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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-05-12

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] Chernobyl Shelter Fund : Commission announces additional €49 million
  • [02] Déclaration de la Vice-présidente de la Commission européenne Margot Wallström sur la ratification de la Constitution européenne par l'Autriche et la Slovaquie (11/05)
  • [03] Environment friendly lubricants promoted by EU Eco-label
  • [04] Environment : EU Eco-label extended to campsites
  • [05] Marchés publics : d'après les résultats d'une consultation, les règles de l'UE en matière de partenariats public-privé devraient être clarifiées
  • [06] Commission indicator forecasts euro area quarterly GDP growth of 0.2% to 0.6% for the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2005
  • [07] Flash estimates for the first quarter of 2005 : Euro-zone and EU25 GDP up by 0.5% ; +1.4% and +1.7% respectively compared to the first quarter of 2004
  • [08] 140 Erasmus Mundus students gather in Brussels
  • [09] Joe Borg meets stakeholders in Ancona on action to ensure sustainable fisheries in the Mediterranean
  • [10] Stavros Dimas visite la région Centre de la France
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-05-12 Reference: MEX/05/0512 Date: 12/05/2005 EXME05 / 12.5

    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

    12/05/05


  • [01] Chernobyl Shelter Fund : Commission announces additional €49 million

    At a pledging meeting today in London the European Commission will announce an additional €49 million to the international Chernobyl Shelter Fund (CSF). The conference is organised by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and attended by representatives of the European Commission, all G8 countries and Ukraine. Russia will contribute to the fund for the first time. This additional contribution comes on top of more than €600 million already pledged to the fund by 28 donor governments in 1997 and 2000. With today's pledge, the Commission has now committed a total of €239.5 for the Fund since 1997, making it the main donor.

    [02] Déclaration de la Vice-présidente de la Commission européenne Margot Wallström sur la ratification de la Constitution européenne par l'Autriche et la Slovaquie (11/05)

    " Je salue le vote de la ratification de la Constitution en Autriche et en République Slovaque. Ces votes signifient que sept Etats membres (la Lituanie, la Hongrie, la Slovénie, l'Italie, la Grèce, l'Autriche et la Slovaquie) ont déj ratifié la Constitution (la ratification formelle de l'Espagne, par le vote du Sénat, est attendue dans les prochaines semaines). Ces deux approbations, qui sont les premières d'une série de ratifications parlementaires en mai, et le fait que presque un tiers des Etats membres aient conclu la ratification, rapprochent significativement l'Union de l'entrée en vigueur de la Constitution."

    [03] Environment friendly lubricants promoted by EU Eco-label

    Companies selling lubricants in Europe can now apply for the EU Eco-label if their product has a low impact on the environment. Hydraulic oils, chain saw oils, two stroke oils and greases are among the lubricants which will be able to carry the Eco-label scheme's "Flower" logo if they meet strict environmental criteria. European consumers have long been able to rely on the Flower to help them find greener products and services, such as detergents, appliances, tourist accommodation, paints and varnishes, textiles and garden products.

    [04] Environment : EU Eco-label extended to campsites

    Campers now have the opportunity to turn to the "Flower" logo of the EU Eco- label to find an environmentally friendly camp site. Companies providing campsite services in Europe can apply for the EU Eco-label to show that they meet strict environmental performance criteria. European consumers have long been able to rely on the Flower to help them find greener products and services. They have already given a very enthusiastic welcome to the Eco-label criteria for tourist accommodation services, which were adopted in 2003 to promote environment friendly holidays.

    [05] Marchés publics : d'après les résultats d'une consultation, les règles de l'UE en matière de partenariats public-privé devraient être clarifiées

    La Commission européenne vient de publier un rapport sur les résultats d'une consultation relative aux partenariats public-privé (PPP) lancée en avril 2004 (IP/04/593). L'objectif de cette consultation était de déterminer s'il est nécessaire d'améliorer la législation communautaire dans ce domaine. Une majorité des parties intéressées s'est prononcée pour une clarification des règles communautaires en matière de marchés publics s'appliquant au choix des partenaires privés pour les PPP. Les avis sont cependant partagés quant la forme et au contenu précis des initiatives que l'UE devrait prendre. Le rapport est disponible l'adresse suivante : <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/internal_market/ppp">http://europa.eu.int/comm/internal_market/ppp

    [06] Commission indicator forecasts euro area quarterly GDP growth of 0.2% to 0.6% for the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2005

    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 0.2% to 0.6% for GDP growth for the second quarter of 2005, revised downwards by 0.1 percentage point compared to the previous release. For the third quarter of 2005, the predicted range for GDP growth is also 0.2% to 0.6%.

    [07] Flash estimates for the first quarter of 2005 : Euro-zone and EU25 GDP up by 0.5% ; +1.4% and +1.7% respectively compared to the first quarter of 2004

    GDP grew by 0.5% in both the euro-zone and the EU25 during the first quarter of 2005, compared to the previous quarter, according to flash estimates published by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities. In the fourth quarter of 2004, growth rates were +0.2% in the euro-zone and +0.3% in the EU25. In the first quarter of 2005, compared to the same quarter of the previous year, GDP grew by 1.4% in the euro-zone and by 1.7% in the EU25, after +1.6% and +1.9% respectively in the previous quarter. During the first quarter of 2005, US GDP increased by 0.8% compared to the previous quarter, after +0.9% in the fourth quarter of 2004. Compared to the first quarter of 2004, GDP grew by 3.6%, after +3.9% in the previous quarter.

    [08] 140 Erasmus Mundus students gather in Brussels

    Tomorrow, European Commissioner in charge of Education & Training, Ján Figel’, will welcome in Brussels, in the Charlemagne building, 140 students from 52 third countries who are currently taking part in the first Erasmus Mundus promotion. The Erasmus Mundus programme was launched last autumn, with 14 Masters Courses being selected for the academic year 2004- 2005. Next autumn some 36 Masters Courses are expected to be operational and about 800 students will take part in the programme (more than 100 Master Courses are targeted for the final year of the 1st phase of the programme in 2008). The seminar which will start tomorrow will give these students the opportunity to exchange views on their first months in EU universities. They will also launch the Erasmus Mundus Alumni Association. On Saturday, a summary of students' and coordinators' feedback on the programme will be presented, as well as proposals to improve the programme. For more information on Erasmus Mundus, see :

    <a href="http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/education/programmes/mundus/index_en.html">http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/education/programmes/mundus/index_en.html

    [09] Joe Borg meets stakeholders in Ancona on action to ensure sustainable fisheries in the Mediterranean

    Joe Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, has just started on a two-day visit to Ancona (Italy). Earlier today, Commissioner Borg, accompanied by Mr Scarpa Bonazza, Fisheries Secretary, opened the 65th international fishing fair (12-15 May 2005). After a meeting with Mr Scarpa Bonazza in the afternoon, Mr Borg will attend a meeting on "EU policy for Mediterranean fisheries". Further meetings will be held with stakeholders on Friday, including with representatives of Medisamak, the umbrella association of Mediterranean fishermen's organisations. The meetings will cover, among other things, the proposed technical measures tabled by the Commission as part of a series of actions to achieve sustainable fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Commission proposal for a European Fisheries Fund, in particular with regard to small- scale fisheries.

    [10] Stavros Dimas visite la région Centre de la France

    M. Stavros Dimas, Commissaire européen chargé de l'Environnement, se rendra le vendredi 13 mai 2005 dans la région Centre de la France l'invitation de M. Serge Lepeltier, ministre francais de l'Ecologie et du Développement durable. Le but de la visite est d'évaluer sur le terrain l'état d'avancement de programmes européens ou co-financés par l'Europe : NATURA 2000, le programme LIFE Nature, et "le Plan Loire Grandeur Nature". L'objectif de LIFE Nature (L'Instrument Financier pour l'Environnement - LIFE - Volet Nature) est de contribuer la mise en œuvre des directives européennes sur la protection des oiseaux et des habitats naturels, et en particulier du réseau européen Natura 2000. "Le Plan Loire Grandeur Nature" est un plan global d'aménagement de la Loire qui vise concilier la sécurité des personnes, la protection de l'environnement et le développement économique, avec les priorités suivantes : la sécurité des populations face au risque d'inondation ; la satisfaction des besoins quantitatifs et qualitatifs en eau ; la restauration de la diversité écologique du milieu. Au cours de ce déplacement, sont prévues les visites des marais de Bourges, du site du Méandre de Guilly dans le Loiret et du déversoir de crues de Jargeau. Deux rencontres avec la presse sont prévues : la mairie de Bourges de 12h00 12h30, et la Préfecture d’Orléans de 16h15 16h45.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by President Barroso : "The transformation of Europe" at the European Parliament (11/05, Strasbourg)

    Speech by Neelie Kroes : "Competition in the European Union - the case for Romania" at the European Institute of Romania (Bucharest)

    Statement by Charlie McCreevy on recognition of professional qualifications directive (11/05)

    Preparation of Eurogroup and Informal Council of Economics and Finance Ministers (13-14/05, Luxembourg) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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