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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-05-16

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] TVA : la Commission propose de proroger la directive relative aux services fournis par voie électronique
  • [02] Commission confirms sending Statement of Objections to Distrigas concerning Belgian gas supply market
  • [03] Education et formation en Europe : de nouveaux efforts sont nécessaires pour atteindre les objectifs de Lisbonne
  • [04] March 2006 compared to February 2006 : industrial production up by 0.4% in the euro area ; up by 0.3% in the EU25
  • [05] Banking : expert group to help remove obstacles to switching bank accounts
  • [06] Payment and securities settlement systems : Commission consults industry on evaluation of Settlement Finality Directive
  • [07] EU welcomes EU-ASEAN Vision Group report on closer trade links
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-05-16 Reference: MEX/06/0516 Date: 16/05/2006 EXME06 / 16.5

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communicationb

    16/05/06


  • [01] TVA : la Commission propose de proroger la directive relative aux services fournis par voie électronique

    La Commission européenne propose de proroger la période d'application de la directive "TVA sur le commerce électronique" (directive 2002/38/CE) jusqu'au 31 décembre 2008. Sans cette prorogation, on retournerait, pour les services fournis par voie électronique ainsi que pour les services de radiodiffusion et de télévision, aux règles en vigueur avant les modifications introduites par la directive (voir IP/02/673 et MEMO/03/142). Cela signifierait que les fournisseurs européens seraient soumis la TVA même pour les services fournis aux clients hors de l'Union et qu'ils devraient subir la concurrence, dans l'Union, des fournisseurs de pays tiers qui ne seraient pas assujettis du tout la TVA. La proposition ne contient pas d'autre modification.

    [02] Commission confirms sending Statement of Objections to Distrigas concerning Belgian gas supply market

    The European Commission can confirm that it sent on 10th May 2006 a Statement of Objections to Distrigas, part of the Suez Group, concerning the European Commission's concerns that Distrigas is in practice preventing new suppliers from entering the Belgian gas market, in violation of EC Treaty rules on abuse of a dominant market position (Article 82).

    [03] Education et formation en Europe : de nouveaux efforts sont nécessaires pour atteindre les objectifs de Lisbonne

    Malgré des tendances positives dans certains domaines, dans l'ensemble, les progrès enregistrés par les systèmes d'éducation et de formation européens vers la réalisation des objectifs fixés dans la stratégie de Lisbonne sont insuffisants. C'est la principale conclusion de l'édition 2006 du rapport annuel de la Commission européenne sur les progrès vers les objectifs de Lisbonne dans l'éducation et la formation, publié aujourd'hui. Le document de travail des services de la Commission analyse les progrès accomplis depuis 2000 et s'intéresse cinq critères de référence (ou benchmarks) en matière éducative. Parmi les aspects positifs, les Etats membres ont réussi accroître le nombre des étudiants de l'enseignement supérieur diplômés en mathématiques, sciences et technologie. Néanmoins, les progrès ont été modérés pour ce qui est de l'augmentation de la participation l’éducation et la formation tout au long de la vie et de la réduction du nombre de jeunes quittant prématurément l'école. Et ce jour, pratiquement aucun progrès n'a été enregistré concernant l'augmentation du taux des jeunes qui achèvent l'enseignement secondaire supérieur et la réduction du nombre des élèves de 15 ans ayant une maîtrise insuffisante en lecture.

    [04] March 2006 compared to February 2006 : industrial production up by 0.4% in the euro area ; up by 0.3% in the EU25

    Seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by 0.4% in the euro area in March 2006 compared to February 2006. Output in the EU25 gained 0.3% in March 2006. Production in both zones remained stable in February and grew by 0.2% in January. In March 2006 compared to March 2005, industrial production rose by 3.8% in the euro area and by 3.7% in the EU25. These estimates are released by Eurostat.

    [05] Banking : expert group to help remove obstacles to switching bank accounts

    The European Commission is to create an expert group on customer mobility in relation to bank accounts. In particular, the group will identify any legal, administrative or other obstacles that customers encounter when opening, closing or switching bank accounts at both domestic and cross- border level. It will advise the Commission on how those obstacles can be addressed. This is a follow-up action to the White Paper on Financial Services Policy 2005-2010 (IP/05/1529) and is part of the Better Regulation agenda. It also has to be seen in the context of the citizen project for Europe presented by the Commission on 10 May (IP/06/595). The group will be composed of experts proposed by European or national associations, who represent customer or financial services industry interests, and of individuals with an academic background in the area. Interested associations and academics are invited to send applications to the Commission before 16 June 2006.

    [06] Payment and securities settlement systems : Commission consults industry on evaluation of Settlement Finality Directive

    The European Commission is inviting industry, consumers and other stakeholders to comment on the evaluation report on the Settlement Finality Directive (see IP/05/1613), which identified a number of areas where the Directive could possibly be revised. The Commission will also discuss the report with Member States and the European Central Bank within the framework of the European Securities Committee. On the basis of these consultations, the Commission will assess whether or not the Directive requires revision. The deadline for submission of comments is 30 June 2006.

    [07] EU welcomes EU-ASEAN Vision Group report on closer trade links

    The EU has today welcomed the final report of the EU-ASEAN Vision Group, which was established in 2005 to study ways of strengthening and deepening the trade relations between the EU and ASEAN. The Group was established by EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson and his ASEAN colleagues in an attempt to bring fresh thinking to the economic relations between the EU and ASEAN. The report is an important part of Commissioner Mandelson's wider strategy to renew EU trade policy towards Asia.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Margot Wallström : "Listening to citizens and delivering results: a way towards the constitutional settlement" at plenary session of the European Parliament (Strasbourg)

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy at the EU-China Conference on Governement Procurement (Beijing)

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy : "EU-China cooperation on accounting and auditing" (Beijing)

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy : "Recent regulatory and structural developments in the EU financial sector'" at the 2nd EU-China dialogue on macroeconomic and financial regulatory issues (15/05, Beijing) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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