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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-07-04

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] Pesticides : Commission to consult stakeholders on strategy to reduce risks
  • [02] 320 pesticides retirés du marché en juillet 2003
  • [03] EU tables market access requests to inject momentum into WTO services negotiations
  • [04] Sciences de la vie : la Commission stimule le débat en lançant le projet "Science Génération"
  • [05] Commission proposals for a trustworthy and environmentally safe approach to GMOs and GM food and feed backed by European Parliament
  • [06] La Commission vient de nommer les membres du Forum européen de l'Energie et des Transports
  • [07] Posting of workers : Germany referred to the Court of Justice for discriminatory treatment of non-German businesses
  • [08] Free movement of goods : Commission requests Germany, Ireland and Italy to remove obstacles
  • [09] Services de sécurité privée : l'Espagne devant la Cour de justice pour obstacles à l'opération d'entreprises non-espagnoles
  • [10] Statement of Chris Patten on the International Criminal Court and the mandate for the UN Mission in Bosnia- Herzegovina
  • [11] Commission allocates €13 million for humanitarian action in Iraq
  • [12] Responding to humanitarian needs, ECHO Flight extends service to Kinshasa, DRC
  • [13] Renouvellement de l'accord de pêche entre l'UE et l'Angola
  • [14] Structural Funds : "Cities for Cohesion" conference in London
  • [15] Tackling environmental damage and dangerous nuclear waste in Northern Europe : pledging conference for the NDEP Support Fund (09/07)
  • [16] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 04/07/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 04/07/2002

  • [01] Pesticides : Commission to consult stakeholders on strategy to reduce risks

    A new strategy aimed at reducing the impact of pesticides on the environment and on human health is set out in a communication adopted by the European Commission today. The strategy will aim to reduce the risks from pesticides to farmers, consumers, and the environment, whilst maintaining crop productivity. Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström said : "Pesticides pose a risk to human health and the environment. Recent events in Germany, where the banned carcinogenic herbicide Nitrofen was found in human food, remind us of this. We must make pesticide use sustainable. The Commission is working to make agricultural production less dependent on pesticides, especially the most hazardous ones, as alternatives do already exist."

    [02] 320 pesticides retirés du marché en juillet 2003

    Quelque 320 substances utilisées dans les produits phytopharmaceutiques dont des insecticides, des fongicides et des herbicides seront retirées du marché en 2003 dans le cadre de la nouvelle approche de la Commission européenne concernant l'évaluation des substances actives présentes dans les produits phytopharmaceutiques. Il s'agit d'améliorer les garanties pour faire en sorte qu'aucun de ces produits ne présente un danger pour l'environnement ou la santé humaine. Les utilisateurs, les grossistes et les détaillants de produits phytopharmaceutiques devront savoir si les produits qu'ils utilisent ou vendent sont susceptibles d'être retirés, afin d'éviter de se retrouver avec des stocks de produits inutilisables. Les personnes concernées devraient prendre contact avec leurs autorités nationales pour connaître l'état de la procédure d'autorisation de certains produits en particulier.

    [03] EU tables market access requests to inject momentum into WTO services negotiations

    The European Union today submitted the EU's initial requests to other WTO Members for improved market access on services. In tabling its requests, the EU seeks to improve access for its services exporters whilst preserving the rights of all WTO members' rights to regulate their markets in order to achieve legitimate policy objectives. The EU's requests have been formulated in such a way as to ensure the liberalisation of trade in services contributes to sustainable development and encourages greater participation by developing countries in the benefits of greater market opening. Marking the occasion, European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said : "Services are a driving force for the EU economy and have great export potential which we legitimately seek to tap. Trade in services is essential to sustain growth and employment in the EU. It is also a key element of the Doha Development Agenda in fulfilling the objective of making trade work to pull developing countries out of poverty. Liberalising services will benefit all WTO members, whether developed, developing or least developed." The submission of the requests on services is expected to give new impetus to the overall Doha Development Agenda (DDA) negotiations.

    [04] Sciences de la vie : la Commission stimule le débat en lançant le projet "Science Génération"

    Mieux éclairer les décideurs, politiques et scientifiques, et l'opinion publique dans les orientations à prendre sur les questions à l'interface entre les bio-sciences et la société, tel est l'objectif du projet "Science Génération" présenté aujourd'hui à Bruxelles par le Commissaire européen chargé de la Recherche, M. Philippe Busquin. Ce projet, qui recevra un financement communautaire de 1,44 million d'€, prévoit la création de réseaux de scientifiques, d'étudiants, de journalistes, de relais dans les régions, de colloques et d'enquêtes d'opinions, de débats en ligne et sur le terrain. Le projet, initié par l'Institut de France et la Fondation Aventis, s'inscrit dans la démarche de rapprochement entre science et société que la Commission prône dans le cadre de l'espace européen de la recherche. "Nous ne nous limitons pas simplement à dire qu'un large débat public sur les sciences de la vie est important. Nous le soutenons concrètement", a affirmé le Commissaire Busquin. "La science progresse très vite. Elle donne de l'espoir à beaucoup de gens, mais elle fait aussi peur. Cette situation engage la responsabilité des scientifiques et des autorités publiques. Science Génération a pour vocation d'associer les citoyens à l'évolution des sciences du vivant pour qu'ils expriment en toute liberté leurs attentes vis-à-vis de ces sciences et leurs réserves face à certaines de ses options. Il est plus que jamais nécessaire que ce dialogue s'organise aussi à l'échelle européenne, s'enrichissant de la diversité et de l'échange entre cultures", a conclu M. Busquin.

    [05] Commission proposals for a trustworthy and environmentally safe approach to GMOs and GM food and feed backed by European Parliament

    The European Parliament completed yesterday its first reading on two European Commission proposals on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) which establishes a sound EU system to trace and label GMOs and to regulate the placing on the market and labelling of food and feed products derived from GMOs. The new legislation is intended to further facilitate a trustworthy and environmentally safe approach to GMOs, GM food and GM feed and to ensure consumer choice through comprehensive labelling. The legislative package consists of a proposal for traceability and labelling of GMOs and products produced from GMOs and a proposal on regulating GM food and feed. It will require the traceability of GMOs throughout the chain from farm to table and provide consumers with information by labelling all food and feed consisting of, containing or produced from a GMO.

    [06] La Commission vient de nommer les membres du Forum européen de l'Energie et des Transports

    La Commission européenne a nommé les 34 membres du nouveau Forum européen de l'Energie et des Transports, ainsi que leurs 34 suppléants. La Commission s'appuiera sur le Forum pour recueillir, dans l'élaboration des politiques européennes de l'énergie et des transports, les avis et conseils des professionnels des milieux intéressés. "Je me réjouis de la grande richesse de compétences et d'expériences réunies dans ce Forum qui représente un véritable atout pour renforcer la consultation des milieux intéressés et contribuer ainsi à enrichir nos initiatives en matière de politiques de l'énergie et des transports. Ce Forum s'inscrit dans la ligne des initiatives prises par la Commission pour améliorer la méthode de gouvernance européenne grâce au renforcement de la participation publique, de la transparence et de l'ouverture du dialogue entre la Commission et les acteurs de la vie publique", a déclaré Loyola de Palacio, Vice-Présidente de la Commission en charge de l'Energie et des Transports.

    [07] Posting of workers : Germany referred to the Court of Justice for discriminatory treatment of non-German businesses

    The European Commission has decided to refer Germany to the Court of Justice, since it regards certain provisions in Germany's legislation on the posting of workers as discriminatory vis-à-vis businesses established in other Member States, and hence as infringing the rules on the freedom to provide services within the Internal Market, as set out in Article 49 of the EC Treaty. The Commission has initiated this infringement procedure against Germany following numerous complaints by businesses established in several Member States.

    [08] Free movement of goods : Commission requests Germany, Ireland and Italy to remove obstacles

    The European Commission has decided to issue formal requests to Germany, Ireland and Italy to end unjustified obstacles to the free movement of goods in the Internal Market (in violation of Articles 28 to 30 of the EC Treaty). The German authorities forbid the marketing of an Austrian product, "Original Schwedenbitter", which is sold freely in its country of origin as an alcoholic beverage, on the pretext that it is a medicinal product which requires special authorisation. In Ireland, the procedures for approving the use, in the construction of buildings, of imported products lawfully marketed in other Member States are too long and too costly. In Italy, there are excessive requirements for the authorisation, labelling and packaging of certain foodstuffs already marketed in other Member States and intended for particular nutritional uses. Also in Italy, the Commission considers that the procedures for importing medicinal products identical to other products already marketed in that country are too slow, lack transparency and provide no possibility of appeal. The Commission's requests take the form of reasoned opinions, which represent the second stage of the infringement procedure provided for by Article 226 of the EC Treaty. If the national authorities do not reply satisfactorily within two months of receiving the reasoned opinion, the Commission may decide to refer the matter to the Court of Justice.

    [09] Services de sécurité privée : l'Espagne devant la Cour de justice pour obstacles à l'opération d'entreprises non-espagnoles

    La Commission européenne a décidé de saisir la Cour de justice à l'encontre de l'Espagne parce que sa législation nationale dans le domaine des services de sécurité privée impose des conditions disproportionnées aux entreprises non établies en Espagne. Pour la Commission, ces conditions ont pour effet de dissuader les entreprises d'autres Etats membres de fournir des services de sécurité privée sur le territoire espagnol alors qu'elles peuvent exercer ces mêmes activités dans l'Etat membre où elles sont établies. La législation concernée n'est donc pas conforme au droit européen sur la liberté d'établissement et la libre circulation des services (articles 43 et 49 du Traité CE).

    [10] Statement of Chris Patten on the International Criminal Court and the mandate for the UN Mission in Bosnia- Herzegovina

    At a press conference with Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Goran Svilanovic yesterday in Belgrade, European Commissioner for External Relations, Chris Patten, made the following statement : "There are four Member States who are actively participating at this very moment in the UN Security Council in the search for a solution to this problem. I just want to make two points clear. The EU is wholeheartedly and unreservedly a supporter of the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC). We are sorry that the US walked away from this international undertaking. The ICC is the most important advance for international law since the establishment of the United Nations. We will allow nobody to water down the commitments contained in the ICC treaty. We are committed to stability in the Balkans region. We have invested heavily in reaching and preserving that stability. We hope to find agreement with the US, ensuring that Bosnia gets the input that it deserves. We disagreed with the US over Kyoto, but we didn't sit down and wait. We ratified and encouraged others to do so as well. The same thing has happened with the ICC."

    [11] Commission allocates €13 million for humanitarian action in Iraq

    The European Commission has adopted a global plan worth €13 million to help victims of the continuing humanitarian crisis in Iraq. The funds, channelled through the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), will pay for health and nutritional actions targeting the most vulnerable groups, as well as water and sanitation improvements. "This latest decision is a clear illustration of the EU's commitment to help suffering peoples wherever they live", said Poul Nielson, the Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid. He continued : "The situation inside Iraq remains grave even if it attracts little attention nowadays from the international media. More than 10% of the country's children die before reaching their 5th birthday through disease or lack of food."

    [12] Responding to humanitarian needs, ECHO Flight extends service to Kinshasa, DRC

    Following a four-week trial period, ECHO Flight has now extended its services from Goma to Kinshasa, crossing the front line between Government and rebel-held areas. This extension responds to an increased need for humanitarian air transport capacity within the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). At present, a weekly service is being provided on the Goma-Kisangani- Kinshasa route. Depending on the needs, a further extension may be considered. ECHO Flight is a project of the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO). Established in 1994, it is exclusively devoted to the transport of humanitarian personnel and cargo, offering priority access to NGOs. The operation is based in Nairobi, using a fleet of five light aircraft. Services are provided free of charge. While ECHO Flight's main area of operation is Somalia, it has the capacity to respond rapidly to humanitarian emergencies in the Horn of Africa and beyond. Besides Somalia and DRC, ECHO Flight is also currently providing a service for humanitarian projects in North East

    [13] Renouvellement de l'accord de pêche entre l'UE et l'Angola

    La Commission européenne et l'Angola ont paraphé un protocole visant au renouvellement de l'accord de pêche entre l'UE et l'Angola pour une période de deux ans à compter du 3 août 2002. Dans le cadre du partenariat entre l'UE et l'Angola, la compensation financière a été augmentée, de même que la part allouée aux mesures destinées à aider le secteur angolais de la pêche et à encourager une pratique durable de la pêche. Le protocole ouvre des possibilités de pêche à la crevette, aux espèces démersales, au thon et aux espèces similaires ainsi que des possibilités de pêche pélagique.

    [14] Structural Funds : "Cities for Cohesion" conference in London

    Michel Barnier, Member of the European Commission responsible for regional policy, said that he expects the forthcoming "Cities for Cohesion" conference to be "one of the major political events of the year". Mayors from the major cities across Europe will be among the 400 participants at the conference, which is scheduled for 8-9 July at the Excel Exhibition Centre in London's rejuvenated docklands area. Discussion will focus on the contribution of European urban development programmes, which today cover depressed areas in 70 towns and cities. Participants will also reflect on the future of European urban policy, a matter that has featured prominently in the broader debate on the future of European cohesion policy launched last year by the Commission. A joint press conference by Commissioner Michel Barnier and Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, will be held on Monday 8 July at 2.30 pm at the Excel Exhibition Centre.

    [15] Tackling environmental damage and dangerous nuclear waste in Northern Europe : pledging conference for the NDEP Support Fund (09/07)

    International donors will meet in Brussels on 9th July to raise funds to tackle the legacy of nuclear waste and environmental threats in the Northern Dimension Area. The co-chairs of the conference are the European Commission, the Russian Federation and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Though spending under the programmes targetted in this pledging conference will be focussed on North-West Russia, the countries that will benefit from a cleaner environment include Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and many more countries outside the narrow confines of the region. The objective of the conference is to launch the Support Fund of the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP). The NDEP coordinates efforts to tackle environmental problems spilling over from north-west Russia into the area around the Baltic and Barents seas. Action is needed to reduce air and water pollution and to deal with the large quantities of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste on the Kola peninsula. An initial minimum of €100 million is required to launch to fund, which will be used to leverage loans from the International Financial Institutions. All money raised will thus have a multiplier effect on environmental investment.

    [16] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by David Byrne : "Sexual and reproductive health and rights Van Lancker report" at the European Parliament (02/07, Strasbourg)

    Commission statement on the consequences for transatlantic relations of the American Servicemembers' Protection Act (ASPA) (03/07, EP, Strasbourg)

    Statement by Chris Patten to the press in Belgrade (03/07)


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