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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-01-18

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] Responsabilité des sociétés d'audit : la Commission lance une consultation sur une réforme éventuelle des régimes de responsabilité dans l'UE
  • [02] Is a communications collapse possible in Europe?
  • [03] Mariann Fischer Boel lors de la Semaine verte de Berlin : "2007, année de l'action"
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Jacuzzi by Apollo Group
  • [05] EU, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway and Russian Federation agree on fishing possibilities for Atlanto-Scandian herring for 2007
  • [06] European Commission staff visit their old schools
  • [07] From the blame game to day-to-day partnership : Commission, German Presidency and Member States discuss the key principles of EU communication policy
  • [08] Fiji : Commission proposes opening of consultations following military take-over
  • [09] Novembre 2006 comparé octobre 2006 : la production dans le secteur de la construction en hausse de 1,2% dans la zone euro en novembre
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-01-18 Reference: MEX/07/0118 Date: 18/01/2007 EXME07 / 18.1

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    18/01/07


  • [01] Responsabilité des sociétés d'audit : la Commission lance une consultation sur une réforme éventuelle des régimes de responsabilité dans l'UE

    La Commission européenne a lancé une consultation publique sur l'opportunité de réformer les régimes de responsabilité des auditeurs dans l'UE et sur les stratégies envisageables pour mettre en œuvre cette réforme. Cette consultation fait suite une étude indépendante sur les répercussions économiques des régimes de responsabilité actuels des auditeurs et sur la situation en matière d'assurance dans les Etats membres (IP/06/1307). La Commission présente quatre pistes possibles pour réformer les régimes de responsabilité des auditeurs dans l'UE et invite les parties intéressées communiquer leur point de vue sur les divers aspects de la question avant le 15 mars 2007.

    [02] Is a communications collapse possible in Europe?

    The European Commission is seeking feedback on how best to safeguard our electronic networks against disruption from attack or natural hazards. This follows today's public presentation of the findings of a study which identifies a range of important issues for ensuring that our future networks are sufficiently protected and resilient. As the services and processes that they support become increasingly interconnected and interdependent, the consequences of the failure of or criminal attack on a single network or sub-system could potentially be propagated more widely and faster than ever before. Protective measures need to be put in place to ensure that critical services and infrastructure are not vulnerable to such failures, and that there can be no "domino effect" that might otherwise result in a major technological collapse of communications and the many services they support.

    [03] Mariann Fischer Boel lors de la Semaine verte de Berlin : "2007, année de l'action"

    "Cette année sera décisive pour l'agriculture européenne avec la réforme fondamentale de deux secteurs importants et le lancement d'une réflexion sur les moyens d'accroître l'avenir l'efficacité du fonctionnement de la politique agricole commune." Tel est le message délivré par Mariann Fischer Boel, membre de la Commission européenne chargé de l'agriculture et du développement rural, lors de l'ouverture de la Semaine verte 2007, foire internationale de premier plan consacrée l'alimentation, l'agriculture et l'horticulture qui se déroule Berlin du 19 au 28 janvier 2007.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Jacuzzi by Apollo Group

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Jacuzzi Brands Inc. (Jacuzzi) of the US by the Apollo Group, also of the US. Apollo Group is a portfolio investments company. Jacuzzi supplies bathroom and plumbing products and hot tubs. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] EU, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway and Russian Federation agree on fishing possibilities for Atlanto-Scandian herring for 2007

    The European Commission, on behalf of the European Union, and the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway and the Russian Federation have agreed on the fishing possibilities for the Atlanto-Scandian (Norwegian spring-spawning) herring stock in the north-east Atlantic. The Parties agreed that the overall catch limitation for 2007 would be fixed at a level of 1,280,000 tonnes in full conformity with the advice. The EU share will be 83,328 tonnes. This agreement between the five Parties was the first such agreement for this stock since 2002.

    [06] European Commission staff visit their old schools

    On 22 January, German members of staff at the European Commission will visit their old schools and have discussions with the pupils about Europe. The aim of the "EU Project Day", which was initiated by the Federal Government, is to spark pupils' interest in the European Union and raise their awareness of European politics. The Commission is taking part for the first time in this kind of initiative involving its own staff and hopes that this will also be done in other Member States.

    [07] From the blame game to day-to-day partnership : Commission, German Presidency and Member States discuss the key principles of EU communication policy

    The final stakeholder forum on the European Commission White Paper on EU Communication, "Communicating Europe together" - is hosted by the German EU Presidency and organised by the Commission on 18-19 January 2007 in Berlin.

    [08] Fiji : Commission proposes opening of consultations following military take-over

    The European Commission proposed on 17 January the opening of Consultations under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement, the Agreement between the EU and 76 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. This move reflects continuing concern about the situation in Fiji regarding human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law, and could ultimately lead to the suspension of EU cooperation with Fiji.

    [09] Novembre 2006 comparé octobre 2006 : la production dans le secteur de la construction en hausse de 1,2% dans la zone euro en novembre

    Dans le secteur de la construction, la production corrigée des variations saisonnières a augmenté de 1,2% dans la zone euro (ZE12) et de 0,7% dans l'UE25 en novembre 2006 par rapport au mois précédent. En octobre 2006, la production avait baissé de 0,3% dans la zone euro, mais progressé de 0, 1% dans l'UE25. Par rapport novembre 2005, la production en novembre 2006 a augmenté de 5,5% tant dans la zone euro que dans l'UE25, après des hausses de respectivement 4,8% et 5,2% en octobre 2006. Pour la première fois, Eurostat publie l'indice de la construction sur une base mensuelle. Ceci est dû l'amélioration de la qualité des données sous-jacentes et répond la demande de disposer d'une meilleure information sur les tendances de la production court terme dans la zone euro et l'UE25. L'indice de la construction est un des indicateurs qui reflète l'évolution du cycle de la conjoncture. Ces premières estimations sont diffusées par Eurostat.

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Mariann Fischer Boel : "2007: A year of delivery" at the Grüne Woche (Berlin)

    Speech by Margot Wallström : "Happy Birthday, Erasmus!" for 20th anniversary of the Erasmus programme

    Speech by Siim Kallas : "European Transparency Initiative" at 1st RETI Seminar 'Lobbying : Political Transparency and Representation of Interests' (Madrid)

    Speech by Siim Kallas : "The European freedoms 50 years on" at Nueva Economía Forum Conference Debate (Madrid)

    Speech by Janez Potočnik : "Taking knowledge beyond today's borders" at FP7 launch (Israel)

    Speech by Benita Ferrero-Waldner : "The EU and China – Moving Forward" at Renmin University (Beijing)

    Speech by Olli Rehn : "Enlargement - the EU keeps its doors open for South Eastern Europe" at European Economic and Social Committee (17/01) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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