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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-09-09

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] LIFE Environment 2004 : Commission supports 109 environmental innovation projects with €76 million
  • [02] LIFE Nature 2004 : la Commission octroie 76 millions d'€ 77 projets en faveur de la protection de la nature
  • [03] LIFE Third Countries 2004 : Commission funds environment projects in third countries with close to €8 million
  • [04] European Tax Survey highlights need for single EU-wide corporate tax base and for VAT one-stop shop system
  • [05] Schéma de l'UE pour un programme de recherche sur la sécurité
  • [06] Agreement between the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Bulgaria
  • [07] EU-ACP : launch of trade and development negotiations with the Pacific region
  • [08] Mental health of children and young people : Commission to hosts international conference on 20 and 21 September
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2004-09-09 Reference: MEX/04/0909 Date: 09/09/2004 EXME04 / 9.9

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Général Presse etb

    Communication

    09/09/04


  • [01] LIFE Environment 2004 : Commission supports 109 environmental innovation projects with €76 million

    The European Commission has approved funding for 109 environmental innovation projects in 18 Member States under the LIFE Environment programme 2004. The projects apply ground-breaking technologies to tackle environmental problems in several areas, thus contributing to improving Europe's environment. LIFE Environment is one of three funding strands under the EU's environmental funding programme LIFE whose goal is to support the implementation of EU environmental policies and legislation. Funding under LIFE approved in 2004 totals €160 million.

    [02] LIFE Nature 2004 : la Commission octroie 76 millions d'€ 77 projets en faveur de la protection de la nature

    La Commission européenne a approuvé le financement de 77 projets en faveur de la protection de la nature au titre du programme LIFE Nature 2004. Ces projets contribueront la mise en place du réseau Natura 2000 qui regroupe, l'échelle de l'UE, les zones abritant des habitats naturels importants et des espèces menacées d'extinction. Les projets ont pour objectif la remise en état des zones protégées, ainsi que de leur faune et de leur flore, l'établissement de structures de gestion durables et la sensibilisation du public. 75 des projets sélectionnés seront menés dans les Etats membres de l'UE et les deux projets restants seront réalisés en Roumanie. LIFE Nature est l'un des trois volets du programme LIFE de l'UE en faveur de l'environnement qui vise soutenir la mise en œuvre des politiques et de la législation de l'UE en matière d'environnement. L'enveloppe budgétaire approuvée en 2004 pour le programme LIFE s'élève 160 millions d'€.

    [03] LIFE Third Countries 2004 : Commission funds environment projects in third countries with close to €8 million

    The European Commission has approved funding for 20 new environment projects under the LIFE Third Countries programme 2004. These projects will share a total EU contribution of €7,828,320. The EU co-funding will contribute to improving the environment and achieving sustainable development in the Mediterranean and Baltic regions. The 20 selected projects focus on capacity building and the establishment of administrative structures, as well as the development of environmental policies and action programmes in Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Russia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and West Bank and Gaza. LIFE Third Countries is one of three funding strands under the EU's environmental funding programme LIFE whose goal is to support the implementation of EU environmental policies and legislation. Funding under LIFE approved in 2004 totals €160 million.

    [04] European Tax Survey highlights need for single EU-wide corporate tax base and for VAT one-stop shop system

    A survey of the compliance costs of EU companies published today confirms the need for the Commission's suggestion (see IP/03/1593) that companies should be allowed to use a single basis of assessment for corporate tax for all their EU-wide activities so as to avoid the costly inefficiencies of dealing with EU Member States' twenty-five different company tax systems. The survey also underlines the need for the proposal that the Commission intends to present in the next few months for a one-stop shop system whereby a trader could fulfil his Value Added Tax (VAT) obligations for his EU-wide activities solely in the Member State in which he is established (see IP/04/654). The Commission's European Tax Survey, in which seven hundred EU companies participated, shows that cross-border activity currently leads to higher company tax and VAT compliance costs for companies. Compliance costs are significantly higher for companies with at least one subsidiary in another EU Member State compared to companies without subsidiaries abroad and the costs increase according to the number of such subsidiaries. Compliance costs are also proportionately greater for SMEs than for large companies.

    [05] Schéma de l'UE pour un programme de recherche sur la sécurité

    L'UE devrait lancer un véritable programme européen de recherche sur la sécurité d'ici 2007 avec des moyens budgétaires suffisants. Voil le message central d'une communication intitulée "La recherche sur la sécurité : les prochaines étapes" que vient d'adopter la Commission européenne. Ce document représente la réponse de la Commission aux recommandations d'un groupe haut niveau de vingt-sept cadres industriels et décideurs politiques européens de haut rang qui ont été publiées en mars dernier. Ce rapport, intitulé "La recherche pour une Europe sûre", souligne la nécessité de renforcer la coordination dans ce domaine et préconise un budget annuel de 1 milliard d'€ au niveau de l'UE pour la recherche en matière de sécurité.

    [06] Agreement between the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Bulgaria

    The agreement between the European Community and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria concerning the participation of Bulgaria in the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug addiction (EMCDDA) was initialled today in Brussels.

    [07] EU-ACP : launch of trade and development negotiations with the Pacific region

    On 10 September the EU will open negotiations for an Economic and Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and 14 Pacific countries. Meeting in Nadi, Fiji, European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy and Development colleagues will officially launch these negotiations aimed at promoting trade and development by concluding a region-to-region agreement. Before leaving for Nadi, Pascal Lamy said : "The launch of negotiations with the Pacific region marks another stepping stone in our common efforts to make regional integration and trade contribute to development. Now that we have started talks with all six ACP regions, we should switch gear and move into full negotiating mood." Development Commissioner Poul Nielson added : "With the EU Pacific launch the EPA process is now thoroughly on track. This is evidence that the EU and ACP's are succeeding in making trade and regional integration work for development."

    [08] Mental health of children and young people : Commission to hosts international conference on 20 and 21 September

    Suicide is the third largest cause of death among adolescents worldwide and the leading cause of death amongst teenage girls. By the time they reach 18 some 9% of young people have experienced at least one major depression. A conference in Luxembourg on 20 and 21 September will focus on what the EU and its Member States can do to promote positive mental health among children, adolescents and young people. The meeting will be organised jointly by the European Commission, the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the Ministry for Health and Social Security of Luxembourg. It will constitute a pre-event to the WHO Ministerial Conference on Mental Health which will be held in Helsinki from 12 to 15 January 2005, where the Commission will also be a partnering organisation. The opening speakers at the 20 to 21 September conference will be Commissioner Pavel Telička, Mr Mars Di Bartolomeo, Luxembourg's Minister for Health and Social Security and Dr. Marc Danzon, Regional Director for the WHO in Europe. Commenting ahead of the conference, Commissioner Telička said: "Mental illness is, to a large degree, preventable. Europe must rise to the challenge of promoting positive mental health amongst its children and young people and reducing the misery caused by diseases such as depression. Such an investment in good health will produce long term human, social and economic benefits for Europe."

    Further information about the conference can be found at: <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/health/ph_determinants/life_style/mental/ev_20040921_en.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/health/ph_determinants/life_style/mental/ev_20040921_en.htm. Journalists wishing to attend should contact Mr Jürgen Scheftlein (Tel.: +352 4301 36643) in the Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    Commission reaction to WTO dispute on EU sugar regime - statement of Agriculture Spokesman (08/09)

    Social Dialogue in Europe - a Partnership for Change

    Note on informal Ecofin Council From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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