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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-11-30

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] November 2007: Business Climate Indicator for the euro area recovers slightly in November
  • [02] November 2007: Economic sentiment weakens further in both the EU and the euro area
  • [03] €1.75 billion of new research money available for European projects
  • [04] Calculer sa propre empreinte carbonique: les scientifiques de la Commission européenne lancent la première application de calcul sur téléphone portable
  • [05] EU businesses lead move to a low carbon economy – Conclusions of the High Level Group on Competitiveness, Energy and Environment
  • [06] World AIDS Day – As important as ever to remain vigilant and increase awareness, the Commission notes
  • [07] Sûreté des ports : la Commission envoie des avis motivés l’Espagne, l'Estonie, Malte et au Royaume-Uni
  • [08] Commissioner Piebalgs endorses the work programmes TEN-E co-ordinators Adamowitsch and Mielczarski
  • [09] EU and Canada start negotiations on a broad aviation agreement
  • [10] Commission adopts Decision to approve €187 million to fight animal diseases in 2008
  • [11] EU researchers use radioactive antibodies in new HIV treatment
  • [12] Euro area inflation estimated at 3.0%
  • [13] Le PIB de la zone euro en hausse de 0,7% et celui de l’UE27 en hausse de 0,8%
  • [14] Export refunds on pig meat introduced from 30 November
  • [15] Rediffusion
  • [16] La Commission se félicite de l'accord du Parlement sur le renforcement du contrôle des armes dans l'Union européenne
  • [17] Commission strategy for Mobile TV in Europe endorsed by Member States Midday Express of 2007-11-30 Reference: MEX/07/1130 Date: 30/11/2007 EXME07 / 30.11

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    30/11/07


  • [01] November 2007: Business Climate Indicator for the euro area recovers slightly in November

    Following a marked decrease in September and October, the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area recovered slightly in November. Despite the decrease in industrial production growth registered in September, the high level of the BCI suggests that economic activity in the industry sector is continuing to grow at a solid pace.

    [02] November 2007: Economic sentiment weakens further in both the EU and the euro area

    In November, the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) weakened further in both the EU and the euro area. It decreased by 2.0 points in the EU and by 1.2 points in the euro area, to 107.6 and 104.8 respectively; but still remains well above its long-term average in both areas.

    [03] €1.75 billion of new research money available for European projects

    The European Commission is today issuing calls for proposals in 32 research areas, making available about €1.75 billion from the 7th Research Framework Programme. Areas for support include environmental issues such as sea-level rise and the impact of climate change on Arctic Ocean eco-systems, the impact of UV radiation on human health and modelling the future impact of energy use on the environment. In the food, agriculture & fisheries and biotechnology theme, projects are sought to promote a better understanding of obesity and also find new methods for the production of clean and carbon- efficient bio-fuels.

    [04] Calculer sa propre empreinte carbonique: les scientifiques de la Commission européenne lancent la première application de calcul sur téléphone portable

    MobGAS©&reg; est une nouvelle application pour téléphones portables, disponible en 21 langues européennes, qui permet aux utilisateurs de se rendre compte de l'effet de leurs choix quotidiens sur le changement climatique. Cette technologie intelligente, créée par des scientifiques du Centre commun de recherche de la Commission européenne, donne aux utilisateurs une vision claire des conséquences de leurs choix de tous les jours pour les émissions des trois principaux gaz effet de serre, savoir le dioxyde de carbone, le méthane et le protoxyde d’azote.

    [05] EU businesses lead move to a low carbon economy – Conclusions of the High Level Group on Competitiveness, Energy and Environment

    Without the engagement of business there is no solution for building a global low carbon economy. This is the overarching message of the High Level Group on Competitiveness, Energy and Environment, which after two years ended its work earlier this week with the conference "Towards a global low carbon economy". The Group is a blue print for how European policy issues can be designed in an integrated manner, in this case, in the area of competitiveness, energy and environment.

    [06] World AIDS Day – As important as ever to remain vigilant and increase awareness, the Commission notes

    AIDS has already claimed the lives of more than 25 million people throughout the world, while an estimated 33.2 million live with HIV – alarming numbers highlighting the need to remain vigilant vis- -vis one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. To mark World AIDS Day, commemorated every year on December 1, Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou has invited European Health Ministers to join him in a pan-European effort to spread common messages on prevention and increasing the awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS among young Europeans.

    [07] Sûreté des ports : la Commission envoie des avis motivés l’Espagne, l'Estonie, Malte et au Royaume-Uni

    La Commission européenne a décidé aujourd'hui d’envoyer des avis motivés l’Espagne, l'Estonie, Malte et au Royaume-Uni pour ne pas avoir transposé dans leur droit national les règles européennes sur l'amélioration de la sûreté des ports. L'envoi d'un avis motivé constitue la dernière étape avant une éventuelle saisine de la Cour de justice.

    [08] Commissioner Piebalgs endorses the work programmes TEN-E co-ordinators Adamowitsch and Mielczarski

    Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs endorsed today the work programmes of Georg Wilhelm Adamowitsch, the coordinator for the connections to off-shore wind power in Northern Europe and of Wladydlaw Mielczarski, the coordinator for power connection between Germany, Poland and Lithuania. Mr. Adamowitsch's main task will be to facilitate the integration of the offshore wind energy produced in the Baltic Sea and North Sea in the continental grid. Mr. Mielczarski's main challenge will be to help accelerate the implementation of the power connection between Germany, Poland and Lithuania in order to increase the overall capacity and strengthen the reliability of the connections.

    [09] EU and Canada start negotiations on a broad aviation agreement

    Delegations from Canada and the European Union met on 27/28 November 2007 in Brussels for the first round of negotiations for an ambitious comprehensive aviation agreement between both sides. The negotiations were officially opened by H.E. Ross Hornby, Ambassador of Canada to the EU, and Matthias Ruete, the European Commission's Director General of Energy and Transport.

    [10] Commission adopts Decision to approve €187 million to fight animal diseases in 2008

    The European Commission has approved a financial package of €186.57 million to support programmes to eradicate, control and monitor animal diseases in 2008. For the first time, for some diseases like rabies, multi- annual programmes lasting from two to five years have also been approved, in order to ensure a more efficient and effective achievement of the objectives of those programmes. The 197 annual or multi-annual programmes which were selected for EU funding will tackle animal diseases that impact both human and animal health.

    [11] EU researchers use radioactive antibodies in new HIV treatment

    European and American researchers think that radioactive antibodies could be used to treat HIV patients. Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York, USA, and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, in Karlsruhe, Germany, have combined antibodies with radioactive payloads that selectively target and destroy HIV infected cells. The test results are encouraging. They support the hypothesis that radioactive antibodies (Bi-213) can eliminate the immunodeficiency virus HIV from a patient's body. The new HIV treatment will soon be tested in a clinical study conducted on HIV infected patients.

    [12] Euro area inflation estimated at 3.0%

    Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 3.0% in November 2007 according to a flash estimate issued by Eurostat. It was 2.6% in October. Euro area inflation is measured by the Monetary Union Index of Consumer Prices (MUICP). To compute the MUICP flash estimates, Eurostat uses early price information relating to the reference month from Member States for which data are available as well as early information about energy prices. The flash estimation procedure for the MUICP combines historical information with partial information on price developments in the most recent months to give a total index for the euro area. No detailed breakdown is available. Experience has shown the procedure to be reliable (17 times exactly anticipating the inflation rate and 7 times differing by 0.1 over the last two years). Further information can be found in Eurostat News Release 113/2001 of 5 November 2001.

    [13] Le PIB de la zone euro en hausse de 0,7% et celui de l’UE27 en hausse de 0,8%

    Au cours du troisième trimestre 2007, le PIB de la zone euro (ZE13) a augmenté de 0,7% et celui de l’UE27 de 0,8% par rapport au trimestre précédent, selon les premières estimations publiées par Eurostat. Au cours du deuxième trimestre 2007, les taux de croissance avaient été de +0,3% dans la zone euro et de +0,5% dans l'UE27. En comparaison avec le troisième trimestre 2006, le PIB corrigé des variations saisonnières de la zone euro a enregistré une croissance de 2,7% et celui de l’UE27 de 2, 9%, contre respectivement +2,5% et +2,8% au trimestre précédent.

    [14] Export refunds on pig meat introduced from 30 November

    The Management Committee for pig meat yesterday voted on a Commission proposal to introduce export refunds for fresh and frozen pig meat to help ease the current difficult market situation. Refunds will be €31.1/100kg for carcases and cuts and €19.4/100kg for bellies. They will be payable for exports to all destinations and will be available from 30 November. The Committee also voted on a Commission proposal to close the Private Storage Aid (APS) scheme set up last month that was already suspended since Tuesday 27 November. Following the difficult situation in the EU pig meat sector resulting particularly from high feed costs, the APS scheme has been in place since 29 October.

    [15] Rediffusion

    [16] La Commission se félicite de l'accord du Parlement sur le renforcement du contrôle des armes dans l'Union européenne

    La lutte contre la criminalité et le trafic des armes feu sera renforcée au niveau de l'Union européenne, le Parlement européen ayant approuvé, aujourd'hui, en première lecture, la proposition de la Commission européenne. Les nouvelles mesures rendent obligatoire le marquage approprié et complet des armes feu. La durée de tenue des registres sur les armes feu sera prolongée et l'achat d'armes feu sera interdit aux personnes de moins de 18 ans.

    [17] Commission strategy for Mobile TV in Europe endorsed by Member States

    Today the rapid deployment of mobile TV services across Europe has taken a significant step forward as EU Member States endorsed the European Commission three pillar strategy presented in July: putting in place a joint approach to the licensing of mobile TV in order to accelerate the rollout of services and to encourage innovative business models; making available spectrum for these services, possibly in the UHF frequency band; and promoting the use of DVB-H as the mobile TV standard for Europe.

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