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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-03-08

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] Un constat de l'UE et des partenaires sociaux : l'Europe est sur la bonne voie pour stimuler la croissance et créer davantage d'emplois
  • [02] Commission proposes a European strategy to promote gender equality in development cooperation
  • [03] Journée Internationale de la Femme 2007 - Politique d'égalité des chances entre femmes et hommes la Commission européenne
  • [04] Women's careers and ICT : an untapped potential
  • [05] Commission clears acquisition of Sdu by ABN AMRO and Allianz
  • [06] Danuta Hübner lance les prix de l'innovation régionale "RegioStars 2008"
  • [07] Commission funds innovative ways of fighting cross-border natural disasters
  • [08] Commission seeks opinions from EFSA and European Group of Ethics on cloning
  • [09] Commission supplies foot-and-mouth vaccine to TurkeyA consignment of 1, 500,000 doses of trivalent vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) supplied by the European Commission to Turkey will arrive tomorrow, as a contribution towards the spring vaccination campaign against this disease in Turkish Thrace and adjacent areas. Foot-and-mouth disease is still endemic in large parts of Turkey, and already two outbreaks have been reported in 2007, in areas close to the border with Greece and Bulgaria. Where complete culling of infected herds is not carried out, vaccination is the only disease control measure which can protect animals against infection from the foot-and-mouth disease virus. It is also essential in minimising the spread of the virus. The vaccines being sent by the EU are due to arrive in Turkey tomorrow, and vaccination will begin immediately. The vaccination campaign will be monitored by the FAO-based European Commission for the Control of FMD (EUFMD) and the Commission will continue to assist Turkey in its efforts to eradicate this disease. For more information, see:
  • [10] Conclusion d'un dialogue direct entre les principaux acteurs en Côte d'Ivoire
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2010-03-08 Reference: MEX/10/0308 Date: 08/03/2007 EXME07 / 8.3

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    08/03/07


  • [01] Un constat de l'UE et des partenaires sociaux : l'Europe est sur la bonne voie pour stimuler la croissance et créer davantage d'emplois

    Lors du sommet social tripartite d'aujourd'hui, M. José Manuel Barroso, président de la Commission européenne, et Mme Angela Merkel, chancelière d'Allemagne – présidente actuelle du Conseil européen – ont examiné avec les représentants de haut niveau des employeurs et des travailleurs les progrès dans la réalisation des objectifs de l'UE en matière d'emploi et de croissance. Les premiers ministres du Portugal et de la Slovénie – futurs présidents du Conseil européen – ainsi que Vladimir pidla, commissaire l'emploi, aux affaires sociales et l'égalité des chances, se sont joints eux. Les débats se sont concentrés sur la promotion des connaissances et de l'innovation et le recours la flexicurité – combinant la flexibilité sur le marché du travail et la sécurité d'emploi des travailleurs - et une meilleure réglementation pour rendre les marchés du travail plus adaptables.

    [02] Commission proposes a European strategy to promote gender equality in development cooperation

    Equal opportunities and equal access to resources for both men and women is key to sustainable development. With the European Strategy to promote gender equality in development cooperation adopted today, the European Commission translates into practice the EU commitment to put gender equality at the heart of its development policy. The strategy suggests concrete actions in five key areas for the promotion of gender equality: governance, employment, education, health and domestic violence. It provides guidelines on how to improve gender mainstreaming in development policy and shows the potential of budget support for the promotion of gender equality.

    [03] Journée Internationale de la Femme 2007 - Politique d'égalité des chances entre femmes et hommes la Commission européenne

    La Commission européenne fête chaque année la Journée Internationale de la Femme en organisant une conférence l'attention de son personnel et de celui des autres institutions européennes. Cette année est dédiée au thème : "Femmes et hommes : une forme de diversité parmi d'autres ?". La conférence est présidée par Siim Kallas, Vice-président de la Commission et le discours d'ouverture sera prononcé par la commissaire Meglena Kuneva. La conférence a lieu aujourd'hui de 12h30 14h30 Bruxelles.

    [04] Women's careers and ICT : an untapped potential

    The proportion of women graduates in information and communications technology (ICT) in Europe is falling, especially compared to other regions of the world. To promote women's careers in ICT, the European Commission presents today, on International Women's Day, the video diaries of six young women who were given the chance to accompany a successful female engineer or technologist for a day. These show the promising career prospects that are possible for women in ICT.

    [05] Commission clears acquisition of Sdu by ABN AMRO and Allianz

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Sdu N.V. (Sdu) of The Netherlands by ABN AMRO Capital BO Funds B.V. (AAC) of The Netherlands, belonging to the ABN AMRO Group, and Allianz Capital Partners GmbH (ACP) controlled by the Allianz Group of Germany. AAC is a private equity company. ACP is active in financial investments. Sdu, currently wholly owned by the Dutch State, is mainly active in publishing legal information for professional users and organising related courses, seminars and conferences. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [06] Danuta Hübner lance les prix de l'innovation régionale "RegioStars 2008"

    Danuta Hübner, commissaire européenne la politique régionale, a lancé aujourd'hui les nouveaux prix annuels RegioStars 2008 récompensant les projets novateurs dans le domaine du développement régional. RegioStars est un événement important pour les 268 régions de l'UE car il donne l'occasion d'identifier, de mettre en lumière et de partager les bonnes pratiques. Les demandes de participation RegioStars 2008 peuvent être envoyées avant le 29 juin 2007. Le lancement de ces nouveaux prix a eu lieu Bruxelles, lors de la conférence intitulée "Les régions, actrices du changement économique: Renforcer la compétitivité par des technologies et produits innovants et des communautés prospères" (voir IP/07/299) et organisée par la Commission en partenariat avec le Comité des Régions et Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (région PACA en France).

    [07] Commission funds innovative ways of fighting cross-border natural disasters

    The European Commission has awarded €5.6 million to six cross-border civil protection projects which will design and test new ways of fighting against natural disasters affecting simultaneously two or more EU Member States. This initiative follows the spate of cross-border natural disasters (forest fires, earthquakes and floods) which have affected Europe in recent years. Germany will manage two projects: one with Poland to develop a module for flood management and another with the Netherlands in the field of urban search and rescue. Latvia will set up a module with Lithuania to fight cross border floods. France will create a module with Italy, Spain and Portugal but also associating Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, to fight forest fires. Italy will develop a mobile assessment and command unit specialised in earthquakes with Portugal and Germany and the UK will create a maritime research and rescue module to deal with coastal floods together with Ireland and Sweden. The aim of these projects is also to raise awareness of the need to cooperate between Member States in the field of civil protection. Natural disasters are recurrent in Europe. They sometimes claim human lives and always entail significant costs in terms of damage to the social and physical infrastructure, to the environment and the economy. Action needs to be taken at European level to enhance preparedness and response and mitigate losses.

    For more information - <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/environment/civil/prote/crossborder.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/environment/civil/prote/crossborder.htm

    [08] Commission seeks opinions from EFSA and European Group of Ethics on cloning

    The European Commission has referred the issue of cloned animals and their offspring to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Group of Ethics for their Opinions. EFSA has been asked to assess the possible implications of cloning for food safety, animal health, animal welfare and environment in the EU. Animal cloning is a new breeding technique, which is currently used almost exclusively for research purposes in the EU. However, it appears likely to develop and expand both in the EU and internationally in the future. The Commission is therefore seeking the independent, scientific opinion of EFSA before deciding how any food and products from cloned animals and their offspring should be dealt with. EFSA is expected to deliver its Opinion on this issue within six months. The Commission has also asked the European Group of Ethics to update its Opinion on the ethical aspects of cloning techniques. The Group of Ethics will consider the implications of cloning farm animals, taking into account the potential health risks for cloned animals. Consideration will also be given to potential interference with biodiversity. The Opinions of EFSA and the Ethics Group, along with extensive consultations with Member States, stakeholders and consumers, will help in determining any future EU measures for cloned animals and their products. The existing opinion of the European Group of Ethics can be found on the web site at:

    <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/european_group_ethics/docs/opinion9_en.pdf">http://ec.europa.eu/european_group_ethics/docs/opinion9_en.pdf

    [09] Commission supplies foot-and-mouth vaccine to TurkeyA consignment of 1, 500,000 doses of trivalent vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) supplied by the European Commission to Turkey will arrive tomorrow, as a contribution towards the spring vaccination campaign against this disease in Turkish Thrace and adjacent areas. Foot-and-mouth disease is still endemic in large parts of Turkey, and already two outbreaks have been reported in 2007, in areas close to the border with Greece and Bulgaria. Where complete culling of infected herds is not carried out, vaccination is the only disease control measure which can protect animals against infection from the foot-and-mouth disease virus. It is also essential in minimising the spread of the virus. The vaccines being sent by the EU are due to arrive in Turkey tomorrow, and vaccination will begin immediately. The vaccination campaign will be monitored by the FAO-based European Commission for the Control of FMD (EUFMD) and the Commission will continue to assist Turkey in its efforts to eradicate this disease. For more information, see:

    <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/diseases/controlmeasures/fmd_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/diseases/controlmeasures/fmd_en.htm

    [10] Conclusion d'un dialogue direct entre les principaux acteurs en Côte d'Ivoire

    Le Commissaire Européen au Développement et l'Aide Humanitaire, M. Louis Michel, se félicite de la conclusion positive du dialogue direct entre les principaux acteurs de la crise ivoirienne qui a donné lieu, le 4 mars, Ouagadougou la signature d'un accord politique entre le Président Gbagbo et le Secrétaire Général des Forces Nouvelles, Guillaume Soro. Cet accord a pu être signé grâce la facilitation du Président de la CEDEAO, le Président du Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Women's careers and ICT : frequently asked questions

    Discours de M. Vladimir pidla : "Les femmes qui construisent l'Europe" au séminaire organisé au PE l'occasion de la célébration de la journée internationale da la femme

    Speech by Benita Ferrero-Waldner on the occasion of International Woman’s Day at European Economic and Social Committee

    Speech by Danuta Hübner : "RegioStars – 2008 Regional Innovation Awards" at Regions for economic change Conference

    Speech by Neelie Kroes : "Reinforcing the fight against cartels and developing private antitrust damage actions: two tools for a more competitive Europe" at Commission/IBA Joint Conference on EC Competition Policy

    Discours de M. Louis Michel : "La gouvernance est une exigence démocratique" l'Assemblée nationale de la République centrafricaine (07/03, Bangui)

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy : "Building the Transatlantic Marketplace" at Heyman Center on Cooperate Governance (07/03, New York)

    Charlie McCreevy meets US Treasury Deputy Secretary Robert Kimmitt (07/03) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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