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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-02-24

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] Les femmes gagnent 15% de moins que les hommes dans l'UE et peinent pour concilier vie professionnelle et vie familiale
  • [02] New report considers co-existence of GM and non-GM crops and seeds
  • [03] Commission endorses public service compensation for UK Post
  • [04] Commission approves acquisition of Engelhard by BASF
  • [05] Energie, environnement, compétitivité : la Commission lance un groupe haut niveau
  • [06] Commission allocates €15.8 million to a new Vital Health Programme in Zimbabwe
  • [07] Zimbabwe : la Commission consacre €12 millions l'aide humanitaire destinée aux groupes vulnérables
  • [08] Commission and the Southern African region discuss the European Development Fund for 2008-2013
  • [09] La Commission et la Banque mondiale jouent les premiers rôles dans l'aide apportée l'Afrique
  • [10] Mariann Fischer Boel visits Australia and New Zealand
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-02-24 Reference: MEX/06/0224 Date: 24/02/2006 EXME06 / 24.2

    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

    24/02/06


  • [01] Les femmes gagnent 15% de moins que les hommes dans l'UE et peinent pour concilier vie professionnelle et vie familiale

    Selon un nouveau rapport de la Commission européenne, les femmes dans l'UE gagnent 15% de moins que les hommes et les avancées ont été lentes dans la réduction des disparités entre les genres. Le 'Rapport de 2006 sur l'égalité entre les femmes et les hommes' demande aux Etats membres de l'UE de trouver de meilleures solutions pour aider les femmes concilier les contraintes de la vie familiale et de la vie professionnelle. Il sera présenté aux dirigeants européens lors du Conseil européen de printemps, les 23 et 24 mars.

    [02] New report considers co-existence of GM and non-GM crops and seeds

    The European Commission's Joint Research Centre is publishing case studies to identify how farmers can reduce the "adventitious" - unintended and unavoidable - presence of GM material in non-GM harvests. The objective of the report is to provide a science-based reference to support any future design and implementation of coexistence measures within the EU. The case studies covered crop and seed production of maize, sugar-beet and cotton. The report also examined the feasibility of producing conventional seeds in Europe under different thresholds for the presence of GM seeds. The study examines the issue at a regional scale through simulations using data on European agricultural landscapes, weather conditions and agricultural practices, rather than just the field-to-field analyses that have been done so far. It concludes that crop production at the 0.9% threshold set by the EU is feasible, with few or no changes in agricultural practices, if adventitious GM presence in seeds does not exceed 0.5%. The production of seed up to 0.5% GM seed would be possible with little or no change in current seed production practices.

    [03] Commission endorses public service compensation for UK Post

    The European Commission has decided not to raise objections under EC Treaty state aid rules to a refinancing measure in favour of Post Office Limited (POL), the retail subsidiary of the British Royal Mail Group plc. The measure in question refinances an earlier funding to compensate POL for the public service costs of rural counter coverage, which the Commission had approved in 2003.

    [04] Commission approves acquisition of Engelhard by BASF

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Engelhard, a US company active in specialty chemicals, including catalysts, by BASF of Germany. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it.

    [05] Energie, environnement, compétitivité : la Commission lance un groupe haut niveau

    A la suite de la communication sur la politique industrielle d'octobre 2005, la Commission européenne a lancé un nouveau "groupe haut niveau" (GHN) sur la compétitivité, l'énergie et l'environnement. Au cours des deux prochaines années, ce groupe s'attachera développer la coordination entre les initiatives politiques et législatives et contribuera la mise en place d'un cadre réglementaire plus stable et plus prévisible. Le GHN se réunira pour la première fois le 28 février 2006 Bruxelles. Ce groupe s'inscrit dans le cadre du partenariat européen pour la croissance et l'emploi.

    [06] Commission allocates €15.8 million to a new Vital Health Programme in Zimbabwe

    (! embargo 13h00 !) The European Commission and the Government of Zimbabwe signed today an agreement for a new EU funded health programme. The programme will support of the vulnerable groups in Zimbabwe for a total amount of €15.8 million. The three-year initiative, entitled "Vital Health Services Support Programme" (VHSSP), will be implemented in both rural and urban areas.

    [07] Zimbabwe : la Commission consacre €12 millions l'aide humanitaire destinée aux groupes vulnérables

    La Commission européenne a affecté €12 millions au plan global d'aide humanitaire pour le Zimbabwe pour 2006. Ce plan vise réduire l'extrême vulnérabilité des groupes de population particulièrement exposés. Il s'agit des personnes souffrant du VIH/sida (un adulte sur cinq est séropositif), des orphelins et d'autres enfants vulnérables, des personnes âgées, des veuves et des ménages dont le chef de famille est un enfant et des personnes déplacées l'intérieur du pays (PDI), y compris les anciens ouvriers d'exploitations agricoles commerciales et les victimes de la politique de "nettoyage" urbain appliquée par le gouvernement en 2005.

    [08] Commission and the Southern African region discuss the European Development Fund for 2008-2013

    The European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, launches today in Gaborone, Botswana, the programming cycle for Aid to Development under the 10th EDF (European Development Fund) for the South African Development Community (SADC) region. This second Regional Seminar (the first, covering the countries and regional organisations of the Central Africa region, took place in Brazzaville at the end of January), will be attended by all the fourteen member countries of SADC.

    [09] La Commission et la Banque mondiale jouent les premiers rôles dans l'aide apportée l'Afrique

    La Commission européenne a salué hier la création du Fonds catalyseur de croissance pour l'Afrique (Africa Catalytic Growth Fund - ACGF) par le Groupe de la Banque mondiale. Les deux institutions sont déterminées appuyer et accélérer la croissance économique partagée, ainsi qu' aider la réalisation des objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement, qui s'avèrent difficiles atteindre en Afrique. Le fonds institué par le Groupe de la Banque mondiale est complémentaire avec le Fonds fiduciaire européen pour les infrastructures, qui a été lancé le 9 février par la CE et la BEI et qui constitue un nouvel instrument destiné mettre en œuvre le partenariat euro-africain dans le domaine des infrastructures. Les deux institutions, qui sont des acteurs majeurs dans la coopération au développement, se voient maintenant dotées de nouveaux moyens pour mieux répondre aux défis posés par l'Afrique.

    [10] Mariann Fischer Boel visits Australia and New Zealand

    On Tuesday, 28 February, Mariann Fischer Boel, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, begins an 8-day official visit to Australia and New Zealand. Her visit comes as the Doha Round of global trade talks enters a crucial phase, with an outline deal on agricultural and non-agricultural market access due to be agreed by the end of April. During her visit, Ms Fischer Boel will meet the New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and the trade and agriculture ministers of both Australia and New Zealand. She will make a series of speeches, including at the annual ABARE Outlook conference in Canberra, to explain the deep reforms the European Union has made to its Common Agricultural Policy to render it trade-friendly. She will underline once again how much both countries, as leading agricultural exporters, stand to gain from the EU's 28 October offer on agriculture, thanks to the proposed tariff cuts, the phasing-out of export subsidies and the fact that EU direct payments to farmers are now de-coupled from production, making them non-trade-distorting. The Commissioner will also insist that both countries reform the trade- distorting features of their State-Trading Enterprises (Australian Wheat Board, Fonterra) in parallel with the phase-out of EU export subsidies. Ms Fischer Boel will also make a number of farm visits to get first-hand experience of different types of agriculture in both Australia and New Zealand.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours du Président José Manuel Barroso : "Honoris Causa - Universit degli Studi di Genova" (Gênes)

    Speech by Viviane Reding : "The ICT industry as driver for competition, investment, growth and jobs – if we make the right choices" at presentation of EITO 2006 (23/02)

    Speech by Viviane Reding : "The Intelligent Car Initiative: Raising Awareness of ICT for Smarter, Safer and Cleaner Vehicles" at Intelligent Car launching event (23/02)

    Speech by Joaquin Almunia : "Unleashing Romania's growth potential and meeting the challenge of globalisation" at the National Bank of Romania (23/02, Bucharest)

    Calendrier du 27 février au 3 mars 2006 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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