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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-09-14

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

[I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] Commission finds that Greece has granted illegal State aid to Olympic Airways and Olympic Airlines
  • [02] Commission fines producers of industrial thread a total of €43,497 million for cartels
  • [03] Commission appoints new Deputy Director General in DG Trade
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [04] Les voitures appelleront le 112 – mais y aura-t-il quelqu'un au bout du fil ? La Commission presse les Etats membres d'agir pour mettre en place l'appel d'urgence embarqué ("eCall")
  • [05] Educational exchanges between the EU and Australia receive another boost
  • [06] National surveillance programmes for avian flu approved and further wild bird surveillance measures agreed
  • [07] Markos Kyprianou visits Cyprus
  • [08] Joe Borg visits Belgium and the Netherlands (14-16/09)
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-09-14 Reference: MEX/05/0914 Date: 14/09/2005 EXME05 / 14.9

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

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

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

    Communication

    14/09/05


  • [I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

    [01] Commission finds that Greece has granted illegal State aid to Olympic Airways and Olympic Airlines

    The European Commission has declared illegal a number of measures taken by the Greek State which gave an unfair advantage to Olympic Airways and Olympic Airlines, the new company which has taken over its flight operations. This decision closes the investigation, started on 16 March 2004, into the State aid granted since December 2002, when the airline was ordered to repay €160 million in illegal aid.

    [02] Commission fines producers of industrial thread a total of €43,497 million for cartels

    The European Commission has fined thread producers from Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom a total of €43,497 million for operating cartels in the market for industrial thread in violation of EC Treaty rules on restrictive business practices (Article 81). Industrial thread is used in a variety of industries to sew or embroider various products such as clothes, home furnishings, automotive seats and seatbelts, leather goods, mattresses, footwear, and ropes.

    [03] Commission appoints new Deputy Director General in DG Trade

    Peter Balas was appointed Deputy Director-General in the Directorate- General for Trade. In his new function Mr Balas will supervise the services responsible for the coordination of WTO and OECD matters, agricultural trade, services, sustainable development as well as textiles, new technologies, intellectual property and public procurement.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [04] Les voitures appelleront le 112 – mais y aura-t-il quelqu'un au bout du fil ? La Commission presse les Etats membres d'agir pour mettre en place l'appel d'urgence embarqué ("eCall")

    L'industrie est en bonne voie d'équiper votre voiture d'un système d'appel d'urgence, mais la modernisation des infrastructures nécessaires pour gérer les appels a pris beaucoup de retard, selon une Communication de la Commission européenne adoptée aujourd'hui. Tous les véhicules neufs fabriqués en Europe vont être équipés d'un système automatique d'appel d'urgence ("eCall") dès 2009, dans le cadre d'un plan d'action approuvé par la Commission et l'industrie en février de cette année.

    [05] Educational exchanges between the EU and Australia receive another boost

    The EU and Australia are stepping up their efforts to promote cooperation between their universities and vocational training institutions. After a three-year pilot phase, the European Commission and the Australian government have each tripled their commitment to €1 million to stimulate innovative curriculum development and student exchange projects.

    [06] National surveillance programmes for avian flu approved and further wild bird surveillance measures agreed

    A European Commission proposal to approve Member States' individual surveillance plans for avian influenza, and to provide up to 50% co-funding for the programmes has been endorsed by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health. The EU will contribute an initial €884,000 towards the costs of these surveillance programmes for the period July 2005 to January 2006, and further funds will be made available as necessary. The approved programmes outline the number of samples that will be taken from both wild and domestic birds in each Member State, and the type and number of tests that will be done. In certain cases, the type of birds that will be tested is also detailed. In line with guidelines on better surveillance of wild birds, presented by experts at a working group meeting on September 6th (see MEMO/05/304), a number of Member States further increased the surveillance of wild birds in their national programmes. In total, around 25,000 tests in wild birds have now been submitted for co-financing for 2005/06 – a three fold increase on the number of tests carried out on wild birds for the same period last year. In a separate decision, the Standing Committee unanimously backed a Commission proposal to extend the requirements for wild bird surveillance, so that wild bird, hunting and other relevant organisations will be obliged to immediately notify national competent authorities of any abnormal mortality or significant disease outbreaks occurring in wild birds.

    For more information on avian influenza, see :

    <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/animal/diseases/controlmeasures/avian/index_en.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/animal/diseases/controlmeasures/avian/index_en.htm

    [07] Markos Kyprianou visits Cyprus

    European Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou is on an official visit to Cyprus on 15-16 September. Mr Kyprianou will meet the Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Mr Efthimiou and the Minister of Health Mr Gavrielides (15 September). The main issues to be discussed are Cyprus' national surveillance and control plans for avian influenza and influenza pandemic preparedness planning. On 16 September, the Commissioner will present the 'Europa Diary' to students at the Lyceum Apostolos Varnavas in Strovolos, in the presence of the Minister of Education Mr Georgiades and the President of the Cyprus Consumer Association Mr Petros Markou. The Europa Diary is an EU-wide, Commission funded effort to inform young people of their rights as consumers, and to provide them with information on key public health issues. It is aimed at students between the ages of 15 and 18 and has been distributed at no cost among schools who request it across the EU, together with a teacher’s kit to provide an additional teaching resource.

    [08] Joe Borg visits Belgium and the Netherlands (14-16/09)

    Joe Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, will start a visit to the Belgian coast this evening in Oostende where he will have a meeting with Mr Yves Leterme, Minister-President of the Flemish Government. After a visit to a processing plant in Zeebrugge, tomorrow morning, Commissioner Borg will visit the port before meeting with representatives of the Belgian fishing sector. On Friday, he will be in the Netherlands where the day will start with a meeting with Mr Cees Veerman, Minister for Agriculture, Nature and Food. This will be followed by a visit of Scheveningen Harbour and a visit to a pelagic trawler (targeting mid- water species). The Commissioner will then meet with representatives of the Dutch pelagic freeze trawler association. This will be followed by a visit to a fish trading company before boarding a fishing vessel for a demonstration of pulse-fishing for flat fish. In the afternoon, the Commissioner will meet with Dutch stakeholders. The visit will be concluded by a meeting with Minister Veerman.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    i2010 Intelligent Car Flagship Initiative : questions and answers

    Speech by Peter Mandelson : "The right choices for the Doha Round" at National Press Club (13/09, Washington DC)

    Speech by Neelie Kroes : "Delivering Lisbon – the Role of Competition Policy" au European Liberal Democrat City Forum (London, ! embargo 23h30 !) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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