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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-05-18

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

[I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] Commission recommends taking the Netherlands out of the excessive deficit procedure
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [02] EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson to visit Israel, Palestinian Authority and Jordan; stresses role of trade in Middle East stability
  • [03] Dialogue politique entre l’UE et les États-Unis sur la sécurité des frontières et des transports
  • [04] EU-US partnership: Commission proposals to strengthen economic and political relations
  • [05] La Commission européenne salue l'adoption de la Constitution en République Démocratique du Congo
  • [06] Unspent EU funding record low in 2004
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-05-18 Reference: MEX/05/0518 Date: 18/05/2005 EXME05 / 18.5

    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

    18/05/05


  • [I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

    [01] Commission recommends taking the Netherlands out of the excessive deficit procedure

    The European Commission today recommended closing the excessive deficit procedure for the Netherlands after the Dutch government cut the deficit to below 2.3% in 2004 from 3.2% in 2003. The deficit is projected to decrease further in 2005 and 2006 ensuring that the Netherlands is firmly back on the path of healthy fiscal consolidation.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [02] EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson to visit Israel, Palestinian Authority and Jordan; stresses role of trade in Middle East stability

    EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson will travel to the Middle East today for three days of talks with senior ministers, officials and business representatives from Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan. Commissioner Mandelson will stress the EU’s readiness to help strengthen trading links in the region and between the region and the EU as a means of contributing to stability in the Middle East. Commissioner Mandelson will make specific proposals for developing trade relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and on how they and other countries in the region can benefit from the proposed new system of regional ‘cumulation of origin’. Commissioner Mandelson will meet with, amongst others, Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei, Israeli Minister of Finance Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli Trade and Industry Minister Ehud Olmert and Jordanian Minister of Industry and Trade Sharif Ali Zu’Bi . He will also deliver a lecture at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on ‘EU Trade policy and the Middle East’ on 19 May and participate in the World Economic Forum in Jordan on Saturday 21 May.

    [03] Dialogue politique entre l’UE et les États-Unis sur la sécurité des frontières et des transports

    Le 19 mai 2005, se tiendra Bruxelles la 3ème réunion du dialogue politique UE-Etats-Unis sur la sécurité des frontières et des transports. Les documents de voyage biométriques, la sécurité des documents, la politique de visas, l’enregistrement des noms des passagers, les transports et les douanes seront au nombre des sujets discutés, de même que la préparation du sommet Europe-Etats-Unis qui doit se tenir Washington le 20 juin.

    [04] EU-US partnership: Commission proposals to strengthen economic and political relations

    Today the Commission has adopted a Communication entitled “A stronger EU- US Partnership and a more Open Market for the 21st century”. This contains a wide range of practical policy proposals for a joint EU-US strategy to boost economic integration, and to strengthen the broader framework of EU –US relations. On the economic side, the Commission proposes a particular focus to improve regulatory cooperation, promote of knowledge and innovation, and improve border arrangements. On the political side, the Communication reviews options to raise the profile of the EU-US relationship to make it more effective. The proposals in the Communication prepare the EU-US Summit on 20th June which should establish the priority sectors and measures that need to be taken to address regulatory divergences between the EU and the US. The overall goal is to promote transatlantic trade and investment and stimulate economic growth.

    Rédiffusion

    [05] La Commission européenne salue l'adoption de la Constitution en République Démocratique du Congo

    La Commission européenne s’est félicité aujourd’hui de l’adoption vendredi dernier par l’Assemblée Nationale de la RDC d’un projet de Constitution qui devrait permettre ce pays d’entrer dans la modernité institutionnelle.

    [06] Unspent EU funding record low in 2004

    Only 1% of the EU budget remained unspent in 2004, setting a new record low for unused funding of €1 190 million. Thanks to improved implementation of the EU budget but also due to higher than expected revenue the total budgetary surplus for 2004 amounted to € 2 737 million. This is the lowest level seen since 1997. The Commission has therefore approved a Provisional Draft Amending Budget to include the surplus into this year’s budget, reducing the contributions required by Member States for 2005.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Joe Borg : " European Values" at SDM International Conference – the Common Heritage of Europe in Malta From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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