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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-01-29

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 reform : 87 of 98 measures have been approved and implementation shows first benefits of Reform
  • [02] Loyola de Palacio en faveur d'une grande offensive internationale dans le domaine de la sécurité maritime
  • [03] Romano Prodi launches two independent studies on the development of the European model
  • [04] Maritime safety : Loyola de Palacio welcomes the appointment of the Executive Director of the new European Maritime Safety Agency
  • [05] Newcastle disease in the USA : export restrictions limited to three States
  • [06] Loyola de Palacio et Philippe Busquin visitent un laboratoire souterrain de recherche sur le stockage des déchets radioactifs
  • [07] Commission establishes Delegation in Singapore
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 29/01/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 29/01/2003

  • [01] Commission reform : 87 of 98 measures have been approved and implementation shows first benefits of Reform

    The European Commission has adopted a report showing that almost all of the changes necessary to fulfil the commitments made in the March 2000 Reform Strategy White Paper have been achieved in less than three years. Major modernising action has been undertaken in financial management and control, in resource planning and programming, and in many aspects of staff policy. The reform focus this year and to the end of this Commission will therefore be on finalising the negotiations in Council and Parliament on the modernisation of the Staff Regulations ; on ensuring full and effective implementation of all changes in systems, structures, management and work practices ; and on adapting to new challenges, particularly those stemming from enlargement of the Union.

    [02] Loyola de Palacio en faveur d'une grande offensive internationale dans le domaine de la sécurité maritime

    Loyola de Palacio, vice-présidente de la Commission européenne chargée des Transports et de l'Energie, a annoncé aujourd'hui qu'elle appelait tous les partenaires internationaux de l'UE à approfondir leur coopération et à prendre des engagements plus forts dans le domaine crucial de la sécurité maritime. Dans une lettre qu'elle a fait parvenir à tous les pays voisins de l'UE, ainsi qu'à d'autres partenaires, de même qu'aux enceintes internationales telles que les Nations Unies, Loyola de Palacio a demandé une action plus ferme afin d'améliorer le régime juridique international des pollutions provoquées par les navires. Elle a mis l'accent sur la nécessité de modifier de manière radicale la manière dont le droit maritime international représente l'équilibre des intérêts, et a demandé le soutien aux efforts de la Commission et des Etats membres pour promouvoir activement au sein des Nations Unies, de l'OMI et des autres instances compétentes, l'adaptation des dispositions du droit de la mer aux nouvelles exigences de la sécurité maritime au 21ème siècle.

    [03] Romano Prodi launches two independent studies on the development of the European model

    The President of the Commission, Romano Prodi, opened on Wednesday the first meetings of two independent working groups that will discuss the long- term future of the European model. These initiatives stem from the logic trying to identify and re-think the fundamental principles and rules that form the basis for common living between European citizens, immigrants settled on the EU territory and neighbouring populations.

    [04] Maritime safety : Loyola de Palacio welcomes the appointment of the Executive Director of the new European Maritime Safety Agency

    Following its inaugural meeting held on 4 December 2002, the Administrative Board of the European Maritime Safety Agency met again today in Brussels and nominated Willem de Ruiter the Executive Director of the Agency. Following the "Prestige" accident, the Commission has committed itself to speed up the establishment of this Agency, which will play an essential role in the EU maritime safety and pollution prevention framework. "I am particularly pleased with the progress made today", said Loyola de Palacio, who was present at meeting. She added : "The European Maritime Safety Agency has already solid foundations in the person of its new Director. I congratulate him and ensure him of my entire support in his task. The European citizens have placed a lot of hopes on this new Agency. We should not disappoint them".

    [05] Newcastle disease in the USA : export restrictions limited to three States

    The Council adopted yesterday a Decision to limit the import restrictions of live poultry including hatching eggs, fresh poultry meat and poultry products to the States of California, Nevada and Arizona in the United States of America. Since October 2002 several outbreaks of Newcastle disease, a contagious disease in poultry that causes major losses in the sector if spread, have been confirmed in the state of California and in Nevada in January 2003. As a result of the outbreaks and in accordance with the Directive introducing EU measures for the control of Newcastle disease and the veterinary agreement between the EU and the USA, the USA authorities had suspended the exports of those products from the entire territory of the USA. The main export of the USA to the EU affected by these restrictions is the trade in hatching eggs and day old chicks. The veterinary authorities of the USA have taken measures to ensure that the disease does not spread. It is therefore possible, in accordance with the veterinary agreement, to apply the regionalisation policy and to limit the export restrictions to the three mentioned States. The Decision will apply until 1 June 2002 and will be reviewed in the light of the evolution of the disease situation in the USA.

    [06] Loyola de Palacio et Philippe Busquin visitent un laboratoire souterrain de recherche sur le stockage des déchets radioactifs

    Dans quelques années, tous les déchets fortement radioactifs existant en Europe devront être enterrés à grande profondeur. Désireux de vérifier les progrès réalisés vers une gestion durable à long terme des déchets radioactifs, Mme Loyola de Palacio, vice-présidente de la Commission européenne chargée de l'Energie et des Transports et M. Philippe Busquin, membre de la Commission chargé de la Recherche, visiteront l'infrastructure de recherche souterraine pour le stockage des déchets radioactifs dans un milieu argileux EURIDICE (pour "European Underground Research Infrastructure for Disposal of nuclear waste In Clay Environment") à Mol, en Belgique. Actuellement, les combustibles irradiés et les déchets fortement radioactifs sont entreposés avec toutes les garanties de sûreté dans des installations proches des centrales nucléaires ou dans des centres de stockage nationaux.

    [07] Commission establishes Delegation in Singapore

    The European Commission has opened a new Delegation office in Singapore. The move, which will strengthen relations between the EU and Singapore, follows the signature, in April 2002, of the Establishment Agreement by Commissioner for External Relations, Chris Patten, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore, Mr S. Jayakumar. Commenting on the event, Mr Chris Patten said : "The opening of the Delegation confirms the steady development of relations between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore. The volume of our bilateral trade and investment flows, makes Singapore an important partner for the EU, and our relationship is based on a shared vision of the opportunities and challenges of globalisation."

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Romano Prodi : 'Brussels Alumni Chapter' of the European University Institute (28/01)

    Speech by António Vitorino : "Models of cooperation within an enlarged European Union" at the Royal Institute for International Affairs / National Bank of Belgium

    Note sur les résultats du Conseil Pêche


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