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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-01-09

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Meeting between the Commission and the Greek Presidency
  • [02] EU seeks to break the current deadlock on WTO access to medicines : a multilateral solution is needed
  • [03] Deuxième estimation pour le troisième trimestre 2002 : le PIB de la zone euro en hausse de 0,3% et celui de l'UE15 de 0,4% ; +0,8% et +1,1% respectivement par rapport au troisième trimestre 2001
  • [04] Commission indicator forecasts euro area quarterly GDP growth of 0.1 to 0.4% for 4th quarter and -0.1 to 0.3% for 1st quarter of 2003
  • [05] Philippe Busquin soutient l'interdiction du clonage au niveau mondial
  • [06] European Economic Area : launch of enlargement negotiations Midday Express 09/01/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 09/01/2003

  • [01] Meeting between the Commission and the Greek Presidency

    The European Commission, lead by President Romano Prodi, will have a working meeting with the Greek Government on Friday in Athens to mark the beginning of the Hellenic Presidency. The meeting will concentrate on the programme of the Greek Presidency (http://www.eu2003.gr/en/cat/68). Before the meeting the President will have a short bilateral discussion with Prime Minister Simitis. During the course of the morning members of the Commission will also have bilateral meetings with their Greek counterparts.

    [02] EU seeks to break the current deadlock on WTO access to medicines : a multilateral solution is needed

    The EU has launched an initiative to break the current WTO deadlock on developing countries' access to affordable medicines. WTO members failed to meet the end of 2002 deadline to find a solution for developing countries without manufacturing capacities, namely given the disagreement over the disease coverage. In a letter addressed to all WTO Trade Ministers, European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy proposes a multilateral solution which is workable, sustainable and legally secure, based both on the Doha mandate and on the chair's compromise text of 16 December 2002. The EU approach secures absolute clarity that the deal covers the widest possible list of major infectious diseases. But it would not be a restrictive list. For any other serious public health problems, WTO members could ask for World Health Organisation (WHO) guidance if in doubt about whether their situation was covered by the agreement. Mr Lamy said : "Involving the WHO as a means to get a WTO deal in the weeks ahead will deliver what is most urgently needed : a strong focus on major diseases afflicting the developing world, but offering sufficient flexibility to tackle other public health problems should they arise".

    [03] Deuxième estimation pour le troisième trimestre 2002 : le PIB de la zone euro en hausse de 0,3% et celui de l'UE15 de 0,4% ; +0,8% et +1,1% respectivement par rapport au troisième trimestre 2001

    Le Produit Intérieur Brut (PIB) de la zone euro a augmenté de 0,3% et celui de l'UE15 de 0,4% au cours du troisième trimestre 2002, selon les estimations publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat. Les mêmes taux de croissance, de respectivement 0,3% et 0,4%, avaient été observés au cours du deuxième trimestre 2002. En comparaison avec le troisième trimestre 2001, le PIB de la zone euro a augmenté de 0,8% et celui de l'UE15 de 1,1%, après des hausses de, respectivement, 0,7% et 0,9% au cours du trimestre précédent.

    [04] Commission indicator forecasts euro area quarterly GDP growth of 0.1 to 0.4% for 4th quarter and -0.1 to 0.3% for 1st quarter of 2003

    The indicator-based model for quarterly GDP growth for the euro area, developed by the European Commission's Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs, forecasts a range of 0.1% to 0.4% for GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2002 compared to the previous quarter. Weak car registrations and poor confidence in the retail sector suggest sluggish consumption and are behind the marginal downward shift of the forecast range. For the first quarter of 2003, quarter on quarter growth is forecast to be in the range of -0.1 to 0.3%. Although the start of the year is likely to be weak in the euro area, it remains compatible with the baseline scenario of a gradual recovery in the course of 2003, as published in the Commission autumn forecasts.

    [05] Philippe Busquin soutient l'interdiction du clonage au niveau mondial

    Suite à l'annonce de la naissance de deux bébés clonés aux Etats-Unis et en Europe, le Commissaire européen chargé de la recherche, Philippe Busquin, a réaffirmé hier à Bruxelles son soutien total pour l'initiative franco- allemande visant à établir une convention mondiale interdisant le clonage reproductif humain. Le clonage est explicitement interdit dans la Charte des droits fondamentaux de l'Union européenne, à l'article 3. La recherche en vue du clonage d'embryons humains à des fins reproductives est évidemment exclue des financements au titre des programmes-cadres de recherche européenne.

    [06] European Economic Area : launch of enlargement negotiations

    Negotiations on the accession of the ten future EU Member States Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia to the European Economic Area (EEA) have been launched today in Brussels. The EEA, created in 1994, comprises the EU Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. These non-EU Member States enjoy the full benefits of the EU internal market through the EEA. The main issue for negotiation concerns a proposed increase in the financial contribution of these three countries to structural and cohesion efforts in the enlarged internal market. Other issues for discussion will be transition periods, marine products, and agricultural products.

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