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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-07-29

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] Sécheresse au Portugal : adoption de nouvelles mesures en faveur de l'agriculture
  • [02] Post-Tsunami reconstruction : Commission finances first long-term activities in Aceh, Indonesia
  • [03] Deuxième campagne estivale sur le thème de la sécurité routière
  • [04] Commission approves acquisition of Nokia's Professional Mobile Radio business by European Aeronautic Defence and Space company
  • [05] Changement climatique : une consultation publique fait apparaître un large soutien des mesures visant réduire les effets des transports aériens sur le climat
  • [06] Estimation rapide - juillet 2005 : l'inflation de la zone euro estimée 2,2%
  • [07] July 2005 : improvement of economic sentiment in both the EU and the euro area
  • [08] July 2005 : Business Climate Indicator for the euro area improves further
  • [09] Aviation relations with the Western Balkan countries
  • [10] Joe Borg welcomes a new fisheries partnership agreement with Morocco
  • [11] Commission presents new agricultural market and income forecasts
  • [12] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-07-29 Reference: MEX/05/0729 Date: 29/07/2005 EXME05 / 29.7

    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

    29/07/05


  • [01] Sécheresse au Portugal : adoption de nouvelles mesures en faveur de l'agriculture

    Soucieuse d'améliorer la situation des agriculteurs portugais touchés par la sécheresse qui a frappé certaines régions de leur pays, la Commission européenne a arrêté aujourd'hui une décision autorisant le Portugal verser par anticipation un certain nombre de primes ainsi que le paiement unique par exploitation pour l'année 2005. Ces mesures s'ajoutent celles déj adoptées.

    [02] Post-Tsunami reconstruction : Commission finances first long-term activities in Aceh, Indonesia

    The European Commission has now approved a further contribution of €30 million of its €207 million package to support long-term reconstruction in Indonesia's Aceh province, after the Tsunami. For the first time, Commission funds are contributing to aid coordinated through the Multi- Donor Tsunami Reconstruction Trust Fund, managed by the World Bank. The Commission is the largest contributor to the Trust Fund and one of its co- chairs. The €207 million package pledged by the Commission for Indonesia includes €7 million under the Rapid Reaction Mechanism, already released, to kick-start long-term reconstruction work, and a total of €200 million to be provided through the Trust Fund. This support comes in addition to the Commission's €123 million humanitarian aid assistance to all tsunami- affected countries which started flowing only days after the disaster struck.

    [03] Deuxième campagne estivale sur le thème de la sécurité routière

    Pour la deuxième année consécutive, la Commission européenne organise une deuxième grande campagne estivale destinée promouvoir la charte européenne pour la sécurité routière. Du 29 juillet au 15 septembre 2005, en Europe, les usagers de la route seront invités devenir les ambassadeurs de la charte européenne pour la sécurité routière en participant un grand concours européen. "Bien que le durcissement des contrôles ait considérablement amélioré la sécurité routière dans un grand nombre de pays, des mesures supplémentaires sont nécessaires pour parvenir au but que nous nous sommes fixés, savoir réduire de moitié le nombre de morts sur les routes d'ici 2010", a déclaré M. Jacques Barrot, vice-président de la Commission responsable des transports. "Cette campagne insiste sur le fait que la sécurité routière est l'affaire de tous les conducteurs", a-t-il ajouté.

    [04] Commission approves acquisition of Nokia's Professional Mobile Radio business by European Aeronautic Defence and Space company

    The European Commission has, under the EU Merger Regulation, approved the proposed acquisition by European Aeronautic Defence and Space company (EADS) of Nokia's Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) business. PMR networks are closed, secured wireless radio communication systems used primarily by police and security forces as well as other public services. There are also commercial PMR users such as taxi and truck fleet operators, airports and sporting venues. After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it.

    [05] Changement climatique : une consultation publique fait apparaître un large soutien des mesures visant réduire les effets des transports aériens sur le climat

    Une consultation publique réalisée sur l'internet par la Commission européenne a fait apparaître que le secteur des transports aériens, les ONG et les personnes privées soutiennent largement le principe qu'il faut réduire l'importance croissante des transports aériens parmi les facteurs qui contribuent au changement climatique. Les résultats de cette consultation, qui s'est étendue sur deux mois, sont publiés aujourd'hui. La Commission publie également une nouvelle étude qui montre qu'il serait possible d'inclure les compagnies aériennes dans le système d'échange de quotas d'émission de gaz effet de serre mis en œuvre dans l'Union européenne. C'est une des options que la Commission pourrait retenir dans la stratégie qu'elle met au point pour réduire le poids de l'aviation dans les facteurs qui contribuent au changement climatique. Cette stratégie devrait être dévoilée après les vacances d'été.

    [06] Estimation rapide - juillet 2005 : l'inflation de la zone euro estimée 2,2%

    Selon une estimation rapide publiée par Eurostat, le taux d'inflation annuel de la zone euro s'établirait 2,2% en juillet 2005. En juin, le taux était de 2,1%. L'inflation de la zone euro est mesurée par l'Indice des Prix la Consommation de l'Union Monétaire (IPCUM). Pour élaborer les estimations rapides de l'IPCUM, Eurostat utilise les informations préliminaires sur les prix du mois de référence, diffusées par les Etats membres pour lesquels les données sont disponibles, ainsi que des informations préliminaires sur les prix de l'énergie. La procédure d'estimation rapide de l'IPCUM combine des informations historiques avec des informations partielles sur les variations récentes de prix de manière obtenir un indice total pour la zone euro. Il n'existe pas de ventilation détaillée. L'expérience a montré que la procédure d'estimation était fiable (anticipation exacte du taux d'inflation dans 12 cas, différence de 0,1 dans 11 cas et différence de 0,2 dans un cas, en janvier 2005, au cours des deux dernières années). Des informations complémentaires sont disponibles dans le communiqué d'Eurostat 113/2001 du 5 novembre 2001.

    [07] July 2005 : improvement of economic sentiment in both the EU and the euro area

    The economic sentiment indicator (ESI) for the EU rose by 1.4 points in July, ending its decline that started in October of last year. In the euro area, the ESI improved by 1 point, confirming its recovery of last month. The evolution of the euro exchange rate, the recent stabilisation of oil prices and an incipient upturn in the global growth cycle are likely to be the main factors behind this recovery.

    [08] July 2005 : Business Climate Indicator for the euro area improves further

    In July, the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area improved by a marked 0.20 points. The BCI rose for the second month in a row, thus supporting last month's signal of a turnaround in cyclical perceptions of industry managers. The positive development of the BCI in July was reflected in almost all underlying components. The improvement of industry managers' opinions was particularly marked for the production in recent months. Confidence among managers increased significantly also due to improved total order books and export order books. The assessment of stocks of finished products brightened as well, albeit more moderately so, while production expectation remained unchanged.

    [09] Aviation relations with the Western Balkan countries

    Today, the European Commission has approved four so called "horizontal" aviation agreements with Serbia and Montenegro, Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Horizontal aviation agreements bring bilateral air services agreements between EU Member States and third countries in line with EU law. They do not replace bilateral agreements but remove their discriminatory clauses. Indeed, their main objective is to end discriminatory provisions that do not allow EU airlines to fly to third countries from an EU Member State other than their country of origin. National designation clauses of air operators which exist in bilateral agreements between EU Member States and third countries have become illegal since the European Court of Justice decision of 5 November 2002. Today's decision is an important step towards the further strengthening of aviation relations with the Western Balkans. The Commission is currently negotiating an agreement on a European Common Aviation Area (ECAA) with the Western Balkan countries, the aim of which is to integrate these countries into Europe's single aviation market through the application of the same EU norms and standards throughout the area. The agreements adopted today by the Commission will now be transmitted to the Council for approval. For Croatia, the Commission had already approved a draft horizontal agreement which the Council is currently discussing.

    [10] Joe Borg welcomes a new fisheries partnership agreement with Morocco

    Joe Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, welcomed the initialling on 28 July of a fisheries partnership agreement between the European Union and Morocco. This agreement, which will be in place for a period of 4 years, marks the renewal of the fisheries relations between the two Parties after the previous agreement came to an end in November 1999. This new agreement is more modest than its predecessor and reflects the changes that have taken place in the interim period. It will provide fishing possibilities for 119 EU vessels and an annual quota of 60, 000 tonnes of small pelagic species. The financial compensation from the EU to Morocco will amount to €144 million for the whole period. A substantial part of this amount will be earmarked for measures specifically designed to help Morocco's small-scale fleet and to support the development of sustainable fishing activities in Morocco's waters. This approach is very much in line with the EU fisheries partnership agreements, as agreed under the 2002 reform of the Common Fisheries Policy and which focus on close cooperation with the partner countries to achieve sustainable fisheries in their waters. This agreement should become applicable from 1 March 2006, once it has passed through the Council and the European Parliament.

    [11] Commission presents new agricultural market and income forecasts

    Today the European Commission published a report on "Prospects for agricultural markets and income 2005-2012". Medium-term perspectives for the EU cereals, meat and dairy markets appear relatively favourable. The build-up of high levels of stock in 2004 is expected to continue to leave the cereal markets in a fragile situation over the next two years. In the medium-term, there should be a gradual fall in stock levels supported by further, though moderate, gains on the feed market and by more favourable conditions on world markets. EU meat markets have returned to a more normal situation after the extreme market conditions of the past few years. The current situation in the beef market - where consumption is higher than domestic production - is expected to persist over the 2005-2012 period. Pig and poultry production and consumption are expected to keep growing over the medium term. The EU dairy sector is foreseen to display a decline in the production of butter and SMP over the medium term as more milk is used for the production of cheese and other high value-added dairy products. These medium-term projections should lead to a 11.7% growth in EU-25 agricultural income between 2004 and 2012 in real terms and per labour unit (4% in the old Member States and a steady 50.4% rise for the new Member States, ie +137% against 2003 before enlargement). The report is available on Internet at :

    <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/publi/caprep/prospects2005/index_en.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/publi/caprep/prospects2005/index_en.htm

    [12] Autre matériel diffusé

    Commission activities in the fight against terrorism

    EU/Morocco fisheries partnership agreement : past and future

    Speaking points of Joe Borg at press conference following signature of exchange of letters on EU/Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement (28/07)

    Speech by Franco Frattini : "The implementation of The Hague Programme - the relevance for the security in Central Europe" at Salzburg Forum (28/07, Graz)

    &lt;!-- PRV_REF ID="SPEECH|05/464|0|DE" --&gt;Speech by Günter Verheugen : "KMU - Motor für Wachstum und Beschäftigung" (28/7, Paderbon)&lt;!-- From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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