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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-10-03

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] EU and Canada sign agreement on the transfer of air passenger data
  • [02] Signature of a memorandum of understanding on the creation of an EU- Russia Transport Dialogue
  • [03] Biggest ever EU-Russia Industrialists' Round Table gives practical advice to political leaders on how to create the "Common Economic Space" with Russia
  • [04] Commission deplores tragic events in Ceuta and Melilla
  • [05] La Commission autorise la création d'une entreprise commune entre Sofiprotéol et le groupe Bunge
  • [06] FSC : WTO condemns US subsidies to exporters ; recipients of illegal support include Boeing
  • [07] Publication du rapport complet de l'Eurobaromètre standard 63
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-10-03 Reference: MEX/05/1003 Date: 03/10/2005 EXME05 / 3.10

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Presse etb

    Communication

    03/10/05


  • [01] EU and Canada sign agreement on the transfer of air passenger data

    An agreement on the transfer of air passenger data will be signed today between the EU and Canada. Under the agreement, airlines flying from the EU to Canada will transfer selected passenger data to the Canadian authorities to help identify passengers who could be a security threat. The agreement strikes a good balance between security requirements and the data protection standards required under EU and Canadian law, thus making an important contribution to the fight against terrorism. It was signed in Luxembourg, in the margins of the EU's General Affairs and External Relations Council, by United Kingdom Minister for Europe Douglas Alexander for the Presidency, Commissioner for External Relations, and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and Ambassador Jeremy Kinsman of the Canadian Mission to the EU.

    [02] Signature of a memorandum of understanding on the creation of an EU- Russia Transport Dialogue

    Today, Jacques Barrot, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of transport, and the Minister for Transport of the Russian Federation, Igor Levitin, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the creation of an EU- Russia Transport Dialogue. This new dialogue provides for a regular exchange on EU-Russia transportation and infrastructure links. The Dialogue will be structured around five specific Working Groups : transport strategies and public-private partnership (PPP) ; transport security ; air transport ; maritime, sea-river and inland waterway transport ; and road and rail transport.

    [03] Biggest ever EU-Russia Industrialists' Round Table gives practical advice to political leaders on how to create the "Common Economic Space" with Russia

    On 3 October, on the eve of the EU's Summit with Russia, the EU-Russia Industrialists' Round Table (IRT) met in London to discuss how business can contribute to the creation of the planned Common Economic Space between the EU and Russia. The largest ever meeting of the Round Table adopted joint conclusions, which were presented to the Summit, advising on priority actions which should be taken in the fields of energy, telecommunications, information technologies and space, transport, forestry, construction and financial services.

    [04] Commission deplores tragic events in Ceuta and Melilla

    The European Commission deeply regrets the tragic events in Ceuta and Melilla which led to the untimely death of several persons. It is necessary to intensify cooperation on tackling illegal migration with Morocco and the main countries of origin in Africa, as part of a broader partnership on migration-related issues. The Commission proposes concrete initiatives for this purpose.

    [05] La Commission autorise la création d'une entreprise commune entre Sofiprotéol et le groupe Bunge

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en application du règlement sur les concentrations de l'UE, le projet de création d'une entreprise commune entre Sofiprotéol et le groupe Bunge, active dans la production et la commercialisation de biodiesel. La Commission a conclu que l'opération n'aurait pas pour conséquence d'entraver de manière significative une concurrence effective dans l'espace économique européen ou une partie substantielle de celui-ci.

    [06] FSC : WTO condemns US subsidies to exporters ; recipients of illegal support include Boeing

    The WTO panel decision regarding US federal tax subsidies for exporters was circulated to WTO Members on 30 September. The Panel has found in favour of the EU in all respects. It concludes that despite some changes to its legislation the US has yet to abide by previous WTO rulings and the recommendations of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body regarding the FSC/ETI dispute. The Panel also makes clear that the tax subsidies which have been carried forward by using transitional periods and so-called 'grandfathering' violate WTO rules.

    [07] Publication du rapport complet de l'Eurobaromètre standard 63

    Le rapport Eurobaromètre standard 63 publié aujourd'hui présente un état des lieux détaillé de l'opinion publique européenne : climat politique, perceptions de la situation économique, jugements sur l'Union européenne, ses institutions et ses politiques, rôle de l'Union sur la scène internationale, élargissement, information des citoyens, etc. Le sondage Eurobaromètre standard est effectué deux fois par an auprès d'environ 29.000 personnes interrogées en face- -face dans les Etats membres de l'UE, les pays adhérents et les pays candidats. Cette vague a été réalisée par TNS Opinion & Social entre le 9 mai et le 14 juin 2005. Les premiers résultats ont été publiés en juillet 2005 et la plupart des rapports nationaux ont été publiés en septembre 2005. Le rapport complet reprend l'ensemble des résultats par pays et présente les ventilations socio-démographiques les plus significatives.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Règles européennes sur le droit des immigrants au regroupement familial : le délai de transposition de la directive expire aujourd'hui

    Speech by Stavros Dimas : "The Commission's initiatives for shaping future policy" at Climate change conference (Vienna)

    Speech by Viviane Reding : "The role of libraries in the information society" at CENL Conference (29/09, Luxembourg) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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