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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-06-08

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MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

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

Midday Express 08/06/2001

  • [01] Romano Prodi congratulates Tony Blair The President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, has sent the following message to British Prime Minister Tony Blair : "Congratulations on your victory in yesterday's general election. The European Commission looks forward to working with you and your colleagues in meeting the many challenges which face us as Europeans. Let us turn these challenges into opportunities for all our countries and citizens."
  • [02] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de plusieurs sociétés Albert Abela par Sodexho La Commission européenne a approuvé le projet d'acquisition par la société française de restauration et de loisirs Sodexho Alliance SA de plusieurs entreprises appartenant au groupe américain Albert Abela Corp. Parmi les sociétés achetées, seule Sogeres, qui opère dans le secteur de la restauration collective, est présente en Europe. L'opération aura uniquement des répercussions sur le marché français de la restauration collective, mais la Commission a estimé que, même sur ce marché, il y aurait encore une concurrence suffisante émanant d'autres opérateurs régionaux et nationaux.
  • [03] Structural funds : Commission approves euro 184 million support for Hessen The European Commission has approved a development programme for the German region of Hessen covering the period 2000-2006. This programme amounts to euro 184 million in financial support from the European Union. It concerns areas in economic and social reconversion, and as such eligible to "Objective 2" of the Structural Funds. The European funding will attract a further euro 123 million in investment from the public sector and euro 235 million from the private sector, for a total spending of euro 542 million. The programme is intended to promote the region's development and structural adjustment. It aims to create 3200 new jobs, to safeguard 8000 existing ones, to create 900 modernised training places and to develop 200 hectares of commercial sites.
  • [04] Commission helps candidate countries plan for investment in a healthy environment The European Commission has today adopted a Communication on environmental financing in the candidate countries. The Communication examines the financial challenges that compliance with EU environmental legislation will pose for the countries preparing to join the Union, and gives guidance on how to best meet them. It recommends candidate countries to develop coherent and prioritised investment strategies. It proposes criteria for setting the priorities, and encourages the countries to leverage available funds to make the most of scarce resources.
  • [05] Commission allocates euro 8.4 million for ECHO Flight operations The European Commission has allocated euro 8.4 million to fund the operations of ECHO Flight in the Horn of Africa during 2001. The service offers a vital lifeline for highly vulnerable people in this troubled region, providing access to places which are difficult or impossible to reach by land. It is heavily used by field staff working for ECHO and its operational partners, and enables essential supplies and equipment to be delivered speedily to the areas where they are most needed. Over the past two years alone, ECHO Flight has served some 180 Commission projects with an overall project value of euro 70 million.
  • [06] First quarter of 2001 - Euro-zone and EU15 GDP up by 0.5% ; +2.5% compared to first quarter of 2000 (! embargo 12 am !) Euro-zone and EU15 GDP both grew by 0.5% during the first quarter of 2001, compared to the previous quarter, according to first estimates out today from Eurostat. These figures follow a rise of 0.6% both for the euro-zone and the EU15 in the fourth quarter of 2000. Compared to the first quarter of 2000, GDP grew by 2.5% in both the euro-zone and the EU15 during the first quarter of 2001, after having recorded a growth of 2.9% in both areas in the previous quarter.
  • [07] Conference on ethics and biomedical research The Swedish presidency and the European Commission (Science and Society initiative) are holding a conference on the subject of ethics and biomedical research in Umeå on 11th and 12th June. The conference will be opened by Thomas Östros, Minister for Education and Science and Philippe Busquin, European Commissioner for research. Other speakers include Noëlle Lenoir, Chair of the European Group on Ethics in Sciences and New Technologies (EGE) and Göran Hermerén, Vice-chair of EGE. The conference will review the current state of knowledge, primarily in human health, and discuss the legislative framework applicable to such research. The issue of ethics and moral acceptability of this research for the general public may be crucial for the development of the biotechnology sector, which in one reason why the Commission is striving to foster the public debate about the issue. The conference will throw light on some of the ethical aspects of biotechnology and biomedical research, present case studies ranging from recent scientific discoveries to applied research, which has already triggered proposals for new legislation. The main subjects of discussion will be xenotransplantation (transplantation of organs or tissues from animals to humans), the use of banks of human tissue and the use of human stem cells for research. On Monday, 11 June, Thomas Östros, Philippe Busquin and Noëlle Lenoir will give a press conference at 12h30.
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Discours de M. Prodi : "Where do we go from here ?" devant l'Assemblée nationale de la République de Slovénie (7/6, Ljubljana) Speech by Pascal Lamy : "US-EU: the biggest trading elephants in the jungle - but will they behave ?" at the Economic Strategy Institute (7/6, Washington DC) Speech by Pedro Solbes : "The economic effects of EU enlargement: real economic convergence in transition economies and the effects of enlargement in the EU" at the German Council on Foreign Relations (7/6, Berlin) Discours de M. Solbes : "€ changeover a role for local and regional authorities" à la Conférence 'Ecco l'euro.... davvero' (Pontassieve) Discours de M. Vitorino : "Democratic Control of Europol" à la conférence Europol (La Haye) Note sur la préparation du Conseil Emploi et Affaires sociales Calendrier du 11 au 16 juin

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