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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-05-25

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

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

  • [01] Commission paves the way for renewal of EU Sustainable Development Strategy
  • [02] La Commission parachève la stratégie visant améliorer la qualité et la gouvernance des statistiques européennes
  • [03] Emissions trading : Commission approves Italian allocation plan
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [04] 25 mai : une fleur bleue pour les enfants disparus
  • [05] Pollution maritime : des moyens accrus proposés par la Commission
  • [06] Commission meets with the European Ombudsman
  • [07] Lászlo Kovács meets US Secretary for Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff
  • [08] Benita Ferrero-Waldner's visit to Libya
  • [09] EU Troika and Latin America ministers meet in Luxembourg (26-27/05)
  • [10] Commission clears acquisition of Corenso by Stora Enso
  • [11] La Commission se félicite de la décision du Conseil de fixer de nouvelles cibles ambitieuses pour l'aide au développement (24/05)
  • [12] Commission and UNEP cooperate to address global environmental threats (24/05)
  • [13] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-05-25 Reference: MEX/05/0525 Date: 25/05/2005 EXME05 / 25.5

    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

    25/05/05


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

    [01] Commission paves the way for renewal of EU Sustainable Development Strategy

    The European Commission has adopted a draft Declaration on Guiding Principles for Sustainable Development and an accompanying Commission Communication which sets out the European Union's long standing commitment to sustainable development as a key principle of all its policies and actions. This initiative is a response to a request from the European Council. In March this year, the European Council asked the Commission for a proposal that could be adopted by the June 2005 European Council, to serve as a basis for renewing the Sustainable Development Strategy adopted in Gothenburg in 2001.

    [02] La Commission parachève la stratégie visant améliorer la qualité et la gouvernance des statistiques européennes

    La Commission européenne a adopté une communication au Parlement et au Conseil en vue de renforcer l'indépendance, l'intégrité et la responsabilité des autorités statistiques nationales et communautaires. Cette communication encourage le recours un code européen de bonnes pratiques en matière statistique pour accroître la confiance dans les autorités statistiques et améliorer la qualité des statistiques en adoptant les principes et les méthodes statistiques les plus fiables au niveau international. La Commission appliquera ces principes Eurostat et recommande aux Etats membres d'accorder leur soutien politique au code et de veiller son respect.

    [03] Emissions trading : Commission approves Italian allocation plan

    The European Commission has accepted Italy's plan for allocating CO² emission allowances to Italian companies for the 2005-2007 trading period, after the Italian authorities agreed to lower significantly the total number of allocation by 23 million tonnes of CO² annually or 9%. Italy will also have to notify further details of its allocations to specific installations and to abandon a provision to make a so-called ex-post adjustment to the plan. The Commission's decision clears the way for Italian companies to participate in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, allowing for greenhouse gas emissions from Italy's power sector and from energy-intensive industrial plants to be cut at least cost to the economy.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [04] 25 mai : une fleur bleue pour les enfants disparus

    La Commission européenne s'associe ce 25 mai la "Journée Internationale des Enfants Disparus" l'occasion de laquelle des manifestations ont été organisées dans 14 pays européens : Allemagne, Belgique, Bulgarie, Finlande, France, Grèce, Hongrie, Italie, Pays-Bas, Pologne, Portugal, République Tchèque, Roumanie et Royaume-Uni. L'objectif principal de la "Journée Internationale des Enfants Disparus" est d'encourager la population penser tous les enfants portés disparus en Europe et dans le monde, de répandre un message d'espoir et de solidarité au niveau international auprès des parents qui sont sans nouvelles et ne savent ni où se trouve leur enfant, ni ce qu'il est devenu.

    [05] Pollution maritime : des moyens accrus proposés par la Commission

    La Commission européenne vient de proposer une enveloppe financière de 154 millions d'€ pour une période de sept ans en faveur de l'Agence européenne pour la sécurité maritime qui lui permettra de lutter contre la pollution causée par les navires. Cet argent permettra l'Agence de mettre disposition des Etats membres des navires spécialisés anti- pollution pour récupérer des substances polluantes et de développer des images satellitaires pour détecter temps des pollutions. "Il est indispensable de disposer d'un système européen de lutte contre la pollution maritime pour protéger nos côtes", a déclaré Jacques Barrot, Vice-Président en charge des transports. " L'Agence pour la sécurité maritime a besoin de moyens financiers adéquats pour aider combattre la pollution des mers", a-t-il ajouté.

    [06] Commission meets with the European Ombudsman

    The Barroso Commission met today for the first time with the newly re- appointed European Ombudsman, P. Nikiforos Diamandouros. During this first visit, the Commission and the Ombudsman took the opportunity to reaffirm their excellent working relations, but also to look at ways forward to further enhance their cooperation. The European Ombudsman has an essential role in the bridge-building between citizens and the EU and the strengthening of European democracy. Its actions contribute to enhancing the Commission's interaction and communication with citizens. Several achievements that are important to citizens are the result of the Commissions cooperation with the European Ombudsman, such as the abolition of age limits for trainees. Margot Wallstrom, Vice-president of the Commission said : "This is the true merit of our cooperation and an illustration of the essential role of the European Ombudsman in contributing to ameliorate the quality and the efficiency of the EU institutions' administration." The Commission intends to look at different ways of further promoting its cooperation with and commitment to the European Ombudsman.

    [07] Lászlo Kovács meets US Secretary for Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff

    This morning European Taxation and Customs Commissioner Lászlo Kovács met the United States Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, for the first time since Mr Chertoff's appointment two months ago. They took the opportunity to review the recent progress in EU-US customs cooperation and ways of improving this cooperation further. They discussed the EU's efforts to strengthen security in the customs field, as well as European activities related to the Container Security Initiative (see IP/04/525) and the valuable work of the EU-US joint Customs Cooperation Committee. Commissioner Kovács drew the attention of Mr Chertoff to the request that the Commission has made to the World Customs Organisation that the EU be allowed to participate as a full member of that Organisation. Commissioner Kovács and Mr Chertoff agreed on the need to promote EU-US security standards worldwide. Mr Kovács announced his intention to pay a visit to Washington after the summer break.

    [08] Benita Ferrero-Waldner's visit to Libya

    Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, travelled to Benghazi and Tripoli, Libya, on 24 and 25 May 2005. In talks with the highest authorities, including Colonel Muammar Khadafi and Libyan Prime Minister, Shokri Ghanem, she discussed how to advance EU-Libyan relations, including under the Barcelona Process, and raised the case of Bulgarian and Palestinian medical workers under sentence of death in Libya. The Commissioner's trip has also been an opportunity to raise international awareness of the Benghazi AIDS tragedy. Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner explained to the Libyan side work underway to implement the EU-sponsored Action Plan in favour of those affected by HIV/AIDS in the country. She met children suffering from HIV/AIDS in Benghazi and their families, as well as Libyan medical personnel. She also visited the Bulgarian and Palestinian medical workers in their prison in Tripoli. These visits are the first ever by a high level EU representative.

    [09] EU Troika and Latin America ministers meet in Luxembourg (26-27/05)

    EU Foreign Affairs Ministers will meet with Ministers from the 'Rio Group', a forum assembling all countries of Latin America, on 26 and 27 May 2005. At the same time, separate meetings will take place between the EU Troika and Mercosur, Central America, the Andean Community, Chile and Mexico. Discussions will focus on preparations for the UN Summit in September 2005 and regional integration and cooperation. Other issues will include social cohesion and the creation of employment as a means for poverty eradication. Alongside European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the EU will be represented by the Luxembourg Foreign Minister, Jean Asselborn, and the High Representative, Javier Solana.

    [10] Commission clears acquisition of Corenso by Stora Enso

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Corenso United Oy Ltd of Finland and the German undertakings Corenso United (Deutschland) GmbH & Co KG, Corenso-Elfes GmbH & Co KG and Elfes Beteiligungs GmbH (collectively known as Corenso) by Finnish undertaking Stora Enso Oyj (Stora Enso). Stora Enso is an international group active in the production and sale of forest industry products, in particular wood-based fibre products such as paper and board, pulp and sawn timber. Corenso is an international group with activities worldwide in the production and sale of coreboard and cores. Coreboard is a paper/board material made from recycled material. Cores are tubes produced from coreboard by winding processes, normally used as the base around which various products (eg paper, film, adhesive tape, fabric and yarn) are wound. The group operates four companies, one in Finland and three in Germany. Corenso is currently jointly controlled by Stora Enso and UPM-Kymmene, an international industrial group active in the production and sale of forest industry products (magazine paper, newsprint, fine papers and wood products). Although this operation does not have a Community dimension, it was examined under the simplified merger review procedure after referral by the competent national authorities.

    [11] La Commission se félicite de la décision du Conseil de fixer de nouvelles cibles ambitieuses pour l'aide au développement (24/05)

    La Commission européenne se félicite du soutien du Conseil Affaires Générales, en formation des ministres du Développement, aux propositions de la Commission pour augmenter l'Aide Publique au Développement (APD) et accélérer les progrès vers les Objectifs du Millénaire pour le Développement (OMD). "Cet engagement ambitieux place l'Union européenne en tête du développement l'échelle mondiale la veille du sommet des Nations Unies sur les OMD", a déclaré le Commissaire au Développement et l'Aide humanitaire, Louis Michel.

    [12] Commission and UNEP cooperate to address global environmental threats (24/05)

    The European Commission and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) met in Brussels to discuss cooperation in addressing threats to the environment. The High Level Meeting, co-chaired by Klaus Töpfer (Executive Director of UNEP) and Catherine Day (Director-General of DG Environment), took place in response to the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Commission and UNEP in September 2004. The Memorandum reinforces policy dialogue and collaboration between the two institutions, supports implementation of the commitments made at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and helps reach the environment-related UN Millennium Development Goals. The meeting agreed a joint work programme designed to support these objectives.

    [13] Autre matériel diffusé

    25 mai : les actions de la Commission en faveur des enfants et adolescents

    25 mai : une stratégie européenne pour protéger les droits de l'enfant

    EU-Latin America : growing relations

    Speech by Margot Wallström : "Media - a key partner in communicating Europe" at roundtable organised by European Federation of Journalists (24/5) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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