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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 99-06-09

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

MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Parole 09/06/1999b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

[I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] La Commission propose des plafonds d'émission nationaux de certains polluants atmosphériques et des objectifs de qualité de l'air ambiant pour l'ozone
  • [02] Commission approves financial framework for year 2000
  • [03] Commission authorizes aid for Wismarer Propeller- und Maschinenfabrik GmbH
  • [04] Aid to pig producers in Northern Ireland
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [05] Commission clears acquisition of control of Transamerica Corporation by Aegon N.V.
  • [06] La Commission adopte une Communication sur le marché unique et l'environnement
  • [07] First Donors Pledging Conference on Kosovo announced
  • [08] Health Council adopts recommendation to limit exposure to electromagnetic fields

  • [I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

    [01] La Commission propose des plafonds d'émission nationaux de certains polluants atmosphériques et des objectifs de qualité de l'air ambiant pour l'ozone

    La Commission européenne a adopté une proposition de Directive pour des plafonds d'émission nationaux de certains polluants atmosphériques et une proposition de Directive relative à l'ozone dans l'air ambiant. La Directive sur les plafonds d'émission nationaux fixera pour la première fois des limites individuelles aux émissions totales de chaque Etat membre en 2010 des quatre polluants responsables de l'acidification, de l'eutrophication et de la formation d'ozone dans la basse atmosphère : le dioxyde de soufre, les oxydes d'azote, les composés organiques volatils (COV) et l'ammoniac. Lors de l'application de la Directive sur les plafonds d'émission, les Etats membres devront déterminer quelles sont les mesures qui sont adaptées à leur situation particulière et les mettre en œuvre en conséquence. La proposition sur la qualité de l'air pour l'ozone dans l'air ambiant est la troisième proposition de Directive fille en vertu de la "Directive cadre sur la qualité de l'air" adoptée en septembre 1996. La Directive proposée instaurera des valeurs cibles ambitieuses pour l'ozone en vue de la protection de la santé humaine, ainsi que des exigences en matière de surveillance des concentrations d'ozone dans l'air ambiant et d'information du public sur les résultats de cette surveillance. L'analyse coût-bénéfice des propositions montre que les bénéfices en termes monétaires se situent entre 17 et 32 milliards d'euros par an, tandis que les coûts sont estimés à 7,5 milliards d'euros par an. Certains bénéfices importants, notamment au niveau des écosystèmes, n'ont pas pu être évalués en termes monétaires et l'analyse sous-estime par conséquent le total des bénéfices des propositions.

    [02] Commission approves financial framework for year 2000

    The European Commission has approved the financial perspective framework applicable to the 2000 budgetary procedure. The framework is based on the results of the Berlin European Council, takes into account the agreement between the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the Commission and is adjusted technically, i.e. expressed in 2000 prices. The overall ceiling for commitments in 2000 comes to 93.8 billion, which corresponds to 1.16% of the 15 Member States' total GNP. Payments total 91.3 billion, i.e. 1.13% of GNP. It is part of the yearly budgetary procedure for the Commission to make technical adjustments to the financial perspective in line with movements in GNP and prices. This is the first such exercise concerning the financial perspective for the years 2000-2006. The financial perspective is part of the Inter-Institutional Agreement between the Parliament, the Council and the Commission. The Commission will now transmit the adjusted financial perspective 2000-2006 to the budgetary authority, i.e. to the Council and the Parliament.

    [03] Commission authorizes aid for Wismarer Propeller- und Maschinenfabrik GmbH

    The European Commission has authorized the aid granted for the rescue, re- privatisation and restructuring of the metalworking company Wismarer Propeller und Maschinenfabrik GmbH (WPM) in Wismar, Germany, which is specialised in the production of shafts and propellers for ships. WPM was first privatised in 1992 together with Dieselmotorenwerk Rostock GmbH (DMR) by Treuhandanstalt. It belonged until recently to DMR, whose shares had been taken over after the collapse of Bremer Vulkan Verbund AG by Bundesanstalt für vereinigungsbedingte Sonderaufgaben (BvS) and the Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. After an intensive search for a suitable bidder, WPM was sold in September 1998 to Schottel-Antriebstechnik GmbH and Schottel-Werft Josef Becker GmbH&Co., a group specialised on ship propulsion systems. The Commission has concluded that the scheme is compatible with European Union's regulations.

    [04] Aid to pig producers in Northern Ireland

    The European Commission approved the aid granted by the United Kingdom to pig producers in Northern Ireland under the Pig Welfare Slaughter Compensation Scheme. Following a fire at a major pig-processing facility in Northern Ireland in June 1998, a serious backlog of pigs developed on certain farms, giving rise to severe economic difficulties for the producers and animal welfare problems. This aid scheme provides for payment of the slaughter and rendering costs of 15,571 overweight pigs (approximately £15 per head) and for a compensation payment to farmers of £30 per head.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [05] Commission clears acquisition of control of Transamerica Corporation by Aegon N.V.

    The European Commission has agreed the concentration by which the Dutch insurance company Aegon N.V. acquires control of the whole of American financial organisation also dealing with insurances, Transamerica Corporation. The proposed concentration does not create or strenghten a dominant position.

    [06] La Commission adopte une Communication sur le marché unique et l'environnement

    La Commission européenne vient d'adopter une Communication au Conseil des Ministres et au Parlement européen sur "le Marché Unique et l'Environnement". Le principal mérite de la Communication est de montrer que l'Union européenne doit et peut consolider et développer davantage de synergies entre deux exigences légitimes des citoyens européens à savoir le bon fonctionnement du marché unique et une protection adéquate de l'environnement. La Communication prévoit différentes orientations permettant d'aller plus loin pour combiner le développement du marché intérieur avec l'intégration des objectifs environnementaux prévue par le Traité d'Amsterdam de sorte que les deux politiques se soutiennent et se renforcent mutuellement davantage, tout en développant en même temps des synergies positives entre elles.

    [07] First Donors Pledging Conference on Kosovo announced

    At the conclusion of the G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting on Peace in Kosovo yesterday in Cologne, European Commissioner Hans van den Broek announced that a first Donors Pledging Conference for the Reconstruction of Kosovo will be held within the shortest time delay possible. The Conference, to be organised jointly by the Commission and the World Bank, will be convened shortly after adoption by the UN Security Council of a peace implementation resolution on Kosovo. The purpose of this Conference will be to receive pledges from the international community to meet the most immediate reconstruction needs, to facilitate the return of refugees and displaced persons to their homes in Kosovo. As soon as a more detailed assessment has been made concerning the overall needs related to the reconstruction of Kosovo, a second Donors Pledging Conference will be convened.

    [08] Health Council adopts recommendation to limit exposure to electromagnetic fields

    At its meeting in Luxembourg yesterday, the Health Council adopted (subject to Parliamentary scrutiny in the United Kingdom) a European Commission recommendation setting out basic restrictions and reference values for public exposure to electromagnetic fields. The recommendation, based on the latest research, draws on work done by the International Commission on Non- Ionising Radiation Protection and is in part a response to the risk from increasingly widespread use of appliances which have electromagnetic fields. Reiterating the European Union's commitment to high health standards, Padraig Flynn, Commissioner for health matters, pointed to the need for protective measures to keep up with new findings and to raise public awareness of potential dangers. To implement the recommendation, each Member State will devise rules which may in some cases provide even higher levels of protection than those indicated by the Council.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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