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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-06-19

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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

Midday Express 19/06/2001

  • [01] Fiscalité : la Commission propose de renforcer la coopération contre la fraude en matière de TVA La Commission européenne a proposé un règlement pour renforcer la coopération entre les administrations fiscales des Etats membres pour combattre la fraude en matière de taxe sur la valeur ajoutée (TVA), en supprimant les obstacles qui entravent encore l'échange d'informations. Le règlement proposé a trois objectifs principaux : établir des règles plus claires et contraignantes pour l'échange d'information, assurer des contacts plus directs entre les services nationaux de lutte contre la fraude et intensifier les échanges d'information. La proposition vise ainsi à remédier aux faiblesses identifiées dans le rapport de la Commission concernant la fraude à la TVA (voir IP/00/115). Elle s'inscrit également dans le cadre de la nouvelle stratégie pour la TVA (voir IP/00/615). En outre, la Commission propose un amendement à la directive concernant l'assistance mutuelle dans le domaine des impôts directs - 77/799 - pour permettre aux Etats membres d'échanger des informations sur certaines taxes sur les primes d'assurance.
  • [02] Fonds structurels : la Commission approuve un programme d'aide d'un montant de 47,535 millions d'euros en faveur de la ville de Vienne La Commission européenne a approuvé le plan de développement régional de la ville de Vienne pour la période 2000-2006. Le programme soutiendra la revitalisation de zones urbaines en difficulté, situées dans les arrondissements de Brigittenau et de Leopoldstadt, et bénéficiera d'une aide financière de l'Union de 18,075 millions d'euros. Le concours financier européen attirera en outre 29,460 millions d'euros d'investissement des secteurs public et privé, pour une dépense totale de 47,535 millions d'euros. Le programme vise essentiellement à améliorer l'attrait de la Ville pour les habitants et pour les investisseurs potentiels. Il devrait permettre la création de 100 nouveaux emplois et le maintien à moyen terme de 300 emplois.
  • [03] Pre-accession farm aid : go-ahead for euro 12.1 million payments to Estonia The European Commission has given the go-ahead to the Estonian authorities to take over the management of euro 12.1 million in aid to help farmers adjust to the challenges of EU membership. Estonia will now be able to begin the implementation of this so-called "SAPARD" programme. Today's decisions covers measures to boost investment in agricultural holdings, to improve the processing and marketing of agricultural and fisheries products, to development and diversify agricultural activities and the improvement of rural infrastructure. Under the scheme, Estonia will be entitled to euro 12.137 million annually. Payment of the first advance can now be made. Estonia is the second candidate country to begin implementing the SAPARD aid programme.
  • [04] Commission and Candidate Countries met in Ljubljana on 18-19 June to discuss competition policy Representatives of the thirteen Candidate Countries and the European Commission, led by Competition Commissioner Mario Monti, have met in Ljubljana, Slovenia, for their Seventh Annual Competition Conference. The Conference came at a key moment in the accession negotiations. It focused on the full and efficient enforcement of the competition rules and the building up of a real competition culture.
  • [05] EU tables concrete proposals in WTO to clarify rules to facilitate access to drugs for needy countries On the eve of an important WTO meeting to address intellectual property and access to medicines, the European Commission has tabled concrete proposals designed to clarify existing rules in order to facilitate access to life- saving drugs by needy countries. These plans will be presented to fellow WTO members at the Council on Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) on 20 June. Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said : "I hope our proposals will enrich the debate in the WTO in the run-up to Qatar on how to ensure intellectual property rules are applied in the spirit in which they were intended. We must ensure that needy countries are able to use the flexibility these rules provide to access life-saving drugs at affordable prices. Whilst we acknowledge that patents are essential to encourage investment in the development of new medicines, we need to interpret and apply the rules in such a way as to support developing countries in their battle against killer diseases. These matters are too important to be left to the whim of lawyers."
  • [06] La Commission met en place un Conseil consultatif pour la recherche aéronautique européenne A l'occasion du 44ème salon aéronautique de Paris, Le Bourget, le Commissaire européen à la Recherche Philippe Busquin inaugurera la première réunion du nouveau Conseil pour la recherche aéronautique en Europe (ACARE). La création de ce conseil a été recommandée par un groupe de personnalités de haut niveau du secteur aéronautique qui, à la demande de M. Busquin, avait préparé un programme stratégique "Vision 2020" pour l'aéronautique européenne. Présentée à Hambourg en janvier 2001, "Vision 2020" vise à faire de l'Europe un leader global dans le secteur de l'aéronautique en développant un avion plus sûr, moins bruyant et moins polluant. Le nouveau conseil consultatif aura pour mission de développer et mettre en place une approche stratégique pour la construction de la prochaine génération d'avions européens. Il définira un agenda pour une coopération renforcée de la Commission, des Etats membres, de l'industrie et de la communauté scientifique qui répond aux objectifs de l'Espace européen de la recherche. Parmi les membres d'ACARE figurent Walter Kröll (Président, DLR), François Lureau (Directeur Général du pôle Aéronautique, Thales), Phil Ruffles (Directeur ingénierie et technologie, Rolls-Royce), Joachim Szodruch (Directeur, EADS Airbus) et Victor Aguado (Directeur Général, Eurocontrol).
  • [07] Debate on Agriculture and Food in Europe : Franz Fischler and David Byrne speak at Public Hearing in the European Parliament David Byrne, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, and Franz Fischler, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural development and Fisheries, will speak at a public hearing in the European Parliament on "Quality Production and the Common Agriculture Policy." In early March this year, Commissioners Fischler and Byrne launched a Union-wide debate on Agriculture and Food in Europe. A review of agri-food production systems is firmly on the European Union's agenda on the strength of the EU-wide debate on Agriculture and food, which was discussed at the informal Agriculture Council in Oestersund in April. The future of Agriculture and Food is as well at the core of the Round Table discussions organised by the two Commissioners in the Member States. Both Commissioners welcomed the organisation of this hearing in the European Parliament and it's contribution to the debate.
  • [08] Top officials from across Europe agree plans for on-line government services Senior civil servants from the public administrations of 28 European countries have endorsed recommendations for the development of on-line government services. Putting more government services on-line for citizens and businesses across Europe is an important element of the Commission's eEurope Action Plan. This happened at the joint Swedish Presidency and European Commission conference "eGovernment in the service of European citizens and enterprises what is required at the European level" held in Sandhamn, Sweden, on the 13th 14th June 2001 within the overall framework of the eEurope 2002 Action Plan.
  • [09] Commission publishes call for tender for information campaign to prevent smoking among adolescents The European Commission has published a call for tender concerning a Community-wide communication campaign. It aims to prevent nicotine addiction among adolescents aged roughly between 12 and 18 years. The campaign will be financed from the Community Fund for tobacco research and information. The annual budget for the communication campaign will be around euro 6 million. The duration of the contract will be a maximum of three years, consisting of a one year contract which can be renewed twice. The campaign will be based on a multimedia approach (television, press, internet, cinema etc.) and all Member States must be covered. To make sure this campaign is set up with the best possible expertise, the Commission intends to enlist the services of a company or body with substantial experience in this field to design and implement the campaign. This will be done in close cooperation with public health experts and national health administrations. The invitation to tender is available at : http://europa.eu.int/comm/dgs/health_consumer/library/tenders/call28_en.pdf
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Note sur les résultats du Conseil Pêche Questions and answers on animal by-products Discours de M. Vitorino : "The European Dimension of Immigration, Policing and Crime" au Conseil Régional de Puglia Discours de M. Lamy : "Accès aux médicaments et lutte contre les maladies transmissibles" à la commission Industrie du PE (! embargo 16h00 !)

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