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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-08-26

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] European Commission adopts €3.5 million for disaster preparedness in the Caribbean
  • [02] The Commission welcomes France's and Belgium's announcements that they intend to publish a list of airlines that are banned from serving their airports.
  • [03] European Commission welcomes Israeli disengagement from Gaza and prepares further measures to support the peace process
  • [04] Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of ink manufacturer Flint by Xsys
  • [05] Avian Influenza: Commission asks Member States to step up surveillance
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-08-26 Reference: MEX/05/0826 Date: 26/08/2005 EXME05 / 26.8

    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

    26 / 08 / 05


  • [01] European Commission adopts €3.5 million for disaster preparedness in the Caribbean

    The Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) launched its 5th DIPECHO (for Disaster Preparedness ECHO) Action Plan for the Caribbean. €3.5 million will be allocated for disaster preparedness in the region. The main objective is to increase the capability of vulnerable populations living in areas most affected by recurrent natural hazards to cope with the effects of natural disasters.

    [02] The Commission welcomes France's and Belgium's announcements that they intend to publish a list of airlines that are banned from serving their airports.

    “This is a good step towards the consolidated European list which the Commission proposed on 16 February of this year”, said Vice-President Jacques Barrot. The Commissioner looks forward to working closely with the Council and Parliament over the coming months in order to secure final adoption of that proposal as soon as possible, thereby ensuring that information on the situation in all Member States is available to the public and allowing the extension of a ban to the whole EU.

    [03] European Commission welcomes Israeli disengagement from Gaza and prepares further measures to support the peace process

    The European Commission welcomes the Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip and Northern parts of the West Bank as a significant step towards implementing the Quartet Roadmap. The Commission is particularly encouraged by the close coordination and the restraint shown by Israelis and Palestinians which attest to the courage and commitment of both sides.

    [04] Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of ink manufacturer Flint by Xsys

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the Flint Ink Corporation of the US by Aster 2 SA of Luxembourg, the holding company for Xsys Print Solutions. Although there were overlaps in the companies’ activities, in particular with respect to paste inks for publication applications, the Commission concluded that the concentration would not significantly impede effective competition in the EEA or any substantial part of it and has therefore approved the concentration.

    [05] Avian Influenza: Commission asks Member States to step up surveillance

    The European Commission today convened in Brussels a meting of EU veterinary experts from all Member States to discuss the avian influenza situation in Asia and Russia (Siberia) and which steps should be taken in order to increase vigilance against the disease spreading to the EU. The Commission has asked the Member States to step up surveillance and will make financing available in order to facilitate this effort. A number of actions were agreed at the meeting, including a review of contingency plans and increased vigilance to ensure that existing measures such as import bans are fully enforced. However, a generalised ban on keeping poultry outdoors was not considered proportionate to the current risk of disease introduction through migratory birds.

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    Timeline of actions by the European Commission on avian influenza and human flu pandemic preparedness

    Conclusions of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health working group meeting on Avian Influenza

    Calendrier du 29 août au 4 septembre 2005-08-26 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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