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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-07-01

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 une simplification des procédures de contrôle applicables aux transferts de déchets
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of UK cider producer Bulmers by Scottish & Newcastle
  • [03] Mai 2003 : le chômage dans la zone euro stable à 8,8% ; l'UE15 en hausse à 8,1%
  • [04] Consultation publique sur la nouvelle génération de programmes pour l'industrie audiovisuelle européenne : audition publique les 1er et 2 juillet
  • [05] Capital requirements for banks and investment firms third consultation paper and impact study results published
  • [06] Second meeting of the EU's Kosovo SAp Tracking Mechanism
  • [07] EU supports the strengthening of consultation mechanisms with civil society in the Andean region
  • [08] European Domestic Election Observers Forum develops common approach to election observation and urges effective access to all stages of the electoral process
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 01/07/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 01/07/2003

  • [01] La Commission propose une simplification des procédures de contrôle applicables aux transferts de déchets

    La Commission européenne propose une révision du règlement relatif aux transferts de déchets, adopté il y a dix ans. Ce règlement définit les critères environnementaux applicables aux transferts de déchets à l'intérieur, à l'entrée et à la sortie de l'Union européenne. Il s'applique à la quasi-totalité des types de déchets, quel que soit le mode de transport utilisé, notamment la route, le train, le bateau et l'avion. La proposition renforce les procédures de contrôle en vigueur en les simplifiant et en les précisant, ce qui profitera à la fois à l'environnement et aux entreprises de transfert de déchets. La proposition constitue également un progrès vers une plus grande harmonisation internationale des mouvements de déchets, dans la mesure où elle transpose intégralement la convention de Bâle concernant les mouvements internationaux de déchets dangereux. La proposition réduit le nombre de procédures et ramène les listes de déchets de trois à deux.

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of UK cider producer Bulmers by Scottish & Newcastle

    The European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of UK cider producer HP Bulmer Holdings plc by UK brewer Scottish & Newcastle plc. The transaction does not give rise to any serious competition concerns, as the two companies' activities present only minor overlaps.

    [03] Mai 2003 : le chômage dans la zone euro stable à 8,8% ; l'UE15 en hausse à 8,1%

    Le taux de chômage de la zone euro, corrigé des variations saisonnières s'est élevé à 8,8% en mai 2003, inchangé par rapport au mois d'avril, selon les données publiées aujourd'ui par Eurostat. Il était de 8,3% en mai 2002. Le taux de chômage de l'UE15 était de 8,1% en mai 2003, comparé à 8,0% en avril. Il était de 7,6% en mai 2002. En mai 2003, les taux les plus bas ont été enregistrés au Luxembourg (3,6%), aux Pays-Bas (3,9% en avril), en Autriche (4,3%), en Irlande (4,6%), et au Danemark (5,2%). Le taux de chômage de l'Espagne (11,3%) est resté le plus élevé de l'UE.

    [04] Consultation publique sur la nouvelle génération de programmes pour l'industrie audiovisuelle européenne : audition publique les 1er et 2 juillet

    La conception de la nouvelle génération de programmes pour le secteur audiovisuel donnera lieu à une audition publique les 1er et 2 juillet, organisée par la commissaire européenne à la Culture et à l'Audiovisuel, Viviane Reding. L'audition donnera à toutes les parties intéressées la possibilité de participer à la consultation publique de bilan des programmes MEDIA Plus et MEDIA Formation. La consultation publique, basée sur les activités menées dans le cadre des programmes en cours et sur une série de questionnaires, doit se terminer le 12 août. A la fin de 2003 ou au début de 2004, sur la base des résultats de la consultation publique, la Commission publiera une communication sur l'avenir de la politique audiovisuelle, incluant l'avenir des programmes MEDIA.

    [05] Capital requirements for banks and investment firms third consultation paper and impact study results published

    The European Commission has published a third consultation paper on a new capital requirements framework for banks and investment firms. The consultation exercise aims to help ensure that the future revised EU Directive on capital requirements, due to come into force at the end of 2006 in parallel with the new international Basel Capital Accord (Basel II), is of the highest quality. The Commission has also published an analysis of the EU results from the recent third Quantitative Impact Study (QIS3). This analysis shows that the draft rules are on target to achieve their objectives for the amounts of capital to be held under the new framework.

    [06] Second meeting of the EU's Kosovo SAp Tracking Mechanism

    The second meeting of the Kosovo SAp Tracking Mechanism (STM) took place in Pristina on 30 June and 1 July 2003. European Commission experts discussed selected chapters of justice and home affairs, media policy, telecommunications and transport policy with experts from UNMIK and the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government. The purpose of the STM is to ensure EU-compatible reforms in these areas. Progress on earlier recommendations made during the first meeting of 13 March 2003 on fundamental principles of democracy and the rule of law, key market economic reforms and energy policy was also reviewed. The delegations were headed, for Kosovo, by the Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General Charles Brayshaw and the Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi. They were accompanied by experts from UNMIK and the PISG. Reinhard Priebe, Director for Western Balkans at the Commission, led the Commission's delegation.

    [07] EU supports the strengthening of consultation mechanisms with civil society in the Andean region

    The European Union and the Andean Community (CAN) will discuss "Consultation Mechanisms with the Civil Society for Integration and Trade Initiatives" during a seminar that will be held on 1 and 2 July 2002 in Lima. Participants ato this event, organised by the Inter-American Development Bank with the support of the European Commission and the CAN Secretariat General, will be representatives from the civil society, from the Andean country governments, the EU institutions and the CAN. During the seminar, the EU and CAN experiences in the consultation mechanisms with the civil society for the design of policies and the agreement on negotiations will be analysed. A round table with representatives from the governments, employer organisations, trade unions and NGOs will examine and debate the expectations of Andean region governments and civil society expectations on the subject.

    [08] European Domestic Election Observers Forum develops common approach to election observation and urges effective access to all stages of the electoral process

    Participants from non-governmental organisations present at the first European Domestic Election Observer Forum, held in Zagreb between 25 and 29 June, have developed a common approach to promote genuine and democratic elections. In a joint Conference Declaration issued following the five-day Forum, the domestic observer groups present pledged to : act impartially; base all reports on credible, verifiable and accurate information ; maintain the highest ethical standards ; and provide mutual technical and moral support. The groups also called on all countries in the OSCE region to ensure their civil and political rights, including effective access to all stages of the electoral process and receipt of financial contributions from both national and international sources. The forum was the largest meeting of its kind ever held in Europe. In addition to adopting a landmark Conference Declaration on fundamental principles for domestic election observation, it succeeded in bringing together NGO participants from more than 30 domestic observer groups in the OSCE region, including Afghanistan, a new partner for co-operation. Representatives from observer groups in Peru, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe also attended to share experiences and begin inter-regional dialogue. The forum was organized by OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Network of Europeans for Electoral and Democracy Support (NEEDS), which is sponsored by the European Commission. http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/human_rights/eu_election_ass_observ/index.htm http://europa.eu.int/comm/europeaid/projects/eidhr/elections_observation_en.htm

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    Déclaration du Président Prodi à propos de la mise en place du Gouvernement d'union nationale de transition en République Démocratique du Congo

    Speech by Romano Prodi : "Greek Presidency closes on high note" (Strasbourg)

    VAT on digital services - frequently asked questions

    Revised version of questions and answers on the regulation of GMOs in the EU

    Speech by Pedro Solbes : "The Road map to growth in Germany" at the International Economic Conference (Berlin)


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