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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-03-29

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

MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Service Presse et Communicationb

29/03/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

[I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] La Commission entend améliorer le système de sécurité des produits et accroître la protection des consommateurs
  • [02] Reinforcement of BSE monitoring and surveillance through tests
  • [03] Commission finds that Kvaerner Warnow Werft GmbH has respected its capacity limitation in 1999
  • [04] Commission approves CO² quotas for the electricity sector in Denmark for the period 2001-2003
  • [05] Commission approves regional aid map for Sweden
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [06] Télécommunications : la Commission ouvre des procédures d'infraction contre la Belgique, la France, l'Italie, les Pays-Bas, l'Autriche et la Finlande

  • [I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

    [01] La Commission entend améliorer le système de sécurité des produits et accroître la protection des consommateurs

    (! embargo 15h !) La Commission européenne a adopté une proposition visant à améliorer les règles qui régissent la sécurité des produits en Europe, et qui révise la Directive sur la Sécurité Générale des Produits (92/59/CEE). La proposition instaure de nouvelles règles, plus simples, destinées à garantir que seuls des produits sûrs soient mis sur le marché. Ce qui caractérise avant tout la révision, c'est l'introduction d'une plus grande transparence, d'une surveillance plus active des marchés et de règles simplifiées permettant d'intervenir rapidement pour retirer les produits dangereux du marché. Elle instaure en outre l'interdiction d'exporter les produits interdits dans l'Union européenne vers les pays tiers. Les propositions visent également à renforcer le fonctionnement du système d'alerte rapide de l'Union européenne.

    [02] Reinforcement of BSE monitoring and surveillance through tests

    (! embargo 3 pm !) The European Commission has endorsed a draft Decision which will reinforce the epidemio-surveillance of BSE in cattle by introducing a monitoring programme from 1st January 2001, through rapid post mortem tests. Three post-mortem tests have been validated by the Commission last year to this end. The draft decision will require the Member States to carry out an annual monitoring programmes on a targetted sample of animals, with a particular focus on animals which die on farms, sick animals slaughtered as emergencies and animals displaying behavioural or neurological signs. The test results will provide a more complete picture of the incidence of BSE in the European Union and of the patterns of infectivity in the animal population. Similar tests carried out in Switzerland have led to a significant improvement in BSE monitoring in that country.

    [03] Commission finds that Kvaerner Warnow Werft GmbH has respected its capacity limitation in 1999

    The European Commission has decided that Kvaerner Warnow Werft GmbH (KWW), situated in Warnemünde (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), Germany, has respected its capacity limitation in 1999. Therefore, no repayment of aid is necessary as regards the year 1999. The annual capacity limitation for 1999 was 91000 cgt and it was imposed on the yard as a condition of approving a substantial amount of restructuring aid, altogether DM 1247 million, by the Commission in the context of privatisation of the yard in 1992. The compliance with the capacity is monitored by the Commission. The formal investigation procedure in the case as regards the years 1998 and 1999 was opened in November 1998.

    [04] Commission approves CO² quotas for the electricity sector in Denmark for the period 2001-2003

    The European Commission has approved the Danish scheme for tradable CO² emission permits, which is the first of its kind in the European Union. The State will allocate emission permits for free to electricity producers established in Denmark based on their historical emissions during the period 1994-1998. In order to respect the freedom of establishment, new entrants on the Danish electricity market before the end of 2003 will be allocated emission permits based on objective and non-discriminatory criteria, which are subject to approval by the Commission. The Commission makes clear that this decision is without prejudice to future decisions on emission trading schemes.

    [05] Commission approves regional aid map for Sweden

    The European Commission has approved the regional aid map for Sweden for the period 2000-2006. The approval of the map will enable the Swedish authorities to provide financial assistance for business investment in the Northern part of Sweden until 31 December 2006.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [06] Télécommunications : la Commission ouvre des procédures d'infraction contre la Belgique, la France, l'Italie, les Pays-Bas, l'Autriche et la Finlande

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'engager des procédures formelles d'infraction contre la Belgique, la France, l'Italie, les Pays-Bas, l'Autriche et la Finlande pour non-transposition de la directive relative à la numérotation. Des lettres de mise en demeure vont à présent être adressées à ces Etats membres, qui disposeront d'un mois pour répondre aux préoccupations exprimées par la Commission. Il s'agit de la première étape de la procédure d'infraction prévue à l'article 226 du Traité.

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