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MIDDAY EXPRESSNews from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction GĂ©nĂ©rale Communicationb
 Commission allocates extra 21 million euros of humanitarian aid for Horn of AfricaThe European Commission has allocated a further â‚¬21 million in humanitarian aid for the Horn of Africa: Assistance is being provided to vulnerable populations in Somalia (â‚¬13m), Eritrea (â‚¬4m) and Ethiopia (â‚¬4m). So far in 2008, the Commission has provided nearly â‚¬120 million in humanitarian aid, including food aid, to needy people in the Horn of Africa (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda). The funds are channelled through the Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), under the responsibility of Commissioner Louis Michel.
 RĂ¨gles relatives Ă la sĂ»retĂ© aĂ©rienne: la Commission europĂ©enne veut accroĂ®tre la transparenceLa Commission europĂ©enne a dĂ©cidĂ© aujourd'hui que la majoritĂ© des rĂ¨gles relatives Ă la sĂ»retĂ© aĂ©rienne seraient mises Ă la disposition du public. GrĂ˘ce Ă la publication de la liste des objets interdits par l'UE, les passagers seront mieux informĂ©s concernant les objets qu'ils peuvent et ne peuvent pas emporter Ă bord d'un avion, et la transparence des rĂ¨gles de l'UE dans ce domaine s'en trouvera renforcĂ©e. Cette dĂ©cision ne modifiera pas la lĂ©gislation existante en matiĂ¨re de sĂ»retĂ© aĂ©rienne. L'objectif principal est plutĂ´t de mettre dans le domaine public une partie significative des rĂ¨gles, qui n'ont pas Ă©tĂ© officiellement publiĂ©es jusqu'ici, sans pour autant compromettre la sĂ»retĂ© aĂ©rienne.
 De nouvelles rĂ¨gles facilitent le transit des passagers aĂ©riens en provenance de la Croatie dans les aĂ©roports de l'UELa Commission europĂ©enne a adoptĂ© aujourdâ€™hui un rĂ¨glement qui permet Ă©galement aux passagers aĂ©riens en provenance de six aĂ©roports croates et en transit dans un aĂ©roport de l'UE d'emporter Ă bord des liquides, aĂ©rosols et gels. Lors dâ€™un changement dâ€™avion dans lâ€™UE, ces passagers nâ€™auront plus Ă laisser sur place ces articles transportĂ©s dans leurs bagages de cabine et achetĂ©s dans les aĂ©roports croates suivants: Dubrovnik (DBV), Rijeka (RJK), Pula (PUY), Split (SPU), Zadar (ZAD) et Zagreb (ZAG).
 Export refunds for fresh and frozen pig meat suspendedA proposal from the European Commission to set the export refunds for fresh and frozen pig meat at zero has been discussed by the Management Committee for the Common organisation of agricultural markets yesterday. The export refunds (â‚¬ 31.1/100kg for carcasses and cuts and â‚¬ 19.4/100kg for bellies) were re- introduced in November 2007, as a temporary measure to respond to the difficult market situation due to the combination of over-supply of EU production and high feed costs. Helped by the increased refunds and the introduction of private storage aid, the EU pig meat market started to recover since the beginning of this year: Pig carcass prices are now on average about 30% higher than in November 2007, EU exports increased considerably and feed costs are decreasing. Furthermore, EU pig meat production is forecast to decrease significantly in the second half of 2008. Given all those elements, the Commission decided to set the refunds for fresh and frozen carcasses, cuts and bellies back at zero, starting from today. The Commission will continue to monitor the market situation closely and, if appropriate, take further action.
 The Commission on the events in GeorgiaThe European Commission is extremely concerned at the reports of heavy fighting in the South Ossetian conflict zone and deplores the loss of lives. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood policy, is in close contact with both the French Presidency of the EU and with the Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE. The European Commission calls for an immediate end to hostilities, and for a swift return to negotiations in the framework of existing formats. The EU stands ready to increase its contribution to conflict resolution in Georgia with confidence-building measures.
 EU-UN agree on timeframe for linking Registries on Emissions tradingThe United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat, in close cooperation with the European Commission (EC), has completed successfully a major round of extensive technical tests relating to the linking of UNFCCC's International Transaction Log (ITL) and the Community Independent Transaction Log (CITL). These tests took place from 18 July to 4 August. The UNFCCC secretariat confirms that the preparations are on schedule and, following satisfactory completion of the remaining preparatory work, the linking of EU's registries and CITL to UNFCCC's ITL can start in the first half of October this year. The EC is prepared to meet this timetable. For more information: see also <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1246&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en">IP/08/1246
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