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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-10-14

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] Statement by European Commission President Romano Prodi on the outrage in Indonesia
  • [02] Services financiers : lancement des consultations sur l'amélioration de la législation sur les banques, les assurances et les conglomérats
  • [03] Commission welcomes agreement on waste electrical and electronic equipment and the restriction of hazardous substances
  • [04] Protection de la dénomination "Feta" comme fromage grec
  • [05] Better fisheries management : Commission organises a seminar on multiannual management plans
  • [06] International tobacco control talks continue in Geneva
  • [07] World Standards Day : Commission pays tribute to experts engaged in standards making
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 14/10/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 14/10/2002

  • [01] Statement by European Commission President Romano Prodi on the outrage in Indonesia

    "I was profoundly shocked by the appalling events in Bali this weekend. The toll of dead and injured is truly dreadful. I offer our deepest condolences to President Megawati, the Government and people of Indonesia and all other countries who have suffered loss. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the hundreds of families who have been bereaved by this despicable and cowardly act, which I condemn absolutely. We fully share President Megawati's resolve that the perpetrators must be speedily brought to justice, and we in the international community must continue to do all we can to combat the scourge of terror, in all its manifestations."

    [02] Services financiers : lancement des consultations sur l'amélioration de la législation sur les banques, les assurances et les conglomérats

    La Commission européenne, au nom de la présidence danoise du Conseil des ministres de l'UE, a lancé une consultation ouverte sur l'amélioration de la manière dont les institutions de l'UE élaborent, adoptent et mettent en œuvre la législation sur les services financiers (banques, assurances et fonds de retraite, et conglomérats financiers). L'objectif est de renforcer les pratiques de surveillance et la convergence des réglementations des Etats membres, et de réduire le temps nécessaire pour adapter la législation financière aux nouveaux développements sur les marchés. La consultation est basée sur un rapport du Comité économique et financier (CEF) de l'UE, qui a été avalisé le 8 octobre par le Conseil des ministres de l'économie et des finances, réunis à Luxembourg (voir MEMO/02/208). La nouvelle structure de comités serait fondée sur le cadre déjà prévu pour la législation sur les valeurs mobilières dans la résolution de Conseil européen de Stockholm de mars 2001 (sur la base d'un rapport du Groupe des sages présidé par Alexandre Lamfalussy), sur l'accord entre la Commission et le Parlement européen sur la mise en œuvre de ces arrangements (voir IP/02/195), et sur d'autres arrangements interinstitutionnels existants, les spécificités sectorielles étant elles aussi reconnues.

    [03] Commission welcomes agreement on waste electrical and electronic equipment and the restriction of hazardous substances

    The European Commission welcomed last Friday the agreement between the European Parliament and the Council in conciliation meeting on 10 October on the Commission Proposal to introduce mandatory collection, re-use and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment throughout the EU. The Commission has also welcomed the agreement on the related proposal to restrict the use of hazardous substances in new electronic equipment. Waste electrical and electronic equipment is the fastest growing part of the waste stream today. Each European produces on average around 14 kg per year of these wastes. Currently, 90% of this waste is landfilled or incinerated without any pre-treatment.

    [04] Protection de la dénomination "Feta" comme fromage grec

    La Commission européenne a adopté un règlement concernant l'enregistrement du fromage grec "feta" en tant qu'appellation d'origine protégée (AOP). Suite à ce règlement, le fromage "feta" ne peut être produit que dans certaines régions de la Grèce et dans le respect de spécifications de produit strictes. Les producteurs d'autres Etats membres ou ceux ne respectant pas ces spécifications disposent d'une période de transition maximale de cinq ans pour modifier leur dénomination ou pour arrêter la production. En juin, la Commission avait envoyé le projet de règlement au Conseil (voir IP/02/866). Celui-ci n'ayant pas agi dans le délai prévu de trois mois, il convient à la Commission d'adopter le règlement formellement.

    [05] Better fisheries management : Commission organises a seminar on multiannual management plans

    The European Commission recently held a one-day seminar in Brussels on the concept of multiannual management plans for fish stocks. The current process of setting fishing possibilities annually has failed to protect fish stocks, a number of which are on the brink of collapse. In May, the Commission proposed, as part of the overhaul of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), to move away from this short-term policy by applying multiannual management plans. The Commission invited experts from a number of countries with experience of multiannual management of fish stocks to make presentations to an audience of European fisheries managers and fishing industry. The seminar showed that although this form of management is rather complex to establish, it is generally proving fruitful in rebuilding and/or conserving the fish stocks concerned. Crucial to the success of this management system is the involvement of the main players concerned and in particular of the fishing industry in the decision-making process.

    [06] International tobacco control talks continue in Geneva

    The fifth round of negotiations on a Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) initiated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) starts today in Geneva. "The negotiations 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", stressed Mr Byrne, "I am particularly pleased to see that also a large number of EU accession countries have chosen to associate with our position. Our pioneering role on issues such as the prohibition of misleading descriptors like "mild" is widely recongnised. We will pursue our work on advertising. I believe we need to show a strong commitment to a total ban of direct and indirect advertising due to the establised link between tobacco advertising and tobacco consumption." Discussions of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body in Geneva will be held on the basis of the Chair's draft text of the FCTC (http://www.who.int/gb/fctc). The fifth negotiation round runs from 14-25 October. In the negotiations, the Commission takes the floor on issues under Community competence based on a negotiation mandate from 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 due to be adopted in 2003.

    [07] World Standards Day : Commission pays tribute to experts engaged in standards making

    Each year on 14 October, the members of the international standards organisations ISO, IEC and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards. This year's theme "One Standard, one test - accepted everywhere" echoes a business mantra: it is costly for enterprises to produce according to different standards and to obtain the related proofs of conformity when doing business across borders. The EU's Internal Market and European standards help do away with the extra costs of complying with differing standards and conformity assessment procedures across Europe. International standards can help do the same job worldwide. World Standards Day is celebrated in Geneva, headquarters of the international standardisation organisations. National standards organisations join in, very often by making awards to young researchers with an interest in standardisation.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de M. Monti : "L'evoluzione della regolamentazione comunitaria nel settore delle communicazioni" au Seminario di stidio sulla regolamentazione Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Communicazioni (Naples)

    Speech by Erkki Liikanen : "How can we establish clear policy objectives for European competitiveness" at the Informal Competitiveness Council (11/10, Nyborg)

    Speech by Erkki Liikanen : "Better regulation" at the Informal Competitiveness Council (12/10, Nyborg)

    Speech by Franz Fischler : "Die Zukunft der Alpen aus der Sicht Europas" at the 30 Jahre Arge Alp (12/10, Mörsern)


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