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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-10-23

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] Green light for 2002 Sapard programmes
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [02] EU and candidate countries citizens both support enlargement, but with different concerns
  • [03] Pascal Lamy welcomes US rule lifting the ban on Spanish clementines
  • [04] EU requests WTO dispute settlement consultations over Korean unfair shipbuilding practices
  • [05] Pascal Lamy welcomes further economic integration in the Caribbean region
  • [06] Avancées importantes dans la coopération énergétique entre l'UE et l'Iran
  • [07] Pollution in European cities : Philippe Busquin welcomes the success of PEOPLE project's first day
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 23/10/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 23/10/2002[I] Résultats de la Commission du 22 octobre 2002 - Outcome of Commission meeting of 22 October

  • [01] Green light for 2002 Sapard programmes

    The European Commission has adopted a decision which will allow the signing of the Annual Financing Agreements (AFA's) for 2002 with each of the 10 candidate countries, for the implementation of the Special Accession Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (Sapard). These agreements make the EU's contribution for 2002 available to finance the actions scheduled for 2002 in the Sapard programmes and adapt the Multi-annual Financing Agreement. The proposal also foresees, inter alia, special provisions for exceptional natural disasters to be included in the agreements. This should enable the EU to respond properly and swiftly to such exceptional natural disasters whenever they occur in candidate countries. "We want to show solidarity and support for the rural community and, in so doing, help make enlargement a real success. Real success will only come, however, when we can improve the lot of the people in the new Member States and have ensured their smooth assimilation into the European family. Therefore, I am delighted that we have the Sapard programme to provide assistance for rural areas in the candidate countries in advance of accession", said Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [02] EU and candidate countries citizens both support enlargement, but with different concerns

    The importance of enlargement is widely believed to be nationally important among European Union citizens and the positive global consequences of this new step in the EU are also well understood, according to a Eurobarometer survey published today. Moreover, a publication of a note based on the latest candidate countries Eurobarometer survey shows that among candidate countries citizens, the general support for EU membership has risen to 60%.

    [03] Pascal Lamy welcomes US rule lifting the ban on Spanish clementines

    European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy yesterday welcomed the US rule lifting the ban on Spanish clementines which was in place since 5 December 2001 saying : "This move lays the foundation for uninterrupted trade in clementines between the EU and the USA. I expect that trade in this product will quickly return to previous levels."

    [04] EU requests WTO dispute settlement consultations over Korean unfair shipbuilding practices

    The European Commission has requested the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to set up formal consultations under its Dispute Settlement mechanism over the unfair Korean shipbuilding practices. This decision has been taken further to the failure to reach an amicable solution to this long-standing dispute by 30 September 2002. European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said : "The lack of progress in our bilateral discussions so far has left us with no option but to take Korea to the WTO. I now call on Korea to swiftly settle this matter within the WTO consultations."

    [05] Pascal Lamy welcomes further economic integration in the Caribbean region

    The European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy welcomed yesterday the agreement reached by the eight Caribbean islands members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States to create an economic union, as an important step both for the countries themselves and as an important contribution towards a broader integration within the Caribbean region.

    [06] Avancées importantes dans la coopération énergétique entre l'UE et l'Iran

    La troisième réunion du groupe de travail dans le secteur de l'énergie entre les représentants de la Commission eropéenne et ceux des autorités iraniennes, installé par la Troïka des Ministres des affaires étrangères en mars 1998 dans le cadre de la relance du dialogue entre l'Union européenne (UE) et l'Iran, a eu lieu le 19 octobre 2002 à Téhéran. Cette réunion était présidée, côté Commission par le Directeur général de l'énergie et des transports, François Lamoureux, et côté iranien par le Vice Ministre du Pétrole pour les Affaires internationales, M. Mohammad Hadi Nejad Hosseinian. Cette réunion fait suite à celles des 18-19 mai 1999 et 28 mars 2001 qui ont eu lieu respectivement à Téhéran et Bruxelles.

    [07] Pollution in European cities : Philippe Busquin welcomes the success of PEOPLE project's first day

    Yesterday at 20h00 the first stage of the European Commission-funded PEOPLE (Population Exposure to Air Pollutants in Europe - see also IP/02/1310) project has come to an end : since 8.00 in the morning 130 volunteers in Brussels and 200 in Lisbon have been wearing a pollution detector (for a maximum of 12 hours in shifts). "I am pleased with the smooth kick-off of this project", said Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin. "We know that 70 to 80% of pollution comes from road traffic. With the PEOPLE project we are measuring more precisely how much benzene there is in the air we breathe. Benzene is a carcinogenic substance mostly produced by traffic and tobacco smoking. Volunteers are monitoring 50 outdoor sites (street, parks, metro stations etc) and 50 indoor sites (schools, shops, offices, bars, etc) in each city. The final results will be presented in February 2003."

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de M. Prodi sur le Conseil européen de Bruxelles devant le Parlement européen (Strasbourg)

    Speech by Poul Nielson : "Dropping off the map why are some conflicts forgotten ?" at the Conference on Forgotten humanitarian crises (Copenhagen)

    Discours de Mme Reding : "Presse spécialisée : quelle vision de Bruxelles ?" à l'assemblée générale du syndicat de la presse économique, juridique et politique (Paris)

    Note on meeting of Commission and US Customs officials (22/10)


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