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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-05-13

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] Programme Interreg : l'UE accorde une aide de 47 millions d'€ en faveur de la coopération transfrontalière entre la Grèce et Chypre
  • [02] Interreg : EU to provide €73 million for cross-border cooperation between Greece and FYROM
  • [03] Programme Interreg : l'UE accorde une aide de 84,2 millions d'€ en faveur de la coopération transfrontalière entre la Belgique et les Pays-Bas ("Grensregion Vlaanderen-Nederland")
  • [04] Franz Fischler and David Byrne final round table on agriculture and food
  • [05] Commission gives conditional clearance to Imperial Tobacco's acquisition of Reemtsma
  • [06] Commission clears acquisition of UK pub companies by Cinven
  • [07] Classical swine fever in Germany, Luxembourg, France and Spain
  • [08] Green light for import of certain products of animal origin from China
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 13/05/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 13/05/2002

  • [01] Programme Interreg : l'UE accorde une aide de 47 millions d'€ en faveur de la coopération transfrontalière entre la Grèce et Chypre

    Michel Barnier, Commissaire européen chargé de la politique régionale, vient d'annoncer l'approbation par la Commission d'un programme de coopération transfrontalière entre la Grèce et Chypre qui sera financé par l'initiative communautaire Interreg III A. Le programme prévoit l'octroi d'une aide financière de l'UE d'un montant de 47 millions d'€. Ses principaux objectifs sont une coopération transfrontalière accrue et le développement durable de l'économie régionale. Le financement européen attirera en outre des investissements provenant du secteur public pour un montant de 15,7 millions d'€ et des investissements privés atteignant 8,5 millions d'€, pour une dépense totale de 71,2 millions d'€.

    [02] Interreg : EU to provide €73 million for cross-border cooperation between Greece and FYROM

    Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, has announced the approval by the Commission of a programme for cross-border cooperation between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to be financed by the Interreg III Community Initiative. The programme provides €73 million in financial support from the EU. It focuses on increased cross- border cooperation and sustainable development of the regional economy. The European funding will attract a further €24.3 million in investment from the public sector and €6 million from the private sector, creating total resources of €103.3 million. Assistance to the FYROM will be delivered under the CARDS programme.

    [03] Programme Interreg : l'UE accorde une aide de 84,2 millions d'€ en faveur de la coopération transfrontalière entre la Belgique et les Pays-Bas ("Grensregion Vlaanderen-Nederland")

    Michel Barnier, Commissaire européen chargé de la Politique régionale, vient d'annoncer l'approbation par la Commission d'un programme de coopération transfrontalière entre la Belgique et les Pays-Bas ("Grensregion Vlaanderen-Nederland") qui sera financé par l'initiative communautaire Interreg III. Le programme prévoit l'octroi d'une aide financière de l'UE d'un montant de 84,2 millions d'€ et a pour principaux objectifs de développer l'économie et de promouvoir la coopération dans cette région transfrontalière. Le financement européen attirera en outre des investissements provenant du secteur public pour un montant de 67,9 millions d'€ et des investissements privés atteignant 22,6 millions d'€, pour une dépense totale de 174,8 millions d'€.

    [04] Franz Fischler and David Byrne final round table on agriculture and food

    Today European Commissioners David Byrne for Health and Consumer Protection and Franz Fischler for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries concluded a year-long process of strategic dialogue on agriculture and food policy in Europe. At the final Round Table on Agriculture and Food in Brussels, both Commissioners summarised the issues discussed over the past year and, with the assistance of a distinguished panel of international experts, presented a range of ideas that would assist the development of agriculture and food policy in the years ahead. "Developing an integrated approach to quality at all the stages of farming and of food production and a consumer focus on quality were the over-arching themes of our year long dialogue. The challenge for us is now to turn that into policy, legislation and reality", Byrne and Fischler commented. Clearly the lessons learned from the Round Table process will feed into policy reorientation in the field of agriculture, food policy and in the way stakeholder information and consultation is dealt with. Concretely, suggestions could be considered in the perspective of the Mid-Term Review of the Common Agricultural Policy, the Rural Development Policies and the implementation of the White Paper on Food Safety. "Clear and unambiguous consumer information are essential to informed consumer choice and this message came across very clearly during our Round Tables. Policy and legislation will be developed to give effect to this clear consumer message. Quality and value for money should go hand in hand", said David Byrne.

    [05] Commission gives conditional clearance to Imperial Tobacco's acquisition of Reemtsma

    The European Commission has given conditional approval to the proposed acquisition of German cigarette manufacturer Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH by Imperial Tobacco Group Plc of the United Kingdom. The acquisition, which will propel Imperial Tobacco to the fifth place in the world cigarette market and third in the EU, raised competition concerns in the UK market for low priced cigarettes, but the undertakings offered fully addressed these concerns. The Commission's analysis is a legal one based on the competitive assessment of the transaction concerned, as required under the EU's merger control law.

    [06] Commission clears acquisition of UK pub companies by Cinven

    The European Commission has authorised the acquisition from Nomura International of a controlling stake in two UK pub companies, The Unique Pub Company and the Voyager Pub Group, by the UK venture capital company Cinven.

    [07] Classical swine fever in Germany, Luxembourg, France and Spain

    The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health voted in favour of European Commission proposals with regard to classical swine fever (CSF) in Germany, Luxembourg, France and Spain. The export of live pigs and porcine semen, ova and embryos from some areas bordering France, Germany and Luxembourg has been banned. For Spain, the existing measures, applicable until 31 May, will be extended until 30 June. The proposals will now be adopted by the Commission. The situation will be reviewed at the next meeting of the Committee, scheduled for 4-5 June.

    [08] Green light for import of certain products of animal origin from China

    The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH) voted on Wednesday 8 May in favour of a European Commission proposal to allow the resumption of imports of key products of animal origin from China. The main products concerned are gelatine, certain fishery products caught and packaged at sea an landed directly in the EU ; whole crustaceans caught in the Atlantic Ocean packaged at sea and landed directly in the EU ; whole fish, gutted and de-headed fish and fish fillets of the following species : Alaska pollack, cod and redfish. The proposal will now be formally adopted by the Commission and will enter into force shortly.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    Déclaration du Président Prodi à l'occasion de la Journée de l'Europe (09/05)

    From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/
    © ECSC - EC - EAEC, Brussels-Luxembourg, 1995, 1996


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