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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-11-30

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 de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] Commission presents priority actions for responding to the challenges of migration
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [02] José Manuel Barroso to attend EU-Ukraine Summit in Kiev on 1 December: Commission proposes granting of Market Economy Status for Ukraine
  • [03] Commission approves €185 million to fight animal diseases in 2006
  • [04] Marque CE : 20 ans de sécurité des produits en Europe - des normes et un marché unique la portée de tous
  • [05] Avertissements sanitaires illustres sur les paquets de cigarettes : Markos Kyprianou se félicite du décret belge
  • [06] European Union and United States ministerial meeting drives forward transatlantic economic integration
  • [07] Sécurité alimentaire : Louis Michel signe une convention de €14 millions avec l'UNRWA
  • [08] Partnership for Growth and Jobs well on track : 23 Member States have delivered national reform programmes
  • [09] Margot Wallström meets with new German government, German Parliament and civil society
  • [10] UN climate change conference : a first opportunity to advance global efforts against climate change
  • [11] Markos Kyprianou to visit Denmark
  • [12] Le nouveau Comité de surveillance de l'OLAF entre en fonction
  • [13] November 2005 : Business Climate Indicator for the euro area decreases slightly
  • [14] November 2005 : economic sentiment weakens slightly in both the EU and the euro area
  • [15] Estimation rapide - novembre 2005 : l'inflation de la zone euro estimée 2,4%
  • [16] First estimates for the third quarter of 2005 : Euro-zone and EU25 GDP up by 0.6% ; +1.6% and +1.7% respectively compared to the third quarter of 2004
  • [17] Lancement du dictionnaire européen des relations industrielles : un aperçu clair du mécanisme des relations industrielles au niveau européen
  • [18] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-11-30 Reference: MEX/05/1130 Date: 30/11/2005 EXME05 / 30.11

    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

    30/11/05


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

    [01] Commission presents priority actions for responding to the challenges of migration

    The European Commission has adopted a Communication laying down priority actions for improving migration management in follow up to the informal meeting of the EU heads of State and Government at Hampton Court on 27 October 2005. At that meeting heads of State and Government called for renewed action to manage migration flows, and for the Commission to develop a series of immediate, practical actions to be taken forward in partnership with source and transit countries. The Commission's initiatives on migration issues, presented in the Communication, will be taken forward within the existing framework of the Commission work in the fields of development, external relations, in particular the European Neighbourhood Policy, and freedom, security and justice.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [02] José Manuel Barroso to attend EU-Ukraine Summit in Kiev on 1 December: Commission proposes granting of Market Economy Status for Ukraine

    The EU and Ukraine will hold their first summit since the "Orange Revolution" on 1 December in Kiev. The Summit will take place at a vital point in the reform process in Ukraine. It will demonstrate how much has already been achieved under Ukraine's new leadership, and the progress made in implementing the Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan, through which the EU is supporting Ukraine's reform efforts. The summit will provide the backdrop for the signing of three agreements between the EU and Ukraine - a memorandum of understanding on energy cooperation, and agreements on Galileo and Aviation. The summit is expected to announce that Ukraine has now met the technical criteria for the granting of Market Economy Status.

    [03] Commission approves €185 million to fight animal diseases in 2006

    The European Commission has approved a financial package of €185 million to support programmes to eradicate, control and monitor animal diseases in 2006. The 129 programmes which were approved for EU funding will tackle animal diseases that impact both human and animal health. The large EU contribution towards these programmes reflects the high level of importance attached to disease eradication measures, for the protection of both animal and public health.

    [04] Marque CE : 20 ans de sécurité des produits en Europe - des normes et un marché unique la portée de tous

    L'année 2005 marque le 20ème anniversaire du lancement de la politique de "nouvelle approche en matière d'harmonisation technique et de normalisation". Cette politique a révolutionné le droit communautaire des produits en rendant possible l'harmonisation au niveau de l'UE la simple condition que le fabricant garantisse la sécurité de ses produits. Cette technique réglementaire couvre des secteurs économiques aussi divers que les appareils ménagers, les autres matériels électriques, les dispositifs médicaux, les machines, les appareils sous pression, les instruments de mesure, les jouets, les équipements de protection individuelle et d'autres. Les produits des principaux secteurs d'activité représentent eux seuls un volume d'affaires de €1500 milliards par an. La plupart des produits relevant du champ d'application de cette législation doivent porter la marque CE. En juin 2006, la Commission proposera un examen de la nouvelle approche en vue de renforcer sa mise en œuvre.

    [05] Avertissements sanitaires illustres sur les paquets de cigarettes : Markos Kyprianou se félicite du décret belge

    Le Commissaire européen pour la Santé et la Protection des Consommateurs, Markos Kyprianou, a écrit au Ministre belge de la Santé, M. Rudy Demotte, pour le féliciter de l'adoption, aujourd'hui, d'un décret national qui impose que les paquets de cigarettes portent des images pour avertir les fumeurs des dangers du tabac, et ceci partir de juin 2007. La Belgique est le premier pays européen qui applique cette option prévue par la Directive européenne sur les produits du tabac (voir IP/03/1213). "Je me félicite de la décision des autorités belges de prendre la tête du peloton européen pour ce qui est de l'utilisation d'images dissuasives apposées sur les paquets des cigarettes, et j'espère que tous les Etats membres suivront au plus vite", a indiqué le Commissaire Kyprianou. "Les données scientifiques qui nous viennent du Canada et du Brésil démontrent que les avertissements par l'image sont très efficaces : ils découragent les jeunes de commencer et encouragent les fumeurs arrêter". Au mois de mai, la Commission a choisi une série de photos et d'autres images que les Etats membres peuvent ajouter aux mentions textuelles obligatoires sur les dommages que le tabac cause la santé. L'Irlande, la Lettonie et le Royaume-Uni ont également l'intention d'utiliser cette option.

    [06] European Union and United States ministerial meeting drives forward transatlantic economic integration

    Today, the EU Presidency hosted the first informal EU-US economic ministerial meeting to discuss transatlantic economic integration and shared economic challenges. Senior Ministers and Commissioners welcomed both sides' agreement to concrete action plans and timelines to tackle the most significant issues in the transatlantic economy, including Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), regulatory cooperation, trade and security and improving innovation.

    [07] Sécurité alimentaire : Louis Michel signe une convention de €14 millions avec l'UNRWA

    Le Commissaire européen au Développement l'aide humanitaire, Louis Michel signe aujourd'hui Gaza une convention de financement de €14 millions pour le Programme de Sécurité alimentaire coordonné par l'UNRWA. Le Commissaire Michel effectue une mission de trois jours en Israël et dans les Territoires Palestiniens pour évaluer la situation humanitaire, qui reste inquiétante. A l'occasion de cette signature, le Commissaire Michel a déclaré : "Depuis plus de 30 ans, l'UE soutient les activités de l'UNRWA, qui travaille dans des conditions difficiles, pour répondre aux besoins humanitaires les plus urgents. En signant cette convention, je souhaite réaffirmer le rôle solidaire de la Commission envers les victimes civiles du conflit."

    [08] Partnership for Growth and Jobs well on track : 23 Member States have delivered national reform programmes

    The European Commission has informed ministers of the Competitiveness Council today that it has received the growth and jobs national reform programmes (NRPs) from all EU Member States except Poland and Germany, where new governments have just taken office. The Commission has already started to assess the programmes and will table a report in January 2006, which will subsequently go to the March European Council. Most national reform programmes are available online (see "national reform programmes" at <a href="http://europa.eu.int/growthandjobs/key/index_en.htm">http://europa.eu.int/growthandjobs/key/index_en.htm).

    [09] Margot Wallström meets with new German government, German Parliament and civil society

    Margot Wallström, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy, will visit Berlin on 30 November and 1 December 2005. Speaking before her visit, Ms Wallstrom said : "My aim is to encourage new German Government to play again an active role in European Union. I look forward to meetings with representatives of Bundestag and Bundesrat as well as civil society. My message to them will be that the Commission is open for dialogue and is prepared to listen to their proposals and concerns." During the visit, Ms Wallstrom will meet speaker of Bundestag Mr Norbert Lammert and deputy speaker Ms Katrin Göring-Eckhardt, members of European Affairs committee in Bundestag and new members of Bundestag elected for the first time in September (30/11). On 1 December, she will meet with Mr Günter Gloser, State Minister for Europe, with Ms Angelica Schwall-Düren; vicechairperson of the Social Democrat Group (SPD), Ms Renate Künast chairperson of the Green Party, and Willi Stächele, Chairman of the committee on European Union of Bundesrat. In the afternoon, she will visit a high school, and meet with key non-governmental organisations as well as in the evening, citizens in a pub.

    [10] UN climate change conference : a first opportunity to advance global efforts against climate change

    The European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas will attend the annual UN climate change conference, in Montreal, Canada, next week. The conference with its 189 participating nations is the main international forum to discuss climate change, whose effects are becoming increasingly pronounced around the globe. A key aim is to launch a process of negotiations on an international climate change regime after 2012 when the Kyoto emission reduction targets expire. Other important agenda items are decisions strengthening the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, streamlining the operation of key Kyoto mechanisms, such as investment in clean technology for developing countries, and providing the details of a five-year programme to help countries adapt to the effects of climate change.

    [11] Markos Kyprianou to visit Denmark

    The European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, Markos Kyprianou, will visit Copenhagen on 1-2 December. During this trip, Mr Kyprianou will meet with Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hans Christian Schmidt and with Minister for Family and Consumer Affairs, Lars Barfoed. Discussions will encompass a range of issues, including feed hygiene, in particular dioxins, avian influenza, BSE and EU plans to improve nutrition, among others. The Commissioner will also visit the Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research, where he will attend workshops on nutrition and human health, food safety and infectious diseases in the animal population. He will then meet with the Danish Parliament's Health Committee to discuss EU cooperation and response with regard to pandemics. On Friday, the Commissioner will also meet the Danish Agricultural Council to discuss the Commission's animal health and welfare policy.

    [12] Le nouveau Comité de surveillance de l'OLAF entre en fonction

    Le nouveau Comité de surveillance de l'Office européen de lutte anti- fraude (OLAF) entre en fonctions aujourd'hui. Il est composé de cinq personnalités indépendantes extérieures aux Institutions européennes et a pour mission de conforter l'indépendance de l'OLAF par un contrôle régulier sur l'exercice de la fonction d'enquête de l'Office.

    [13] November 2005 : Business Climate Indicator for the euro area decreases slightly

    After having improved since June, the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area decreased slightly in November. Despite this recent weakening, the BCI remains above its long term average of zero. The small change of the BCI was caused by a weakening of industry managers' production expectations. While two other components of the indicator, export order books and stocks of finished products, were assessed slightly more positively, this was not enough to offset the decline in the production expectations. The two remaining components, total order books and production trend in the recent past, remained stable.

    [14] November 2005 : economic sentiment weakens slightly in both the EU and the euro area

    After improving in each of the previous four months, the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) saw a small decline in November for both the EU and the euro area - by 0.5 points in the EU and by 0.3 points in the euro area. However, owing to its marked increase in October, the indicator still remains clearly above its September value in both areas.

    [15] Estimation rapide - novembre 2005 : l'inflation de la zone euro estimée 2,4%

    Selon une estimation rapide publiée par Eurostat le taux d'inflation annuel de la zone euro s'établirait 2,4% en novembre 2005. En octobre, le taux était de 2,5%. L'inflation de la zone euro est mesurée par l'Indice des Prix la Consommation de l'Union Monétaire (IPCUM). Pour élaborer les estimations rapides de l'IPCUM, Eurostat utilise les informations préliminaires sur les prix du mois de référence, diffusées par les Etats membres pour lesquels les données sont disponibles, ainsi que des informations préliminaires sur les prix de l'énergie.

    [16] First estimates for the third quarter of 2005 : Euro-zone and EU25 GDP up by 0.6% ; +1.6% and +1.7% respectively compared to the third quarter of 2004

    Both euro-zone and EU25 GDP grew by 0.6% in the third quarter of 2005, compared to the previous quarter, according to first estimates released by Eurostat. In the second quarter of 2005, growth rates were +0.4% in both zones. Compared to the third quarter of 2004, GDP rose by 1.6% in the euro- zone and by 1.7% in the EU25, after +1.2% and +1.4% respectively in the previous quarter. Please note that starting with this release, accounts for the euro-zone and the EU25 incorporate important changes in methodology, namely the allocation of financial services indirectly measured (FISIM) and the use of chain-linked volume measures.

    [17] Lancement du dictionnaire européen des relations industrielles : un aperçu clair du mécanisme des relations industrielles au niveau européen

    La Fondation européenne pour l'amélioration des conditions de vie et de travail, agence de l'UE dont le siège se trouve Dublin, publie le dictionnaire européen des relations industrielles (European industrial relations dictionary), un recueil exhaustif des termes les plus couramment utilisés actuellement dans le domaine de l'emploi et des relations industrielles au niveau européen.

    [18] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy : "Stock market consolidation and security markets regulation in Europe" to the Société Universitaire Européenne de Recherches Financières (! embargo 18h00 !)

    Speech by Günter Verheugen : "20 Years New Approach" (! embargo 16h20 !) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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