Check our bulletin board of Hellenic Conferences Read the Convention Relating to the Regime of the Straits (24 July 1923) Read the Convention Relating to the Regime of the Straits (24 July 1923)
HR-Net - Hellenic Resources Network Compact version
Today's Suggestion
Read The "Macedonian Question" (by Maria Nystazopoulou-Pelekidou)
HomeAbout HR-NetNewsWeb SitesDocumentsOnline HelpUsage InformationContact us
Wednesday, 17 July 2024
 
News
  Latest News (All)
     From Greece
     From Cyprus
     From Europe
     From Balkans
     From Turkey
     From USA
  Announcements
  World Press
  News Archives
Web Sites
  Hosted
  Mirrored
  Interesting Nodes
Documents
  Special Topics
  Treaties, Conventions
  Constitutions
  U.S. Agencies
  Cyprus Problem
  Other
Services
  Personal NewsPaper
  Greek Fonts
  Tools
  F.A.Q.
 

European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-04-27

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 de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] President Barroso proposes a new framework to "lock-in" a culture of fundamental rights in EU legislation
  • [02] Budget proposal gears EU towards economic leadership
  • [03] More aid on the way for Tsunami victims
  • [04] Recruitment from the 10 new Member States : state of play and way forward
  • [05] Public procurement : Commission takes further action on Greek legislation excluding certain companies from public contracts
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [06] Décollage de l'Airbus A380 - déclaration du Vice-Président de la Commission européenne responsable de l'Industrie, Günter Verheugen
  • [07] La Commission renforce son soutien la lutte contre le VIH/SIDA, le paludisme et la tuberculose l'extérieur de l'UE
  • [08] Des entreprises françaises et suédoises remportent le prix européen 2005 des technologies de la société de l'information
  • [09] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Slovenske Elektrarne par Enel
  • [10] Commission approves acquisition of WMC Resources by BHP Billiton
  • [11] Commission approves acquisition by The Dow Chemical Company of parts of Dupont Dow Elastomers
  • [12] Commission sends proposals on GM maize to Council
  • [13] UN High Commissioner on First Official Visit to Brussels
  • [14] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-04-27 Reference: MEX/05/0427 Date: 27/04/2005 EXME05 / 27.4

    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

    27/04/05


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

    [01] President Barroso proposes a new framework to "lock-in" a culture of fundamental rights in EU legislation

    The European Commission has today adopted a new mechanism to ensure that all Commission legislative proposals are systematically and rigorously checked for compatibility with the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The new mechanism is based on a process of systematic screening of legislation from the earliest preparatory work through to inter-service consultation. The other key instruments consist of : impact assessments on the effect of legislation on individual rights ; and an examination of the legal reasoning for legislation - with an assessment of its effects on fundamental human rights. The new Commissioners Group on Fundamental Rights, Anti-discrimination and Equal Opportunities will ensure that the results of these examinations are taken into account throughout the legislative process.

    [02] Budget proposal gears EU towards economic leadership

    The first EU budget proposal of the new European Commission clearly reflects the new priorities of President Barroso and his team. The draft budget 2006 that was adopted today provides a record increase for European research and equally ensures increased investment in economic growth and more jobs, solidarity within the enlarged Union, improved security for its citizens, the future enlargement and a stronger role for the Union on the global scene. To manage the expenditures for next year the Commission proposes an amount of €112.6 billion. This corresponds to 1.02% of the Union's Gross National Income (GNI) and is an increase of 6% on the 2005 budget. The proposed commitments amount to €121.3 billion, or 1.09% of EU GNI and represent an increase of 4%. More than one third of the budget will be devoted to stimulating economic growth and creating more and better jobs.

    [03] More aid on the way for Tsunami victims

    The European Commission keeps its promises. In January 2005 the President of the Commission Mr José Manuel Barroso assured €473 million for 2005 and 2006 to help countries affected by the Tsunami. In order to deliver on this commitment the Commission today proposed €98 million in an amending budget and €180 million in the proposed budget for 2006. The €278 million is meant to help the reconstruction of Asian Tsunami affected regions.

    [04] Recruitment from the 10 new Member States : state of play and way forward

    The European Commission today publishes results of recruitments from the new Member States one year after enlargement. Figures show that the Commission has largely met the ambitious targets set in 2004 and the procedure has reached its cruising speed. This achievement compares well with enlargement in 1995, both with regard to the much higher volume and the actual recruitments in the initial stage. However progress is uneven and some specific steps will have to be taken to address the imbalances.

    [05] Public procurement : Commission takes further action on Greek legislation excluding certain companies from public contracts

    Following a letter of formal notice sent to Greece on 23 March 2005 and the reply from the Greek national authorities received on 7 April, the European Commission has decided to formally request Greece to change its law 3310/2005 which prevents companies "interconnected" with Greek mass media businesses from participating in procedures for the award of public contracts. The Commission considers that this law breaches the Community directives on public procurement and the principal of equal treatment of the participants, as well as the exercise of almost all the fundamental freedoms acknowledged by the EC Treaty. The Commission's request takes the form of a 'reasoned opinion', the second stage of the infringement procedure under Article 226 of the EC Treaty. In the absence of a satisfactory response within three weeks, the Commission may refer Greece to the European Court of Justice.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [06] Décollage de l'Airbus A380 - déclaration du Vice-Président de la Commission européenne responsable de l'Industrie, Günter Verheugen

    "Le décollage du nouvel Airbus A380 est une « success story » européenne. Le développement de l'A380 montre ce que peut faire l'Europe en coopérant et en investissant dans les compétences, la recherche et les technologies. Ce « Super-Airbus » apporte la preuve que la coopération au sein de l'UE est payante. Il montre en outre qu'avec un cadre politique bien conçu, l'industrie de l'UE peut réussir même dans les branches de haute technologie."

    [07] La Commission renforce son soutien la lutte contre le VIH/SIDA, le paludisme et la tuberculose l'extérieur de l'UE

    La Commission européenne a adopté ce jour un Programme d'action en vue de renforcer le soutien apporté par l'Union européenne la lutte contre le VIH/SIDA, le paludisme et la tuberculose l'extérieur de ses frontières. Il propose une série d'actions concrètes permettant de faire face une situation dramatique (décès chaque année de plus de 6 millions de personnes). Cette initiative fait suite la promesse faite par le commissaire Louis Michel, chargé du développement et de l'aide humanitaire, d'agir de façon plus efficace, plus active et plus rapide, afin de concrétiser les objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement (OMD).

    [08] Des entreprises françaises et suédoises remportent le prix européen 2005 des technologies de la société de l'information

    Deux sociétés françaises et une entreprise suédoise reçoivent cette année le prix européen des technologies de la société de l'information. Ce prix, d'une valeur de €200.000 pour chaque lauréat, est organisé par la Commission européenne conjointement avec le Conseil européen des sciences appliquées, des technologies et de l'ingénierie. Il est ouvert chaque année aux entreprises ou organismes qui présentent dans le domaine des technologies de l'information un produit innovant et offrant de bonnes perspectives commerciales. Les lauréats du prix 2005 ont été sélectionnés par un jury indépendant sur un total de 430 candidats dans toute l'Europe. La plupart des candidats, ainsi que les trois lauréats, sont des petites et moyennes entreprises innovantes.

    [09] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Slovenske Elektrarne par Enel

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en application du règlement sur les concentrations de l'UE, le projet d'acquisition de Slovenske Elektrarne (SE), le principal producteur et fournisseur d'électricité slovaque, par Enel, une entreprise italienne du secteur de l'énergie. Elle est parvenue la conclusion que les activités des parties l'opération ne se chevauchaient pas et que l'acquisition, en tant que telle, n'entraverait pas sensiblement l'exercice d'une concurrence effective dans l'EEE ou dans une partie substantielle de celui-ci.

    [10] Commission approves acquisition of WMC Resources by BHP Billiton

    The European Commission has cleared, under the EU Merger Regulation, the public bid by the Australian international resources company BHP Billiton (BHP) for all the shares in the Australian company WMC Resources (WMC), a company active in the nickel, copper-uranium and fertiliser sectors. The Commission concluded that there were minimal overlaps of activities and as such the acquisition would not significantly impede effective competition in the EEA or any substantial part of it.

    [11] Commission approves acquisition by The Dow Chemical Company of parts of Dupont Dow Elastomers

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed transaction whereby the US company The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) acquires sole control of parts of the US joint venture Dupont Dow Elastomers L.L.C. (DDE), which Dow formed in 1996 together with the US company E.I. du Pont de Nemours and company (Dupont). After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it and has therefore approved the concentration.

    [12] Commission sends proposals on GM maize to Council

    The European Commission has adopted a proposal to be sent to the Council of Ministers on the autorisation of the GM maize MON863. The autorisation would cover the import and use as animal feed of MON863 but not use as human food or cultivation. The maize has been genetically modified for resistance to corn rootworm. It has been deemed as safe as any conventional maize by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). If authorised, the maize would be clearly labelled as containing GM maize. The Regulatory Committee, which is set up under Directive 2001/18/EC and representing the Member States, did not reach the qualified majority necessary to support the Commission proposal to authorise MON863. Thus, according to EU comitology procedures, the file must now be passed on to the Council, who can either adopt or reject the proposal with a qualified majority. If no decision is taken after three months, the file returns to the Commission who may then decide to adopt it.

    [13] UN High Commissioner on First Official Visit to Brussels

    The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, will make her first official visit to the European Commission on 28th April 2005. She will meet the President of the Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso, the Vice President of the Commission, Franco Frattini, Commissioner for Freedom, Security and Justice, and Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner. Key topics likely to be addressed include UN reform, the international rule of law and advancement of international justice and the recent session of the UN Commission on Human Rights. The Commission will underline that continued support will be extended under the EIDHR (European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights) to the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the Special Tribunal for Sierra Leone and that the EC intends to make a €1 million contribution to the Khmer Rouge Special Tribunals. The developing relationship between the Commission and the OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights) will also be discussed, including the robust level of funding extended through the EIDHR. Last year the EC was the second-highest voluntary donor to the OHCHR and support is expected to be sustained in 2005, with EIDHR projects totalling approximately €4 million.

    [14] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Benita Ferrero-Waldner : " The EU and Ukraine – what lies beyond the horizon?" at Mardi de l'Europe luncheon (Madariaga European Foundation and EastWest Institute) (26/04)

    Speech by Viviane Reding : "The European IST Prize – Awarding Innovation for Europe" at European IST Prize Awards Ceremony 2005 (26/04) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


    Midday Express: News from the EU Commission Spokesman's Briefings Directory - Previous Article - Next Article
    Back to Top
    Copyright © 1995-2023 HR-Net (Hellenic Resources Network). An HRI Project.
    All Rights Reserved.

    HTML by the HR-Net Group / Hellenic Resources Institute, Inc.
    midex2html v1.04 run on Wednesday, 27 April 2005 - 11:30:05 UTC