediterranean States agreed to bring to life the regional fisheries organisation for the Med, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM). The Scientific Advisory Committee of GFCM will draw up concrete proposals on scientific evaluation of shared stocks in the Mediterranean and present them to GFCM at the latest in October 2004. It was further concluded to develop conservation and control mechanisms in GFCM preserving shared stocks to ensure profitable fishing in the Mediterranean. Ministers consider that the creation of fisheries protection zones will permit the improvement of conservation and control of fisheries and thus contributes to better resource management and to combating illegal fishing. A more detailed examination should be made of the modalities for the creation of fisheries protection zones taking into account precedents, with a view to employing a concerted and regional approach suited to the needs of the fisheries concerned and based on dialogue and coordination. In order to progress in this direction, the Mediterranean States shall cooperate at the appropriate regional level.

    [07] Franz Fischler devant la conférence de la FAO à Rome : au cœur des débats, la relance des négociations agricoles avec l'OMC

    Les 1er et 2 décembre, Franz Fischler, membre de la Commission européenne chargé de l'Agriculture, du Développement rural et de la Pêche, participera à Rome à la 32ème conférence de l'Organisation de l'alimentation et de l'agriculture (FAO) des Nations Unies. Le Commissaire présentera un exposé introductif sur l'état des négociations agricoles avec l'OMC, prononcera une allocution à la séance plénière de la FAO et tiendra un certain nombre de réunions, en particulier avec des ministres de pays en voie de développement. Des réunions sont prévues avec les Etats ACP (Afrique, Caraïbes et Pacifique), la Thaïlande, le Brésil, le Japon, les Philippines, l'Indonésie, le Maroc, l'Inde, le Bangladesh, les Etats-Unis, le Canada et la Nouvelle-Zélande.

    [08] Commission "Training Day" highlights increase in staff training since launch of reform

    The European Commission is celebrating its first "training day", with a series of conferences, presentations and workshops to showcase the training opportunities now available to staff. This event reflects the increased significance attached by the Commission to training as a means to ensure that Commission staff are equipped with the necessary skills and qualifications to ensure optimal achievement of organisational objectives. The Commission set itself a target of 10 days of training per member of staff per year by 2005, from a baseline of 2 days in 2000. In 2002, the number had reached 7. The budget for general, language and informatics training has risen from €11.7 million in 2000 to €17.5 million in 2003. For 2004, the budget will be €22.5 million.

    [09] David Byrne, Renate Künast et Miguel Arias Cañete ouvrent la conférence européenne sur la perception du risque

    Des personnalités des milieux de la politique, de la science et de l'alimentation vont se rencontrer à Bruxelles, les 4 et 5 décembre, à l'occasion d'une conférence parrainée par l'UE sur la perception du risque. Parmi les principaux orateurs figurent le ministre espagnol de l'agriculture, de la pêche et de l'alimentation, Miguel Arias Cañete, le ministre allemand de la protection des consommateurs, Renate Künast et le Commissaire européen chargé de la santé et de la protection des consommateurs, David Byrne. La conférence étudiera la formation de la perception des risques au sein de la population et son implication dans une démocratie complexe comme celle de l'Union européenne. Dans le prolongement des précédentes conférences de la Commission sur la gestion des risques et la gouvernance européenne, cette rencontre comportera un forum des parties intéressées sur la perception des risques en matière de denrées alimentaires génétiquement modifiées. Plusieurs centaines de délégués de toute l'Europe sont attendus.

    [10] Third meeting of the EU's Kosovo SAp Tracking Mechanism (26-27/11, Pristina)

    The third meeting of the Kosovo SAp (Stabilisation and Association process) Tracking Mechanism (STM) took place in Pristina on 26-27 November 2003. European Commission experts discussed trade and customs issues, key economic legislation and competition questions with experts from UNMIK (United Nations Mission in Kosovo) and the Provisional Institutions of Self- Government (PISG). The delegations were headed, for Kosovo, by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Mr Harri Holkeri and the Prime Minister, Mr Bajram Rexhepi. They were accompanied by experts from UNMIK and the PISG. Mr Reinhard Priebe, Director for Western Balkans at the Commission, led the Commission's delegation.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Statement by President Romano Prodi on Council conclusions (25/11) on Germany and France

    Discours de clôture de M. Fischler : "Coopérer pour assurer à l'avenir la durabilité de la pêche en Méditerranée" à la Conférence ministérielle sur le développement durable de la pêche en Méditerranée (26/11, Venise)

    Speech by Franz Fischler : "The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership: Looking Beyond our Wider Borders" at Euromed Conference (Venice)

    Speech by Erkki Liikanen : "European Group of Owner managed and Family Enterprises (GEEF)" at GEEF workshop on Family Business in an Enterprise Economy, European Parliament (26/11)


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