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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-07-24

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Marchés publics : la Commission publie des lignes directrices sur la passation équitable de marchés de faible montant
  • [02] Commission proposes multi-annual plan to rebuild Baltic cod stocks
  • [03] Andris Piebalgs se félicite de l'adoption de nouvelles orientations pour les réseaux transeuropéens dans le secteur de l'énergie
  • [04] Commission recommends negotiation of Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements with Western Balkans countries
  • [05] EU concludes most important Fisheries Partnership Agreement with Mauritania
  • [06] May 2006 compared to April 2006 : industrial new orders up by 2.3% in euro area ; EU25 up by 1.5%
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-07-24 Reference: MEX/06/0724 Date: 24/07/2006 EXME06 / 24.7

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    24/07/06


  • [01] Marchés publics : la Commission publie des lignes directrices sur la passation équitable de marchés de faible montant

    La Commission européenne a publié des lignes directrices sur la passation de marchés de faible valeur monétaire par les pouvoirs publics. Ces marchés représentent la grande majorité des marchés publics dans l'UE (plus de 90% dans certains Etats membres). Bien qu'ils ne soient pas couverts par les directives de l'UE en matière de marchés publics, il est communément admis que la passation de ces marchés devrait être conforme aux principes de transparence et de non-discrimination qui régissent le marché intérieur. Les lignes directrices de la Commission, sous forme d'une "communication interprétative", contiennent des suggestions sur la manière dont les pouvoirs publics devraient se conformer ces principes, ainsi que des exemples de possibilités innovantes de passer des marchés de façon moderne, transparente et rentable. Les lignes directrices s'appliquent également certains services qui ne sont pas entièrement couverts par les directives de l'UE en matière de marchés publics

    [02] Commission proposes multi-annual plan to rebuild Baltic cod stocks

    Today, the European Commission adopted a proposal on a multi-annual plan for the two cod stocks in the Baltic Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks. There are two distinct cod stocks in the Baltic Sea, which are fished by the same fleets, often in the course of a single trip out to sea. Scientists have long advised that the eastern stock is overfished to the point where it is threatened with collapse, while the western stock, though in slightly better condition, is fished at a very high level which gives yields well below the long-term potential. In addition, there is a chronic problem with the underreporting of the real catch level – 35-45% of the eastern stock according to estimates from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). The aim of the plan is to gradually but surely reduce fishing mortality on the two stocks to levels advised by scientists so as to provide stable fishing possibilities and high yields in the long term. This will be achieved through a combination of stepwise reductions in fishing mortality and a progressive effort limitation scheme which is easy to control and enforce.

    [03] Andris Piebalgs se félicite de l'adoption de nouvelles orientations pour les réseaux transeuropéens dans le secteur de l'énergie

    Le Commission européen l'Energie, Andris Piebalgs, s'est félicité aujourd'hui de la décision du Conseil d'adopter la proposition de la Commission en vue d'une révision des orientations pour les réseaux transeuropéens d'énergie (RTN-E). Le Parlement européen a déj entériné ces orientations le 4 avril. M. Piebalgs a fait la déclaration suivante : "Les orientations portent sur un réseau paneuropéen de transport de l'électricité et du gaz, qui est indispensable au bon fonctionnement du marché intérieur de l'énergie et pour l'amélioration de la sécurité d'approvisionnement. Les nouvelles règles faciliteront les procédures d'autorisation et attireront les investissements nécessaires pour des projets transfrontaliers présentant un intérêt européen élevé."

    [04] Commission recommends negotiation of Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements with Western Balkans countries

    On 20 July, the European Commission recommended that the Council opens negotiations on agreements to facilitate the procedures for issuing short- stay visas and on readmission between the European Community and the Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Montenegro, and the Republic of Serbia. As concerns Albania, a Community Readmission Agreement has been in force since May 2006. Therefore for this country only a draft mandate for a visa facilitation agreement is proposed.

    [05] EU concludes most important Fisheries Partnership Agreement with Mauritania

    The European Commission, on behalf of the European Union, and Mauritania have initialled a new fisheries partnership agreement to replace the current fisheries agreement due to end on 31 July 2006. It is the most important fisheries agreement concluded by the EU with a third country both in financial terms and as regards fishing opportunities for EU vessels. The new agreement will be in place for six years. A protocol, for a period of two years, renewable twice, will provide fishing possibilities for about 200 EU vessels on crustaceans (mainly shrimps), hake and other demersal species (living near the sea floor), cepaholopods, small pelagics (living mid-water) and tuna. Taking into account scientific assessments of the state of the stocks in Mauritanian waters, fishing effort by EU vessels on sensitive species, such as cephalopods and some other demersal species, will be substantially reduced compared to the current agreement. New possibilities will be available for small pelagic stocks, in particular for vessels able to land in Mauritanian ports which could increase the benefit for the local economy. Stricter control of fishing effort in Mauritanian waters will be applied, in particular for the small pelagic fisheries. The EU financial contribution will amount to € 86 million per year, as in the current agreement. The level of licence fees to be paid by shipowners operating under the agreement will be gradually increased amounting approximately to € 22 million per year. A greater part of the EU financial contribution will be devoted to supporting the implementation of a responsible and sustainable fisheries policy by Mauritania in its waters. This is in line with the approach on EU fisheries partnership agreements adopted under the 2002 reform of the Common Fisheries Policy which focuses on close co-operation with the partner countries to achieve sustainable fisheries in their waters. The new agreement and protocol will be applicable from 1 August 2006, pending final adoption by the EU institutions.

    [06] May 2006 compared to April 2006 : industrial new orders up by 2.3% in euro area ; EU25 up by 1.5%

    The euro area industrial new orders index increased by 2.3% in May 2006 compared to April 2006. The index decreased by 0.8% in April and 1.3% in March. EU25 new orders rose by 1.5% in May 2006, after remaining stable in April and falling by 1.1% in March. Excluding ships, railway and aerospace equipment, industrial new orders grew by 1.9% in May 2006 in the euro area and by 1.4% in the EU25. In May 2006 compared to May 2005, industrial new orders increased by 14.2% in the euro area and by 13.0% in the EU25. Total industry excluding ships, railway and aerospace equipment grew by 16.1% in the euro area and by 15.0% in the EU25. These estimates are released by Eurostat.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Frequently asked questions on interpretative communication on contract awards not or not fully subject to the public procurement Directives

    Main components of the new EU-Mauritania Fisheries Partnership Agreement

    TEN-E Guidelines specify a European-wide energy transmission network From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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