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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-11-18

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] European Union to observe the parliamentary election in Bangladesh
  • [02] State aid: latest Scoreboard shows Member States moving towards better targeted aid
  • [03] Cabinets d’audit: comment augmenter le nombre d’acteurs sur le marché?
  • [04] 40% of immigrants who settled in the EU27 were citizens of EU27 Member States
  • [05] First European Antibiotic Awareness Day - Cold? Flu? – Take care, not antibiotics
  • [06] EU competition rules – part of the solution for Europe's economy
  • [07] Les enjeux «développement» du niveau global au niveau local, au cœur des 3ème Journées européennes du Développement
  • [08] Fisheries: ICCAT meeting is “make-or-break” for bluefin tuna
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-11-18 Reference: MEX/08/1118 Date: 18/11/2008 EXME08 / 18.11

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    18/11/08


  • [01] European Union to observe the parliamentary election in Bangladesh

    The European Commission has decided to re-deploy a full EU Election Observation Mission (EOM), which was suspended in January 2007, for the parliamentary elections in Bangladesh scheduled to take place on 18 December 2008. A number of experts on election assessment, who will form the Core Team of the Mission, arrived in the country on 7 November. The re- deployed EU EOM will be led by Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Member of the European Parliament.

    [02] State aid: latest Scoreboard shows Member States moving towards better targeted aid

    The European Commission's latest State Aid Scoreboard shows that Member States are increasingly using the possibilities offered by the recently revised EU state aid rules to better target their aid. Member States awarded on average 80% of their aid to horizontal objectives in 2007, compared with around 50% in the mid-1990s with increased spending on R&D and environmental aid. Faced with the current financial crisis, coordinated action by Member States and the Commission has ensured that support schemes for the financial sector could be implemented quickly in compliance with EU state aid rules.

    [03] Cabinets d’audit: comment augmenter le nombre d’acteurs sur le marché?

    La Commission européenne a lancé une consultation publique sur les structures de contrôle des cabinets d’audit et sur les évolutions envisageables dans ce domaine. Cette consultation fait suite une étude indépendante sur les règles de propriété des cabinets d’audit et leurs conséquences quant la concentration sur le marché de l’audit (voir <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/07/1570&format=HTML&aged=1&language=FR&guiLanguage=en">IP/07/1570). Elle a pour but d’examiner les moyens susceptibles de favoriser l’émergence de nouveaux acteurs sur le marché international de l’audit. Il est notamment envisagé de déréguler la propriété des cabinets d’audit et d’agir sur d’autres facteurs en rapport avec le capital humain de ces cabinets. La Commission invite les parties intéressées exprimer leur avis sur ces questions d’ici au 28 février 2009.

    [04] 40% of immigrants who settled in the EU27 were citizens of EU27 Member States

    In 2006, about three million foreign immigrants settled in a country in the EU27. These immigrants can be divided into two groups based on their citizenship: citizens of EU27 Member states (1.2 million persons) and non- EU27 citizens (1.8 million). EU27 citizens migrating to a Member State, of which they were not citizens, accounted for 40% of foreign immigrants. The remaining 60% of foreign immigrants were almost equally divided between citizens of countries in Europe outside the EU27, Asia, America and Africa, with each accounting for about 15%. In 2006, the largest foreign immigrant groups in the EU27 were citizens of Poland (about 290 000 persons), Romania (about 230 000), Morocco (about 140 000), the United Kingdom, Ukraine and China (each about 100 000) and Germany (about 90 000). These figures are extracted from a report issued by Eurostat. The immigration data are compiled from available national sources, completed by Eurostat estimates where necessary. Due to differences in coverage and definitions, the data are not fully comparable and must be interpreted with care. The report also includes information about the gender and age composition of immigrants.

    [05] First European Antibiotic Awareness Day - Cold? Flu? – Take care, not antibiotics

    Today, in Strasbourg, Commissioner for Health, Androullla Vassiliou launches the first European Antibiotic Awareness Day. This will be an annual event designed to raise awareness about the risks associated with inappropriate use of antibiotics and to provide information on the responsible use of antibiotics. Activities and events are planned across Europe in over 30 countries. New surveillance data released today shows that bacteria resistance to antibiotic treatments is increasing. However, national programmes in a number of countries are also making significant progress in reducing resistance to antibiotics. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), an EU agency, is the main organiser of the event in collaboration with many stakeholders such as health professionals and scientists. The European Commission recognises the serious challenge that antimicrobial resistance poses for public health and works closely with Member States to address this issue. The control of antimicrobial resistance involves an inter-sectoral approach; working closely with human medicine, veterinary medicine and agricultural sector. To see Commissioner Vassiliou's video message about European Antibiotic Awareness Day: <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/commission_barroso/vassiliou/media_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/commission_barroso/vassiliou/media_en.htm For more information on surveillance data and activities across Europe: The ECDC dedicated to Antibiotic Awareness Day: <a href="http://antibiotic.ecdc.europa.eu/">http://antibiotic.ecdc.europa.eu/.

    [06] EU competition rules – part of the solution for Europe's economy

    In a speech at the Paris Competition Day, Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes set out the positive impact, running into billions of euros a year, that competition policy has on the European economy. In addition to direct and indirect benefits of cartel and merger enforcement, the state aid rules provide fair rules for all Member States to follow to in getting out of the financial crisis. The Single Market envisioned by Jean Monnet, and the single market and competition rules that make it work are the best way out of the current economic difficulties. “We need a clear level playing field for European consumers and businesses, and the competition rules deliver that time and time again.”

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    [07] Les enjeux «développement» du niveau global au niveau local, au cœur des 3ème Journées européennes du Développement

    Les Journées européennes du Développement ont réuni toute la famille du développement : des chefs d’Etats aux ONGs et experts. Les débats et propositions ont porté sur les enjeux globaux comme la crise financière et le G20, la crise alimentaire. Mais cet événement a aussi traité des enjeux locaux comme l’importance des autorités locales pour avancer contre la pauvreté.

    [08] Fisheries: ICCAT meeting is “make-or-break” for bluefin tuna

    Today sees the opening of the 16th Annual Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in Marrakech, Morocco. Key issues on the table for the EU are how to accelerate the recovery of the Eastern bluefin tuna stock by strengthening the multi- annual plan agreed in 2006, and the organisation’s record on compliance.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on State aid: Overview of national rescue measures and guarantee schemes

    • Memo Belgique: programme opérationnel «Fonds européen pour la pêche» 2007-2013

    • Speech by Commissioner Kroes 'EU competition rules – part of the solution for Europe's economy', Paris From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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