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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-09-22

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] La Commission propose de renforcer les règles communes de sûreté aérienne
  • [02] First budget of enlarged EU benefits all Member States ; main beneficiaries remain the same
  • [03] Erasmus Mundus : les universités de l'UE continuent d'attirer le monde entier
  • [04] Commission clears Třinecké železárny's take-over of VVT
  • [05] Structural Funds : Saxony shifts €227 million for productive investments
  • [06] Olli Rehn on the declaration by the EU and its Member States following the declaration made by Turkey upon signature on 29 July 2005 of the Ankara Agreement Protocol
  • [07] Influenza : medical and veterinary chiefs discuss closer cooperation
  • [08] Commission extends fishing ban on anchovy in the Bay of Biscay
  • [09] Joe Borg : "Extending and diversifying scientific advice on fisheries"
  • [10] Et les lauréats sont ... allemands, espagnols et suisses
  • [11] Israeli and Palestinian transport ministers signed agreement on Joint Transport Office
  • [12] Juillet 2005 par rapport juin 2005 : les entrées de commandes dans l'industrie en baisse de 1,6% dans la zone euro ; baisse de 0,7% dans l'UE25
  • [13] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-09-22 Reference: MEX/05/0922 Date: 22/09/2005 EXME05 / 22.9

    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

    22/09/05


  • [01] La Commission propose de renforcer les règles communes de sûreté aérienne

    La Commission européenne a proposé aujourd'hui de réviser le règlement sur la sûreté aérienne, adopté au lendemain des attentats du 11 septembre 2001, qui vise établir des normes communes entre tous les Etats de l'UE pour faire face la menace terroriste. En vigueur depuis presque trois ans, cette législation a permis de renforcer la sûreté du transport aérien et d'en harmoniser le contrôle. Les quelque 40 inspections menées par la Commission depuis février 2004 pour en vérifier la bonne application ont permis d'identifier certaines lacunes ou certains besoins qui l'amènent aujourd'hui proposer cette révision. La compétence communautaire va notamment s'étendre aux mesures de sûreté en vol et au trafic aérien en provenance des pays tiers. Selon Jacques Barrot, Vice-Président en charge des transports : "La protection du transport aérien contre les attaques terroristes s'est considérablement améliorée depuis les attentats de 2001. Pour autant, le nouveau règlement va nous permettre d'être plus efficace et de réagir plus rapidement face une menace en évolution constante. Je confirme ainsi la priorité donnée la sécurité et la sûreté des transports."

    [02] First budget of enlarged EU benefits all Member States ; main beneficiaries remain the same

    The 2004 budget was a further step towards structural modernisation of EU spending. Some €92 billion were allocated to recipients in Member States. Each country received funds for regional policies, agriculture, competitiveness, jobs and research ; €7.5 billion went to countries outside of the Union or benefited several Member States. Main beneficiaries among Member States remain the same as in 2003. For all 10 new Member States, the 2004 accounting budgetary balance was visibly and significantly better than in 2003, when they were outside the EU. At the same time it did not provoke a significant increase of contribution from EU15. These are the main findings of the "Report on the allocation of 2004 EU expenditure by Member State". Commissioner Dalia Grybauskaité commented : "The report shows clearly that enlargement was a win-win situation for all members of the Union".

    [03] Erasmus Mundus : les universités de l'UE continuent d'attirer le monde entier

    Dans sa deuxième année, le programme communautaire Erasmus Mundus, qui vise promouvoir la mobilité et la coopération avec des pays tiers dans le domaine de l'enseignement supérieur, va de succès en succès. Le nombre d'universités, de cours, d'étudiants et d'enseignants de l'Union européenne et du monde entier qui participent au programme est en augmentation rapide, démontrant ainsi qu'en matière d'enseignement supérieur, la "marque de fabrique Europe" est gage d'excellence.

    [04] Commission clears Třinecké železárny's take-over of VVT

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the Czech company VVT by the Czech company Třinecké železárny. The Commission concluded that the proposed merger does not substantially impede competition in the European Economic Area or any significant part of it.

    [05] Structural Funds : Saxony shifts €227 million for productive investments

    The European Commission decided today to accept the request from the region of Saxony to modify its Objective 1 programme and shift the amount of €156 million from ESF to ERDF programmes and €68 million within the ERDF from other measures. The modification of the programme also includes an increase in Rural Development expenditure (EADDF-Guidance) of €3 million, transferred from the Fisheries Instrument (FIFG). Saxony applied under Regulation 1260/99 to modify its Objective 1 programme and justified its request following the high demand to increase financial resources available for measure 1.1 "productive investments" : more than 600 SMEs are willing to invest in the region possibly creating new workplaces and a total estimate of 6,700 jobs (5,200 new jobs and another 1,500 indirectly). Following a thorough examination of the application on the basis of the specific characteristics of the Saxony economy, and with a view to maximising the use of the funds, the Commission considers this programme modification as being acceptable.

    [06] Olli Rehn on the declaration by the EU and its Member States following the declaration made by Turkey upon signature on 29 July 2005 of the Ankara Agreement Protocol

    European Commissioner for Enlargement, Olli Rehn, stated on 21 September : "This is a reasonable and balanced outcome. The agreement between the Member States paves the way for a smooth adoption of the negotiating framework and thus the opening of the accession negotations with Turkey on 3 October. On 29 June, the Commission proposed a rigorous negotiating framework to the Member States, in line with the European Council of December 2004. This proposal takes due account of all concerns and provides for a solid basis for rigorous and fair negotiations with Turkey. I look forward to its rapid adoption by the Member States."

    [07] Influenza : medical and veterinary chiefs discuss closer cooperation

    The European Commission is hosting the first joint meeting of European Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) and Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) today, to discuss how to improve coordination between animal and public health authorities in addressing the threat of avian influenza and the possible human pandemic that could develop from it. The CMOs and CVOs aim to find ways in which to develop closer cooperation on surveillance, preventative measures and preparedness planning. The meeting will discuss how to establish a synchronised rapid reaction for vets and doctors in the event of an avian influenza outbreak in the EU, to ensure the swift eradication of the virus from poultry farms and offer as much protection as possible for people in close contact with infected birds (e.g. poultry workers). Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection addressed the meeting and said : "Coordination of veterinary and public health authorities at EU and national level is essential to address the threat of a global influenza pandemic due to a mutation of the Avian Influenza virus present in Asia. I urge Member State authorities to work together in synergy." The meeting was also attended by experts from the ECDC and EFSA. The conclusions of the meeting will be published at :

    <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

    [08] Commission extends fishing ban on anchovy in the Bay of Biscay

    As recently announced, the European Commission, today, adopted emergency measures to extend the current three-month ban on the fishing of anchovy in the Bay of Biscay from 3 October till 31 December 2005 (see IP/05/1132). The Commission intends to propose the adoption of a total allowable catch of zero for 2006, until independent data, based on surveys to be carried out this autumn and next spring, provide reliable estimates of the quantities of young and adult anchovies in the stock. The current ban was put in place on the basis of scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), last Spring, which recommended an immediate closure of the fishery on account of the very poor state of the stock. The Commission subsequently asked the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee on Fisheries (STECF) to examine the latest data and provide advice on what should be done at the end of the three- month ban. The STECF endorsed the Commission's decision on the ban and recommended that "no alternative management measures short of closure should be considered at this time". In view of this advice, the Commission has decided to extend the ban to ensure the recovery of the stock. It has also contacted the Member States concerned to examine alternative management measures that would provide greater protection to the anchovy stock, once fishing resumes.

    [09] Joe Borg : "Extending and diversifying scientific advice on fisheries"

    In a speech delivered at the annual Conference of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), earlier today in Aberdeen, Joe Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, underlined the need for scientific research on fish stocks to be extended and spread to other marine domains. As the pressure on fish stocks increases due to factors such as overfishing, pollution, climate change and growing competiton in the use of the sea, so do the challenges on achieving sustainable fisheries in a balanced marine environment. To meet these challenges, Mr Borg said : "All of us – and by us I mean fisheries managers, scientists and the fishing industry itself – will require a significant change in the way we approach our work, new ways of doing things and, I hope, even closer collaboration between all the parties concerned than that which exists today." Outlining the work in process to prepare a Green Paper on a wide ranging Maritime Policy for the Union, the Commissioner invited ICES to participate actively in the discussion that will be generated by this Paper. This would be particularly relevant in terms of priorities for research and the development of more integrated advice necessary for the better management of our seas and the economic activities depending on them.

    [10] Et les lauréats sont ... allemands, espagnols et suisses

    A 13 heures, le mercredi 21 septembre, l'attente était enfin terminée pour les quelque 120 jeunes scientifiques, âgés de 16 20 ans, originaires de 35 pays et réunis l'Université Bauman de Moscou l'occasion du 17ème Concours de l'UE pour jeunes scientifiques. Après évaluation des 78 projets en compétition, les noms des lauréats ont été révélés au cours d'une cérémonie de remise des prix où le suspens a été son comble jusqu' la dernière minute. Cette année, les premiers prix ont été attribués des équipes allemandes, espagnoles et suisses pour leurs projets originaux dans le domaine de la dynamique des fluides, la possible découverte d'une nouvelle espèce Gran Canaria et la prévention des infections des voies urinaires dues aux cathéters.

    [11] Israeli and Palestinian transport ministers signed agreement on Joint Transport Office

    On 21 September, in Jerusalem, the transport ministers of Israel and the Palestinian Authority signed an agreement for the establishment of a Joint Transport Office. The role of the Office will be to study and promote the implementation of projects of mutual interest, especially in the domain of road and railway transport. The agreement was facilitated by the European Commission and the Joint Transport Office will be supported financially by the European Union.

    [12] Juillet 2005 par rapport juin 2005 : les entrées de commandes dans l'industrie en baisse de 1,6% dans la zone euro ; baisse de 0,7% dans l'UE25

    Dans la zone euro, l’indice des entrées de commandes dans l'industrie a baissé de 1,6% en juillet 2005 par rapport juin 2005. Cet indice avait augmenté de 3,1% en juin et diminué de 0,1% en mai. Dans l'UE25, les entrées de commandes ont reculé de 0,7% en juillet 2005, après une hausse de 2,5% en juin et une baisse de 0,2% en mai. En juillet 2005 par rapport juillet 2004, les entrées de commandes dans l’industrie ont progressé de 1,2% dans la zone euro et de 1,8% dans l(UE25. Ces estimations sont publiées par Eurostat.

    [13] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Viviane Reding : "Better regulation for Europe's media industry : the Commission's approach" at audiovisual Conference 'Between Culture and Commerce' (Liverpool)

    Speech by Neelie Kroes : "Enhancing Actions for Damages for Breach of Competition Rules in Europe" at the Harvard Club (New York, ! embargo 23/09, 01h30 !) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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