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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-01-07

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] La proposition de système d'information sur les visas (VIS) renforce la sécurité et facilite les déplacements dans l'UE
  • [02] Data protection : Commission approves new standard clauses for data transfers to non-EU countries
  • [03] Commission's report indicates that governments should do more to implement energy market opening measures
  • [04] Novembre 2004 : le chômage dans la zone euro et l'UE25 stable 8,9%
  • [05] November 2004 compared to November 2003 : volume of retail trade up by 0.4% in euro-zone ; EU25 up by 2.3%
  • [06] Statement from European Commissioner in charge of Education, Training, Culture & Multilingualism Ján Figel' on the launch of "Cork 2005, European Capital of Culture"
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-01-07 Reference: MEX/05/0107 Date: 07/01/2005 EXME05 / 7.1

    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

    07/01/05


  • [01] La proposition de système d'information sur les visas (VIS) renforce la sécurité et facilite les déplacements dans l'UE

    La Commission européenne a adopté une proposition de règlement concernant le système d'information sur les visas (VIS) et l'échange de données entre les Etats membres sur les visas de court séjour. Le VIS sera un système d'échange d'informations en matière de visas entre les Etats membres et offrira un instrument destiné soutenir la politique commune en matière de visas. Il facilitera également les contrôles aux frontières extérieures et dans les Etats membres, l'application du règlement de "Dublin" relatif la détermination de l'Etat responsable de l'examen d'une demande d'asile ainsi que l'identification et le retour des personnes en situation irrégulière. Le VIS comportera une base de données centrale européenne, connectée aux systèmes nationaux, qui permettra aux consulats et aux autres autorités compétentes des Etats membres de saisir et de consulter des données sur les demandes de visas et les décisions y relatives.

    [02] Data protection : Commission approves new standard clauses for data transfers to non-EU countries

    The European Commission has approved a new set of standard contractual clauses which businesses can use to ensure adequate safeguards when personal data is transferred from the EU to non-EU countries. The new clauses, submitted by a business coalition, will be added to those already available under the Commission's June 2001 decision (see IP/01/851). Use of standard contractual clauses offers companies and other organisations a straightforward means of complying with their obligation, under the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive, to ensure "adequate protection" for personal data transferred outside the EU.

    [03] Commission's report indicates that governments should do more to implement energy market opening measures

    Governments need to step up efforts to implement the market opening measures in the gas and electricity Directives. Only greater integration of national markets can bring the required improvements to competition in the Energy internal market. These are the main conclusions of the annual report on the functioning of the internal market in electricity and gas, which the European Commission issued on Wednesday 5 January.

    [04] Novembre 2004 : le chômage dans la zone euro et l'UE25 stable 8,9%

    Le taux de chômage de la zone euro, corrigé des variations saisonnières, s'est élevé 8,9% en novembre 2004, inchangé par rapport au mois d'octobre, selon les données publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat. Il était également de 8,9% en novembre 2003. Le taux de chômage de l'UE25 a été de 8,9% en novembre 2004, inchangé par rapport octobre. Il était de 9, 1% en novembre 2003. En novembre 2004, les taux les plus bas ont été enregistrés en Irlande (4,3%), au Luxembourg (4,4%), en Autriche (4,5%), au Royaume-Uni (4,5% en septembre) et aux Pays-Bas (4,6% en octobre). Les taux de chômage les plus élevés ont été observés en Pologne (18,4%), en Slovaquie (17,3%), en Grèce (10,7% en mars), en Espagne (10,5%) et en Allemagne (9,9%).

    [05] November 2004 compared to November 2003 : volume of retail trade up by 0.4% in euro-zone ; EU25 up by 2.3%

    In November 2004, compared to November 2003, the volume of retail trade increased by 0.4% in the euro-zone and by 2.3% in the EU25, according to the first estimates out today from Eurostat. Compared to October 2004, the retail sales index remained unchanged in the euro-zone and rose by 0.4% in the EU25. In November 2004, compared to November 2003, retail trade of "food, drinks and tobacco" grew by 0.2% in the euro-zone and by 1.4% in the EU25. The non food sector increased by 0.4% and 2.9% respectively. Among the Member States for which data are available, total retail trade increased in Denmark (+13.1%), Sweden (+8.0%), the United Kingdom (+5.9%), Poland (+5.7%), Luxembourg (+4.9%), France (+3.5%), Spain (+3.2%), Belgium (+2.3%) and Portugal (+1.5%). A decrease was observed in Germany (-3.0%).

    [06] Statement from European Commissioner in charge of Education, Training, Culture & Multilingualism Ján Figel' on the launch of "Cork 2005, European Capital of Culture"

    "20 years ago, the European Community launched what has since become one of its most popular actions, the 'European Capital of Culture'. Since Athens in 1985, some 30 European cities -including Dublin in 1991- have already been the 'European Capital of Culture'. Now it's Cork's turn and on the eve of this week-end of celebrations to mark the opening of the year, I want to send my best wishes to the city and its inhabitants. This action celebrates the richness and diversity of European cultures and, at the same time, highlights our common heritage. Being the 'European Capital of Culture' for twelve months is a great symbolic achievement for a city. It also brings a huge impact on its social and economic life since it generates a great interest throughout the EU, and beyond. The event is partly financially supported by the European Commission, and I certainly intend to visit the city in the course of the year. Until then, go néirí go geal libh, a mhuintir Chorcaí !"

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Frequently asked questions on standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to third countries

    Calendrier du 10 au 14 janvier 2005 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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