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

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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] A new industrial policy : creating the conditions for manufacturing to thrive
  • [02] Commission proposes comprehensive EU strategy for support to Palestinians
  • [03] La Commission inflige une amende de €49,5 millions Peugeot pour avoir entravé les exportations de voitures neuves partir des Pays-Bas
  • [04] La Commission propose que 2008 soit l' "Année européenne du dialogue interculturel"
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [05] La Commission désigne un mandataire pour contrôler le respect par Microsoft de la décision de 2004
  • [06] Commission clears acquisition of Corman Miloko by Glanbia and Corman
  • [07] La Commission alloue €6 millions aux victimes du conflit au Népal et aux réfugiés bhoutanais
  • [08] National Growth and Jobs coordinators to meet in Brussels on 6 October
  • [09] Benita Ferrero-Waldner to meet Guatemalan Vice President
  • [10] Ján Figel' to open exhibition of Slovak painter
  • [11] Stavros Dimas to discuss climate change at first sectoral policy dialogue
  • [12] August 2005 compared to August 2004 : volume of retail trade up by 2.0% in euro-zone ; up by 2.2% in EU25
  • [13] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-10-06 Reference: MEX/05/1006 Date: 05/10/2005 EXME05 / 5.10

    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

    05/10/05


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

    [01] A new industrial policy : creating the conditions for manufacturing to thrive

    In the face of globalisation and intense international competition, the European Commission has launched a new, more integrated industrial policy to create better framework conditions for manufacturing industries in the coming years. The manufacturing industry matters to the EU. It employs over 34 million people, it accounts for three quarters of EU exports and over 80% of EU private sector R&D expenditure. The new EU industrial policy will complement work at Member State level to support a strong and dynamic industrial base. It includes seven new cross-sectoral initiatives - on competitiveness, energy and the environment, on intellectual property rights, on better regulation, on industrial research and innovation, on market access, on skills, and on managing structural change - which will benefit a wide range of industry sectors. In addition, the Commission brings forward seven new initiatives targeted at specific sectors, such as pharmaceuticals, defense and information and communication technologies. It focuses also on investment in skills and equipping people for change. This industrial policy aims to support adaptability and structural change to boost the competitiveness of EU manufacturing, especially in the light of increasingly strong competition from China and Asia. This is an important step in the delivery of the new Lisbon "Partnership for Growth and Jobs".

    [02] Commission proposes comprehensive EU strategy for support to Palestinians

    The European Commission has adopted a Communication to the Council and the European Parliament "EU-Palestinian cooperation beyond disengagement - towards a two-state solution". The aim is to put in place a comprehensive, medium-term strategy for the EU’s support to the Palestinians. The strategy focuses on the actions required to create a Palestinian state viable both politically and economically. This is a an immediate response to the new opportunities presented following Israel's withdrawal from Gaza, and to the needs assessment currently being carried out by the Quartet Special Envoy, James Wolfensohn. Mr Wolfensohn has called on the International Community to double assistance to the Palestinians. This would imply an increase of €200 to €300 million in assistance from the Community budget. Provided Israel's disengagement from Gaza leads to progress in implementing the Road Map, and provided other donors also substantially increase their contributions, the Commission is ready to propose mobilisation of additional funds, subject to agreement with Member States and European Parliament. The strategy presented today builds on the immediate €60 million post-disengagement package already being implemented.

    [03] La Commission inflige une amende de €49,5 millions Peugeot pour avoir entravé les exportations de voitures neuves partir des Pays-Bas

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'infliger Automobiles Peugeot SA et Peugeot Nederland N.V. une amende de €49,5 millions pour avoir entravé, entre 1997 et 2003, les exportations de voitures neuves en provenance des Pays-Bas destination des consommateurs vivant dans d'autres Etats membres. En empêchant ces exportations de voitures neuves, les sociétés ont commis une violation très grave de l'interdiction des pratiques commerciales restrictives prévue par le traité CE (article 81).

    [04] La Commission propose que 2008 soit l' "Année européenne du dialogue interculturel"

    La Commission européenne a adopté une proposition de décision du Parlement européen et du Conseil visant déclarer 2008 "Année européenne du dialogue interculturel". Cette idée avait été initialement avancée par le Commissaire européen en charge de la Culture, Ján Figel’, lors de son audition au Parlement européen en septembre 2004. Dotée d'un budget global de €10 millions, l'Année européenne s'appuiera sur la richesse et la diversité d'une série de projets concrets qui seront mis en œuvre en 2008, au travers de programmes et autres actions communautaires. Les domaines de la culture, de l’éducation, de la jeunesse, du sport et de la citoyenneté seront les principaux domaines concernés.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [05] La Commission désigne un mandataire pour contrôler le respect par Microsoft de la décision de 2004

    La Commission européenne a désigné M. Neil Barrett, informaticien, comme mandataire et l'a chargé de lui fournir des avis techniques dans le cadre de l'examen du respect par Microsoft de sa décision de 2004 (voir IP/04/382). M. Barrett débutera son mandat immédiatement.

    [06] Commission clears acquisition of Corman Miloko by Glanbia and Corman

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Corman Miloko Limited of Ireland by Glanbia Consumer Foods Limited (Glanbia CF) of Ireland and Corman S.A. of Belgium. Corman is active in the production and marketing of dairy products. Glanbia CF manufactures and sells branded chilled dairy and beverage products on the Irish market. Corman Miloko, currently inactive and controlled by Corman, will be active in the production and marketing of dairy products, including anhydrous milk fat (AMF - used by industrial processors in products such as ice cream, chocolate and cheese) and dairy spreads. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [07] La Commission alloue €6 millions aux victimes du conflit au Népal et aux réfugiés bhoutanais

    La Commission européenne a octroyé une aide humanitaire supplémentaire de €6 millions aux victimes du conflit au Népal et aux bhoutanais réfugiés dans ce pays. Cette enveloppe permettra aux partenaires d'assurer l'accès l’eau potable et aux équipements sanitaires, la sécurité alimentaire, les soins de santé et la protection des civils vulnérables et de fournir des denrées alimentaires et un soutien nutritionnel aux réfugiés. Les fonds transitent par l'Office d’aide humanitaire de la Commission européenne (ECHO), placé sous la responsabilité du commissaire Louis Michel.

    [08] National Growth and Jobs coordinators to meet in Brussels on 6 October

    The national coordinators appointed by the Member States for the implementation of the Lisbon Partnership for Growth and Jobs will meet in Brussels on 6 October. They will discuss progress made on the preparation of National Reform Programmes, share experiences and exchange views on the implementation so far of the new system of governance launched in March 2005 (see MEMO/05/123) for driving economic reform at EU and national level under the Lisbon Strategy. Commission President José Manuel Barroso will conclude the meeting and Vice-President Günter Verheugen will also speak.

    [09] Benita Ferrero-Waldner to meet Guatemalan Vice President

    The European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, meets Eduardo Stein, Vice President of Guatemala, on 5 October 2005 in Brussels. Vice President Stein is accompanied on his visit to the Commission by Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Marta Altolaguirre, and Rigoberta Menchú Tum, winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1992 and currently Goodwill Ambassador for the Guatemala Peace Accords, among others. The Commissioner and the Guatemalan representatives will discuss issues related to EU-Guatemala bilateral relations with a special focus on social cohesion, one of the EU priorities for Latin America. They will also review the progress achieved by Guatemala in the implementation of the Peace Agreements, including the human rights situation, and the Government's sustainable development agenda.

    <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/guatemala/intro/index.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/guatemala/intro/index.htm

    [10] Ján Figel' to open exhibition of Slovak painter

    The European Commissioner responsible for Culture Ján Figel' will inaugurate today, on the Berlaymont premises, an exhibition of works of the Slovak painter Cyril Uhnák. This exhibition is coorganised with the Slovak Representation to the EU institutions and with the support of the Slovak Ministry of Culture. It will remain on display until the end of December and will present works inspired by the Danube River and created following the enlargement of the EU in May 2004.

    [11] Stavros Dimas to discuss climate change at first sectoral policy dialogue

    A series of sectoral policy dialogues between the European Commission and politicians representing European and national associations of regional and local authorities will begin tomorrow, 6 October, when Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas meets the associations to discuss EU policy on climate change. The two-hour dialogue will take place at the headquarters of the Committee of the Regions, 101 rue Belliard, at 15h30 and will be chaired by CoR First Vice-President Sir Albert Bore. The sectoral policy dialogues were requested by Commission President Barroso as part of the follow-up to the Commission's 2003 Communication on dialogue with associations of regional and local authorities on the formulation of EU policy. A second sectoral dialogue meeting is scheduled for 25 November with Commissioner Joe Borg to discuss the new EU maritime policy. Commissioner Dimas said : "This dialogue will give us the opportunity to discuss the issue of climate change and progress made towards the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol. The Commission firmly believes that sessions within the dialogue must seek to strengthen links between the European institutions and local and regional authorities. I am convinced that this represents a further step towards bringing Europe closer to its citizens." There is a photo opportunity for the press before the meeting, in the Members' Salon (fifth floor) at 15h15.

    [12] August 2005 compared to August 2004 : volume of retail trade up by 2.0% in euro-zone ; up by 2.2% in EU25

    In August 2005, compared to August 2004, the volume of retail trade grew by 2.0% in the euro-zoneand by 2.2% in the EU25. Compared to July 20053, the retail sales index rose by 0.9% in the euro-zone and by 0.7% in the EU25. In August 2005, compared to August 2004, retail trade of "food, drinks and tobacco" gained 1.2% in the euro-zone and 1.5% in the EU25. The non food sector increased by 2.9% and by 2.8% respectively. Among the Member States for which data are available, total retail trade rose in Latvia (+22.6%), Lithuania (+14.0%), Slovenia (+13.8%), Slovakia (+11.6%), Denmark (+9.2%), Belgium (+6.7%), Sweden (+6.3%), Finland (+6.2%), France (+4.1%), Poland (+3.7%), Spain (+2.5%), Portugal (+1.2%) and the United Kingdom (+0.9%), while falls were recorded in Luxembourg (-4.4%) and Germany (-0.8%). In August 2005, compared with July 2005, "food, drinks and tobacco" grew by 0.8% in the euro-zone and by 0.4% in the EU25. The non food sector increased by 1.1% and 0.8% respectively. Among the Member States for which data are available, total retail trade increased in Portugal (+4.0%), Slovenia (+3.7%), Latvia (+2.0%), Slovakia (+1.6%), Poland (+1.5%), France (+1.4%), Denmark (+0.8%), Lithuania (+0.7%) and Finland (+0.4%), while the United Kingdom remained unchanged. Decreases were recorded in Luxembourg (- 1.8%), Belgium (-0.9%), Germany (-0.8%), Sweden (-0.5%) and Spain (-0.2%). These first estimates come from Eurostat.

    [13] Autre matériel diffusé

    A new industry policy: Making the EU a more attractive place for industry

    Note on readmission agreements

    Remarks by Benita Ferrero-Waldner to the joint meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committees of the European Parliament and of National Parliaments From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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