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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-01-06

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] Commission President Barroso on Tsunami disaster : European aid around €1.5 billion
  • [02] Echange des droits d'émission : la veille du démarrage du système, la Commission a approuvé cinq nouveaux plans
  • [03] Cutting red tape for industry : new directive makes life of manufacturers of electronic devices easier
  • [04] L'UE contribue pour 24 millions d'€ la promotion des produits agricoles
  • [05] December 2004 : further decline of economic sentiment
  • [06] December 2004 : Business Climate Indicator in the euro area improved slightly
  • [07] Novembre 2004 par rapport octobre 2004 : prix la production industrielle en baisse de 0,2% dans la zone euro ; baisse de 0,1% dans l'UE25
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-01-06 Reference: MEX/05/0106 Date: 06/01/2005 EXME05 / 6.1

    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

    06/01/05


  • [01] Commission President Barroso on Tsunami disaster : European aid around €1.5 billion

    Speaking at the "Special Asian leaders' meeting on the aftermath of earthquake and Tsunami" in Jakarta today, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, announced an additional package of up to €450 million in humanitarian and reconstruction aid to help in the relief efforts following the Asian Tsunami disaster. This will bring the total support from the European Union (25 EU Member States + European Commission) around €1.5 billion, or about US$2 billion. In addition, the President announced a proposal for a €1 billion (US$ 1.3 billion) "Indian Ocean Tsunami Lending Facility" to be managed by the European Investment Bank. President Barroso stated : "The people of Europe stand with the people of Asia in this great tragedy. We mourn for the dead. I would also like to state our firm commitment to support you in this hour of need. We will do everything in our power to help you in your efforts to put this tragedy behind us."

    [02] Echange des droits d'émission : la veille du démarrage du système, la Commission a approuvé cinq nouveaux plans

    La Commission européenne a accepté, fin décembre 2004, une troisième série de cinq plans nationaux d'allocation de quotas d'émission de CO². Quatre plans (ceux de Chypre, de la Hongrie, de la Lituanie et de Malte) ont été acceptés sans condition. Le plan de l'Espagne a été approuvé sous réserves de modifications techniques. Les plans nationaux d'allocation de quotas précisent les quotas d'émissions de CO² que les Etats membres ont l'intention d'allouer aux installations industrielles haute intensité énergétique, pour que celles-ci puissent participer au système d'échange de quotas d'émission partir de janvier 2005. Cette troisième série de décisions approuve les quotas prévus pour près de 1300 entreprises. En juillet et en octobre 2004, la Commission avait approuvé les plans concernant plus de 7.800 installations représentant près de 60% des quotas prévus. Le système communautaire d'échange de quotas d'émission permettra de réduire les émissions de gaz effet de serre des secteurs de l'énergie et de l'industrie au moindre coût pour l'économie et aidera l'Union européenne et ses Etats membres atteindre les objectifs qui leur ont été assignés en vertu du protocole de Kyoto de 1997.

    [03] Cutting red tape for industry : new directive makes life of manufacturers of electronic devices easier

    A revised directive on electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) has been published in the Official Journal. It will greatly simplify regulatory procedures and reduce costs for manufacturers, while increasing information and documentation on products for inspection authorities. The revised directive abolishes two cumbersome conformity assessment procedures for producers which required the mandatory involvement of an independent inspection and verification body, thus reducing costs. Manufacturers will be solely responsible for establishing the conformity of their products and for the "CE" marking. The EMC directive governs the electromagnetic emissions of electrical and electronic equipment and their immunity to interference. It ensures for instance that a microwave oven does not interfere with radio reception, or that a radio alarm clock must not come on if a mobile phone is used nearby. The directive will come into force in the Member States within the next three years.

    [04] L'UE contribue pour 24 millions d'€ la promotion des produits agricoles

    La Commission européenne a approuvé 20 programmes établis dans 11 Etats membres pour faire connaître les produits agricoles et pour en promouvoir la commercialisation dans l'Union européenne. Ces programmes sont dotés d'un budget total de 48,2 millions d'€, cofinancé pour moitié par l'UE.

    [05] December 2004 : further decline of economic sentiment

    The economic sentiment indicator (ESI) for the EU fell in December by 0.8 points, following a decline of a similar magnitude in November. In the euro area, economic sentiment worsened by 0.6 points after a fall of 0.5 points in November. Despite their recent weakening, the economic sentiment indicators remain above their long-term average and, moreover, clearly above their values obtained 12 months ago. These developments suggest a continuation of a gradual softening of the near-term growth outlook in both areas.

    [06] December 2004 : Business Climate Indicator in the euro area improved slightly

    The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area recorded a small increase of 0.05 points in December, following its deterioration in November. The indicator now stands at a value of 0.43, up from a value of 0.38 in November but down from 0.5 in October. This slight increase of the BCI results predominantly from an improvement in the opinions of industry managers concerning the production trend in the recent past. It more than offset the worsening of two others components, export order books and production expectations. The components total order books and stocks of finished products remained unchanged and did, therefore, not contribute to the change in the BCI.

    [07] Novembre 2004 par rapport octobre 2004 : prix la production industrielle en baisse de 0,2% dans la zone euro ; baisse de 0,1% dans l'UE25

    L'indice des prix la production industrielle dans la zone euro a baissé de 0,2% en novembre 2004 par rapport au mois précédent, selon les estimations publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat. Dans l'UE25, les prix ont diminué de 0,1% en novembre 2004. En octobre 2004, les prix avaient augmenté de 0,8% dans la zone euro et de 1,1% dans l'UE25. En novembre 2004, par rapport novembre 2003, les prix la production industrielle se sont accrus de 3,6% dans la zone euro et de 4,4% dans l'UE25.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Intervention of President Barroso at plenary session of special Asian Leaders' meeting on aftermarth of earthquake and Tsunami (Jakarta) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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