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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-02-15

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 modification de la proposition de règlement sur les litiges transfrontaliers est un élément clé de la réalisation d'un espace européen de justice
  • [02] Avian influenza : Standing Committee gives favourable opinion to two Commission measures
  • [03] Avian influenza H5 confirmed in swans in Austria : authorities applying precautionary measures
  • [04] Avian influenza H5N1 in swans in Germany : authorities applying precautionary measures
  • [05] Commission issues nuclear safeguard obligations warning to British Nuclear Group Sellafield
  • [06] La simplification des échanges de produits agricoles transformés entre l'UE et la Suisse stimule les exportations de l'UE
  • [07] Commission appoints new Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)
  • [08] Stavros Dimas : "Giving Kyoto a Future"
  • [09] Publication du rapport général sur les activités de l'UE en 2005 : un instrument précieux pour dresser le portrait de l'année écoulée
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-02-15 Reference: MEX/06/0215 Date: 15/02/2006 EXME06 / 15.2

    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

    15/02/06


  • [01] La modification de la proposition de règlement sur les litiges transfrontaliers est un élément clé de la réalisation d'un espace européen de justice

    La Commission européenne a adopté une proposition modifiée de règlement sur la loi applicable aux obligations non contractuelles ("Rome II"). Cette proposition est centrée sur la question de la responsabilité civile en cas de dommages causés autrui, notamment en cas d'accidents tels que des accidents de la route ou des accidents causés par un produit défectueux. Avec l'accroissement des échanges et des déplacements l’intérieur de l'Union européenne, les litiges de cette nature se multiplient. Bien que la proposition ne prévoit pas l'harmonisation de la substance des lois nationales, son but est d'assurer que les tribunaux de tous les Etats membres appliquent la même loi en cas de litige transfrontalier portant sur une obligation non contractuelle, en facilitant ainsi la reconnaissance mutuelle des décisions de justice dans l'UE. Les règles proposées par la Commission respectent un équilibre raisonnable entre les intérêts des parties un litige transfrontalier.

    [02] Avian influenza : Standing Committee gives favourable opinion to two Commission measures

    The European Commission draft decisions on avian influenza to approve co- funding for national surveillance plans and to ban imports of untreated feathers from third countries received favourable opinions from Member States in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH) today.

    [03] Avian influenza H5 confirmed in swans in Austria : authorities applying precautionary measures

    The Austrian authorities have informed the European Commission on 14 February of a confirmed case of the H5 avian influenza virus in two dead swans found in the region of Stiria, near to the city of Graz. Further tests will now be carried out by the Community Reference Laboratory in Weybridge to determine whether it is the same H5N1 strain which has been found in wild birds in Greece, Italy, and Slovenia over the past week. The Austrian authorities have already assured the Commission that they will immediately apply the same precautionary measures as those already in place in Greece, Italy and Slovenia. The Commission has adopted the same decision for Austria, setting out interim protection measures in relation to cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in wild birds in Austria. The avian influenza situation in all affected countries will be reviewed by the Standing Committee on the Food and Chain and Animal Health which meets today and tomorrow.

    [04] Avian influenza H5N1 in swans in Germany : authorities applying precautionary measures

    The German authorities informed the European Commission last night of cases of the H5N1 avian influenza virus in dead wild swans found on the island of Rugen in the Baltic Sea. Samples will be sent to the Community Reference Laboratory in Weybridge for further tests. The German authorities are applying the same precautionary measures as other Member States in which the H5N1 virus has been confirmed in wild birds by Weybridge (Greece, Italy) or in which it is strongly suspected (Slovenia, Austria). The Commission will adopt today a decision setting out the precautionary measures to be taken in Germany, just as it did for the other affected Member States. The avian influenza situation in all affected countries will be reviewed by the Standing Committee on the Food and Chain and Animal Health which meets today and tomorrow.

    [05] Commission issues nuclear safeguard obligations warning to British Nuclear Group Sellafield

    The European Commission has today issued a formal warning against British Nuclear Group Sellafield (BNG SL). Under the Euratom Treaty, the Commission has the task of ensuring that accounting and administrative procedures are in place to ensure that nuclear materials in possession of companies operating nuclear facilities in the EU are not diverted from the peaceful uses for which they have been declared.

    [06] La simplification des échanges de produits agricoles transformés entre l'UE et la Suisse stimule les exportations de l'UE

    Un nouvel accord bilatéral concernant les échanges UE/Suisse de produits agricoles transformés est entré en vigueur le 1er février 2005. De ce fait, les exportations UE de produits agricoles transformés vers la Suisse ont augmenté de 10% en volume et de 6% en valeur au cours de l'année passée. Il y a un an, l'UE a supprimé les restitutions l'exportation et les droits l'importation pour la plupart des produits agricoles transformés. La Suisse a réduit et, dans de nombreux cas, éliminé les restitutions l'exportation et les droits l'importation. En outre, toutes les boissons alcoolisées – en dehors du jus de raisin avec addition d'alcool – bénéficient, depuis le 1er février 2006, du régime de libre échange entre les parties.

    [07] Commission appoints new Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)

    On 14 February, Mr Franz-Hermann Brüner was appointed Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office. Mr Brüner will be responsible, in full independence, for the investigative activity of the Office. Under the supervision of the Commissioner responsible for the protection of the European Union's financial interests, he will manage the Office's contribution to the design of the Commission's anti-fraud strategy as well as providing assistance to the Member States by organising close and regular cooperation between their competent authorities in order to coordinate activities aimed at protecting the EU's financial interests against fraud.

    [08] Stavros Dimas : "Giving Kyoto a Future"

    In a statement to mark the first anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol, the European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: "Climate change poses a vital threat to the future stability and prosperity of our societies. The Kyoto Protocol's first year in force has seen important progress towards addressing this major challenge. In particular, the Montreal world climate change conference in December finalised and strengthened the rulebook for implementing Kyoto and, even more importantly, backed the EU's view that the time has come to start discussing future global action. The battle against climate change is winnable but with the Earth's temperature continuing to warm rapidly – NASA says 2005 was the hottest year on record – farther-reaching measures will be needed after the Kyoto targets expire in 2012. Building on the success of Kyoto, the international community must seize the opportunity of the talks starting this spring to create a global architecture that will deliver the deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions necessary to keep climate change within tolerable limits. The post-2012 arrangements need the participation of all major emitters while taking full account of the development needs of less developed countries. The EU is showing the way forward in addressing climate change with practical measures such as our emissions trading scheme and contributions such as the Commission's February 2005 paper on the principles that should underpin the future climate regime, which proved to be so influential in Montreal and other fora. We are determined to continue exercising this leadership to secure a successful outcome of the forthcoming talks."

    [09] Publication du rapport général sur les activités de l'UE en 2005 : un instrument précieux pour dresser le portrait de l'année écoulée

    Fidèle au rendez-vous annuel que lui fixent les Traités, la Commission européenne vient de publier le rapport général sur l’activité de l'Union européenne en 2005. Fort de quelque 200 pages, disponible dans les vingt langues officielles de l'UE, ce document revient sur les principales activités législatives et les réalisations clés qui ont jalonné l'activité de l'Union au cours de l'année 2005.

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    Statement by President Barroso on the issue of the cartoons of prophet Muhammed (European Parliament, Strasbourg)

    Intervention du Président Barroso sur la Directive 'Services' (14/02, Parlement européen, Strasbourg)

    Statement by Charlie McCreevy on the Services Directive (14/02, European Parliament, Strasbourg)

    Discours de M. Joaquin Almunia : "Gobernanza Económica: Los Retos" la réunion plénière du Comité Economique et Social From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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