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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-03-30

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] High-speed network connections : Commission recommends leased line price ceilings
  • [02] Aéronautique : le nouvel agenda stratégique de recherche
  • [03] New report identifies challenges of biometrics
  • [04] Statement on Indian Ocean earthquake
  • [05] Louis Michel souligne l'engagement de l'UE pour faire aboutir la transition en Haïti (29/03) Midday Express of 2005-03-30 Reference: MEX/05/0330 Date: 30/03/2005 EXME05 / 30.3

    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

    30/03/05


  • [01] High-speed network connections : Commission recommends leased line price ceilings

    Prices for wholesale leased lines, which are a key source of broadband services for businesses should reflect the real cost of supplying them, says the European Commission. In a recommendation to Member States today, the Commission reports on "best current practices" in wholesale leased line pricing and provides competitive market benchmark prices for the entire EU, in order to help Member States to devise regulatory remedies for leased line markets that are not effectively competitive on their territory. The EU single market for electronic communication services is distorted by substantial variations in leased line prices (for a 2 Mbit/s line, 5 km long, the price in the most expensive Member State is seven times higher than in the cheapest), which are hard to explain in terms of possible underlying costs.

    [02] Aéronautique : le nouvel agenda stratégique de recherche

    Le conseil consultatif pour la recherche sur l'aéronautique en Europe (ACARE) présente aujourd'hui Bruxelles la deuxième édition de son agenda stratégique de recherche (SRA-2). Deux ans après le lancement de son plan de R&D pour le secteur aéronautique, sa portée et ses ambitions ont été revues nettement la hausse, dans la mesure où il envisage désormais plusieurs scénarios pour l'avenir du secteur européen du transport aérien et dresse un bilan technique précis des besoins technologiques. Alors que le trafic aérien ne cesse de croître et que la concurrence mondiale exerce une pression considérable sur l'industrie européenne, le SRA-2 met la disposition de l'ensemble des acteurs un instrument de référence commun pour la recherche et le développement technologique.

    [03] New report identifies challenges of biometrics

    The European Commission releases today a major new study on how biometric technologies – including fingerprint, iris and face recognition – will impact on our daily lives. Following an EU decision to introduce biometrics in passports, visas and residence permits starting in 2006, biometrics will become increasingly common in our daily lives. Costs will come down, people will become used to them through their travels and further commercial and civil applications will undoubtedly follow. Therefore the report recommends that policy-makers should act now to shape the use of biometrics rather than waiting and being reactive.

    [04] Statement on Indian Ocean earthquake

    Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, has expressed his heartfelt sympathy for the victims of the latest earthquake in Indonesia. "The people of Sumatra are still suffering from the effects of the massive earthquake and tsunami on 26 December - this latest shock is the last thing they needed". The Humanitarian Aid department of the European Commission (ECHO) reacted promptly to the 8.7 magnitude earthquake that struck in the Indian Ocean close to Sumatra on 28 March. As soon as news of the earthquake broke, staff were mobilised and partner agencies contacted. An assessment team has been despatched to the affected area to undertake a speedy assessment of needs and the Commission is ready for an emergency financial response if required.

    [05] Louis Michel souligne l'engagement de l'UE pour faire aboutir la transition en Haïti (29/03)

    Le Commissaire européen au Développement et l'Aide humanitaire, Louis Michel, a marqué en Haïti l'engagement de l'Union européenne pour faire aboutir la transition politique et célébrer l'élection présidentielle avant la fin de l'année dans un climat de sécurité et avec une large participation citoyenne. From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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