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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-01-20

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] L'Union européenne se dote de nouvelles règles en matière de contrôle des concentrations pour le XXIe siècle
  • [02] A strong European technology partnership to move towards the hydrogen economy
  • [03] November 2003 compared to October 2003 : industrial production up by 0.1% in euro-zone ; down by 0.1% in EU15
  • [04] La Commission encourage l'utilisation des Eurocodes pour une plus grande résistance et sécurité des bâtiments
  • [05] Customs : Commission alerts operators to possible risks when importing products from Serbia and Montenegro
  • [06] Accord gazier Grèce-Turquie
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 20/01/2004 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 20/01/2004

  • [01] L'Union européenne se dote de nouvelles règles en matière de contrôle des concentrations pour le XXIe siècle

    Le Conseil des ministres a définitivement adopté aujourd'hui le nouveau règlement sur le contrôle des concentrations, qui entrera en vigueur en mai, au moment de l'élargissement de l'Union européenne. Comme l'a déclaré Mario Monti, commissaire chargé de la concurrence, "en adoptant ce nouveau règlement, l'Union européenne se dote d'une législation moderne, plus souple et efficace qui doit permettre de défendre les intérêts de 450 millions de consommateurs à partir du 1er mai de cette année".

    [02] A strong European technology partnership to move towards the hydrogen economy

    European Commission President, Romano Prodi, today launched the "European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology" Platform, whose Advisory Council includes key players of the European hydrogen sector, at its first assembly in Brussels. The Platform has the task of drafting a blueprint to smooth the EU's transition from a fossil fuel-based to a hydrogen-based economy. The creation of this platform follows the presentation of a report by an EU high-level expert group on June 16, 2003, and the inclusion of a hydrogen and fuel cell initiative in the "QuickStart" list of transport and research projects. This list was presented by the Commission on November 11, 2003, in the framework of the "European Growth Initiative". Worldwide energy demand will double in the next 50 years, and Europe still has very limited home-grown resources. The EU currently imports 50% of its demand for oil, and, if nothing is done, this figure will rise to 70% in 20-30 years time. Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies could form an integral part of future sustainable energy systems. This will contribute to improving Europe's energy security and air quality, whilst lessening climate change. Developing the new hydrogen society while gaining worldwide leadership will require a coherent EU strategy, which this European Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technology Platform will help devise.

    [03] November 2003 compared to October 2003 : industrial production up by 0.1% in euro-zone ; down by 0.1% in EU15

    According to Eurostat, seasonally adjusted industrial production increased by 0.1% in the euro-zone in November 2003 compared to October 2003, Eurostat estimates today. Production rose by 1.3% in October 2003 after a fall of 0.4% in September 2003. Output in the EU15 decreased by 0.1% in November 2003, after a rise of 0.8% in October and a fall of 0.1% in September. In November 2003 compared to November 2002, industrial production increased by 1.2% in the euro-zone and by 0.9% in the EU15.

    [04] La Commission encourage l'utilisation des Eurocodes pour une plus grande résistance et sécurité des bâtiments

    La Commission européenne, dans une recommandation concernant le secteur de la construction, invite les Etats Membres à généraliser l'utilisation d'une série de 56 normes appelées Eurocodes, permettant de mesurer la résistance des bâtiments et d'améliorer ainsi leur sécurité. Ces normes, d'un usage volontaire dans les Etats Membres, décrivent les règles de calcul des éléments constituant l'ossature (les éléments porteurs) des bâtiments ou des ouvrages (ponts, etc.). L'utilisation des Eurocodes, basés sur des calculs de résistance des matériaux, permet de s'assurer de la stabilité des ouvrages, prenant en compte notamment les aspects de résistance aux séismes et aux incendies. Des exemples récents de catastrophes dans différents pays ont montré l'intérêt de ces nouveaux outils pour la sauvegarde des populations. Outre les objectifs de sécurité et de stabilité, la Commission en poursuit deux autres : celui d'harmoniser le marché des services dans le domaine de l'ingénierie de la construction et celui de faciliter la libre circulation de certains produits du bâtiment.

    [05] Customs : Commission alerts operators to possible risks when importing products from Serbia and Montenegro

    The European Commission has published a Notice to Importers in the EU's Official Journal advising Community operators to take all necessary precautions to verify the origin of goods imported under the preferential trade arrangements granted to Serbia and Montenegro. This has become necessary because of indications that the administrative and legal systems currently in place in Serbia and Montenegro do not guarantee that the origin of products exported to the EU is adequately verified. The Notice alerts economic operators and Member States to the possibility that the full rate of tariffs on goods imported from Serbia and Montenegro will be payable if the origin of the goods cannot be substantiated.

    [06] Accord gazier Grèce-Turquie

    La Vice Présidente de la Commission européenne Loyola de Palacio a salué aujourd'hui l'achèvement des négociations de fin décembre 2003 entre le Ministre Grec du Développement et le Ministre Turc de l'Energie pour la construction de l'interconnexion des réseaux gaziers entre ces deux pays qui permettra au gaz naturel du bassin de la mer Caspienne d'approvisionner la Turquie, la Grèce, et dans une phase ultérieure, les Balkans, dès 2006.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    New Merger Regulation frequently asked questions

    Speech by President Prodi at the European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform General Assembly

    Speech by Pascal Lamy : "WTO: the Road Ahead" at the CII Conference (19/01, New Delhi)


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