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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-02-26

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] Migration to current EU from new Member States likely to be about 1 percent, report says
  • [02] The Commission rejects calls to drop the Kyoto Protocol
  • [03] Entreprises coopératives: travailler ensemble pour la croissance
  • [04] European Ministerial Conference on Information Society: "New Opportunities for Growth in an Enlarged Europe
  • [05] Loyola de Palacio welcomes the outcome of EU/US discussions on GALILEO
  • [06] La Commission engage une procédure d'infraction contre 12 États membres pour non-transposition d'une directive-clé en matière de sécurité maritime
  • [07] Company law: Commission consults on the cross border transfer of companies' registered offices
  • [08] Commission boosts initial humanitarian aid for victims of Morocco earthquake to EUR 975,000
  • [09] Rédiffusion de notes
  • [10] Commission earmarks an initial EUR 500,000 for victims of the Morocco earthquake
  • [11] Commissioner Nielson meets Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire Seydou Diarra
  • [12] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 26/02/2004 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 26/02/2004

  • [01] Migration to current EU from new Member States likely to be about 1 percent, report says

    A study by the European Commission and the EU Foundation for the Improvement in Living and Working Conditions, based on a Eurobarometer poll shows that, even under conditions of full freedom of movement, migration from all new Member States to all current Member States would be likely to be about 1% of the working age population of the new Member States over the next five years approximately 220,000 per year, in a Union of 450 million. In similar surveys carried out within the EU, it has been shown that intentions on migration are much higher than actual migration. This report is very much in line with other similar studies carried out for the European Commission or by other independent bodies.

    [02] The Commission rejects calls to drop the Kyoto Protocol

    The European Commission strongly rejects all calls to change its position concerning the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol and its full implementation by the European Union.

    [03] Entreprises coopératives: travailler ensemble pour la croissance

    La Commission vient d'adopter une communication visant à promouvoir les coopératives en Europe. Cette communication arrive quelques mois après que l'ensemble des États membres eurent approuvé l'adoption d'un règlement autorisant la création de sociétés coopératives européennes (cf. IP/03/1071). Les coopératives prospèrent aujourd'hui sur les marchés concurrentiels et détiennent désormais des parts de marché importantes dans des secteurs où d'autres types de sociétés sont très bien représentés, notamment la banque, l'assurance, les détaillants alimentaires, la pharmacie et l'agriculture. Leur expansion est forte dans les domaines de la santé, des services aux entreprises, de l'éducation et du logement. De par leur nature, les coopératives permettent en outre de trouver un équilibre idéal entre les valeurs de l'entreprise et les objectifs sociaux. La communication expose des mesures susceptibles d'encourager un recours plus vaste aux coopératives en Europe. Ces mesures mettent l'accent sur la visibilité accrue et la qualité renforcée des lois nationales sur les coopératives ainsi que sur une contribution étendue des coopératives aux politiques communautaires.

    [04] European Ministerial Conference on Information Society: "New Opportunities for Growth in an Enlarged Europe

    Hosted by the EU Irish Presidency, the Hungarian Government, and the European Commission, a two-day Ministerial Conference is starting today in Budapest on the eve of the Union's enlargement to twenty five Member States. The conference will review progress made in implementing the eEurope+ Action Plan launched at the Seville European Council in June 2001, and discuss joint challenges for the whole of Europe in the field of Information Society. Some 40 Ministers or their Deputies from the acceding Member States, candidate countries, several EU Member States and the South- East European Countries are expected to attend amongst the 500 participants which include high-level involvement of the private sector, academia and civil society. All member states will send a delegation to the event.

    [05] Loyola de Palacio welcomes the outcome of EU/US discussions on GALILEO

    The United States and the European Commission, joined by the European Union Member States, held a successful round of negotiations in Brussels on 24-25 February 2004. The delegations built upon progress made in The Hague and in Washington and were able to reach agreement on most of the overall principles of GPS/Galileo cooperation. "This is another very important step for the Galileo project, which recognises both sides as equal partners and creates the optimal conditions for the development of the European system, fully independent and compatible and redundant with the american GPS" said Loyola de Palacio, European Commission vice-president in charge of Transport and Energy. "This agreement will allow all users to use in a complementary way both systems with the same receiver: it creates indeed the world standard of radionavigation by satellite. I'm happy to see that we agreed not to freeze the performance of signal modulations: on the contrary it establishes clear rules for both parties to jointly or individually continuously improve the performance of their respective systems, for the benefit of all users worldwide." she concluded.

    [06] La Commission engage une procédure d'infraction contre 12 États membres pour non-transposition d'une directive-clé en matière de sécurité maritime

    La Commission a envoyé une lettre de mise en demeure à tous les États membres de l'UE, à l'exception du Danemark, de l'Allemagne et de l'Espagne, pour non-respect de la législation de l'UE relative aux systèmes communautaires de suivi du trafic des navires et d'information sur le trafic des navires, une directive adoptée en 2002 suite au naufrage de l'Erika. C'est la première étape d'une procédure d'infraction contre des États membres qui devraient avoir adopté la législation nécessaire pour le 5 février 2004. Cette législation a pour but d'améliorer la sécurité du trafic maritime par un train de mesures comprenant la création de lieux de refuge pour les navires en détresse et l'obligation faite aux navires d'être équipés d'un enregistreur des données de voyage (« boîte noire »).

    [07] Company law: Commission consults on the cross border transfer of companies' registered offices

    The European Commission has launched an Internet consultation on the outline of the planned proposal for a Directive on the right of limited companies to transfer their registered office from one Member State to another. Two previous public consultation exercises, as well as the case law of the Court of Justice, have highlighted a need for clear EU framework legislation on this issue, so that companies can exercise their rights in the Internal Market. Those interested are invited to respond by 15 April 2004 to a quick and user-friendly questionnaire, using the Commission's Interactive Policy Making system and available through the Commission's dedicated consultation site "Your Voice in Europe" at: http://europa.eu.int/yourvoice/consultations.

    [08] Commission boosts initial humanitarian aid for victims of Morocco earthquake to EUR 975,000

    The European Commission has today taken a primary emergency decision for €975,000 for urgent relief to the victims of the earthquake in Morocco. This is almost double the amount initially announced, reflecting the scale of the needs reported to the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) by partners working in the crisis zone. The funds will be used to help meet initial basic needs for medical assistance, drinking water, household utensils, hygiene products and shelter.

    [09] Rédiffusion de notes

    [10] Commission earmarks an initial EUR 500,000 for victims of the Morocco earthquake

    The European Commission, through its Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), is earmarking initial funding of €500,000 for emergency humanitarian aid to the victims of the earthquake in Morocco. The Spanish Red Cross has already begun distribution of emergency kits to affected families and ECHO has agreed in principle to support this operation. Furthermore an EU civil protection coordination team has been deployed on the ground in Morocco. Its mission is to ensure optimal efficiency of the rescue operations by coordinating and facilitating exchange of information between teams from EU member states working on the ground and to liaise with the Moroccan authorities.

    [11] Commissioner Nielson meets Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire Seydou Diarra

    Commissioner for development assistance and humanitarian aid Poul Nielson today met Mr. Seydou Diarra, Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire. Nielson congratulated Diarra on the considerable progress that had been achieved in the Ivorian peace process and encouraged him to persevere and pursue the process. President Gbagbo had recently announced the summoning of the Parliament for an extraordinary session to discuss the bills provided by the Marcoussis Agreement. Diarra had recently announced that the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Repatriation (DDR) process would begin on 8th of March. While both these announcements were encouraging Nielson stressed that it was necessary for Côte d'Ivoire to demonstrate clear irreversibility towards national reconciliation. Real progress on both these issues would be important before initiating the implementation of activities foreseen in the Country strategy for Côte d'Ivoire under the 9th European Development Fund. Meanwhile the European Commission was already actively engaged in supporting a swift rehabilitation in Côte d'Ivoire. € 53,2 million had already been made available since the signing of the Marcoussis agreement for emergency rehabilitation and peace keeping. The European Commission will shortly be finalising a decision regarding an additional € 25 million for a second post-conflict rehabilitation programme. Approximately € 400 million have been allocated to Côte d'Ivoire in the EDF. Nielson and Diarra also discussed regional integration. Nielson welcomed the recent initiation of negotiations between the EU and West Africa on Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Côte d'Ivoire was encouraged to promote regional integration and to assume an active role in ensuring that West Africa realise the full developmental potential of the EPA.

    [12] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Mr. Patten at the European Parliament on the « EP Plenary debate on Russia » Speech by Mr. Patten at the European Parliament on « the Gahrton Report » Speech by Mr. Patten on « the occasion of the signature of the Agadir Agreement » Speech by Mr. Lamy au European American Business Council on "Moving Doha Forward (! embargo 18h00 !) Speech by Erkki Liikanen at the European Ministerial Conference on the Information Society on « Information Society Policy in an Enlarged Europe » Discours de Mme Schreyer au Parlement Européen sur « Järliche Strategieplanung 2005 » A disposition dans le bureau de Amelia Torres (Brey 6/80) notification préalable d'une opération de concentration : Metro/Adler

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