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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-04-20

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] RĂ©sultat de la consultation : oui Ă une action de l'Union europĂ©enne dans le domaine des services de santĂ©
  • [02] Commission postpones introduction of rules on maximum cabin baggage size
  • [03] Une Ă©tude concernant les marchĂ©s de l'Ă©lectricitĂ© confirme les rĂ©sultats de l'enquĂŞte sectorielle de la Commission
  • [04] The European Union allocates €93,8 million to promote fundamental rights and democratic participation over the period 2007-2013
  • [05] Commission welcomes Council's conclusions supporting a European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • [06] EU-Russia relations : Council approves conclusion of agreements on visa facilitation and readmission of illegal immigrants
  • [07] Financial services : Commission consults on facilitating cross-border investment by expert investors (private placement)
  • [08] Initiative mondiale pour l'efficacitĂ© Ă©nergĂ©tique : Andris Piebalgs Ă la confĂ©rence UE-G8 Ă Berlin
  • [09] Des partenaires europĂ©ens rĂ©unis pour un dĂ©bat animĂ© sur la flexicuritĂ©
  • [10] Danuta HĂĽbner in Castilla-La Mancha (Spain) : Knowledge Society and Sustainable Development for an increased convergence with Europe
  • [11] Joe Borg visits Morocco
  • [12] Bio4EU : a comprehensive study on the status of biotechnology applications in Europe
  • [13] Commission approves proposed creation of an aluminium extrusion joint venture by Alcoa and Orkla
  • [14] Autre matĂ©riel diffusĂ© Midday Express of 2007-04-20 Reference: MEX/07/0420 Date: 20/04/2007 EXME07 / 20.4

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    20/04/07


  • [01] RĂ©sultat de la consultation : oui Ă une action de l'Union europĂ©enne dans le domaine des services de santĂ©

    La majorité des répondants à la récente consultation de la Commission européenne sont favorables à une action communautaire dans le domaine des services de santé, articulée autour de mesures législatives et d’un soutien pratique à la coopération entre les systèmes de santé européens. Le commissaire européen à la santé, Markos Kyprianou, a présenté aujourd'hui les résultats de la consultation au Conseil informel des ministres de la Santé, réuni à Aix-la-Chapelle (Allemagne). Les contributions soulignent la nécessité d’une meilleure information des patients, afin de permettre à ces derniers de choisir en toute connaissance de cause parmi l’offre de soins de tous les Etats membres, et d'une plus grande clarté des démarches à accomplir. Un fort consensus se dégage également de la consultation, selon lequel la qualité et la sécurité des soins de santé devraient être garanties par le pays dans lequel le traitement est prodigué.

    [02] Commission postpones introduction of rules on maximum cabin baggage size

    The European Commission has decided to postpone the implementation of rules on maximum cabin baggage size, as more time is needed to reassess the advantages and disadvantages they entail, notably regarding air security and passengers' comfort.

    [03] Une étude concernant les marchés de l'électricité confirme les résultats de l'enquête sectorielle de la Commission

    La Commission européenne vient de publier une étude approfondie réalisée par un consultant extérieur qui constate que les prix des combustibles ont participé à l'augmentation des prix de l'électricité dans l'UE depuis 2003, et que les prix de gros de l'électricité sont nettement plus élevés que ce que l'on pourrait attendre de marchés parfaitement concurrentiels. Les différences les plus importantes sont enregistrées là où seuls quelques générateurs, possédant des capacités disponibles, suffisent pour satisfaire la demande, surtout aux heures de pointe. D'une manière générale, les résultats de l’étude confirment les conclusions du rapport final de la Commission dans son enquête sur la concurrence dans le secteur de l'énergie (voir IP/07/26 et MEMO/07/15), à savoir que la concurrence sur les marchés de gros de l'électricité ne fonctionne pas encore correctement.

    [04] The European Union allocates €93,8 million to promote fundamental rights and democratic participation over the period 2007-2013

    The financial instrument Fundamental Rights and Citizenship under new Financial Perspectives 2007-2013 has received yesterday the Council's final green-light.

    [05] Commission welcomes Council's conclusions supporting a European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection

    The security and economy of the European Union as well as its citizens' well-being depends on certain infrastructure and their services, such as our roads, airports, electricity plants, and bridges. The destruction or disruption of such infrastructure could entail the loss of lives, the loss of property, a collapse of public confidence and morale in the EU. If disruption does occur the effects must be controlled and minimised.

    [06] EU-Russia relations : Council approves conclusion of agreements on visa facilitation and readmission of illegal immigrants

    On 19 April, the Justice and Home Affairs Council approved the conclusion of two agreements on visa facilitation and readmission of illegal immigrants, which should enter into force on 1st June 2007. These agreements had been signed on 25 May 2006 and mark a milestone in the EU's relations with Russia, opening the way for easier travel and people-to- people contact across Europe, while fighting illegal migration.

    [07] Financial services : Commission consults on facilitating cross-border investment by expert investors (private placement)

    The European Commission has published a call for evidence regarding the functioning in EU Member States of private placement regimes, under which securities can be sold privately to a limited number of eligible investors. The Commission White Paper on investment funds identified the absence of a common approach to private placement as a possible stumbling block to mutually beneficial transactions between financial professionals. Reactions from all interested stakeholders are invited before 30 June 2007. A first discussion on these issues will be held on the occasion of the UCITS open hearing on 26 April 2007. Responses to this consultation will contribute to the Commission's assessment on the need and potential options for a European private placement regime scheduled for end 2007.

    [08] Initiative mondiale pour l'efficacité énergétique : Andris Piebalgs à la conférence UE-G8 à Berlin

    M. Andris Piebalgs, membre de la Commission européenne, représentera la Commission à la conférence UE-G8 sur l'efficacité énergétique qui se tient aujourd'hui à Berlin, où il interviendra pour décrire les stratégies et les objectifs en matière d'efficacité énergétique à l'échelon de l'UE. L'objectif de la conférence est de promouvoir le dialogue concernant des solutions fondées sur le marché pour agir sur la demande, et de soutenir le processus d'élaboration de politiques visant à améliorer l'efficacité énergétique.

    [09] Des partenaires européens réunis pour un débat animé sur la flexicurité

    Aujourd'hui, plus de 400 représentants de travailleurs et d'employeurs, d'ONG et d'instances gouvernementales rencontreront la Commission européenne pour débattre de la politique dite de flexicurité. La flexicurité allie des politiques actives du marché du travail, des conditions contractuelles souples, des structures d'éducation et de formation tout au long de la vie et des systèmes modernes de protection sociale. C'est une approche qui permet de faire face aux enjeux de la mondialisation et du vieillissement démographique en mettant à la disposition des travailleurs et des employeurs de meilleurs instruments pour gérer le changement. Les conclusions de ce débat d'aujourd'hui alimenteront la réflexion de la Commission en vue de l'élaboration d'une communication politique sur la flexicurité pour la fin du mois de juin.

    [10] Danuta HĂĽbner in Castilla-La Mancha (Spain) : Knowledge Society and Sustainable Development for an increased convergence with Europe

    European Regional policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner is visiting the Spanish central region of Castilla-La Mancha. She met M. José María Barreda, the President of the Regional Government (Junta de Comunidades), and the regional media. The Commissioner meets today the social partners and visits two projects co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) : the former convent "Madre de Dios" in the regional capital of Toledo, which has been refurbished to host the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences of the Regional University, and research projects that are being implemented in the European Business and Innovation Centre of Talavera de la Reina.

    [11] Joe Borg visits Morocco

    Joe Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, arrives in Morocco tonight for a three-day visit, during which he will meet with Prime Minister Jettou, Fisheries Minister Laenser and other political leaders, fisheries managers and stakeholders, and tour a number of maritime and fisheries facilities. This is the first time that Mr Borg has visited Morocco since taking up his post as Fisheries Commissioner. A new 4-year Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) between the European Union and Morocco came into force last March (MEX/07/0306 and MEMO/07/93). Commissioner Borg will discuss with his Moroccan partners how closer cooperation between the EU and Morocco can help strengthen sustainable fisheries, not only under the FPA but also in regional fisheries organisations and other international fora. Mr Borg will also inform and update them of the move towards a maritime policy for the EU and of the state of the consultation process on this policy in which he will invite Morocco to take part.

    [12] Bio4EU : a comprehensive study on the status of biotechnology applications in Europe

    Today will see the discussion at a Symposium in Brussels of a recent report by the European Commission's in-house scientific service, DG Joint Research Centre, which maps the applications of biotechnology in Europe and their contribution to achieving economic growth, environmental protection and the advancement of public health. Reflecting some of the major goals of the European Union, the study also touches on areas where biotechnological applications have raised great interest for European citizens, such as new medical treatments.

    [13] Commission approves proposed creation of an aluminium extrusion joint venture by Alcoa and Orkla

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed creation of a joint venture by Alcoa and Orkla's subsidiary Sapa in the field of aluminium soft alloy extrusions. After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the EEA or any substantial part of it.

    [14] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Peter Mandelson : "The EU and Russia: our joint political challenge" at Conference 'The Future relationship between Russia and the European Union: Which kind of opportunities for the Italian economy?' (Bologna)

    Speech by Joe Borg : "Future Maritime Policy for the Union: Quality of life and Security in Coastal Areas" at Conference on 'Quality of life and Security in Coastal Areas' (Rhodes)

    Speech by Leonard Orban : "Why languages and business mix" at AmCham Business Mixer (19/04, Bucharest)

    Speech by Leonard Orban : "1001 Poems: Diversity of European Poetry" (Bucharest, ! embargo 20h00 !)

    Speech by Danuta Hübner : "Nowa europejska polityka spójności szansą na budowę spoBeczności regionalnych i lokalnych" at II Obywatelski Kongres Pomorski (Gdansk, ! embargo 10h30 on 21/04 !)

    Discours du Président José Manuel Barroso : "La Comisión europea: un ideal europeo intransigente" au Premio Nueva Economía Forúm (19/4, Madrid)

    Speech by Margot Wallström : "Taking the European Union forwards: the next 50 years" at lecture at the Netherlands Society for International Affairs (19/05, The Hague)

    Calendrier du 23 au 29 avril 2007

    Top News from the European Commission du 23 April – 20 may 2007 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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