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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-09-15

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] La Commission adopte deux propositions afin de rendre plus aisĂ© le transit des ressortissants de pays tiers soumis Ă l'obligation de visa
  • [02] Commission proposes negotiations with Ukraine on short-stay Schengen visas
  • [03] La Commission s'attaque au problème de la capacitĂ© des aĂ©roports
  • [04] Commission calls for coordinated action to make information and communication technologies more accessible for citizens
  • [05] Voix sur large bande en France : pas de rĂ©gulation requise pour la tĂ©lĂ©phonie Internet sur large bande
  • [06] EU-US wine trade accord will enhance protection of European names and safeguard EU's biggest market
  • [07] EU and China link up to promote the knowledge-based bio-economy
  • [08] Autre matĂ©riel diffusĂ© Midday Express of 2005-09-15 Reference: MEX/05/0915 Date: 15/09/2005 EXME05 / 15.9

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Presse etb

    Communication

    15/09/05


  • [01] La Commission adopte deux propositions afin de rendre plus aisĂ© le transit des ressortissants de pays tiers soumis Ă l'obligation de visa

    La Commission européenne a adopté fin août deux propositions de décision du Parlement européen et du Conseil instaurant un régime simplifié de contrôle des personnes aux frontières extérieures pour les ressortissants de pays tiers soumis à l'obligation de visa, fondé sur la reconnaissance unilatérale de certains types de documents. Le régime de reconnaissance sera limité aux fins de transit par le territoire des Etats membres. Les propositions concernent notamment la reconnaissance unilatérale : a) par les nouveaux Etats membres des visas et des permis de séjour établis par les Etats Schengen et des documents similaires délivrés par les autres nouveaux Etats membres ; ce régime devrait être mis en œuvre pendant la période transitoire jusqu'à la pleine intégration des nouveaux Etats membres dans l'espace Schengen ; b) par les Etats membres de certains titres de séjour délivrés par la Suisse et le Liechtenstein.

    [02] Commission proposes negotiations with Ukraine on short-stay Schengen visas

    The European Commission has adopted a recommendation to the Council in order to authorize to open negotiations between the European Community and Ukraine for the conclusion of an agreement on the facilitation of issuance of short-stay visas. The scope of the agreement will be limited to short- stay visas, envisaged for no longer than three months in the Schengen territory. It is expected to cover in particular arrangements on visa fees, definition of short standard duration for processing visa applications, simplification of documentary evidence to be presented in order to obtain a visa and definition of criteria for issuing multiple-entry visas for some categories of persons.

    [03] La Commission s'attaque au problème de la capacité des aéroports

    Selon les prévisions, les aéroports européens, de plus en plus engorgés, ne seront plus en mesure de satisfaire une partie de la demande de trafic aérien au cours des prochaines années. La Commission européenne étudie par conséquent les mesures qui permettraient de faire face au manque de capacité actuel et futur des aéroports. Dans cette optique, elle a lancé un document de consultation concernant la capacité, l'efficacité et la sécurité des aéroports qu'elle adresse aux compagnies aériennes, aux aéroports, aux fournisseurs de services de navigation aérienne et à tous les autres intervenants du secteur du transport aérien. "Nous nous occupons de la gestion du trafic aérien et du ciel unique européen pour accroître la capacité aérienne. Mais si nous ne nous attaquons pas au problème des aéroports, cet effort sera vain", a déclaré Jacques Barrot, vice-président de la Commission chargé des transports. Il a ajouté que "nous devons à la fois organiser la construction de nouveaux aéroports et mettre tout en œuvre pour mieux utiliser les infrastructures existantes".

    [04] Commission calls for coordinated action to make information and communication technologies more accessible for citizens

    Coordinated action by EU Member States is needed to make information and communication technologies (ICTs) more accessible to all, and particularly to people with disabilities and some older persons, said the European Commission today. In a Communication on "Electronic Accessibility" (eAccessibility), adopted today, the Commission calls upon Member States to do more to promote EU e-Accessibility initiatives in a concerted approach and to encourage uptake by industry. Progress will be reviewed two years from now, when additional measures may be proposed, including new legislation if necessary.

    [05] Voix sur large bande en France : pas de régulation requise pour la téléphonie Internet sur large bande

    La Commission européenne a approuvé aujourd'hui le projet du régulateur Français des télécommunications, l'ARCEP, de stimuler la concurrence sur les marchés de la téléphonie fixe. La Commission reconnaît que l'approche réglementaire de l'ARCEP en matière de téléphonie sur Internet est un moyen efficace d’encourager la concurrence entre les transporteurs Internet de trafic téléphonique et les réseaux de téléphonie traditionnelle tout en invitant également le régulateur à surveiller de près cette partie du marché de détail afin d'éviter toute pratique anti-concurrentielle et, si nécessaire, d'intervenir en vue d’y remédier.

    [06] EU-US wine trade accord will enhance protection of European names and safeguard EU's biggest market

    The European Union and the United States have reached a first phase agreement on trade in wine which will protect EU wine names and secure the EU’s biggest and most valuable wine market. Under the accord, the US administration will make a proposal to Congress to change the status of EU wine names such as Burgundy, Champagne, Chablis, Chianti, Madeira, Malaga, Port, Sherry and Tokay currently considered semi-generic terms in the US, and limit their use in the US. The US will also exempt the EU from its new certification requirements, accept the main principles of EU labelling rules and pledge to seek to resolve any bilateral issues concerning trade in wine through informal bilateral consultations rather than through dispute settlement mechanisms. The two sides have also undertaken to build on the agreement by starting to negotiate a more ambitious second-phase accord 90 days after the entry into force of this agreement.

    [07] EU and China link up to promote the knowledge-based bio-economy

    A conference in Brussels today examines Europe's development towards a modern knowledge-based bio-economy, with contributions from industry representatives, academia and civil society, as well as European and national representatives. A conference on the same issue takes place at the same time in Beijing, and European Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potočnik and his Chinese counterpart, Xu Guanhua, Minister of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China, will deliver a joint message to both conferences, highlighting the importance of this sector for the future. The bio-economy covers the management, production and use of biological resources such as food, feed, fibre and fuels and European bio-industries have a combined annual turnover of €1500 billion.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    How Information and Communication Technologies can be made more accessible for EU citizens : frequently asked questions

    Technology platforms contributing to the knowledge-based bio-economy

    Speech by Janez PotoÄŤnik : "Transforming life sciences knowledge into new, sustainable, eco-efficient and competitive products" at Conference on Knowledge-based bio-economy

    Speech by Neelie Kroes : "European Competition Policy – Delivering Better Markets and Better Choices" at the occasion of the European Consumer and Competition Day (London)

    Speech by Vladimir Ĺ pidla : "High-Performance Workplace Event: People mean business" (London)

    Speech by Mariann Fischer Boel : "The Common Agriculture Policy: History and Future" at the German Marshall Fund (14/9, Washington)

    Speech by Viviane Reding : "From eCall to the Intelligent Car: How the EU's ICT policy can contribute to the competitiveness of Europe's automobile industry" at the 61st International Motor Show (14/09, Francfort) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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