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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-11-14

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] Customs: WTO rejects US claims and confirms the regime for EU customs administrations meets high standards
  • [02] Commission reports on positive growth of rail interoperability
  • [03] Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner to attend first Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society 14-15 November
  • [04] Le commissaire chargé de la science et de la recherche en visite dans l’ancienne République yougoslave de Macédoine
  • [05] Ferrero-Waldner on adoption of Action Plan for South Caucasus
  • [06] Commissioner Kyprianou participates in WHO Ministerial conference on obesity in Turkey
  • [07] Commission welcomes progress towards creation of Fisheries Organisation in South Pacific but regrets missed opportunity
  • [08] Flash estimates for the third quarter of 2006 -Euro area GDP up by 0.5% and EU25 GDP up by 0.6% - +2.6% and +2.8% respectively compared to the third quarter of 2005
  • [09] Rédiffusion
  • [10] Mergers: Commission approves proposed merger between Nokia and Siemens
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-11-14 Reference: MEX/06/1114 Date: 14/11/2006 EXME06 / 14.11

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    14/11/06


  • [01] Customs: WTO rejects US claims and confirms the regime for EU customs administrations meets high standards

    The European Commission welcomes the report of the Appellate Body of World Trade Organisation's circulated today, which confirms that the EC regime for customs administration, which involves millions of transactions every year, meets WTO standards. The report rejects the unsubstantiated claims of the US on the EC customs regime and reverses two specific violation findings made by an earlier report. This confirms the right of the European Community (and any WTO Member) to decide on how to best organise its customs administration, including judicial review of the decisions of its customs authorities.

    [02] Commission reports on positive growth of rail interoperability

    The European Commission has adopted its second report on the progress of interoperability across European railways. The report examines growth of rail interoperability and implementation of rail legislation across the Member States. The key finding of the report is that interoperability – the seamless movement of trains across the European rail network – has improved and now covers both high speed and conventional rail networks.

    [03] Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner to attend first Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society 14-15 November

    For the first time, the 35 members of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership are meeting at ministerial level to discuss how to strengthen the role of women in society on both sides of the Mediterranean sea. The European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner will represent the Commission at the conference which is being held on 14-15 November in Istanbul. The conference is being held in line with the Five Year Work Programme agreed on during the 10th Anniversary Barcelona Summit in 2005. The Istanbul conference will approve ministerial conclusions that include a short political declaration and a work plan to boost women’s role in the political, social, economic, educational and cultural spheres, and will guide the mobilisation of funds for gender equality from all Euromed partners

    [04] Le commissaire chargé de la science et de la recherche en visite dans l’ancienne République yougoslave de Macédoine

    Le commissaire européen chargé de la science et de la recherche, Janez Potočnik, fera sa première visite officielle dans l’ancienne République yougoslave de Macédoine les 15 et 16 novembre 2006. Le commissaire Potočnik rencontrera le premier ministre Nikola Gruevski, Gabriela Konevska, vice-premier ministre en charge de l’intégration européenne, et Sulejman Rushiti, ministre de l’éducation et des sciences. Au cours de ce déplacement, il visitera l’Institut d’études sismologiques (IZIIS) et interviendra devant des universitaires et des entrepreneurs sur le thème de la contribution de la recherche l’intégration européenne. Ce voyage s’inscrit dans une série de visites aux pays candidats l’adhésion l’UE destinées mettre en lumière ce que la science et la recherche peuvent apporter au processus d’intégration de ces pays.

    [05] Ferrero-Waldner on adoption of Action Plan for South Caucasus

    Today the EU and Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, are adopting three joint Action Plans under the European Neighbourhood Policy. Commissioner for External Relations and and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero- Waldner welcomes the three decisions, which will boost relations between the EU and each of the countries concerned, as well as regional co operation. Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner said: "I believe today opens a new chapter in our relations with each of our three partners and with the region as a whole. The Action Plans offer new opportunities that will bring concrete benefits to people throughout the region. It will mean a lot of work for both sides – but the Commission stands ready to support you with both technical expertise and financial resources every step of the way. These Action Plans have been developed jointly between the EU and each of the partners. They reflect priorities for the future that we have identified together and which we both have committed to implementing in the next five years. I am looking forward to working with you!" The texts of the Action Plans with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia will be available at LINK as soon as adopted.

    [06] Commissioner Kyprianou participates in WHO Ministerial conference on obesity in Turkey

    Markos Kyprianou, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, will visit Turkey from 14-17 November, to attend the WHO Ministerial conference on obesity in Istanbul. The conference will bring together high level representatives from over 35 countries in the WHO Europe region, with a view to giving political impetus to the campaign against obesity and the promotion of healthier nutrition and lifestyles. The ultimate aim of the conference is to obtain agreement on a Charter on Counteracting Obesity, which will provide political guidance for future action in this area. Commissioner Kyprianou will urge support for the Charter and underline the importance of coordinated action on obesity, nutrition and health across the whole of Europe. During his trip to Turkey, the Commissioner will also hold bi-lateral meetings with the Turkish Minister for Health, Recep Akdağ and Minister for Agriculture Mehmet Mehdi Eker. It will be an opportunity for him to discuss with them a wide range of public health, animal health and food safety issues, in light of Turkey’s pre-accession arrangements.

    [07] Commission welcomes progress towards creation of Fisheries Organisation in South Pacific but regrets missed opportunity

    The European Commission has welcomed the progress made at the second meeting on the setting up of a regional fisheries management organisation (RFMO), to manage non-tuna fish stocks in the South Pacific in Hobart, Australia, last week. At the same time, it regrets that the opportunity was not seized upon to implement voluntary interim measures to manage bottom gear fishing activities: an issue of major international concern. The Commission believes that this would have been possible had all Parties to the meeting focused on core issues rather than trying to deal with peripheral issues relating to Jack Mackerel, a species which is in a good situation according to scientific and fisheries information. The Commission presented a targeted and effective proposal to address destructive fishing practices. This proposal related to both the legal framework of a new Convention, based on the latest reforms of RFMOs such as in the North-West Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NAFO), and for a range of voluntary interim measures which would have entered into force in the short term. These would have led to an immediate “freezing” of the current level of fishing activities with bottom gears and facilitated the collection of data and information on the fisheries in the area. Progress was made on both dossiers but they were not finalised at this meeting. The progress achieved at the meeting includes agreement on future sharing of data and information on the fishing activities in the area, on strengthened cooperation between scientists and on extending research on the fish stocks in the area. The South Pacific is one of the few remaining parts of the Oceans which is not yet regulated by an RFMO for non-tuna species. A first meeting for the establishment of the organisation took place in New Zealand, in February 2006. A 3rd meeting will be held in Chile from 30 April to 4 May 2007. The EU is confident that the parties will conclude the negotiations at this meeting in order to ensure the establishment of an RFMO in the area as soon as possible, as well as the implementation of interim measures.

    [08] Flash estimates for the third quarter of 2006 -Euro area GDP up by 0.5% and EU25 GDP up by 0.6% - +2.6% and +2.8% respectively compared to the third quarter of 2005

    GDP grew by 0.5% in the euro area and by 0.6% in the EU25 during the third quarter of 2006, compared to the previous quarter, according to flash estimates published by Eurostat. In the second quarter of 2006, growth rates were +0.9% in both the euro area and the EU25. Compared to the same quarter of the previous year, seasonally adjusted GDP grew by 2.6% in the euro area and by 2.8% in the EU25 in the third quarter of 2006, after +2.7% and +2.9% respectively in the previous quarter. During the third quarter of 2006, US GDP increased by 0.4% compared to the previous quarter, after +0.6% in the second quarter. Compared to the third quarter of 2005, GDP grew by 2.9% in the US, after +3.5% in the previous quarter.

    [09] Rédiffusion

    [10] Mergers: Commission approves proposed merger between Nokia and Siemens

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed merger between the Finnish company Nokia and the network equipment business of the German company Siemens AG. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Siim Kallas at the European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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