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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-10-26

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 du 25 octobre 2005 -

  • [01] Meilleure réglementation (suite) : la Commission veut simplifier plus de 1.400 actes juridiques
  • [02] Bulgaria and Romania move closer to accession goal
  • [03] Libérer tout le potentiel de l'Europe : José Manuel Barroso présente le programme de travail de la Commission européenne pour 2006
  • [04] Taxation and customs : Commission sets out actions to boost European competitiveness
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [05] Avian influenza : EU bans imports of captive live birds from third countries
  • [06] Minerva : 27 projets pour tirer le meilleur parti des nouvelles technologies éducatives
  • [07] Commission clears acquisition of FCI by Bain Fund Group
  • [08] Promotion des produits agricoles communautaires l'extérieur de l'UE
  • [09] EU to deploy Election Observation Mission to Sri Lanka for November 2005 presidential election
  • [10] Better regulation for healthier, safer and more confident citizens
  • [11] Markos Kyprianou visits Lithuania
  • [12] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-10-26 Reference: MEX/05/1026 Date: 26/10/2005 EXME05 / 26.10

    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

    26/10/05


  • [I] Résultats de la Commission du 25 octobre 2005 -

    Outcome of Commission meeting of 25 October

    [01] Meilleure réglementation (suite) : la Commission veut simplifier plus de 1.400 actes juridiques

    La Commission européenne a pris une nouvelle initiative dans le cadre de son engagement moderniser la législation communautaire et réduire les lourdeurs administratives inutiles ainsi que l'excès de réglementation. Elle a présenté un programme triennal visant simplifier les milliers de pages de la législation communautaire ("acquis") adoptés depuis 1957. A l'issue d'une vaste consultation avec les Etats membres et les parties intéressées, la Commission propose d'abroger, de codifier, de refondre ou de modifier 222 réglementations de base (soit au total plus de 1.400 actes juridiques connexes) au cours des trois années venir. Le programme sera régulièrement mis jour. Il commence par les secteurs les plus fortement réglementés tels que l'automobile, les déchets et la construction. D'autres secteurs comme l'alimentation, les cosmétiques, les produits pharmaceutiques ou les services suivront prochainement. La Commission entend également s'attaquer aux formalités administratives, concernant notamment les petites entreprises, en simplifiant les formulaires statistiques difficiles remplir ou en modernisant le code des douanes pour faciliter les échanges électroniques d'informations. La simplification ne peut avoir lieu sans le soutien des colégislateurs, le Parlement européen et les Etats membres.

    [02] Bulgaria and Romania move closer to accession goal

    The European Commission has adopted the 2005 Comprehensive Monitoring Report on Bulgaria's and Romania's preparations for EU accession. The report shows that both countries have made good progress in their preparations. They should be able to meet the requirements of EU membership at the envisaged date of accession on 1 January 2007 provided they concentrate all efforts on the reforms, with particular attention to their actual implementation. The Commission will continue to closely monitor their preparations. It will review the situation in April/May 2006 when it may recommend, if needed, the postponement of accession until 2008 should one or both countries be manifestly unprepared.

    [03] Libérer tout le potentiel de l'Europe : José Manuel Barroso présente le programme de travail de la Commission européenne pour 2006

    La Commission européenne a adopté son programme de travail pour 2006, qui fixe ses principales priorités pour l'année venir. Le programme législatif et de travail de la Commission pour 2006 tient pleinement compte des tendances économiques et politiques actuelles ainsi que de la position défendue par l'Europe dans plusieurs grands dossiers stratégiques. Les progrès accomplis dans ces domaines auront une incidence majeure sur l'aptitude de l'Union européenne se rapprocher de façon décisive de ses objectifs en 2006.

    [04] Taxation and customs : Commission sets out actions to boost European competitiveness

    The European Commission has adopted a comprehensive plan of EU-wide taxation and customs measures that would help the EU to achieve its Lisbon objectives. The plan lists existing and forthcoming Commission taxation and customs initiatives aimed at reducing compliance costs and red tape ; helping Member States to maintain stable revenue streams ; generating more competition in the markets ; boosting trade ; and encouraging research and development. The measures proposed are not intended to change the structure of Member States' tax systems or to impinge on their national fiscal sovereignty. Instead they are simply aimed at reducing the negative effects which co-existing national tax systems can have on market integration.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [05] Avian influenza : EU bans imports of captive live birds from third countries

    Member States endorsed on 25 October a draft Commission decision to ban imports from third countries of captive live birds other than poultry for commercial purposes, at a meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH). These measures, which follow the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a bird held in quarantine in the UK last week, aim to strengthen further the EU's defences against avian influenza. The ban covers captive live birds other than poultry imported for commercial purposes. A separate decision regulates the movement of birds accompanying their owners which will be subject to certain conditions.

    [06] Minerva : 27 projets pour tirer le meilleur parti des nouvelles technologies éducatives

    L'action Minerva, nommée d'après la déesse romaine de la sagesse, vise favoriser la coopération européenne pour l'utilisation des technologies de l'information et de la communication des fins éducatives. Elle s'inscrit dans le cadre plus large de Socrates, le programme communautaire d'éducation et de formation. La Commission européenne a annoncé aujourd'hui l'affectation de €6 millions au soutien de 27 nouveaux projets de coopération européenne lancés en 2005. Ces projets s'étaleront sur deux ou trois ans et contribueront garantir une exploitation plus efficace des nouvelles technologies éducatives dans une large palette de matières, dont les langues, les études économiques et commerciales et les mathématiques.

    [07] Commission clears acquisition of FCI by Bain Fund Group

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Framatome Connectors International (FCI) of France by Bain Capital Fund VIII-E, Bain Capital Fund VIII and Bain Capital VIII coinvestment Fund, collectively known as Bain Fund Group, of the Cayman Islands. Bain Fund Group is a private equity and venture capital investment company with a number of portfolio companies in various industries. FCI designs, manufactures and supplies electrical and electronic interconnect systems in a number of applications, including cars, telecommunications, household appliances and industrial electronics. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [08] Promotion des produits agricoles communautaires l'extérieur de l'UE

    La Commission européenne a approuvé des mesures d'information et de promotion en faveur des produits agricoles dans les pays tiers. Les Etats membres lui ont soumis pour examen 25 programmes de promotion et d'information. Les nouveaux Etats membres ont également participé pour la première fois cette procédure. Les 15 programmes qui ont été acceptés concernent les Etats-Unis, le Canada, le Japon, la Russie, l'Ukraine, la Chine et la Suisse. Ils portent sur le vin, les produits laitiers, la viande, les fleurs et les jus. La dépense estimée charge de l'UE s'élève €13 millions soit 50% du budget des programmes.

    [09] EU to deploy Election Observation Mission to Sri Lanka for November 2005 presidential election

    The European Commission is deploying an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the presidential election scheduled to take place on 17 November following an invitation from the Government of Sri Lanka. The EU EOM will be led by John Cushnahan, former Member of the European Parliament. This is the fourth EU EOM deployed to Sri Lanka in the last five years and an additional contribution by the Commission to supporting the peace process in Sri Lanka.

    [10] Better regulation for healthier, safer and more confident citizens

    Impact assessment and better regulation are the key topics up for discussion at an event in Brussels today, organised by DG Health and Consumer Protection with the support of the UK Presidency and Better Regulation Task Force (BRTF). Participants will discuss new impact assessment techniques and interaction with stakeholders. Commissioner Markos Kyprianou welcomed the event, stating : "Health and consumer protection policy, in working for a healthier EU population and the highest possible level of consumer confidence, directly affects the daily lives of citizens and makes a significant contribution towards the Lisbon goals. Impact assessment will be an important tool with which to gauge the effect that decisions in all EU policy areas have on consumer wellbeing and animal welfare, which in turn will allow for better and stronger protection of the health and rights of EU consumers. Better regulation is about quality, it does not mean an absence of rules which can lead to the fragmentation of the single market". Robert Madelin, Director General for Health and Consumer Protection, said : "Today's event is the first step in a broad debate with stakeholders on the topic of better regulation, which should help to identify how health and consumer policy can have the most positive effects." For more information, see :

    <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/dgs/health_consumer/events/impact_assesment_en.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/dgs/health_consumer/events/impact_assesment_en.htm

    [11] Markos Kyprianou visits Lithuania

    The European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Markos Kyprianou will make his first official visit to Lithuania on 27-28 October. Over the two days, he will meet with Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas, Minister for Health Zilvinas Padaiga and Minister for Agriculture Kazimira Prunskiene, among others, to discuss common concerns and challenges in the fields of health, animal health and consumer protection. The Commissioner will address a broad range of issues, including Lithuanian measures against avian influenza ; pandemic preparedness ; the use of Structural Funds to invest in public health ; the implementation of the new Hygiene Package from 2006 ; the BSE situation ; and the enforcement of consumers' rights legislation. As Lithuania is on the main route of transit for animal products destined for Russia and other eastern countries, the Commissioner will also pay a visit to a border inspection posts in Medininkai. He will finish his trip with a visit to the Lithuanian AIDS Centre, and will hold a press conference in Vilnius on the 28th October. Mr Kyprianou said: "Lithuania has made great progress on many issues related to health and consumer policy since it joined the EU. There is still room for improvement in some areas, but I have full confidence in sustained efforts of the Lithuanian authorities. I am looking forward to constructive and fruitful discussions over the next couple of days, which I hope will result in even higher levels of health, food safety and consumer protection for Lithuanian citizens." The trip is part of Markos Kyprianou's tour of the Member State capital cities, which he has been carrying out since he took up his position as Commissioner.

    [12] Autre matériel diffusé

    Simplifying EU legislation makes life easier for citizens and enterprises

    Speech by Günter Verheugen : "The new simplification initiative" (25/10, European Parliament, Strasbourg)

    Principales conclusions des rapports globaux de suivi 2005 sur la Bulgarie et la Roumanie

    Frequently asked questions about the safeguard clauses included in the Treaty of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania

    Speaking points by Olli Rehn on 2005 Comprehensive Monitoring Report on Bulgaria's and Romania's progress towards accession (25/10, EP, Strasbourg)

    Discours de M. Jacques Barrot : "Financement des réseaux transeuropéens de transport et d'énergie" en session plénière du PE (Strasbourg) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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