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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-11-04

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

  • [01] New Member States must speed up practical preparations for successful changeover to the euro, report shows
  • [02] Comenius : pour des écoles et des enseignants de qualité en Europe
  • [03] Markos Kyprianou visits SE Asia to discuss avian influenza and other issues
  • [04] September 2005 compared to August 2005 : industrial producer prices up by 0.5% in both euro-zone and EU25
  • [05] Septembre 2005 : le chômage en baisse dans la zone euro 8,4% ; l'UE25 stable 8,6%
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-11-04 Reference: MEX/05/1104 Date: 04/11/2005 EXME05 / 4.11

    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

    04/11/05


  • [01] New Member States must speed up practical preparations for successful changeover to the euro, report shows

    With less than a year to go before a possible decision admitting some of the new European Union members into the euro area, the practical preparations for the introduction of the single currency are well under way in Estonia, Lithuania, Slovenia and Slovakia. But the pace needs to be stepped up especially in those countries that aspire to change over to the euro in 2007. Consumer fears that certain sectors will seize the opportunity to increase prices abusively must also be properly addressed. These are the main findings of the European Commission's second report on the practical preparations for the adoption of the euro in the new Member States. This report does not prejudge a future conclusion on whether any of the ten new Member States fulfil the Maastricht convergence criteria to qualify for the euro which will be the subject of a separate report next year.

    [02] Comenius : pour des écoles et des enseignants de qualité en Europe

    La Commission européenne a approuvé aujourd'hui une enveloppe de €100 millions destinés soutenir plus de 50 nouveaux projets et réseaux européens dont l'objectif est d'améliorer la qualité et de renforcer la coopération dans le domaine de l'enseignement scolaire. Dans l'ensemble, ces nouvelles initiatives seront réalisées par près de 500 organisations établies dans les 31 pays participant désormais au programme Socrates. Comenius est le volet consacré l'enseignement scolaire du programme d'action européen Socrates mis en place dans le domaine de l'éducation. Grâce au soutien qu'il apporte aux partenariats entre écoles, la formation des enseignants et aux réseaux d'établissements scolaires, Comenius touchera plus de 750.000 élèves et 100.000 enseignants cette année, dans plus de 11.000 écoles réparties sur tout le territoire européen.

    [03] Markos Kyprianou visits SE Asia to discuss avian influenza and other issues

    The European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, Markos Kyprianou, will visit Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, during an official tour of South East Asia from 6-16 November. Avian Influenza, which has been endemic in parts of the region since 2003, will be high on the Commissioner's agenda during his trip. He will meet with senior leaders and ministers to discuss the current avian influenza situation in each country and the measures being taken by the national authorities and international partners to address the problem. Other issues that Mr Kyprianou will be discussing during his 10-day trip include food safety and Sanitary and Phytosanitary issues (SPS), and certain public health challenges such as AIDS.

    [04] September 2005 compared to August 2005 : industrial producer prices up by 0.5% in both euro-zone and EU25

    According to Eurostat, the euro-zone industrial producer price index rose by 0.5% in September 2005 compared with the previous month. In September 2005, EU25 prices also increased by 0.5%. In August, prices gained 0.4% in the euro-zone and 0.5% in the EU25. In September 2005 compared to September 2004, industrial producer prices increased by 4.4% in the euro-zone and by 5.3% in the EU25.

    [05] Septembre 2005 : le chômage en baisse dans la zone euro 8,4% ; l'UE25 stable 8,6%

    Selon les chiffres publiés aujourd'hui par Eurostat, le taux de chômage de la zone euro, corrigé des variations saisonnières, s'est élevé 8, 4% en septembre 2005, contre 8,5% en août. Il était de 8,8% en septembre 2004. Le taux de chômage de l'UE25 a été de 8,6% en septembre 2005, inchangé par rapport août. Il était de 9,0% en septembre 2004. En septembre 2005, les taux les plus bas ont été enregistrés en Irlande (4, 3%), aux Pays-Bas (4,6%), au Royaume-Uni (4,6% en juillet), au Danemark (4, 7%) et en Autriche (5,2%). Les taux de chômage les plus élevés ont été observés en Pologne (17,7%), en Slovaquie (16,4%), en Grèce (9,9% en juin), en France (9,4%), en Espagne (9,3%) et en Lettonie (8,8%).

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    Visit to South-East Asia by Markos Kyprianou (06-16 November)

    Questions and answers on implementation of the integrated pollution prevention and control Directive

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy : "Tax and Competitiveness in an EU Context" at the KPMG Tax Conference (Naas, Ireland, ! embargo 6 pm !)

    Calendrier du 7 au 12 novembre 2005 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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