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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-05-29

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] Commission outlines details of its relief funding for victims of the Indonesia earthquake
  • [02] Choléra en Angola : la Commission double son intervention d'urgence
  • [03] Commission proposes strategy to strengthen partnership with the Pacific islands
  • [04] La Commission lance une campagne de sensibilisation au changement climatique
  • [05] Marché italien des télécommunications : La Commission accepte, pour une période transitoire, des mesures visant encourager les nouveaux entrants sur le marché de la téléphonie fixe
  • [06] Commission approves acquisition of Schering by Bayer
  • [07] Commission approves acquisition of Degussa's Construction Chemicals business by BASF
  • [08] Book on "Patient Mobility in the European Union - Learning from experience" launched today
  • [09] Commission to open in Brussels Info Point dedicated to external cooperation
  • [10] Andris Piebalgs delivers an optimistic message and a challenge to the European coal sector
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-05-29 Reference: MEX/06/0529 Date: 29/05/2006 EXME06 / 29.5

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    29/05/06


  • [01] Commission outlines details of its relief funding for victims of the Indonesia earthquake

    Health, shelter and logistics are key components in the European Commission's fast track humanitarian aid decision formally adopted on 28 May following the earthquake in Java, Indonesia, which implements the €3 million of aid announced on 27 May. With reports of up to 20,000 people injured and 200,000 displaced, vital initial needs include medical aid to treat the wounded and temporary accommodation for those who have lost their homes. Support is also available for transporting humanitarian aid, and for the provision of safe water and household items. In calling for international assistance, Indonesia has triggered the EU's mechanism for civil protection, which is sending two experts to the earthquake site.

    [02] Choléra en Angola : la Commission double son intervention d'urgence

    La Commission européenne a affecté un montant supplémentaire de €1,5 million, sous forme d'aide humanitaire d'urgence, la lutte contre la propagation du choléra en Angola. Plus de 36.000 cas ont été signalés depuis la première apparition de la maladie le 13 février. Onze des 18 provinces angolaises sont désormais contaminées, y compris la capitale Luanda. Plus de 1.300 personnes sont décédées et, selon l'UNICEF, 35% des victimes sont des enfants de moins de cinq ans. Cette nouvelle aide s’ajoute un premier don d'urgence de €1,5 million annoncé par la Commission le 21 avril (voir IP/06/516). A cette époque, la Commission avait déj envisagé la possibilité de mobiliser des ressources supplémentaires si le besoin s'en faisait sentir. Les épidémiologistes s'attendent désormais l'apparition d'au moins 30.000 nouveaux cas au cours des deux trois mois venir. En raison de la propagation rapide de la maladie, les organisations humanitaires et les organismes internationaux comme l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) ont continué renforcer leurs opérations. La contribution de la Commission constitue un élément essentiel de cet effort international.

    [03] Commission proposes strategy to strengthen partnership with the Pacific islands

    The European Commission has today adopted a proposal to deepen the EU's relations with the Pacific Islands, in particular the 15 Pacific ACP countries. This is the first formal strategy in 30 years of EU-Pacific relations, and it aims to strengthen political dialogue, provide greater focus to development cooperation and improve the effectiveness of aid delivery. The Commission's proposal reflects the growing environmental, political and economic importance of the Pacific region.

    [04] La Commission lance une campagne de sensibilisation au changement climatique

    Le président de la Commission européenne José Manuel Barroso et le commissaire chargé de l'Environnement Stavros Dimas donnent aujourd'hui Bruxelles le coup d'envoi d'une campagne de sensibilisation intitulée "Le changement climatique: vous pouvez le maîtriser". La campagne exhorte chacun modifier un peu ses habitudes quotidiennes afin de contribuer réduire sensiblement les émissions de gaz effet de serre. Elle offre une multitude de conseils pratiques et faciles appliquer et vise donner au citoyen la mesure de sa responsabilité et de ses possibilités dans ce domaine pour l'aider participer la lutte contre le changement climatique. Les ménages de l'UE sont l'origine d'environ 16% de l'ensemble des émissions de gaz effet de serre de l'Union, dont la plus grande partie provient de la production et de l'utilisation d'énergie. La campagne débutera dans les Etats membres au niveau national au cours des tout prochains jours.

    [05] Marché italien des télécommunications : La Commission accepte, pour une période transitoire, des mesures visant encourager les nouveaux entrants sur le marché de la téléphonie fixe

    Les nouveaux entrants sur le marché italien des télécommunications peuvent facturer des tarifs de gros pour la terminaison d'appel plus élevés que ceux de l'opérateur dominant Telecom Italia, mais seulement pour une période transitoire de quatre ans. Dans une lettre de commentaires adressée aujourd'hui l'autorité italienne des télécommunications "Autorit de télécommunications par comunicazioni le garanzie nelle" (AGCOM), la Commission européenne demande cependant l'AGCOM de spécifier les détails du programme de quatre ans de baisse des tarifs de gros de la terminaison d'appel des opérateurs de réseau alternatifs. En outre, afin de mieux préserver les intérêts des consommateurs, l'AGCOM est invitée élaborer un modèle de coût pour évaluer les tarifs de terminaison des opérateurs alternatifs qui tienne compte de la nécessité pour ces derniers de devenir efficace dans la durée. La décision de la Commission se fonde sur l'article 7 de la directive "cadre" pour les communications électroniques (2002/21/CE), qui requiert de la Commission de s’assurer de la mise en œuvre cohérente des principes du droit de la concurrence par les autorités nationales de réglementation dans ce secteur.

    [06] Commission approves acquisition of Schering by Bayer

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the German pharmaceutical company Schering AG by Bayer AG also of Germany. The Commission has investigated the markets where the parties' activities overlap and considers that the operation will not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it.

    [07] Commission approves acquisition of Degussa's Construction Chemicals business by BASF

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Degussa's Construction Chemicals business (DCC) by BASF AG (BASF). After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it .

    [08] Book on "Patient Mobility in the European Union - Learning from experience" launched today

    Today the official book launch on Patient Mobility of the EU Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) research project 'Europe For Patients' (E4P) will take place at the European Parliament in Brussels, hosted by John Bowis, MEP and Rapporteur on patient mobility and healthcare developments in the European Union (April 2005). The book, one of the products resulting from the EU-funded research project, 'Europe for Patients' provides evidence on patient mobility, thus contributing to the ongoing policy discussions. E4P is one of many projects funded under the EU's Scientific Support for Policy (SSP) scheme. The project team, which includes universities, officials and health organisations from Spain, Belgium, the UK, Estonia, Slovenia, Ireland and Italy, has examined ways of streamlining cross-border patient mobility. E4P begins from the premise that an increasingly integrated Europe offers potential benefits to patients through developments such as greater access to centres of excellence and actions that overcome existing trans-frontier imbalances between demand and supply. A PDF version of the book is available at the Project website <a href="http://www.europe4patients.org">www.europe4patients.org

    [09] Commission to open in Brussels Info Point dedicated to external cooperation

    The European Commissioner for External Relations and Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, will tomorrow open an Info Point dedicated to all aspects of the Commission activities in the area of external cooperation and assistance. The Info Point is an innovative and multi-faceted tool consisting of both a physical location (EuropeAid Cooperation Office, rue de la Loi 41, Brussels) and virtual space where citizens as well as NGOs and other interested bodies can seek information, ask questions and contribute to the debate on issues related to EU external cooperation. The official opening will take place tomorrow Tuesday 30 May 2006 at 12h30, rue de la Loi 41, Brussels. A light lunch will be served after the opening. Journalists interested in covering this event are invited.

    [10] Andris Piebalgs delivers an optimistic message and a challenge to the European coal sector

    At a conference on the future EU energy mix organized by the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, Poland, today, European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, addressed the role of coal in the future European energy mix. He challenged the European coal sector to demonstrate the future viability of coal as an energy source, stressing that coal has the potential to provide the necessary flexibility in terms of security of supply. However, coal can only fulfill this role if its use is not compromised by unsustainable, environmentally damaging consequences. The full roll-out of clean coal and CO² capture and storage technologies is the precondition for the sustained presence of coal in the European energy mix. The conference took place in the heart of one of the most important coal-mining regions in the EU. Poland boasts one of the most important coal reserves in Europe and is the EU's largest coal producer. Moreover, coal meets approximately 70% of Polish primary energy needs and accounts for more than 90% of national electricity generation. Some companies involved in energy production from lignite in Poland have already embarked on ambitious investment programmes for retrofitting and upgrading lignite- fuelled power plants in order to meet current EU emission standards.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Climate change campaign "You control climate change"

    Speech by Andris Piebalgs : "A place for coal in the EU Energy Mix" at the Conference 'Future EU Energy Mix - will coal play an important role?' (Gliwice, Poland, ! embargo 15h00 !) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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