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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-11-21

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] 100.000 appels Ă Europe Direct en 2007
  • [02] EU-ASEAN: Celebrating 30 years of an ever closer relationship
  • [03] Douanes et sĂ©curitĂ© des produits: Meglena Kuneva visite le port de Hambourg
  • [04] A further set of rural development programmes for the period 2007-2013 agreed
  • [05] Europe at the cutting edge of nanotechnology development
  • [06] Commission proposes 2008 fishing opportunities for the Black Sea
  • [07] Member States implement EU legislation to combat the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography. But Member States can still do more.
  • [08] Une aide concrète pour dĂ©fendre les droits des plus faibles Midday Express of 2007-11-21 Reference: MEX/07/1121 Date: 21/11/2007 EXME07 / 21.11

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    21/11/07


  • [01] 100.000 appels Ă Europe Direct en 2007

    Europe Direct, le service d’assistance téléphonique aux citoyens mis en place par la Commission européenne, a reçu son 100 000è appel le 13 novembre de cette année. L'appel venait du sud de la France, et plus précisément de Melle Sandrine Jean qui a composé le numéro gratuit d'EUROPE DIRECT, le 00800 6 7 8 9 10 11, et a demandé: "J'appelle du centre social et culturel ODYSSEE dans le Gard (France). Nous aimerions savoir si les travailleurs originaires de Pologne ont toujours besoin d'obtenir un permis de travail et une carte de résidence en France. Pouvez- vous nous aider?" L'une de nos agents du Centre multilingue d'information, Rasa, a rapidement fourni la réponse attendue.

    [02] EU-ASEAN: Celebrating 30 years of an ever closer relationship

    EU and ASEAN Heads of States and Governments will gather tomorrow in Singapore to celebrate thirty years of formal EU-ASEAN relations. At the Summit leaders will endorse the EU-ASEAN Plan of Action which implements the Nuremberg Declaration on an Enhanced EU-ASEAN Partnership. The Action Plan lays the basis for an ever closer relationship between the EU and ASEAN in all areas of mutual interests by cooperating on political and security issues, economics, development, energy security, climate change/environment as well as socio-cultural affairs. It will also further support the regional integration within ASEAN following the agreement by ASEAN member countries on the ASEAN Charter.

    [03] Douanes et sécurité des produits: Meglena Kuneva visite le port de Hambourg

    Meglena Kuneva, la commissaire chargée de la santé et de la protection des consommateurs, s'est aujourd'hui rendue au port de Hambourg et a rencontré des représentants des autorités locales et régionales compétentes en matière de santé et de protection des consommateurs pour des discussions sur la coopération transfrontalière entre les administrations douanières et les autorités de surveillance du marché. Au cours de sa visite, Mme Kuneva a également attiré l'attention sur le bilan, réalisé sur une période de deux mois, du cadre communautaire pour la sécurité des produits lancé à la suite de plusieurs rappels de produits très médiatisés au cours des derniers mois: ses premiers résultats seront dévoilés demain, lors d'une conférence de presse à Bruxelles.

    [04] A further set of rural development programmes for the period 2007-2013 agreed

    Today the Rural Development Committee (consisting of representatives of the 27 Member States) gave a positive opinion to the Rural Development programmes of Belgium (Wallonia), Estonia, France (Martinique, Réunion), Germany (3 Länder), Greece, Italy (4 regions), Portugal (Mainland and Azores) Slovakia and Spain (Navarra) for the financial period 2007-2013. These programmes are defined to guarantee infrastructure, create new income opportunities for rural regions, promote growth and fight unemployment. The Commission still has to formally adopt the programmes in the next weeks. The approval of the programmes for other countries and regions will follow in the next months.

    [05] Europe at the cutting edge of nanotechnology development

    Policy-makers, scientists and industrialists will come together in Braga, Portugal today to discuss the future of nanotechnology research in Europe. This comes at a positive time for European nanotechnology, with the public- private research partnerships for nanoelectronics and embedded systems close to becoming a reality, the European Commission identified as being the single largest investor in nanotechnology research, and a recently- completed public consultation on the principles for responsible nanotechnology research. But it is important to maintain momentum if Europe is not to miss the opportunities to be offered by this exciting area of science and technology.

    [06] Commission proposes 2008 fishing opportunities for the Black Sea

    For the first time since the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union on 1 January 2007, the European Commission is now proposing fishing opportunities for fish stocks in the Black Sea. The Commission proposes for 2008 a Total Allowable Catch (TAC) of 90 tonnes for turbot, and a TAC of 15,000 tonnes for sprat, the two main commercial stocks targeted by the Bulgarian and Romanian fleets. These proposals are based on advice from a working group of leading Bulgarian and Romanian fisheries scientists which met in September, and from the Commission's own Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee on Fisheries (STECF) which has reviewed the working group's report. While the sprat stock in the Black Sea is in a very good state, turbot have been under heavy fishing pressure for a while, and the TAC has been set at a low level in order to allow the stock to recover.

    [07] Member States implement EU legislation to combat the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography. But Member States can still do more.

    The European Commission has approved the report on the implementation by Member States of the Council Framework Decision 2004/68/JHA of 22 December 2003 on combating the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography. This report finds that most Member States have criminalised sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and child pornography on the Internet.

    [08] Une aide concrète pour défendre les droits des plus faibles

    M. Franco Frattini, vice-président et membre de la Commission européenne chargé de la justice, de la liberté et de la sécurité a déclaré: "Ce 20 novembre 2007, nous célébrons le 18éme anniversaire de la Convention des Nations Unies sur les droits de l’enfant. La Commission européenne se joint solennellement à cet anniversaire et témoigne son engagement pour protéger les droits des plus faibles. Depuis plusieurs années, la Commission place les droits de l’enfant dans ses toutes premières priorités".

    Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo: Questions and Answers on Commissioner Kuneva's visit to the Port of Hamburg

    • Memo: Report from the Commission on the implementation of the Council Framework Decision on combating the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography

    • Speech by Vice-President Frattini on Public Security, Privacy and Technology

    • Speech by Commissioner Hübner on "Competitiveness and Solidarity: Friends or Foes" at the Committee of the Regions

    • Speech by Commissioner McCreevy at the Committee of European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Supervisors (CEIOPS) Conference 2007 in Frankfurt

    • Speech by Commissioner Potočnik on Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: Opportunities and responsibility

    • Speech by Commissioner Fischer Boel at the Meeting of the Budgetary Control Committee of the EP

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

    Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration :

    Arques/Skandinavische Actebis-Landesgesellschaften From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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