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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-05-26

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] EIB, Commission sign MoU on coordination of external lending policy
  • [02] Commission launches dialogue with Bosnia and Herzegovina on visa free travel
  • [03] La Commission européenne désigne le nouveau chef de sa représentation en Finlande
  • [04] 25 May 2008 – International Missing Children's Day
  • [05] La Commission propose d'alléger davantage les formalités administratives pour les produits de construction
  • [06] Danuta Hübner assiste la "semaine de l'Europe" organisée par la région "Centre" (France) pour faire connaître les actions de l'Union
  • [07] The EU and Turkmenistan strengthen their energy relations with a Memorandum of Understanding
  • [08] European Commissioner J. Potočnik participates in the first EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council (PPC) on Research
  • [09] Round Table on environmental protection and climate change
  • [10] Louis Michel welcomes agreement on humanitarian aid worker access to Myanmar
  • [11] Statement by Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, on "Africa Day" 25th May 2008
  • [12] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-05-26 Reference: MEX/08/0526 Date: 26/05/2008 EXME08 / 26.05

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    26/05/08


  • [01] EIB, Commission sign MoU on coordination of external lending policy

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) and European Commission will today sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at furthering coordination of European Union external lending policies. The objective of the MoU is to strengthen the consistency of EIB lending with the external policy objectives of the EU by reinforcing dialogue and planning between the two institutions, so as to optimise the use of grant and loan resources.

    [02] Commission launches dialogue with Bosnia and Herzegovina on visa free travel

    European Commission Vice President Jacques Barrot, in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security, launched a dialogue on visa free travel with Bosnia and Herzegovina in Brussels today. The aim of this dialogue is to give clear indications to the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the measures that need to be taken before visa free travel can be granted to all its citizens.

    [03] La Commission européenne désigne le nouveau chef de sa représentation en Finlande

    La Commission a désigné un nouveau chef, M. Eikka Kosonen, la tête de sa représentation en Finlande.

    [04] 25 May 2008 – International Missing Children's Day

    For the fourth consecutive year, the European Commission is supporting on 25 May the International Missing Children's Day, organised by the European Federation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children. The main purpose of this day is to encourage European citizens and the whole world not to forget all the children that are missing. Vice-President Barrot took part today in the presentation of the first Annual Report of Missing Children Europe, a European federation bringing together 21 NGOs active in 15 Member States in the fight against the disappearance and sexual abuse of children.

    [05] La Commission propose d'alléger davantage les formalités administratives pour les produits de construction

    Afin d'améliorer le fonctionnement du marché intérieur pour les produits de construction, la Commission européenne a proposé ce jour de remplacer la directive sur les produits de construction (89/106/CEE) par un nouveau règlement visant éliminer les derniers obstacles réglementaires et techniques la libre circulation des produits de construction dans l'Espace économique européen. Avec 15 % de la valeur ajoutée manufacturière de l’UE, mais seulement 5 % des échanges intracommunautaires, le secteur de la construction est moins ouvert que d'autres secteurs manufacturiers. Les «produits de construction» englobent plus de 40 gammes de produits, telles que les portes, les produits d’isolation thermique, le ciment, les produits de toiture ou les briques. Cette proposition vise établir un «langage technique commun» pour exprimer la performance de tous ces produits, conduisant ainsi une simplification et une clarification de la situation actuelle. Des précisions concernant les procédures suivre en vue du marquage «CE» sont également introduites afin de réduire les coûts pour les fabricants, tout en garantissant l'exactitude et la fiabilité de la déclaration de performance qui accompagne le produit. Par ailleurs, des mesures spécifiques sont introduites pour faciliter la vie des microentreprises.

    [06] Danuta Hübner assiste la "semaine de l'Europe" organisée par la région "Centre" (France) pour faire connaître les actions de l'Union

    La Commissaire Danuta Hübner, responsable de la Politique régionale visite aujourd'hui la région Centre, en France, l’occasion de la « semaine de l’Europe » organisée par cette région du 24 au 30 mai afin de mieux faire connaître les actions de l'Europe auprès de sa population. La Commissaire rencontrera le Préfet, M. Jean-Michel Bérard et le Président de Région, M. François Bonneau, ainsi que les Présidents des régions avec lesquelles le Centre a signé des accords de coopération: la Voïvodie de Malopolska (Pologne), la région tchèque de Pardubice et le Land de Saxe-Anhalt (Allemagne).

    [07] The EU and Turkmenistan strengthen their energy relations with a Memorandum of Understanding

    Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs in the presence of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbankuly Berdymuhammedov signed today in Turkmenistan a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at reinforcing mutual cooperation in the field of Energy. This document takes EU-Turkmenistan relations to a higher level by officialising bilateral energy cooperation in such areas as investment, production, energy technology, energy efficiency, renewables, and the transport and trade of energy products.

    [08] European Commissioner J. Potočnik participates in the first EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council (PPC) on Research

    Today, European Commissioner Janez Potočnik, responsible for Science and Research will attend the EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council (PPC) on Research in Slovenia. The meeting will review the implementation of the 4th EU-Russia Common Space of Research and Education, including Cultural aspects, which was agreed at the EU-Russia Summit in May 2005, and discuss the further enhancement of the joint cooperation between the EU and Russia. The PPC will consider the very successful state of the EU-Russia scientific and technological cooperation based on their current Science and Technological cooperation agreement. The meeting will also discuss the Russian Federation's interest to enhance scientific cooperation with EU in becoming associated to the 7th Framework Programme for Research & Technological Development. Commissioner Potočnik, together with the Slovenian Minister of Science, Mrs Mojca Kucler Dolinar and the Russian Minister for Education and Science, Mr. Andrey Fursenko will hold a joint oral press briefing on Monday 26 May, after the meeting at 16.45 in the Splendens Hall of the Brdo Congress Centre.

    [09] Round Table on environmental protection and climate change

    Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes will be hosting a Round Table on environmental protection and climate change at the Commission's Brussels HQ on May 27th. The Commissioner will chair a panel with the CEOs of Vattenfall, BT and Schneider-Electric about renewable energy and energy efficiency. The Directors-General of DG Competition and DG Environment will chair panels dealing with the role of public support in the area of environment and about the reform of the ETS, respectively. The Commissioner as well as Caio Koch-Weser, Vice-Chairman of Deutsche Bank Group, Minister Ziga Turk from Slovenia and Jeremy Rifkin, President, of the Foundation on Economic Trends, will give keynote speeches. There will be a limited number of seats available for EU-accredited journalists (please contact Linda Cain or Maria Javorova - places will be attributed on a first-come-first-served basis).

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    [10] Louis Michel welcomes agreement on humanitarian aid worker access to Myanmar

    Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, welcomed today's announcement that the Myanmar authorities plan to allow international humanitarian workers into the country.

    [11] Statement by Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, on "Africa Day" 25th May 2008

    Africa Day is a chance to reaffirm Europe's commitment to Africa. Together, as two continents, we can work to tackle the challenges of the twenty first century – such as globalisation, climate change, energy, peace and security.

    [12] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on Follow-up to the EU strategy on the rights of the child

    • Memo on Survey shows need for raising awareness of children's rights

    • Memo sur l'Achèvement du marché intérieur des produits de construction

    • Speech by Commissioner McCreevy 'Insurance and the Lisbon Treaty', Dublin

    • Speech by Commissioner McCreevy 'A Value Added Treaty for Europe and its Citizens', Dublin

    • Speech by Commissioner McCreevy 'Economic aspects of Lisbon Treaty', Dublin – Embargo 13h30 CET

    • Speech by President Barroso 'Building the Europe of the Future: A Europe of Citizens, Opportunities and Culture', The Hague From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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