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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-07-12

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] Romano Prodi's visit to Turkey postponed
  • [02] Sécurité maritime : la Commission propose des mesures pour interdire l'utilisation des systèmes antisalissures toxiques
  • [03] Année européenne des personnes handicapées : la Commission lance un concours de dessin à l'intention des jeunes
  • [04] L'emploi dans l'UE : environ 10% des salariés européens travaillent habituellement le dimanche ; le travail régulier le week-end concerne davantage les femmes que les hommes
  • [05] Candidate countries sign El Teide Declaration and signal their determination to halt bio-diversity loss
  • [06] Franz Fischler visits the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM)
  • [07] "Winning back the trust of consumers", Franz Fischler says on the mid- term review
  • [08] Pascal Lamy goes to Australia and New Zealand to inject new dynamism into WTO negotiations
  • [09] Pascal Lamy in Fidji for Africa Caribbean and Pacific Summit
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 12/07/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 12/07/2002

  • [01] Romano Prodi's visit to Turkey postponed

    European Commission President Romano Prodi has been following events in Turkey closely and notes that the political situation is evolving rapidly. He has conveyed to the Turkish authorities his confidence that the country will continue on the path of political and economic reform, in keeping with its status as an EU candidate. These reforms are strongly supported by the European Union and will be at the heart of the discussions during his planned visit to Turkey. By common decision, taken together with the Turkish authorities, the visit, planned for 18 and 19 July, has been postponed and will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

    [02] Sécurité maritime : la Commission propose des mesures pour interdire l'utilisation des systèmes antisalissures toxiques

    La Commission européenne propose des mesures pour interdire d'ici 2003 l'utilisation de peintures antisalissures nocives pour l'environnement sur les navires européens et, d'ici 2008, sur tous les navires, quel que soit leur pavillon. Les composés organostanniques contenus dans les peintures antisalissures ne se décomposent pas dans l'eau. Ils tuent les espèces maritimes, nuisent à l'environnement et pénètrent peut-être dans la chaîne alimentaire.

    [03] Année européenne des personnes handicapées : la Commission lance un concours de dessin à l'intention des jeunes

    Un concours a été lancé en vue de sélectionner le dessin qui figurera sur la carte postale officielle de l'Année européenne des personnes handicapées en 2003. La Commission européenne, qui organise cette Année en étroite coopération avec le Forum européen des personnes handicapées, invite les jeunes âgés de 10 à 15 ans à imaginer un dessin montrant comment changer le monde pour mieux intégrer les personnes handicapées. L'Année a pour objectif que, dans l'ensemble de l'Europe, les personnes handicapées et non handicapées prennent des initiatives visant à changer la société afin que les personnes handicapées bénéficient de l'égalité de traitement.

    [04] L'emploi dans l'UE : environ 10% des salariés européens travaillent habituellement le dimanche ; le travail régulier le week-end concerne davantage les femmes que les hommes

    Selon des informations publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat, en 2000, dans l'UE, environ 25% de femmes salariées et plus de 20% d'hommes travaillaient régulièrement le samedi. La proportion de femmes et d'hommes travaillant généralement le dimanche était, quant à elle, de 10%. La proportion la plus élevée de salariés travaillant le week-end était enregistrée dans le secteur des hôtels et restaurants.

    [05] Candidate countries sign El Teide Declaration and signal their determination to halt bio-diversity loss

    During an Informal Ministerial Meeting in Brussels today, Environment ministers from all 13 EU candidate countries (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey) signed the El Teide Declaration in the presence of Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström, thereby committing them to tackling the problem of bio-diversity loss in their respective countries. The El Teide Declaration, a joint initiative of the European Commission and the Spanish Presidency was first presented in Tenerife on 9 May 2002 at a conference organised to mark the 10th anniversary of the Habitats Directive. Environment ministers from the EU Member States signed the Declaration on the occasion of the Environmental Council on 25 June. It endorsed the commitment that was made at the Gothenburg Summit and reiterated the engagements in the 6th Environmental Action Programme, to take all necessary measures to halt bio-diversity loss by 2010, in particular the finalisation and active management of the Natura 2000 Network. Today, the candidate countries officially marked their support for the process.

    [06] Franz Fischler visits the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM)

    "The work carried out at Geel is important and makes an invaluable contribution to the smooth working of the CAP", said Franz Fischler, European Commissioner for Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development on a visit to the Institute on 12 July. Especially following the Commission's mid-term review proposals, the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) requires science and measurements to ensure the quality and safety of food, agricultural and consumer products. "Earlier this month it was possible to have at our disposal a test to determine rapidly and accurately the gender of beef meat. This is an invaluable tool in the fight against fraud and was made possible thanks to the work carried out here at Geel." IRMM's mandate lies in the promotion of a common European measurement system by developing, producing and providing reference materials and measurements.

    [07] "Winning back the trust of consumers", Franz Fischler says on the mid- term review

    (! embargo 3 pm !) Mid-term review proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should "give back freedom and flexibility to farmers and bring European agriculture more in line with the expectations of society", says Franz Fischler, European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries. Speaking at the 13th Congress of International Farm Management in Wageningen today, Mr Fischler reiterated both the necessity of, and the benefits offered by, the proposals adopted on Wednesday by the Commission. Farmers "must continue to produce what citizens want to see, yet they must be rewarded if we want them to continue doing so. With our proposal, we should be able to combine these two major tasks for the benefit of all."

    [08] Pascal Lamy goes to Australia and New Zealand to inject new dynamism into WTO negotiations

    On 15 July European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy will begin an official visit to Australia and New Zealand. The visit is intended to further strengthen trade relations, in particular in view of the on-going talks in the WTO Doha Development Agenda. The trip will begin in Australia where Commissioner Lamy will meet Australian Prime Minister Howard and Trade Minister Vaile and other Cabinet members. He will also meet with members of the civil society to discuss the contribution of trade to development, ahead of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg as well as with the Australian business community. In New Zealand where Mr Lamy is expected to arrive on 20 July he will meet New Zealand Trade Minister Jim Sutton, Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff as well as other Cabinet Members. A meeting with New Zealand NGOs is on the programme as well. On the eve of his departure Commissioner Lamy said : "My first visit to this major EU trading partners offers a valuable opportunity to reinforce our sound bilateral trading links and to underline the responsibility we all have to bring multilateral trade talks forward".

    [09] Pascal Lamy in Fidji for Africa Caribbean and Pacific Summit

    European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy visits Fiji between 17 and 19 July to attend the 3rd Africa Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Summit of Heads of State as special invited guest. Mr Lamy will stress that trade and regional integration are key instruments in the fight against poverty. The EU is prepared to join forces with the ACP and to go ahead on both fronts : increasing bilateral and regional trade flows through Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and to face the challenges of globalisation in the context of the WTO Doha Development Agenda. In the margins of the summit Mr Lamy will meet South African President Mbeki and other Heads of State. He will also meet Fiji's Prime Minister and other government representatives as well as representatives of the sugar industry. On the eve of the visit Mr Lamy said : "The marginalisation of ACP in world trade is a fact which affects negatively the lives of millions in the ACP countries. This is why in the Cotonou Agreement we decided to act together to better integrate ACPs into the global economy. ACP countries have to tackle domestic bottlenecks for trade, strengthen their regional integration and engage fully in the multilateral trading system. Our joint work in the forthcoming EPA negotiations should assist in these efforts. Let's take this opportunity and move ahead".

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de Mme de Palacio : "Perspectivas actuales de la política común de transportes" à la commission Transports du PE (11/07)

    Note d'intervention de M. Barnier à la Convention européenne (11/07, PE)

    Note sur la préparation du Conseil Agriculture

    Calendrier du 15 au 19 juillet 2002


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