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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-10-02

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] Où va l’argent de l’UE? Un nouveau site internet publie les données relatives aux bénéficiaires
  • [02] 50 young Europeans get a first taste of working abroad
  • [03] Égalité de traitement des citoyens – la Commission réagit aux droits d'usage disproportionnés appliqués aux voitures particulières et aux deux-roues qui transitent par la Slovénie
  • [04] Great potential of cross-border shopping going unfulfilled, says EU report
  • [05] Industrial producer prices down by 0.5% in euro area
  • [06] Environment: 35 cities across Europe apply to become the first European Green Capital for 2010 and 2011
  • [07] Environment: Commission launches call for evidence on economic consequences of biodiversity loss
  • [08] Science, ICT & Space: African Union Commission and European Commission launch 6 lighthouse common projects
  • [09] Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of parts of ABN AMRO's assets by Deutsche Bank
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-10-02 Reference: MEX/08/1002 Date: 02/10/2008 EXME08 / 02.10

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    02/10/08


  • [01] Où va l’argent de l’UE? Un nouveau site internet publie les données relatives aux bénéficiaires

    Le site internet «système de transparence financière» (STF) et son moteur de recherche, qui sont lancés aujourd’hui, permettront pour la toute première fois d’accéder librement aux données relatives aux bénéficiaires des fonds de l’UE directement gérés par la Commission et ses agences exécutives. Basé sur des données comptables, ce système fournit une synthèse de l’exercice financier écoulé et contient environ 28 000 entrées sur des programmes gérés par la Commission dans des domaines comme la recherche, l'éducation et la culture, l'énergie et les transports, ainsi que certains aspects de l’aide aux pays tiers. Ce nouveau moteur de recherche permettra aux utilisateurs d’analyser et de comparer plus facilement les informations sur les différents bénéficiaires et domaines politiques. Il constitue l’un des éléments essentiels de la vaste «initiative européenne en matière de transparence» lancée par la Commission.

    [02] 50 young Europeans get a first taste of working abroad

    50 young jobseekers who were offered a first job placement in another European country will tomorrow share their experiences at a dedicated event in Paris. They will be joined by employers and job mobility advisers from EURES – the European network of employment services. The European Commission's 'First Job Abroad' initiative aims to highlight the benefits of increased job mobility and the right to work anywhere in the EU.

    [03] Égalité de traitement des citoyens – la Commission réagit aux droits d'usage disproportionnés appliqués aux voitures particulières et aux deux-roues qui transitent par la Slovénie

    La Commission a décidé aujourd’hui d’adresser une lettre de mise en demeure la Slovénie pour qu’elle mette un terme au traitement discriminatoire des usagers occasionnels de son réseau routier péage.

    [04] Great potential of cross-border shopping going unfulfilled, says EU report

    EU Consumer Commissioner Meglena Kuneva today announced the results of two new EU wide surveys on retailers' and consumers' attitudes towards cross- border shopping. The figures show that even though e-commerce is taking off at national level, cross-border e-commerce is failing to keep pace. The share of EU consumers that have shopped across border has remained stable since 2006 (at around a quarter of the population). Even though consumers are increasingly confident about shopping cross-border, fewer retailers seem to be offering them this opportunity. Currently, 75% of retailers sell only to consumers domestically, but the reports show that if rules were harmonised almost half of these (34% more) would be interested in selling cross-border.

    [05] Industrial producer prices down by 0.5% in euro area

    In August 2008 compared with July 2008, the industrial producer price index fell by 0.5% in the euro area (EA15) and by 0.7% in the EU27. In July, prices rose by 1.3% and 1.2% respectively.In August 2008 compared with August 2007, industrial producer prices increased by 8.5% in the euro area and by 10.4% in the EU27. These figures come from Eurostat.

    [06] Environment: 35 cities across Europe apply to become the first European Green Capital for 2010 and 2011

    This annual award is a new initiative to be presented to a city in the vanguard of environmentally friendly urban living. Some 35 cities from 17 European countries have applied for the 2010 and 2011 awards. Applications for the European Commission's new European Green Capital award are now closed. The applicants are: Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Bremen, Bristol Cluj- Napoca, Copenhagen, Dublin, Espoo, Freiburg, Hamburg, Hannover, Helsinki, Kaunas, Lisbon, Łdź, Magdeburg, Malmø, Montpellier, Mûnchen, Münster, Murcia, Oslo, Pamplona, Prague, Riga, Rotterdam, Sabadell, Stockholm, Tampere, Toruń, Valencia, Vienna, Vilnius, Vitoria-Gazteiz and Zaragoza. The applications will now be considered by an evaluation panel. Six cities (three for 2010 and three for 2011) will then be shortlisted and asked to submit a more detailed presentation. Towards the end of the year the evaluation panel will present their recommendations to a Jury which will then make a final decision. The announcement of the first two European Green Capitals, for 2010 and 2011, will take place at a ceremony planned for early 2009. For more information about the evaluation phase, see <a href="http://www.europeangreencapital.eu">www.europeangreencapital.eu

    [07] Environment: Commission launches call for evidence on economic consequences of biodiversity loss

    The European Commission is launching a new call for evidence on the economic consequences of the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The contributions will feed into Phase II of a global study on the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), launched as part of the Potsdam initiative. Evidence in the form of scientific papers, reports and studies, valuations and policy implementation is needed in all areas of the project, but is particularly welcome in areas where substantial gaps have been identified. Submissions are welcome from all sectors including scientific and research institutions, governments, local authorities and managers of natural resources, the private sector, NGOs and other experts in Europe and around the world. Biodiversity loss has serious consequences for "ecosystem services" like water and air purification which nature provides for free, many of which are threatened or in decline. Phase I of TEEB explored a framework for measuring the economic consequences of biodiversity loss: Phase II will further develop and apply this framework, producing evaluation tools that can be used by policy makers. The final TEEB report will be presented at the Tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan in October 2010. The call will remain open until 31 March 2009. <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/call_evidence.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/call_evidence.htm

    Rediffusion

    [08] Science, ICT & Space: African Union Commission and European Commission launch 6 lighthouse common projects

    Science and Technology are key to developing solutions to Africa's major challenges. Today, during the EU/ AU College-to-College meeting, EU Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potočnik, for Information Society and Media, Viviane Reding, for Enterprise and Industry, Günter Verheugen, and for Development, Louis Michel, agreed with African Union Commissioner for Human resources, Science and Technology, Professor Ezin, that a book of 19 "lighthouse projects" should serve as the framework for implementing the EU/AU Partnership on Science, ICT and Space and its Action plan (called the 8th Partnership). Furthermore, they agreed that 6 of these projects are 'early deliverables' and will receive immediate attention.

    [09] Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of parts of ABN AMRO's assets by Deutsche Bank

    Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of parts of ABN AMRO's assets by Deutsche BankThe European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of certain assets of the Dutch banking group ABN AMRO by Deutsche Bank of Germany. The Commission concluded that the operation would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or in any substantial part of it.

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on EU/AU Joint Statement on "Implementation of the EU-AU Partnership for Science, Information Society and Space" - Presentation of the 19 "Lighthouse" Projects

    • Remarks of President Barroso on financial crisis, Brussels

    • Speech by President Barroso 'Inspiring Future Generations', European Round Table of Industrialists, Brussels

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

    Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration :

    Sappi/M-real From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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