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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-12-15

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 Commission propose de mettre un terme √ l'intervention publique pour le ma√Įs
  • [02] VAT and public bodies : infringement proceedings against Ireland, Spain and Finland
  • [03] Funding agreement to further develop a comprehensive European Migration Policy
  • [04] Budget 2007 : nouveau cadre, nouveaux programmes et nouvelles r√®gles financi√®res pour dynamiser la croissance de l'UE-27
  • [05] EU delivers further ‚ā¨197,55 million aid to the Turkish Cypriot community
  • [06] Commission, EIB and EBRD to work together in Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia
  • [07] Un nouveau p√īle scientifique √ l'ouest des Balkans pour favoriser l'adoption de la l√©gislation europ√©enne
  • [08] European Union Election Observation Mission to Bangladesh
  • [09] November 2006 : Euro area annual inflation up to 1.9% ; EU25 up to 2.1%
  • [10] Octobre 2006 compar√© √ septembre 2006 : baisse de 0,1% de la production industrielle dans la zone euro et dans l'UE25
  • [11] Autre mat√©riel diffus√© Midday Express of 2006-12-15 Reference: MEX/06/1215 Date: 15/12/2006 EXME06 / 15.12

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    15/12/06


  • [01] La Commission propose de mettre un terme √ l'intervention publique pour le ma√Įs

    La Commission europ√©enne a propos√© aujourd'hui la suppression du r√©gime d'achat de ma√Įs √ l'intervention publique √ compter de la campagne 2007/2008. A la fin de la campagne de commercialisation 2005/2006, les stocks d'intervention communautaire de ma√Įs atteignaient d√©j√ 5,6 millions de tonnes soit 40% du volume total des stocks d'intervention. Si rien n'est fait, ces stocks dont l'achat et le stockage sont financ√©s par des fonds publics, devraient atteindre 15,6 millions de tonnes d'ici 2013. Il existe peu de d√©bouch√©s permettant de limiter ce gonflement des stocks de ma√Įs et celui-ci se pr√™te mal au stockage √ long terme. Les r√©gions qui exportaient traditionnellement du ma√Įs sur le march√© mondial offrent d√©sormais une grande partie de leur r√©colte directement √ l'intervention. La suppression de ce syst√®me permettrait au march√© c√©r√©alier de l'UE de retrouver un √©quilibre et rendrait √ l'intervention sa fonction initiale de filet de s√©curit√©. La proposition va maintenant √™tre transmise au Conseil et au Parlement europ√©en.

    [02] VAT and public bodies : infringement proceedings against Ireland, Spain and Finland

    The European Commission has decided to refer Ireland to the European Court of Justice on its treatment of public bodies as non taxable persons for VAT purposes. In addition reasoned opinions have been addressed to Spain concerning its treatment of certain services supplied by "registradores de la propiedad" and to Finland as regards certain services provided by public legal aid offices. If these two Member States do not comply with the respective reasoned opinions, the Commission may decide to refer the matters to the European Court of Justice.

    [03] Funding agreement to further develop a comprehensive European Migration Policy

    The European Council's ongoing commitment to viewing migration challenges and opportunities as "one of the major priorities for the EU at the start of the 21st century" has received a boost with the European Parliament's approval on 14¬ December of the Commission's Justice, Freedom and Security financial programmes for 2007-2013 which allocates almost ‚ā¨4 billion to migration issues.

    [04] Budget 2007 : nouveau cadre, nouveaux programmes et nouvelles règles financières pour dynamiser la croissance de l'UE-27

    Avec une hausse record des dépenses en faveur de programmes qui renforcent la croissance durable, la compétitivité et la cohésion de l'économie européenne, le premier budget annuel du nouveau cadre financier 2007-2013 reflète mieux, dans les chiffres, les priorités politiques de l'Union.

    [05] EU delivers further ‚ā¨197,55 million aid to the Turkish Cypriot community

    The European Commission has adopted today a financing decision for a total of ‚ā¨197.55 million to encourage the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community. The financial assistance will focus on five objectives: 1) developing and restructuring of infrastructure; 2) promoting economic and social development; 3) fostering reconciliation, confidence building measures, and support to civil society; 4) bringing the Turkish Cypriot community closer to the European Union; and 5) preparing the Turkish Cypriot community to introduce and implement the EU's legal order. From the ‚ā¨197.55 million 18 projects will be supported covering support for water/wastewater infrastructure, nature protection, telecommunications, energy, rural development, human resources development, support for medium- sized enterprises, urban infrastructure, reconciliation projects including continuation of the de-mining effort, community scholarships, people-to- people contacts and support to the process of harmonisation with the acquis communautaire. This financial decision is implementing the Aid Regulation of ‚ā¨259 million adopted by the EU Member States in February 2006.

    [06] Commission, EIB and EBRD to work together in Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia

    Today the European Commission, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate the joint financing of projects in Russia, Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus and Central Asia. The MoU will bring together the expertise, capacity and comparative advantages of the three partners to the benefit of the countries concerned. Through this framework the Commission will also improve the quality of its external activity and enhance its strategic partnership with Russia and policies in the eastern neighbourhood and Central Asia. The MoU will allow for the co- financing of operations in support of the European Neighbourhood Policy in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova. It will apply later to Central Asian countries and Belarus, subject to future Council agreement on EIB financing in these countries. Concretely, the EIB and the EBRD will work together to finance projects of significant interest to the EU in energy, transport, telecommunications and environmental infrastructure. This is a good example of co-operation between the Commission and the two financial institutions where each party will contribute to improving the delivery of assistance and bring the highest added value to the target countries. The MoU will be signed in Brussels at 15:00 by Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Joaquin Almunia on behalf of the Commission, Philippe Maystadt and Jean Lemierre, respectively Presidents of the EIB and EBRD.

    Pictures will be available on : <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm">http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm

    [07] Un nouveau p√īle scientifique √ l'ouest des Balkans pour favoriser l'adoption de la l√©gislation europ√©enne

    Aujourd'hui, M. Janez Potońćnik, membre de la Commission europ√©enne charg√© de la science et de la recherche, inaugurera officiellement un nouveau centre de recherche qui permettra aux scientifiques du sud-est de l'Europe de se former et de partager leurs connaissances. L'activit√© du centre portera essentiellement sur les mesures chimiques et bioanalytiques n√©cessaires √ la mise en Ňďuvre de la l√©gislation europ√©enne dans certains domaines comme la surveillance de l'environnement. Le SENARC (Slovenian-European Natural Sciences Research Centre) est situ√© √ Maribor, en Slov√©nie, et il est financ√© par l'instrument europ√©en d'aide de pr√©adh√©sion et les Fonds structurels, entre autres. M. Jure Zupan, ministre slov√®ne de l'enseignement sup√©rieur, des sciences et de la technologie assistera √©galement √ l'inauguration.

    [08] European Union Election Observation Mission to Bangladesh

    The European Commission will deploy an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the Parliamentary elections in Bangladesh scheduled to take place on 23¬ January 2007. The EU EOM will be led by Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Member of the European Parliament. The EOM is a further contribution by the European Commission to supporting democracy in Bangladesh.

    [09] November 2006 : Euro area annual inflation up to 1.9% ; EU25 up to 2.1%

    Euro area annual inflation was 1.9% in November 2006, up from 1.6% in October. A year earlier the rate was 2.3%. Monthly inflation was 0.0% in November 2006. EU25 annual inflation was 2.1% in November 2006, up from 1.8% in October. A year earlier the rate was 2.3%. Monthly inflation was 0.1% in November 2006. EICP annual inflation was 2.1% in November 2006. These figures come from Eurostat.

    [10] Octobre 2006 comparé à septembre 2006 : baisse de 0,1% de la production industrielle dans la zone euro et dans l'UE25

    La production industrielle corrig√©e des variations saisonni√®res a baiss√© de 0,1% dans la zone euro en octobre 2006 par rapport √ septembre 2006. La production avait diminu√© de 1,1% en septembre et augment√© de 1,6% en ao√Ľt. Dans l'UE25, la production a recul√© de 0,1% en octobre, apr√®s avoir baiss√© de 0,6% en septembre et progress√© de 1,1% en ao√Ľt. En octobre 2006, par rapport √ octobre 2005, la production industrielle a cr√Ľ de 3,6% dans la zone euro et de 3,4% dans l'UE25. Ces estimations sont publi√©es par Eurostat.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy : "A stronger Europe for a more secure future" to Association of European Journalists (Dublin)

    Discours de M. Michel : "La r√©gion des Grands Lacs, en marche vers un destin de stabilit√© et de prosp√©rit√©" au 2√®me Sommet de la Conf√©rence internationale sur la r√©gion des Grands Lacs (14/02, Na√Įrobi)

    Calendrier du 18 au 22 décembre 2006 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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