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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-03-18

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] Candidate countries' farmers better off in EU, says Commission study
  • [02] First Eurobarometer report on candidate countries published
  • [03] February 2002 - Euro-zone annual inflation down to 2.4% ; EU15 down to 2.3%
  • [04] Reconnaissance des diplômes : recours devant la Cour contre six Etats membres
  • [05] International tobacco control talks continue
  • [06] "L'Europe et la culture" : lancement d'un portail des actions culturelles de l'UE
  • [07] Lutter ensemble contre le dopage : réunion entre ministres et fédérations sportives à Bruxelles le 20 mars
  • [08] Encouraging inter-cultural dialogue : Commission brings together academics and political and religious leaders
  • [09] David Byrne opens web site for European Citizens in all languages
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 18/03/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 18/03/2002

  • [01] Candidate countries' farmers better off in EU, says Commission study

    A study published by the European Commission today concludes that membership of the European Union will significantly improve the prospects for farmers in the candidate countries, without creating major market imbalances for an enlarged Union. Four different policy scenarios ("no enlargement", "introduction of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) without direct payments", "CAP with direct payments", and "Candidate Country Negotiating Position") have been considered. The simulation shows that even under the most pessimistic restructuring scenarios, EU accession will have positive effects on the income of farmers in the candidate countries. The report also underscores the Commission's view that immediately paying 100% of direct payments would create significant social distortions and inequalities and would hamper the necessary restructuring, given that farmers' income in the candidate countries could more than double. The study underscores that these positive effects of EU membership can only be reaped if the necessary restructuring to meet EU production standards will be made.

    [02] First Eurobarometer report on candidate countries published

    The full results of the first Eurobarometer opinion survey carried out in the 13 candidate countries for EU membership are published today by the European Commission. This survey was conducted in October 2001 among more than 12,000 citizens from the 13 candidate countries. The wide range of subjects covered includes satisfaction with life, economic prospects, national pride and European identity, language skills, media habits and lifestyle issues as well as the EU enlargement process itself. Around 50 different questions were asked, many of them directly comparable with the standard Eurobarometer which has existed for the current EU countries for many years. The full report is available on the internet, including easy-to- read tables and graphs, and annexes with country-by-country figures. Some initial results of this survey were published in December 2001. Full details of this survey and other Eurobarometer reports are available on the Internet at the following address : http://europa.eu.int/comm/public_opinion

    [03] February 2002 - Euro-zone annual inflation down to 2.4% ; EU15 down to 2.3%

    Euro-zone annual inflation fell from 2.7% in January to 2.4% in February 2002, Eurostat reports today. A year earlier the rate was 2.3%. EU15 annual inflation decreased from 2.5% in January to 2.3% in February 2002. A year earlier the rate was 2.1%. In February, highest annual rates were in Ireland (4.9%), the Netherlands (4.5%) and Greece (3.8%) ; lowest rates were in Austria (1.7%), Germany (1.8%) and Luxembourg (2.2%). Compared with January 2002, annual inflation fell in eleven Member States and rose in three. Compared with February 2001, the biggest relative falls were in Portugal (4.9% to 3.3%), Germany (2.5% to 1.8%) and Luxembourg (2.9% to 2.2%) ; the biggest relative rises were in Italy and Sweden (1.5% to 2.7% both) and France (1.4% to 2.3%).

    [04] Reconnaissance des diplômes : recours devant la Cour contre six Etats membres

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'introduire des recours devant la Cour de Justice contre six Etats membres pour manquement au droit communautaire en ce qui concerne la reconnaissance des diplômes et le droit d'établissement professionnel. Elle a ainsi décidé d'introduire un recours contre l'Allemagne à propos de la non-conformité de sa législation sur le port de titres universitaires acquis dans un autre Etat membre. Concernant la non-transposition d'aspects de la législation européenne sur la reconnaissance mutuelle des diplômes dans certains domaines professionnels, la Commission a décidé d'introduire des recours devant la Cour contre la France, l'Espagne et l'Italie. La Commission a enfin décidé d'introduire des recours devant la Cour suite à la non-communication par le Luxembourg et les Pays-Bas de mesures nationales de transposition de la Directive 98/5/CE sur l'établissement des avocats.

    [05] International tobacco control talks continue

    95% of the world's population is represented at the fourth round of negotiations on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) which starts today in Geneva. The FCTC negotiating body will amongst others discuss duty-free sales of tobacco, illicit trade with tobacco products, agricultural subsidies to tobacco growers, advertising and promotion for tobacco products and passive smoking. In the negotiations, the Commission takes the floor on issues under Community competence ("acquis") based on a negotiation mandate by the Council, whilst the Council Presidency speaks on those subjects which are Member State competence. The FCTC will become a mixed Convention, requiring ratification by Member States and the EU and is planned to be adopted in 2003. "The ongoing negotiations on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control present a unique opportunity to create a legal instrument that will be binding worldwide", said David Byrne, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection. "The negotiations at the WHO have become an integral part of the EU's tobacco control strategy and I am pleased to see that our initiatives have already made a significant and positive contribution to this important international process." The 4th negotiation round runs from 18-23 March.

    [06] "L'Europe et la culture" : lancement d'un portail des actions culturelles de l'UE

    A l'occasion de la réunion informelle des ministres de la Culture, qui se tiendra les 18 et 19 mars à Salamanque, Capitale européenne de la Culture 2002, Viviane Reding, Membre de la Commission européenne chargée de l'Education et de la Culture, présentera le nouveau portail européen consacré aux politiques culturelles. Ce portail offre un accès simple et gratuit à des informations jusqu'alors dispersées sur les nombreuses actions culturelles de l'UE. Il met en évidence la variété et l'importance des interventions de l'Union qui en font un partenaire de premier plan du secteur culturel.

    [07] Lutter ensemble contre le dopage : réunion entre ministres et fédérations sportives à Bruxelles le 20 mars

    Les ministres des Sports de l'UE et des représentants du mouvement olympique et des grandes fédérations des sports se concerteront sur les moyens d'améliorer leur coopération dans la lutte contre le dopage en vue de résultats concrets avant les Jeux olympiques d'Athènes (2004) et de Turin (2006). La réunion sera présidée par le secrétaire d'Etat aux Sports espagnol, Juan Antonio Gomez Angulo, la Commissaire responsable des Sports, Viviane Reding, et le président du Comité International Olympique, Jacques Rogge.

    [08] Encouraging inter-cultural dialogue : Commission brings together academics and political and religious leaders

    At the invitation of the President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, and Viviane Reding, the Member of the Commission responsible for Education and Culture, a conference on inter-cultural dialogue will be taking place in Brussels on 20 and 21 March. The aim is to bring together academics, religious leaders and European parliamentarians to take an in-depth look at the various aspects of inter-cultural dialogue, and to come up with practical conclusions.

    [09] David Byrne opens web site for European Citizens in all languages

    David Byrne, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, has today opened his personal web site in all EU languages presenting an overview of activities on Health and Consumer policy. With this step the Commissioner wants to improve the transparency of the policy making on health and consumer protection and provide information to the public on actions on food safety and consumer rights. Some eighty pages provide information on issues ranging from measures on BSE and genetically modified feed and food to tobacco control and safety of consumer products. The new web site is available in all EU languages at http://europa.eu.int/comm/commissioners/byrne/index_en.htm

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note on EU enlargement : questions and answers on food safety issues

    Speech by Pedro Solbes : "Structural reforms in Candidate Countries and the Lisbon Strategy" at the Ministerial meeting between Ministers of economy and finance of Member States and candidate countries (15/03, Barcelona)

    Speech by Erkki Liikanen : "The vision of a mobile Europe" at the Mobile Europe 2002 Conference (Bremen)


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