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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-10-22

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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 22/10/2001

  • [01] Consumers to get more information on fisheries products The European Commission has adopted a Regulation requiring more detailed information for consumers about fisheries and aquaculture products. From 1 January 2002, a number of details will have to feature on these products specifying their names, origin and method of production. "The aim of this measure is to boost consumer choice. The new labelling requirement will inform consumers about the production method, the area and the exact name of the product they buy. It will strengthen the traceability of fisheries products. Consumers will find it easier to choose their fisheries products according to the criteria which matter to them. Greater traceability will also facilitate the monitoring of fisheries products from the ship to the shop, enhancing conservation of fish stocks", Franz Fischler, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Fisheries said.
  • [02] Philippe Busquin signe un accord de recherche avec la Chine A l'occasion de la visite aujourd'hui du Ministre chinois de la science et de la technologie, M. Xu Guanhua, un accord de coopération dans le domaine des sciences des matériaux sera signé avec la Commission européenne. Cet accord facilitera la participation des organisations de recherche chinoises, y compris les entreprises, aux projets de recherche européens avec financement chinois et vice-versa. En outre, le soutien à la formation, des initiatives telles que les conférences et ateliers ainsi que l'échange d'informations scientifiques et techniques sont prévus. Les domaines de recherche couverts par l'arrangement comprennent les technologies génériques fondamentales des matériaux, le développement des limites et de durabilité des matériaux, les matériaux fonctionnels avancés, la production durable dans l'industrie chimique et les nanotechnologies. Lors de leur rencontre, MM. Busquin et Xu Guanhua aborderont également l'avenir de la coopération scientifique Chine-UE, dans le contexte de l'Espace européen de la recherche et du nouveau programme-cadre 2002-2006 ainsi que la préparation d'un Forum sur la science qui aurait lieu à Beijing en 2002.
  • [03] Services and establishment : infringement procedures against France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal The European Commission has decided to refer France, Germany, Italy and Portugal to the Court of Justice for restrictions on the services of medical laboratories, patent agents, engineers and private security firms respectively, which it considers violate EC Treaty rules on the freedom to provide services (Article 49) and the freedom of establishment (Article 43). It has also decided to send a formal request to France amend certain provisions of its mining code to remove restrictions on the freedom of establishment and a similar request to the Netherlands to remove restrictive conditions placed on private security companies. These requests takes the form of so-called reasoned opinions, the second stage of infringement procedures under Article 226 of the EC Treaty. Failing a satisfactory response within two months, the Commission may decide to refer the Member State concerned to the Court of Justice.
  • [04] Elaboration interactive des politiques : la Commission lance "Votre point de vue sur l'Europe" La Commission européenne a lancé "Votre point de vue sur l'Europe", un nouveau site web (http://europa.eu.int/yourvoice) qui offre aux citoyens, aux consommateurs et aux entreprises la possibilité de jouer un rôle actif dans le processus d'élaboration des politiques de la Commission. Ils peuvent ainsi donner leur avis sur de nouvelles initiatives et sur la mise en application de règles existantes, discuter de l'avenir de l'Europe ou déposer des plaintes. "Votre point de vue sur l'Europe" permet d'accéder à un large éventail d'outils interactifs tels que les consultations en ligne, les mécanismes de retour d'informations, les forums, les discussions en ligne et les procédures de réclamation. Cette participation directe des intéressés contribuera à la mise en œuvre efficace de nouvelles politiques conformément aux efforts déployés par la Commission pour réformer la gouvernance européenne. "Votre point de vue sur l'Europe" fait partie intégrante de l'initiative d'élaboration interactive des politiques (IP/01/519).
  • [05] Euro-denominated bond issuance down to euro 308 billion in third quarter According to the latest quarterly note on the euro-denominated bond markets published today by the European Commission, a total of euro 308 billion was issued during the third quarter of 2001. Total issuance was disrupted by the terrorist attacks in the United States. This is a considerable decline from the total of euro 370 billion in the previous quarter. Nevertheless, third-quarter issuance almost equalled the euro 310 billion recorded in Q3/2000. Central governments were the dominant issuers. Private-sector issuance, particularly by corporates, was negatively affected by the events of 11 September. Increased uncertainty in bond markets was reflected in a shift towards smaller issues and shorter maturities. Issuance in euro came almost exclusively from within the euro-area and the share of the euro in international issuance declined to 32%. The full document can be found on : http://europa.eu.int/comm/economy_finance/document/eurobond/eurobondidx_en.htm
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Conclusions de la réunion informelle des chefs d'Etat et de gouvernement (19/10, Gand) Note sur la préparation du Conseil Agriculture

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