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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-06-30

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] 2006 : l'année européenne de la mobilité professionnelle
  • [02] Franco Frattini and Luc Frieden visit the External Borders Agency (Frontex) in Warsaw
  • [03] Une Agence de l'Union européenne pour la protection et la promotion des droits fondamentaux
  • [04] Commission approves acquisition of Flender by Siemens
  • [05] Commission approves acquisition of car battery producer Delphi SLI by Johnson Controls and Bosch
  • [06] June 2005 : Business Climate Indicator in the euro area rises for the first time in 2005
  • [07] June 2005 : slight improvement of economic sentiment in the euro area, decline in the EU
  • [08] EU curbs trade of torture equipment
  • [09] Tobacco control goes global : EU ratifies WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
  • [10] Margot Wallström : "Les relais Europe Direct sont vitaux pour la nouvelle stratégie de la communication"
  • [11] Bruxelles : ouverture d'InfEuropa schuman 14
  • [12] EU Troika meeting with Central Asia
  • [13] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-06-30 Reference: MEX/05/0630 Date: 30/06/2005 EXME05 / 30.6

    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

    30/06/05


  • [01] 2006 : l'année européenne de la mobilité professionnelle

    La Commission européenne a proclamé 2006 Année européenne de la mobilité professionnelle. Cette année doit permettre de sensibiliser aux avantages du travail l'étranger ou d'un nouvel emploi, et de les faire mieux comprendre. Il s'agit de la première année européenne axée la fois sur des questions de mobilité et de travail.

    [02] Franco Frattini and Luc Frieden visit the External Borders Agency (Frontex) in Warsaw

    (! embargo 15h00 !) Vice President of the European Commission Franco Frattini, responsible for Justice, Freedom and Security, and Luxembourg Justice minister Luc Frieden, on behalf of the EU Presidency, are in Poland today for a visit to the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States (FRONTEX Agency). After an excursion to the Eastern border of Poland and of the European union, at the Korczowa crossing point, Mr Frattini and Mr Frieden jointly inaugurated the Agency by addressing the second meeting of the Management Board of the Agency.

    [03] Une Agence de l'Union européenne pour la protection et la promotion des droits fondamentaux

    (! embargo 15h00 !) La Commission européenne a adopté aujourd'hui une proposition de règlement portant création d'une Agence des droits fondamentaux de l'Union européenne. La Commission ayant fait de la protection et de la promotion des droits fondamentaux l'un de ses principaux objectifs politiques, la création de cette Agence constitue un moyen important d'atteindre cet objectif.

    [04] Commission approves acquisition of Flender by Siemens

    The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Flender, a German producer of mechanical power transmission equipment, by German technology group Siemens. The Commission examined the operation carefully and did not identify any serious threat to competition in the EEA or any significant part of it.

    [05] Commission approves acquisition of car battery producer Delphi SLI by Johnson Controls and Bosch

    The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Delphi’s car starter battery business by VB, the automotive battery joint venture of Johnson Controls and Bosch. The transaction does not raise competition concerns in the EEA or any significant part of it as other large and capable players compete in the market.

    [06] June 2005 : Business Climate Indicator in the euro area rises for the first time in 2005

    In June, the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area rose slightly by 0.08 points to reach -0.29 points, ending the decline which had started at the beginning of the year. The positive development of the BCI in June is explained by the improvement of industry managers' assessment of production in the months ahead and of stocks of finished products. Managers' opinions on the production in recent months and on total order books remained unchanged, while their views on export order books worsened.

    [07] June 2005 : slight improvement of economic sentiment in the euro area, decline in the EU

    Business and consumers surveys for June suggest a bottoming out of economic sentiment. In the euro area, the economic sentiment indicator (ESI) rose slightly by 0.2 points, following its almost uninterrupted decline since October of last year. In the EU, the ESI fell slightly by 0.3 points ; but the rate of decline observed since April is continuing to slow.

    [08] EU curbs trade of torture equipment

    For the first time the EU is banning trade in goods that have no use other than for capital punishment or torture. Strict controls will also be imposed on multiple-use goods which could be used to inflict torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. These measures are part of a groundbreaking trade Regulation proposed by the European Commission and agreed by the 25 Member States. The new rules reflect the EU's unequivocal rejection of torture and the death penalty.

    [09] Tobacco control goes global : EU ratifies WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

    The European Union today completed its ratification of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) when Luxembourg's Ambassador to the UN formally deposited the EU's ratification documents with the UN secretariat in New York. The FCTC is the first ever international treaty on health. It commits countries world-wide to act to reduce the toll of death and disease caused by smoking. The ratification clears the way for the EU to lead preparations for the Conference of Parties due to start as early as February 2006. Commenting on the EU's ratification of the FCTC Markos Kyprianou, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, said : "The EU and its Member States played a leading role in negotiating this treaty, so it is right that we should lead the way in ratifying it. The challenge now is living up to the principles the FCTC contains, for example on protecting non-smokers from second hand smoke, helping smokers to quit and stopping young people from taking up the deadly habit in the first place."

    [10] Margot Wallström : "Les relais Europe Direct sont vitaux pour la nouvelle stratégie de la communication"

    Engager les gens dans le débat européen au niveau local - un des principaux points de la nouvelle stratégie de la communication de la Commission - était le thème d'un discours donné par la vice-présidente de la Commission européenne Margot Wallström sa première réunion avec les nouveaux relais Europe Direct le 30 juin Bruxelles.

    [11] Bruxelles : ouverture d'InfEuropa schuman 14

    InfEuropa schuman 14 ouvrira ses portes ce 30 juin en présence de Javier Solana, Haut représentant pour la politique étrangère et de sécurité commune, et de Margot Wallström, vice-présidente de la Commission européenne pour les Relations institutionnelles et la Stratégie de communication.

    [12] EU Troika meeting with Central Asia

    European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, welcomed the holding of the second meeting of the EU troika at official's level with Central Asian countries, which took place yesterday (29 June 2005) in Brussels. The first such meeting was held in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) on 9 December 2004. "The organization of this meeting reflects the EU's commitment to promoting prosperity and stability in Central Asia," she said. "This important region is at a sensitive moment in its development and I hope we can play our part in supporting positive development." The 5 Central Asian countries represented - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan - welcomed the EU's initiative and agreed to continue discussions on issues of common interest such as the fight against terrorism, drugs and human trafficking as well as on environment, trade and economic cooperation. All of them expressed the hope that a Ministerial meeting, bringing together their respective Foreign Ministers, the EU Presidency, Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner and High Representative Javier Solana can take place at an early date.

    [13] Autre matériel diffusé

    2006 - année européenne de la mobilité des travailleurs, les enjeux de la mobilité des travailleurs dans la mise en œuvre de la stratégie de Lisbonne

    Principaux faits concernant l'Agence des frontières extérieures

    Inauguration speech by Franco Frattini of the the Frontex Agency (Warsaw, ! embargo 15h00 !)

    Questions et réponses sur l'Agence des droits fondamentaux de l'UE

    Savings taxation : frequently asked questions

    Speech by Mariann Fischer Boel : "The challenges for EU agriculture" at a meeting with the French National Assembly (29/06, Paris)

    Speech by Günter Verheugen : "Towards meeting our objectives of more growth and more and better jobs" at 9th Annual Meeting, Public Day (29/06)

    Speech by Markos Kyprianou : "European Health Policies" at Conference of German Health Ministers (Munich, ! embargo 13h30 !)

    Speech by Danuta Hübner : "A regional policy for the 21st Century" at the Third World Investment Conference (La Baule, ! embargo 20h00 !)

    Speech by Margot Wallström : "Relays: a central help to listen to citizens" From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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