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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-09-01

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] EU and Mercosur meet at ministerial level, Brussels 2 September 2005
  • [02] Financing Development: Commission report shows options for airline ticket contribution
  • [03] Improving the knowledge of the migratory phenomena in the EU: The Commission proposes new legislation on migration and asylum statistics.
  • [04] Commission adopts major package of measures in the field of immigration and asylum
  • [05] Juillet 2005 - Le chômage en baisse dans la zone euro et dans l’UE25 8,6%
  • [06] Commission and WWF launch Flying over Natura 2000 campaign
  • [07] Commission clears acquisition of IMCD by ABN AMRO
  • [08] Commission clears acquisition of Deli XL by Bidvest
  • [09] Rédiffusion
  • [10] Jacques Barrot participe une réunion de l’industrie spatiale européenne et française sur le programme Galileo
  • [11] COREPER Meeting on textiles
  • [12] Autre matériel diffusé
  • [13] Memorandum on Reduction of the financial assistance granted to a Cohesion Fund project in Greece: Spata airport
  • [14] Memorandum on migration development
  • [15] Memorandum on Integration of Third country nationals
  • [16] Memorandum on Common standards on return
  • [17] Speech by Joe Borg on “Perspectives of a European Maritime Policy” at the Congress In Water Tec 2005 in Kiel
  • [18] Speech by Louis Michel “Europe will make a difference” at the Residence Palace
  • [19] Speech by President Barroso at the signing Ceremony for the Foundation of the European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk
  • [20] Speech by Viviane Reding “The Media and Globalisation” at the European Forum Alpbach (31/09) Midday Express of 2005-09-01 Reference: MEX/05/0901 Date: 01/09/2005 EXME05 / 01.9

    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

  • [01] EU and Mercosur meet at ministerial level, Brussels 2 September 2005

    On 2 September, the Commission will meet Mercosur ministers to discuss the further conduct of EU-Mercosur Association Agreement negotiations. The Commission will be represented by EU Commissioners for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Trade, Peter Mandelson, and Agriculture and Rural Development, Mariann Fischer Boel. Mercosur participants include Mr Reinaldo Gargano Ostuni, Uruguay’s Foreign Minister and Mercosur’s pro-tempore Presidency, Mr Roberto Lavagna, Argentina’s Economy Minister, Mr Celso Amorim and Mr Luiz Fernando Furlan, Brazil’s Foreign Minister and Development Minister respectively, and Ms Leila Rachid, Paraguay’s Foreign Minister.

    [02] Financing Development: Commission report shows options for airline ticket contribution

    A European Commission staff working paper published today contains an analysis of how a solidarity contribution on airline tickets might be used by EU Member States as a source of development aid in order to help achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The paper must be seen in the context of the decisions to increase development aid and to deliver better and faster, taken at the June European Council. Requested by the Council of Economic and Finance Ministers in July, the staff working paper contains a technical analysis of the two options which Finance Ministers wish to consider further: mandatory or voluntary payment of a contribution by passengers under a common EU scheme in which Member States could voluntarily participate. A co-ordinated EU approach would deliver a political message of European solidarity towards developing countries, facilitate and clarify the operation of the measure for airline operators and passengers and ensure that EC Treaty rules were respected.

    [03] Improving the knowledge of the migratory phenomena in the EU: The Commission proposes new legislation on migration and asylum statistics.

    The development of common immigration and asylum policies has in recent years increased the need for EU-wide comprehensive and comparable migratory statistics. To this effect, the Commission has today tabled a proposal for a Regulation on Community statistics on migration and international protection. The Regulation will improve the statistical knowledge of migration-related phenomena by specifying the data to be collected, the timetables to be applied, the definitions and the quality standards. The following statistics will be covered by the Regulation: international migration, usually resident population, acquisition of citizenship, international protection (including asylum), residence permits, returns and measures related to the prevention of illegal entry and stay.

    [04] Commission adopts major package of measures in the field of immigration and asylum

    The measures adopted today comprise the proposal for a Directive on common standards on return and three Communications, on Integration, on Regional Protection Programmes and on Migration and Development. This is an important step towards the realisation of the objectives announced in the Hague Action Plan adopted by the Council in June and the achievement of a balanced approach in the migration and asylum field. .

    [05] Juillet 2005 - Le chômage en baisse dans la zone euro et dans l’UE25 8,6%

    Le taux de chômage de la zone euro, corrigé des variations saisonnières, s’est élevé 8,6% en juillet 2005, contre 8,7% en juin. Il était de 8, 9% en juillet 2004. Le taux de chômage de l’UE254 a été de 8,6% en juillet 2005, contre 8,7% en juin. Il était de 9,0% en juillet 2004. En juillet 2005, les taux les plus bas ont été enregistrés en Irlande (4, 3%), au Royaume-Uni (4,7% en mai), au Danemark (4,8% en juin), aux Pays-Bas (4,8%), et en Autriche (5,1%). Les taux de chômage les plus élevés ont été observés en Pologne (17,6%), en Slovaquie (15,2%), en Grèce (9,9% en mars), en France (9,7%), en Espagne (9,4%), et en Allemagne5 (9,3%). Ces chiffres sont publiés par Eurostat.

    [06] Commission and WWF launch Flying over Natura 2000 campaign

    The European Commission and WWF are launching a campaign to promote awareness of the EU’s Natura 2000 network of protected areas, by following by satellite the migration of 14 Black Storks from Europe to their wintering grounds in Africa. The Natura 2000 network presently covers 15% of the total EU surface and provides necessary resting places for the Black Storks on their way to Africa. The Storks have been equipped with radio transmitters in eight EU Member States (Estonia, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain, Luxembourg, France and Belgium). They will be monitored on a daily basis by WWF-Belgium, and their migration journey will be displayed on the Internet. Every day over a period of twenty days, the storks will also “send postcards” in the form of short TV clips to television viewers. So far, fifteen television channels in twelve EU Member States or accession countries, reaching out to millions of viewers, will be following the storks’ journey and broadcast the clips. Director-General of DG Environment Catherine Day, and Geoffroy De Schuetter of WWF-Belgium will launch the campaign at a press briefing tomorrow, Friday 2 September, 12H15, in the Commission press room. WWF can supply interested TV channels with 35 one-minute clips describing some of the Natura 2000 sites - with their characteristics, biodiversity and ongoing human activity - which the fourteen Black Storks will have flown over.

    [07] Commission clears acquisition of IMCD by ABN AMRO

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of IMCD Group B.V. (IMCD) of the Netherlands by ABN AMRO Capital BO Funds B.V (ABN AMRO); also of the Netherlands. ABN AMRO is a subsidiary of the ABN AMRO group, which provides global financial services. IMCD is a network of companies active in the marketing, sales and distribution of speciality chemicals and food ingredients through offices and warehouses in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Morocco. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [08] Commission clears acquisition of Deli XL by Bidvest

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Deli XL B.V. (Deli XL) of the Netherlands by Bidvest Holding B.V. (Bidvest) of South Africa. Deli XL is a food services wholesaler and provides a wide range of food and non- food products for catering to hospitals, schools and other similar institutions in The Netherlands and Belgium. Bidvest is part of the Bidvest Group, a South-African investment holding company. The Bidvest Group holds world-wide interests in a large number of companies in the services, trading and distribution sectors. In Europe, the Bidvest Group is, inter alia, active in the food services business in the United Kingdom, through BFS Group Limited, a company active under the trade name “3663 First for Food service”. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure..

    [09] Rédiffusion

    [10] Jacques Barrot participe une réunion de l’industrie spatiale européenne et française sur le programme Galileo

    Le 31 août 2005 Jacques Barrot, le commissaire européen chargé de la politique de transport participera une réunion avec l’industrie spatiale européenne et française sur le programme Galileo l’initiative du gouvernement français. Cette rencontre fait partie d’un dialogue permanent entre les institutions européennes, l’industrie et les responsables des régions et des Etats membres qui sont tous appelés collaborer dans ce grand projet européen. Galileo repose sur un partenariat public-privé entre régions, Etats membres, institutions européennes, agences spatiales et partenaires industriels de toutes tailles. Il revient au Commissaire européen chargé de la politique de transport d’animer, activer, et encourager le dialogue entre tous ces partenaires et d’être leur écoute en permanence afin que GALILEO puisse démarrer dans de bonnes conditions comme grand projet industriel européen. Des étapes importantes sont prévues dès le rentrée. Ce 29 septembre le premier des 30 satellites, nécessaires pour créer le réseau satellitaire GALILEO sera baptisé. Son lancement en orbite par une fusée Soyouz est prévu pour début décembre. Vers la fin de l’année le contrat avec le concessionnaire sera signé. Ce contrat déterminera le partage des responsabilités entre les industries et les acteurs publiques. Le Vice président Barrot a souligné: « Le dialogue entre les industries et les acteurs publics européens est la clef de succès pour GALILEO. Etre l’écoute des uns et des autres tout au long du déploiement et de la mise en œuvre de GALILEO est pour moi une nécessité et une priorité. La Commission européenne est dans son rôle d’impulsion et de médiation. C’est dans cet esprit que j’ai noué le dialogue dès la prise de mon mandat et que je profite de mes déplacements dans toute l’Europe pour faire un point régulier sur l’avancement de ce grand projet."

    [11] COREPER Meeting on textiles

    This morning the Committee of Permanent Representations to the European Union discussed the current situation regarding blocked Chinese textile imports to the European Union. EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson attended. The Commissioner briefed Member States on the current situation. There was a discussion of the draft Commission proposal to unblock goods currently without licenses. This discussion was at an exploratory and technical level. There was a strong consensus among Member States that the current situation needs to be resolved as rapidly as possible, and that blocked goods need to be unblocked. There will be a meeting of the 133 Textiles Committee this afternoon (16.00), which will continue this morning's discussions at a more technical level. The Commission will not make any further comment on the substance of its proposals to Member States until those proposals have been subject to a discussion in the College on Thursday and formally transmitted to Member States for their response.

    [12] Autre matériel diffusé

    [13] Memorandum on Reduction of the financial assistance granted to a Cohesion Fund project in Greece: Spata airport

    [14] Memorandum on migration development

    [15] Memorandum on Integration of Third country nationals

    [16] Memorandum on Common standards on return

    [17] Speech by Joe Borg on “Perspectives of a European Maritime Policy” at the Congress In Water Tec 2005 in Kiel

    [18] Speech by Louis Michel “Europe will make a difference” at the Residence Palace

    [19] Speech by President Barroso at the signing Ceremony for the Foundation of the European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk

    [20] Speech by Viviane Reding “The Media and Globalisation” at the European Forum Alpbach (31/09)

    From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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