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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-11-27

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] Fighting spam, spyware and malicious software: Member States should do better, says Commission
  • [02] Telecommunications : Commission asks UK regulator not to include over- estimated 3G auction costs in the calculation of termination rates for mobile phone operators
  • [03] Danuta HÜBNER, European Commissioner for Regional Policy - Statement following Swiss Referendum 26 November 200
  • [04] La Commission européenne se tourne vers des experts pour encourager l'enseignement des sciences
  • [05] Fisheries: Commission proposes additional funding for Regional Advisory Councils
  • [06] ICCAT decisive measures offer realistic chance for sustainable fisheries of bluefin tuna
  • [07] Commission signs agreement with India on employment and social affairs
  • [08] Accord entre l'UE et la Russie pour mettre fin aux 300 millions d'Euros de paiements pour le survol de la Sibérie
  • [09] Sport Ministers' conference in Brussels tomorrow
  • [10] Night of the HIV/AIDS TV commercials: top five ads nominated
  • [11] Rédiffusion
  • [12] La Commission salue la décision du peuple suisse en faveur de la contribution financière destinée l’amélioration du développement économique et social dans les nouveaux Etats membres de l’Union européenne. Les relations bilatérales entre l’UE et la Suisse peuvent maintenant être renforcées.
  • [13] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-11-27 Reference: MEX/06/1127 Date: 27/11/2006 EXME06 / 27.11

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    27/11/06


  • [01] Fighting spam, spyware and malicious software: Member States should do better, says Commission

    The Commission today called on all regulatory authorities and stakeholders in Europe to step up the fight against spam, spyware and malicious software. Despite existing EU legislation to outlaw spam in Europe, Europe continues to suffer from illegal online activities from inside the EU and from third countries, the Commission underlines in a new Communication. The Communication stresses that although internet safety is on the political agenda for some time, national authorities should step up their actions to prosecute illegal online activities.

    [02] Telecommunications : Commission asks UK regulator not to include over- estimated 3G auction costs in the calculation of termination rates for mobile phone operators

    In a letter sent to the Office of Communications ("Ofcom", the UK telecom watchdog), the European Commission expresses concerns as to how wholesale tariffs, charged by the five UK mobile operators for terminating calls to their customers, have been assessed. In the Commission's view, Ofcom's proposed tariffs keep termination values higher than necessary due to 3G spectrum cost valuations which risk overestimating the costs. The Commission therefore asks the UK watchdog to reconsider the valuations. OFCOM's approach would be detrimental to fair competition on the mobile market in the UK and lead to higher prices for consumers.

    [03] Danuta HÜBNER, European Commissioner for Regional Policy - Statement following Swiss Referendum 26 November 200

    “I am very pleased with the positive outcome of the popular vote in Switzerland today. This positive result will reinforce our efforts to enhance the economic and social development in the enlarged European Union. The Swiss government will contribute 1 billion CHF over 5 years - some € 650 million euros – in project aid for the benefit of the ten Member States that joined the Union on 1 May 2004. As Commissioner in charge of regional policy, I welcome this contribution, which will come on top of the EU's own Cohesion Policy.Such a contribution symbolizes the ever closer cooperation between the Union and Switzerland: it represents a good investment for the future as it will increase trade relations between Switzerland and the EU. Switzerland shares many of the same values as the Member States of the Union, especially on the need to combine market freedoms with social solidarity and solidarity with the poorer. It is in this framework that the Swiss contribution to help the less prosperous Member States to catch up in economic terms makes sense. This opens a new chapter in EU- Switzerland relations. It is a genuine win-win situation”.

    [04] La Commission européenne se tourne vers des experts pour encourager l'enseignement des sciences

    La Commission européenne a annoncé aujourd'hui la création d'un groupe d'experts chargé d'examiner les mesures qui peuvent être prises en Europe pour favoriser l'enseignement des sciences dans les écoles secondaires et primaires. Le groupe sera présidé par Michel Rocard, ancien Premier Ministre français et aujourd'hui parlementaire européen. Les quatre autres membres du groupe sont des scientifiques renommés dotés d'une longue expérience et témoignant un intérêt particulier pour la didactique des sciences : Peter Csermely, Doris Jorde, Dieter Lenzen et Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson. Le groupe formulera des recommandations politiques en vue d'améliorer l'approche de l'Europe en matière d'enseignement scientifique, et d'assurer la préparation adéquate des générations futures une société et une économie dont le moteur est la connaissance.

    [05] Fisheries: Commission proposes additional funding for Regional Advisory Councils

    Today, the European Commission further acknowledged the important contribution of the recently established Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) to the application of the Common Fisheries Policy by proposing to increase the amount of EU financial support that they currently receive. To allow for this, the Commission proposes to amend the legal base of the RACs and to define them as bodies contributing to the European interest. The Commission’s proposed amendment would strengthen the RACs and provide them with a stable annual contribution from the EU budget. The EU grant would cover up to 90 % of their costs. The annual allocation would amount to € 250,000 per RAC. This should cover both their operational costs and their translation and interpretation costs.

    [06] ICCAT decisive measures offer realistic chance for sustainable fisheries of bluefin tuna

    "The decisive measures agreed by ICCAT represent a realistic chance for the gradual recovery of bluefin tuna and, also importantly, for the sustainability of the fisheries, the fleets and the coastal communities involved. It is undeniable that, in the short term, the new measures will impose sacrifices on all those concerned. But, these measures are essential to the rebuilding of bluefin tuna on which the future ecological, economic and social sustainability of these fisheries depends." Joe Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, was commenting on the outcome of the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), which ended on 26 November, in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Agreement was achieved on a far reaching proposal, tabled by the EU, Algeria, Croatia, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey, on a range of urgent measures from reduced fishing possibilities, closed seasons and authorised minimum landing sizes to strengthened control measures including the setting up of an international inspection scheme on the high sea. This agreement received the support of all the Contracting Parties directly involved in the fisheries concerned.

    [07] Commission signs agreement with India on employment and social affairs

    Vladimír `pidla, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, today signed an agreement with Oscar Fernandes, Indian Minister of Labour and Employment, to strengthen dialogue and exchange on employment and social affairs issues of common interest. The 'Memorandum of Understanding' between the Commission and the Indian government follows a decision at the EU-India Summit in September 2005 to reinforce cooperation between the two regions. It will provide the framework to exchange ideas on areas such as social protection, social cohesion, labour legislation, employment, labour relations and social dialogue. The first exchange under the new agreement – a high-level joint seminar on skills, training and employment – kicks off today.

    [08] Accord entre l'UE et la Russie pour mettre fin aux 300 millions d'Euros de paiements pour le survol de la Sibérie

    Six mois après avoir obtenu un mandat des Etats membres de l'Union européenne, la Commission européenne a réussi négocier un accord avec la Fédération de Russie sur la situation des paiements pour le survol de la Sibérie. Cet accord résout un conflit épineux de 20 ans entre les Etats membres de l'UE et la Fédération de Russie, qui a coûté près de €300 millions aux compagnies aériennes de l'UE en 2006. Le Vice- Président Jacques Barrot a paraphé l'accord avec le ministre russe des Transports, Igor Levitin, en marge du sommet UE-Russie d'Helsinki le 24 novembre, en présence de la ministre finlandaise des Transports, Susanna Huovinen.

    [09] Sport Ministers' conference in Brussels tomorrow

    This Tuesday, the European Commission and the Finnish Presidency of the EU are organising in the Charlemagne building an informal gathering of EU Sport Ministers. Chaired by Minister Tanja Saarela and Commissioner Ján Figel', the conference - titled "The EU & Sport : Matching expectations" - will discuss the forthcoming Commission White Paper on Sport and other topics, including the Presidency priorities (health-enhancing physical activities, the role of voluntary non-profit sport organisations, the fight against doping). The meeting will be public, as sport stakeholders and journalists are invited to follow it via a video link outside the conference hall (Charlemagne building, Hall S1). Commissioner Figel' and Minister Saarela will hold a VIP corner in the Berlaymont on Tuesday at 2:30 pm.

    More information on EU & sport : <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/sport/index_en.html">http://ec.europa.eu/sport/index_en.html

    [10] Night of the HIV/AIDS TV commercials: top five ads nominated

    The top five European HIV/AIDS awareness commercials as voted for online by the public are to be submitted to a final vote on 30 November to choose the best European AIDS awareness campaign. On the eve of World AIDS Day, the Commission is organising a "Night of the HIV/AIDS TV commercials" at the Kinepolis cinema in Brussels. A selection of AIDS awareness adverts has been accessible on the <a href="http://www.aids-remember-me.eu">http://www.aids- remember-me.eu website since early November to give web surfers the chance to vote for their favourite commercial. Today this pre-selection phase has closed, and the top five adverts are: "Roulette" - Germany ; "C'est l'exclusion qu'il faut exclure" - Belgium ; "Dance 4 life" - Netherlands ; "Kitchen" - Belgium ; "Do you choose it - safer sex" - Ireland. Participants in the 30 November event will attend a show with the screening of these and many more adverts from across the EU and beyond, and will be able to vote for the final winner by SMS using their mobile phone. The winner will receive the 'AIDS - Remember me?' award from European Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou. The night also includes live music, a cocktail and other surprises. Would-be directors can still visit the website to submit their screenplay for an HIV/AIDS awareness commercial, and the winner will see their advert produced by the Commission. Journalists are welcome at both the event and the press point with Commissioner Kyprianou which precedes it, at Kinepolis on 30 November at 18:30. A video trailer for the event with extracts from the national ads is available from EBS. For further information see IP/06/1565.

    [11] Rédiffusion

    [12] La Commission salue la décision du peuple suisse en faveur de la contribution financière destinée l’amélioration du développement économique et social dans les nouveaux Etats membres de l’Union européenne. Les relations bilatérales entre l’UE et la Suisse peuvent maintenant être renforcées.

    Le Président de la Commission, José Manuel Barroso a déclaré : «Je salue cette décision du peuple suisse. Cette décision est aussi dans son propre intérêt. La Suisse profite déj de l’accès privilégié au marché intérieur de l’Union et par conséquent chaque élargissement de l’Union européenne profite la Suisse. Le résultat du Référendum de ce jour a montré que les électeurs suisses l'ont compris». La Commissaire pour les Relations extérieures et la Politique de voisinage Benita Ferrero-Waldner a déclaré : «Nous nous félicitons du choix du peuple suisse. A travers cette décision, les Suisses ont montré la volonté de prendre leur responsabilité pour la paix en Europe ainsi que pour le développement économique et social dans les nouveaux Etats membres. Ceci conforte le lien bilatéral et constitue la base du développement des relations entre l’UE et la Suisse. » Cet accord permet la mise en place de la contribution financière de la Suisse en faveur des nouveaux Etats membres, qui ont adhéré en mai 2004. En 2004, la Suisse avait proposé une aide financière d’un milliard de francs suisses en faveur de ces Etats, échelonnée sur une période de 5 ans.

    [13] Autre matériel diffusé

    Memo on preparation of Eurogroup and ECOFIN Council, Brussels, 27 and 28 November 2006

    Memo on Night of the HIV/AIDS television commercials From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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