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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-02-08

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] Customs : Commission and Member States step up action against counterfeiting and piracy
  • [02] Conditions de concurrence équitables pour les aéroports régionaux : la Commission lance une consultation
  • [03] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to visit Commission on 9 February
  • [04] Journée de l'internet plus sûr
  • [05] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-02-08 Reference: MEX/05/0208 Date: 08/02/2005 EXME05/ 8.2

    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

    08/02/05


  • [01] Customs : Commission and Member States step up action against counterfeiting and piracy

    Statistics just published by the European Commission show a significant increase in the amount of counterfeit and pirated articles seized at the EU's external borders in 2003. Customs officials seized almost 100 million of such articles in 2003 compared with 85 million in 2002, of an estimated value of one billion euros. Of particular concern in terms of consumer health and safety is the increase in the number of seizures of games and children's toys, with 12 million seizures representing a 996% increase over 2002. Seizures of food products and medicines increased in the same period by 77%. The trend in recent years of a move from smuggling luxury goods to smuggling more everyday products continued in 2003. While the compilation of statistics for 2004 has not yet been completed, the results so far demonstrate that the customs authorities of the new Member States have intercepted a significant amount of counterfeit goods.

    [02] Conditions de concurrence équitables pour les aéroports régionaux : la Commission lance une consultation

    A la suite de sa décision sur l'aéroport de Charleroi, la Commission européenne propose des règles claires pour les investissements dans les aéroports, tant au niveau des infrastructures que des aides au démarrage. Ces règles autorisent les aides au démarrage en faveur de nouvelles lignes ouvertes dans des aéroports secondaires, parfois sous-utilisés, mais dans des conditions strictes de transparence et de limitation dans le temps. Ces possibilités doivent également éviter toute discrimination au bénéfice exclusif d'une compagnie. Les lignes directrices proposées visent également clarifier les modes de financement des infrastructures aéroportuaires.

    [03] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to visit Commission on 9 February

    The new US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit the European Commission, as part of her visit to Europe, on 9 February, in preparation of President Bush's visit to the European Union on 22 February. President Barroso and Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, will receive Secretary Rice, before inviting her to join the External Relations Group of Commissioners in a discussion on how the EU and the US can promote democracy and opportunity around the globe. Commissioners attending this meeting also include Commissioner for Trade, Peter Mandelson, Commissioner for Enlargement, Olli Rehn, Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, Joaquín Almunia, and Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel. Media are invited to a press conference in the Commission press room (Berlaymont building) on 9 February at 16h45. Journalists are requested to arrive at the press room before 16h30. A pool system has already been established for part of the visit. For additional information contact Virginia Quirke at the Commission Audiovisual unit on tel: 02-2993085. <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/us/intro/index.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/us/intro/index.htm

    [04] Journée de l'internet plus sûr

    Aujourd'hui, la journée de l'internet plus sûr sera célébrée par 65 organisations dans 30 pays travers le monde, de l'Australie l'Islande et de la Russie Singapour. Parrainée par Mme Viviane Reding, membre de la Commission européenne chargée de la société de l’information et des médias, la journée 2005 de l'internet plus sûr est marquée par le lancement, dans 19 pays et 16 langues, d'un concours de contes pour enfants ayant l'internet pour thème (les résultats seront proclamés en juin 2005). Cette journée s'inscrit dans le cadre d'une campagne mondiale de sensibilisation visant promouvoir une utilisation plus sûre d'internet, en particulier auprès des jeunes. Elle est organisée par le réseau européen INSAFE, lequel est coordonné par le Réseau scolaire européen et cofinancé par la Commission. D'autres activités sont attendues comme des conférences, le lancement de programmes scolaires de formation l'utilisation d'internet, des communiqués de presse la radio et la télévision et le lancement de plusieurs sites web consacrés ce sujet.

    [05] Autre matériel diffusé

    Counterfeiting & piracy : frequently asked questions

    An action plan for trade and development in 2005 : the EU, the WTO, the G8 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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