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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-11-07

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] Semaine vétérinaire européenne: sensibilisation aux risques sanitaires aux frontières et dans les exploitations agricoles
  • [02] European Refugee Fund 2008-2013 – Malta
  • [03] European Fund for the Integration of third country nationals 2007-2013 – Slovakia
  • [04] Les ministres de l'emploi de 43 pays européens et méditerranéens se réunissent pour la première fois
  • [05] Telecoms Reform: Commission presents new legislative texts to pave the way for compromise between Parliament and Council
  • [06] State aid: Commission approves €45 million aid to increase broadband availability in rural Germany
  • [07] Transports urbains propres: Forum CIVITAS 2008
  • [08] La célébration des 50 ans de la Commission européenne et le 120ème anniversaire de la naissance de Jean Monnet
  • [09] Internal Market: MiFID conference 13 November
  • [10] State aid: Commission agrees on terms for recovery of aid granted to Polish shipyards in Gdynia and Szczecin and conditions for viable future activities
  • [11] Candidates for "European Capitals of Culture 2012" assessed by Selection Panel
  • [12] Commissioner Piebalgs affirms EU's commitment to cooperate with Turkey on the Southern Gas Corridor
  • [13] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-11-07 Reference: MEX/08/1107 Date: 07/11/2008 EXME08 / 07.11

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    07/11/08


  • [01] Semaine vétérinaire européenne: sensibilisation aux risques sanitaires aux frontières et dans les exploitations agricoles

    La semaine prochaine, l’attention des voyageurs qui entrent dans l’Union européenne (UE) ou en sortent sera attirée de manière active et créative sur les risques sanitaires liés l’importation illégale d’animaux de compagnie et de produits animaux – comme le fromage ou la viande – en provenance de pays tiers. La sensibilisation la biosécurité aux frontières de l’UE constitue l’un des principaux objectifs de la semaine vétérinaire européenne, qui se tiendra du 10 au 16 novembre. Pendant toute la semaine, la Commission s’efforcera également de mettre l’accent sur la biosécurité dans les exploitations agricoles, en y soulignant l’importance de la vaccination pour la prévention des maladies. Toute une série d’activités ont été prévues pour atteindre ces objectifs. Par exemple, les risques sanitaires seront rappelés aux voyageurs entrant sur le territoire de l'Union grâce des stands, affiches, dépliants, étiquettes pour bagages et dans une vidéo. Cette action d’information se poursuivra au-del de la semaine de novembre, jusqu’en 2009, sous la forme d'une campagne itinérante.

    [02] European Refugee Fund 2008-2013 – Malta

    The Commission has just adopted the multiannual programme under the European Refugee Fund 2008-2013 for Malta for an estimated amount of € 4, 8 million, together with the annual programme 2008.

    [03] European Fund for the Integration of third country nationals 2007-2013 – Slovakia

    The Commission has just adopted the multiannual programme under the European Fund for the integration of third country nationals 2007-2013 for Slovakia for an estimated amount of € 4.6 million, together with the first two annual programs (2007 -2008).

    [04] Les ministres de l'emploi de 43 pays européens et méditerranéens se réunissent pour la première fois

    Les ministres de l'emploi des 27 pays de l’Union européenne ainsi que des 16 États partenaires méditerranéens se réunissent pour la première fois les 9 et 10 novembre Marrakech, Maroc afin de discuter de l'emploi, de l'employabilité et du travail décent. A l'issue de cette conférence, les ministres doivent adopter un cadre d'action, visant renforcer le dialogue et les actions conjointes au niveau régional.

    [05] Telecoms Reform: Commission presents new legislative texts to pave the way for compromise between Parliament and Council

    Today, the European Commission is publishing new legislative texts on the EU Telecoms Reform package to take account of the European Parliament vote of 24 September 2008 and the ongoing discussions in the Council. In November 2007, the Commission made proposals for the reform of the EU Telecoms rules, designed to create a Single EU Telecoms Market with improved rights for consumers and businesses, more competition and investment to boost the take-up of cross-border services and wireless high- speed broadband for all (IP/07/1677). The new texts presented by the Commission today will be discussed in the Council of Telecoms Ministers on 27 November. At the heart of the compromise texts is a new, small and independent office for Europe's telecoms regulators that should help the Commission to bring about more consistency to regulatory measures on Europe's telecoms markets. The new regulatory framework is expected to become law in all 27 EU Member States by 2010.

    [06] State aid: Commission approves €45 million aid to increase broadband availability in rural Germany

    The European Commission has endorsed under the EC Treaty state aid rules additional €45 million aid to foster the availability of widespread and affordable broadband services in the three German Länder of Sachsen, Niedersachsen and Bayern. The support targets areas where such services are currently not available, and complements a €141 million federal scheme approved in July 2008 to help bring broadband to rural areas of Germany (see IP/08/1096). The regional aid schemes are expected to provide additional impetus to increase broadband coverage in these regions. The Commission found the schemes to be compatible with the state aid rules, because state support is foreseen only where the market cannot provide broadband coverage and the distortions of competition brought about by the aid are limited by adequate safeguards.

    [07] Transports urbains propres: Forum CIVITAS 2008

    À partir de ce dimanche, Bologne accueillera la sixième réunion annuelle des villes participant l'initiative européenne CIVITAS, qui vise développer des solutions intégrées pour une mobilité durable dans les villes et les zones urbaines afin de réduire les encombrements et la pollution. Le vice-président de la Commission, M. Antonio Tajani, le ministre italien des transports, M. Altero Matteoli, et quelque 300 participants venant de toute l'Europe sont attendus pour cette réunion, qui se tiendra du 9 au 11 novembre. Les villes d'Europe les plus performantes en matière de mobilité urbaine présenteront leurs expériences sur le terrain.

    [08] La célébration des 50 ans de la Commission européenne et le 120ème anniversaire de la naissance de Jean Monnet

    La cérémonie commémorative sera organisée ce vendredi, 7 novembre au Berlaymont pour célébrer les 50 ans de la Commission européenne et le 120ème anniversaire de la naissance de Jean Monnet. Pour marquer cet événement, le Président de la Commission européenne, José Manuel Barroso, en présence du Président de la République française et Président en exercice du Conseil européen, Nicolas Sarkozy, et du Président du Parlement européen, Hans-Gert Pöttering seront présents au Berlaymont pour célébrer cet événement. La salle où se réunit le Collège portera désormais le nom de Jean Monnet. A cette occasion, une plaque sera apposée devant la salle par le Président José Manuel Barroso. Les Présidents prononceront les discours en présence de 200 invités. Le Président Barroso a déclaré "A travers Jean Monnet, je tiens aussi saluer la mémoire des Pères fondateurs de la Commission européenne. Aujourd'hui encore, dans l'élaboration des réponses européennes la crise économique, la Commission peut s'appuyer sur l'acquis politique et institutionnel légué par mes prédécesseurs." La cérémonie au Berlaymont sera retransmise en direct par EbS+ de 11h30 12h30.

    [09] Internal Market: MiFID conference 13 November

    The European Commission will hold a conference on the markets in financial instruments Directive (MiFID) in Brussels on 13 November 2008. The conference will bring together senior policy makers, regulators, industry experts and academia to discuss the impact of MiFID one year after its enforcement deadline. Speakers will cover various topics including economic and institutional impacts, impacts on firms and on investors and related international aspects. Members of the European Parliament as well as a wide range of stakeholders representing business, public administrations and civil society are expected to attend. The conference starts at 9:15, in the Hotel Metropole, 31, place de Brouckère, 1000 Brussels. The conference programme and background documents are available at: <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/securities/isd/conference_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/securities/isd/conference_en.htm <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/securities/isd/mifid_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/securities/isd/mifid_en.htm

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    [10] State aid: Commission agrees on terms for recovery of aid granted to Polish shipyards in Gdynia and Szczecin and conditions for viable future activities

    The European Commission has concluded, following four years of investigation, that state aid granted to Gdynia shipyard and Szczecin shipyard gives rise to disproportionate distortions of competition within the Single Market, in breach of EC Treaty state aid rules, and must be repaid. The Commission has simultaneously agreed to accept commitments from Poland for the implementation of the decisions in a way that will quickly create opportunities for viable and sustainable economic activities at the Gdynia and Szczecin sites and so maximise the number of sustainable jobs there. In particular, the Polish authorities have committed to sell the yards' assets through open, transparent, non-discriminatory and unconditional tenders and subsequently liquidate the Gdynia and Szczecin shipyard companies, claiming the state aid back through this process. As a result, companies acquiring the assets will not be liable to repay the illegal subsidies, even if they choose to continue shipbuilding. To help any workers that are made redundant, the Commission has offered assistance in devising flanking measures under existing EU programmes (European Social Fund or European Globalisation Adjustment Fund).

    [11] Candidates for "European Capitals of Culture 2012" assessed by Selection Panel

    The selection panel appointed to assess applications for the European Capitals of Culture in 2012 met on 5 November in Brussels. The two candidate cities presented their plans for the 2012 title: Guimarães in Portugal, and Maribor in Slovenia. A report on these cities' candidatures will be written by the selection panel and published by the Commission in the following weeks. This report will then be forwarded to the European Parliament, the Council and the Committee of the Regions. Culture Ministers are due to make a final decision on the Capitals of Culture for 2012 under the Czech Presidency during the first half of 2009.

    [12] Commissioner Piebalgs affirms EU's commitment to cooperate with Turkey on the Southern Gas Corridor

    Today, Commissioner Piebalgs met with President Gul, Prime Minister Erdogan and the Minister of State Simsek and Minister of Energy Guler, in a high level visit to promote the Southern Gas Corridor, which should bring gas from Central Asia to Europe. Prime Minister Erdogan and Commissioner Piebalgs discussed both Turkey's and the EU's security of supply situation and confirmed that they would work together to improve the security of gas supply for both.

    [13] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo State aid: Commission agrees on terms for recovery of aid granted to Polish shipyards in Gdynia and Szczecin and conditions for viable future activities – frequently asked questions (see also IP/08/1642)

    • Memo 'La base de données DORIE donne accès au fonds documentaire institutionnel de la Commission'

    • Memo on Aviation Security: Workshop on body scanners

    • Memo Questions et réponses sur la semaine vétérinaire européenne

    • Memo 'Talking our way out of trouble: How media can combat intolerance' — we are all responsible for the quality of the media

    • Speech by Commissioner Kroes 'State aid decisions on Gdynia and Szczecin shipyards', Brussels

    • Speech by Commissioner Olli Rehn 'Presenting the Enlargement Package in AFET', Brussels

    • Discours du Président Barroso ' Cérémonie Jean Monnet – célébration des 50 ans de la Commission européenne', Bruxelles

    • Calendrier hebdomadaire du 10 au 16 novembre

    • Top News from the European Commission

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