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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-10-01

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] Prêts au logement : en adhérant au Code de Conduite européen, 3.600 établissements se sont engagés à mieux informer le client
  • [02] Commission exposes illegal and mismanaged landfill sites in the EU
  • [03] Reduction of sugar quota
  • [04] Juillet 2002 par rapport à juillet 2001 : les ventes du commerce de détail ont augmenté de 1,4% dans la zone euro ; hausse de 2,3% dans l'UE15
  • [05] Commission publishes indicative figures on the distribution of direct farm aid
  • [06] Commission welcomes Council's green light for EU research programmes
  • [07] EU to take Korea to the WTO over unfair shipbuilding practices
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 01/10/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 01/10/2002

  • [01] Prêts au logement : en adhérant au Code de Conduite européen, 3.600 établissements se sont engagés à mieux informer le client

    A la date de son entrée en vigueur, le 30 septembre 2002, 3.600 établissements offrant des prêts au logement ont déjà adhéré au Code de Conduite volontaire mis en place par l'Union européenne en mars 2001 (voir IP/01/1755). L'objectif de ce Code est de garantir au consommateur la transparence et la comparabilité des informations relatives aux prêts au logement afin de favoriser la concurrence transfrontalière. La Commission a exprimé sa satisfaction à l'égard de ce résultat global, malgré une couverture géographique encore incomplète des adhésions au Code.

    [02] Commission exposes illegal and mismanaged landfill sites in the EU

    At a "Name, Shame and Fame" seminar on the subject of landfills organised by the European Commission today, Environment Commisioner Margot Wallström put the spotlight on illegal and mismanaged landfills that still operate in the EU today. The aim of the seminar was to make people more aware of how important it is to properly implement EU legislation on landfills, which is designed to ensure safe and efficient handling of waste. Landfills are of particular concern for citizens' health and the environment as they have the potential if not properly managed - to create air emissions and odours, pollute soil and water and contaminate the groundwater. Following numerous complaints from citizens about landfills, the Commission has taken legal action concerning 36 specific landfills in seven Member States. Greece and Spain top the "shame" list (with 10 cases each), followed by Italy (with 8 cases), Ireland (5 cases), the UK, France and Germany (1 case each).

    [03] Reduction of sugar quota

    The European Commission has adopted a Regulation reducing for the 2002/2003 marketing year (beginning on July 1) the production quota in the sugar sector by a quantity of 862,475 tonnes (respectively 826,988 tonnes for white sugar, 17,173 tonnes for isoglucose and 18,314 tonnes for inulyn syrup). This will bring the quotas to a total of 14,241,110 tonnes compared to 15,103,585 tonnes last year. This reduction effectively represents a linear cut of 5,71% in the existing quotas for the different sugar products. The reduction is necessary to bring the EU in conformity with their WTO obligations. These WTO commitments limit the budget for export refunds to €499.1 million. Without this reduction, export would increase and the refunds paid would exceed this limit.

    [04] Juillet 2002 par rapport à juillet 2001 : les ventes du commerce de détail ont augmenté de 1,4% dans la zone euro ; hausse de 2,3% dans l'UE15

    Le volume des ventes du commerce de détail a augmenté de 1,4% dans la zone euro et de 2,3% dans l'UE15 au mois de juillet 2002, par rapport à juillet 2001, selon les estimations publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat. Par rapport au mois de juin 2002, les ventes ont augmenté de 0,6% dans la zone euro et de 0,8% dans l'UE15.

    [05] Commission publishes indicative figures on the distribution of direct farm aid

    The European Commission has today transmitted indicative figures on the distribution of direct farm payments by size-class of aid received for the Financial Year 2000 to the Budgetary Control Committee, the Budget Committee and the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament. The figures have been derived from the EAGGF (European Agricultural Guarantee and Guidance Fund) payment data received from the Member States. For obvious reasons, direct payments in the year 2000 reflect a situation predating the Agenda 2000 reforms or the proposals of the Mid Term Review. While in general data quality is adequate for use in the clearance of accounts activity, care must currently be exercised over use of the data for other, analytical purposes. Not all Member States currently employ a "system for unique identifiers" for all beneficiaries. Therefore, at present, the totals by beneficiary may be inaccurate, which is leading to "indicative" and not totally precise figures. As a precaution each Member State has been asked to confirm that the orders of magnitude of the statistics for their country appear broadly correct.

    [06] Commission welcomes Council's green light for EU research programmes

    The Council of EU Ministers yesterday approved the five Specific Programmes implementing the €17,5 billion 6th EU Research Framework Programme (FP6 2003-2006). "I welcome this key vote", said European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin. "All is now set for a rapid start to the research programmes with the first calls for proposals published before the end of this year. The rapid conclusion of the decision-making process on ambitious EU research programmes provides an additional strong basis for creating a true European Research Area."

    [07] EU to take Korea to the WTO over unfair shipbuilding practices

    Yesterday European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy has informed the Council of the EU that the negotiations with Korea to find an amicable solution to the long-standing Korean unfair shipbuilding practices have failed. The Commission will now trigger the twin-track strategy approved by the Council on 27 June 2002 : launch a WTO panel and authorise temporary and limited state aid for EU shipbuilders. Mr Lamy said : "We have negotiated in good faith to find an amicable solution to this problem with Korea but this has not proved to be possible. The Korean delegation has indicated that there is no support in the Korean industry for any of the proposals discussed with the EU. Korea has left us with no option that to go to the WTO."

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note sur la préparation du Conseil Transports

    Note sur la préparation du Conseil Energie

    Discours de Mme Reding : "Sport et télévision : vers des relations plus équilibrées" au Colloque 'Sport et télévision : les priorités du CIO', XIIIe Symposium international de Sportel (Monte Carlo)

    Speech by Franz Fischler : "Die EU-Erweiterung im Licht der Gemeinsamen Agrarpolitik und der Halbzeitbewertung" at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für auswärtige Politik (30/09, Berlin)

    Speech by Franz Fischler : "Halbzeitbewertung der GAP und andere aktuelle Themen" devant la commission budgétaire du Parlement européen

    Speech by Erkki Liikanen : "Creating an entrepreneurial Europe" at the official opening of the academic year of the Vlerick Leuven Management School (30/09, Leuven)


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