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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-10-15

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] Haut dĂ©bit Ă deux vitesses: l’Europe rĂ©pondra par des propositions de rĂ©forme
  • [02] Commission confirms UK-list of major events to be televised free-to- air
  • [03] Services financiers : la Commission appelle Ă un accès public plus aisĂ© aux informations financières concernant les sociĂ©tĂ©s cotĂ©es en bourse
  • [04] Financial services : Inter-Institutional Monitoring Group publishes final report on Lamfalussy process
  • [05] Services financiers : une consultation confirme que les divergences nationales entravent les placements privĂ©s transfrontaliers
  • [06] Commission clears acquisition of Atlet by Nissan
  • [07] Enregistrement de quatre dĂ©nominations de produits agricoles
  • [08] Joe Borg : "Signs of stock recovery vindicate our gradual and sustained approach to fish stock recovery"
  • [09] Commission welcomes action against illegal fishing in South East Atlantic
  • [10] Commission informed of Bluetongue in Denmark
  • [11] EUtube reaches one million hits Midday Express of 2007-10-15 Reference: MEX/07/1015 Date: 15/10/2007 EXME07 / 15.10

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    15/10/07


  • [01] Haut dĂ©bit Ă deux vitesses: l’Europe rĂ©pondra par des propositions de rĂ©forme

    Si certains pays européens occupent les premières places mondiales en matière d’accès au haut débit, l’écart a grandi entre les premiers et les derniers à l’intérieur de l’UE. C’est ce qu’indique un rapport présenté aujourd’hui par la Commission européenne, qui mentionne le manque de concurrence et les lacunes réglementaires comme les principaux obstacles au développement du haut débit. Les propositions de réforme de la réglementation communautaire en matière de télécommunications, qui seront présentées par la Commission le 13 novembre prochain, ont pour objectif de remédier à ces défaillances.

    [02] Commission confirms UK-list of major events to be televised free-to- air

    Today the European Commission adopted a decision on the UK list of events of major importance for society to be broadcast free to air, either live or with a slight delay. The list covers not only international events like the Rugby World Cup Final, the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup Finals but also more specific national events like Cricket matches, the Grand National, the Derby, the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games.

    [03] Services financiers : la Commission appelle à un accès public plus aisé aux informations financières concernant les sociétés cotées en bourse

    La Commission européenne encourage les Etats membres à créer un réseau électronique interconnectant les fichiers nationaux d'informations financières concernant les sociétés cotées en bourse. La mise en œuvre de cette recommandation facilitera l'accès des investisseurs aux données historiques sur les performances des entreprises et leur position financière, ainsi que sur l'évolution des principales participations.

    [04] Financial services : Inter-Institutional Monitoring Group publishes final report on Lamfalussy process

    The Inter-Institutional Monitoring Group (IIMG) has published its third and final report on the "Lamfalussy process", a four-level regulatory approach for the adoption and implementation of financial services regulation which allows the EU to respond rapidly and flexibly to developments in financial markets. With the termination of its mandate, the Group provides a general assessment of the Lamfalussy framework, an evaluation of its ability to deliver results and proposes concrete recommendations for improving the overall process. The Group observes that the Lamfalussy process has significantly contributed to the integration of European financial markets. This has however resulted in new challenges for the present institutional arrangements and, in particular, for the Level 3 of the Lamfalussy structure. The Group's final report focuses therefore on the functioning of the Level 3 Committees and identifies the areas where more progress is necessary to keep pace with the development of the markets.

    [05] Services financiers : une consultation confirme que les divergences nationales entravent les placements privés transfrontaliers

    La Commission européenne a publié un résumé des 38 réponses qu'elle a reçues à un appel à contribution concernant le fonctionnement des régimes de placement privé dans les Etats membres de l'UE (IP/07/523). Dans le cadre des placements privés, des titres peuvent être vendus à titre privé à des investisseurs avertis sans que s’appliquent les règles relatives à la protection de l’investisseur, à la présentation de rapports et à la divulgation d’informations, qui sont à observer lorsque ces produits sont vendus à la clientèle de détail. Les répondants font état de graves problèmes dans la distribution transfrontalière de certains types de produits d'investissement, notamment les fonds d'investissement non harmonisés. Ils constatent que les mesures mises en place au titre de la directive "prospectus" fonctionnent bien pour les valeurs mobilières et les fonds de type fermé. Ils suggèrent que l’on élargisse ces dispositions aux fonds ouverts non harmonisés, tels que les fonds institutionnels et les fonds spéculatifs. La Commission devra évaluer, au printemps 2008, la nécessité d’un régime européen de placement privé et les scénarios envisageables à cet égard, et les réponses reçues constituent une contribution précieuse dans cette perspective.

    [06] Commission clears acquisition of Atlet by Nissan

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Atlet Aktiebolag (Atlet) of Sweden by Nissan Forklift Europe B.V. (Nissan) of The Netherlands, controlled by Nissan Motor Co Ltd. of Japan. Nissan manufactures forklift trucks and warehouse equipment. Atlet produces warehouse equipment. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [07] Enregistrement de quatre dénominations de produits agricoles

    La Commission européenne a ajouté quatre dénominations de produits agricoles et alimentaires à la liste des appellations d'origine protégées (AOP) et indications géographiques protégées (IGP). Il s'agit.du fromage "Staffordshire Cheese" (AOP – Royaume-Uni), des légumes "Coliflor de Calahorra" (IGP – Espagne) et "Bayerischer Meerrettich" ou "Bayerischer Kren" (IGP – Allemagne) et du poisson "Holsteiner Karpfen" (IGP - Allemagne). Les quatre dénominations s'ajoutent à la liste d'environ 800 produits déjà protégés en vertu de la législation sur la protection des indications géographiques, des appellations d'origine et des spécialités traditionnelles . Des renseignements sur les produits de qualité ainsi que la liste des dénominations protégées sont disponibles sur l'internet à l'adresse: <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/foodqual/quali1_fr.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/foodqual/quali1_fr.htm

    [08] Joe Borg : "Signs of stock recovery vindicate our gradual and sustained approach to fish stock recovery"

    "The first indications from ICES on the state of North Sea cod, herring and Norway pout confirm that our efforts and sacrifices are paying off with certain stocks. This shows clearly that when implemented correctly reduced quotas and fishing effort translate directly into lower fishing pressure which in turn contributes greatly to the rebuilding of depleted fish stocks. We must be heartened by these developments which strengthen last year's indications (with regard to Northern hake, for example), that our long-term management approach is working. This reinforces our determination to see the whole stock rebuilding process through until all our fisheries truly sustainable. The worse thing we could do at this stage would be to slacken our efforts by trying to cash-in immediately on the first positive signs. This would be the quickest road to ruin. I want to continue to work with Member States, scientists and stakeholders, who have a crucial role to play, to strengthen our approach and to widen it so that all depleted stocks can also be rebuilt." commented Joe Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs. Commissioner Borg was reacting to the first preliminary indications from the Advisory Committee on Fisheries Management of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) which provides independent scientific advice on fisheries management. ICES will finalise and make its full advice public on Friday 19 October at noon.

    ICES: http://www.ices.dk/indexfla.asp

    ICES: <a href="http://www.ices.dk/indexfla.asp">http://www.ices.dk/indexfla.asp

    [09] Commission welcomes action against illegal fishing in South East Atlantic

    The European Commission has welcomed the decisions taken by the South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (SEAFO), at its annual meeting last week in Windhoek, Namibia. The Parties agreed to a considerable strengthening of measures against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing through a reinforced port state control system, including enhanced procedures for in-port inspection of vessels fishing in the SEAFO area, the implementation, on a quasi-automatic basis, of black lists of IUU vessels established by CCAMLR, NAFO and NEAFC, thus prohibiting such vessels from operating in SEAFO waters. Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Joe Borg commented, " SEAFO's decision to close the ports of its members to pirate vessels will make it more and more difficult for those involved to conduct their unlawful operations. All Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) must be encouraged to adopt similar measures, so that market access on which these criminal operators depend is effectively cut off." SEAFO took further steps to protect vulnerable marine habitats by setting the conditions to be met before any or all of the 10 closed areas, agreed in 2006, to protect vulnerable seamounts may be reopened. Moreover, on the basis of a report from the Scientific Committee, SEAFO was also able for the first time to adopt measures fixing catch limits for two of the main species in the Convention area, namely Red Crab and Patagonian toothfish. The European Commission will, next week, propose a raft of measures to fight IUU fishing including substantial strengthening of port state control measures within the EU. SEAFO: <a href="http://www.intfish.net/orgs/fisheries/seafo.htm">http://www.intfish.net/orgs/fisheries/seafo.htm; CCAMLR: http://www.ccamlr.org/; NAFO: <a href="http://www.nafo.int/">http://www.nafo.int/; NEAFC: <a href="http://www.neafc.org/">http://www.neafc.org/

    [10] Commission informed of Bluetongue in Denmark

    The European Commission was informed on 13 October by the Danish veterinary authorities of an outbreak of bluetongue in sheep in Denmark, in a sheep herd near Sakskøbing on the island of Lolland (south of Zealand). Clinical symptoms of bluetongue were identified in a sheep that died less than 48 hours after the clinical signs were observed. The outbreak has been confirmed on the basis laboratory tests with positive results to antibody ELISA and PCR. The BTV serotype is not yet known. Samples will be sent to the bluetongue Community Reference Laboratory for typing today. Bluetongue is an insect-borne viral disease (transmitted by by Culicoides midges) which affects domestic and wild ruminants. It does not affect humans and there is no risk of the disease being contracted or spread through meat or milk. Bluetongue was frequently reported in southern Europe (several strains circulating) and in 2006 and 2007 serious epidemic waves of a different strain of bluetongue (BTV8) have occurred also in Centre-Northern Europe with more than 25.000 outbreaks recorded in 2007 (Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Luxembourg, Germany and UK). The Danish authorities are taking the necessary measures, including the demarcation of an amended restricted zone. Neighbour Member States such as Sweden and Germany will likely demarcate new restricted zone in its territory.

    Bluetongue can be found on the Commission website at this page: <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/diseases/controlmeasures/bluetongue_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/diseases/controlmeasures/bluetongue_en.htm

    [11] EUtube reaches one million hits

    EUtube, the European Commission's channel on YouTube, has received over one million hits on its homepage and almost 7 million video views since its launch less than 3 months ago. Discover what's on EU Tube: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/eutube">www.youtube.com/eutube From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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