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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-05-08

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] Valeurs mobilières : la Commission lance de nouvelles consultations sur les informations à fournir par les sociétés dont les titres sont négociés sur des marchés réglementés
  • [02] Commission suspects Deutsche Telekom of charging anti-competitive tariffs for access to its local network
  • [03] Commission clears take-over of Enterprise Oil by Shell
  • [04] Interreg : l'UE accorde une aide de 108,2 millions d'€ à la coopération entre la France et le Royaume-Uni
  • [05] Interreg : EU grants €119 million for transnational cooperation in "Atlantic Rim" area
  • [06] Commission offers financial assistance for initiatives to improve democracy and human rights
  • [07] La Commission envisage de réexaminer certaines mesures antidumping pour s'assurer de leur conformité avec les recommandations de l'OMC
  • [08] Thailand : Commission adopts framework for cooperation (Country Strategy Paper)
  • [09] Malaysia : Commission adopts framework for cooperation (Country Strategy Paper)
  • [10] La Commission octroie 2 millions d'€ d'aide humanitaire en Amérique Centrale
  • [11] EU grants €6.5 million in food aid to people in Zimbabwe
  • [12] Commission provides further €3.5 million in emergency humanitarian aid for the Palestinian Territories
  • [13] Life sciences and EU citizens : European think tank fosters better understanding between bio-sciences and society
  • [14] La Commission lance un bulletin électronique donnant un résumé de l'actualité agricole
  • [15] Reports from new Observatory of European SMEs shed new light on small business in EU
  • [16] Gert-Jan Koopman appointed Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Kinnock
  • [17] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 08/05/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 08/05/2002

  • [01] Valeurs mobilières : la Commission lance de nouvelles consultations sur les informations à fournir par les sociétés dont les titres sont négociés sur des marchés réglementés

    Les services de la Commission européenne ont lancé un second et dernier cycle de consultations sur l'actualisation des règles existantes concernant les informations à fournir par les sociétés dont les valeurs mobilières sont négociées sur des marchés réglementés, tels que les bourses de valeurs. La Commission entend soumettre une proposition législative au Parlement européen et au Conseil à la fin de 2002. Le dernier document de consultation présente diverses approches possibles, revues à la lumière des 90 réponses reçues lors des premières consultations lancées en juillet de l'an dernier (voir IP/01/1861). Ce document tient également compte des recommandations faites en juillet 2002 par le Groupe de haut niveau d'experts en matière de droit des sociétés présidé par le Professeur Jaap Winter (voir IP/02/24). Ce dialogue de grande ampleur mené avec les parties intéressées est conforme à l'approche en matière de législation sur les services financiers convenue avec le Parlement européen et le Conseil et fondée sur les recommandations du Comité Lamfalussy sur la réglementation des marchés européens de bourses de valeurs (voir IP/02/195). Le dernier document de consultation est disponible sur le site Europa à l'adresse suivante : http://europa.eu.int:8082/comm/internal_market/fr/finances/mobil/transparency/index.htm. Le délai pour la réception des commentaires est le 5 juillet 2002.

    [02] Commission suspects Deutsche Telekom of charging anti-competitive tariffs for access to its local network

    After a careful investigation, the European Commission has sent Deutsche Telekom AG (DT) a statement of objections setting out the preliminary conclusion that the German incumbent telecommunications operator has abused its dominant position through unfair pricing regarding the provision of local access to its fixed telecommunications network (local loop). The Commission is concerned about DT's practice of charging new entrants higher fees for wholesale access to the local loop than what DT's subscribers pay for retail access. This discourages new companies from entering the market and, therefore, creating new jobs, and reduces the choice of suppliers of telecoms services as well as price competition for consumers. The Commission's action, which stems from complaints by Mannesmann Arcor and local and regional carriers in Germany, follows the sending of statements of objections to France Télécoms's subsidiary Wanadoo, over predatory pricing for high speed Internet access services, and to Dutch incumbent KPN over the price charged to terminate calls on its mobile network.

    [03] Commission clears take-over of Enterprise Oil by Shell

    The European Commission has authorised the proposed take-over of UK oil and natural gas company Enterprise Oil Plc by Anglo-Dutch oil group Shell. The operation will not create anti-competitive effects, including on the markets for the transport by pipeline of either crude oil or unprocessed natural gas from off-shore fields in the UK North Sea or for the processing in the UK of crude oil or natural gas markets which were particularly assessed by the Commission.

    [04] Interreg : l'UE accorde une aide de 108,2 millions d'€ à la coopération entre la France et le Royaume-Uni

    M. Michel Barnier, membre de la Commission européenne chargé de la politique régionale, a annoncé l'approbation par la Commission d'un programme de coopération entre la France et le Royaume-Uni, qui sera financé par l'initiative communautaire Interreg III A. Le programme est axé sur le renforcement de la coopération transfrontalière et le développement durable de l'économie régionale. L'UE y contribuera à hauteur de 108,2 millions d'€. A ce montant s'ajoutera une contribution financée par les budgets nationaux et régionaux de 98,7 millions d'€ et une participation du secteur privé de 36,3 millions d'€, le total des ressources s'élevant ainsi à 243,2 millions d'€.

    [05] Interreg : EU grants €119 million for transnational cooperation in "Atlantic Rim" area

    Michel Barnier, European Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy, has announced approval by the Commission of a programme for the "Atlantic Rim" cooperation area to be financed under the Interreg III Community Initiative (Strand B). The EU is giving €119 million for the programme and the total amount available up to 2006 will be €204 million, the remaining €85 million coming from national and regional budgets. The main purposes of the programme are to boost the Atlantic Rim's cohesion, improve its economic competitiveness in order to overcome the handicap of its peripheral location by comparison with the more central regions of the Union, seek routes to sustainable development by integrating strategy and territorial development, and harmonise social, economic and environmental objectives while preserving and capitalising on the Rim's cultural, historical and environmental heritage and assets. The area has a total population of 76.1 million.

    [06] Commission offers financial assistance for initiatives to improve democracy and human rights

    EuropeAid has launched four new calls for proposals under the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). In May 2001, the European Commission adopted a policy statement, or Communication, on the EU's role in promoting human rights and democratisation in third countries. In particular, this Communication recommended focusing EIDHR financial support on thematic priority areas. The four calls for proposals are aimed at the following areas : (1) support for the abolition of the death penalty, (2) fighting impunity and promoting international justice, (3) combating racism, xenophobia and discrimination against ethnic minorities and indigenous people, (4) prevention of torture and the provision of support for the rehabilitation of torture victims. Established in 1994, the main aim of the EIDHR is to promote human rights, democracy and conflict prevention in third countries by providing financial support for activities supporting these goals.

    [07] La Commission envisage de réexaminer certaines mesures antidumping pour s'assurer de leur conformité avec les recommandations de l'OMC

    Dans un avis publié aujourd'hui, la Commission européenne a annoncé qu'elle allait réexaminer, sur demande, toutes les mesures antidumping fondées sur des méthodes déclarées incompatibles avec les règles de l'OMC dans l'affaire du linge de lit originaire de l'Inde. L'UE a déjà pleinement mis en œuvre la décision de l'OMC concernant cette affaire. Ces réexamens constituent donc une mesure supplémentaire visant à confirmer que toutes les autres mesures antidumping existantes respectent les règles de l'OMC.

    [08] Thailand : Commission adopts framework for cooperation (Country Strategy Paper)

    The European Commission has adopted the Country Strategy Paper, which sets out a five year (2002-2006) strategy for its financial assistance to Thailand. At the same time, it announced that over the next three years, 2002-2004, an indicative sum of €10 million has been earmarked to finance this strategy. The paper has been prepared in consultation with the Government of Thailand and EU Member States.

    [09] Malaysia : Commission adopts framework for cooperation (Country Strategy Paper)

    The European Commission adopted Country Strategy Paper, which sets out a five year strategy (2002-2006) for its co-operation with Malaysia. At the same time, it announced that over the next three years, 2002-2004, an indicative sum of € 3.5 million has been earmarked to finance this strategy. The paper has been prepared in consultation with the Government of Malaysia and EU Member States.

    [10] La Commission octroie 2 millions d'€ d'aide humanitaire en Amérique Centrale

    La Commission européenne a alloué 2 millions d'€ d'aide humanitaire en faveur des populations vulnérables du Guatemala, Honduras et Nicaragua victimes d'une crise nutritionnelle. Les opérations financées visent à dépister et traiter les cas de malnutrition aiguë et à lutter contre les principales causes de l'insécurité alimentaire. Au total 150.000 personnes bénéficieront de l'aide mise en œuvre via l'Office d'Aide Humanitaire, ECHO, placé sous la responsabilité du Commissaire Poul Nielson. Depuis 1999, ECHO a alloué plus de 58 millions d'€ à cette région régulièrement frappée par les catastrophes naturelles.

    [11] EU grants €6.5 million in food aid to people in Zimbabwe

    The European Commission has approved food aid worth €6.5 million for the population of Zimbabwe. This decision is designed to ensure that some of those in need have access to minimum food supplies in the coming months. This assistance will fund the purchase of 8,070 tons of maize, 1,500 tons of pulses (beans) if possible at the regional level and 600 tons of vegetable oil. This food will be distributed among the poorest families in 19 districts of the country severely affected by food shortages due to climatic problems faced in 2001 as well as the worst economic crisis Zimbabwe has ever faced. This initiative constitutes the contribution of the Commission to the emergency programme launched by the World Food Programme (WFP) in late 2001, as a consequence of the deterioration of the food security situation in the country.

    [12] Commission provides further €3.5 million in emergency humanitarian aid for the Palestinian Territories

    The European Commission has adopted an emergency decision to provide relief worth €3.5 million to victims of the conflict in the Palestinian Territories. This is on top of the €5 million in humanitarian aid allocated at the beginning of April. The funds are managed by the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) and are being channelled through seven of ECHO's experienced NGO partners in the region and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). ECHO is a Commission department which comes under the responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson.

    [13] Life sciences and EU citizens : European think tank fosters better understanding between bio-sciences and society

    At a meeting in Granada on 7 May, the European Group on Life Sciences (EGLS), reporting to European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin, set its agenda for the year to come. EGLS work programme is based on the assumption that a major effort to fund science (particularly in connection to human health) is necessary to make the most of life science research in Europe. Issues addressed by EGLS included the role of Life Sciences in sustainable agriculture, especially in Developing Countries, life science communication in the media, and the interaction between new biological knowledge and culture. A particular attention should be devoted to encouraging young people to engage in scientific careers : young scientists should be fully involved in achieving the March 2000 Lisbon European Council objective of turning the EU into the most competitive knowledge- based economy in the world. EGLS analyses developments in life sciences and contributes to EU policy debate. It aims at fostering dialogue between researchers, policy makers and society on life sciences. EGLS welcomed four new members and inaugurated its new president .

    [14] La Commission lance un bulletin électronique donnant un résumé de l'actualité agricole

    La direction générale de l'agriculture de la Commission européenne vient de lancer un nouveau service de messagerie électronique. Il s'agit d'un bulletin qui fournit aux abonnés un résumé des informations concernant l'agriculture et les activités de la Commission dans ce domaine. Pour pouvoir bénéficier de ce service gratuit, toutes les parties intéressées peuvent s'inscrire sur la liste d'adresses par la voie de l'internet. Ce service n'est actuellement disponible qu'en anglais. Inscription à l'adresse: http://europa.eu.int/comm/commissioners/fischler/mail_en.htm

    [15] Reports from new Observatory of European SMEs shed new light on small business in EU

    The first three reports from the new Observatory of European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been posted on the European Commission's enterprise web pages. These reports provide a large amount of information about the structure of businesses in Europe, and on the challenges facing business people. All three reports can be downloaded free of charge from: http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/enterprise_policy/analysis/observatory.htm

    [16] Gert-Jan Koopman appointed Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Kinnock

    Mr Gert-Jan Koopman, Commission official of Dutch nationality, has been chosen by Vice-President Neil Kinnock to replace Mr Philip Lowe as the Head of his Private Office. The appointment became effective on 1 May 2002.

    [17] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note sur les résultats du Conseil Ecofin

    Calendrier du 13 au 19 mai 2002


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