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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-08-18

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Packaging waste: higher recycling and recovery targets due to be implemented in EU Member States
  • [02] EU’s contribution to the World Youth Day in Cologne :
  • [03] Commissioner Fischer Boel at the QUINT meeting in Australia
  • [04] Enregistrement d'une dénomination d'un produit agricole
  • [05] July 2005 - Euro-zone annual inflation up to 2.2% - EU25 up to 2.1%
  • [06] June 2005 compared to May 2005 - Industrial production up by 0.3% in euro-zone and EU25
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-08-18 Reference: MEX/05/0818 Date: 18/08/2005 EXME05 / 18.8

    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 / 08 / 05


  • [01] Packaging waste: higher recycling and recovery targets due to be implemented in EU Member States

    By today, all EU Member States should have transposed into their national legislation an EU Directive setting higher recycling and recovery targets for packaging waste. This type of waste includes packaging made from paper, glass, metals, plastics and wood. The new Directive updates and strengthens an earlier Directive from 1994. It aims to further reduce the negative environmental impacts created by the landfilling and incineration of packaging waste and by the production of virgin materials. So far only Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom have informed the Commission that they have transposed the Directive.

    [02] EU’s contribution to the World Youth Day in Cologne :

    At the request of the European Parliament, which voted a resolution in February 2005, the Commission has granted € 1,5 million to the organisation of the World Youth Day which is taking place in Cologne this week. This grant is allocated from the EU budget line “Special Annual Events”. The Community support for the World Youth Day is geared towards elements which correspond to the European Union’s values and focus on solidarity and active citizenship. These elements are represented in the overall programme of the World Youth Day, leading to a major intercultural and non-formal learning experience for the young participants. Concretely, the requested grant of €1,5 million serves to co-finance with up to 80% the logistics, food and accommodation for approx. 20.000 short-term volunteers helping with the implementation of the World Youth Day. The perspective of this Community support has led the organisers to take special care for the European profile of the event and to introduce a “tsunami dimension” in the official programme as requested by the EP resolution of 24 February 2005.

    Finally, under the regular selection procedure of the EU YOUTH programme the Commission has granted a collective European Voluntary Service with 100 volunteers between 18-25 years. The grant amounts to € 250.000.The project title is “EVS - Weltjugendtag 2005” and lasts from 1 April – 30 September 2005 and involves 26 sending organisations from 20 European countries. This project is intended to help making World Youth Day even more visible as a significant European event and to provide an important intercultural and non-formal learning experience.

    European Commissioner in charge of Youth, Ján Figel’, will visit the participants in this project and will attend some of the events to be held in Cologne.

    [03] Commissioner Fischer Boel at the QUINT meeting in Australia

    From 19 to 21 August, Mariann Fischer Boel, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, will attend the QUINT meeting at Sanctuary Cove in Australia. The QUINT is an informal meeting of farm ministers from Australia, the US, Japan, Canada and the EU. The previous meeting was in July 2002 in Nara, Japan. Farm ministers and the Commissioner will have the opportunity to have an open exchange of views on different agricultural issues: Prospects for supply and demand in world agriculture, bilateral and multilateral agricultural trade developments and recent and planned agricultural reform proposals. On her side, Mrs Fischer Boel will present a paper on rural development policies. The informal meeting is also very timely for WTO negotiations as these are moving to a crucial stage in preparation of the next WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong. Ministers and the Commissioner will have the opportunity to take stock of the situation on WTO talks in the agriculture sector. The QUINT starts on Friday evening with a reception hosted by Peter Mc Gauran, Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. The two plenary sessions will be on Saturday and Sunday morning. On Saturday afternoon, a field visit to a processing plant in South East Queensland is scheduled. A press conference is foreseen at the end of the meeting on Sunday at 11.30.

    [04] Enregistrement d'une dénomination d'un produit agricole

    La Commission européenne a ajouté la dénomination "Chevrotin", un fromage français, la liste des appellations d'origine protégées (AOP). La dénomination s'ajoute la liste d'environ 700 produits déj protégés en vertu de la législation sur la protection des indications géographiques, des appellations d'origine et des spécialités traditionnelles. Des renseignements sur les produits de qualité ainsi que la liste des dénominations protégées sont disponibles sur l'internet l'adresse : <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/foodqual/quali1_fr.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/foodqual/quali1_fr.htm

    [05] July 2005 - Euro-zone annual inflation up to 2.2% - EU25 up to 2.1%

    Euro-zone annual inflation was 2.2% in July 2005, up from 2.1% in June, reports Eurostat. A year earlier the rate was 2.3%. Monthly inflation was - 0.1% in July. EU25 annual inflation was 2.1% in July 2005, up from 2.0% in June. A year earlier the rate was 2.3%. Monthly inflation was -0.1% in July. EICP annual inflation was 2.1% in July 2005.

    [06] June 2005 compared to May 2005 - Industrial production up by 0.3% in euro-zone and EU25

    Seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by 0.3% in the euro-zone in June 2005 compared to May. Production fell by 0.4% in May after an increase of 0.8% in April. Output in the EU25 also rose by 0.3% in June 2005, after a fall of 0.3% in May and a rise of 1.0% in April. In June 2005 compared to June 2004, industrial production rose by 0.3% in the euro-zone and by 0.4% in the EU25.

    These estimates are released by Eurostat.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Action de la Commission européenne en matière de sécurité aérienne From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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