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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-06-14

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CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Rebaptiser le système de surveillance de l'environnement: lancement d'un concours dans les écoles. La Commission européenne a lancé un concours dans les écoles et invite les jeunes trouver un nouveau nom pour le système de surveillance de l'environnement GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security -Système de surveillance mondiale pour l’environnement et la sécurité). Le GMES est destiné recueillir des informations concernant, par exemple, la pollution de l'environnement, les inondations, les feux de forêt ou les tremblements de terre et constituer un appui la prise de décision par les autorités publiques. La Commission demande donc aux jeunes européens de donner libre cours leur créativité et de donner ce programme important un nom plus accessible. C'est avec le soutien du Comité des régions que la première phase de ce concours a démarré officiellement: les écoles sont invitées participer en nombre.
  • [02] Commissioner Michel and UNHCR High Commissioner Guterres to meet refugees in Tanzania and Burundi Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, and António Guterres, United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), are visiting Tanzania and Burundi from 13 to 16 June to discuss humanitarian topics, in particular the issue of refugees. They will meet the Presidents of both countries, government ministers and people living in refugee camps and transit centres. Tanzania shelters around 350,000 refugees - the largest number in Africa. 117 00 people remain internally displaced in Burundi, a country which the UNHCR estimates also hosts 30,000 Congolese refugees. The joint mission of Mr Michel and Mr Guterres is part of a strong partnership between the Commission and UNHCR to assist and protect refugees. Louis Michel's visit to Tanzania and Burundi follows his official visit to Kenya, where he met President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya and President Abdullahi Yusuf of Somalia to discuss developments in Somalia and regional drought management..
  • [03] Nepal: Commission allocates €5 million for victims of conflict and Bhutanese refugees. The European Commission has allocated €5 million to assist conflict-affected vulnerable people in Nepal as well as Bhutanese refugees living in the country. This new funding will help to provide access to clean water and sanitation, nutrition, food security, health care and protection for the victims of this forgotten crisis. All funds are channelled through the Commission’s Directorate- General for Humanitarian Aid, ECHO, under the responsibility of Commissioner Louis Michel. The commission is one of the major humanitarian aid donors in Nepal.
  • [04] Commission transmits proposals to Council for conditional authorisation of active substances for plant protection The European Commission has decided on the transmission to the Council of 8 proposals authorising under strict conditions existing active substances to be used in plant protection products in the EU. All 8 active substances have individually undergone a long and rigorous evaluation procedure laid down in Directive 91/414/EEC on plant protection products. On the basis of these evaluations, and applying the existing legislative framework, the Commission deemed that the use of these active substances in plant protection products can be accepted only if it is limited to a few specific crops for a limited time (seven years) and subject to strict risk reduction measures. Stringent conditions are tied to the proposed authorisations in order to ensure the maximum possible level of protection for human health and the environment. The use of the substances will be limited to the crops on which they were tested and found to be acceptable in the safety evaluation and any extension of their use will require full EU evaluation and approval. In addition, detailed measures, such as restrictions on the frequency and methods of their use, but also the banning of specific uses are laid down to protect operators, consumers, workers and the environment. The transmission follows the failure by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health to reach a decision. The Council will have 3 months from the date of transmission of the proposals in which to decide whether or not to approve the active substances. The 8 active substances are azinphos-methyl, carbendazim, dinocap, fenarimol, flusilazole, metamidophos, procymidone and vinclozolin. For more information, see:
  • [05] Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner to meet Prime Minister Noghaideli after Donor Conference on Economic Rehabilitation for Southern Ossetia Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner will meet Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Noghaideli on 15th June, following today`s Donor Conference in Brussels. The main focus of the talks will be the ongoing consultations on the European Neighbourhood Action Plan. Bilateral and regional energy cooperation as well has Georgia-Russia relations will also be discussed. The European Commission has today pledged €2 million at the Donor Conference on Economic Rehabilitation for South Ossetia. The funds will contribute to a package of rehabilitation and reconstruction projects identified by Georgia and South Ossetia in a Need Assessment Study carried out jointly in the conflict zone over the past six months. Since the end of the 1990s, the EU has committed €8.5 million in support of the peaceful resolution of the conflict. Part of these funds have been used for to support the Joint Control Commission for South Ossetia (JCC) which includes all the parties to the conflict.
  • [06] EU research-financed film takes top award at European science media festival A film made by scientists working in an EU-funded research programme beat off strong competition from European broadcasters to take top honours at a science media festival in Tromsø, Norway, last week. Scientists from EuroStemCell, a European stem cell research consortium, produced the short documentary “A Stem Cell Story” in collaboration with Edinburgh-based filmmakers. The international jury was impressed by director Cameron Duguid’s hand-drawn animations, and cited the film’s clarity and scientific accuracy as important factors in reaching their decision. Tromsø contest judges liked the way pupils and teachers were involved in shaping the film – early cuts were screened to high school biology classes, and their feedback helped determine the final version. The film is accessible to non-specialist audiences, and has already proved popular with teachers and patient organisations looking to kickstart lessons and discussions about stem cell research. It’s 15 minutes long, is available on DVD in six European languages, and can be ordered online from www.eurostemcell.org.
  • [07] Première estimation pour le premier trimestre 2006 - Hausse de 0,3% de l'emploi dans la zone euro et dans l'UE25 - +0,9% dans les deux zones par rapport au premier trimestre 2005 Selon des estimations provisoires d'Eurostat basées sur les comptes nationaux, le nombre, corrigé des variations saisonnières, de personnes occupées dans la zone euro a progressé de 0,3% (427 000 personnes) au premier trimestre 2006. Au cours de la même période, le nombre de personnes occupées dans l'UE25 a également augmenté de 0,3% (612 000 personnes). Au quatrième trimestre 2005, le taux de croissance avait été de +0,3% dans la zone euro et de +0, 2% dans l'UE25. Par rapport au premier trimestre 2005, l'emploi a affiché une hausse de 0,9% au premier trimestre 2006, tant dans la zone euro que dans l'UE25, après des hausses de respectivement +0,7% et +0,8% au quatrième trimestre 2005.
  • [08] Rédiffusion
  • [09] Public Finances in 2006: new Stability and Growth Pact gets off to a good start but key tests ahead The balance of the first year of the application of the reformed Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) is positive overall but more key tests are still ahead. The new Pact resulted in more national ownership of the budgetary discipline rules as a result of a stronger economic rational which ensures that economic differences between countries are better taken into account. Consolidation efforts are more structural, durable and of quality. But the assessment of the ‘preventive arm’ of the Pact, i.e. the attainment of sound budgetary balances in the medium-term, is more mitigated. This is all the more worrying as the ongoing economic recovery in the European Union, including the euro area, would make the case for more consolidation efforts not less. These conclusions are included in a Communication to Parliament and Council adopted today, which builds on the Annual report on the state of public finances in the European Union.
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    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    14 / 06 / 06


    [01] Rebaptiser le système de surveillance de l'environnement: lancement d'un concours dans les écoles. La Commission européenne a lancé un concours dans les écoles et invite les jeunes trouver un nouveau nom pour le système de surveillance de l'environnement GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security -Système de surveillance mondiale pour l’environnement et la sécurité). Le GMES est destiné recueillir des informations concernant, par exemple, la pollution de l'environnement, les inondations, les feux de forêt ou les tremblements de terre et constituer un appui la prise de décision par les autorités publiques. La Commission demande donc aux jeunes européens de donner libre cours leur créativité et de donner ce programme important un nom plus accessible. C'est avec le soutien du Comité des régions que la première phase de ce concours a démarré officiellement: les écoles sont invitées participer en nombre.

    [02] Commissioner Michel and UNHCR High Commissioner Guterres to meet refugees in Tanzania and Burundi Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, and António Guterres, United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), are visiting Tanzania and Burundi from 13 to 16 June to discuss humanitarian topics, in particular the issue of refugees. They will meet the Presidents of both countries, government ministers and people living in refugee camps and transit centres. Tanzania shelters around 350,000 refugees - the largest number in Africa. 117 00 people remain internally displaced in Burundi, a country which the UNHCR estimates also hosts 30,000 Congolese refugees. The joint mission of Mr Michel and Mr Guterres is part of a strong partnership between the Commission and UNHCR to assist and protect refugees. Louis Michel's visit to Tanzania and Burundi follows his official visit to Kenya, where he met President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya and President Abdullahi Yusuf of Somalia to discuss developments in Somalia and regional drought management..

    [03] Nepal: Commission allocates €5 million for victims of conflict and Bhutanese refugees. The European Commission has allocated €5 million to assist conflict-affected vulnerable people in Nepal as well as Bhutanese refugees living in the country. This new funding will help to provide access to clean water and sanitation, nutrition, food security, health care and protection for the victims of this forgotten crisis. All funds are channelled through the Commission’s Directorate- General for Humanitarian Aid, ECHO, under the responsibility of Commissioner Louis Michel. The commission is one of the major humanitarian aid donors in Nepal.

    [04] Commission transmits proposals to Council for conditional authorisation of active substances for plant protection The European Commission has decided on the transmission to the Council of 8 proposals authorising under strict conditions existing active substances to be used in plant protection products in the EU. All 8 active substances have individually undergone a long and rigorous evaluation procedure laid down in Directive 91/414/EEC on plant protection products. On the basis of these evaluations, and applying the existing legislative framework, the Commission deemed that the use of these active substances in plant protection products can be accepted only if it is limited to a few specific crops for a limited time (seven years) and subject to strict risk reduction measures. Stringent conditions are tied to the proposed authorisations in order to ensure the maximum possible level of protection for human health and the environment. The use of the substances will be limited to the crops on which they were tested and found to be acceptable in the safety evaluation and any extension of their use will require full EU evaluation and approval. In addition, detailed measures, such as restrictions on the frequency and methods of their use, but also the banning of specific uses are laid down to protect operators, consumers, workers and the environment. The transmission follows the failure by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health to reach a decision. The Council will have 3 months from the date of transmission of the proposals in which to decide whether or not to approve the active substances. The 8 active substances are azinphos-methyl, carbendazim, dinocap, fenarimol, flusilazole, metamidophos, procymidone and vinclozolin. For more information, see:

    <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/protection/evaluation/index_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/protection/evaluation/index_en.htm

    [05] Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner to meet Prime Minister Noghaideli after Donor Conference on Economic Rehabilitation for Southern Ossetia Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner will meet Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Noghaideli on 15th June, following today`s Donor Conference in Brussels. The main focus of the talks will be the ongoing consultations on the European Neighbourhood Action Plan. Bilateral and regional energy cooperation as well has Georgia-Russia relations will also be discussed. The European Commission has today pledged €2 million at the Donor Conference on Economic Rehabilitation for South Ossetia. The funds will contribute to a package of rehabilitation and reconstruction projects identified by Georgia and South Ossetia in a Need Assessment Study carried out jointly in the conflict zone over the past six months. Since the end of the 1990s, the EU has committed €8.5 million in support of the peaceful resolution of the conflict. Part of these funds have been used for to support the Joint Control Commission for South Ossetia (JCC) which includes all the parties to the conflict.

    [06] EU research-financed film takes top award at European science media festival A film made by scientists working in an EU-funded research programme beat off strong competition from European broadcasters to take top honours at a science media festival in Tromsø, Norway, last week. Scientists from EuroStemCell, a European stem cell research consortium, produced the short documentary “A Stem Cell Story” in collaboration with Edinburgh-based filmmakers. The international jury was impressed by director Cameron Duguid’s hand-drawn animations, and cited the film’s clarity and scientific accuracy as important factors in reaching their decision. Tromsø contest judges liked the way pupils and teachers were involved in shaping the film – early cuts were screened to high school biology classes, and their feedback helped determine the final version. The film is accessible to non-specialist audiences, and has already proved popular with teachers and patient organisations looking to kickstart lessons and discussions about stem cell research. It’s 15 minutes long, is available on DVD in six European languages, and can be ordered online from www.eurostemcell.org.

    [07] Première estimation pour le premier trimestre 2006 - Hausse de 0,3% de l'emploi dans la zone euro et dans l'UE25 - +0,9% dans les deux zones par rapport au premier trimestre 2005 Selon des estimations provisoires d'Eurostat basées sur les comptes nationaux, le nombre, corrigé des variations saisonnières, de personnes occupées dans la zone euro a progressé de 0,3% (427 000 personnes) au premier trimestre 2006. Au cours de la même période, le nombre de personnes occupées dans l'UE25 a également augmenté de 0,3% (612 000 personnes). Au quatrième trimestre 2005, le taux de croissance avait été de +0,3% dans la zone euro et de +0, 2% dans l'UE25. Par rapport au premier trimestre 2005, l'emploi a affiché une hausse de 0,9% au premier trimestre 2006, tant dans la zone euro que dans l'UE25, après des hausses de respectivement +0,7% et +0,8% au quatrième trimestre 2005.

    Eurostat estime qu'au premier trimestre 2006, 138,0 millions d'hommes et de femmes avaient un emploi dans la zone euro et 202,9 millions dans l'UE25. Ces chiffres sont corrigés des variations saisonnières. Dans ce communiqué de presse, Eurostat, publie pour la première fois des chiffres trimestriels sur l'emploi basés sur les données des comptes nationaux. Ces chiffres sont calculés dans le même cadre conceptuel que d'autres variables des comptes nationaux, telles que le PIB, la production et la rémunération des salariés. Ils fournissent une mesure du volume de la main-d'œuvre qui est cohérente avec celle de la production dans les comptes nationaux.

    [08] Rédiffusion

    [09] Public Finances in 2006: new Stability and Growth Pact gets off to a good start but key tests ahead The balance of the first year of the application of the reformed Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) is positive overall but more key tests are still ahead. The new Pact resulted in more national ownership of the budgetary discipline rules as a result of a stronger economic rational which ensures that economic differences between countries are better taken into account. Consolidation efforts are more structural, durable and of quality. But the assessment of the ‘preventive arm’ of the Pact, i.e. the attainment of sound budgetary balances in the medium-term, is more mitigated. This is all the more worrying as the ongoing economic recovery in the European Union, including the euro area, would make the case for more consolidation efforts not less. These conclusions are included in a Communication to Parliament and Council adopted today, which builds on the Annual report on the state of public finances in the European Union.

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Viviane Reding « Freedom of the media, effective co-regulation and media literacy : cornerstones for an efficient protection of minors in the EU » at the ICRA Roundtable Brussels « Mission Impossible »

    Speech by Andris Piebalgs « Recent EU developments on energy policy » at the International Energy Agency Governing Board members in Paris From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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