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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-05-28

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] New EU study lifts lid on financial exclusion
  • [02] EU and Croatia agree employment priorities
  • [03] Roadmap on visa free travel opens EU doors to Montenegro
  • [04] La Commission adopte un code de conduite pour les représentants d'intérêt
  • [05] Call for tender for study on information exchange for fruit and vegetable market
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-05-28 Reference: MEX/08/0528 Date: 28/05/2008 EXME08 / 28.05

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    28/05/08


  • [01] New EU study lifts lid on financial exclusion

    Millions of Europeans face an increased risk of social exclusion through lack of access to basic financial services, according to a new study presented by the European Commission today. It reveals that 2 in 10 adults in EU-15 and almost half in EU-10 (47%) do not have a bank account while many more have no savings and lack access to credit. The results of the study will be discussed today at a high level conference in Brussels, bringing together the financial sector, consumer groups, public authorities and NGOs. The initiative follows the Single Market Review of November 2007, where the Commission announced its intention to ensure that, by a certain date, nobody is denied access to a basic bank account.

    [02] EU and Croatia agree employment priorities

    As part of Croatia's preparations to join the EU, Vladimír pidla, European Employment Commissioner, will today meet with Croatian Deputy Prime Minister Damir Polančec to agree the main priorities for Croatian employment policy. The 'Joint Assessment of Employment Priorities' (JAP) examines the main strengths and challenges for the Croatian labour market with a view to preparing accession to the EU and Croatia's future participation in the EU employment strategy.

    [03] Roadmap on visa free travel opens EU doors to Montenegro

    European Commission Vice President Jacques Barrot, in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security, welcomed the transmission of the Roadmap on visa liberalisation to Montenegrin Foreign Affairs Minister Milan Rocen, accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Gordana Djurovic and Minister of Interior Jusuf Kalamperovic, today in a ceremony which took place in Podgorica. The Roadmap gives clear indications to the Montenegrin authorities on the measures that need to be taken in order to grant visa free travel to all its citizens in the near future.

    [04] La Commission adopte un code de conduite pour les représentants d'intérêt

    La Commission européenne a adopté un code de conduite qui contient des règles claires et précises sur le comportement que les représentants d'intérêt devraient adopter dans leurs relations avec le personnel de la Commission. Ce code va de pair avec le registre des représentants d'intérêt que la Commission lancera le 23 juin 2008, et l'adhésion ce code constituera une condition de l'inscription dans le registre.

    [05] Call for tender for study on information exchange for fruit and vegetable market

    The European Commission launched today a call for tender for a "Feasibility study on the setting up of a platform for data and information exchange for the European fruit and vegetable market". Access to reliable, complete and up-to-date information constitutes a key factor for a transparent and efficient European fruit and vegetable market. The knowledge of market data and the exchange of information on market developments also serve as a major tool in preventing and combating crises on the market. In particular, the feasibility study will assess the legal implications stemming from the regulatory framework, notably as regards the rules on competition and data privacy, and the technical requirements for harmonising data on the level of producers so as to facilitate its exchange, and also regarding the necessary ICT tools for an EU-wide network. The Commission intends to award the contract before the end of 2008, following the evaluation of the offers received. The contractor will have to carry out the study within 4 months from the signature of the contract. Details are available at:

    <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/agriculture/tenderdocs/2008/135038/index_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/agriculture/tenderdocs/2008/135038/index_en.htm

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on Financial inclusion – Ensuring adequate access to basic financial services

    • Memo on Preparation of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Brussels, 29/30 May 2008

    • Speech by Commissioner Rehn 'Constructive dialogue and a spirit of compromise are key for the accession process', Brussels

    • Speech by Commissioner McCreevy 'Update on the Internal Market', Brussels

    • Discours du Commissaire pidla sur L'inclusion financière en Europe, Bruxelles

    • Speech by President Barroso 'Biodiversity: We have a Moral Obligation', Bonn From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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