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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-04-20

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] EU-Japan Summit (24/04)
  • [02] Benita Ferrero-Waldner to visit Vietnam (21-22/04)
  • [03] Médicaments biotechnologiques : premier produit biosimilaire sur le marché de l'UE
  • [04] Commission to pay nearly €1.3 million to support Estonia in dealing with storm disaster in 2005
  • [05] March 2006 : Euro-zone annual inflation down to 2.2% ; EU25 down to 2.1%
  • [06] Commission approves acquisition of Küsters by Andritz
  • [07] European Enterprise Awards' to reward entrepreneurship across the continent
  • [08] Comment faire en sorte que le marché intérieur relève parfaitement les défis nouveaux et venir ?
  • [09] Commission convenes an EU-Latin America and Caribbean experts' seminar on energy
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-04-20 Reference: MEX/06/0420 Date: 20/04/2006 EXME06 / 20.4

    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

    20/04/06


  • [01] EU-Japan Summit (24/04)

    The 15th Summit between the European Union and Japan will be held in Tokyo on 24 April 2006. Alongside European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso and Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the EU will be represented by Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel and High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana. Discussions will cover political and economic aspects of the EU-Japan relationship, global issues, in particular energy, as well as a range of key international issues including East Asian regional cooperation, relations with China, the Korean Peninsula, Russia, Iran and the Middle East.

    [02] Benita Ferrero-Waldner to visit Vietnam (21-22/04)

    European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner will visit Vietnam on 21-22 April for meetings with Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien. Discussions will cover a wide range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual concern: strengthening EU-Vietnam political, economic and trade links in the context of Vietnam's "Master Plan" on relations with the EU, upgrading the EU-Vietnam Cooperation Agreement, Vietnam's role in the region, enhancing cooperation in the framework of ASEM and ongoing global issues like the WTO and avian flu.

    [03] Médicaments biotechnologiques : premier produit biosimilaire sur le marché de l'UE

    Deux décennies après la mise sur le marché communautaire des premiers médicaments produits par des moyens biotechnologiques (par opposition aux produits pharmaceutiques "normaux"), plusieurs de ces brevets arrivent maintenant expiration. En d'autres termes, les premiers médicaments "biogénériques" - appelés médicaments biosimilaires en Europe – sont sur le point d'arriver sur le marché pharmaceutique de l'UE. La Commission européenne soutient cette évolution, étant donné que les procédés biosimilaires sont moins coûteux tout en étant sûrs et efficaces (comme les médicaments biotechnologiques originaux). La Commission a maintenant accordé la première autorisation de commercialisation pour un tel produit biosimilaire. Ce médicament, l'omnitrope, est destiné traiter les perturbations de la croissance et le manque d'hormones de croissance chez les enfants et les adultes. Il a été évalué et a fait l'objet d'un avis scientifique positif de l'Agence européenne des médicaments en janvier 2006. Les études ont montré que l'omnitrope était comparable et similaire en qualité, sécurité et efficacité un produit médical de référence déj autorisé dans l'UE, la génotropine.

    [04] Commission to pay nearly €1.3 million to support Estonia in dealing with storm disaster in 2005

    European Commissioner for Regional Policy and the Solidarity Fund, Danuta Hübner, and Estonian Finance Minister Aivar Sõerd signed an agreement to pay €1,289,765 to Estonia to reimburse emergency costs incurred after the severe storm of January 2005. The grant is being made available through the European Union Solidarity Fund. It will reimburse public funds spent on the immediate emergency response, in particular on rescue services, cleaning-up operations in affected areas and the restoration of basic infrastructure to working conditions.

    [05] March 2006 : Euro-zone annual inflation down to 2.2% ; EU25 down to 2.1%

    Euro-zone annual inflation was 2.2% in March 2006, down from 2.3% in February. A year earlier the rate was 2.1%. Monthly inflation was 0.6% in March 2006. EU25 annual inflation was 2.1% in March 2006, down from 2.2% in February. A year earlier the rate was 2.1%. Monthly inflation was 0.5% in March 2006. EICP annual inflation was 2.1% in March 2006. These figures come from Eurostat.

    [06] Commission approves acquisition of Küsters by Andritz

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Eduard Küsters Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co KG (Küsters), a German manufacturer of calenders (used in paper and textiles manufacturing), by the Austrian producer of paper-manufacturing machinery Andritz GmbH (Andritz). After investigation the Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it.

    [07] European Enterprise Awards' to reward entrepreneurship across the continent

    Officially launched as part of the UK presidency late last year, the European Enterprise Awards will recognise and reward initiatives by local and regional authorities to support entrepreneurship. They aim at raising awareness of positive enterprise activities and celebrate entrepreneurial success in developing Europe's economy. The deadline for receipt of entries at national level is 31 May, 2006 with the winners to be announced at a ceremony in Brussels in December 2006.

    [08] Comment faire en sorte que le marché intérieur relève parfaitement les défis nouveaux et venir ?

    Les politiques communautaires du marché intérieur sont-elles les bonnes ? Les règles en vigueur sont-elles adaptées et sont-elles bien mises en œuvre ? Comment pourraient-elles être améliorées ? Dans le cadre d'un vaste examen de la politique du marché intérieur, la Commission européenne a lancé une consultation publique afin de donner chacun la possibilité de répondre ces questions et d'exprimer un avis sur la manière dont il convient de répondre aux défis nouveaux et venir. La consultation vise lancer un vaste débat sur la future politique du marché intérieur. Les citoyens, les entreprises, les associations représentatives, les universitaires, les administrations publiques et les autres parties intéressées sont donc invités s'exprimer sur ces questions. Les résultats de cette consultation et d'autres initiatives connexes contribueront au processus de réflexion de la Commission. Les contributions doivent être transmises pour le 15 juin 2006 et le document de consultation est disponible sur:

    <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/internal_market/strategy/index_fr.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/internal_market/strategy/index_fr.htm

    [09] Commission convenes an EU-Latin America and Caribbean experts' seminar on energy

    The European Commission is organizing an EU-Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Experts' Seminar on Energy entitled "Energy: the experiences of the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean", which is taking place on 20-21 April 2006 in Brussels. This event brings together 30 high level experts from the EU and LAC, with the participation of representatives from the Commission, governments, international organizations and other experts from industry and the scientific community. The event is being organized in the framework of the preparation of the EU-LAC Summit taking place in Vienna on 12 May under the Austrian Presidency, where energy and research will both be on the agenda. The seminar will address the current challenges, threats and opportunities of the energy sector in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and will aim at exploring possible axes of cooperation in energy RTD strategies to be developed between the EU and LAC as well as setting up recommendations in order to strengthen dialogue and cooperation between both regions.

    More details on <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/world/lac- vienna/events/energy.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/world/lac- vienna/events/energy.htm

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    Preparation of the Informal Competitiveness Council of Ministers (21-22, Graz) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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