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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-05-15

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] La Commission va recouvrer auprès des Etats membres 169,01 millions d'€ correspondant à des dépenses au titre de la PAC
  • [02] Commission indicator forecasts euro area quarterly GDP growth of 0% to 0.4% for 2nd and 3rd quarter of 2003
  • [03] Flash estimates for the first quarter of 2003 : Euro-zone and EU15 GDP stable ; +0.8% and +1.0% compared to the first quarter of 2002
  • [04] La fleur de l'écolabel aide les consommateurs de l'UE à choisir des vacances respectueuses de l'environnement
  • [05] Commission welcomes the adoption of new rules for recreational craft
  • [06] Libre circulation des capitaux : la Commission invite le Portugal à appliquer un arrêt de la Cour de Justice ; classement de procédure contre la France
  • [07] Motor insurance : Commission refers the Netherlands to the European Court of Justice
  • [08] Le Prix MEDIA 2003 attribué à Peter Mullan pour The Magdalene Sisters
  • [09] "Humanitarian principles under threat", says Poul Nielson
  • [10] EU / Mauritania workshop on fisheries partnership
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 15/05/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 15/05/2003

  • [01] La Commission va recouvrer auprès des Etats membres 169,01 millions d'€ correspondant à des dépenses au titre de la PAC

    En vertu d'une décision prise aujourd'hui par la Commission européenne, un montant total de 169,01 millions d'€, correspondant à des dépenses irrégulières de certains Etats membres au titre de la politique agricole commune (PAC), sera récupéré. Le recouvrement de cette somme est motivé par des procédures de contrôles inadéquates ou par le non-respect des règles communautaires sur les dépenses agricoles. Si les Etats membres sont chargés du versement et de la vérification de la quasi-totalité des dépenses effectuées au titre de la PAC, la Commission est tenue quant à elle de s'assurer que les Etats membres ont correctement utilisé les ressources.

    [02] Commission indicator forecasts euro area quarterly GDP growth of 0% to 0.4% for 2nd and 3rd 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% to 0.4% for GDP growth in the second quarter of 2003. Most indicators used in the model for this horizon reflect slack in growth in terms of both domestic and foreign demand. For the third quarter of 2003, the model suggests growth in the same range. Low confidence in the US and only tentative signs for domestic confidence among other factors put a drag on this forecast at this stage. As survey data are still blurred by the fog of war at this juncture, an upside risk is associated to this advanced forecast.

    [03] Flash estimates for the first quarter of 2003 : Euro-zone and EU15 GDP stable ; +0.8% and +1.0% compared to the first quarter of 2002

    GDP recorded 0.0% growth in the euro-zone and in the EU15 during the first quarter of 2003, compared to the previous quarter, according to flash estimates published for the first time today by Eurostat. In the fourth quarter of 2002, growth rates were +0.1% for both zones. Compared to the first quarter of 2002, GDP grew by 0.8% in the euro-zone and by 1.0% in the EU15, after +1.2% and +1.4% respectively in the previous quarter.

    [04] La fleur de l'écolabel aide les consommateurs de l'UE à choisir des vacances respectueuses de l'environnement

    Les consommateurs ont désormais la possibilité d'utiliser la fleur pour trouver un hôtel, un "bed and breakfast", une auberge de jeunesse ou, même, un refuge de montagne respectueux de l'environnement. A partir du 1er mai 2003, les entreprises qui vendent des séjours touristiques dans toute l'Europe peuvent demander l'écolabel de l'UE pour montrer dans quelle mesure elles respectent l'environnement. Les consommateurs européens utilisent depuis longtemps la fleur pour trouver des produits plus écologiques, mais c'est la première fois que la Commission européenne adopte des critères écologiques pour le secteur des services.

    [05] Commission welcomes the adoption of new rules for recreational craft

    The European Commission welcomes the adoption today by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers of a new directive on recreational craft. This new directive, which amends the recreational craft directive (94/25/EC), extends its scope to include personal watercraft and complements its design and construction requirements with environmental standards in regard to exhaust and noise emission limit values for recreational craft. The new Directive succeeds in meeting both single market and environment protection needs, whilst sustaining competitiveness of the recreational craft manufacturing industry. Following the Parliament and Council agreement, these harmonised emission limits will take effect progressively, from 1 January 2005 to 1 January 2007. It is estimated that the yearly emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides and various other pollutants from recreational craft within the EU will be reduced by over 50% once the limits are fully implemented.

    [06] Libre circulation des capitaux : la Commission invite le Portugal à appliquer un arrêt de la Cour de Justice ; classement de procédure contre la France

    La Commission européenne a décidé de rappeler à la république portugaise son obligation de se conformer à un arrêt du 4 juin 2002 de la Cour de justice européenne par lequel la procédure d'autorisation concernant les investissements étrangers dans des compagnies privatisées est déclarée incompatible avec les dispositions du traité CE qui instaure la libre circulation des capitaux (article 56). A l'heure actuelle, les autorités portugaises n'ont pas notifié à la Commission de mesures pour exécuter l'arrêt de la Cour. Par contre, la Commission a formellement classé la procédure d'infraction contre la France au sujet de l'action spécifique détenue par la France dans la Société nationale Elf-Aquitaine, vu les mesures prises par la république française pour se conformer à un autre arrêt de la Cour du 4 juin 2002, par lequel cette action spécifique a été déclarée incompatible avec les mêmes dispositions du Traité sur la libre circulation des capitaux.

    [07] Motor insurance : Commission refers the Netherlands to the European Court of Justice

    The European Commission has decided to refer the Netherlands to the European Court of Justice for failing to implement the Fourth Motor Insurance Directive (2000/26/EC) by the agreed date of 20 July 2002. Until the Directive is properly applied throughout the EU, drivers from one Member State involved in an accident with a car registered and insured in another Member State will still face serious difficulties in claiming compensation quickly. The Commission's decision follows its decision in April 2003 to bring similar cases against France, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland and Portugal (see IP/03/530).

    [08] Le Prix MEDIA 2003 attribué à Peter Mullan pour The Magdalene Sisters

    Viviane Reding, commissaire européenne à la Culture et à l'Audiovisuel, remettra aujourd'hui à Cannes, en clôture de la Journée de l'Europe (cf. IP/03/667 du 13 mai 2003) le Prix MEDIA 2003 de l'Union européenne au film "The Magdalene Sisters" de Peter Mullan. Ce film, le second long métrage de Peter Mullan, a été distribué avec le soutien du programme MEDIA dans 12 pays européens, en plus de son pays de production, et vu par plusieurs millions de spectateurs en Europe.

    [09] "Humanitarian principles under threat", says Poul Nielson

    Recently back from a mission in Iraq, Mr Poul Nielson, European Commissioner in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid, today warned that the core principles of international humanitarian law, namely humanity, impartiality and independence of action, are being eroded. "These principles have been agreed at international level to ensure that life saving support reaches the most vulnerable during an emergency. When they are compromised, it is the victims who suffer most. It is imperative to provide the space for humanitarian agencies to get on with the job which is already dangerous enough", he said. In some crisis zones, such as Chechnya or the Palestinian territories, aid workers are being denied access to people in need. Moreover, in the course of 2002, aid workers have continued to be targeted, and even killed, while carrying out their duties, prompting their organisations to halt humanitarian activities in the affected region.

    [10] EU / Mauritania workshop on fisheries partnership

    A two-day workshop on Partnership in Fisheries, organised jointly by the European Commission and the Mauritanian authorities, opened its doors yesterday in Las Palmas. Among the 120 plus participants were representatives of the European and Mauritanian fishing sectors as well as representatives from the European Investment Bank and the EU-ACP programmes for investment promotion. The workshop focused on investment opportunities for European private investors in Mauritania. The Commission has recently proposed to move EU fisheries agreements, particularly those with developing countries, towards partnership agreements for the mutual benefit of the parties involved. The aim is twofold: to ensure that the interests of the EU distant water fleets are protected and that the conditions to achieve sustainable fisheries in the waters of the partner concerned are strengthened. The EU and Mauritania have had a fisheries agreement since 1987. This agreement is the most important one for the EU in terms of fishing possibilities for EU vessels and with regard to the financial contribution. Vessels operating under this Agreement come from Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Germany and Ireland.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note sur les résultats du Conseil Energie

    Discours de Mme Reding : "Les cinémas du monde : l'Europe partenaire" à la Journée européenne du Festival de Cannes

    Presentation by Poul Nielson of the annual review of the Humanitarian Aid Office 'ECHO 2002'


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