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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-07-23

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 of Romano Prodi on the approval of José Barroso as the next President of the Commission
  • [02] EU INSPIREs better geographical info
  • [03] Assurances : la Commission demande au Luxembourg de ne plus imposer un système obligatoire de franchise automobile
  • [04] Cinquième anniversaire du prix Descartes : huit équipes de chercheurs en concurrence pour l'obtention du prix 2004
  • [05] "EU of 25 brings new opportunities to farm sector", Sandra Kalniete says
  • [06] Commission launches new search system for Eurobarometer polls
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2004-07-23 Reference: MEX/04/0723 Date: 23/07/2004 EXME04 / 23.7

    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

    23/07/04


  • [01] Statement of Romano Prodi on the approval of José Barroso as the next President of the Commission

    The President of the European Commission Romano Prodi congratulated his successor, President José Manuel Durão Barroso, following the vote at the European parliament on Thursday 22 July. "My legacy is a Commission that has delivered on its promises. I am confident that President Barroso will continue to unify Europe with the force of an institution that is today able to serve the common interest in the European Union better than ever before. The wide-ranging support he has gained from the Members of the Parliament is the best precondition for a close cooperation between the Commission and the Parliament. I know that President Barroso can bring Europeans even closer together."

    [02] EU INSPIREs better geographical info

    To improve mapping in Europe, the European Commission is launching the INSPIRE (INfrastructure for SPatial InfoRmation in the European Union) initiative. A database with consistent geographical information, INSPIRE will support environmental protection policies as well as infrastructure development, agriculture and maritime navigation. A new Directive proposed today calls on EU Member States to put geographical information on a publicly accessible electronic network and to progressively harmonise it. At present, information on rivers, road networks and other geographical features is collected in an uncoordinated way and based on different methods and specifications, resulting in data gaps and lack of comparability.

    [03] Assurances : la Commission demande au Luxembourg de ne plus imposer un système obligatoire de franchise automobile

    La Commission européenne a demandé formellement au Luxembourg de ne plus imposer un système obligatoire de franchise pour l'assurance responsabilité civile automobile. Pour la Commission, un système selon lequel des montants maximaux de franchises sont imposés par la loi tous les contrats d'assurance couvrant la responsabilité civile des véhicules ayant leur stationnement habituel dans un Etat membre doit être considéré comme contraire la liberté de commercialisation des produits d'assurance visée par la troisième directive sur l'assurance non-vie. Un tel système a pour effet de restreindre la libre concurrence entre les entreprises d'assurance et de limiter le choix de produits disponibles aux preneurs d'assurance. La demande formelle est sous forme d'un avis motivé. Si le Luxembourg ne donne pas de réponse satisfaisante dans un délai de deux mois après réception de l'avis motivé, la Commission pourrait décider de saisir la Cour de justice.

    [04] Cinquième anniversaire du prix Descartes : huit équipes de chercheurs en concurrence pour l'obtention du prix 2004

    Cette année, le prix Descartes récompensant la recherche transnationale de premier plan menée en collaboration en est sa cinquième année d'existence. Les équipes sélectionnées pour 2004 viennent de vingt pays différents et travaillent dans les domaines des sciences de la vie, de l'ingénierie, des technologies de l'information, de la chimie et de la physique. L'annonce du nom des deux lauréats qui remporteront le prix de cette année – d'une valeur de 1 million d'€ répartir parts égales entre les deux lauréats – sera faite le 2 décembre Prague. Au cours des cinq dernières années, 65 équipes de 19 pays européens et non européens ont obtenu le prix Descartes pour des projets allant des sciences fondamentales, de la chimie et des sciences du vivant l'électronique et la physique.

    [05] "EU of 25 brings new opportunities to farm sector", Sandra Kalniete says

    Speaking at the Libramont Agriculture Fair today, European Commissioner Sandra Kalniete highlighted the opportunities the enlarged European Union of 25 brings to farmers and rural areas. "Let us not forget that the number of consumers in that market has risen to 454 million. And that this market is one without tariff restrictions, export quotas or trade barriers. It is clear that this offers opportunities for both EU-15 Member States and new Member States. Trade between the EU-15 and the new Member States has already significantly increased during the period preceding enlargement, and will further increase in the years ahead", she stressed. On the Commission proposal to reform the sugar sector, Ms Kalniete made clear that the status quo was not tenable.

    [06] Commission launches new search system for Eurobarometer polls

    The European Commission has today published the full results of the latest Eurobarometer surveys, the highlights of which were published on 7 May (IP/04/617). This is the first time the Commission has published a composite report for all 25 EU Member States. The next report, this autumn, will be fully integrated to cover the new enlarged EU. This month also marks the 30th anniversary of the Eurobarometer surveys. To mark this occasion, the Commission is launching a new interactive search system on the Eurobarometer website : <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/public_opinion/cf/index_en.cfm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/public_opinion/cf/index_en.cfm. This will allow users to get specific and selected results from the EB database, to create tables, save data and compare the results of research on precise topics and specific trends for one or a number of countries. Likewise, a new mass mail system offers regular updates on Eurobarometer publications. Just register on : <a href="http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/coreservices/mailing/index.cfm?form=register&serviceid=36775&lang=en">http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/coreservices/mailing/index.cfm?form=register&serviceid=36775&lang=en to receive the latest information from the website.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Spokesperson's statement on an antitrust probe in the financial services sector

    Speech by Chris Patten at the re-opening of the Stari Most Bridge (Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina, ! embargo 14h45 !)

    The EU Descartes Prize Finalists 2004

    Calendrier du 26 au 30 juillet 2004 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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