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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-01-27

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] Protection civile : la Commission propose de renforcer le mécanisme de protection civile de l'UE
  • [02] EU countries perform relatively well in international Environmental Performance Index
  • [03] The Western Balkans on the road to the EU : consolidating stability and raising prosperity
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of IPC by BS and MCC Sofipa
  • [05] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-01-27 Reference: MEX/06/0127 Date: 27/01/2006 EXME06 / 27.1

    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

    27/01/06


  • [01] Protection civile : la Commission propose de renforcer le mécanisme de protection civile de l'UE

    La Commission européenne a adopté une série de propositions visant améliorer la capacité de réaction du mécanisme de protection civile de l'UE en cas de catastrophe naturelle ou anthropique. Les mesures permettront la Commission de mieux faire face une pénurie de moyens de transport et d'équipements nécessaires sur le lieu d'une catastrophe. En outre, des mesures supplémentaires contribueront la mise au point de systèmes d'alerte précoce, l'amélioration de la coordination et la fourniture de soutien logistique. Parallèlement, la Commission a lancé un service d'alerte en ligne, appelé "MIC Daily", qui sert d'observatoire des catastrophes en devenir et en cours autour du globe. Il s'agit de renforcer la sensibilisation et le partage d'informations entre les centres de crise nationaux afin de maximiser l'efficacité de la réponse.

    [02] EU countries perform relatively well in international Environmental Performance Index

    In the 2006 pilot Environmental Performance Index (EPI) presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos today, all EU countries covered are within the top 40 for environmental performance and seven of the top ten were EU countries (Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, UK, Austria, Denmark and Ireland). The EPI is based on sixteen indicators in six policy categories : environmental health, air quality, water resources, biodiversity and habitat, productive natural resources, sustainable energy. The EPI, developed jointly by Yale and Columbia Universities, the World Economic Forum and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, aims to strengthen the environmental dimension of the Millennium Development Goals, by providing a robust method to quantify the problem and measure progress. It highlights that fact that industrialised nations have the resources to devote to environmental protection but their economic activities create pressure on ecosystems, while the other side of the coin is that developing countries may have relatively pristine ecosystems, but face difficulties with basic environmental infrastructure such as drinking water and sanitation. The top-ranking countries all commit significant resources and effort to environmental protection. The 2006 EPI can be found at www.yale.edu/epi

    [03] The Western Balkans on the road to the EU : consolidating stability and raising prosperity

    The European Commission has proposed to foster trade, economic development, movement of persons, education and research, regional cooperation and civil society dialogue in the Western Balkans, as part of the EU's strategy to integrate the people of the region into the European mainstream. The Communication on the Western Balkans sets out concrete measures to reinforce the EU's policy and instruments, and to help the countries to realise their European perspective. It will help prepare the meeting of EU and Western Balkans Foreign Ministers planned by the Austrian Presidency on 10-11 March in Salzburg.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of IPC by BS and MCC Sofipa

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of IP Cleaning S.p.A. (IPC) of Italy by BS Investimenti SGR S.p.A. (BS) of, Italy, belonging to the BS Group, and MCC Sofipa SGR S.p.A. (MCC Sofipa) of Italy, belonging to the Capitalia Group. BS and MCC Sofipa are both active in the management of investment funds. IPC produces and distributes cleaning machines, including pressure washers, carpet sweepers and vacuum cleaners. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Margot Wallström : "The sound of citizens – Let's hear the chorus!" at the Conference 'The Sound of Europe' (Salzburg)

    Questions and answers on the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism

    Calendrier du 30 janvier au 3 février 2006 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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