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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-11-05

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] Promoting regional co-operation in the Mediterranean to support peace, progress and inter-cultural dialogue
  • [02] Commission to sign a Joint Declaration on priorities for energy cooperation with Jordan
  • [03] EU partnership to help 12 million car industry workers adapt to change and reinforce competitiveness
  • [04] Networking for urban development: Berlin conference
  • [05] EU shows strong growth of productivity in 2006
  • [06] Commissioner Hübner receives award in Warsaw for exceptional service to regional development
  • [07] La Commissaire Ferrero-Waldner en visite à Rabat
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé
  • [09] A disposition au secrétariat de Jonathan Todd (BERL 03/315): Midday Express of 2007-11-05 Reference: MEX/07/1105 Date: 05/11/2007 EXME07 / 05.11

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    05/11/07


  • [01] Promoting regional co-operation in the Mediterranean to support peace, progress and inter-cultural dialogue

    The European Commission has earmarked over €97 millions to fund regional projects in the Mediterranean under the 2007 budget. These projects will address challenges with a regional dimension and promote interstate co- operation on issues of mutual interest, thus promoting increased security, stability and prosperity. In 2007 the actions will focus on peace, disaster prevention, investment promotion, support to the private sector, intercultural dialogue, gender equality and information and communication. This funding comes on top of the bilateral cooperation that the European Commission is implementing with the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership southern Members.

    [02] Commission to sign a Joint Declaration on priorities for energy cooperation with Jordan

    The European Commission represented by Commissioner for External Relations and Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and Commissioner for Energy, Andris Piebalgs, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, represented by Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of Jordan, Khaled Najidb Elshuraydeh will sign today a Joint Declaration on priorities for cooperation in the energy sector between the European Commission and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The Declaration will be signed in the margins of the Conference on energy security hosted by the European Commission and the Egyptian Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Sharm El Sheikh.

    [03] EU partnership to help 12 million car industry workers adapt to change and reinforce competitiveness

    The European Commission and the main industry and workers' organisations in the car sector have today formally announced a new partnership to help better anticipate and manage change in the EU's automotive industry. The initiative – which follows a high-level forum on restructuring in Brussels last month – brings together the Commission and the European Automotive Manufacturers' Association (ACEA), the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) and the European Metalworkers Federation (EMF). It will monitor developments in the industry, while the partners will exchange know-how on managing restructuring in a socially responsible way.

    [04] Networking for urban development: Berlin conference

    Regional Policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner addresses a high-level conference in Berlin on urban policy. The conference will assess URBAN and URBACT programmes and networks, and launch a new URBACT II programme for 2007-2013. A new call for proposals will be presented, with a budget of €69 million. The conference brings together politicians in charge of urban issues, representatives from cities all over the EU and project managers of the community programmes. Speaking ahead of the conference, Mrs Hübner said: "Cities play an essential role in the Union's renewed policy for growth and jobs. Both the URBAN programmes and the URBACT networks have left important legacies for the new generation of regional development programmes for 2007-2013. One of the distinguishing features of these initiatives was the degree to which management was decentralised to the local authorities. The strong partnerships created involving the local community and the private sector have contributed to their success."

    [05] EU shows strong growth of productivity in 2006

    The European Union in 2006 had its best economic performance since 2000 with a growth of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 3%. Productivity, measured by the increase of GDP per employee, grew strongly for the EU-27 with 1,5 %, compared to an annual growth rate between 2000 and 2005 of 1,2. Employment growth accelerated for the EU-27 by 1,6 %, whilst the average annual rise for the period 2000 until 2005 was 0,5 %. The European Competitiveness Report of the European Commission, presented today in Brussels, marks as well that in 2006 productivity grew stronger in the EU than in the US (1,4 %), of which the Commission hopes this will be the start of a long term trend. The growth rates show a widespread improvement, across countries and economic sectors.

    [06] Commissioner Hübner receives award in Warsaw for exceptional service to regional development

    European Regional Policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner received an award for exceptional service to regional development at a ceremony to mark the tenth annual Self-Government 'Oscars' in Warsaw. The award was in the all-Poland category, for self-government activities with a national dimension, and for service in local self-government with significance beyond the local. Commissioner Hübner received the award for: 'the practical realisation of the subsidiarity principle for supporting development of the regions, taking into account the role of local communities (cities) in creating and putting into practice regional policy in the framework of the European Union's new cohesion policy'. Her activities played an important role in supporting the best, most targeted and efficient use of investment made available by the European Union.

    [07] La Commissaire Ferrero-Waldner en visite à Rabat

    Mme Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissaire européenne chargée des relations extérieures et de la politique de voisinage, se rendra à Rabat le 7 novembre. Elle rencontrera le nouveau Premier Ministre Mr Abbas El Fassi, avec qui elle évoquera la mise en œuvre les décisions prises par le Conseil d’association UE-Maroc du 23 juillet dernier qui ont ouvert le débat concernant le ‘statut avancé’ demandé par le Maroc. La Commissaire rencontrera également Mr Taieb Fassi Fihri, le nouveau ministre des Affaires étrangères et de la coopération. A cette occasion, la Commissaire annoncera que le Maroc a bénéficié en 2007 d’une allocation financière de 190 millions d’euros, y compris 28 millions d’euros supplémentaires au titre de la facilité gouvernance récemment créée pour les pays couverts par la politique de voisinage et destinée à renforcer la mise en œuvre du Plan d’Action UE-Maroc.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech of Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner at annual plenary session of Kimberley process

    Memo on EU competitiveness

    [09] A disposition au secrétariat de Jonathan Todd (BERL 03/315):

    Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration :

    Goldman Sachs/HP Pelzer From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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