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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-01-18

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

[I] Résultats de la Commission du 17 janvier 2006 -

  • [01] La Commission présente un programme d'action ambitieux pour renforcer le transport par voie navigable
  • [02] Controlling EU funds : Commission, Parliament, Council and Court of Auditors must work together
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [03] Environnement : la Commission adopte une nouvelle directive pour combattre les inondations
  • [04] Commission releases new funds for avian flu research
  • [05] November 2005 compared to October 2005 : industrial production up by 1.3% in euro-zone ; up by 1.0% in the EU25
  • [06] Internet chat with Margot Wallström
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-01-18 Reference: MEX/06/0118 Date: 18/01/2006 EXME06 / 18.1

    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

    18/01/06


  • [I] Résultats de la Commission du 17 janvier 2006 -

    Outcome of Commission meeting of 17 January

    [01] La Commission présente un programme d'action ambitieux pour renforcer le transport par voie navigable

    La Commission européenne a proposé un programme d'action pluriannuel pour promouvoir le transport par voie navigable en Europe. La navigation intérieure offre un moyen important d'améliorer le système de transport en Europe, qui connaît des problèmes d'encombrements de circulation et de retards, et qui nuit l'environnement. Le recours accru la navigation intérieure pour le transport des marchandises contribuera absorber l'augmentation constante du fret. En outre le transport par voie navigable peut facilement être entièrement intégré dans la chaîne logistique de porte- -porte. Le programme d'action comprend cinq volets essentiels : les services, la flotte, la main-d'œuvre, l'image et les infrastructures.

    [02] Controlling EU funds : Commission, Parliament, Council and Court of Auditors must work together

    With the action plan adopted by the college, the European Commission has completed the road map to a positive declaration of assurance as scheduled. The "design" phase is over. It is time for implementation.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [03] Environnement : la Commission adopte une nouvelle directive pour combattre les inondations

    La Commission européenne a proposé aujourd'hui une directive destinée aider les Etats membres prévenir et limiter les inondations et leurs conséquences dommageables pour la santé humaine, l'environnement, les infrastructures et les biens. Depuis 1998, les inondations en Europe ont causé environ 700 décès, le déplacement d'environ un demi million de personnes et au moins €25 milliards de pertes économiques couvertes par les assurances. La nouvelle directive imposera aux Etats membres de procéder des évaluations préliminaires afin de déterminer les bassins hydrographiques et les zones côtières associées qui sont exposés un risque d'inondation. Ils établiront ensuite des cartes des risques d'inondation et des plans de gestion des risques d'inondation pour ces zones. Les plans de gestion seront axés sur la prévention, la protection et la préparation.

    [04] Commission releases new funds for avian flu research

    The European Commission announced on 17 January that it would be making a further €20 million available for research into avian and pandemic influenza. A call for proposals under the Sixth Framework Programme for Research has been launched with a closing date of 22 March 2006, that looks to fill existing gaps in research in a relatively short time perspective to serve as a foundation for new and longer term research investments in the years to come. The task descriptions outlined in the call for proposals are on the basis of recommendations by international organisations such as the FAO and WHO. Relating to animal health, the call covers issues such as developing vaccines for avian species, improved diagnosis and early warning systems, the ecology and pathogenesis of avian influenza infections, migratory birds, avian influenza virus survival, reinforcement of Community and national reference laboratories, technology transfer to third countries. Relating to human health, the call covers issues such as clinical research on pandemic influenza vaccines, better understanding of the influenza virus and strengthening support to surveillance. This research money is release in order to address a pressing public health need. It is in addition to the €21 million already made available under the Fifth and Sixth Framework Programmes. Further information is available from the CORDIS website:

    <a href="http://www.cordis.europa.eu.int/lifescihealth/">http://www.cordis.europa.eu.int/lifescihealth/

    [05] November 2005 compared to October 2005 : industrial production up by 1.3% in euro-zone ; up by 1.0% in the EU25

    Seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by 1.3% in the euro-zone in November 2005 compared to October. Production fell by 0.7% in October and by 0.2% in September. In the EU25 output grew by 1.0% in November 2005, after a decrease of 0.6% in October and an increase of 0.2% in September. In November 2005 compared to November 2004, industrial production rose by 2.6% in the euro-zone and by 2.1% in the EU25. These estimates are released by Eurostat.

    [06] Internet chat with Margot Wallström

    On Thursday 19 January 2006 at 17.00 CET, Margot Wallström, the Vice- President of the European Commission with responsibility for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy, will take part in a live internet chat to mark the anniversary of the launch of her blog in January 2005. Participants will include members of the public who are regular commentators in her blog.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by President José Manuel Barroso on the programme of the Austrian Presidency of the European Union at the EP's plenary session (Strasbourg)

    Speech by Markos Kyprianou : "Total amount pledged by International Community to tackle Avian Influenza" at the International Ministerial Pledging Conference on Avian and human Pandemic Influenza (Beijing)

    Pledging speech by Markos Kyprianou at the International Ministerial Pledging Conference on Avian and human Pandemic Influenza (Beijing)

    Opening speech by Markos Kyprianou at the International Ministerial Pledging Conference on Avian and human Pandemic Influenza (Beijing)

    Note sur le Conseil informel Emploi et Affaires sociales (19-21/01, Villach) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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