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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-06-01

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] La nouvelle Agence européenne des produits chimiques débute ses activités au moment où REACH entre en vigueur
  • [02] Commission vice-President Günter Verheugen welcomes Member States approval of proposal on Advanced Therapies
  • [03] EU Health Strategy : consultation shows support for increased EU cooperation to improve and protect health
  • [04] Semaine européenne de la jeunesse 2007 : l'inclusion sociale et la diversité seront au cœur des débats alors que deux cents jeunes se réuniront Bruxelles
  • [05] Environment : EU looks for further progress in the regulation of international trade in wildlife
  • [06] Commission to decide on Finnish national allocation plan
  • [07] Commission clears acquisition of Walki Wisa by CapMan
  • [08] Commission clears acquisition of WKE by Bridgepoint
  • [09] Euro area and EU27 unemployment down to 7.1%
  • [10] Taux d'épargne des ménages de 13,7% dans la zone euro et de 11,0% dans l'UE27 ; taux d'investissement des entreprises de 22,0% dans la zone euro et de 21,5% dans l'UE27
  • [11] Euro area and EU27 GDP up by 0.6% - +3.0% and +3.2% respectively compared to the first quarter of 2006
  • [12] Turkey and the EU : Together for a European Energy Policy - High-level conference in Istanbul on 5 June
  • [13] Joe Borg pays a visit to Hong Kong
  • [14] Expo Semaine verte : une simple promenade pour découvrir les dernières innovations en matière d'écotechnologies
  • [15] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-06-01 Reference: MEX/07/0601 Date: 01/06/2007 EXME07 / 1.6

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communicationb

    01/06/07


  • [01] La nouvelle Agence européenne des produits chimiques débute ses activités au moment où REACH entre en vigueur

    La nouvelle législation européenne des produits chimiques, REACH (enregistrement, évaluation, autorisation et restrictions relatifs aux produits chimiques, en anglais "Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restrictions of Chemicals") entre en vigueur aujourd'hui et, avec elle, la nouvelle Agence européenne des produits chimiques débute ses activités Helsinki. Le règlement REACH améliorera de manière significative la protection de la santé humaine et de l'environnement tout en encourageant l'innovation et en préservant la compétitivité de l'industrie chimique de l'UE. L'Agence qui est responsable de la gestion de la mise en œuvre des nouvelles exigences lancera un site internet qui donnera les principales informations telles que les documents d'orientation, les services d'assistance et les autres outils relatifs REACH. Dès le 1er juin 2007, l'Agence devra accomplir un effort considérable pour devenir pleinement opérationnelle le 1er juin 2008 lorsque les entreprises commenceront la soumission en ligne de pré enregistrements et de dossiers d'enregistrement. Le directeur exécutif par intérim de l'Agence est M. Geert Dancet qui a été détaché par la Commission pour diriger l'équipe chargée du démarrage de l'Agence.

    [02] Commission vice-President Günter Verheugen welcomes Member States approval of proposal on Advanced Therapies

    The Member States of the European Union unanimously endorsed on 31 May a proposal of the European Commission to regulate new medical products based on genes, cells and tissues. These advanced therapies herald revolutionary treatments of a number of diseases or injuries, such as skin grafts for burn victims, Alzheimer, cancer or muscular dystrophy. Harmonized EU rules are urgently needed to ensure uniform patients’ access to treatments and support the development of this emerging biotechnology industry. After endorsement by the European Parliament last month at first reading, the Council of Ministers approved the Commission proposal to address all advanced therapies within a single European framework.

    [03] EU Health Strategy : consultation shows support for increased EU cooperation to improve and protect health

    There is general support for a new overarching European Health Strategy and a desire for more cooperation between the European Commission and EU Member States to further improve and protect health in Europe, the results of a public consultation process reveal. The Commission published today a report on the consultation on the forthcoming EU Health Strategy that sums up more than 150 responses received during the process, which closed in February. The strategy, an attempt to rise to the challenges Europe will face in the coming years, will set broad objectives for health during the next decade. It will also aim to promote health across all policies and to tackle global health issues.

    [04] Semaine européenne de la jeunesse 2007 : l'inclusion sociale et la diversité seront au cœur des débats alors que deux cents jeunes se réuniront Bruxelles

    L'inclusion sociale et la diversité occuperont une place de choix lors de la troisième édition de la Semaine européenne de la jeunesse, qui se tiendra du 3 au 10 juin 2007. Des débats politiques, des événements culturels et autres se dérouleront aux quatre coins de l'Europe, tous liés au lancement du nouveau programme "Jeunesse en action" (2007-2013) dans toute l'Europe. A Bruxelles, quelque 200 jeunes se rassembleront pour l'événement "Jeunesse en action !", dans le prolongement direct du récent sommet de la jeunesse qui s'est tenu Rome et de la manifestation pour les jeunes, organisée par la présidence allemande Cologne. Le débat de Bruxelles, qui fait partie intégrante du dialogue structuré avec les jeunes, culminera en un débat politique (le 6 juin) avec les commissaires Ján Figel' et Vladimír `pidla, ainsi qu'avec des hauts représentants d'autres institutions de l'UE.

    [05] Environment : EU looks for further progress in the regulation of international trade in wildlife

    The European Union will be pushing for effective regulation of international trade in certain species of sharks, eels and timber at the 14th Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) on 3-15 June in The Hague. The EU will also continue to press for the implementation of adequate mechanisms to monitor developments in illegal killing of elephants before any further commercial ivory trade should be allowed. The EU believes CITES can make an important contribution to achieving the global target of significantly reducing the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, by ensuring that international trade in wildlife and wildlife products is sustainable. For the ministerial segment of the conference on 13 June, the European Commission will be represented by Mogens Peter Carl, Director-General for Environment.

    [06] Commission to decide on Finnish national allocation plan

    On Monday 4 June 2007, the European Commission is scheduled to take its decision on the national allocation plan submitted by Finland under Directive 2003/87/EC, which establishes the EU emissions trading scheme for greenhouse gases. The decision will be communicated at 12 pm Central European Summer Time (CEST) via a press release.

    The announcement will also be displayed simultaneously on both the

    href="http://europa.eu.int/rapid/">http://europa.eu.int/rapid/ and the DG Environment website at: <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/emission.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/emission.htm and <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/2nd_phase_ep.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/2nd_phase_ep.htm.

    The legal decision will be posted on the DG Environment emissions trading website at the time of the announcement being made: <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/2nd_phase_ep.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/2nd_phase_ep.htm

    [07] Commission clears acquisition of Walki Wisa by CapMan

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Walki Wisa, comprising Walki Wisa Oy (Finland), Walki Wisa GmbH (Germany) and Walki Wisa Ltd (UK), by Ramvais Oy of Finland, belonging to the Finnish group CapMan. CapMan is a private equity fund group. Walki Wisa produces wrappings and composite materials for industrial applications. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [08] Commission clears acquisition of WKE by Bridgepoint

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of the education division of Wolters Kluwer N.V. (WKE) of The Netherlands by Bridgepoint Capital Group Ltd. (Bridgepoint) of the UK. Bridgepoint is a private equity company. WKE is the education division of Wolters Kluwer and is active in the publication and marketing of educational material for teachers, students and parents. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [09] Euro area and EU27 unemployment down to 7.1%

    Euro area (EA13) seasonally-adjusted unemployment stood at 7.1% in April 2007, compared with 7.2% in March. It was 8.0% in April 2006. The EU27 unemployment rate was also 7.1% in April 2007, compared with 7.2% in March. It was 8.0% in April 2006. In April 2007, the lowest rates were registered in the Netherlands (3.3%), Denmark (3.4% in March) and Ireland (4.0%). Unemployment rates were highest in Poland (11.2%) and Slovakia (10.5%). These figures come from Eurostat.

    [10] Taux d'épargne des ménages de 13,7% dans la zone euro et de 11,0% dans l'UE27 ; taux d'investissement des entreprises de 22,0% dans la zone euro et de 21,5% dans l'UE27

    Eurostat et la Banque centrale européenne publient aujourd'hui pour la première fois des données statistiques sur les comptes européens trimestriels des secteurs institutionnels. Ces données fournissent une vue d'ensemble de la zone euro et de l'UE en tant qu'entités économiques et permettent toute une série d'analyses des interactions entre les ménages, les entreprises financières et non financières et les administrations publiques. Ces comptes retracent également les interactions de la zone euro et de l'UE avec le reste du monde.

    [11] Euro area and EU27 GDP up by 0.6% - +3.0% and +3.2% respectively compared to the first quarter of 2006

    Euro area (EA13) and EU27 GDP both grew by 0.6% in the first quarter of 2007, compared with the previous quarter, according to first estimates released by Eurostat. In the fourth quarter of 2006, growth rates were +0.9% in both the euro area and the EU27. Compared with the first quarter of 2006, seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 3.0% in the euro area and by 3.2% in the EU27, after +3.3% and +3.5% respectively for the previous quarter.

    [12] Turkey and the EU : Together for a European Energy Policy - High-level conference in Istanbul on 5 June

    Underlying the strategic importance of EU-Turkish co-operation in energy, Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn and Commissioner for Energy Andris Piebalgs will address a high-level Energy Conference on Tuesday, 5 June in Istanbul, organised jointly by the Commission and the Turkish authorities. Chief Negotiator Ali Babacan and Energy Minister Güler will also participate to the conference.

    [13] Joe Borg pays a visit to Hong Kong

    European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, Joe Borg, will leave Japan on 3 June 2007 for a two-day visit to Hong Kong where he will meet with political leaders, fisheries managers and shipping stakeholders. He will also visit maritime and fisheries facilities. On the first day of his visit, Mr Borg will participate in the bi-annual meeting of BIMCO (the Baltic and International Maritime Council), where he will speak on a future EU maritime policy, the pivotal role of shipping in the maritime economy and its impact on society at large. BIMCO is the world's largest private shipping organisation with 2720 members world-wide and represents the major part of the merchant fleet. On the second day, he will have meetings with Hong Kong's Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food, Mr York Chow, the Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works, Ms Sarah Liao, and the Director for the Marine Department, Mr Roger Tupper. In these meetings, EU/Hong Kong bilateral relations, the ongoing consultation on the EU maritime Policy Green Paper and fisheries related issues will be discussed. Mr Borg's programme also includes a visit to the Aberdeen Fishing Port and the Hong Kong Harbour. This is the first time that Mr Borg visits Hong Kong since taking up his post as Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs.

    [14] Expo Semaine verte : une simple promenade pour découvrir les dernières innovations en matière d'écotechnologies

    Du 3 au 15 juin, l'expo Semaine verte permettra de découvrir ce qui se fait de mieux en matière d'écotechnologies dans le parc du Cinquantenaire, Bruxelles. L'innovation technologique sera en effet mise en vedette lors de cette exposition, qui s'inscrit dans le cadre de la Semaine verte, la conférence et exposition annuelles de la Commission européenne consacrées l'environnement, prévue cette année du 12 au 15 juin. L'expo Semaine verte sera inaugurée le 3 juin, le jour de la fête de l'environnement organisée chaque année par la région bruxelloise, et sera ouverte au grand public.

    [15] Autre matériel diffusé

    Questions and Answers on the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the REACH Regulation

    EU Youth policies : Frequently Asked Questions

    EU Energy Policy and Turkey

    Speech by Joaquin Almunia : "More and better statistics for a improved economic governance" at press conference to present new economic quarterly statistics

    Speech by Viviane Reding : "Why Greece needs broadband and why it needs it now – a European perspective" at the International Conference 'Exploring the Global Dynamics of Broadband Internet' (Athens)

    Speech by Leonard Orban : "Uniunea Europeană _i contribuţia României la viitorul acesteia" (Sibiu, Romania)

    Speech by Mariann Fischer Boel : "Reform des Weinsektors" to wine producers (31/05, Luxembourg)

    Speech by Joe Borg : "Prospects for partnership in fisheries and beyond: The European Union's drive for the sustainable management of our oceans and seas" at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (31/05)

    Speech by Andris Piebalgs : "Energy and Climate Change" at ministerial Conference 'Energy in a changing world' (31/05, Paris)

    Global action needed for global climate change and energy security challenges (31/05)

    Calendrier du 4 au 10 juin 2007

    Top News from the European Commission (04 June-01 July 2007) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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