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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-10-16

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] Droits d'accises : la Commission fournit un accès en ligne gratuit aux numéros d'accises (SEED sur Europa)
  • [02] Standards help SMEs to boost their competitiveness
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Cepsa by Total
  • [04] La Commission demande la Grèce d'adopter un nouveau cadre applicable aux services de radiodiffusion
  • [05] Commission launches scholarship programme for Belarusian students
  • [06] Louis Michel salue l'attribution du Prix Nobel de la Paix Muhammad Yunus, le père du micro-crédit (13/10)
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-10-16 Reference: MEX/06/1016 Date: 16/10/2006 EXME06 / 16.10

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    16/10/06


  • [01] Droits d'accises : la Commission fournit un accès en ligne gratuit aux numéros d'accises (SEED sur Europa)

    A partir d'aujourd'hui, la Commission européenne fournira aux entreprises un accès en ligne gratuit aux numéros d'accises attribués aux opérateurs autorisés fabriquer, entreposer, transporter et/ou recevoir des produits soumis accises en régime de suspension. Cet accès en ligne "SEED sur Europa" permet de vérifier la validité du numéro d'accises des opérateurs, ainsi que les catégories de produits pour lesquels ils sont agréés. Cet accès améliorera la sécurité juridique et la transparence pour les opérateurs qui souhaitent expédier des marchandises soumises accises en régime de suspension. Le lancement de "SEED sur Europa" est un premier pas vers la mise en œuvre d'un environnement sans papier pour les procédures concernant les mouvements de produits soumis accises, l'objectif étant de mener une politique efficace en matière d'accises électroniques.

    [02] Standards help SMEs to boost their competitiveness

    SMEs must get more competitiveness out of standardisation, was the message of the World Standards Day 2006 conference organised by the European Commission today in Brussels. The use of voluntary standards to support European legislation on the free circulation of goods has been one of the success stories in building a Single European Market. These standards, developed by the European Standards Organisations CEN, CENELEC and ETSI, contribute to the European Union's Better Regulation policy as a key element in keeping EU legislation simple and limiting it to the essential elements for the protection of the health and safety of citizens. It is up to the stakeholders themselves, in particular experts from industry, to include in standards the details necessary to comply with the law (this is the so-called New Approach). In the past, SMEs have often considered standardisation a private domain of big companies, and therefore they have not benefited enough from it. Participants of the World Standards Day 2006 discussed better access to easier-to-use standards and how to improve participation of SMEs in standardisation.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Cepsa by Total

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Compaña Española de Petróleos S.A.(Cepsa) of Spain by Total SA of France. Total is active in the production of petrol and gas and the refining and distribution of petroleum, petrochemical products and chemicals. Cepsa is also active in the production of petrol and gas and the refining and distribution of petroleum and petrochemical products predominantly on the Spanish and Portuguese markets. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] La Commission demande la Grèce d'adopter un nouveau cadre applicable aux services de radiodiffusion

    La Commission européenne a demandé officiellement la Grèce de prendre les mesures nationales utiles concernant les services de radiodiffusion, afin de se conformer un arrêt de la Cour de justice du 14 avril 2005. Cet arrêt de la Cour a confirmé que la Grèce n'avait pas transposé, dans les délais fixés, la directive 2002/77/CE relative la libéralisation des communications électroniques. La Commission a demandé la Grèce de répondre avant la fin du mois de décembre sa demande, qui prend la forme d'un "avis motivé", conformément aux procédures d'infraction prévues par le traité CE en cas de non respect d'un arrêt de la Cour (Article 228). Si la Grèce n'informe pas la Commission qu'elle s'est conformée l'arrêt de la Cour, l'exécutif européen pourrait renvoyer ce pays devant la Cour pour la seconde fois et demander celle-ci d'infliger des amendes la Grèce (astreintes, sommes forfaitaires ou les deux – voir MEMO/05/482).

    [05] Commission launches scholarship programme for Belarusian students

    Today, the European Commission launches a €4.5 million programme to support scholarships for Belarusian students wanting to study abroad. Under this project, which will be implemented by the Nordic Council of Ministers, scholarships will be made available to Belarusian students from the start of this academic year. With the contribution of the Nordic Council of Ministers the programme totals €5 million. Scholarships will be granted to students who have been penalised by the regime and who have been denied access to Belarusian universities because of their political activities during and after the presidential elections of 19 March 2006. Thanks to these scholarships, Belarusian students who have been expelled will be able to pursue their studies in neighbouring countries in particular at the European Humanities University (EHU) in exile in Vilnius and in Ukraine. This initiative complements the scholarships offered by several Member States to sanctioned students. The project is part of the Commission's continuing efforts to support Belarusian civil society and in particular Belarusian students and youth.

    [06] Louis Michel salue l'attribution du Prix Nobel de la Paix Muhammad Yunus, le père du micro-crédit (13/10)

    En complément des félicitations adressées vendredi dernier par le Président José Manuel Barroso, au nom de la Commission européenne, M. Muhammad Yunus, le Commissaire européen au Développement et l'Aide humanitaire, Louis Michel, a tenu saluer l'attribution du Prix Nobel de la Paix "au père d'une des plus importantes innovations des dernières décennies en matière de développement et de lutte contre la pauvreté, le micro-crédit".

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Günter Verheugen : "European standardisation – a key for the success of SMEs, skilled crafts and trades" at World Standards Day

    Speech by Viviane Reding : "RFID: Why we need a European policy" at EU RFID 2006 Conference 'Heading for the Future'

    Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID) : frequently asked questions

    Discours de M. Vladimir pidla : "Vers une meilleure productivité et de meilleurs emplois" une Conférence de la Présidence finlandaise (Espoo)

    Speech by Franco Frattini : "Il ruolo centrale dell'Europa nella politica dell'immigrazione" at 'Lavori Seminario Aspen' (13/10, Venice) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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