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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-02-22

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Appel Ă candidatures pour la « Balance de cristal », Prix europĂ©en de pratiques innovantes concourant Ă la qualitĂ© de la justice civile
  • [02] Sharing excellence: Regional stakeholders gather in Brussels for two- day exchange of ideas on sustainable development, competitiveness
  • [03] Mandelson in China to discuss new High Level Trade Mechanism
  • [04] Europe speeds up industrial research in Micro-Computers
  • [05] Europe boosts industrial research in Nano-electronics
  • [06] HĂĽbner in Thessaloniki to launch Cohesion Policy awareness campaign
  • [07] EU jobs outlook upbeat, but progress uneven
  • [08] Classical Swine Fever in Croatia: EU emergency veterinary team sent to assist containing the outbreak
  • [09] VAT fraud: The European Commission presents possible far-reaching measures on VAT to better combat fraud
  • [10] Les entrĂ©es de commandes dans l’industrie en baisse de 3,6% dans la zone euro
  • [11] Commission launches dialogue with Montenegro on visa free travel
  • [12] Louis Michel souhaite le rĂ©tablissement d'un climat de confiance au Tchad
  • [13] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of Eiffage by Sacyr Vallehermoso
  • [14] Autre matĂ©riel diffusĂ© Midday Express of 2008-02-22 Reference: MEX/08/0222 Date: 22/02/2008 EXME08 / 22.02

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    22/02/08


  • [01] Appel Ă candidatures pour la « Balance de cristal », Prix europĂ©en de pratiques innovantes concourant Ă la qualitĂ© de la justice civile

    Dans le cadre de la 6ème Journée européenne de la justice civile, la Commission européenne et le Conseil de l'Europe organisent en 2008, le Prix Balance de cristal, qui récompense les pratiques innovantes concourant à la qualité de la justice civile. Ce concours est organisé tous les deux ans par la Commission européenne et le Conseil de l’Europe.

    [02] Sharing excellence: Regional stakeholders gather in Brussels for two- day exchange of ideas on sustainable development, competitiveness

    Danuta HĂĽbner, Commissioner for Regional Policy, will on Monday welcome over 600 participants to a conference in Brussels entitled: 'Regions for Economic Change - Sharing excellence'. Co-organised with the Committee of the Regions, the two-day event will give participants from regions all over the EU the opportunity to learn from one another. They will share ideas on how best to support sustainable development and promote competitiveness through EU regional policy instruments.

    [03] Mandelson in China to discuss new High Level Trade Mechanism

    EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson will travel to China today to begin a three day visit, where he will have his first meeting with the new Chinese Minister of Commerce Mr. Chen Deming. They will take forward the establishment of an EU-China High Level Economic and Trade Mechanism, which was agreed at the last EU-China Summit. This new group will bring together senior decision-makers from the Chinese leadership and their counterparts from the European Commission, to address issues that concern trade and the economy and that have a strategic dimension. Mandelson will also meet other key Chinese authorities and European businesses operating in China.

    [04] Europe speeds up industrial research in Micro-Computers

    The European Commission is launching today a major Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) called ARTEMIS. With an unprecedented investment of € 2.5 billion, this initiative, that has been endorsed by the Council of Ministers and by the European Parliament at the end of 2007, addresses embedded computer systems that – while running almost unnoticed by users – improve the performance of all kinds of machines: from cars, planes and phones, to factories, washing machines and televisions. The Governing Boards of ARTEMIS – where public and private stakeholders take decisions jointly – met for the first time in Brussels today.

    [05] Europe boosts industrial research in Nano-electronics

    An unprecedented € 3 billion will be invested in nanoelectronics, with the launch today of a major Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) endorsed by the Council of Ministers and by the European Parliament at the end of 2007. This initiative, called ENIAC, is a new public-private partnership which targets nanoelectronics, the technology that enables increasingly high levels of miniaturisation in the myriad of applications and high-tech products which are emerging today. The Governing Boards of this ENIAC – where public and private stakeholders take decisions jointly – meet for the first time in Brussels today.

    [06] HĂĽbner in Thessaloniki to launch Cohesion Policy awareness campaign

    Danuta HĂĽbner, Commissioner for Regional Policy, will today take part in a ceremony to mark the launch of Greece's programming for Cohesion Policy 2007-2013. The launch in Thessaloniki, organised at the initiative of the Greek ministry of Economy and Finances, is the first of a series of events in Greek regional capitals to raise awareness about the opportunities that EU investment will bring.

    [07] EU jobs outlook upbeat, but progress uneven

    Employment growth has been impressive during the last year according to the Joint Employment Report, to be adopted by Employment Ministers on 29 February. Almost 6.5 million new jobs were created during the last two years and another 5 million jobs are forecast by 2009. Unemployment in the EU is expected to fall to under 7% in 2008, the lowest level since the mid- 1980s. The Report – which assesses Member States’ implementation of their national reform programmes in the area of employment – is strongly upbeat. However, it also points to a number of ongoing areas for concern, notably youth unemployment and under-investment in education and training.

    [08] Classical Swine Fever in Croatia: EU emergency veterinary team sent to assist containing the outbreak

    Following a recent outbreak of classical swine fever (CSF) in Croatia, the European Commission sent today an emergency veterinary team on-the spot to support the local authorities to rapidly respond and to help contain the disease.

    [09] VAT fraud: The European Commission presents possible far-reaching measures on VAT to better combat fraud

    The European Commission has adopted today a Communication on possible far- reaching measures to combat VAT fraud. The measures in question are the introduction of taxation for intra-Community supplies and the introduction of a generalised reverse charge. Both systems have the potential to considerably reduce the phenomenon of 'missing trader' (MTIC) fraud. However, both also pose potential problems that would need to be examined further before either system could be agreed.

    [10] Les entrées de commandes dans l’industrie en baisse de 3,6% dans la zone euro

    Dans la zone euro (ZE13), l’indice des entrées de commandes dans l'industrie a baissé de 3,6% en décembre 2007 comparé à novembre 2007. L’indice avait progressé de 2,0% en novembre. Dans l’UE27, les entrées de commandes ont diminué de 1,2% en décembre et de 0,2% en novembre. En excluant la construction navale ainsi que l’équipement ferroviaire et aérospatial4, les entrées de commandes dans l’industrie ont diminué de 0,8% dans la zone euro et de 0,5% dans l’UE27. En décembre 2007 par rapport à décembre 2006, les entrées de commandes dans l’industrie ont crû de 2,1% dans la zone euro et de 7,5% dans l’UE27. En excluant la construction navale ainsi que l’équipement ferroviaire et aérospatial, les entrées de commandes dans l’industrie ont progressé de 3,3% dans la zone euro et de 6,6% dans l’UE27. L'indice moyen des entrées de commandes dans l'industrie en 2007 a crû, par rapport à 2006, de 8,2% dans la zone euro et de 10,1% dans l’UE27. Ces estimations sont publiées par Eurostat.

    Rediffusion

    New boost for the internal market on goods Parliament supports the proposed approach

    The European Commission welcomes today’s adoption by the European Parliament of a broad package of measures to facilitate the functioning of the internal market for goods. This will make it easier for companies, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises, to sell their products in the EU whilst increasing the protection of consumers. For industrial products existing market surveillance systems will be strengthened and for the first time aligned with import controls. Accreditation has also been introduced.

    [11] Commission launches dialogue with Montenegro on visa free travel

    European Commission Vice President Franco Frattini, in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security, launched a dialogue on visa free travel with Montenegro in Podgorica today. The aim of this dialogue is to give clear indications to the authorities of Montenegro on the measures that need to be taken to grant visa free travel to all citizens of the country. "This is a tangible and concrete proof of the EU's commitment to Montenegro's European future", said Vice President Frattini at the opening ceremony of the dialogue on visa free travel.

    [12] Louis Michel souhaite le rétablissement d'un climat de confiance au Tchad

    Le Commissaire Louis Michel a rencontré ce matin une délégation tchadienne conduite par SEM Ahmat Allam-Mi, Ministre des Affaires Etrangères et de l'Intégration Africaine. Cette rencontre a permis de passer en revue la situation interne suite aux récentes tentatives de renversement du pouvoir par des rebelles armés. Le Commissaire a renouvelé sa condamnation ferme de cette attaque, et s'est inquiété des répercussions que cet état de crise pouvait avoir sur la situation politique interne.

    [13] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of Eiffage by Sacyr Vallehermoso

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Eiffage S.A. of France by Sacyr Vallehermoso (Sacyr) of Spain. The Commission concluded that the operation would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [14] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on Antitrust: Commission takes note of Microsoft's announcement on interoperability principles

    • Memo on Preparation of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Brussels, 25 February 2008

    • Memo on New European Commission proposals for fast track administrative burden reductions

    • Memo on Joint Employment Report 2008

    • Speech by Vice President Frattini on Integrated Border Management

    • Speech by President Barroso "We are very well placed to succeed"

    • Speech de la Commissaire Kuneva sur les Politiques des Consommateurs et de la concurrence – pour le bien-être et la droissance"

    • Speech by Commissioner Piebalgs on European energy security policy

    • Calendrier hebdomadaire du 25 au 29 février

    • Top News from the European Commission

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