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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-06-23

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 acts to reduce burden of accidents and injuries
  • [02] Investing in Africa’s infrastructure: Commission pledges €30m for key roads in Tanzania
  • [03] Médicaments: règles plus sévères pour le médicament vétérinaire «Micotil»
  • [04] State aid: Commission endorses €92.6 million aid to Hankook for new tyre production plant in Hungary
  • [05] EU contributes €105 million to the Temporary International Mechanism for the Palestinians
  • [06] La Commission européenne approuve une aide au démarrage en faveur d'une liaison aérienne entre Toulon et Londres
  • [07] Tramway transport: European Commission authorises rescue aid for Silesian Trams S.A.
  • [08] Commission authorises the Czech Republic to sell shares of its railway catering company to Czech Railways
  • [09] Danuta Hübner in Kujawsko-Pomorskie: "Polish regions to benefit most from new Cohesion policy through hard work and sound management"
  • [10] Commission clears acquisition of AMSA by Arcelor and Mitsui
  • [11] La Commission autorise une aide au sauvetage pour l’entreprise polonaise C. Hartwig
  • [12] La Commission accepte des modifications au régime d’aides a caractère social sur la desserte aérienne entre la Guadeloupe et la France Métropolitaine
  • [13] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-06-23 Reference: MEX/06/0623 Date: 23/06/2006 EXME06 / 23.6

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    23/06/06


  • [01] Commission acts to reduce burden of accidents and injuries

    The European Commission today adopted a Communication and Action Plan with the aim of reducing the burden of accidents and injuries, which are the fourth major cause of death in the EU, killing some 235,000 EU citizens each year. Accidents and injuries account for almost 7 million hospital admissions and for 20% of sick leave, and they are the leading cause of death in children and young people. The Communication on Actions for a Safer Europe makes accident prevention a priority for the current and future Public Health Action Programmes (the EU’s funding mechanism to support projects in the Member States). It also calls on Member States to work with the EU and to prioritise accident prevention through information campaigns and data collection. “The fact that someone in Lithuania is five times more likely to die from an accident than someone in the Netherlands is a stark reminder that we need to do more to prevent unnecessary deaths from accidents across Europe”, said European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Markos Kyprianou. “This Communication aims to get the Commission and Member States to work together to reduce this needless cause of loss of life and distress in all EU countries.”

    [02] Investing in Africa’s infrastructure: Commission pledges €30m for key roads in Tanzania

    The European Commission has approved €30 million for the final stage of a major road upgrading programme in Tanzania. The programme will improve connections between Dar-es-Salaam and Tanzania’s second city, Mwanza. The upgrading will reduce transport costs on East Africa’s central corridor, so more people have access to markets and trade links in the region. The programme builds on more than €170 million that the EU has invested in Tanzania’s roads since 2002, and is part of a wider strategy to build infrastructure links that connect countries throughout Africa.

    [03] Médicaments: règles plus sévères pour le médicament vétérinaire «Micotil»

    Deux fermiers américains sont décédés en s’auto-injectant accidentellement, pendant qu’ils soignaient leur bétail, le médicament vétérinaire appelé «Tilmicosin» . Ces accidents ont conduit la Commission européenne renforcer les règles d’utilisation de ce médicament dans l’UE. Le «Tilmicosin» est commercialisé sous le nom de «Micotil» dans quinze États membres . Afin d’éviter que de tels accidents mortels se produisent dans l’UE, la Commission a décidé d'harmoniser et de renforcer les avertissements dans la notice d’utilisation du produit. En outre, en se basant sur les avis scientifiques reçus, elle a décidé que le «Micotil» ne pourra plus l’avenir être administré que par des vétérinaires. Le «Tilmicosin» est une substance antimicrobienne utilisée exclusivement pour traiter les bovins et les ovins souffrant de maladies respiratoires comme par exemple la pneumonie.

    [04] State aid: Commission endorses €92.6 million aid to Hankook for new tyre production plant in Hungary

    The European Commission has authorised, under EC Treaty state aid rules, €92.6 million of aid which the Hungarian Government intends to grant to Hankook Tire Hungary for the creation of a new production plant for car tyres in Dunaújvros, Hungary. The total cost of the investment will amount to €424.9 million.

    [05] EU contributes €105 million to the Temporary International Mechanism for the Palestinians

    The European Commission is announcing today that it will make a contribution of €105 million to the Temporary International Mechanism, for the Palestinians. This Mechanism, developed by the EU at the request of the “Quartet” (EU, US, UN and Russia) and endorsed by the European Council, will facilitate the direct delivery of assistance to the Palestinian people to meet basic needs, without the money passing to or through the PA government. The allocation covers all three “windows” of the Mechanism (health, utilities, social allowances) and technical assistance. It brings the total made available from the Community Budget so far this year to the Palestinian Territories to €259 million.

    [06] La Commission européenne approuve une aide au démarrage en faveur d'une liaison aérienne entre Toulon et Londres

    La Commission européenne a jugé compatible avec le marché commun une mesure d’aide d'État par laquelle la Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie du Var accorde une subvention la compagnie aérienne bas prix Ryanair pour démarrer l'exploitation d'une liaison aérienne entre les aéroports de Toulon-Hyères et de Londres-Stansted.

    [07] Tramway transport: European Commission authorises rescue aid for Silesian Trams S.A.

    The Commission has authorised rescue aid for Silesian Trams S.A., a Polish tramway transport company. The aid consists of a loan of 2.394.520,00 Polish zlotys (€ 604.830,00) for the next six months. The loan will allow the company to continue its operations while it is preparing its restructuring.

    [08] Commission authorises the Czech Republic to sell shares of its railway catering company to Czech Railways

    [09] Danuta Hübner in Kujawsko-Pomorskie: "Polish regions to benefit most from new Cohesion policy through hard work and sound management"

    Regional policy Commissioner, Danuta Hübner, addressed a conference on "Cohesion policy and cities" and a group of economics students and teachers at Copernicus University in Torun, Poland, outlining the role of Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund in the development of Polish regions in 2007- 2013. During her visit in the Polish region of Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Commissioner Hübner met with the regional and local authorities and welcomed the effective management of current programmes in the region noting that it was only a first step towards gaining the maximum benefit from the new period.

    [10] Commission clears acquisition of AMSA by Arcelor and Mitsui

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of AMSA Steel Service Centre (Pty) Ltd. (AMSA) of South Africa by Arcelor Steel Service Centres SAS of France, belonging to the Arcelor group (Arcelor) of Luxembourg and Mitsui &Co UK plc, ultimately controlled by Mitsui &Co Ltd (Mitsui) of the US. Arcelor Steel Service Centres processes and distributes steel. Mitsu is active in world-wide trading in a number of commodities, including steel. AMSA distributes steel in South Africa. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [11] La Commission autorise une aide au sauvetage pour l’entreprise polonaise C. Hartwig

    La Commission a autorisé une aide au sauvetage pour l’entreprise polonaise C.Hartwig. L’entreprise est active dans le transport international des marchandises. Suite des pertes importantes dans les années 2004 et 2005, elle a demandé une aide au sauvetage au gouvernement polonais. L’aide au sauvetage permettra l’entreprise de survivre les prochains mois, le temps pour l’entreprise de préparer un plan de restructuration, qui doit ensuite être notifié la Commission dans un délai de 6 mois.

    [12] La Commission accepte des modifications au régime d’aides a caractère social sur la desserte aérienne entre la Guadeloupe et la France Métropolitaine

    La Commission européenne a décidé de ne pas soulever d’objections des changements dans un régime d’aide d’État caractère social qui est destiné bénéficier certaines catégories de passagers qui souhaitent rejoindre la France métropolitaine partir de la Guadeloupe. Ce régime, qui avait été approuvé initialement par la Commission le 20 octobre 2004 (IP/04/1268), vise pallier au désavantage permanent dont souffrent les habitants de cette île, confrontés des coûts de transport bien plus élevés que ceux supportés par les vols entre Etats sur le continent. L’ancien régime prévoyait des aides de l’ordre de € 100 et € 300 pour un aller-retour pour certaines catégories de passagers – jeunes de moins de 30 ans, personnes âgées de plus de 60 ans, personnes revenu modeste, adultes voyageant en famille – et sur les liaisons aériennes régulières entre Pointe- -Pitre ou Saint-Martin et la France métropolitaine. Les changements proposés par les autorités françaises portent sur une modification la baisse des montants forfaitaires octroyés, qui seront désormais de l’ordre de € 100 - € 200, et sur la disparition de la catégorie des personnes âgées de plus de 60 ans. Le budget alloué ce dispositif est de € 6,06 millions en 2006, contre 6,26 en 2005 et devrait en conséquence permettre d’attribuer une aide environ 26.000 passagers.

    [13] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Louis Michel “Perspectives on cooperation between Africa and Europe and the new EU Strategy for Africa: “The indispensable relationship“ – Lunch organised by the Egyptian-European Council and the African Society in Cairo

    Speech by Neelie Kroes “Competition policy – 2005 review, 2006 outliook” a the Conference “Concurrence 2206” in Paris

    (EMBARGO at 12.30 GMT)Speech by Peter Mandelson “Doha: what is at stake ?” at the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce in London

    Speech Danuta Hübner on the Lisbon agenda in Poland

    Speech by Danuta Hübner at the Torun Conference

    Doha Round: some recent economic analysis

    Doha Round: Geneva Ministerial, June 2006

    Calendirer hebdomadaire du 26 juin au 2 juillet From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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