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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-04-13

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Active management improves EU budget execution and reduces national contributions
  • [02] Commissioner Figel' to boost EU-Australia relations in education and training
  • [03] Première enquête européenne sur les compétences linguistiques
  • [04] Commission announcement of decision on National Allocation Plan of Hungary
  • [05] European Young Farmers' Day: What Future for our Agriculture? – A Day of Dialogue, 17 April 2007
  • [06] Commission clears acquisition of APN by INM, Providence and CAP II
  • [07] February 2007 compared to January 2007 - Industrial production up by 0.6% in euro area - Up by 0.5% in EU27
  • [08] Rédiffusion
  • [09] The European Commission welcomes the peaceful development of the Presidential elections in Timor-Leste
  • [10] Initialling ceremony for agreements on visa facilitation and readmission between the European Community and 3 Western Balkans Countries by Vice President Franco FRATTINI in Zagreb.
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-04-13 Reference: MEX/07/0413 Date: 13/04/2007 EXME07 / 13.4

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    13/04/07


  • [01] Active management improves EU budget execution and reduces national contributions

    Out of the € 107.4 billion EU spending finally decided for 2006 only € 950 million was left unused. These funds plus extra revenue will reduce this year’s national contributions to the EU budget by a total of € 1 848 million.

    [02] Commissioner Figel' to boost EU-Australia relations in education and training

    From 16-19 April, European Commissioner in charge of Education, Training, Culture and Youth Ján Figel', will visit Australia to mark a new era in EU- Australia co-operation in higher education and training. He will also promote celebrations marking a decade of official co-operation between Australia and the EU as well as the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

    [03] Première enquête européenne sur les compétences linguistiques

    La communication adoptée ce jour par la Commission européenne présente une enquête destinée mesurer, dans les états membres de l'Union, les compétences des élèves dans leurs première et deuxième langues étrangères.

    [04] Commission announcement of decision on National Allocation Plan of Hungary

    On Monday 16 April, the European Commission is scheduled to take its decision on the national allocation plan submitted by Hungary under Directive 2003/87/EC, which establishes the EU emissions trading scheme for greenhouse gases. The decision will be communicated at 12 pm Central European SummerTime (CEST) via a press release. The announcement will also be displayed

    http://europa.eu.int/rapid/ and the DG Environment website at:

    <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/emission.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/emission.htm

    and <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/2nd_phase_ep.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/2nd_phase_ep.htm.

    The legal decision will be posted on the DG Environment emissions trading website at the time of the announcement being made: <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/2nd_phase_ep.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/2nd_phase_ep.htm

    [05] European Young Farmers' Day: What Future for our Agriculture? – A Day of Dialogue, 17 April 2007

    Young farmers from across the European Union will gather in Brussels on Tuesday, 17 April for the first European Young Farmers' Day, a unique opportunity to discuss the future of farming in the EU. Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development will speak at both the beginning and the end of the event, which will be held in the Charlemagne building from 09.00 to 19.00. She will also visit the workshops to discuss directly with the young farmers. The event comes as reflections begin on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy. This process begins with a "Health Check" to assess whether the reformed CAP is working as it should and whether any adjustments should be made. The second step, as part if the 2008/09 review of the European Union's budget, will be an analysis of what the CAP should look like after 2013. The event will give young farmers the opportunity to feed their thoughts into this debate. Views will also be sought from other groups, including consumers and researchers. This important event will also be webstreamed live on the internet. "The CAP has recently gone through the biggest reforms in its history," said Commissioner Fischer Boel. "I am convinced that we will need a strong CAP in the future, but it must be fit for the challenges of the 21st century. As we look ahead, it is vital to share the vision of those who will be at the frontline – our young farmers. They are the future of agriculture and they have proved willing and able to adapt to the new conditions they face. I am looking forward to a lively and frank debate. For those who cannot be there in person, I urge as many people as possible to watch it live and contribute via my blog."

    For the full programme, please see the event's website:

    <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/events/youngfarmers/index_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/events/youngfarmers/index_en.htm

    See also Mariann Fischer Boel's blog:

    <a href="http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/blog_fischerboel/page/fischerboel">http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/blog_fischerboel/page/fischerboel

    [06] Commission clears acquisition of APN by INM, Providence and CAP II

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of APN News & Media Limited (APN) of Australia by Independent News & Media PLC (INM) of Ireland, Providence Equity Partners VI International L.P. (Providence) of the US and Carlyle Asia Partners II LP (CAP II), also of the US. INM publishes national and regional newspapers. Providence is a private investment fund. Carlyle is a private equity fund. APN is active in the publication of daily and non-daily regional and national newspapers and magazines, radio broadcasting, outdoor advertising and provision of online services. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [07] February 2007 compared to January 2007 - Industrial production up by 0.6% in euro area - Up by 0.5% in EU27

    Seasonally adjusted industrial production increased by 0.6% in the euro area (EA13) in February 2007 compared to January 2007. Production fell by 0.5% in January and rose by 1.2% in December 2006. In the EU27 output gained 0.5% in February, after a decrease of 0.5% in January3 and an increase of 1.0% in December. In February 2007 compared to February 2006, industrial production rose by 4.1% in the euro area and by 4.0% in the EU27. These estimates are released by Eurostat.

    [08] Rédiffusion

    [09] The European Commission welcomes the peaceful development of the Presidential elections in Timor-Leste

    The European Commission welcomes the high participation and the peaceful development of the first round of the Presidential elections in Timor- Leste. The European Commission considers these elections, which will be followed by the Parliamentary elections later this year, as a fundamental step in the process of consolidation of the Timorese democracy and of the Timorese institutions. European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso hailed the strong attachment to democracy shown once again by the Timorese people in the first general elections organized by national institutions: “I was heartened to see the orderly and peaceful manner in which long lines of people waited to cast their votes and I hope that this calm will prevail going forward, allowing the democratic will of the Timorese people to be expressed in peace and security.”

    [10] Initialling ceremony for agreements on visa facilitation and readmission between the European Community and 3 Western Balkans Countries by Vice President Franco FRATTINI in Zagreb.

    Tomorrow in Zagreb a ceremonial initialling will take place on the visa facilitation and readmission agreements with Vice President Franco Frattini and the Ministers of Interior of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Calendrier du 16 avril au 22 avril 2007

    Speech by Joaquín Almunia on "Structural Reform in Europe: re-shaping the EU economy at the Peterson Institute for National Economics in Washington

    Preparation of agriculture/fisheries Council of April 2007 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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