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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-05-28

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] Statement by Commission President Romano Prodi on fisheries reform
  • [02] EU Fisheries Policy : Commission outlines reform to give the EU fisheries sector a future
  • [03] Commission adopts new initiatives to increase its internal efficiency and reallocate resources to core tasks
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [04] March 2002 compared to March 2001 - Volume of retail trade up by 2.0% in euro-zone ; EU15 up by 2.6%
  • [05] EU will sign a new international treaty on agricultural biodiversity
  • [06] David Byrne congratulates BEUC on its 40th anniversary
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 28/05/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 28/05/2002[I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] Statement by Commission President Romano Prodi on fisheries reform

    "This is a far-reaching package that will pave the way for much-needed reform. It is time to act to secure a sustainable future for the fisheries sector. During past few weeks I've been following the debate surrounding this issue in the media with growing amazement. The proposals we've adopted today once again demonstrate that the Commission acts in common European interest. We will now take part in discussions in the same spirit, listening carefully to all points of view."

    [02] EU Fisheries Policy : Commission outlines reform to give the EU fisheries sector a future

    Dwindling fish stocks, diminishing catches, too many vessels chasing too few fish, steady job losses and a lack of effective control and sanctions…, the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) needs fundamental change. Following intense consultations with stakeholders, the European Commission today unveiled an ambitious reform package. The Commission proposes to do away with the annual ritual of setting fishing quotas at too high levels. In future, TACs would be fixed within a multi-annual management plan, on the basis of the most recent scientific advice to ensure that enough fish stay in the sea to replenish the stocks. The Commission intends to tackle excess fleet capacity by ending public aid for introducing new fishing vessels. More EU money would be available to help fishermen to find alternative work and for the restructuring of the sector. The Commission also advocates uniform and tougher sanctions across the EU. Controls would be reinforced by setting up a Joint EU Inspection Structure. To bring the CFP closer to fishermen, the industry, NGOs, regions and other stakeholders, the Commission is proposing the creation of Regional Advisory Councils. To achieve sustainable fisheries beyond EU waters on the basis of stronger international cooperation, the reform package includes an action plan against illegal fishing and a strategy for EU fisheries development partnerships with third countries.

    [03] Commission adopts new initiatives to increase its internal efficiency and reallocate resources to core tasks

    The European Commission has adopted a set of proposals for rationalising the day-to-day management of administrative and support services, particularly those that are currently carried out by the Directorate General for Personnel and Administration. In transferring part of the tasks to three Offices, one for the payment of all Commission staff entitlement, the other two for the management of Commission infrastructures in Brussels and Luxembourg, the Commission is seeking to increase the effectiveness of the delivery of these services to the benefit of staff. The new Offices would lead to annual savings on overall operating costs of up to €16 million annually, roughly 18% of the current cost of providing these services. These efficiency gains could increase further if the other EU institutions agreed to pool their responsibilities in these fields. The proposals adopted today will now be discussed with the Commission staff unions before a detailed decision is presented to the Commission for final adoption this autumn.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [04] March 2002 compared to March 2001 - Volume of retail trade up by 2.0% in euro-zone ; EU15 up by 2.6%

    In March 2002, as compared to March 2001, the volume of retail trade increased by 2.0% in the euro-zone and by 2.6% in the EU15, Eurostat estimates today. Compared to February 2002, sales rose by 0.3% in the euro- zone and by 0.2% in the EU15. In March 2002, as compared to March 2001, retail trade of "food, drinks and tobacco" rose by 2.6% in the euro-zone and by 2.4% in the EU15.

    [05] EU will sign a new international treaty on agricultural biodiversity

    European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection David Byrne has welcomed the decision of the EU's Council of Ministers yesterday that the European Union will sign the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The Treaty aims to protect the world's most important agricultural plant species in order to safeguard global food security. The Treaty provides for free access to plant genetic resources for research and breeding. Recipients marketing products arising from that access will have to pay back into the system an equitable share of the monetary and other benefits.

    [06] David Byrne congratulates BEUC on its 40th anniversary

    David Byrne, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, has congratulated BEUC, the "Bureau Européen des Consommateurs" on the occasion of their 40th anniversary tomorrow, 29 May 2002. The Commissioner has said that he looks forward to attending the organisation's General Assembly on Thursday 30 May, and presenting his best wishes in person.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note sur les résultats du Conseil Agriculture

    Speech by Erkki Liikanen : "Exploiting the Broadband Potential" at the ECCA Conference, European Broadband Communications 2002 (27/05)

    Discours de M. Barnier : "Priorités de l'Union pour la politique régionale" (27/05)


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