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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-11-21

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  • [01] Les élèves européens commencent apprendre les langues étrangères un âge plus précoce
  • [02] State Aid Action Plan - a roadmap for recovery
  • [03] Commission announces winners of environmental management awards
  • [04] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-11-21 Reference: MEX/08/1121 Date: 21/11/2008 EXME08 / 21.11


    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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


  • [01] Les élèves européens commencent apprendre les langues étrangères un âge plus précoce

    La Commission européenne a présenté aujourd'hui une nouvelle étude du réseau Eurydice sur l'enseignement des langues dans les écoles d'Europe, qui donne une vue d'ensemble du secteur de l'apprentissage des langues aux niveaux primaire et secondaire de l'enseignement général dans les 31 pays prenant part au programme communautaire d'éducation et de formation tout au long de la vie. Forte de ses quelque 40 indicateurs, l'étude révèle une adhésion croissante l'apprentissage des langues dans l'enseignement général, les élèves commençant plus tôt apprendre des langues étrangères. Ces résultats tendent indiquer que les pays participants sont en phase avec la résolution du Conseil relative une stratégie européenne en faveur du multilinguisme, présentée aujourd'hui.

    [02] State Aid Action Plan - a roadmap for recovery

    The Commission's State Aid Action Plan "was designed to be a roadmap for reform; it is now also a roadmap for recovery", Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes stated in a speech marking the progress with the Plan. The recent financial crisis has shown that the state aid rules provide "a sound floor on which all national governments can stand, knowing that all the others are standing there with them," and that Member States can put in place sound policies safe in the knowledge that the same rules apply to all. The Commissioner highlighted that recent financial crisis cases have not been a "rubber stamping exercise. We continue to insist on restructuring plans following any rescue measures, and we have challenged provisions in several schemes that fell foul of the state aid rules" using the Irish guarantee scheme as an example. The Commissioner recognised that "The people of Europe are facing a difficult time, and they deserve solutions... that do not look to the past, but rebuild the economy stronger for the future," and called on national governments on both sides of the Atlantic to resist the temptation to be dragged into a subsidy race for the car industry: instead governments should focus on R&D and environmental aid that will both help the car industry, and help to combat climate change. See SPEECH/08/634.


    [03] Commission announces winners of environmental management awards

    Five organisations have won the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Awards for excellence in environmental management. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony this evening in Brussels. The awards recognise outstanding achievements in environmental management. This year 32 organisations from 13 EU Member States were nominated. The 2008 awards focused on the theme of curbing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency.

    [04] Autre matériel diffusé

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    • Speech by Commissioner Kroes 'The State Aid Action Plan: a roadmap for reform and recovery', Brussels

    • Speech by President Barroso, 'Fighting on all fronts: tackling the global slowdown and climate change', Lisbon

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