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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-04-10

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Droits d'accises / cigarettes : la Commission met en garde les Etats membres sur la question des prix minimaux de vente au détail
  • [02] VAT / postal services : Commission launches infringement proceedings against Germany, the United Kingdom and Sweden
  • [03] Car taxation : infringement procedure against Cyprus
  • [04] La Commission interdit l'accès un bâtiment par mesure de précaution en raison de problèmes sanitaires
  • [05] Commission and Russia sign "Memorandum of understanding for a Dialogue on Agriculture and Rural Development"
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-04-10 Reference: MEX/06/0410 Date: 10/04/2006 EXME06 / 10.4

    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

    10/04/06


  • [01] Droits d'accises / cigarettes : la Commission met en garde les Etats membres sur la question des prix minimaux de vente au détail

    La Commission européenne prend des mesures contre les Etats membres qui imposent des prix minimaux de vente au détail des cigarettes. En effet, la Commission estime, conformément la jurisprudence de la Cour de justice européenne, que ces prix minimaux sont contraires la législation communautaire, faussent la concurrence et ne bénéficient qu'aux fabricants, en protégeant leurs marges bénéficiaires. Aux termes de la directive 95/59/CE du Conseil, les fabricants et/ou les importateurs de produits du tabac peuvent déterminer les prix de vente au détail. La fixation de prix minimaux par les pouvoirs publics porte atteinte ce droit et n'est donc pas compatible avec la directive. Pour atteindre l'objectif de réduction de la consommation de tabac, la Commission préconise une augmentation des droits d'accises sur les cigarettes bon marché.

    [02] VAT / postal services : Commission launches infringement proceedings against Germany, the United Kingdom and Sweden

    The European Commission has sent formal requests for information to the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden on the VAT application of postal services. The United Kingdom and Germany exempt from VAT all or most postal services supplied by their former postal monopolies, while Sweden does not exempt postal services. Current VAT legislation is not yet adapted to the postal market that was liberalised by Directive 97/67/EC. The Commission, awaiting the revision of the current legislation according to its proposals, has to ensure a proper application of the VAT postal exemption in order to avoid distortions of competition between former monopolies and market entrants. The requests take the form of letters of formal notice, the first stage of the infringement procedure laid down in Article 226 of the EC Treaty. The Member States involved are invited to reply within two months.

    [03] Car taxation : infringement procedure against Cyprus

    The European Commission has decided to send Cyprus a formal request for information concerning the taxation rules applied on the registration of second-hand cars brought into Cyprus from other EU Member States. The rules are applied in a way that may breach the EC Treaty provisions on equal treatment of domestic products and those of other Member States. The request to Cyprus is in the form of a "letter of formal notice", the first stage of the infringement procedure laid down in Article 226 of the EC Treaty. Cyprus is requested to reply within two months. If the Commission does not receive satisfactory response, it may proceed with the second stage of the said procedure and ultimately bring the case before the Court of Justice.

    [04] La Commission interdit l'accès un bâtiment par mesure de précaution en raison de problèmes sanitaires

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'interdire temporairement l'accès au bâtiment situé au n°100 de l'avenue de Cortenberg après que des analyses ont confirmé la présence de moisissures aspergillus. Vendredi 8 avril en début d'après midi, la suite de la présentation de ces analyses par des experts externes et après consultation du Cabinet du Président Barroso, M. Kallas, vice-président de la Commission chargé de l'administration, de l'audit et de la lutte antifraude, a décidé d'évacuer le bâtiment. Les 250 membres du personnel de la direction générale du marché intérieur ont quitté le bâtiment en bon ordre vers trois heures de l'après-midi.

    [05] Commission and Russia sign "Memorandum of understanding for a Dialogue on Agriculture and Rural Development"

    "This agreement is an historic moment for agricultural relations between the EU and Russia. I am confident that it marks the beginning of a new era of fruitful cooperation between us. And I'd like to thank Minister Gordeev for all his work in making it a reality," said European Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel, in Moscow for Tuesday's signing, with Alexey Gordeev, Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, of a "Memorandum of Understanding for a Dialogue on Agriculture and Rural Development". The agreement represents a landmark in bilateral agricultural relations between the EU and the Russian government. Russia is the second biggest market for EU agricultural exports and is one of the Union's main suppliers for grains and oilseeds. The Memorandum of Understanding commits both sides to a long- term partnership to improve cooperation on all issues of relevance - including production, innovation, trade, quality policies for agricultural products and the development of rural communities. It builds upon the Common Economic Space endorsed at the EU-Russia summit in Moscow in May 2005, which set the promotion of regulatory convergence in agriculture as one of its goals. The new arrangement will allow officials from both sides to get together whenever appropriate to discuss agricultural issues, within a new, structured framework. Russia's involvement in most of the international organisations which deal with agriculture and rural development will bring further opportunities for cooperation between the EU and Russia. This will allow both sides to synchronise their respective policies at such international fora when necessary.

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Benita Ferrero-Waldner : "Islam in Europe – from dialogue to action" at Conference of European Imams (07/04, Vienna) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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