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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-04-23

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] Colonel Kadhafi to visit the European Commission on 27 April
  • [02] "Livre vert" sur les obligations alimentaires : la Commission sollicite l'avis des milieux intéressés
  • [03] More legal certainty for TV advertising : Commission clarifies its interpretation of the "Television without Frontiers" (TVWF) Directive
  • [04] Commission welcomes agreement among European regulators on competition remedies to be used in the field of electronic communications
  • [05] Commission clears Aegon's stake in Spanish life insurer Mediterraneo Vida
  • [06] A new impetus for European biotechnology : bringing coherence to EU biotechnology policies
  • [07] MEDA : la Commission prévoit une enveloppe supplémentaire de €34,5 millions pour l'Algérie, l'Egypte, la Jordanie, le Liban, le Maroc, la Syrie et la Tunisie
  • [08] Commission grants €400,000 to support reconciliation efforts in Rwanda
  • [09] La protection sociale en Europe entre 1992 et 2001 : hausse des dépenses de protection sociale par habitant de près de 2% par an dans l'UE ; Les dépenses totales représentaient 27,5% du PIB de l'UE en 2001
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 23/04/2004 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 23/04/2004

  • [01] Colonel Kadhafi to visit the European Commission on 27 April

    Colonel Mohamar Kadhafi, Leader of the Libyan Jamahiriya, will visit the European Commission on Tuesday 27th April. His visit to the Commission marks Colonel Kadhafi's first visit to Europe in many years, preparing the ground for a full normalisation of relations between Libya and the European Union.

    [02] "Livre vert" sur les obligations alimentaires : la Commission sollicite l'avis des milieux intéressés

    La Commission européenne a préparé un document de réflexion (Livre vert) sur le recouvrement transfrontière des obligations alimentaires (c'est-à- dire par exemple des pensions dues à un enfant par celui de ses parents qui ne réside pas avec lui). Le but de la Commission est de recueillir l'avis de tous les milieux intéressés sur les différentes questions qui se posent avant l'audition qu'elle organise le 2 juin prochain à Bruxelles et le lancement, la semaine suivante, de la deuxième phase de négociations dans le cadre de la conférence de La Haye de droit international privé. La Commission compte présenter prochainement une proposition législative communautaire comportant des règles applicables entre Etats membres de l'Union. Quant à la conférence de La Haye, elle prépare une convention visant à moderniser le dispositif existant (composé de plusieurs conventions internationales et d'accords régionaux ou bilatéraux) qui pourrait s'appliquer notamment entre les Etats membres de l'UE et les Etats tiers.

    [03] More legal certainty for TV advertising : Commission clarifies its interpretation of the "Television without Frontiers" (TVWF) Directive

    With the development of new advertising techniques, such as split screen, interactive advertising and virtual advertising and the increasing use of new forms of advertising, questions about the proper interpretation of the rules on advertising in the Television without Frontiers (TVWF) Directive, and the compatibility of these practices therewith, have repeatedly been put to the Commission. Through a Communication adopted today, the European Commission intends to clarify its interpretation of the Directive. The Communication shows that new advertising techniques and new forms of advertising are compatible with the Directive, provided that their use respects the objectives of general interest pursued by the Directive, namely the viewers right to a clear separation between editorial content and commercial communication as well as the viewers right to protection against excessive advertising, as detailed in the Directive, and the right of the rights-holders to the respect of the integrity of their audiovisual works. In accordance with the case law of the European Court of Justice, it is based on the principle that a prohibition of and advertising technique or a form of advertising applies to the extent and to the extent only that it is clearly stated in the Directive. However, it is without prejudice of the Directive's faculty for the Member States to foresee stricter and/or more detailed rules for broadcasters under their jurisdiction.

    [04] Commission welcomes agreement among European regulators on competition remedies to be used in the field of electronic communications

    The European Regulators Group (ERG), which brings together the national authorities responsible for electronic communication markets, today published a "Common Position" on how they apply remedies to address competition problems in the newly opened markets for electronic communications. The EU regulatory framework sets out a 'menu' of remedies that National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) can apply to address specific problems that may arise in markets where there is one or more operators with significant market power. The 'menu' includes obligations to provide access, non-discrimination, transparency, cost accounting and price control.

    [05] Commission clears Aegon's stake in Spanish life insurer Mediterraneo Vida

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to a proposed operation whereby Aegon N.V. of the Netherlands and Caja de Ahorros del Mediterraneo (CAM) of Spain acquire joint control of life insurer Mediterraneo Vida S.A., presently a 100% subsidiary of CAM. (The operation, which was notified on 18 March 2004, was examined under a simplifed review procedure)

    [06] A new impetus for European biotechnology : bringing coherence to EU biotechnology policies

    Today the European Commission presented a report on the implementation of the "Life Sciences & Biotechnology Strategy" adopted in 2002. The report highlights that progress has been made, in regards to biotechnology sector players as well as the public and business stakeholders, on the EU action plan's recommendations. Highlights over the last 12 months include the launch of a high level advisory group on "Competitiveness in Biotechnology", the completion of an EU regulatory framework for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and initiatives to boost research and increase the number of scientists in the biotech sector. The progress report identifies upcoming issues, including genetic testing and animal biotechnology. Biotechnology covers a wide range of powerful, but also sometimes controversial, technologies. It can make a vital contribution towards the long-term future of industries such as pharmaceuticals, food, agriculture, energy, textiles and chemicals. But success in developing biotechnology also depends on finding solutions to the significant ethical, societal, economic and environmental issues it throws up. The EU strategy provides a consistent approach to these challenges.

    [07] MEDA : la Commission prévoit une enveloppe supplémentaire de €34,5 millions pour l'Algérie, l'Egypte, la Jordanie, le Liban, le Maroc, la Syrie et la Tunisie

    Dans le cadre du programme MEDA, la Commission européenne va consacrer €34, 5 millions supplémentaires au soutien d'actions de coopération en Algérie, en Egypte, en Jordanie, au Liban, au Maroc, en Syrie et en Tunisie. Cette nouvelle enveloppe, qui complète les plans de financement nationaux 2002, soutiendra deux projets : le programme de réhabilitation des zones sinistrées par le terrorisme en Algérie et le programme Tempus dans sept pays (Algérie, Egypte, Jordanie, Liban, Maroc, Syrie et Tunisie).

    [08] Commission grants €400,000 to support reconciliation efforts in Rwanda

    The European Commission, under the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), will contribute €400,000 towards efforts to promote the national reconciliation process and to contribute to durable peace in Rwanda. This follows the Rwandan Government's decision, on the occasion of the 10th Commemoration of the Genocide, on 7th April 2004, to launch such a reconciliation programme. Funds will finance the rehabilitation of some 1, 060 houses (10 houses in each of the 106 districts of Rwanda) belonging to widows and orphans of the Genocide. Victims of the genocide and the perpetrators of the crimes will join forces to carry out the reconstruction works. The project will be implemented by the Executive Secretariat "TIG" (Travaux d'Intérêt Général) under the Authority of the Ministry of Justice of Rwanda together with the NGO Prison Fellowship, the "survivors' associations" and "widows of the genocide" (IBUKA-AVEGA). These organisations will identify participants and beneficiaries of the programme.

    [09] La protection sociale en Europe entre 1992 et 2001 : hausse des dépenses de protection sociale par habitant de près de 2% par an dans l'UE ; Les dépenses totales représentaient 27,5% du PIB de l'UE en 2001

    Selon un rapport publié aujourd'hui par Eurostat, au cours de la période 1992-2001, les dépenses de protection sociale par habitant à prix constants dans l'UE ont augmenté de 1,9% par an en moyenne. Les dépenses de protection sociale représentaient 27,5% du PIB en 2001, soit un niveau sensiblement voisin de celui de 1992 (27,7%). Cette part, qui avait atteint un maximum de 28,8% en 1993 a ensuite progressivement baissé pour atteindre 27,3% en 2000.

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by President Prodi : "Russia and the European Union: enduring ties, widening horizons" (Moscow)

    Speech by Franz Fischler : "EU-Enlargement : more countries, more opportunity" au European Forum on 'EU-enlargement a win-win case for all' (22/04, Hassleholm, Sweden)

    Note sur la préparation du Conseil Agriculture consacré à la sécurité alimentaire

    Calendrier du 26 avril au 1er mai 2004


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