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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-03-11

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] Declaration by President Prodi on the bomb attacks in Madrid
  • [02] Commission suspends EU poultry imports from Canada after avian influenza outbreak
  • [03] La Commission entend renforcer l'efficacité de l'aide européenne au développement par une meilleure coordination et harmonisation
  • [04] Commission clears joint acquisition of German regional train company TransRegio
  • [05] Commission clears Blackstone acquisition of Celanese
  • [06] European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas launches its work programme for 2004
  • [07] Maritime safety : Commission gives new implementing powers to the Committee on Safe Seas and the Prevention of Pollution from Ships
  • [08] EU enlargement - The new EU of 25 compared to EU15
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 11/03/2004 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 11/03/2004

  • [01] Declaration by President Prodi on the bomb attacks in Madrid

    "I must express my deep outrage and shock at this savage, bloodthirsty and totally senseless slaughter of innocent lives. At this hour the pain and suffering of the victims, their families and loved ones are foremost in my thoughts, and my sympathy and compassion go out to them and their relatives, to all the people of Spain, who have been so cruelly and viciously targeted today, to the Spanish Government and to the King of Spain, whose dismay and grief I share. There is absolutely no excuse for the perpetrators of this appalling act of blind hate to hide behind. It is not a political act, it is not an act of revolt or rebellion. It is a vicious attack against unarmed, defenceless people, an aberrant and revolting act that only the perverted minds of terrorists could have hatched. It is violence for its own sake, gratuitous and pointless violence that leads nowhere, and the whole international community is -- and will continue to be -- mobilised against this inhuman, intolerable phenomenon until it is completely eradicated."

    [02] Commission suspends EU poultry imports from Canada after avian influenza outbreak

    Following the confirmation of a highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) outbreak in British Columbia (Canada), the European Commission adopted the proposal from European Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner David Byrne to suspend the import of live poultry, poultry meat and products, eggs and pet birds from this country into the European Union with immediate effect until 6 April. Avian influenza is a highly contagious poultry disease that can cause severe economic damage to the poultry industry and can, in exceptional cases, be transmitted to humans.

    [03] La Commission entend renforcer l'efficacité de l'aide européenne au développement par une meilleure coordination et harmonisation

    La Commission européenne a adopté aujourd'hui son deuxième rapport annuel sur les efforts consentis par les Etats membres pour respecter les engagements pris dans le cadre de la conférence de Monterrey sur le financement du développement (2002). Le rapport conclut que les Etats membres sont en bonne voie d'accroître dans une large mesure le volume de l'aide publique au développement (APD) d'ici 2006. Si l'on en croit les prévisions et feuilles de route actuelles, plus de 19 milliards d'€ d'APD de l'Union européenne seront ainsi disponibles pour la période 2003-2006. L'effort annuel en termes d'APD augmentera progressivement pour atteindre 38,5 milliards d'€, soit 0,42% du RNB total de l'UE, en 2006. Cela représente une augmentation de 10 milliards d'€ par an par rapport à 2002 et équivaut à une hausse de 35%. Les estimations portent aussi sur les pays qui rejoindront l'UE cette année. Mais le rapport conclut également que l'UE n'est toujours pas parvenue à renforcer de manière significative la coordination de ses politiques de développement ni à harmoniser les procédures de mise en œuvre de l'aide. Pour tenter de renforcer l'efficacité de l'aide européenne au développement et de réduire les frais administratifs liés à sa mise en œuvre, le rapport expose une série de recommandations concrètes sur la manière d'améliorer la situation actuelle, dont une proposition de la Commission concernant un cadre commun pour les procédures de mise en œuvre de l'aide.

    [04] Commission clears joint acquisition of German regional train company TransRegio

    The European Commission has cleared under the Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of TransRegio Deutsche Regionalbahn GmbH by EuRailCo GmbH, a subsidiary of RATP Développement, and Transdev SA of France as well as Rheinische Bahngesellschaft, all providers of short-distance public passenger transport. (The transaction, which was notified on 9 February, was examined under a simplified procedure for unproblematic mergers).

    [05] Commission clears Blackstone acquisition of Celanese

    The European Commission has cleared under the Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of German chemicals company Celanese AG by US private equity firm Blackstone. (The acquisition which was notified on 9 February, was examined under a simplified procedure for unproblematic mergers).

    [06] European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas launches its work programme for 2004

    At its second meeting on 3 March 2004, the European Regulators Group for electricity and gas launched its work programme for 2004 and became fully operational. Two working groups ("focus groups") were set up, one on electricity and one on gas. In electricity, the Group will focus its work on congestion management and network access charges, in gas on storage and network charges, including cross-border issues. The overall objective is to guarantee efficient operation of the single market for electricity and gas.

    [07] Maritime safety : Commission gives new implementing powers to the Committee on Safe Seas and the Prevention of Pollution from Ships

    The European Commission has amended the rules governing the Committee on Safe Seas and the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (COSS) in order to confer new implementing powers on the Committee. These new powers addressed in the relevant EU Regulations and Directives cover : reporting formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from European Union ports ; Community vessel traffic monitoring and information system ; the prohibition of organotin compounds on ships ; and specific stability requirements for "roll on roll off" passenger ships. The Committee was established in 2002 with the aim of centralising the duties of the committees created under several EU legal instruments dealing with maritime safety and the prevention of the pollution from ships.

    [08] EU enlargement - The new EU of 25 compared to EU15

    With the accession of 10 new Member States - the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia - the European Union will undergo the greatest enlargement in its history. What will be the impact of the 10 Acceding Countries on the new EU compared with EU15? And how will the EU25 compare with the United States? For this event, Eurostat publishes today a compilation of economic and social indicators drawing a portrait of the European Union of 25 Members.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    Le consensus de Monterrey et l'Union européenne

    Speech by Franz Fischler : "Fast tracking the development of environmentally-friendly fishing methods" at Conference on environmentally- friendly fishing methods (Dundalk, Irl)

    Discours de M. Busquin : "Energie et croissance économique : le rôle de la recherche européenne" au European Business Summit 2004

    Speech by Margot Wallström : "Towards a low carbon economy" at the European Business Summit 2004


    From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/
    © ECSC - EC - EAEC, Brussels-Luxembourg, 1995, 1996


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