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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-08-01

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] La Commission propose la modification de certaines possibilités de pêche et des conditions techniques y afférentes
  • [02] May 2002 compared to May 2001 : volume of retail trade up by 0.7% in euro-zone ; EU15 up by 1.6%
  • [03] Commission provides over €4 million in humanitarian aid for health and nutrition actions in North Korea
  • [04] US loses another two WTO steel panels
  • [05] Commission clears the way for temporary admission of horses participating in World Equestrian Games
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 01/08/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 01/08/2002

  • [01] La Commission propose la modification de certaines possibilités de pêche et des conditions techniques y afférentes

    A la suite de décisions récemment adoptées par des organisations de pêche internationales dont l'UE fait partie, de nouveaux avis scientifiques et d'un arrêt de la Cour de justice, la Commission européenne propose d'adapter certaines possibilités de pêche et de modifier certaines des mesures qui y sont associées. Les modifications concernent la pêche à la raie, la pêche à la crevette et la pêche au flétan noir dans les pêcheries relevant de l'Organisation des pêcheries de l'Atlantique du Nord-Ouest (OPANO), un certain nombre de pêcheries de thonidés et d'espèces voisines relevant de la Commission internationale pour la conservation des thonidés de l'Atlantique (CICTA) et la pêche à la morue au chalut dans la Baltique dans le cadre de la Commission internationale des pêcheries de la Baltique (IBSFC). Sont également concernées la pêche à la plie dans le Skagerrak et le Kattegat, un échange entre l'UE et la Norvège dans la mer du Nord, la pêche à la sole dans le golfe de Gascogne et le hareng dans les eaux occidentales. Il est proposé également d'abroger la règle permettant au Portugal de pêcher une part de son quota d'anchois dans une zone autre que la zone désignée. Ces adaptations visent à renforcer la durabilité des pêcheries en question et de faire profiter les pêcheurs de l'UE des possibilités de pêche offertes conformément aux derniers avis scientifiques.

    [02] May 2002 compared to May 2001 : volume of retail trade up by 0.7% in euro-zone ; EU15 up by 1.6%

    In May 2002, as compared to May 2001, the volume of retail trade increased by 0.7% in the euro-zone and by 1.6% in the EU15, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities in Luxembourg, estimates today. Compared to April 2002, sales rose by 0.4% in the euro-zone and by 0.1% in the EU15.

    [03] Commission provides over €4 million in humanitarian aid for health and nutrition actions in North Korea

    The European Commission has adopted a humanitarian aid decision worth €4.175 million for health and nutrition actions in North Korea. Over the past decade, the country's ever-deepening economic crisis has provoked serious food shortages and a sharp deterioration in the provision of healthcare. The main objective is to boost the provision of basic health services for the most vulnerable sections of the population. Essential drugs and medical supplies will be provided to almost 1,800 health institutions in North Korea and 3,200 people with mobility impairments will receive orthopaedic devices and physiotherapy. Improvements to blood transfusion services, currently in a very poor state, are also being financed while 10,000 severely malnourished children in baby centres and paediatric hospitals will receive therapeutic feeding. The funds are being channelled through the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) which comes under the authority of Commissioner Poul Nielson. Since January 2000, ECHO has provided aid worth more than €21 million for humanitarian actions in North Korea.

    [04] US loses another two WTO steel panels

    Two WTO panel reports have concluded that the US law on the imposition of countervailing duties (CVD) on privatised foreign steel companies and the threshold for imposing such duties are incompatible with WTO rules. "I welcome the decision by the WTO confirming the inconsistency of the US law with WTO obligations. I call again upon the US to promptly implement the panel findings and lift all WTO incompatible duties, so that European exports will be purchased at fair and competitive prices", commented European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy.

    [05] Commission clears the way for temporary admission of horses participating in World Equestrian Games

    This year the World Equestrian Games will be held in Jerez de la Frontera in Spain from September 10-22. The Games which take place every four years in different venues around the world bring together exceptional horses and riders for two weeks of world class competition. The European Commission has decided to authorise the temporary admission of registered horses participating in this event, subject to certification and provided they are not used for breeding immediately before or during their stay. The EU has restrictions in place for imports of horses, for disease control purposes. The requirements for a health certificate demonstrating that a horse is free of having and carrying equine viral arteritis (EVA) are waived under the condition that the horses leave the European Union after the games have finished. EVA is transmissible illness carried in horse semen, which causes flu like symptoms and abortions in pregnant mares. The Commission decision allows Member States to authorise temporally the admission of stallions accompanied by an animal health certificate. Registered horses will be under the veterinary supervision of the Spanish authorities and the organising Federation Equestre International (FEI) and will not be used for breeding during the time of the games and the preceding period necessary for acclimatisation.

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by David Byrne : "What damage has the EU done to Ireland over the past 30 years?" at the Mac Gill Summer School (Glenties, Donegal)

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