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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-03-20

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] Printemps de l'Europe 2006 : la jeunesse européenne appelée débattre de son avenir
  • [02] Political participation starts at school
  • [03] Mieux légiférer : la Commission consulte en vue de simplifier la directive "Construction"
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Texas Instruments by Bain
  • [05] Benita Ferrero-Waldner meets Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora
  • [06] Benita Ferrero-Waldner meets Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Mangala Samaraweera
  • [07] Kenya : la Commission accroît son aide humanitaire aux victimes de la sécheresse
  • [08] Governments adopt international rules on trade in GMOs
  • [09] EU and Japan discuss globalisation's effects on jobs and workers
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-03-20 Reference: MEX/06/0320 Date: 20/03/2006 EXME06 / 20.3

    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

    20/03/06


  • [01] Printemps de l'Europe 2006 : la jeunesse européenne appelée débattre de son avenir

    Pour la quatrième année consécutive, le réseau des ministères de l'Education (European Schoolnet) organise, en collaboration avec la Commission européenne, le "Printemps de l'Europe", événement de sensibilisation des jeunes aux questions européennes. Entre le 21 mars et le 9 mai 2006, des activités seront organisées simultanément dans les établissements scolaires des Etats membres et des pays adhérents et d'autres pays européens (Norvège, Bosnie-Herzégovine, Suisse,...) sur le thème "Débattons de notre avenir".

    [02] Political participation starts at school

    School plays a key role in getting European youth involved in politics according to a project on political participation of young Europeans funded by the EU's Research Framework Programme. Political behaviour and attitudes are also linked to family, the circle of friends and the type of media young people use. The EUYOUPART project collected data from 8030 young people (15-25) from 8 European countries (Austria, Italy, Slovakia, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France and the UK) on the factors that motivate young people to become active in politics. The project, which received €1.3 million of European funding, provides a useful insight into how young Europeans understand politics and how they choose to participate. Its findings show the importance of initiatives such as the European Spring Day, which engage young Europeans in debate about their aspirations for the EU and allow them to gain awareness of European issues.

    [03] Mieux légiférer : la Commission consulte en vue de simplifier la directive "Construction"

    En vertu des dispositions actuelles, les normes et les approbations techniques relatives des produits de construction utilisés dans le cadre de travaux présentent des lourdeurs et des éléments complexes. Au nombre des "produits de construction" figurent plus de 40 familles de produits tels que les portes, les produits d'isolation thermique, le ciment, les produits nécessaires aux toitures ou aux façades, qui représentent plus de 3% de l'ensemble du PIB européen. Pour simplifier et pour clarifier la législation communautaire, la Commission européenne a lancé aujourd'hui une consultation publique sur les modifications requises afin de rendre la directive "Produits de construction" plus économique et plus facile comprendre pour les entreprises et les autorités. La directive 89/106/CEE n'élimine que partiellement les barrières commerciales et ne crée pas de conditions optimales pour la libre circulation et l'utilisation des produits de construction. Cette consultation s'inscrit dans la continuité de l’action annoncée en octobre 2005 par la Commission en vue de moderniser le droit communautaire et de supprimer les lourdeurs administratives et les excès de réglementation (cf. IP 05/1343), le secteur de la construction étant identifié comme une priorité en matière de simplification.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Texas Instruments by Bain

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of the sensors and controls businesses of Texas Instruments Inc. of the US by Bain Capital Investors LLC (Bain), also of the US. Bain is a private equity investment company. Texas Instruments provide innovative DSP and analogue technologies, including semiconductor controls, sensors and controls and educational and productivity solutions. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Benita Ferrero-Waldner meets Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora

    The European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, meets today Lebanese Prime Minister, Fouad Siniora, in Brussels in the margins of the External Relations Council. The Commission is committed to support Lebanon's own reform programme and to lay the foundations for a closer relationship between the EU and Lebanon, through the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). This relationship will deepen in the next weeks by the entering into force of the Association Agreement on 1 April, the start of consultations for the Lebanon ENP Action Plan the first week of April, and the holding of the first EU-Lebanon Association Council on 11 April.

    [06] Benita Ferrero-Waldner meets Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Mangala Samaraweera

    The European Commissioner for External Relations and Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner will today meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Mangala Samaraweera, in Brussels. The visit comes between two rounds of talks on the Ceasefire Agreement implementation in Geneva between the Sri Lanka government and the LTTE. The Commissioner and the Minister will exchange views on the current process and discuss how the Commission and the co-chairs can continue to support Norway's facilitating role. During his first visit to Brussels, the Minister will also address the Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament from 17h30-18h30.

    [07] Kenya : la Commission accroît son aide humanitaire aux victimes de la sécheresse

    La Commission européenne va consacrer €5,05 millions supplémentaires l'aide humanitaire d'urgence en faveur des victimes (estimées six millions) des sécheresses dans certaines régions de Somalie, d'Ethiopie et du Kenya. Cette enveloppe porte ainsi l'aide totale affectée par la Commission la lutte contre la sécheresse dans la région €78 millions, dont €17 millions pour les mesures d'urgence face la crise. Louis Michel, le commissaire chargé du développement et de l'aide humanitaire, a annoncé ce nouveau financement lors du 11e sommet des chefs d'Etat et de gouvernement de l'IGAD Nairobi. L'IGAD, l'Autorité intergouvernementale pour le développement, regroupe sept pays (Djibouti, Erythrée, Ethiopie, Kenya, Somalie, Soudan et Ouganda) et s'occupe notamment de la sécurité alimentaire.

    [08] Governments adopt international rules on trade in GMOs

    The third meeting of the 132 Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (MOP3) was concluded on 17 March in Curitiba, Brazil. It adopted a landmark decision on detailed documentation requirements for genetically modified organisms in the international trade of agricultural commodities. In the final hours of negotiations, trade implications of documentation requirements were the main focus of major players such as Mexico and Brazil. The final compromise would have not been possible without the political commitment of the Brazilian government to make MOP3 a success. The European Commission negotiated on behalf of the EU and played an important role in brokering the final compromise.

    [09] EU and Japan discuss globalisation's effects on jobs and workers

    Meeting the challenges globalisation presents to jobs and workers topped the agenda at an EU-Japan meeting today. Representatives from the European Commission, the Japanese government and social partners (trade unions and employer representatives) discussed how EU and Japanese employment policies and industrial relations can adapt to deal with globalisation's effect on labour markets, restructuring trends and workers' employability.

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    The European response to the drought-related crisis at the Horn of Africa - Humanitarian aid part

    Speech by Louis Michel : "A regional strategy for peace, security and development for the Horn of Africa" at IGAD Heads of State Summit (Nairobi)

    Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 confirmed in a game farm in Sweden: Swedish authorities applying Community control measures (17/03)

    Avian Influenza : import restrictions on Israeli poultry and poultry products following confirmed outbreaks of H5N1 (17/03) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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