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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-10-11

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] Transformer le dialogue social européen en action nationale - application de l'accord sur le télétravail par les travailleurs et les employeurs
  • [02] Facilitating SMEs' access to EU programmes
  • [03] Annonce des projets Marco Polo retenus
  • [04] EU and China launch Science and Technology Year
  • [05] EU assistance to Lebanon switches from oil spill emergency to infrastructure and environmental rehabilitation
  • [06] Quarterly euro-area GDP growth projections suggest a more moderate GDP growth over the next three quarters
  • [07] Deuxième estimation pour le deuxième trimestre 2006 : le PIB de la zone euro et celui de l'UE25 en hausse de 0,9% ; +2,7% et +2,9% respectivement par rapport au deuxième trimestre 2005
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-10-11 Reference: MEX/06/1011 Date: 11/10/2006 EXME06 / 11.10

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communicationb

    11/10/06


  • [01] Transformer le dialogue social européen en action nationale - application de l'accord sur le télétravail par les travailleurs et les employeurs

    Les représentants des employeurs et des travailleurs – UNICE/UEAPME, CES, CEEP – présenteront aujourd'hui Vladimir pidla, commissaire européen chargé de l'emploi, des affaires sociales et de l'égalité des chances, le premier rapport conjoint concernant l'application de l'accord- cadre sur le télétravail dans les Etats membres et les pays de l'EEE. C'est la première fois qu'un tel accord est mis directement en place au niveau national par les représentants des travailleurs et des employeurs, de manière autonome (conformément l'article 139 du traité). Les accords-cadres précédents conclus au niveau communautaire sur le congé parental, le travail temps partiel et les contrats durée déterminée ont été mis en œuvre dans des directives.

    [02] Facilitating SMEs' access to EU programmes

    Increasing the participation of small and medium-sized companies in EU- funded programmes was the topic of a SME stakeholder conference held today in Brussels. The conference took place at the eve of the start of new major EU funding programmes in January 2007 on promotion of entrepreneurship, innovation and research (CIP and Framework Programme 7 on research and development) and of the new programming period for the structural and cohesion funds with greater emphasis on the creation of growth and jobs in line with the renewed growth and jobs strategy. Commission Vice President Günter Verheugen and Commissioners Danuta Hübner and Janez Potočnik gave details on recent Commission action to facilitate SMEs' participation in these EU programmes. This includes the simplified rules and procedures to help SMEs to access funding for research and development from the 7th framework programme for research.

    [03] Annonce des projets Marco Polo retenus

    La Commission européenne a accordé une aide financière aux seize meilleures actions retenues lors du troisième appel de propositions dans le cadre du programme Marco Polo. Ces actions aboutiront un important transfert du transport de marchandises des routes fortement encombrées vers des modes de transport plus respectueux de l'environnement, tels que le transport maritime courte distance, le transport ferroviaire et la navigation intérieure. L'aide financière accordée aux seize projets sélectionnés s'élève €21,7 millions.

    [04] EU and China launch Science and Technology Year

    Today sees the launch of the China-EU Science and Technology year. Under the umbrella of the Year, activities will take place in China and the EU to promote cooperation across all fields of science and technology. These activities will include conferences, workshops, seminars, forums and exhibitions. The launch will take place during a policy forum in Brussels, where discussion will focus on current and future areas for cooperation such as health, energy, environment, food and biotechnology – all areas where there is mutual interest in cooperating. The Year is being launched by European Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik and Chinese Vice-Minister for Science and Technology, Wu Zhongze.

    [05] EU assistance to Lebanon switches from oil spill emergency to infrastructure and environmental rehabilitation

    The Monitoring and Information Centre of the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism, known as the MIC, has closed its operations in Lebanon after 65 days of assistance in cleaning up oil spills. The oil spills were a result of the military conflict between Israel and Lebanon in July and August 2006. Virtually all the oil which had spilled into the Mediterranean and polluted the Lebanese coast during the conflict has been recovered. The oil spill experts sent by the MIC were seconded by Danish experts. Essential cleaning equipment was sent by Norway, France, Finland, Spain and Cyprus via the MIC. The MIC closely cooperated with the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean (REMPEC), various UN agencies and the Ministry for Environment of Lebanon. Now that the emergency phase is over, rehabilitation can begin. To this end, the Commission recently adopted an exceptional complement of €10 million to the MEDA 2006 assistance programme for Lebanon to repair the infrastructure and rehabilitate the environment. The MIC is at the centre of the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism, which coordinates the civil protection response of 30 countries in the face of disasters both within and outside the EU. So far in 2006, the Mechanism has been set in motion to deal with the floods in Central and Eastern Europe, the earthquake in Indonesia and the forest fires in Spain. In previous years, it coordinated Europe's response to the tsunami in South-East Asia, hurricane Katrina in the US, the earthquake in Pakistan, forest fires in Portugal and floods in Romania and Bulgaria.

    [06] Quarterly euro-area GDP growth projections suggest a more moderate GDP growth over the next three quarters

    The dynamic factor model for quarterly GDP growth in the euro area, developed by the European Commission's Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs, projects GDP growth in the range of 0.4% to 0.8% for the third quarter of 2006 and 0.2% to 0.7% for the fourth quarter. The projected range for GDP growth in the first quarter of 2007 is 0.0% to 0.5%. Compared to the previous release (14 August), the projected growth ranges are lower.

    [07] Deuxième estimation pour le deuxième trimestre 2006 : le PIB de la zone euro et celui de l'UE25 en hausse de 0,9% ; +2,7% et +2,9% respectivement par rapport au deuxième trimestre 2005

    Au cours du deuxième trimestre 2006, le Produit Intérieur Brut (PIB) de la zone euro et celui de l'UE25 ont augmenté de 0,9% par rapport au trimestre précédent, selon les estimations révisées publiées par Eurostat. Au cours du premier trimestre 2006, les taux de croissance avaient été de +0,8% dans la zone euro et dans l'UE25. En comparaison avec le même trimestre de l'année précédente, le PIB de la zone euro a augmenté au deuxième trimestre 2006 de 2,7% et celui de l'UE25 de 2,9% après respectivement +2,2% et +2,4% au cours du trimestre précédent. Au cours du deuxième trimestre 2006 et parmi les Etats membres pour lesquels les données du PIB, corrigées des variations saisonnières, sont disponibles, l'Estonie et la Slovénie (+2,8% chacun) ont enregistré le plus fort taux de croissance, suivies de la Lettonie et de Malte (+2,6% chacun).

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note sur la préparation du Conseil Transports (12/10, Luxembourg)

    Speech by Janez Potočnik : "EU-China cooperation in science and technology: scientific responses to global challenges" at launch of the China-EU Science and Technology year

    Speech by Danuta Hübner : "Public-Private Partnerships - How to make them work?"

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy : "Creating a Single Market for European Financial Services: The role of industry" at British Bankers' Association 10th Annual Supervision Conference (London)

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy : "Europe at the leading edge in Financial Services" at Financial Times/The Banker Awards Dinner (10/10, London)

    Speech by Joaquin Almunia : "European Economy: on a firm recovery path" at The Economist First Business Roundtable (10/10)

    Speech by Olli Rehn : "Europe's Next Frontiers" at luncheon lecture at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (10/10)

    Speech by Franco Frattini : "Enhancing the security of the EU against the threat of explosives" (10/10) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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