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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-02-09

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

[I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] Commission sets a positive agenda for the 2005 review of the Sustainable Development Strategy
  • [02] Le nouvel agenda social : un pilier essentiel de la nouvelle stratégie pour la croissance et l'emploi
  • [03] Changement climatique : la Commission expose les grandes lignes de sa stratégie au-del de 2012
  • [04] Commission recommends further steps under the excessive deficit procedure for Greece
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [05] European Commission President José Manuel Barroso's statement on the Middle East declaration
  • [06] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Engel par Valeo
  • [07] Erasmus Mundus : 69 universités supplémentaires participent au programme
  • [08] Benita Ferrero-Waldner announces €250 million support to the Palestinians in 2005
  • [09] Peter Mandelson in Washington D.C. (09-10/02)
  • [10] László Kovács in London (10/02)
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-02-09 Reference: MEX/05/0209 Date: 09/02/2005 EXME05 / 9.2

    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

    09/02/05


  • [I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

    [01] Commission sets a positive agenda for the 2005 review of the Sustainable Development Strategy

    With the adoption today of the orientations for the review of the Sustainable Development Strategy European Commission President José Manuel Barroso sets a positive agenda for sustainable development. "The challenges faced by our planet today are global. Europe takes its responsibility. Without clear political leadership and commitment to change, our children and grandchildren will not be able to enjoy the prosperity and quality of life we have today. Climate change is accelerating, we are putting increasing pressure on our natural resources, biodiversity is at stake and narrowing the wealth gap between North and South remains an enormous challenge. If we want to preserve the delicate balance between economic, social and environmental concerns needed for a sustainable society, we must take action now."

    [02] Le nouvel agenda social : un pilier essentiel de la nouvelle stratégie pour la croissance et l'emploi

    La Commission européenne a lancé son nouvel agenda social en faveur de la modernisation du modèle social européen dans le contexte du remaniement de la stratégie de Lisbonne pour la croissance et l'emploi. Le nouvel agenda cherche procurer de l'emploi et garantir l'égalité des chances pour tous et faire en sorte que les bienfaits de la dynamique de la croissance et de l'emploi de l'Union soient perceptibles pour tout un chacun. Par la modernisation des marchés du travail et des régimes de protection sociale, il aidera les citoyens saisir les occasions générées par la concurrence internationale, les progrès technologiques et l'évolution démographique tout en protégeant les plus vulnérables.

    [03] Changement climatique : la Commission expose les grandes lignes de sa stratégie au-del de 2012

    La Commission européenne a adopté un ensemble de propositions préalables devant servir de lignes directrices aux futures négociations de l'UE avec ses partenaires mondiaux en ce qui concerne les politiques relatives au changement climatique après 2012, lorsque la première période d'engagement au titre du protocole de Kyoto aura pris fin. L'une de ces propositions consiste redoubler d'efforts pour impliquer les gros producteurs d'émissions que sont, par exemple, les Etats-Unis mais aussi certains pays émergents croissance rapide. La communication recense également les transports maritimes et l'aviation comme des secteurs qui doivent être couverts par le régime post Kyoto.

    [04] Commission recommends further steps under the excessive deficit procedure for Greece

    The European Commission has recommended to the European Union Finance Ministers Council to give notice to Greece, in accordance with Article 104(9) of the Treaty, to take the necessary measures to remedy its excessive deficit situation. Given the sizeable adjustment to be carried out, the Commission recommends extending by one year to the end of 2006 at the latest the deadline for bringing the deficit below the 3.0% reference value. The Greek authorities are expected to present a report, before March 21, detailing the measures needed to comply with this recommendation, which is expected to be adopted by the Council at its next meeting on 17 February 2005.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [05] European Commission President José Manuel Barroso's statement on the Middle East declaration

    "I strongly welcome the truce declared yesterday by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. It is my sincerest hope that this will lead to a definitive end to years of violence in the Middle East and put us back on the path towards a lasting peace between two states - Israel and a viable, democratic Palestinian state - living side by side in peace and security in the framework of a comprehensive settlement in the Middle East, as laid out in the Roadmap. I urge Israelis and the Palestinians to pursue this goal with determination. As Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner has indicated, the European Commission stands ready to support the next steps with concrete help worth €250 million."

    [06] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Engel par Valeo

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en application du règlement sur les concentrations de l'UE, le projet d'acquisition de la société française Engel, active dans le domaine de l'électronique moteur, par le groupe industriel français Valeo. Bien que les activités des deux entreprises se chevauchent en Europe dans le secteur des capteurs de vitesse, la Commission a conclu que l'opération n'aurait pas pour conséquence d'entraver de manière significative une concurrence effective dans l'Espace Economique Européen ou une partie substantielle de celui-ci, et l'a donc approuvée.

    [07] Erasmus Mundus : 69 universités supplémentaires participent au programme

    La Commission européenne a sélectionné 17 nouveaux mastères Erasmus Mundus, associant ainsi 69 universités européennes supplémentaires au programme. Les mastères retenus débuteront lors de la prochaine année universitaire (2005-2006), s'ajoutant aux 19 qui ont démarré l'automne dernier. Le programme Erasmus Mundus a pour but de renforcer la coopération européenne et les relations internationales dans le domaine de l'enseignement supérieur. L'année universitaire 2005-2006 verra une augmentation du nombre de bénéficiaires de bourses Erasmus, qui passera quelque 900 parmi les étudiants et 100 parmi les universitaires.

    [08] Benita Ferrero-Waldner announces €250 million support to the Palestinians in 2005

    Following her visit to the Middle East 6-8 February, and the Ceasefire Declaration made by the Israelis and Palestinians at Sharm el Sheikh, the Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner has announced the European Commission expects to make around €250 million available in 2005 to support further steps towards the creation of a viable Palestinian state. Part of this allocation may used to help rebuild shattered infrastructure.

    [09] Peter Mandelson in Washington D.C. (09-10/02)

    European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson today begins a two-day visit to the United States. Mr Mandelson will meet with US Secretary of the Treasury John Snow, Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick and Congressional and Senate leaders. On Friday he will give a speech to the US Chamber of Commerce on transatlantic relations.

    [10] László Kovács in London (10/02)

    Tomorrow, 10 February, in London, European Taxation and Customs Commissioner László Kovács will meet the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Mr Gordon Brown, the Paymaster General Ms Dawn Primarolo and the Economic Secretary to the Treasury Mr John Healey, to discuss a range of EU tax issues in the light of the forthcoming UK Presidency.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Questions and answers on the new Social Agenda

    Winning the battle against global climate change From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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