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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-06-22

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Année européenne par le sport : bilan mi-parcours, alors que le sport entre dans la Constitution
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of Motor Columbus by UBS
  • [03] EU research for cheaper, greener and quieter aircraft
  • [04] La Commission organise une conférence internationale l'occasion du 10ème anniversaire de la signature des accords sur les aspects des droits de propriété intellectuelle de l'OMC
  • [05] Poul Nielson represents Commission at the 4th ACP Summit (23-24/06, Mozambique)
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2004-06-22 Reference: MEX/04/0622 Date: 22/06/2004 EXME04 / 22.6

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Général Presse etb

    Communication

    22/06/04


  • [01] Année européenne par le sport : bilan mi-parcours, alors que le sport entre dans la Constitution

    En ce jour où la flamme olympique traverse Bruxelles, la Commissaire européenne l'Education et la Culture, Viviane Reding, a présenté un bilan mi-parcours de l'Année européenne de l'Education par le Sport (AEES). Alors que 1500 projets, promouvant les valeurs du sport et ses liens avec l'éducation, ont demandé un soutien communautaire, le sport devient une compétence communautaire avec le traité constitutionnel adopté lors du Conseil européen des 17 et 18 juin.

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of Motor Columbus by UBS

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of full control of the Swiss holding company Motor Columbus AG, active in the energy sector, by the international banking group UBS AG, incorporated in Switzerland and active in a broad range of financial services. (The operation, notified on 14 May 2004, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure).

    [03] EU research for cheaper, greener and quieter aircraft

    European-funded research projects to reduce aircraft noise and fuel consumption are now running at full speed. Included is one of Europe's largest-ever noise-reduction research ventures, known as SILENCE(R). A consortium of 51 companies is testing new technologies to reduce aircraft noise by up to 6 decibels (dB) by 2008, with the EU contributing half the funding for SILENCE(R), with a total budget over €110 million. Other significant initiatives include FRIENDCOPTER, to reduce helicopter engine and rotor-blade noise ; TANGO, to create lighter aircraft structures ; EEFAE, to build aero-engines that reduce fuel consumption and emissions ; and AWIATOR, to decrease aircraft structural weight, reduce noise and improve performance.

    [04] La Commission organise une conférence internationale l'occasion du 10ème anniversaire de la signature des accords sur les aspects des droits de propriété intellectuelle de l'OMC

    La Commission européenne tiendra les 23 et 24 juin prochains une conférence internationale pour faire le point sur le fonctionnement de l'accord de l'OMC sur les aspects des droits de propriété intellectuelle qui touchent au commerce (ADPIC), et examiner les perspectives pour l'avenir.

    [05] Poul Nielson represents Commission at the 4th ACP Summit (23-24/06, Mozambique)

    Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Poul Nielson, will represent the European Commission at the 4th Summit of Africa-Carribean- Pacific (ACP) Heads of State and Government which is being held in Maputo on the theme "Together, shaping our future". Commissioner Nielson will address the Summit on the subject of "prospects in a changing world - ACP- EU relations". The visit to Maputo will also provide the opportunity to build on the European Union's close partnership with Mozambique and to celebrate 20 years of EU-Mozambique development cooperation. Mozambique is, and has been for many years, one of the main beneficiaries of EU aid. Since 1978 it has received assistance of more than €1.5 billion from the European Development Fund, the European Investment Bank and the EU Budget. During his visit to Maputo, Commissioner Nielson will meet President Joaquim Chissano, the Prime Minister, Ms Luisa Diogo, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr Leonardo Simão, and the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and National Authorizing Officer for the European Development Fund, Ms Frances Rodrigues. He will also have an exchange of views with local non-Governmental organisations. The visit will also provide an occasion to discuss the challenges facing Mozambique and to exchange views on issues relating to regional security, integration and trade as well as on pan-African matters and EU-African Union relations. Mozambique currently holds the chair of the African Union.

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note on outcome of Agriculture / Fisheries Council

    Speech by Pascal Lamy : "Globalisation and Trade : how to make sure there is space for development ?" at Sophia University (Tokyo)

    Speech by Frits Bolkestein : "Future directions for European financial integration" at the conference 'European Financial Integration : Progress and Prospects' (! embargo 14h30 !) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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