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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-11-18

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] Mariann Fischer Boel presse le Conseil d'adopter dans le secteur du sucre une réforme courageuse et responsable
  • [02] REACH : Commission reaction to first reading in European Parliament (17/11)
  • [03] Commission receives improved commitments from FAPL over sale of media rights
  • [04] Première visite officielle de José Manuel Barroso en République Tchèque
  • [05] Visite officielle de José Manuel Barroso en Hongrie (19/11)
  • [06] Janez Potočnik in Croatia
  • [07] Markos Kyprianou welcomes SE Europe Ministerial conference on avian flu and pandemic influenza preparedness
  • [08] Peter Mandelson to meet Malinese President Toumani Toure will recall EU Doha commitments on cotton trade
  • [09] EU Election Observation Mission for the Constitutional Referendum in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • [10] Progress report from the Commission on response to Tsunami
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-11-18 Reference: MEX/05/1118 Date: 18/11/2005 EXME05 / 18.11

    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

    18/11/05


  • [01] Mariann Fischer Boel presse le Conseil d'adopter dans le secteur du sucre une réforme courageuse et responsable

    Evoquant les négociations qui vont commencer le mardi 22 novembre au Conseil des ministres de l'Agriculture Bruxelles pour l'obtention d'un accord politique sur la réforme du secteur du sucre, Mme Marian Fischer Boel, Commisaire européenne l'Agriculture, a déclaré : "C'est une nécessité vitale que de parvenir une décision la semaine prochaine. Les négociations seront rudes, mais j'invite les ministres se montrer courageux. Nous continuons faire le siège de tous les Etats membres pour rallier le plus grand nombre possible d'entre eux ce grand dessein. L'organisation du secteur du sucre est demeurée pratiquement inchangée depuis 40 ans. Nous devons présent la réformer si nous voulons que la production sucrière ait un avenir en Europe et que les producteurs de sucre bénéficient d'une sécurité long terme aussi bien chez nous que dans les pays en développement. Il n'existe aucune alternative une réforme en profondeur. Si nous l'entreprenons dès maintenant, ce sera nos conditions et avec les disponibilités financières requises pour en atténuer la rigueur. Si nous restons inertes, nous finirons par devoir mettre en œuvre une réforme subie, sur laquelle nous n'aurons guère de prise et qui frappera le plus durement les producteurs les plus compétitifs. Tout retard ne pourrait que fragiliser le financement de la restructuration et des compensations sociales. Les propositions que nous avons faites permettent de jeter les bases d'une production sucrière européenne assurée d'une durabilité long terme. Nous offrons aux agriculteurs des compensations financières largement calculées, dans le cadre du régime de paiement unique. Un fonds de restructuration richement doté permettra parallèlement d'aider tous ceux qui souhaitent cesser l'activité dans le secteur du sucre. Nous maintiendrons les préférences pour nos fournisseurs des pays en développement afin que notre marché demeure pour leur sucre un débouché intéressant. Enfin, nous aiderons financièrement les pays ACP s'adapter la nouvelle donne."

    [02] REACH : Commission reaction to first reading in European Parliament (17/11)

    "The European Commission welcomes the fact that the European Parliament has completed its first reading on REACH. By supporting the Sacconi/Nassauer compromise on registration the EP strikes a very good balance between the health, environment and competitiveness goals of REACH. The Commission will carefully assess the European Parliament's position on the other issues. This vote opens the way to a balanced agreement in Council by the end of the year. The Commission will continue to play a constructive role as facilitator in order to achieve a compromise that makes REACH more effective and more workable, while preserving a high level of protection for health and the environment", the responsible Commissioners Günter Verheugen (Enterprise) and Stavros Dimas (Environment) said on 17 November.

    [03] Commission receives improved commitments from FAPL over sale of media rights

    The European Commission has received improved commitments from the English Football Association Premier League (FAPL) regarding the sale of the FAPL's media rights for the 2007 season onwards. The commitments follow an investigation by the Commission, under EC Treaty competition rules on restrictive business practices (Article 81), into the sale by the FAPL of media rights to the Premier League competition on behalf of the individual clubs. The commitments provide for the FAPL to sell a number of packages of media rights, showcasing the League as a whole throughout each season. Live TV rights will be sold in six balanced packages with no one bidder being allowed to buy all six packages. Packages will be sold to the highest standalone bidder for each package, and bids other than simple standalone bids will be disregarded. The auction will be monitored by a Trustee, selected by the Commission, who will report to the Commission as to whether the commitments entered into by the FAPL have been followed.

    [04] Première visite officielle de José Manuel Barroso en République Tchèque

    Le Président de la Commission européenne, José Manuel Barroso, fait sa première visite officielle en République Tchèque aujourd'hui. Il est accompagné par la vice-présidente Margot Wallström, responsable de la Stratégie de Communication, et Vladimir pidla, Commissaire l'Emploi et aux Affaires sociales. Lors de sa visite le Président Barroso rencontrera le Président de la République Tchèque Vaclav Klaus, le premier ministre Jiři Paroubek, ainsi que le leader de l'ODS Mirek Topolanek. M. Barroso inaugurera le premier Eurocentre Prague. C'est la première étape de sa tournée des capitales dans le cadre du Plan D. Cette visite coïncidera un jour près (le 17 novembre) avec le 16ème anniversaire de la "révolution de velours".

    [05] Visite officielle de José Manuel Barroso en Hongrie (19/11)

    Au cours de sa visite Budapest le samedi 19 novembre, le Président de la Commission européenne José Manuel Barroso rencontrera le Président de la République László Sólyom, le premier ministre Ferenc Gyurcsány, le ministre de la Culture András Bozóki, et l'ancien premier ministre Victor Orbán (président de Fidesz, l'association civique hongroise). Une rencontre avec différentes organisations non gouvernementales hongroises est également prévue au programme. Le Président Barroso assistera la Conférence européenne consacrée la culture : "Inclusive Europe? Horizon 2020". Organisée pour la troisième fois, cette conférence suit les conférences de Berlin ("A Soul for Berlin") et Paris ("Rencontres pour l'Europe de la culture").

    [06] Janez Potočnik in Croatia

    Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Science and Research is today visiting Croatia. He is the first Commissioner to do so since the start of the accession screening exercise (the technical process of analysing EU law with Croatia), which opened with the science and research chapter. While in Croatia, he will sign with the government an agreement on Croatia's associated status in the Sixth Framework Programme for Research, which runs from 2002-2006. This agreement will enable greater participation in the programme by Croatian scientists and industry. He will also meet with the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and other government members, and will deliver speeches at the General Assembly of the World Academy of Art and Science and the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Both of these speeches are available.

    [07] Markos Kyprianou welcomes SE Europe Ministerial conference on avian flu and pandemic influenza preparedness

    The European Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou has welcomed the initiative of the Greek government to convene a conference of Health Ministers of the South Eastern European Cooperation Process and Black Sea Economic Cooperation on avian influenza and pandemic influenza preparedness in Athens on 19 November. Commissioner Kyprianou, who will address the conference on Saturday, said : "Avian influenza knows no borders, and in recent weeks the countries of South Eastern Europe have been on the front line in tackling and preventing the spread of this animal disease. At the same time, we all have to prepare in a coordinated way for the possibility of a pandemic of human influenza. This conference is a welcome opportunity for reinforced regional cooperation and the exchange of best practice by governments. The EU and its Member States will continue to offer technical support and expertise to the countries of the region in our common fight against avian influenza." EU experts on avian influenza recently travelled to Romania and Turkey to assist their counterparts in dealing with outbreaks, and the Community Reference Laboratory on avian influenza has assisted in testing suspect samples. Laboratory experts from the EU and South Eastern Europe have also met to exchange best practices and discuss improved cooperation. The World Health Organisation and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control will also participate in the conference.

    [08] Peter Mandelson to meet Malinese President Toumani Toure will recall EU Doha commitments on cotton trade

    The European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson will today meet with President of the Republic of Mali Toumani Toure. He will use the meeting to reinforce the commitment of the EU to addressing the needs of cotton producing states in West Africa. Commissioner Mandelson will recall that as part of its Doha strategy the EU has offered to cut all export subsides and reduce its trade distorting subsides to cotton to negligible levels from the first day following a final Doha agreement. In due course the EU will call on its trading partners to offer the same.

    [09] EU Election Observation Mission for the Constitutional Referendum in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    The European Commission has deployed an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM), led by General Philippe Morillon, Member of the European Parliament, to assess the conduct of the constitutional referendum in Democratic Republic of Congo, scheduled to take place on 18 December 2005. General Morillon and a core team of 9 election experts has just arrived in Kinshasa, and will shortly be joined by 24 long-term observers, who will be deployed throughout the country to follow the campaign period and pre-referendum preparations. The constitutional referendum is the first stage in an electoral cycle that will be followed by presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections in 2006. The EOM is a further contribution by the European Commission to supporting peace and democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition to committing up to €1.8 million costs for the EU EOM from the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), a contribution of €149 million has been provided by the European Commission from the 9th European Development Fund (EDF) in support of the electoral cycle now coming underway.

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

    [10] Progress report from the Commission on response to Tsunami

    As the first anniversary of the Asian Tsunami approaches, the European Commission today set out a progress report on EU humanitarian and reconstruction aid to areas hit by the devastating natural disaster last December. The report records a rapid and coherent response to the disaster, and the substantial contribution made by the EU to support the resolution of long-standing conflicts in some of the affected countries.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Research Round-up : CER2005 special

    Speech by Günter Verheugen : "A new Industrial Policy" at meeting with Confindustria (Bologna)

    Calendrier du 21 au 25 novembre 2005 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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