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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-07-12

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] Protection contre les inondations : la Commission propose une action concertée à l'échelle de l'UE
  • [02] Commission clears Union PanAgora JV between Putnam and Union Investment
  • [03] Services : la Commission demande à l'Italie et au Luxembourg d'appliquer des décisions de la Cour en matière de foires et d'agents en brevets
  • [04] Netherlands : Commission pursues legal action for breaches of environmental laws
  • [05] Belgium : Commission pursues legal action for breaches of environmental law
  • [06] Sudan/Chad : Commission earmarks further €18 million for victims of Darfur crisis
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2004-07-12 Reference: MEX/04/0712 Date: 12/07/2004 EXME04 / 12.7

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Général Presse etb

    Communication

    12/07/04


  • [01] Protection contre les inondations : la Commission propose une action concertée à l'échelle de l'UE

    Face aux risques d'inondation, la Commission européenne a proposé aujourd'hui – pour la première fois – une action concertée à l'échelle de l'UE en matière de gestion des risques d'inondation afin d'améliorer la protection contre les inondations. La Commission propose une série de mesures, à savoir des plans de gestion des risques d'inondation dans les bassins fluviaux et les zones côtières, une cartographie des risques d'inondation indiquant les zones à risque, la coordination de l'échange d'informations, la contribution de toutes les politiques communautaires concernées et la sensibilisation du public. De 1998 à 2002, l'Europe a subi plus de 100 inondations graves, dont celles, catastrophiques, le long du Danube et de l'Elbe en 2002. Depuis 1998, les inondations ont causé la mort de quelque 700 personnes, le déplacement d'environ 500.000 personnes et au moins 25 milliards d'€ de pertes économiques.

    [02] Commission clears Union PanAgora JV between Putnam and Union Investment

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to a proposed concentration by which US-based Putnam Investment LLC and Union Assets Management Holding AG of Germany acquire joint control of Union PanAgora Assets Management GmbH which provides asset management services to private and institutional investors mainly in Germany. (The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [03] Services : la Commission demande à l'Italie et au Luxembourg d'appliquer des décisions de la Cour en matière de foires et d'agents en brevets

    La Commission européenne a décidé de demander formellement à l'Italie de se conformer au jugement déjà rendu par la Cour de justice européenne obligeant ce pays à supprimer les restrictions qu'il impose à l'exercice de l'activité d'organisation de foires. La Commission demandera également à l'Italie et au Luxembourg d'appliquer deux arrêts de la Cour concernant leurs législations respectives relatives aux agents en brevets, qui limitent sans justification l'exercice de cette activité sur leurs territoires. En vertu de l'Article 228 du Traité CE, et à défaut d'adoption des mesures nécessaires, l'Italie et le Luxembourg pourraient se voir infliger des astreintes par la Cour.

    [04] Netherlands : Commission pursues legal action for breaches of environmental laws

    The European Commission has decided to pursue infringement proceedings against the Netherlands in seven separate cases involving EU environment laws. The laws in question tackle environmental problems such as air and water pollution, waste and climate change. By not properly implementing these laws the Netherlands is not providing citizens with the high level of protection from man-made environmental risks that they are entitled to. Due to the failure of the Netherlands to transpose EU legislation on low- sulphur fuel, which is needed for new emission-reducing vehicle technologies to function effectively, the Commission is to refer the Netherlands to the European Court of Justice. The Commission already warned the Netherlands twice about its obligation to transpose this legislation. In the other six cases, the Netherlands will now receive final written warnings, which represent the last stage before Court referral.

    [05] Belgium : Commission pursues legal action for breaches of environmental law

    The European Commission has decided to pursue infringement proceedings against Belgium in five separate cases concerning breaches of EU environment law. A final written warning will be sent to Belgium for failure to carry out an Environmental Impact Assesment of the major roadworks on the "Leien Boulevard" in Antwerp. Belgium will also receive two further final warnings for failure to transpose into Belgian law EU legislation on water and on greenhouse gas emissions. In two further cases, Belgium will receive first written warnings. They concern failure to reduce air pollution and to meet obligations in relation to the Earth's protective ozone layer. By not correctly implementing EU environment law Belgium is not protecting the environment and its citizens as it should.

    [06] Sudan/Chad : Commission earmarks further €18 million for victims of Darfur crisis

    The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) has today earmarked an additional €18 million in humanitarian aid to the victims of the conflict in Western Sudan. €10 million will be allocated to address the needs of displaced populations and other civilians inside the Greater Darfur region affected by the conflict. €8 million will be dedicated to the needs of refugees from Darfur who have fled to neighbouring Chad. The international community has recognised the need for immediate and generous support to humanitarian assistance for this crisis. Therefore, the Commission is mobilising these additional humanitarian aid funds in response to the rapidly escalating needs. More than two million people - a third of the entire population of the region - are badly affected by the armed conflict in Darfur. It is estimated that up to 200,000 Sudanese refugees have fled into Chad, and while most of these people are now accommodated in camps, tens of thousands still remain at the border. The crisis in Darfur is now recognised as the most serious humanitarian crisis in the world, yet humanitarian aid is still not ensured unhindered access to everyone in need in Darfur.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Danuta Hübner at G90 ministerial meeting plenary opening session (Mauritius)

    Speech by Danuta Hübner at 8th meeting of the ACP Ministers of Trade – Exchange of views on ACP-EU cooperation (11/07, Mauritius)

    Speech by Frits Bolkestein : "Corporate Governance in a Transatlantic Perspective" at Transatlantic Corporate Governance Dialogue Dinner (! embargo 20h00 !) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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