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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-06-14

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'UE contribue pour 10,7 millions d'€ ŕ la promotion des produits agricoles de qualitĂ©
  • [02] Extra time for farmers to ask for EU support in the new Member States
  • [03] More women engineering graduates, but they still face poor employment prospects
  • [04] Autre matĂ©riel diffusĂ© Midday Express of 2004-06-14 Reference: MEX/04/0614 Date: 14/06/2004 EXME04 / 14.6

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Général Presse etb

    Communication

    14/06/04


  • [01] L'UE contribue pour 10,7 millions d'€ ŕ la promotion des produits agricoles de qualitĂ©

    La Commission européenne a approuvé 26 programmes établis dans 12 Etats membres pour faire connaître les produits agricoles de qualité et pour en promouvoir la commercialisation dans l'Union européenne. Ces programmes sont dotés d'un budget total de 21,5 millions d'€, cofinancé pour moitié par l'UE.

    [02] Extra time for farmers to ask for EU support in the new Member States

    The European Commission has adopted an amendment of the Single Area Payment Scheme (SAPS), the transitional scheme to grant direct payments that is used in all the new Member States with the exception of Slovenia and Malta. The amendment extends the period in which farmers can make aid applications until 15 July. Normally, farmers in the new Member States using SAPS have to submit a request for aid before a date that is set by the Member State but that has to be before 15 June. However, it seems that in this first year of accession not all farmers are familiar with the EU procedures. In some of the new Member States a substantial number of farmers have not yet asked for EU-support. To allow the new Member States concerned to give farmers maximum opportunity to lodge requests for EU support the decision has been taken to allow the new Member States to set a later date than the 15 of June but not later than 15 July. "We have extended the deadline to ensure that EU farm subsidies available are used by farmers in the new Member States", Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler said.

    [03] More women engineering graduates, but they still face poor employment prospects

    Latest Eurostat data show that although women are still significantly under- represented in scientific and engineering disciplines, the numbers of female graduates in these fields have increased over the last few years. The new figures on "Women, science and technology: Measuring recent progress towards gender equality" provide continuing evidence of a narrowing of the gender gap for graduates in "hard sciences", especially in engineering. From 1998-2001, the numbers of graduates in engineering and related subjects increased by 8% to 340,000, but this increase was far more marked for women – 31%. In fact, although women only represent just over 20% of engineering graduates, they accounted for 56.5% of the increase during this period in the EU-15 countries, and for 35.6% in the EU-25. However, this positive trend is not reflected in science and engineering employment where the current 69% share of men is set to increase even further.

    [04] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note on results of Telecom Council (10/06)

    Note sur les résultats du Conseil Transports (11/06)

    Speech by David Byrne : "Driving Public Health in Europe – The role of Workplace Health Promotion" at 4th European Conference on Promoting Workplace Health (Dublin)


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

    Midday Express: News from the EU Commission Spokesman's Briefings Directory - Previous Article - Next Article
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