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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-05-14

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Blood and organ donations : Commission approves EU technical specifications for safety testing equipment
  • [02] EU notifies lists of potential countermeasures to WTO in order to protect its rights in steel dispute with US
  • [03] Commission welcomes changes in Latvian legislation
  • [04] Commission to support peace initiatives in the Horn of Africa
  • [05] Vietnam : Commission adopts framework for cooperation (Country Strategy Paper)
  • [06] Conférence de presse de Viviane Reding sur le dopage dans le sport amateur demain
  • [07] "eEurope: SMEs GoDigital" conference : SMEs at the heart of EU's agenda Midday Express 14/05/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 14/05/2002

  • [01] Blood and organ donations : Commission approves EU technical specifications for safety testing equipment

    EU-wide technical specifications for products used to test the safety of blood and organ donations have been approved by the European Commission. These common technical specifications (CTS) replace existing national rules for products used to ascertain blood groups and test for infectious agents such as HIV and Hepatitis. Products made to these specifications are presumed to conform to the Directive's essential safety requirements. Manufacturers are expected to work to these specifications unless they have duly justified reasons for doing otherwise, and can offer a solution that is at least equally safe.

    [02] EU notifies lists of potential countermeasures to WTO in order to protect its rights in steel dispute with US

    Following the approval of the European Commission's strategy to respond to the illegal safeguard measures taken by the USA on steel in late March and the two lists of potential suspensions of concessions by the 15 EU Member States on 7 May (see IP/02/704), the Commission today formally notified these lists to the WTO in Geneva, within the 17 May deadline, in order to protect its rights under the WTO. This is a necessary procedural step required by the WTO if the EU wishes to exercise its right to countermeasures in the future. The EU's priority remains to secure a satisfactory package of compensation for and exemptions from the US measures. The value of the definitive lists is as follows : for the so- called "long list" applicable after the WTO Panel rules the US measures illegal (in 2003) the amount is €606 million ($583 million) ; for the short- list applicable as early as 18 June 2002, the amount is €378 million ($364million). The transmitted lists can be found on the Website of the Directorate General for Trade of the Commission at the following address : http://europa.eu.int/comm/trade/pdf/steel_wtolist.pdf

    [03] Commission welcomes changes in Latvian legislation

    The European Commission welcomes the amendments passed by the Latvian Parliament which removes language requirements for candidates running in parliamentary, regional and local elections. This decision that was taken by the overwhelming majority of the Latvian Seimas brings Latvian legislation further in line with international standards and represents an important step in promoting the integration of minorities into Latvian society. "It clearly reaffirms Latvia's committment to the values and high democratic standards that are shared within the European Union", declared Enlargement Commissioner Günter Verheugen.

    [04] Commission to support peace initiatives in the Horn of Africa

    The European Commission has adopted a decision to support peace initiatives in Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea/Ethiopia under its Rapid Reaction Mechanism. The main objective of this programme, for which the budget is €2.6 million, is to provide rapid support to the negotiations on the future of Somalia, to assist in the demarcation of the Eritrean/Ethiopian border and to finance emergency mine-clearing operations to support the cease-fire in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan. This programme under the Rapid Reaction Mechanism is additional to and supportive of other EU programmes under the European Development Fund.

    [05] Vietnam : Commission adopts framework for cooperation (Country Strategy Paper)

    The European Commission has adopted the Country Strategy Paper for Vietnam, which sets out a five-year strategy for its financial assistance to Vietnam for the period 2002-2006. At the same time, it announced that over the next three years (2002-2004), an indicative sum of €101 million has been earmarked to finance this strategy. The paper has been prepared in consultation with the Government of Vietnam and EU Member States.

    [06] Conférence de presse de Viviane Reding sur le dopage dans le sport amateur demain

    La Commissaire européenne en charge des Sports, Viviane Reding, présentera demain une étude réalisée par le ministère de l'Intérieur de Basse-Saxe (Allemagne) avec le soutien de la Commission sur l'ampleur du dopage dans le sport amateur en Europe, à partir d'enquêtes effectuées en Belgique, Allemagne, Italie et Portugal. L'étude porte sur le dopage dans les centres de fitness, sur l'importance du trafic de produits dopants, notamment par Internet, et sur la consommation de compléments alimentaires chez les sportifs amateurs. Elle fait plusieurs recommandations sur les moyens de combattre la "culture du dopage" qui se répand dans le sport amateur en Europe.

    [07] "eEurope: SMEs GoDigital" conference : SMEs at the heart of EU's agenda

    On 16 May 2002, the "eEurope: SMEs GoDigital" Conference in Brussels will address achievements and needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the digital business environment. European Enterprise Commissioner Erkki Liikanen aims to share the results and experiences of the GoDigital initiative, which was launched one year ago as part of the eEurope Action Plan. The conference will also outline potential actions in view of the planned eEurope 2005 action plan. The conference has been fully booked since the beginning of May, with nearly five hundred registered participants. Speakers include Olivetti Tecnost Chairman Bruno Lamborghini, high level officials from European ministries and several SME representatives. The event also features video material and exhibition stands to demonstrate the results of e-business take-up in SMEs.

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