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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-11-05

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] Open sky agreements : Commission welcomes European Court of Justice ruling
  • [02] La Commission va recouvrer 86,36 millions d'€ auprès des Etats membres dans le cadre des dépenses de la PAC
  • [03] September 2002 : euro-zone unemployment stable at 8.3% ; EU15 steady at 7.6%
  • [04] Financial services : Commission welcomes Council's political agreement on prospectuses proposal
  • [05] La Commission salue le fait que la Cour des comptes reconnaisse ses efforts de modernisation
  • [06] EU research shows how science can help disabled people
  • [07] Commission provides humanitarian aid worth €3.7 million
  • [08] Commission and US government to discuss top trade, regulatory and business issues at Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue Conference in Chicago
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 05/11/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 05/11/2002

  • [01] Open sky agreements : Commission welcomes European Court of Justice ruling

    The European Commission welcomed today the ruling of the European Court of Justice in the so-called "open skies" cases, which address the legality of bilateral agreements concluded between eight EC Member States and the United States. "Today's judgement is a major step towards developing a new coherent and dynamic European policy for international aviation. In most sectors of the economy, Europe speaks with one voice in international negotiations and takes a leading role in shaping events. Until now, aviation has been excluded from this approach as Member States have pursued their own individual agendas. From now on, it is clear from the Court's ruling that we will all have to work together in Europe to identify and pursue our objectives jointly. The Commission stands ready to play its part", said Loyola de Palacio, vice-president in charge of Transport and Energy.

    [02] La Commission va recouvrer 86,36 millions d'€ auprès des Etats membres dans le cadre des dépenses de la PAC

    En vertu d'une décision de la Commission européenne, un montant total de 86, 36 millions d'€ correspondant à des dépenses irrégulières au titre de la PAC sera récupéré. Le recouvrement de cette somme est motivé par des procédures de contrôle insuffisantes ou par le non-respect des règles communautaires relatives aux dépenses agricoles. Si les Etats membres sont chargés du versement et de la vérification de la quasi-totalité des dépenses effectuées au titre de la politique agricole commune (PAC), la Commission est tenue de s'assurer que les Etats membres ont utilisé les ressources correctement. La procédure d'audit est un instrument vital pour le contrôle des dépenses de la PAC, qui permet de recouvrer les montants versés en l'absence de garanties suffisantes quant à la légitimité des paiements ou quant à la fiabilité du système de contrôle et de vérification de l'Etat membre concerné.

    [03] September 2002 : euro-zone unemployment stable at 8.3% ; EU15 steady at 7.6%

    Euro-zone seasonally-adjusted unemployment stood at 8.3% in September 2002, unchanged compared to August, Eurostat reports today. It was 8.0% in September 2001. The EU15 unemployment rate was 7.6% in September, unchanged compared to August. It was 7.3% in September 2001. In September 2002, lowest rates were registered in Luxembourg (2.5%), the Netherlands (2.9% in August), Austria (4.2%), Denmark (4.3% in August), Ireland (4.5%) and Portugal (4.7%). Spain's 11.2% remained the EU's highest rate.

    [04] Financial services : Commission welcomes Council's political agreement on prospectuses proposal

    The European Commission has welcomed the political agreement reached today by the EU's Council on the amended proposal for a Directive on prospectuses. This proposal would make it easier and cheaper for companies to raise capital throughout the EU, while reinforcing protection for investors by guaranteeing that all prospectuses, wherever in the EU they are issued, provide them with the clear and comprehensive information they need to make investment decisions. A prospectus is a disclosure document, containing key financial and non-financial information, that a company makes available to potential investors when it is issuing securities (stocks, shares, bonds etc.) to raise capital and/or when it wants its securities admitted to trading on exchanges. The Directive would introduce a new "single passport for issuers". This means that once approved by the authority in one Member State, a prospectus would then have to be accepted everywhere else in the EU. In order to ensure investor protection, that approval would only be granted if prospectuses meet common EU standards for what information must be disclosed and how.

    [05] La Commission salue le fait que la Cour des comptes reconnaisse ses efforts de modernisation

    La Cour des comptes a fourni une déclaration d'assurance positive sur des aspects importants des finances de l'UE pour l'exercice 2001. Elle conclut une nouvelle fois que les comptes de l'UE reflètent fidèlement les recettes et les dépenses. Tout en relevant des retards inévitables, elle accueille favorablement les efforts de réforme en cours, en particulier les premiers rapports d'activité annuels des directeurs généraux. Mme Michaele Schreyer, membre de la Commission européenne chargé du budget, a commenté ainsi le rapport de la Cour pour 2001 : "La Cour des comptes joue un rôle important en nous aidant à répondre aux fortes attentes des contribuables européens vis-à-vis de notre façon de gérer leur argent. Nous sommes déterminés à satisfaire à ces hautes exigences dans le cadre de notre propre gestion, mais aussi avec les Etats membres, qui assurent la cogestion de plus de 80% du budget de l'UE. Les conclusions du rapport contribuent à soutenir le mouvement de modernisation de la gestion financière, à la fois à la Commission et dans les Etats membres. La Cour reconnaît les efforts fournis par la Commission pour mieux définir l'obligation de rendre compte et la responsabilité de la gestion des fonds communautaires, grâce notamment au nouveau règlement financier, à la déconcentration vers les délégations extérieures, à la décentralisation des contrôles auprès des services et au plan d'action résultant des premiers rapports d'activité annuels des directeurs généraux. Nous devons encore progresser dans les années à venir dans le domaine de la modernisation de la comptabilité et de l'amélioration des systèmes d'audit et de contrôle, tout en nous assurant que nos réformes sont bien ancrées dans toute la Commission."

    [06] EU research shows how science can help disabled people

    As part of the 'European Science and Technology Week' (4-10/11/02) €2,7 million campaign, European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin today opened the SMART (Society Moves with Advanced Research Technology) exhibition in Brussels. The travelling SMART exhibition is housed in two especially designed mobile trailers and everything inside it is developed for, or in collaboration with, disabled people. The trailers demonstrate how technologies can help the handicapped. These technologies range from displays on body parts to hearing and visual aids and tools to help immobilised people interact with others. A simulator provides a demonstration of what it is like to be handicapped.

    [07] Commission provides humanitarian aid worth €3.7 million

    The European Commission has recently taken humanitarian aid decisions for North Korea, the Bhutanese refugees in Nepal and the Burmese refugees in Thailand. The assistance is channelled through its Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), which comes under the authority of Commissioner Poul Nielson.

    [08] Commission and US government to discuss top trade, regulatory and business issues at Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue Conference in Chicago

    European Commissioners for Enterprise, Erkki Liikanen, and Trade, Pascal Lamy, will participate in the annual CEO Conference of the Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) in Chicago which runs between the 6th and 8th November. A TABD CEO conference is held each year to bring together business leaders and senior level government representatives from both the EU and the US to make recommendations and measure progress on existing trade impediments. Recommendations are expected to be developed in the areas of capital markets, dispute management, the networked economy, the World Trade Organization, and regulatory policy. The TABD integrates the views of small and medium-sized enterprises in its recommendations. The recommendations produced by the CEO participants will be presented to the US Administration and the Commission.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Romano Prodi : "Economic growth vs social policies : a false dilemma" at the German Trade Union Federation

    Discours de M. Fischler devant la commission Agriculture du PE

    Speech by Erkki Liikanen : "The race to productivity and knowledge : where does Europe stand ?" at the IST 2002 Conference (04/10, Copenhagen)


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