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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-12-01

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] Commission looks ahead to tackle disability discrimination
  • [02] Services bancaires: la Commission se félicite des nouvelles règles sectorielles en matière de changement de compte bancaire
  • [03] Central African Republic: Commission provides €6 million in humanitarian aid
  • [04] 50th Anniversary of the European Commission's Central Library: Conference on Libraries and Innovation
  • [05] Les États membres de l’UE approuvent une réglementation internationale pour l’étiquetage des produits chimiques
  • [06] Duty-free imports: New rules for travellers' allowances into the European Union from 1 December 2008
  • [07] VAT fraud: The European Commission presents an action plan to better combat VAT fraud
  • [08] External Borders Fund 2007-2013 – Spain
  • [09] Fonds pour les frontières extérieures 2007-2013 - Hongrie
  • [10] External Borders Fund 2007-2013 – Latvia
  • [11] Fonds européen pour les réfugiés 2008-2013: Espagne
  • [12] European Refugee Fund 2008-2013 – Hungary
  • [13] European Refugee Fund 2008-2013 – Czech Republic
  • [14] Fonds européen pour le retour 2008 2013 – Roumanie
  • [15] Fonds européen pour le retour 2008-2013 – Hongrie
  • [16] European Return Fund 2008-2013 – Malta
  • [17] European Fund for the Integration of third country nationals 2007-2013 – Germany
  • [18] European Fund for the Integration of third country nationals 2007-2013 – Austria
  • [19] Fonds européen pour l’intégration des ressortissants de pays tiers 2007 2013 – France
  • [20] European Fund for the Integration of third country nationals 2007-2013 – Slovenia
  • [21] Journée mondiale de lutte contre le sida 2008 – La Commission européenne appelle renforcer la prévention et le dépistage du VIH
  • [22] EU invests €9.2m for academic cooperation with industrialised countries in North America and Asia-Pacific
  • [23] Commission clears acquisition of ThyssenKrupp Röhm Kunststoffe by ThyssenKrupp
  • [24] Commission clears acquisition of Zimbo by Bell
  • [25] Commission clears acquisition of GAPS by Greenvision ambiente and Itochu
  • [26] Energising the climate for business in the Baltic Sea Region: Danuta Hübner attends Baltic Development Forum summit
  • [27] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-12-01 Reference: MEX/08/1201 Date: 01/12/2008 EXME08 / 01.12

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    01/12/08


  • [01] Commission looks ahead to tackle disability discrimination

    The European Commission will today launch a debate on the future shape of European disability policy ahead of the European Day of People with Disabilities on 3 December. The conference "Acting locally for a society for all" – taking place today and tomorrow in Brussels – will bring together key players in the disability field to discuss follow-up to the current European Disability Action Plan. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss the European Commission's recent proposal for legislation to combat discrimination in access to goods and services, social protection and social advantages, education and health care (see <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1071&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en">IP/08/1071 & <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/08/461&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en">MEMO/08/461).

    [02] Services bancaires: la Commission se félicite des nouvelles règles sectorielles en matière de changement de compte bancaire

    La Commission européenne se félicite de l’adoption par l’EBIC (European Banking Industry Committee) d’un ensemble de «principes communs pour le changement de compte bancaire» qui facilitera, pour les consommateurs, le transfert de leur compte vers une autre banque établie dans leur État membre. Selon la Commission, ces principes représentent un avantage tangible pour les consommateurs et devraient contribuer au renforcement de la concurrence sur le marché européen des services bancaires de détail. Ces nouvelles règles ont été élaborées en réponse l’invitation lancée par la Commission dans son train de mesures intitulé «Un marché unique pour l’Europe du XXIe siècle» (cf. <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/07/1728&format=HTML&aged=1&language=FR&guiLanguage=en">IP/07/1728).

    [03] Central African Republic: Commission provides €6 million in humanitarian aid

    The European Commission has allocated €6 million in humanitarian aid to help around 200,000 displaced people and other vulnerable civilians in the north of the Central African Republic (CAR). Despite some recent political progress, the situation in the north of the country has not allowed for a significant improvement of the humanitarian situation over the past year. In addition to the nearly 200.000 people internally displaced, some 98,000 have sought refuge in neighbouring countries (Chad, Cameroon and Sudan). There are also around 2.600 refugees from Darfur in the north-east of the CAR.

    [04] 50th Anniversary of the European Commission's Central Library: Conference on Libraries and Innovation

    The European Commission will host a conference on the subject of "Libraries and innovation" on 1 December in Luxembourg and on 2 December in Brussels. This event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the founding of the European Commission's Central Library and anticipates the 2009 European Year of Creativity and Innovation.

    [05] Les États membres de l’UE approuvent une réglementation internationale pour l’étiquetage des produits chimiques

    La Commission européenne se félicite de l’accord entre les États membres au sujet de l’alignement de la législation de l’UE relative la classification, l’étiquetage et l’emballage des substances et des mélanges sur le système général harmonisé des Nations unies (SGH). Ce nouveau système permettra de garantir qu’un même danger sera décrit et signalé de façon identique dans le monde entier. L’utilisation de critères de classification et d’éléments d’étiquetage ayant fait l’objet de conventions internationales devrait faciliter les échanges et contribuer aux efforts généraux visant protéger les êtres humains et l’environnement contre les effets nocifs des produits chimiques. Le nouveau règlement complétera le règlement REACH concernant l’enregistrement, l’évaluation et l’autorisation des substances chimiques, ainsi que les restrictions applicables ces substances. Le 3 septembre dernier, le règlement SGH a déj été approuvé par le Parlement européen. La prochaine étape sera sa publication au Journal officiel, ce qui fera alors de l’UE l’un des chefs de file dans l’adoption concrète du système des Nations unies.

    [06] Duty-free imports: New rules for travellers' allowances into the European Union from 1 December 2008

    From 1 December 2008, new rules on tax and duty free imports enter into force. Travellers will benefit from cost savings when importing goods into the EU in their personal luggage. At the same time, Member States will avoid administrative costs currently involved in collecting small amounts of duties and taxes.

    [07] VAT fraud: The European Commission presents an action plan to better combat VAT fraud

    Today the European Commission adopted a Communication presenting a short term action plan with a list of future legislative measures to enhance the capacity of tax administrations to prevent or detect VAT fraud (in particular "missing trader fraud") and to recover taxes. Moreover, it has adopted two measures to amend the VAT Directive. The first aims to prevent the existing abuse by fraudsters of the VAT exemption at importation and the second to give Member States the possibility to make the supplier of goods liable for the VAT loss created by his missing customer in another Member State, when he did not report his supply to his VAT authority.

    [08] External Borders Fund 2007-2013 – Spain

    The Commission has adopted the multiannual programme under the External Borders Fund 2007-2013 for Spain for an estimated amount of € 356 million, together with the 2007 annual programme.

    [09] Fonds pour les frontières extérieures 2007-2013 - Hongrie

    La Commission européenne a adopté le programme pluriannuel de mise en œuvre du Fonds pour les frontières extérieures 2007-2013 présenté par la Hongrie, ainsi que ses deux premiers programmes annuels (2007 et 2008), pour un montant estimé de 62 millions d’euros.

    [10] External Borders Fund 2007-2013 – Latvia

    The Commission has adopted the multiannual programme under the External Borders Fund 2007-2013 for Latvia for an estimated amount of € 16 million, together with the first two annual programmes (2007 and 2008).

    [11] Fonds européen pour les réfugiés 2008-2013: Espagne

    La Commission européenne vient d’adopter le programme pluriannuel de l'Espagne dans le cadre du Fonds européen pour les réfugiés pour la période 2008-2013, dont le montant est estimé 7,8 millions d’euros, ainsi que le programme annuel 2008.

    [12] European Refugee Fund 2008-2013 – Hungary

    The Commission has adopted the multiannual programme under the European Refugee Fund 2008-2013 for Hungary for an estimated amount of € 5.5 million as Community contribution, together with the first annual programme 2008.

    [13] European Refugee Fund 2008-2013 – Czech Republic

    The Commission has adopted the multiannual programme under the European Refugee Fund 2008-2013 for the Czech Republic for an estimated amount of € 8,6 million, together with the annual programme 2008.

    [14] Fonds européen pour le retour 2008 2013 – Roumanie

    La Commission européenne vient d’adopter le programme pluriannuel de la Roumanie dans le cadre du Fonds européen pour le retour pour la période 2008 2013, dont le montant est estimé 6 millions d’euros, ainsi que le premier programme annuel (2008).

    [15] Fonds européen pour le retour 2008-2013 – Hongrie

    La Commission européenne vient d’adopter le programme pluriannuel de la Hongrie dans le cadre du Fonds européen pour le retour pour la période 2008-2013, dont le montant est estimé 12 millions d’euros, ainsi que le premier programme annuel (2008).

    [16] European Return Fund 2008-2013 – Malta

    The Commission has adopted the multiannual programme under the European Return Fund 2008-2013 for Malta for an estimated amount of € 5 million, together with the first annual programme (2008).

    [17] European Fund for the Integration of third country nationals 2007-2013 – Germany

    The Commission has adopted the multiannual programme under the European Fund for the integration of third country nationals 2007-2013 for Germany for an estimated amount of € 132.36 million as Community contribution, together with the first two annual programs (2007 -2008).

    [18] European Fund for the Integration of third country nationals 2007-2013 – Austria

    The Commission has adopted the multiannual programme under the European Fund for the integration of third country nationals 2007-2013 for Austria for an estimated amount of € 17.26 million as Community contribution, together with the first two annual programs (2007 -2008).

    [19] Fonds européen pour l’intégration des ressortissants de pays tiers 2007 2013 – France

    La Commission a adopté le programme pluriannuel 2007-2013 pour la France au titre du Fonds européen d’intégration des ressortissants de pays tiers (dont le montant est estimé 67,62 millions d’euros pour ce qui concerne le concours communautaire), ainsi que les deux premiers programmes annuels (2007 et 2008).

    [20] European Fund for the Integration of third country nationals 2007-2013 – Slovenia

    The Commission has adopted the multiannual programme under the European Fund for the integration of third country nationals 2007-2013 for Slovenia for an estimated amount of € 5.5 million as Community contribution, together with the first two annual programmes 2007 and 2008.

    [21] Journée mondiale de lutte contre le sida 2008 – La Commission européenne appelle renforcer la prévention et le dépistage du VIH

    Vingt-cinq ans après la découverte du virus par les chercheurs, aucun traitement ni vaccin contre le sida n’est encore disponible. On estime aujourd’hui plus de 30 millions le nombre de porteurs du VIH/sida dans le monde et environ 2 millions, le nombre de victimes par an. Plus des deux tiers de ces décès surviennent en Afrique sub-saharienne. En Europe, plus de 700 000 personnes vivent avec le virus et 30 000 nouvelles infections sont notifiées chaque année.

    [22] EU invests €9.2m for academic cooperation with industrialised countries in North America and Asia-Pacific

    The European Commission is consolidating the longstanding cooperation with the US and Canada with the launch of a new round of 24 innovative projects involving universities and training institutions on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition, this year 11 joint curriculum development and student mobility projects were agreed and launched with Australia, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand. All these projects are jointly funded and supervised by the European Commission and the governments in the partner countries. The objective is to promote mutual understanding, transparency and quality in higher education and training, by setting up long-term institutional cooperation at bachelor's and master's level, allowing students from Europe and from the partner countries to have a unique experience studying abroad in a global context. The 35 projects launched this year involve 189 institutions and more than 2,000 student exchanges.

    [23] Commission clears acquisition of ThyssenKrupp Röhm Kunststoffe by ThyssenKrupp

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of ThyssenKrupp Röhm Kunststoffe GmbH of Germany by ThyssenKrupp Services AG, also of Germany. ThyssenKrupp Services AG supplies materials, industrial services and commodities for production and manufacturing companies. ThyssenKrupp Röhm Kunststoffe sells semi-finished plastic products and provides related services. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [24] Commission clears acquisition of Zimbo by Bell

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Zimbo Fleisch- und Wurstwaren GmbH & Co. KG (Zimbo) of Germany by Bell Holding AG (Bell) of Switzerland, belonging to the Swiss Coop group. Bell and Coop both produce and distribute meat and sausages and sell daily consumer goods. Zimbo produces and distributes meat and sausages. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [25] Commission clears acquisition of GAPS by Greenvision ambiente and Itochu

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Greenvision ambiente Photo Solar Srl (GAPS) of Italy by Itochu Corporation (Itochu) of Japan and Greenvision ambiente Srl (Greenvision) of Italy. GAPS is currently solely owned by Greenvision and designs photo-voltaic systems. Greenvision is active in bio building, civil engineering and agro-technologies, renewable energies and environmental services. Itochu is a trading company with diversified products. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

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    [26] Energising the climate for business in the Baltic Sea Region: Danuta Hübner attends Baltic Development Forum summit

    'How to remain competitive and prosperous in times of global turmoil' – this will be the theme of a keynote address by Danuta Hübner, European Commissioner for regional policy, at the 2008 Baltic Development Forum summit in Copenhagen on 1 December. The summit, hosted by the transnational Øresund region, which links the metropolitan areas of Copenhagen and Malmö (Sweden), will also provide an important opportunity for representatives of the Baltic governments, business and academia to discuss the European Commission's plans for an EU Baltic Sea Region Strategy, which aims to boost economic development in the region and to improve the environmental state of the Baltic Sea.

    [27] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Speech by Commissioner Hübner 'Energising the climate for business in the Baltic Sea Region, Copenhagen

    • Speech by Vice-President Wallström 'Reasons to be hopeful', Interfaith Climate Summit, Uppsala From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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