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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-05-19

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] Tissue engineering: Commission consults public on how to regulate advanced therapies
  • [02] Danuta Hübner addresses the European Summit of Regions and Cities in Wroclaw
  • [03] eLearning for growth, jobs and an inclusive society: Commissioners Reding and Figel’ welcome a multi-stakeholder drive towards a learning society
  • [04] Application des droits des passagers aériens
  • [05] Joe Borg meets Greek Fisheries and Aquaculture Stakeholders
  • [06] Eritrea: Commission provides €620,000 in humanitarian aid to support emergency food security
  • [07] April 2005 - Euro-zone and EU25 annual inflation stable at 2.1%rs
  • [08] Mars 2005 par rapport février 2005 - La production industrielle en baisse de 0,2% dans la zone euro - Baisse de 0,3% dans l'UE25
  • [09] Rédiffusion de note
  • [10] Danuta Hübner discusses the future of cohesion policy in Scotland with Jim Wallace, Deputy First Minister
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-05-19 Reference: MEX/05/0519 Date: 19/05/2005 EXME05 / 19.5

    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

    19/05/05


  • [01] Tissue engineering: Commission consults public on how to regulate advanced therapies

    A new biotechnology area has emerged: human tissue engineering, which combines various aspects of medicine, cell and molecular biology, materials science and engineering, for the purpose of regenerating, repairing or replacing diseased tissues. Current applications of this nascent field of “regenerative medicine” include treatment for skin, cartilage and bone diseases or injuries. More complex products – such as heart valves or blood vessels – are already in the pipeline. Tissue engineered products currently lie outside any legislative framework. This is why the European Commission is working on a clear regulatory framework. Before tabling a formal proposal later this year, the Commission has now invited the general public to comment on a draft regulatory framework for authorisation, supervision and post-authorisation vigilance of advanced therapies (tissue engineering, cell and gene therapy). This consultation is part of the impact assessment of the upcoming proposal.

    [02] Danuta Hübner addresses the European Summit of Regions and Cities in Wroclaw

    The European Commissioner responsible for regional policy, Danuta Hübner, addressed today - together with the Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka and the President of the Committee of the Regions, Peter Straub - the “European Summit of Regions and Cities” in Wroclaw, Poland. The Summit aims to put decentralisation at the heart of the debate on the future of Europe. Upon invitation of the Committee of the Regions, more than 300 Presidents of European regions and mayors will discuss cohesion, competitiveness and local democracy.

    [03] eLearning for growth, jobs and an inclusive society: Commissioners Reding and Figel’ welcome a multi-stakeholder drive towards a learning society

    A multi-annual, multi-stakeholder drive to build digital competence at home, school and the workplace was launched by Viviane Reding, the Commissioner for Information Society and Media, and Ján Figel’, the Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Multilingualism, at a multi-stakeholder conference entitled “Towards a learning society”, in Brussels today. Stakeholders from different disciplines and sectors are working closely together to improve research, innovation and lifelong learning in a “knowledge triangle”, through the effective use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). These technologies have the potential to significantly advance our progress towards the growth and jobs objectives of the revised Lisbon strategy, as new open and flexible forms of ICT supported learning (e-learning) are increasingly being used for the re- skilling of workers. This conference launches a joint initiative by the two Commissioners to continue the dialogue, build-upon the results so far and help set strategic priorities for further work. .

    [04] Application des droits des passagers aériens

    Les services de la Direction Générale Transports et Energie de la Commission européenne ont réuni aujourd’hui les organismes nationaux de contrôle chargés de veiller au respect des nouveaux droits des passagers aériens. À l’exception de l’Irlande et du Luxembourg, qui n’ont pas nommé ces organismes, tous les Etats membres ont répondu l’appel de la Commission. La réunion avait pour but d’examiner les problèmes auxquels les organismes de contrôle sont confrontés dans leurs nouvelles tâches, notamment le manque de ressources allouées par les Etats. La Commission a rappelé que le règlement européen créait des obligations pour tous les Etats membres qui devaient veiller une application stricte du texte. .

    [05] Joe Borg meets Greek Fisheries and Aquaculture Stakeholders

    Joe Borg, Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, is on a two-day visit to Greece. Today he is on Hydra Island to open, along with Deputy Minister for Rural Development and Food, Mr Alexandros Kondos, the Annual Conference of the Federation of European Aquaculture Products (FEAP). Tomorrow Commissioner Borg will visit Aquaculture Plants in Argolis before meeting with representatives of the fishing sector in Nafplio.

    [06] Eritrea: Commission provides €620,000 in humanitarian aid to support emergency food security

    The European Commission has allocated €620,000 for emergency food security measures aimed at securing the 2005 agricultural campaign for up to 35,000 vulnerable households in the Gash Barka and Debub regions of Eritrea. The aid is being provided through ECHO, the Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department, which comes under the responsibility of Commissioner Louis Michel. The funds channelled through the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will cover the distribution of seeds, tools and animal feed. Successive droughts in Eritrea have disrupted traditional seed-saving practices and households unfortunately had to use their limited seed stocks in order to survive. Furthermore, adverse climatic conditions have resulted in a growing and acute fodder deficit far above the ‘normal’ chronic situation. This comes at a time when the demand on oxen for ploughing is highest, and when the mainly female-headed households are in dire need of extra support.

    [07] April 2005 - Euro-zone and EU25 annual inflation stable at 2.1%rs

    Euro-zone annual inflation was 2.1% in April 2005, unchanged compared to March, reports Eurostat. A year earlier the rate was 2.0%. Monthly inflation was 0.4% in April 2005. EU25 annual inflation was 2.1% in April 2005, the same as in March. A year earlier the rate was 2.0%. Monthly inflation was 0.4% in April 2005. EICP annual inflation was 2.1% in April 2005..

    [08] Mars 2005 par rapport février 2005 - La production industrielle en baisse de 0,2% dans la zone euro - Baisse de 0,3% dans l'UE25

    La production industrielle ajustée des variations saisonnières a diminué de 0,2% dans la zone euro en mars 2005 par rapport février, selon les estimations publiées par Eurostat. La production avait baissé de 0,6% en février et augmenté de 0,2% en janvier. Dans l'UE25, la production a reculé de 0,3% en mars 2005, après une baisse de 0,5% en février et une hausse de 0,2% en janvier. En mars 2005, par rapport mars 2004, la production industrielle a diminué de 0,1% dans la zone euro et de 0,5% dans l'UE25.

    [09] Rédiffusion de note

    [10] Danuta Hübner discusses the future of cohesion policy in Scotland with Jim Wallace, Deputy First Minister

    European Commissioner Danuta Hübner met Jim Wallace, Deputy First Minister in the Scottish Executive, to discuss the future of cohesion policy in Scotland. The country is a major beneficiary of European Union regional funds, and would continue to be under the Commission’s proposals for 2007 onwards. Among the issues discussed were the maintenance of substantial levels of EU funding in Scotland’s least prosperous regions, the new eligibility of western regions for cross-border cooperation programmes with Ireland, and the scope for streamlined administration of EU-funded programmes while maintaining rigorous financial control.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Joaquín Almunia (embargo 16h00 Bxl time) : "Practical preparations for the introduction of the euro in Cyprus" - Cyprus

    Speech by Ján Figel’ : "Towards the European Higher Education Area" in Bergen – Norway

    Speech by Danuta Hübner : (embargo 18h00 Bxl time)"Opening speech at the European Summitt of Regions and Cities” in Wroclaw From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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