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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-10-15

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission approves €188 million to fight animal diseases in 2005
  • [02] Grèce : la Commission poursuit son action en justice pour protéger une espèce rare de tortue de mer
  • [03] Free movement of capital : infringement proceedings against the United Kingdom on BAA plc are closed
  • [04] Accès l'information technique automobile : les constructeurs doivent mieux faire
  • [05] Mining waste : Commission welcomes political agreement in the Council on new rules to prevent pollution and accidents
  • [06] Climate change : Commission welcomes political agreement in the Council to reduce emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases
  • [07] UE-ACP : l'UE, le Commonwealth et la Francophonie joignent leurs efforts pour soutenir les participants des ACP en matière de politique commerciale
  • [08] EU deploys Election Observation Mission for the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Mozambique
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2004-10-15 Reference: MEX/04/1015 Date: 15/10/2004 EXME04 / 15.10

    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

    15/10/04


  • [01] Commission approves €188 million to fight animal diseases in 2005

    The European Commission has approved a financial package to fight animal diseases in the EU. The EU budget for 2005 will tackle transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) and a range of other animal diseases that impact on animal and human health. A total of €188 million will be available and overall funding has been increased by €41 million since 2004, reflecting the high level of importance attached to disease eradication measures for the protection of both animal and public health.

    [02] Grèce : la Commission poursuit son action en justice pour protéger une espèce rare de tortue de mer

    La Commission européenne a décidé de poursuivre la Grèce pour n'avoir pas protégé efficacement la tortue caouanne (Caretta caretta) sur l'île de Zante. La Grèce a déj été condamnée par la Cour européenne de Justice en 2002 pour ce même manquement. La Cour a estimé que la Grèce ne déployait pas suffisamment d'efforts pour protéger les sites de reproduction de la tortue de mer sur plusieurs plages de Zante. La Commission va maintenant adresser la Grèce un dernier avertissement écrit l'enjoignant se conformer l'arrêt de 2002. Cet avertissement constitue la dernière étape avant que la Commission ne puisse demander la Cour de Justice de prendre des sanctions contre la Grèce. La Commission souhaite ainsi garantir que la Grèce protège sa grande diversité biologique dans l'intérêt de ses citoyens et des générations futures.

    [03] Free movement of capital : infringement proceedings against the United Kingdom on BAA plc are closed

    The European Commission has decided to close infringement procedures against the United Kingdom for its failure to comply with a Court of Justice ruling of 13 May 2003 on British Airports Authority (BAA). The ruling (Case C-98/01) had found that, by maintaining in force provisions limiting the possibility of acquiring voting shares in BAA plc, as well as the procedure requiring consent to the disposal of the company's assets, to control of its subsidiaries and to winding-up, the United Kingdom failed to fulfil its obligations under EC Treaty rules on the free movement of capital (Article 56). The decision to close this case follows the notification by the United Kingdom of additional measures, taken on 27 July 2004, to ensure compliance with the Court ruling.

    [04] Accès l'information technique automobile : les constructeurs doivent mieux faire

    Les constructeurs automobiles doivent faire des progrès concernant l'accès par les réparateurs indépendants et autres opérateurs l'information technique sur leurs véhicules, révèle une étude réalisée par l'université d'Aix-la Chapelle (IKA) et publiée sur le site de la Direction Générale de la Concurrence de la Commission européenne. Selon le règlement de 2002 sur le secteur automobile, cette information doit être mise disposition "sans discrimination, rapidement et de façon proportionnée" afin de promouvoir la concurrence dans le secteur de la réparation automobile. Les parties intéressées sont invitées transmettre leurs commentaires et observations éventuels la Commission jusqu'au 31 décembre.

    [05] Mining waste : Commission welcomes political agreement in the Council on new rules to prevent pollution and accidents

    The European Commission welcomed the political agreement reached on 14 October by the Environment Council on a proposed Directive to minimise negative environmental effects of waste from the extractive industries (mining and quarrying). This waste can constitute a serious and long- lasting threat to the environment and human health if not properly managed. EU-wide rules shall aim to prevent water and soil pollution from the deposition of waste into heaps or ponds, the two common storage methods. Particular emphasis is put on the long-term stability of such waste facilities so that consequences from possible accidents are minimised. Together with the revised Seveso II Directive on the control of major industrial accidents, and a reference document on Best Available Techniques, the future Directive will ensure sound management of extractive waste throughout the EU.

    [06] Climate change : Commission welcomes political agreement in the Council to reduce emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases

    The European Commission welcomed the political agreement reached in the Council on 14 October to reduce emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases. Fluorinated gases are extremely powerful and long-lived greenhouse gases used in refrigeration, air conditioning, fire-fighting and various industry processes. The reduction of their emissions is a requirement under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and will help the EU and its Member States meet their Kyoto emission targets and reduce emissions further after 2012. This legislation includes a Directive dealing with fluorinated gases used in air conditioning systems in vehicles, and a Regulation tackling stationary applications, based on a proposal made by the Commission in August 2003.

    [07] UE-ACP : l'UE, le Commonwealth et la Francophonie joignent leurs efforts pour soutenir les participants des ACP en matière de politique commerciale

    La Commission européenne, le Secrétariat ACP, le Secrétariat du Commonwealth et l'Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie ont conjointement lancé une action significative de soutien aux capacités des pays d'Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique (ACP) en matière de formulation de la politique commerciale et de négociations des accords commerciaux. Un réseau de conseillers commerciaux va se constituer dans l'ensemble des ACP : 9 experts et 48 analystes renforceront les administrations responsables du commerce international des ACP. La formation d'experts nationaux sera l'autre composante du programme de €17 millions financé par le Fonds européen du Développement dans le cadre de l'Accord de Cotonou entre l'UE et les ACP.

    [08] EU deploys Election Observation Mission for the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Mozambique

    The European Commission is deploying an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Mozambique scheduled for 1 and 2 December 2004. The deployment of the EU EOM follows an invitation from the Foreign Minister of Mozambique, and is a concrete expression of the EU's effort to support the fostering of democratic institutions and stability in the country. The decision to deploy an EU EOM to Mozambique also testifies to the EU's long-term commitment to the democratisation process since the 1992 Rome Peace Accords. The purpose of the EU EOM in Mozambique is to increase the transparency and the confidence in the election process through the presence and reporting of international observers. The EU is urging the National Election Commission of Mozambique to give observers access to all relevant stages of the election process, including tabulation of results at all levels.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note sur la préparation du Conseil Agriculture et Pêche

    Speech by Margot Wallström : "The role of the regions to involve the citizens in the European Union" at the Committee of the Regions

    Speech by Franz Fischler : "Joining the EU: expanding Romania's horizons" at University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (Bucharest)

    Calendrier du 18 au 23 octobre 2004 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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