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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-05-24

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] La Commission prévoit que d'ici 2010 la radiodiffusion et la télévision seront en majorité numériques dans l'UE
  • [02] Safeguarding e-communications services for all in the internet era: Commission opens policy debate
  • [03] 20 years on - standards and single market made easy
  • [04] Commission tables first elements for a genuine European Space Policy
  • [05] EU cohesion policy could boost national GDP by over 10 per cent between 2007 and 2013
  • [06] Commission conditionally clears Reuters' acquisition of competitor Telerate
  • [07] March 2005 : Euro-zone external trade surplus €4.2 billion ; €6.5 billion deficit for EU25
  • [08] Mars 2005 par rapport février 2005 : les entrées de commandes dans l'industrie en baisse de 0,5% dans la zone euro ; baisse de 2,1% dans l'UE25
  • [09] EU Textile Committee approves launch of formal consultations with China on two categories of textile products
  • [10] Commission White Paper on market access for developing countries : opening the door to development
  • [11] Rapport de la Commission sur l'ouverture des marchés aux pays en voie de développement : ouvrir les portes au développement
  • [12] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-05-24 Reference: MEX/05/0524 Date: 24/05/2005 EXME05 / 24.5

    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

    24/05/05


  • [01] La Commission prévoit que d'ici 2010 la radiodiffusion et la télévision seront en majorité numériques dans l'UE

    La Commission européenne a invité aujourd'hui les Etats membres de l'UE accélérer le passage la radiodiffusion et télévision numérique. La radiodiffusion et télévision numérique offre une meilleure qualité d'image, un meilleur son, une meilleure réception portable et mobile, davantage de chaînes de télévision et de stations de radio, et des services d'information perfectionnés. Etant donné que la radiodiffusion et télévision numérique utilise plus efficacement le spectre des radiofréquences, elle permettra aussi de libérer des ressources du spectre pour d'autres utilisations, telles que de nouveaux services de radiodiffusion et de téléphonie mobile, ce qui stimulera l'innovation et la croissance dans le secteur de la télévision et des communications électroniques. La Commission s'attend ce que le passage au numérique sera bien avancé d'ici 2010 et propose le début de l'année 2012 comme échéance pour l'arrêt total de la radiodiffusion et télévision terrestre analogique. La Commission préconise également une approche coordonnée pour la mise disposition travers l'UE des ressources du spectre libérées.

    [02] Safeguarding e-communications services for all in the internet era: Commission opens policy debate

    There is no need to introduce new legal requirements for mobile and high- speed internet services under the EU's universal service rules at the moment, says the European Commission in a Communication issued today, but there is a need for but a forward-looking policy debate. The Universal Service Directive, in place since 2002, seeks to safeguard good e- communications services throughout the EU by dealing with circumstances in which the basic consumer needs are not satisfactorily met by the market. This means the possibility to impose financial cross-subsidies from one group of customers to another. The review Communication issued today finds that consumers already have widespread affordable access to mobile communications, so universal service obligations would not benefit the consumer. And so far only a small – although fast-growing – minority has a high-speed (broadband) internet connection, so subjecting broadband to universal service obligations would result in unfair financial transfers between consumers. However, in the future, as services traditionally carried by telephone networks become more and more internet-based, the focus of universal service may evolve towards providing an affordable broadband access link for all.

    [03] 20 years on - standards and single market made easy

    20 years ago, European product legislation was revolutionised by what was then called the "New Approach" method. This consisted of making harmonisation possible based on the simple condition that the producer can guarantee that its products, (e.g. toasters, TVs, washing machines etc.) are safe. The 'essential requirements' set by the New Approach Directives created the basis on which European Standards are developed by standardisation bodies (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI). This is done by consensus between all industrial and societal stakeholders in an open and transparent procedure. In most cases they take the form of harmonized European standards and their application is voluntary. Most products covered by this legislation have to show the CE marking by doing this the manufacturer declares that the product is safe and in conformity with the requirements of the relevant Directives.

    [04] Commission tables first elements for a genuine European Space Policy

    Environmental monitoring, navigation systems, weather forecasting, toll collection, early flood warnings... - the role that space plays in our daily lives is increasing. Taking the full economic impact of space applications into account, the European Commission has now outlined the first elements for a European Space Policy, which is expected to be devised and approved before the end of 2005. Today's communication identifies the roles and responsibilities in space policy of the EU, Member States, the European Space Agency (ESA) and other stakeholders and the relevant funding sources and instruments. The Commission also specifies priorities, funding principles and an approach to developing a broad industry policy for Europe as a whole.

    [05] EU cohesion policy could boost national GDP by over 10 per cent between 2007 and 2013

    Danuta Hübner, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, sets out how cohesion policy is helping to raise the European Union's economic growth potential. EU funds are heavily concentrated on regions where the potential for catch-up is high and where strategic investments can help to break down structural barriers to development. And EU-funded programmes focus on themes such as infrastructure, innovative capacity and human capital, which offer a high social return on public investments.

    [06] Commission conditionally clears Reuters' acquisition of competitor Telerate

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of the financial data provider Moneyline Telerate Holding (Telerate) by its major global competitor, Reuters Limited (Reuters). The Commission's review of the operation highlighted a competition concern for financial market data platforms (MDPs), but the parties were able to address this concern by committing themselves to providing a global exclusive licence for Telerate's MDP product to US Hyperfeed Technologies, a provider of financial market data technology.

    [07] March 2005 : Euro-zone external trade surplus €4.2 billion ; €6.5 billion deficit for EU25

    The first estimate for euro-zone trade with the rest of the world in March 2005 was a €4.2 billion surplus, compared with +10.4 billion in March 2004. The February 2005 balance was +3.6 billion, compared with +6.9 billion in February 2004. In March 2005 compared with February 2005, exports, seasonally adjusted, were stable while imports rose by 1.0%. The first estimate for March 2005 extra-EU25 trade was a €6.5 billion deficit, compared with -1.7 billion in March 2004. In February 2005, the balance was -6.8 billion, compared with -3.8 billion in February 2004. In March 2005 compared with February 2005, exports, seasonally adjusted, rose by 1.3% and imports by 2.5%. These data are released by Eurostat.

    [08] Mars 2005 par rapport février 2005 : les entrées de commandes dans l'industrie en baisse de 0,5% dans la zone euro ; baisse de 2,1% dans l'UE25

    Dans la zone euro, l'indice des entrées de commandes dans l'industrie a diminué de 0,5% en mars 2005 par rapport février 2005, selon les estimations publiées par Eurostat. Cet indice avait baissé de 2,4% en février et de 6,9% en janvier. Dans l'UE25, les entrées de commandes ont diminué de 2,1% en mars 2005, après des baisses de 1,8% en février et de 6,7% en janvier. Par rapport mars 2004, les entrées de commandes dans l'industrie ont reculé en mars 2005 de 0,7% dans la zone euro et ont augmenté de 0,1% dans l'UE25.

    [09] EU Textile Committee approves launch of formal consultations with China on two categories of textile products

    On 23 May, the Textile Committee, which brings together Member States and the European Commission, has supported the proposal to launch formal consultations on two categories of textile products currently under investigation: t-shirts and flax yarn. Following the Committee's approval, the decision to launch formal consultation should be taken by the Commission on Wednesday 25 May. Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson will meet on 24 May with Vice Minister and Special Textiles Negotiator Gao Hucheng to discuss further the possibility for the EU and China to reach agreement on how to respond to surges of Chinese exports in categories of concern.

    [10] Commission White Paper on market access for developing countries : opening the door to development

    The EU is both the world's most open market for developing countries and their largest trading partner. This is the conclusion of a report published and presented to the European Parliament on 23 May by European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson. The first of its kind, the report analyses developing countries' access to the EU market between 1999-2003. It shows that almost half of the EU's imports come from developing countries and that 79% of these imports enter the EU duty free or at reduced rates of duty. Presenting the report to the European Parliament, Commissioner Mandelson said : "The White Paper's findings can be summarized in one sentence : the EU is already through its trade policy giving developing countries many of the chances they desperately deserve. My conclusion, however, is that rather than be complacent, there is more work still to do." Full report and summaries on <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/trade/index_en.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/trade/index_en.htm

    [11] Rapport de la Commission sur l'ouverture des marchés aux pays en voie de développement : ouvrir les portes au développement

    L'UE est la fois le marché mondial le plus ouvert aux pays les plus pauvres et leur partenaire commercial le plus important. Telle est la conclusion d'un rapport publié le 23 mai par le commissaire européen au commerce, Peter Mandelson. Premier rapport de ce genre, il analyse l'accès des pays en voie de développement au marché de l'Union de 1999 2003. Il nous apprend que près de la moitié des importations de l'UE sont issues de pays en voie de développement et que 79% de ces importations entrent dans l'UE exonérées de taxes ou des taux de taxation réduits.

    [12] Autre matériel diffusé

    Summary of European Space Policy Communication - preliminary elements

    Review of the Scope of Universal Service in Electronic Communications: frequently asked questions

    Impact of Commission Communication on accelerating switchover on individual Member States From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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