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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-09-12

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] 2008, Année européenne du dialogue interculturel : la diversité mise l’honneur Bruxelles
  • [02] Euro area and EU employment up by 0.2%
  • [03] La production industrielle en baisse de 0,3% dans la zone euro et dans l'UE
  • [04] Environment: Substantial amendment of Dangerous Substances Directive
  • [05] Bulgaria and Haiti: EU provides assistance to the conflict-stricken areas
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-09-12 Reference: MEX/08/0912 Date: 12/09/2008 EXME08 / 12.09

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    12/09/08


  • [01] 2008, Année européenne du dialogue interculturel : la diversité mise l’honneur Bruxelles

    Les arts, la culture et la diversité seront mis l’honneur lors du Festival européen du dialogue interculturel que la Commission européenne organise en collaboration avec le Centre artistique Flagey et qui se tiendra Bruxelles les 12 et 13 septembre 2008. Le commissaire européen l’éducation, la formation, la culture et la jeunesse, M. Ján Figel’, accueillera les ambassadeurs de l’Année européenne du dialogue interculturel et le grand public pour deux journées de concerts, d’ateliers, de projections de films et de débats. On peut citer au nombre des participants la réalisatrice de cinéma et de télévision Agnieszka Holland, le chef d’orchestre Jack Martin Händler, le cinéaste Radu Mihăileanu, le journaliste, écrivain, historien et militant politique Adam Michnik, le violiste et chef d’orchestre Jordi Savall, le pianiste Fazil Say et la chanteuse de musique pop Marija erifović.

    [02] Euro area and EU employment up by 0.2%

    The number of persons employed in the euro area (EA15) rose by 0.2% (283 000 persons) in the second quarter of 2008 compared with the previous quarter, according to national accounts estimates published by Eurostat. In the same period, the number of persons employed in the EU27 also grew by 0.2% (401 000 persons). In the first quarter of 2008, growth rates were +0.3% in both zones. These figures are seasonally adjusted. Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, employment grew by 1.2% in the euro area and by 1.3% in the EU27 in the second quarter of 2008, after +1.6% and +1.5% respectively in the first quarter of 2008. Eurostat estimates that, in the second quarter of 2008, 226.4 million men and women were employed in the EU27, of which 146.0 million were in the euro area. These figures are seasonally adjusted. These quarterly data on employment provide a picture of labour input consistent with the output and income measures of national accounts.

    [03] La production industrielle en baisse de 0,3% dans la zone euro et dans l'UE

    La production industrielle corrigée des variations saisonnières a diminué de 0,3% tant dans la zone euro (ZE15) que dans l'UE27 en juillet 2008 par rapport juin 2008. En juin, la production avait reculé de 0,2% dans les deux zones. En juillet 2008 par rapport juillet 2007, la production industrielle a baissé de 1,7% dans la zone euro et de 1,3% dans l’UE27. Ces estimations sont publiées par Eurostat.

    [04] Environment: Substantial amendment of Dangerous Substances Directive

    More than 800 substances have been included in the latest amendment to the Dangerous Substances Directive, which will be published in the Official Journal on September 15. This is an important step forward in the protection of human health and the environment as it includes nearly 290 substances that have been identified as causing cancer, genetic mutation, or as having an effect on reproduction. The Directive has been amended for the 30th time since 1967 to take into account technical progress in the identification and classification of hazardous substances. Under the REACH regulation on chemicals, substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or having reproductive toxic effects may need authorisation to be used or placed on the market. The current classification and labelling system is expected to be replaced by the Commission's proposed Regulation on the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures. The new proposal incorporates the classification criteria and labelling rules agreed at UN level, the so-called Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). For further details see: <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/dansub/home_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/dansub/home_en.htm

    [05] Bulgaria and Haiti: EU provides assistance to the conflict-stricken areas

    The European Union has carried out a successful operation in assisting Bulgaria to fight devastating forest fires in a mountainous area of the national park “Rila&#8221; and in Sofia Region. High temperatures and strong wind made fire extinguishing activities very difficult on the rugged terrain inaccessible for ground fire fighting equipment. To win control over the fires Bulgaria requested on 6 September EU assistance in the form of aerial forest fire fighting means, through the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) of the European Commission. France and Spain promptly responded to this request by providing a total of five forest fire fighting aircraft. With the help of these aircraft the fires have now been brought under control. As a result of tropical storms Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike hitting Haiti, the number of affected families has increased to 170, 000. The main problem at this stage is damage to the road infrastructure, in particular bridges being weakened, damaged or entirely washed away. Following a request for assistance of 8 September and in close consultation with all key players involved in the response operations in Haiti, the MIC decided to deploy an expert team to the site of disaster. The expert team will provide a technical assessment of the logistical and infrastructure needs and feasibility of making mobile bridges available from Europe. The expert team composed of experts from France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Austria, as well as a MIC liaison officer, is scheduled to depart on Saturday for the initial period of 10 days.

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on European Roma Summit (Brussels, 16 September 2008)

    • Speech by Commissioner McCreevy 'Cross-border banking Groups Supervision', Nice

    • Speech by Commissioner McCreevy Cross-border Insurance Groups Supervision, Nice

    • Calendrier hebdomadaire du 15 au 21 septembre

    • Top News from the European Commission From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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