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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-06-23

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Sécurité aérienne : la Commission prend une décision concernant le contrôle du personnel dans les zones de sûreté accès réglementé des aéroports de l'UE
  • [02] Commission supports development of renewable energy and energy efficiency through Internet
  • [03] La Commission approuve les programmes de développement économique et social en faveur des nouveaux Etats membres
  • [04] Go ahead for €608 million rural development plan in Lithuania
  • [05] Go ahead for €188 million rural development plan for Estonia
  • [06] €34 million for Maltese rural development
  • [07] Green light for €410 million rural development plan for Latvia
  • [08] Commission extends probe Areva/Urenco venture
  • [09] Steel : EU concludes steel agreement with Ukraine
  • [10] Alternative testing methods : European research to replace and reduce animal tests
  • [11] Conférence ministérielle de l'OMS sur l'environnement et la santé : avant tout, garantir un avenir sain nos enfants
  • [12] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2004-06-23 Reference: MEX/04/0623 Date: 23/06/2004 EXME04 / 23.6

    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

    23/06/04


  • [01] Sécurité aérienne : la Commission prend une décision concernant le contrôle du personnel dans les zones de sûreté accès réglementé des aéroports de l'UE

    La Commission européenne a adopté une nouvelle législation établissant une définition commune des parties critiques des zones de sûreté accès réglementé dans les aéroports de l'UE. Le but en est d'obliger, pour la première fois, le personnel aéroportuaire se soumettre des contrôles de sécurité lorsqu'il pénètre dans les zones sensibles des aéroports. "Il s'agit d'une autre mesure indispensable pour accroître la sécurité des vols au départ des aéroports de l'UE. Cette mesure a non seulement pour effet d'élever le niveau des normes applicables dans l'ensemble de l'UE, mais elle préfigure aussi des normes élevées, au niveau international, dans ce domaine. Il est normal et juste que le personnel aéroportuaire soit au moins soumis aux mêmes contrôles de sécurité que les passagers", a déclaré la vice-présidente, Loyola de Palacio.

    [02] Commission supports development of renewable energy and energy efficiency through Internet

    With its new Internet broadcast portal developed under the ManagEnergy initiative, the European Commission is going a step further in enabling awareness-raising and exchanges of good practice between energy actors and citizens across Europe. A recent communication on "The share of renewable energy in the EU" highlighted that targets set for 2010 in this sector will not be reached if Member States do not raise their efforts. The Commission is therefore giving direct support to local initiatives. The portal will allow the dissemination, on an unprecedented scale, of innovative technologies and management solutions found at local level.

    [03] La Commission approuve les programmes de développement économique et social en faveur des nouveaux Etats membres

    (! embargo 15h30 !) Moins de deux mois après l'élargissement, la Commission européenne a approuvé aujourd'hui dans le cadre des Fonds structurels les programmes de développement économique et social en faveur de chacun des dix nouveaux Etats membres. Les nouveaux programmes de développement, crédits du Fonds de cohésion compris, prévoient une contribution de l'Union d'un montant de plus de 24 milliards d'€ entre 2004 et 2006. Au cours d'une cérémonie organisée l'occasion de cet événement majeur, Jacques Barrot, Franz Fischler et Stavros Dimas, membres de la Commission responsables des Fonds structurels, ainsi que les commissaires Péter Balázs et Sandra Kalniete, ont entériné les décisions avec les représentants permanents de la République tchèque, de Chypre, de l'Estonie, de la Hongrie, de la Lettonie, de la Lituanie, de Malte, de la Pologne, de la Slovaquie et de la Slovénie.

    [04] Go ahead for €608 million rural development plan in Lithuania

    The European Union's Committee for Agricultural Structures (STAR) has accepted the Lithuanian Horizontal Rural Development plan (RDP). The programmes are worth €608 million, from which the EU contribution amounts to €489.5 million for the period 2004-2006. The rest will be financed by Lithuania. The rural development programmes will lead to positive changes throughout Lithuanian rural areas. The plan aims to improve incomes for farmers in designated disadvantaged areas, to provide further employment opportunities, to support incomes and alleviate cash flow constraints for semi-subsistence farms. Specific attention will be given to restructuring dairy farming by improving agricultural structures in terms of farm size and the age of farmers. Furthermore, the rural development programmes will improve the environment and assist farmers to meet EU standards. The Commission will formally adopt the plan in the coming weeks.

    [05] Go ahead for €188 million rural development plan for Estonia

    The European Union's Committee for Agriculture Structures (STAR) has given its favourable opinion to the Estonian Horizontal Rural Development Plan (HRDP). Worth €188 million. The EU contribution will amount to €150.5 million during the three-year period 2004-2006, and will be complemented with Estonian public funding of €37.6 million. Agriculture is one of the most important sectors in the Estonian economy. Dairy production and forestry are important sub-sectors in Estonia, where the population density is relatively low. With this rural development plan, the EU will support Estonia to improve the profitability of farms in less favoured areas, to set up a specific agri-environment scheme, to step up afforestation activities, to convert small farms into viable farming units, to help farmers meet environmental standards, and to offer technical assistance for the implementation of the rural development policy. The Commission will formally approve the plan in the coming weeks.

    [06] €34 million for Maltese rural development

    The European Union's Committee for Agricultural Structures (STAR) has given its favourable opinion to the Maltese Horizontal Rural Development plan (RDP). The programmes are worth €33.6 million, from which the EU finances €26.9 million for the period 2004-2006. The remaining contribution will come from Malta. The plan aims to tackle specific handicaps Maltese agriculture is facing due to its geophysical status and to ensure that the agriculture sector does not only provide fresh and quality produce, but also enhances conservation of Malta's unique rural landscape. By specific appropriate measures the plan should ensure a smooth transition from protected agriculture (based on high import levies), to a modern agriculture which will be able to compete and trade within an integrated European market. The Commission will formally adopt the plan in the coming weeks.

    [07] Green light for €410 million rural development plan for Latvia

    The European Union's Committee for Agriculture Structures (STAR) has given its favourable opinion to the Latvian Rural Development Plan (RDP). Worth €410 million, the EU contribution to this plan will amount to €328.1 million during the period 2004-2006, the rest will be financed by Latvia. Latvia has a long-standing tradition of farming, and a traditional symbiosis between farming and forestry. The plan was tailor-made for the specific needs of the Latvian countryside. It intends to preserve farming in the less-favoured areas, and to improve the income of farmers, in particular in these areas. The plan also aims to maintain and protect the environment, with an emphasis on the water component and cultural landscape. In addition, it intends to improve the structure of the agricultural workforce. The plan encourages semi-subsistence farms to become more economically viable and supports the setting up producer groups for the marketing of their products. The Commission will formally adopt the plan in the coming weeks.

    [08] Commission extends probe Areva/Urenco venture

    The European Commission has launched a detailed investigation into Areva’s proposed acquisition of a 50% stake in Enrichment Technology Company, which is specialised in uranium enrichment technology and equipment currently solely-owned by Urenco, a German, Dutch and British nuclear group. At this stage, the Commission is concerned that the joint venture may result in less R&D with regards to centrifugation technology and lead to higher prices for enriched uranium used for fuel in nuclear power plants. The venture did not automatically qualify for review under the European Union’s Merger Regulation, but the Commission was asked to examine its impact on competition by France, Sweden and Germany. The decision to start an in-depth review does not prejudge the final outcome of the investigation.

    [09] Steel : EU concludes steel agreement with Ukraine

    Late last night the European Commission initialled a steel agreement with Ukraine which will ensure a supply of the EU market with 606,824 tons of steel in 2004. The agreement will now be examined by authorities on both sides with a view to its signature and entry into force. This agreement follows the recent increase in the quotas currently applied on imports of steel from Russia and Ukraine to take account of enlargement.

    [10] Alternative testing methods : European research to replace and reduce animal tests

    In the presence of H.R.H. Prince Laurent of Belgium, President of the Prince Laurent Foundation for Animal Welfare, European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin will today present in Brussels ongoing European research to replace, reduce and refine animal tests. The research is funded through the European Union's Sixth Research Framework Programme (FP6, 2002-2006). In particular, two new EU research projects, ReProTect and A-Cute-Tox, will be on display. Advances in bio-medical research for new treatments and drugs, the European Union’s new chemicals policy (REACH) and the testing requirements of the amended cosmetics directive will be discussed at the briefing.

    [11] Conférence ministérielle de l'OMS sur l'environnement et la santé : avant tout, garantir un avenir sain nos enfants

    Les enfants sont souvent les premiers touchés par les maladies dues la dégradation de l'environnement. Quelles mesures faut-il prendre pour garantir un environnement et un avenir sains nos enfants ? Tel sera le thème des discussions qui se dérouleront Budapest, du 23 au 25 juin 2004, entre les ministres de l'Environnement des 52 Etats membres de la région européenne de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé pour l'Europe. Un plan d'action sera adopté : le plan d'action pour l'environnement et la santé des enfants en Europe (CEHAPE) qui fixe des objectifs en rapport avec des questions importantes pour la santé des enfants, notamment l'accès l’eau salubre et aux installations d'assainissement, la prévention des accidents et des blessures et la lutte contre les maladies respiratoires dues la pollution atmosphérique. Il sera également question de la lutte contre les maladies résultant d'une exposition d'autres facteurs de stress environnementaux comme les produits chimiques. Le plan d'action en faveur de l'environnement et de la santé récemment adopté constituera la contribution de la Commission la conférence de Budapest. Ce plan préconise 13 actions dont l'objectif ultime est de réduire le nombre de maladies dues aux facteurs environnementaux dans l'UE. Mme Margot Wallström, Commissaire européenne chargée de l'Environnement, et M. Pavel Telička, Membre de la Commission européenne, participeront la conférence.

    [12] Autre matériel diffusé

    Structural Funds Strategies for the new Member States : €24 billion to ensure growth and cohesion between 2004-2006 (! embargo 15h30 !)

    The WTO agreement on the Tade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs)

    Speech by Erkki Liikanen : "Deepening EU-China Regulatory Cooperation" at Seminar on Regulatory Policy Launch of Horizontal Dialogue with AQSIQ (22/06, Beijing)

    Speech by David Byrne : "Enabling health – Empowering citizens" at Conference of the European Health Management Association (Potsdam, ! embargo 18h00 !)

    Speech by David Byrne : "Europe's place in the world : the consumer perspective" at Housing Finance World Congress From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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