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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-06-09

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] EU-US Summit in Slovenia to discuss further strengthening of strategic partnership
  • [02] La Commission introduit un passeport unique et la puce d’identification pour les chevaux et les autres équidés
  • [03] Maritime policy: Commissioner Borg in Slovenia to promote closer cooperation on maritime issues in the Mediterranean
  • [04] An EU27 surplus in trade in goods with the USA of more than € 80 billion in 2007
  • [05] Commissioner Kovács to participate in customs actions taking place in the Netherlands, Germany and Hungary
  • [06] Commissioner Piebalgs launches the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-06-09 Reference: MEX/08/0609 Date: 09/06/2008 EXME08 / 09.06

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    09/06/08


  • [01] EU-US Summit in Slovenia to discuss further strengthening of strategic partnership

    This year’s EU-US Summit will take place in Brdo, Slovenia on Tuesday 10 June. The Summit will cover the full gamut of global and regional issues where the EU and the US seek to act in partnership. Issues for discussion will include assisting the development of Kosovo, following up on the Middle East peace initiative launched last year at Annapolis, shaping a comprehensive and binding post-2012 global agreement on tackling climate change, and working together to promote energy efficiency as well as energy security through the diversification of supply sources and the development of sustainable new forms of energy. Furthermore the EU and the US will discuss the strengthening of the economic and regulatory cooperation and the deburdening of enterprises on both sides of the Atlantic, following the cooperation in this field in the framework of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC). The EU will also be asking the US for an update on progress towards its commitment to bring further EU Member States into the US Visa Waiver Programme.

    [02] La Commission introduit un passeport unique et la puce d’identification pour les chevaux et les autres équidés

    Un règlement adopté par la Commission européenne instaure un système plus efficace et plus clair d’identification des chevaux, des ânes et des autres espèces de la famille des équidés, dans le but d’améliorer la santé de ces animaux. Un passeport individuel devra donc désormais être attribué tous les équidés dans un délai de six mois suivant leur naissance. En parallèle, lors de la délivrance de ce document, les animaux se verront implanter dans le cou une puce électronique correspondant leur passeport. Cette proposition vise moderniser le système d’identification des équidés, qui se fonde actuellement sur des signalements graphiques réalisés la main.

    [03] Maritime policy: Commissioner Borg in Slovenia to promote closer cooperation on maritime issues in the Mediterranean

    Joe Borg, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will attend tomorrow an international conference in Portorož, Slovenia, to open a debate on the maritime-related challenges and opportunities for the Mediterranean Sea basin. The discussions will focus on cooperation and governance in a variety of maritime sectors and activities such as environment, sea transport, surveillance and research. Closer cooperation in these areas between EU and non-EU countries in the region, as well as increased collaboration between sectoral players, will be the leitmotivs. The conference, organised by the Slovenian Presidency of the EU, the European Commission and the University Centre for Euro-Mediterranean Studies in Piran, will be an important step towards applying the EU's Integrated Maritime Policy in the regional context.

    [04] An EU27 surplus in trade in goods with the USA of more than € 80 billion in 2007

    Taking goods and services together, the EU and the USA account for the largest bilateral trade relationship in the world. The significant amount of bilateral trade and investment illustrates a high degree of interdependence of the two economies. On the occasion of the European Union - USA summit, which will take place on Tuesday 10 June in Brdo in Slovenia, Eurostat issues data on trade and investments between the USA and the EU.

    [05] Commissioner Kovács to participate in customs actions taking place in the Netherlands, Germany and Hungary

    This week, Commissioner Kovács will visit customs at the port of Rotterdam (9 June), Frankfurt airport (11 June) and at Röszke (12 June), which is the land border between Hungary and Serbia. Commissioner Kovács and the customs authorities will illustrate to journalists how customs cooperate across the EU, how quickly information is exchanged on the possible arrival of risky consignments and what tools are used to detect them. The visits will show practical examples of how customs protect European citizens in their daily lives against all kind of illegal or dangerous imports. The Customs Action Week is part of the celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the EU Customs Union. An audiovisual news package will be available on Friday, 13 June via EbS. Further information on customs roles and the Customs Union: <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/40customs">http://ec.europa.eu/40customs

    Rediffusion

    [06] Commissioner Piebalgs launches the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation

    Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, welcomed the Ministerial Declaration signed today by Energy leaders of the G8 countries, China, India, South Korea and the European Community in view of the establishment of a new multilateral energy initiative: the "International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation", "IPEEC". The signature took place during the G8 Energy Ministerial Meeting attended by Commissioner Piebalgs and organised by Japanese G8 Presidency in the Aomori Prefecture.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC)

    • Speech by Commissioner Kroes ' State aid for broadcasting', Cologne - EMBARGO 14:15 CET - From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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