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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-09-20

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 une nouvelle réglementation sur les détergents en vue de protéger l'environnement et la santé des consommateurs
  • [02] July first estimates, June revised figures : Euro-zone external trade surplus of €12.0 billion in July 2002 ; €4.2 billion surplus for EU15
  • [03] Energies propres : l'UE finance la recherche sur les autobus à piles à combustible
  • [04] Antimatter is a reality : Commission welcomes CERN's breakthrough in antihydrogen production
  • [05] Board Chair and Vice-Chairs named for new food authority
  • [06] Bosnia and Herzegovina : first step in Stabilisation & Asssociation Process is "substantially completed"
  • [07] EU and Asian Trade Ministers agree to launch reinforced dialogue on multilateral issues
  • [08] ASEM IV : a further strengthening of the relationship between Europe and Asia
  • [09] EU-Korea Summit
  • [10] EU-China Summit
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 20/09/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 20/09/2002

  • [01] La Commission propose une nouvelle réglementation sur les détergents en vue de protéger l'environnement et la santé des consommateurs

    La Commission européenne a adopté une proposition de règlement concernant les détergents. Cette proposition vise à renforcer la protection des systèmes aquatiques contre les effets nocifs de certaines substances (agents de surface, aussi appelés agents tensio-actifs) destinées à réduire la tension superficielle des liquides et favoriser ainsi leur pénétration dans les solides. Par ailleurs, l'information du consommateur est renforcée pour une meilleure protection de la santé. Le règlement proposé modernise et élargit de façon substantielle le champ d'application des cinq directives existantes concernant la biodégradabilité des détergents tensio- actifs et d'une recommandation de la Commission relative à l'étiquetage des détergents. C'est la première fois qu'un règlement sera applicable aux détergents, l'objectif étant d'assurer la transposition uniforme dans les Etats membres des exigences techniques détaillées et de faciliter les modifications que le développement des connaissances scientifiques en matière d'agents de surface rendra nécessaires.

    [02] July first estimates, June revised figures : Euro-zone external trade surplus of €12.0 billion in July 2002 ; €4.2 billion surplus for EU15

    According to Eurostat, the first estimate for euro-zone trade with the rest of the world in July 2002 was a €12.0 billion surplus, against +8.7 billion in July 2001. The revised June 2002 balance was +11.0 billion, compared with +4.8 billion in June 2001. Euro-zone trade recorded a surplus of €54.0 billion for the first seven months of 2002, against +13.8 billion in 2001. The first estimate for July 2002 extra-EU15 trade was a €4.2 billion surplus, compared with a 0.3 billion deficit in July 2001.

    [03] Energies propres : l'UE finance la recherche sur les autobus à piles à combustible

    Pour contribuer à la semaine européenne de la mobilité et à la journée sans voitures, le dimanche 22 septembre 2002, Philippe Busquin, membre de la Commission européenne chargé de la Recherche, organise un parcours dans Bruxelles à bord d'un prototype d'autobus à pile à combustible. Le moteur de ce bus fonctionne à l'hydrogène et à l'oxygène ; le tuyau d'échappement ne rejette que de la vapeur d'eau. L'hydrogène sous pression est stocké sous forme gazeuse dans des réservoirs cylindriques en aluminium renforcé par des fibres de verre, montés dans le toit du véhicule. Le bus a une puissance comparable à celle d'un véhicule à moteur diesel classique, mais il pollue moins, est moins bruyant et peut transporter plus de passagers. Les recherches financées par l'UE vont permettre de poursuivre le développement de ce prototype. Les journalistes sont les bienvenus pour participer à la conférence de presse à 14h00s, puis au circuit en bus à pile à combustible à 14h30 (départ devant la Bourse à Bruxelles).

    [04] Antimatter is a reality : Commission welcomes CERN's breakthrough in antihydrogen production

    European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin yesterday congratulated Geneva-based CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) for producing a substantial amount of antimatter : 50,000 atoms of antihydrogen. "CERN's successful experiment will help us better understand the basics of universe", said Mr Busquin. "Up until now, we knew that antimatter existed, but we had not achieved sufficient critical mass to study it. Now we have solid scientific evidence to look into the very foundations of nature, and to explore scenarios bordering science fiction, such parallel universes, antimatter energy production and antimatter- propelled spacecraft engines."

    [05] Board Chair and Vice-Chairs named for new food authority

    At its first meeting on 18/19th September, the Management Board of the new European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) appointed Dr Stuart Slorach as its Chair and Deirdre Hutton and Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle as Vice-Chairs. Stuart Slorach is the Deputy Director of the Swedish National Food Administration and Vice Chair of the Codex Alimentarius, the United Nations organisation responsible for food safety. Deirdre Hutton is the Chair of the National Consumer Council in the UK, and Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, the Director General of the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fish. The Management Board will have the responsibility of ensuring that the new Authority runs effectively and efficiently.

    [06] Bosnia and Herzegovina : first step in Stabilisation & Asssociation Process is "substantially completed"

    In the light of progress to date, European Commissioner for External Relations, Chris Patten, announced yesterday in Sarajevo, that the Commission now considers the road map for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) "substantially completed". The road map, which has been in operation since early 2000, is BiH's first step in the Stabilisation and Association Process leading towards deeper integration with the EU. Mr Patten and the members of the BiH Council of Ministers also discussed the next steps in the integration process. While BiH reforms proceed, the Commission will put to the Council of the European Union the case for starting in due course a "feasibility report" on opening negotiations for a Stabilisation and Association Agreement. Work on a report could only begin once a new BiH Council of Ministers has been appointed following the 5 October elections, and once there is an effective BiH partner for the serious and comprehensive dialogue involved in drawing up such a report.

    [07] EU and Asian Trade Ministers agree to launch reinforced dialogue on multilateral issues

    European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy met with Economic and Trade Ministers of the EU and ten Asian countries in Copenhagen yesterday in the context of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM). Ministers gave a strong signal of their commitment to engage constructively in the on-going WTO negotiations with the aim of making substantial progress by the 5th Ministerial Conference in Cancun in September 2003. Speaking at the press conference Mr Lamy said : "The programme we have adopted gives testimony of our desire to work more closely on multilateral issues so as to contribute to a successful outcome of the on-going negotiations under the Doha Development Agenda".

    [08] ASEM IV : a further strengthening of the relationship between Europe and Asia

    European Commission President Romano Prodi will participate in the 4th Asia- Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Copenhagen on 22 -24d September. This summit will address three main issues : (1) the international situation in the aftermath of September 11, new security issues and recent regional developments ; (2) regional economic and financial priorities in the context of the global economic situation ; (3) human resource development and educational exchange. An innovation of this summit is that Leaders will hold an informal retreat to allow a 'Dialogue among Cultures and Civilisations'. The ASEM process reflects the evolution of contacts between the two regions from an 'aid and trade' relationship to a more balanced and equal partnership.

    [09] EU-Korea Summit

    The EU-Republic of Korea (RoK) Summit will take place on 24th September in Copenhagen. It is the first summit meeting since the entry into force of the EU- RoK Framework Agreement for Trade and Cooperation in April last year. Discussions will mainly cover the current state of EU-RoK relations and the latest developments on the Korean Peninsula and the security situation in the region. RoK will brief the EU on the resumption of inter- Korean contacts this summer and the EU will brief the RoK on the EU policy towards the DPRK. Both sides will assess the outcome of the recent visit by Japanese PM Koizumi to Pyongyang.

    [10] EU-China Summit

    The 5th Annual EU-China Summit will take place on 24th September in Copenhagen. Discussions will cover a wide range of topics including EU- China relations, political dialogue and human rights, commercial relations and cooperation on economic and social reform, transnational matters such as the fight against illegal migration and trafficking in human beings and the environment. The two sides will also brief each other on developments in their own regions, with a particular emphasis on EU integration and the enlargement process, and the implementation of China's ongoing economic and social reform process. The Summit comes at a moment of transition in Chinese politics, with the hand-over of power to a new leadership generation expected to follow the 16th Congress of the Communist Party in November.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de Mme Reding : "L'Europe : le partenariat euro-méditerranéen et la défense de la diversité culturelle" au Festival International du Film de Marrakech

    Speech by Franz Fischler : "Adjusting the CAP to better meet its objectives" at European Policy Centre

    Note sur la préparation du Conseil Agriculture / Pêche

    Calendrier du 23 au 28 septembre 2002


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