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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-01-24

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] European citizens in favour of a European Energy policy, says Eurobarometer survey
  • [02] Croissance et emploi : selon l'étude sur les incidences de Lisbonne, la réalisation des objectifs de Lisbonne devrait entraîner une hausse du niveau de vie des citoyens de l'UE
  • [03] Markos Kyprianou visits Turkey to support efforts in tackling avian influenza (25-27/01)
  • [04] Avian influenza : EU extends ban on captive bird imports and prolongs restrictions for pet birds
  • [05] November 2005 compared to October 2005 : industrial new orders up by 4.9% in euro-zone ; EU25 up by 3.4%
  • [06] Le service Export Helpdesk de l'UE destiné aux pays en développement a attiré 1,2 millions de visiteurs en 2005
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-01-24 Reference: MEX/06/0124 Date: 24/01/2006 EXME06 / 24.1

    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

    24/01/06


  • [01] European citizens in favour of a European Energy policy, says Eurobarometer survey

    A majority of EU citizens (47%) would prefer European level decisions on the new energy challenges such as energy supply security, growing energy consumption and climate change, 37% and 8% prefer energy decisions on a national or local level respectively. This is one of the conclusions of a Eurobarometer poll presented today by European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs. Those people asked would choose renewable energy and R&D as the means to tackle such problems and are willing to learn how to use energy more efficiently. "The message from the citizens is a clear one – energy is a concern for all Europeans and people expect clear and concrete actions on all political levels. Europe needs a real energy policy focused on security of supply, competitiveness and sustainability", said Commissioner Piebalgs.

    [02] Croissance et emploi : selon l'étude sur les incidences de Lisbonne, la réalisation des objectifs de Lisbonne devrait entraîner une hausse du niveau de vie des citoyens de l'UE

    La situation des Européens peut nettement s'améliorer l&#8217;avenir grâce la stratégie de l'UE pour la croissance et l'emploi. Le revenu par habitant en Europe pourrait progresser de près d'un quart jusqu'en 2025 si les réformes envisagées dans le cadre de la relance de la stratégie de Lisbonne sont adoptées. De même, l'emploi augmenterait de plus de 10%. Telles sont les principales conclusions d'une récente étude réalisée par le CPB (Bureau néerlandais d'analyses de politique économique) pour la Direction Générale Entreprises et Industrie de la Commission.

    [03] Markos Kyprianou visits Turkey to support efforts in tackling avian influenza (25-27/01)

    The European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, Markos Kyprianou, will visit Turkey from 25-27 January to reinforce EU solidarity with Turkey in its fight against avian influenza. Mr Kyprianou's visit follows up on his constructive discussions with the Turkish Agriculture Minister Mr Mehmet Mehdi Eker, held during the international pledging conference in Beijing last week. During his time in Ankara, Mr Kyprianou will also meet Health Minister Recep Akdag, and the authorities responsible for dealing with the control of the outbreaks of avian influenza on the ground. The Commissioner will present an EU team of high-level veterinary experts who will provide support and advice on the control and eradication of the disease. Commissioners Olli Rehn (Enlargement) and Kyprianou are working together to prepare a Commission decision to urgently bring forward approximately €8 million in pre-accession funds for Turkey specifically to confront the current avian influenza situation.

    [04] Avian influenza : EU extends ban on captive bird imports and prolongs restrictions for pet birds

    The European Commission will extend the ban on imports of captive live birds, other than poultry for commercial purposes, until 31 May 2006, following a positive opinion by Member States in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH) today. The embargo is part of the series of EU preventative measures against avian influenza, and has been prolonged today as a result of the current situation in Turkey and other countries where the disease is still present. The extension of the ban also means that it will now cover the spring migration period, when migrating birds will return to their nesting grounds. There are certain derogations from the captive birds import ban. Birds are allowed to be moved between approved zoos and similar institutions, and hatching eggs of non-poultry birds can be imported for use in authorised hatcheries if their shells are decontaminated upon arrival, or if they are being sent to zoos. The Standing Committee also agreed today to extend, until the end of May, restrictions on the movement of birds accompanying their owners (pet birds) from third countries. These restrictions include an entry limit of five birds per accompanying owner and strict quarantine requirements for these birds (either 30-days quarantine in approved third countries, or 30-days quarantine in the Member State of destination). As an alternative to quarantine, the pet birds may be admitted if they have been vaccinated against avian influenza, or have tested negative for the disease during a ten day isolation period prior to movement. The restrictions for birds accompanying their owners do not apply to pet birds entering the EU from Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein Andorra, Iceland, Greenland, Faeroe Islands and San Marino.

    [05] November 2005 compared to October 2005 : industrial new orders up by 4.9% in euro-zone ; EU25 up by 3.4%

    The euro-zone industrial new orders index increased by 4.9% in November 2005 compared to October 2005. The index fell by 0.6% in October and rose by 1.7% in September. EU25 new orders increased by 3.4% in November 2005, after remaining stable in October and rising by 0.6% in September. In November 2005 compared to November 2004, industrial new orders increased by 9.2% in the euro-zone and by 9.3% in the EU25. These estimates are released by Eurostat.

    [06] Le service Export Helpdesk de l'UE destiné aux pays en développement a attiré 1,2 millions de visiteurs en 2005

    L'Export Helpdesk de la Commission européenne mis en place pour les pays en développement a reçu en moyenne 3700 visites par jour en 2005, ce qui fait de ce service un guichet d'information unique pour les exportateurs de ces pays souhaitant exporter vers l'Union européenne. L'Export Helpdesk est une démonstration concrète de l'engagement communautaire en faveur d'un meilleur accès des pays en développement au marché de l'Union européenne.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Franco Frattini to the Bulgarian Parliament (Sofia)

    Speech by Benita Ferrero-Waldner : "Migration, External Relations and the European Neighbourhood Policy" at Conference on reinforcing the area of freedom, security, prosperity and justice of the EU and its neighbouring countries

    Speech by Andris Piebalgs : "The European initiative on Energy Efficiency" at joint meeting ITRE – National Parliaments

    Speech by Viviane Reding : "A 'Triple Play' for Europe" at Digital Lifestyle Day 2006 (23/01, Munich) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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