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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-01-27

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

[I] Résultats de la Commission du 26 janvier 2005 -

  • [01] Dans sa présentation des objectifs stratégiques de la Commission pour les cinq prochaines années, le Président Barroso appelle "libérer l'énorme potentiel inexploité de l'Europe"
  • [02] Member States need to embrace reform more decisively to create more growth and jobs, Commission reports show
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [03] Commission sharpens fight against cross-border crime in the EU
  • [04] La Commission adopte une proposition de décision-cadre sur la lutte contre la criminalité organisée
  • [05] La Commission propose un programme d'action ambitieux destiné améliorer les échanges d'informations sur les condamnations pénales
  • [06] New EU Programme to promote European digital content market : Viviane Reding welcomes positive vote in Parliament
  • [07] Joe Borg stresses stakeholders' role in improving effectiveness of fisheries rules
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-01-27 Reference: MEX/05/0127 Date: 27/01/2005 EXME05 / 27.1

    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

    27/01/05


  • [I] Résultats de la Commission du 26 janvier 2005 -

    Outcome of Commission meeting of 26 January

    [01] Dans sa présentation des objectifs stratégiques de la Commission pour les cinq prochaines années, le Président Barroso appelle "libérer l'énorme potentiel inexploité de l'Europe"

    Dans une allocution prononcée devant le Parlement européen Bruxelles, José Manuel Barroso, président de la Commission européenne, a présenté sa vision des objectifs stratégiques de l’Union européenne jusqu'en 2010. Le but déclaré est d'assurer prospérité, solidarité et sécurité tous les européens. Pour la première fois, la Commission propose un programme conjoint d'objectifs stratégiques en partenariat avec le Parlement européen et le Conseil. Elle estime qu'il est important que les institutions européennes arrêtent de concert les priorités et travaillent ensemble dés le départ la réalisation des objectifs essentiels de l'Union. La Commission a également adopté un programme de travail pour 2005 qui inclut une première série d'initiatives concrètes visant convertir en action les objectifs stratégiques.

    [02] Member States need to embrace reform more decisively to create more growth and jobs, Commission reports show

    Progress was made in the last few years to complete the European Union's single market and improve the conditions for business, but much more needs to be done to increase the bloc's competitiveness through sounder public finances, more active labour policies, more productive investment – including in knowledge - and more integrated markets, in order to step up economic growth and job creation whilst protecting our environment. These conclusions were drawn in key reports looking at the implementation of multi-annual targets for the economy as a whole and the internal market, employment and environment in particular. The reports or "Implementation Package", will feed into the forthcoming mid-term review of the EU's Lisbon strategy and the Commission’s report to the Spring European Council in March.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [03] Commission sharpens fight against cross-border crime in the EU

    "If criminal gangs think that the EU has a soft touch on crime than they make a big mistake", Vice-President Franco Frattini, Commissioner responsible for Justice, Freedom and Security, said. In presenting a European Commission's proposal to severely punish members of organised crime groups wherever they operate in the EU, and a strategy to ensure exchange of criminal records between Member States and mutual recognition of criminal convictions within the territory of the EU. The Commissioner noted that such proposals would guarantee "that criminals are brought to justice regardless in which Member State they committed their crimes or fled to afterwards".

    [04] La Commission adopte une proposition de décision-cadre sur la lutte contre la criminalité organisée

    La Commission européenne a adopté le 19 janvier une proposition de décision-cadre sur la lutte contre la criminalité organisée. Il s'agit de sanctionner sévèrement les actes de participation une organisation criminelle (commission d'infractions ou activités telles que création ou direction d'une organisation, recrutement, aide matérielle ou financière...).

    [05] La Commission propose un programme d'action ambitieux destiné améliorer les échanges d'informations sur les condamnations pénales

    La Commission européenne a adopté, le 25 janvier 2005, un livre blanc relatif l'échange d'informations sur les condamnations pénales et l'effet de celles-ci dans l'Union européenne. La possibilité d'accéder rapidement aux informations concernant les condamnations pénales prononcées sur le territoire de l'Union et de les prendre en compte est une priorité pour la réalisation de l'espace judiciaire européen. Le Conseil européen des 4 et 5 novembre 2004 en a souligné l'urgence. Le livre blanc propose de créer un mécanisme informatisé d'échange des informations sur les condamnations pénales entre les casiers judiciaires nationaux et suggère un programme de travail en différentes phases. Il sera suivi d'une série de propositions législatives et de réalisations opérationnelles au cours des années venir.

    [06] New EU Programme to promote European digital content market : Viviane Reding welcomes positive vote in Parliament

    The European Parliament today voted with only one amendment in favour of the eContentplus programme, which will support the development of multi- lingual content for innovative, on-line services across the EU. The amendment, which is the result of a compromise with the Council, sets the budget of the programme at €149 million for the period 2005-2008, and paves the way for a rapid adoption of the programme. eContentplus will tackle the fragmentation of the European digital content market and will improve the accessibility and usability of geographical information, cultural content and educational material.

    [07] Joe Borg stresses stakeholders' role in improving effectiveness of fisheries rules

    During his visit to the United Kingdom, European Commissioner Joe Borg, responsible for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, has been underlining the role of stakeholders in improving the effectiveness of fisheries measures through involvement in their formulation and correct application. He praised the active role played by UK stakeholders in the creation of the North Sea Regional Advisory (RAC), set up last November in Edinburgh. RACs bring together fishermen, scientists and other interested parties to prepare recommendations on measures for the area they cover. UK stakeholders are also actively involved in the setting up of other RACs such as that for the waters west of the UK and Ireland, for pelagic fisheries (mid-water) and for distant water fisheries. Commissioner Borg's visit began on Wednesday evening in London. Dr Borg met the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Mr Ephtimios Mitropoulos, to inform him of the setting up of a Task Force within the Commission to prepare a consultation paper on a possible Maritime Policy for the European Union. He also met with Mr Ben Bradshaw, Under Secretary of State at the Ministry for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Commissioner Borg went to the south-west of England on Thursday before travelling, first, to Wales and then to the north-east of Scotland.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by President Barroso : "Presentation of the five year strategy and 2005 legislative and work programme" (26/01, European Parliament)

    Speaking notes of President Barroso at press conference 'Europe 2010: A Partnership for European renewal - Prosperity, Solidarity and Security' (26/01, European Parliament)

    Joint report on social inclusion and social protection - frequently asked questions

    Joint Employment Report (JER) - frequently asked questions

    Speech by Stavros Dimas : "Environment Policy to 2010: a sustainable road to Lisbon" at meting of G9 group of environmental NGO (European Parliament)

    Discours de M. Jacques Barrot : "Politique ferroviaire" la réception annuelle du CER (Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies) (26/01)

    Speech by Janez Potočnik : "Ethical issues should be discussed in an open and friendly spirit of tolerance" at opening session of the conference 'Research Ethics Committees in Europe: facing the future together'

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy : "Retail Financial Services and the Consumer" at Lloyds TSB Reception (26/01)

    Speech by Peter Mandelson : "Strengthening EU-US trade" at Transatlantic Business Dialogue (Davos)

    Speech by Siim Kallas : "Political priorities of the Commission in an enlarged Europe" at British Chamber of Commerce From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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