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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-01-11

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] EU/Iran negotiations for Trade & Cooperation Agreement to restart on 12¬ January
  • [02] La Commission se r√©jouit de la d√©cision des autorit√©s cubaines
  • [03] Newcastle disease in Bulgaria : suspension of imports limited to one district
  • [04] EU-India : Peter Mandelson to visit India (12-14 January 2005)
  • [05] Fisheries statistics : EU25 fishery production fell by 17% between 1995 and 2002 - an increasing share of aquaculture
  • [06] Publication d'√©tudes sur le sport en Europe
  • [07] Autre mat√©riel diffus√© Midday Express of 2005-01-11 Reference: MEX/05/0111 Date: 11/01/2005 EXME05 / 11.1

    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

    11/01/05


  • [01] EU/Iran negotiations for Trade & Cooperation Agreement to restart on 12¬ January

    The European Commission will resume negotiations with Iran for a Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) in Brussels on 12 January 2005. The decision to resume TCA negotiations follows the "Paris agreement" between Iran and the United Kingdom, France and Germany, and the subsequent verification of the suspension of Iran's enrichment and reprocessing activities as confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) resolution of November 2004. Negotiations relating to political dialogue and counter-terrorism will be held in parallel with the TCA discussions on 13 January.

    [02] La Commission se réjouit de la décision des autorités cubaines

    La Commission européenne se réjouit de la décision unilatérale prise par les autorités cubaines visant à rétablir les relations avec l'Union européenne. Le président de la Commission, José Manuel Durao Barroso, a salué cette évolution qui "devrait permettre d'ouvrir de nouvelles perspectives dans les relations entre l'Union européenne et Cuba". Le commissaire à l'Aide humanitaire et au Développement, Louis Michel, se rendra prochainement à La Havane pour s'entretenir avec les autorités cubaines sur l'état des relations bilatérales.

    [03] Newcastle disease in Bulgaria : suspension of imports limited to one district

    As a result of the outbreak of Newcastle disease in Bulgaria in the district of Kardzhali region and in accordance with the Directive introducing EU measures for the control of this disease, the European Commission adopted on 23¬ December 2004 a safeguard measure suspending all imports from Bulgaria of live poultry including hatching eggs, fresh poultry meat, game meat and their products. Bulgaria has now communicated further information on the disease situation and requested for regionalisation of the import restrictions. As there is no indication of the disease in the rest of the country, the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health agreed on a Commission proposal to limit the suspension of imports to the single district of Kardzhali. The proposal will enter into force after formal adoption by the Commission and is applicable until 16 May 2005. Newcastle disease is a contagious disease in poultry that causes major losses in the sector if spread but that has no impact on human health. For more information on this disease see:

    <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/animal/diseases/controlmeasures/newcastle_en.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/animal/diseases/controlmeasures/newcastle_en.htm

    [04] EU-India : Peter Mandelson to visit India (12-14 January 2005)

    European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson will travel to India this week for meetings with Indian leaders, trade officials and industry representatives. The visit will be the first to India by a member of the new Barroso Commission. Commissioner Mandelson will deliver a keynote speech to the Confederation of Indian Industry in which he will he will welcome India’s rise as a global trading power and urge it to play a leading role in working for an ambitious agreement in the Doha Development Agenda.

    [05] Fisheries statistics : EU25 fishery production fell by 17% between 1995 and 2002 - an increasing share of aquaculture

    In 2002 the EU25 produced nearly 7.6 million tonnes of fishery products, or about 5% of the world total. Between 1995 and 2002 EU25 production fell by 17%, while world production rose by 17% over this period. Amongst the Member States, Denmark (1.47 million tonnes) was the largest producer in 2002, followed by Spain (1.15 mio tonnes), France (0.95 mio tonnes) and the United Kingdom (0.87 mio tonnes). These four Member States accounted for almost 60% of the total EU25 production. Between 1995 and 2002 nearly all Member States reported falls in production. The largest falls over this period were registered by Denmark (-570000 tonnes or -28%), Spain (-260000 tonnes or -18%), Poland (-200000 tonnes or -44%) and Italy (-160000 tonnes or -26%). Only Lithuania (+93000 tonnes or +157%) recorded a significant increase in production. These figures come from a report issued today by Eurostat.

    [06] Publication d'études sur le sport en Europe

    La Commission europ√©enne publie aujourd'hui sur son site internet 4 √©tudes qui avaient √©t√© commandit√©es via un appel √ propositions dans le cadre de l'Ann√©e europ√©enne de l'√©ducation par le sport. Les sujets trait√©s sont : "Sport et multiculturalisme", "Sport de haut niveau et parcours scolaire", "Sport et emploi" et "Sport et sant√©". Ces √©tudes serviront notamment aux r√©flexions de la Commission sur la mani√®re de mieux int√©grer les valeurs √©ducatives du sport dans la nouvelle g√©n√©ration des programmes √©ducation et formation actuellement en discussion. Un r√©sum√© de ces 4 √©tudes, ainsi que l'int√©gralit√© de celles-ci, sont disponibles √ l'adresse : <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/sport/whatsup/index_en.html">http://europa.eu.int/comm/sport/whatsup/index_en.html. L'Ann√©e europ√©enne de l'Education par le Sport a √©t√© cl√ītur√©e en d√©cembre dernier lors d'une c√©r√©monie √ Papendal (Pays-Bas). Un rapport d'√©valuation de cette Ann√©e europ√©enne sera publi√© √ la fin du premier semestre de 2005. Pour en savoir plus, consulter <a href="http://www.eyes-2004.info/">http://www.eyes-2004.info/

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de Mme Wallström sur le rapport Corbett / Mendez de Vigo en session plénière du Parlement européen (Strasbourg) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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