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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 09-03-03

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] L’Union européenne lance une campagne de lutte contre les écarts de rémunération entre les femmes et les hommes
  • [02] The EU Commission will finance the European Financial Coalition (EFC) to fight child abuse images distribution on the Internet
  • [03] Better high-speed internet access needed to revitalise Europe's rural regions, says Commission
  • [04] Five major high-tech firms pledge to promote more "Cyberellas"
  • [05] Journée européenne des maladies rares: l'écoute de 12 000 patients
  • [06] The European Commission appoints Head of Representation in Sweden
  • [07] Regions and local authorities can help overcome distrust of Europe, suggests Eurobarometer survey
  • [08] Commission clears acquisition of Sapa by Orkla
  • [09] Commission clears acquisition of Cattleya by NBC, De Agostini Communications and IMI
  • [10] Commission clears acquisition of Elkem by Alcoa
  • [11] Commissioner Joe Borg praises Brittany's coastal charter as "setting the standard"
  • [12] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2009-03-03 Reference: MEX/09/0303 Date: 03/03/2009 EXME09 / 03.03

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    03/03/09


  • [01] L’Union européenne lance une campagne de lutte contre les écarts de rémunération entre les femmes et les hommes

    La Commission européenne a lancé aujourd’hui dans toute l’Union une campagne visant soutenir la lutte contre les inégalités salariales entre les travailleurs féminins et masculins. Tous secteurs confondus, les femmes gagnent en moyenne 17,4% de moins que les hommes dans l’Union européenne. Limpide, le principe « travail égal, salaire égal» est au cœur de cette campagne menée l'occasion de la Journée internationale de la femme du 8 mars, dont le but est de sensibiliser les esprits aux différences de rémunération entre les sexes, leurs causes et aux moyens d’y remédier.

    [02] The EU Commission will finance the European Financial Coalition (EFC) to fight child abuse images distribution on the Internet

    "The European Commission will provide up to 427.000€ of funding for the activities of a European Financial Coalition against child sexual abuse content on the Internet," announced today Jacques Barrot, Vice-president of the European Commission in charge of Justice, Liberty and Security.

    [03] Better high-speed internet access needed to revitalise Europe's rural regions, says Commission

    Connecting the 30% of the EU's rural population that has no high speed internet access should be a priority for achieving 'broadband for all' by 2010, the Commission said today. Improved internet connectivity is a powerful tool to stimulate swift economic recovery. The Commission today outlines how it would use its own support programmes to boost internet networks and services in rural areas, and called on EU Member States to do the same. Good internet access can make farms and companies in rural areas, especially small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), less isolated and more competitive through access to international markets and faster and more efficient ways of doing business. Meanwhile, the European Parliament and the Council are discussing a Commission proposal to make a further € 1 billion available through the European Economic Recovery Plan to spread high speed internet access more widely across all regions of Europe.

    [04] Five major high-tech firms pledge to promote more "Cyberellas"

    In today's global financial crisis, jobs in information and communication technologies (ICT) sectors like telecoms and the internet are reliable sources of growth and crucial for the recovery of the economy. However, the EU's competitiveness depends on attracting and keeping skilled workers, especially in the high-tech sector, including women. But while a shortage of around 300,000 qualified engineers is expected in the EU by 2010, less than 1 in 5 computer scientists are women. The European Commission responded in 2007 by encouraging telecoms and internet companies to attract more "cyberellas" – women with ICT skills. As a result, five major ICT companies will today sign a Code of Best Practices for Women and ICT. They are committing to do more to make tech jobs attractive for women and to make better use of and promote female potential in the ICT sector.

    [05] Journée européenne des maladies rares: l'écoute de 12 000 patients

    Pour célébrer la Journée européenne des maladies rares 2009, la commissaire européenne la santé, Mme Androulla Vassiliou, a apporté son appui au lancement, aujourd'hui Bruxelles, d'un ouvrage important et remarquable intitulé «The Voice of 12 000 Patients» (12 000 patients s'expriment). Ce livre, publié par EURORDIS (European Organisation for Rare Diseases) et cofinancé par la Commission européenne, donne un aperçu inédit des avis des malades au regard du diagnostic, du traitement et de la prise en charge des maladies rares. Le livre conclut sur la nécessité d'améliorer et d'accélérer les procédures de diagnostic de ces maladies. Il expose aussi les attentes et les expériences des patients atteints d'une maladie rare en matière d'accès aux soins, 26% d'entre eux se plaignant de difficultés d'accès aux services de santé. La Commission soutient plusieurs projets en relation avec les maladies rares au titre du Programme de santé publique et de programmes de recherche.

    [06] The European Commission appoints Head of Representation in Sweden

    The Commission has appointed a new Head of Representation in Sweden, Pierre Schellekens. He will take on his new duties as of 16 March, 2009.

    [07] Regions and local authorities can help overcome distrust of Europe, suggests Eurobarometer survey

    Luc Van den Brande, President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR), and European Commission Vice-President Margot Wallström presented a new Eurobarometer survey showing that the majority of European citizens think that regions and local authorities are not only the must trusted layer of government but also best placed to explain how European policies impact on the day-to-day lives of citizens.

    [08] Commission clears acquisition of Sapa by Orkla

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Sapa AB of Sweden by Orkla ASA of Norway. Orkla is active in branded consumer goods, aluminium, renewable energy, specialty materials and financial investment sectors. Sapa is active in the manufacture and supply of soft alloy extrusions. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [09] Commission clears acquisition of Cattleya by NBC, De Agostini Communications and IMI

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Cattleya S.p.A. of Italy by NBC Universal (NBC) of the US, De Agostini Communications (‘DeAC) of Luxembourg and IMI Investimenti S.p.A. (IMI) of Italy. NBC develops, produces and markets entertainment, news and information. DeAC is active in film distribution and audiovisual content production. IMI is an equity investments company. Cattleya produces film and TV programmes in Italy. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [10] Commission clears acquisition of Elkem by Alcoa

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Elkem Aluminium ANS of Norway by Alcoa Inc. of the US. Both companies produce and sell primary aluminium. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [11] Commissioner Joe Borg praises Brittany's coastal charter as "setting the standard"

    This morning the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Joe Borg, attended a presentation at the Committee of the Regions by Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, President of the Regional Council of Brittany, on Brittany's coastal charter. The product of extensive consultation and cooperation involving Brittany's citizens, businesses and politicians, the charter sets out a vision for the sustainable development of the region's vast coastal areas and seas. The sea is an ever-present part of Brittany's economic, social and cultural development. Not surprisingly, this region has been a leading European maritime region in promoting the European Integrated Maritime Policy. Together with other maritime regions Brittany has been a strong supporter of this Commission's efforts to place maritime regions and activities at centre stage of European policies. Commissioner Borg congratulated Brittany on its initiative which, he said, "sets the standard for other European Union regions which are also developing a new integrated approach to regional maritime policy". The Commissioner highlighted the many parallels linking the charter and the EU's Integrated Maritime Policy. He pointed out that the charter reflects the momentum which this policy has achieved across the European Union and is a fine example of integrated maritime policy at regional level which takes into account real sea-basin specificities.

    [12] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo sur la Campagne de l’Union européenne sur les écarts de rémunération entre les femmes et les hommes

    • Memo on Reducing the urban-rural gap in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) – Frequently Asked Questions

    • Speech by Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner 'European Union Pledges Support for reconstruction of Gaza', Sharm-el-Sheikh

    • Speech by President Barroso 'Opening remarks at the Joint Press Conference with the Czech Presidency on the Informal Meeting of the Heads of State or Government', Brussels

    • Speech by President Barroso ' EU Enlargement – 5 Years After', Prague

    • Speech by Commissioner Borg 'Brittany's Coastal Charter: setting the standard in Integrated Maritime Policy', Brussels

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

    Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration :

    Mytilineos/ Motor Oil/ Corinthos Power

    GSN/FUN From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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