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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-08-30

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] First meeting of Ministers from the EU and the European Neighbourhood
  • [02] EUROBAROMETER: Europeans support greater cooperation with neighbouring countries
  • [03] Floods: Commission allocates € 9.5 million in emergency aid to flood victims in India, Bangladesh and Nepal
  • [04] Kyprianou and Platini kick off football season with joint Commission- UEFA TV campaign promoting physical activity
  • [05] Enregistrement de quatre dénominations de produits agricoles
  • [06] Commission to decide on Danish national allocation plan
  • [07] Autre matériel diffuse
  • [08] Strengthening the European Neighbourhood Policy
  • [09] Questions and Answers on Commission actions to promote physical exercise
  • [10] Questions and Answers on physical activity Midday Express of 2007-08-30 Reference: MEX/07/0830 Date: 30/08/2007 EXME07 / 30.8

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    30/08/07


  • [01] First meeting of Ministers from the EU and the European Neighbourhood

    On 3 September, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, will host in Brussels the first ever meeting of Ministers and other representatives from all of the countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) with their counterparts from the European Union. This international conference: “Working Together – Strengthening the European Neighbourhood Policy", organised and hosted by the European Commission, will include a ministerial-level morning session, which will focus particularly on the opportunities for trade liberalisation, mobility, and the challenges of climate change and energy security. The afternoon session will open up the debate to other stakeholders including business groupings and non-governmental organisations. The conference will be opened by José Manuel Barroso, President of the Commission, Luis Amado, Foreign Minister of Portugal and the current EU Presidency, and Benita Ferrero-Waldner.

    [02] EUROBAROMETER: Europeans support greater cooperation with neighbouring countries

    A survey conducted for the European Commission by Eurobarometer confirms that a significant majority of people in EU Member States support efforts to intensify co-operation with the countries neighbouring the Union. The overwhelming majority of those polled believe that working with neighbours on fighting organised crime and terrorism, on environment and energy, on economic development, immigration, democracy, education and training is important. Most Europeans believe that EU assistance to its neighbours can serve to extend peace and democracy beyond the borders of the Union, and around half believe that neighbouring countries are indeed willing to co- operate with the EU to introduce internal reforms.

    [03] Floods: Commission allocates € 9.5 million in emergency aid to flood victims in India, Bangladesh and Nepal

    The European Commission has allocated €9.5 million in humanitarian aid to help flood victims in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Emergency experts from the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department, ECHO, have been in the flood affected areas and will be back soon, liaising with relief agencies on operations to be funded. The emergency relief focuses on the distribution of food rations and the provision of drinking water, emergency shelter and healthcare, in particular to prevent outbreaks of water-borne diseases. The next step is to assist the recovery of livelihoods, damaged housing and water-sanitation facilities. The emergency funds are channelled through ECHO under the responsibility of Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid.

    [04] Kyprianou and Platini kick off football season with joint Commission- UEFA TV campaign promoting physical activity

    The European Commission and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) are launching a joint TV advertising campaign that aims to encourage European citizens to make physical activity part of their daily lives. The advert encourages viewers to get out of their armchairs and be physically active, using the slogan "Go on, get out of your armchair'. Millions of Europeans are expected to view the advert, as it will be screened free of charge during the half-time break of this season’s televised Champions League football games. This initiative comes at a time when poor diets and low levels of physical activity in Europe account for six of the seven leading risk factors for ill health in Europe. The lack of physical exercise, coupled with unbalanced diets, has turned obesity into a serious public health problem. In most EU Member States more than half of the adult population is overweight or obese. It is also estimated that almost 22 million children are overweight in the EU and each year this figure is growing by 400,000.

    [05] Enregistrement de quatre dénominations de produits agricoles

    La Commission européenne a ajouté quatre dénominations de produits agricoles et alimentaires la liste des appellations d'origine protégées (AOP) et indications géographiques protégées (IGP). Il s'agit.du fromage français "Barèges-Gavarnie" (AOP), du fruit italien "Arancia del Gargano (PGI) et des biscuits tchèques "Hořické trubičky" (IGP) et "Lomnické suchary" (IGP). Les quatre dénominations s'ajoutent la liste d'environ 800 produits déj protégés en vertu de la législation sur la protection des indications géographiques, des appellations d'origine et des spécialités traditionnelles. Des renseignements sur les produits de qualité ainsi que la liste des dénominations protégées sont disponibles sur l'internet l'adresse : <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/foodqual/quali1_fr.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/foodqual/quali1_fr.htm

    [06] Commission to decide on Danish national allocation plan

    On Friday 31 August, the European Commission is scheduled to take its decision on the national allocation plan submitted by Denmark 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] Autre matériel diffuse

    [08] Strengthening the European Neighbourhood Policy

    [09] Questions and Answers on Commission actions to promote physical exercise

    [10] Questions and Answers on physical activity

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