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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-09-07

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] La Commission propose des actions visant à promouvoir les compétences numériques pour le XXIe siècle
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of Ovako by PSB
  • [03] Ouragan Félix : la Commission octroie une première aide humanitaire d'urgence d'€1 million au Nicaragua
  • [04] Danuta Hübner today spoke to the 2nd Annual Conference of NEEBOR (Network of Eastern External Border Regions), held in Olsztyn, Poland
  • [05] Joe Borg : Commission working on European Parliament's concerns on necessary MSY approach to fisheries
  • [06] Commission to participate in Gleneagles Dialogue meeting in Berlin
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-09-07 Reference: MEX/07/0907 Date: 07/09/2007 EXME07 / 7.9

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    07/09/07


  • [01] La Commission propose des actions visant à promouvoir les compétences numériques pour le XXIe siècle

    Les récents rapports et enquêtes indiquent que l'Europe risque de faire face à de graves pénuries et inadéquations en matière de compétences numériques au cours des prochaines années. En même temps, les compétences numériques deviennent un élément central en vue de promouvoir l'innovation, la productivité et l'employabilité et de relever les défis de la mondialisation. A cet effet, la Commission européenne propose aujourd'hui un programme à long terme en matière de compétences numériques et une série de lignes d'action au niveau de l'UE à la suite de vastes consultations de groupes d'experts et de parties prenantes. Ces actions compléteront et enrichiront les efforts significatifs d'ores et déjà entrepris en Europe.

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of Ovako by PSB

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Ovako Holding B.V. (Ovako) of Sweden by Pampus Stahlbeteiligungs GmbH (PSB) of Germany, belonging to Pampus Industrie Beteiligungen GmbH & Co. KG (PIB) of Germany. PSB is active in the steel sector. Ovako produces long special steels and processed steel products for the car and engineering industry. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [03] Ouragan Félix : la Commission octroie une première aide humanitaire d'urgence d'€1 million au Nicaragua

    Deux jours après le passage de l'ouragan Félix sur l'Amérique centrale, l'ampleur des dégâts s'avère déjà très importante, au point que la Commission européenne a décidé d'octroyer une aide humanitaire initiale d'urgence d'un million d'euros pour le Nicaragua. Cette première décision préparée par le service d'aide humanitaire de la Commission (ECHO) permettra de venir en aide aux victimes de l'ouragan dans le nord du pays. Les fonds seront gérés par ECHO, sous la responsabilité du Commissaire Louis Michel.

    [04] Danuta Hübner today spoke to the 2nd Annual Conference of NEEBOR (Network of Eastern External Border Regions), held in Olsztyn, Poland

    Over one hundred participants from twelve countries are taking part in the conference while speakers include Polish ministerial representatives, Marshals, the president of the City of Olsztyn, representatives of the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions and representatives from the participating countries. The Regional policy Commissioner, Danuta Hübner, highlighted the role of border regions in Cohesion Policy and how networking could bring better results to territorial cooperation in the European Union.

    [05] Joe Borg : Commission working on European Parliament's concerns on necessary MSY approach to fisheries

    "As Parliament has just underlined, there are a number of technical, economic and social issues that have to be addressed in relation to the application of the Maximum Sustainable Yield approach to fisheries management. However, MSY offers opportunities, too. We need, therefore, to continue our efforts to move towards sustainable fishing as was decided by the international community, including the EU, at the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. Four-fifths of fish stocks in European waters are over fished, and phasing out over fishing will lead to a more stable industry with higher incomes and less discards. The Commission's stakeholder committees - made up of fishermen, fish processors and environmental bodies - are already working on regional plans for sustainable fishing according to the Johannesburg methods. The Commission welcomes this positive approach and will follow it up and will get more scientific advice and social and economic studies as needed. Financial support will be available to help the industry," commented Joe Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs after the EP debate. Joe Borg underlined that the Parliament debate on this issue clearly showed that the different positions were poles apart and whereas some MEPs clearly support the introduction of MSY, others held a number of concerns. He said that more study was needed and consultation of the local fishing industry carried out, especially on mixed fisheries, for the policy to be properly put into action and for the decisions taken to be adopted and fine tuned as we go along. Reducing fishing for a time while stocks rebuild could also cause job cuts and lost income before things get better, hence the need for better understanding of the situation. The Commission has been working and will continue to work hard with Member States, the Parliament and stakeholders to resolve these issues.

    <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/press_corner/press_releases/archives/com06/com06_39_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/press_corner/press_releases/archives/com06/com06_39_en.htm

    <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/press_corner/press_releases/archives/com06/com06_40_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/press_corner/press_releases/archives/com06/com06_40_en.htm

    [06] Commission to participate in Gleneagles Dialogue meeting in Berlin

    European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and Mogens Peter Carl, Director-General for Environment, will represent the Commission at the third ministerial meeting of the Gleneagles Dialogue on climate change, clean energy and sustainable development in Berlin on 9-11 September. Launched at the G-8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland in 2005, the Dialogue brings together 20 countries with major energy needs – including the G-8 nations and the major emerging economies of Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa - to discuss innovative ideas to tackle climate change. The Dialogue also monitors the implementation of the Gleneagles Plan of Action on climate change, clean energy and sustainable development. Ministers for energy and the environment from the 20 countries will take part in the Berlin meeting, which the Commission is hoping will help to build support for the start of negotiations on a United Nations agreement on global action to tackle climate change post-2012. The EU is pressing for an agreement to launch these negotiations to be reached at the next UN climate change conference in December 2007 in Bali, Indonesia. In his speech, Commissioner Piebalgs will launch a new Platform for International Cooperation on Energy Efficiency, in accordance with the European Council Conclusions of March 2007. This platform would be a supplementary and complementary instrument to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process. The main goal of the Platform would be to help in reaching the goals of the Gleneagles Action Plan, namely, to support the development of clean technologies, and to help develop a stable and transparent format for large-scale private sector investment. The Platform would also provide a new model for cooperation between developed and developing countries around the Globe. The idea behind this Platform is to offer a new Global Forum for systematic cooperation among the States, regions, mega-cities and other public entities that have considerable energy consumption levels.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by José Manuel Barroso : "Romania: Reforming further to reap the benefits of Europe" at Romanian Parliament (06/09, Bucharest)

    Speech by Danuta Hübner : "Nowe wyzwania, nowe instrumenty, nowe możliwo[ci: wspóBpraca transgraniczna w latach 2007-2013" at Konferencja NEEBOR (Olsztyn)

    Calendrier du 10 au 16 septembre 2007

    Top News from the European Commission (10 September to 7 October 2007) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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