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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-08-08

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] Commission allocates extra 21 million euros of humanitarian aid for Horn of Africa
  • [02] Règles relatives Ă la sĂ»retĂ© aĂ©rienne: la Commission europĂ©enne veut accroĂ®tre la transparence
  • [03] De nouvelles règles facilitent le transit des passagers aĂ©riens en provenance de la Croatie dans les aĂ©roports de l'UE
  • [04] 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 (€ 31.1/100kg for carcasses and cuts and € 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.
  • [05] The Commission on the events in Georgia
  • [06] EU-UN agree on timeframe for linking Registries on Emissions trading Midday Express of 2008-08-08 Reference: MEX/08/0808 Date: 08/08/2008 EXME08 / 08.08

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    08/08/08


  • [01] Commission allocates extra 21 million euros of humanitarian aid for Horn of Africa

    The European Commission has allocated a further €21 million in humanitarian aid for the Horn of Africa: Assistance is being provided to vulnerable populations in Somalia (€13m), Eritrea (€4m) and Ethiopia (€4m). So far in 2008, the Commission has provided nearly €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.

    [02] Règles relatives à la sûreté aérienne: la Commission européenne veut accroître la transparence

    La Commission européenne a décidé aujourd'hui que la majorité des règles relatives à la sûreté aérienne seraient mises à la disposition du public. Grâce à la publication de la liste des objets interdits par l'UE, les passagers seront mieux informés concernant les objets qu'ils peuvent et ne peuvent pas emporter à bord d'un avion, et la transparence des règles de l'UE dans ce domaine s'en trouvera renforcée. Cette décision ne modifiera pas la législation existante en matière de sûreté aérienne. L'objectif principal est plutôt de mettre dans le domaine public une partie significative des règles, qui n'ont pas été officiellement publiées jusqu'ici, sans pour autant compromettre la sûreté aérienne.

    [03] De nouvelles règles facilitent le transit des passagers aériens en provenance de la Croatie dans les aéroports de l'UE

    La Commission européenne a adopté aujourd’hui un règlement qui permet également aux passagers aériens en provenance de six aéroports croates et en transit dans un aéroport de l'UE d'emporter à bord des liquides, aérosols et gels. Lors d’un changement d’avion dans l’UE, ces passagers n’auront plus à laisser sur place ces articles transportés dans leurs bagages de cabine et achetés dans les aéroports croates suivants: Dubrovnik (DBV), Rijeka (RJK), Pula (PUY), Split (SPU), Zadar (ZAD) et Zagreb (ZAG).

    [04] 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 (€ 31.1/100kg for carcasses and cuts and € 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.

    [05] The Commission on the events in Georgia

    The 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.

    Rediffusion

    [06] EU-UN agree on timeframe for linking Registries on Emissions trading

    The 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

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

    Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration :

    CVC/RAG/Evonik

    Abenex Capital / Natixis Private Equity / Colbison SAS From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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