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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-07-30

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Chris Patten deplores ruling of Egyptian State Security Court against Saad Edin Ibrahim
  • [02] La Commission autorise la création d'une entreprise commune entre L'Oréal et Nestlé dans le domaine des compléments nutritionnels à visée cosmétique
  • [03] Internet : Commission seeks views on cybersquatting
  • [04] Programme Interreg : l'UE accorde une aide de 12 millions d'€ en faveur de la zone de coopération transnationale "Espace Caraïbes"
  • [05] Interreg programme : EU contributes €33 million to Italy in order to support its cross-border cooperation with Albania
  • [06] Programme Interreg : l'UE accorde une aide de 90 millions d'€ à la Grèce en faveur de la coopération transfrontalière avec l'Albanie
  • [07] Second Sapard annual report highlights importance of scheme in CEECs Midday Express 30/07/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 30/07/2002

  • [01] Chris Patten deplores ruling of Egyptian State Security Court against Saad Edin Ibrahim

    The Egyptian State Security Court imposed yesterday new harsh sentences against Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim and other staff members of the Ibn Khaldoun Centre, which has been a project partner of the EU for programmes of voter education. European Commissioner for External Relations Chris Patten declared today : "I was dismayed to learn of these sentences and reiterate that the European Commission has no evidence of the alleged falsification of documents, which seems to have been central to the case for the prosecution. We deplore the continued use of State security courts to prosecute cases of this nature. The questionable procedures used in the conduct of this high profile trial, the decision to retry these defendants after a successful appeal, the deteriorating health of the principal defendant, and the harsh outcome of the new trial must all concern those who most support Egypt in its ambitious programme of economic, social and political reform. These sentences against a well known and internationally respected democracy campaigner and his collaborators will be deeply regretted by Egypt's many friends abroad."

    [02] La Commission autorise la création d'une entreprise commune entre L'Oréal et Nestlé dans le domaine des compléments nutritionnels à visée cosmétique

    La Commission européenne a donné son feu vert à une opération par laquelle les groupes L'Oréal et Nestlé acquerront le contrôle en commun d'une entreprise nouvellement créée, qui exercera ses activités sur le marché des compléments nutritionnels à visée cosmétique.

    [03] Internet : Commission seeks views on cybersquatting

    Some European citizens and businesses have registered an Internet domain name in good faith only to receive a threatening letter accusing them of being "cybersquatters". Others have tried to register a domain name related to their name or business only to be told that it has already been registered by someone who refuses to transfer it except for an extortionate sum of money. In an on-line consultation just launched, the European Commission's Internal Market Directorate-General is seeking views from those who have faced these and similar problems in using the internet. The survey is part of the Interactive Policy Making initiative (see IP/01/519). The results will feed into the Commission's consideration of public policy rules for the European Union Internet top level domain, which will carry the suffix ".eu" that will be introduced under the ".eu" Regulation adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in April 2002 (see IP/02/468). To collect a wide range of views and to make it as easy as possible for everybody to contribute, the Commission has put the questionnaire on its website at http://europa.eu.int/yourvoice. Responses can be sent to the Commission from that site.

    [04] Programme Interreg : l'UE accorde une aide de 12 millions d'€ en faveur de la zone de coopération transnationale "Espace Caraïbes"

    Michel Barnier, Commissaire européen responsable de la politique régionale, vient d'annoncer l'approbation par la Commission d'un programme de coopération transnationale pour l'"Espace Caraïbes", qui sera financé par l'initiative communautaire Interreg III B. Il concerne les territoires ultra-périphériques français de Guadeloupe, Martinique et Guyane. Les principaux objectifs du programme sont de favoriser la coopération dans la région, la promotion d'une plus grande cohésion et l'intégration économique, sociale et territoriale, notamment avec les pays voisins, dans le but de parvenir à un développement durable, harmonieux et équilibré de l'espace. Ces objectifs sont en ligne avec les objectifs d'intégration économique pour la zone des Caraïbes proposés dans le cadre des programmes régionaux du FED (Fonds Européen de Développement). Le montant total disponible pour ce programme jusqu'en 2006 est de 24 millions d'€, dont 12 millions sont financés par l'UE. Les 12 millions d'€ restants proviennent de budgets nationaux et régionaux, en majorité publics.

    [05] Interreg programme : EU contributes €33 million to Italy in order to support its cross-border cooperation with Albania

    Michel Barnier, European Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy, has announced the approval by the Commission of a programme for cross-border cooperation between Italy and Albania to be financed by the Interreg III A Community Initiative. It covers the region of Puglia, in Italy, and the whole of Albania. The programme focuses on increasing cross-border cooperation and sustainable development of the regional economy. The EU will contribute €33 million. Another €33 million comes from national and regional budgets and with €6.3 million from private funding will create total resources of about €72 million. Assistance to Albania will be delivered under the CARDS programme.

    [06] Programme Interreg : l'UE accorde une aide de 90 millions d'€ à la Grèce en faveur de la coopération transfrontalière avec l'Albanie

    M. Michel Barnier, membre de la Commission européenne responsable de la politique régionale, a annoncé l'approbation par la Commission d'un programme de coopération transfrontalière entre la Grèce et l'Albanie qui sera financé par l'initiative communautaire Interreg III A. Le programme met l'accent sur le développement économique et le renforcement de la coopération dans les régions frontalières des deux pays. Le financement communautaire s'élève à 90 millions d'€, auxquels s'ajouteront 30 millions d'€ provenant des budgets national et régional et 6 millions du secteur privé, ce qui portera le financement total à 126 millions d'€. L'assistance en faveur de l'Albanie sera assurée dans le cadre du programme CARDS.

    [07] Second Sapard annual report highlights importance of scheme in CEECs

    Accreditation of Sapard Agencies in five of the ten candidate countries during 2001 signified an important step towards enlargement, according to the second Sapard annual report prepared by DG Agriculture and published by the European Commission today. While the first report, published in July 2001 gave an overview of the Sapard instrument and its rules, this second report is able to comment on the programme at work following the conferral of management of the instrument to some of the candidate countries. Other achievements in the last year include the setting up of monitoring committees in all ten countries, the approval of the Annual Financing Agreements 2001, and seminars organised by the Commission to deal with the main issues of Sapard implementation. "Such administrative capacity building work is imperative in the enlargement context", says the report, and represents a "major task" for the candidate countries. "The Commission has been considerably encouraged by comments from various candidate countries recognising the contribution Sapard makes in the context of enlargement preparations". The report also includes contributions from several candidate countries commenting on their early experiences and expectations for subsequent developments. By the time of the report's adoption, a further three countries had also secured conferral of management decisions for their national agencies responsible for Sapard. For the full report, please see: http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/publi/reports/sapard2001/full_en.pdf

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