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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-10-24

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] Commission launches a wide consultation to improve rail passenger rights
  • [02] La Belgique garantit le retour de la Commission dans son siège du Berlaymont en 2004
  • [03] Commission gives qualified welcome to Parliament's vote on pharmaceutical legislation
  • [04] Fisheries : new agreement between the EU and Mozambique
  • [05] EU and USA co-sponsor international measurement campaign on Arctic ozone loss
  • [06] Anna Diamantopoulou répond en direct aux questions des internautes concernant les femmes musulmanes en Europe
  • [07] Pascal Lamy in Russia to discuss WTO accession
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 24/10/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 24/10/2002

  • [01] Commission launches a wide consultation to improve rail passenger rights

    In the framework of the White Paper on European Transport Policy, that placed the user at the heart of the transport system, the European Commission services have prepared a consultation document to assess the situation on the rights of international railway passengers. The document, already available in the internet (http://europa.eu.int/comm/transport/rail/library/consultation.pdf) addresses key issues including information provided to passengers, quality of the services, complaint handling, compensation for delays, etc. All the interested parties are invited to submit their comments on this consultation paper by 24 November 2002 (e-mail tren-rail@cec.eu.int). A hearing of the European organisations representing the railway industry and the passengers' interests will be held on 15 November, in presence of Member States representations. From the results of this open debate, the Commission intends to table a draft regulation on the issue by the end of the year.

    [02] La Belgique garantit le retour de la Commission dans son siège du Berlaymont en 2004

    La Commission européenne et le gouvernement belge ont conclu hier le contrat fixant les conditions du retour de la Commission au Berlaymont. Ce contrat remplit toutes les conditions fixées dans le protocole d'accord signé par les deux parties en juillet 2001 : il garantit une date de livraison fixe, prévoit un prix fixe et comporte un certain nombre de garanties détaillées en ce qui concerne les dispositions relatives aux sanctions et les dispositions juridiques. La date de livraison du bâtiment de base est le 31 décembre 2003 et celles des travaux supplémentaires requis sont le 31 mars et le 30 juin 2004. La part de la Commission aux frais de rénovation est fixée à 503,3 millions d'€, y compris 35,6 millions d'€ pour les travaux supplémentaires demandés par la Commission pour garantir que le bâtiment soit adapté à une Union élargie. Comme convenu en 1997, la Commission acquerra la structure du bâtiment pour le montant fixe de 49,6 millions d'€ et le terrain pour la somme symbolique d'un euro. Cela correspond à une valeur actuelle nette du bâtiment et du terrain du Berlaymont de 552.879.207 €. Le nouveau bâtiment abritera quelque 3.000 fonctionnaires et comprendra un centre de presse totalement nouveau.

    [03] Commission gives qualified welcome to Parliament's vote on pharmaceutical legislation

    Yesterday the European Parliament voted on the European Commission's proposals to reform European legislation on pharmaceutical products. The Commission welcomes this vote, but hopes that agreement on a series of important issues, such as the balance between innovation and generic medicines and better information to patients, may be reached in the future. The Commission's wide-ranging proposals to review the EU pharmaceutical legislation aim to strike a balance between a high level of health protection for European citizens and the need to boost the competitiveness and innovative capability of the European pharmaceutical industry. These proposals will also facilitate the free movement of medicines and pave the way for EU enlargement. Swift action is necessary to ensure that patients have access to innovative medicines and to high-quality information on these products. Since European industry is lagging behind its international competitors, more incentives are needed to trigger innovative research and development. At the same time, the viability of health-care services necessitates reinforced generic competition. The proposals consist of one Regulation and two Directives. The vote was the first of two readings of the European Parliament under the co-decision procedure. The proposals now need to be endorsed by the EU's Council of Ministers before the European Parliament may complete its second reading.

    [04] Fisheries : new agreement between the EU and Mozambique

    The European Commission, on behalf of the European Union, and the Republic of Mozambique have initialled a new fisheries agreement in Maputo. This agreement and its protocol will become applicable on the 1st January of the year following their adoption by the Council, expected some time next year, for a period of three years. This protocol will provide fishing possibilities for tuna and deep-water shrimp for a total of 59 EU vessels. The financial compensation which will be entirely dedicated to targeted measures to strengthen Mozambique's efforts at ensuring sustainable fishing amounts to €4,090,000 per year.

    [05] EU and USA co-sponsor international measurement campaign on Arctic ozone loss

    The ozone layer is thinning and we do not yet know to what extent future ozone losses will be affected by climate change, or what impact this will have on human health. For this reason, the European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin yesterday welcomed the start of the first phase of the VINTERSOL (Validation of International Satellites and Study of Ozone Loss) campaign, composed of national and EU projects. VINTERSOL will be closely coordinated with the SAGE III Ozone Loss and Validation Experiment (SOLVE II), a US NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) sponsored campaign. The kick-off meeting takes place in Brussels today. The joint initiative will involve 350 scientists from the European Union, Canada, Iceland, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, Switzerland and the United States. Aircraft, large and small balloons, ground-based instruments and satellites will be used to measure ozone and other atmospheric gases and particles. The project aims to improve understanding of Arctic ozone depletion, and at upgrading satellite observation of the ozone layer.

    [06] Anna Diamantopoulou répond en direct aux questions des internautes concernant les femmes musulmanes en Europe

    Dans le cadre des efforts déployés par l'UE pour lutter contre la discrimination et promouvoir l'égalité, et comme suite à ses récentes visites dans les territoires palestiniens et en Israël, Mme Anna Diamantopoulou, commissaire chargée de l'emploi et des affaires sociales, participera aujourd'hui, en direct sur le Web, à une conférence en ligne consacrée aux "femmes musulmanes de l'Union européenne". Les lignes seront ouvertes de 16h00 à 18h00 HEC.

    [07] Pascal Lamy in Russia to discuss WTO accession

    European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy visits Russia on 24-26 October. The primary purpose of the visit is to discuss Russia's WTO accession negotiations, but he will also address other bilateral trade issues. During his visit he will meet Prime Minister Kasyanov, Deputy Prime Minister Kudrin, Trade Minister Gref, members of the Duma and various representatives of European and Russian industries. On the eve of his visit Mr. Lamy said : "We are keen to make good progress in the WTO accession talks, but this means hard work ahead in one or two key areas, such as services. But if we can make good progress, Russia's entry into the WTO cannot be far away."

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Propos liminaires de M. Prodi à la conférence de presse avant le Conseil européen informel

    Remarks by Erkki Liikanen on Echelon at the plenary session of the European Parliament (23/10, Strasbourg)

    Discours de M. Liikanen : "eEurope 2005 pour une économie numérique européenne compétitive" au ministère français de l'Economie, des Finances et de l'Industrie (Paris)


    From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/
    © ECSC - EC - EAEC, Brussels-Luxembourg, 1995, 1996


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