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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-03-06

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] Passage à l'euro : les clés du succès
  • [02] La Commission veut remplacer les batteries au cadmium des véhicules électriques par des solutions plus sûres avant la fin de 2005
  • [03] Olympic Airways : opening of State aid investigation procedure against Greece
  • [04] Airlines left without insurance following the attacks in the USA : Commission authorises aid measures introduced by Finland
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [05] EU responds firmly to US decision to severely restrict steel imports from rest of world
  • [06] Classical swine fever in Luxembourg, Spain and Germany
  • [07] La Commission autorise l'acquisition par Cofathec d'une participation de 50% dans Climespace
  • [08] Commission clears SAS majority stake in Spanair
  • [09] EU tables proposals to complete jigsaw on access to essential medicines for developing countries with no drug production of their own
  • [10] Chris Patten highlights challenges and benefits of EU enlargement for Kaliningrad
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 06/03/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 06/03/2002[I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] Passage à l'euro : les clés du succès

    Dans une communication destinée au prochain Conseil européen de Barcelone des 15 et 16 mars, la Commission européenne dresse un bilan détaillé sur les opérations de passage à l'euro , la préparation des entreprises et les réactions du public. Des informations détaillées par pays permettent de suivre le progrès de la préalimentation jusqu'au retrait des monnaies nationales. Partout dans la zone-euro, le passage à la monnaie unique été un succès. D'après les derniers sondages réalisés mi-février 2002, les craintes liées à une possible mauvaise préparation des PME ne se sont pas matérialisées. Au 1er janvier 2002, 95% des PME tiennent leur comptabilité en euro, 96% établissent leurs prix en euro et 97% établissent leurs factures en euro. Il y a peu de différences entre Etats participants. Pour les citoyens, les sondages confirment le sentiment positif général : plus de 80% des citoyens de la zone euro estiment que la transition s'est bien passée, et près de 70% se disent heureux que l'euro soit devenu leur nouvelle monnaie. Les sondages indiquent aussi un accueil enthousiaste de l'euro par les citoyens des pays "pre-ins" : 57% des Suédois affirment qu'ils seraient très ou plutôt contents si leur pays adoptait l'euro. Le chiffre est de 49% au Danemark et de 34% au Royaume-Uni. Résultats complets du Flash Eurobaromètre 122 "PME et euro" : http://europa.eu.int/comm/public_opinion Résultats complets des Flash Eurobaromètres 121 "Euro zone" et 121 "pre-in countries" : http://europa.eu.int/comm/press_room/presspacks/euro/pp_euro_en.html

    [02] La Commission veut remplacer les batteries au cadmium des véhicules électriques par des solutions plus sûres avant la fin de 2005

    La Commission européenne a décidé de proposer d'interdire les batteries au cadmium dans les véhicules électriques à partir de la fin de 2005. Le cadmium est très nocif pour la santé humaine et l'environnement, et il existe déjà sur le marché des solutions susceptibles de remplacer les batteries au cadmium. La directive adoptée en 2000 concernant les véhicules hors d'usage interdit de manière générale les métaux lourds, et indique que le plomb, le mercure, le cadmium et le chrome hexavalent ne pourront plus être utilisés à partir du 1er juillet 2003 si aucune dérogation n'est accordée. Des dérogations sont prévues uniquement dans le cas d'applications pour lesquelles il est indispensable d'utiliser des métaux lourds. Cette proposition doit faire l'objet d'un avis de la part du comité de réglementation avant que la Commission puisse l'adopter de manière définitive.

    [03] Olympic Airways : opening of State aid investigation procedure against Greece

    The European Commission has decided to open the State aid investigation procedure against Greece with regard to the potential misuse of aid authorised in previous decisions and with regard to new aid granted to the air carrier Olympic Airways and its subsidiaries.

    [04] Airlines left without insurance following the attacks in the USA : Commission authorises aid measures introduced by Finland

    Having already authorised emergency aid by the UK, Luxembourg, Portugal, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Germany Denmark, France, Spain, Ireland and the Netherlands, the European Commission today authorised the aid scheme introduced by Finland.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [05] EU responds firmly to US decision to severely restrict steel imports from rest of world

    The European Union yesterday deplored US President Bush's decision to severely restrict the US market to steel imports from the rest of the world. On hearing the news, European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said : "The US decision to go down the route of protectionism is a major setback for the world trading system. Imports are not the cause of US difficulties and the measures announced today will not only not provide a solution but aggravate matters. I fear this short-sighted move will end any hope of finding an internationally agreed solution at the OECD to overcapacity problems faced by the world steel industry, and will not rein in global subsidies. The EU will of course launch an immediate complaint in Geneva against this clear violation of WTO rules and we will take whatever measures are necessary to safeguard our own market."

    [06] Classical swine fever in Luxembourg, Spain and Germany

    The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (section Animal Health and Welfare) yesterday discussed the situation with regard to classical swine fever (CSF) in Luxembourg, Spain and Germany. In Luxembourg, no new outbreaks have been reported after the three mid February and all further tests are negative. The Committee agreed therefore not to extend the protective measures adopted on 22 February. These measures (ban on the export of live pigs and porcine semen, ova and embryos from Luxembourg and prohibition of transit of live pigs through Luxembourg) will expire on 15 March. For Spain, the existing measures (ban on the export of live pigs and porcine semen, ova and embryos from the provinces of Barcelona and Gerona in the autonomous region of Cataluña), applicable until 31 March, will be extended until 30 April. Furthermore, the conditions under which pigs from holdings located in the protection and surveillance zones can be brought to the slaughterhouse and meat from these animals can be commercialised have been changed. For Germany, equivalent measures for the meat of animals coming from protection and surveillance zones have been agreed.

    [07] La Commission autorise l'acquisition par Cofathec d'une participation de 50% dans Climespace

    La Commission européenne a approuvé l'acquisition par la société française de systèmes de chauffage, de ventilation et de climatisation Cofathec d'une participation de 50% dans Climespace, une autre société française actuellement détenue à 100% par Elyo. L'analyse de la Commission a montré que l'opération n'aurait que peu d'effets sur la structure de la concurrence sur le marché en cause et, notamment, sur la distribution d'eau froide pour les systèmes de refroidissement, le principal marché sur lequel elle aura des répercussions.

    [08] Commission clears SAS majority stake in Spanair

    The European Commission has authorised Scandanavian Airlines Systems (SAS) to acquire sole control of Spain's second largest airline Spanair Holding S.L. The Commission's review has shown that the operation does not raise competition concerns.

    [09] EU tables proposals to complete jigsaw on access to essential medicines for developing countries with no drug production of their own

    The EU yesterday tabled proposals in Geneva on ensuring access to medicines, in developing countries with no domestic drug production. At a meeting of the WTO Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property rights (TRIPS) Council, the EU put forward options to address a key issue that remained unresolved with the landmark Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial last November in Doha. Now negotiators under the auspices of the WTO need to work out how to make sure that countries, which cannot themselves produce essential drugs, may still fully benefit from the TRIPS Agreement. The EU believes this can be achieved by an amendment to the current TRIPS agreement. Commenting on the text, European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said : "What we achieved in Doha was very significant but we left one key issue unresolved. These proposals put forward possible solutions to the problems faced by countries that have no domestic drug production of their own, in making use of the emergency provisions in WTO. This is the missing piece in the jigsaw and the sooner we include it the better."

    [10] Chris Patten highlights challenges and benefits of EU enlargement for Kaliningrad

    European External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten underlined the EU's determination to work with Russia on the unique situation of Kaliningrad at a meeting of Foreign Ministers to mark the tenth anniversary of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS). The Commissioner stressed that "some people fear isolation and some fear a further burden on the region. The reverse is true. Enlargment offers first and foremost new opportunities for more cooperation, for better mutual understanding and more prosperity for the people of Kaliningrad" "…the EU is actively addressing issues, such as the transit of people between Kaliningrad and the rest of Russia after EU enlargement." "We need to explore common ground between Russia's wish to ensure easy transit ...and our own need to ensure our security", Mr Patten said. "We cannot override our basic rules here, including Schengen, nor undermine the enlargement negotiations themselves." But, he added, "we are ready to continue making a major effort to find solutions to outstanding issues. With goodwill and a spirit of cooperation, there is a great deal we can achieve together."

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note sur les résultats du Conseil Ecofin aspects fiscalité et services financiers

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