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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-12-12

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] High Level Group adopts 10-year-roadmap for a competitive EU car sector
  • [02] Commission welcomes changes in ETSI IPR rules to prevent "patent ambush"
  • [03] Propriété intellectuelle : évaluation du droit communautaire des bases de données
  • [04] Avian influenza : chief medical and veterinary officers discuss guidelines for poultry sector workers
  • [05] Commission to pay additional €853,000 to support Kyoto's flexible mechanisms and technology transfer
  • [06] La Commission consulte le public sur des actions en vue d'enrayer la réduction de la biodiversité d'ici 2010 et au-del
  • [07] Warsaw water supply and waste water treatment project gets EU financing
  • [08] Commission approves acquisition of Innovene by the INEOS Group
  • [09] First estimates for the third quarter of 2005 : EU25 current account deficit €21.1 billion ; €9.6 billion surplus on trade in services
  • [10] Iraq : Commission proposes negotiating mandate for a Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-12-12 Reference: MEX/05/1212 Date: 12/12/2005 EXME05/ 12.12

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

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

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction GénéralePresse etb

    Communication

    12/12/05


  • [01] High Level Group adopts 10-year-roadmap for a competitive EU car sector

    Today the CARS 21 High Level Group has adopted a 10 year roadmap for a competitive EU car industry. The Group has agreed on a number of recommendations to make cars cleaner, safer and to simplify the legal environment for EU car makers. The recommendations aim to enhance the automotive industry’s global competitiveness and employment while sustaining further progress in safety and environmental performance at a price affordable to the consumer. In line with the better regulation principles, this roadmap will provide industry with a predictable regulatory framework for the near future, while it is recognised that it should not stifle discussions on new developments. In 2006 the Commission will come forward with proposals on the follow-up to the CARS 21 recommendations. There will be a mid-term review in 2009 in view of the progress made and the technological developments.

    [02] Commission welcomes changes in ETSI IPR rules to prevent "patent ambush"

    The European Commission has closed its investigation of the European Telecommunications Standardisation Institute (ETSI) following ETSI's recent change to its standard-setting rules. This change strengthens the requirement for early disclosure of those intellectual property rights (IPRs) which are essential for the implementation of a standard in order to minimise the risk of so-called "patent ambush" (where a company hides the fact that it owns IPRs essential for a standard). The Commission also takes note of ETSI's additional initiatives as regards its standard-setting rules, and will follow these with interest.

    [03] Propriété intellectuelle : évaluation du droit communautaire des bases de données

    La Commission européenne a publié un rapport d'évaluation de la protection des bases de données garantie par le droit communautaire. A condition d'être suffisamment créatives, les bases de données sont protégées par un droit d'auteur. Si elles ne constituent que des compilations d'informations ou de données générales comme les annuaires téléphoniques, les palmarès musicaux ou les résultats de matchs de football, elles peuvent bénéficier d'une nouvelle forme de protection introduite par la directive de 1996 sur les bases de données. Cette protection est connue en tant que droit "sui generis", c'est- -dire un droit de propriété spécifique aux bases de données et non lié aux autres formes de protection telles que le droit d'auteur. L'évaluation s'interroge sur la question de savoir si l'introduction de ce droit a favorisé la croissance de l'industrie et de la production de bases de données. Elle examine également si l'étendue du droit est suffisante pour couvrir les domaines dans lesquels l'Europe doit encourager l'innovation. Les parties prenantes sont invitées transmettre leurs commentaires d'ici le 12 mars 2006.

    [04] Avian influenza : chief medical and veterinary officers discuss guidelines for poultry sector workers

    At a meeting hosted by the European Commission today in Brussels, European Chief Medical Officers (CMO) and Chief Veterinary Officers (CVO) discussed and endorsed guidelines on the protection of poultry workers against avian influenza (AI), proposed by the Stockholm-based European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Representatives from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) also participated in the meeting. According to ECDC, the risk of poultry workers being infected by AI type H5N1 is low. The risk of human infection following exposure to other highly pathogenic avian influenzas (such as H7N7) is higher even though the disease they cause in humans tends to be less dangerous. Hence, ECDC first recommends local risk assessment by the competent national authorities and then details provisions to : control infection in birds with appropriate surveillance measures ; minimise contact with infected birds and separate people from possible sources of infection ; use personal protective equipment such as disposable gloves, masks and goggles, or helmets ; resort to anti-virals if needed, with targeted pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis ; consider vaccination against seasonal influenza, to help reduce the impact of a possible exposure to AI ; and carefully follow-up people potentially exposed. In addition, the meeting provided an opportunity to exchange views on influenza pandemic preparedness planning. Full text of the ECDC guidelines on: <a href="http://www.ecdc.eu.int/avian_influenza/occupational_exposure.php">http://www.ecdc.eu.int/avian_influenza/occupational_exposure.php

    [05] Commission to pay additional €853,000 to support Kyoto's flexible mechanisms and technology transfer

    The European Commission has signed agreements with the Secretariat of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to contribute an additional €853,000 in support of the operation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the establishment of the International Registry System, which will keep track of transfers of Kyoto emissions credits. This amount also includes €100,000 to support information exchange on clean technology transfer. The contracted sums come on top of €1.2 million already paid by the Commission over the last two years. EU Member States have committed €3.67 million to support a streamlined and strengthened CDM, which is one of the outcomes of the Montreal Conference. The total amount pledged, including pledges from non-EU countries, is close to €7 million (US$ 8, 188,050).

    [06] La Commission consulte le public sur des actions en vue d'enrayer la réduction de la biodiversité d'ici 2010 et au-del

    La Commission européenne a lancé aujourd’hui une consultation par l'internet d'une durée de huit semaines sur les mesures que l'Union européenne pourrait adopter pour enrayer la réduction de la biodiversité d'ici 2010 et restaurer la biodiversité long terme. La biodiversité exprime la variété de la vie sur terre sous la forme d'écosystèmes, d'espèces et de gènes. Une biodiversité riche est essentielle pour la prospérité économique, la sécurité, la santé publique et d’autres aspects de la vie quotidienne. Les résultats de la consultation de la Commission seront pris en compte dans une communication sur les engagements pris par les chefs d'Etat et de gouvernement de l'UE pour enrayer la réduction de la biodiversité dans l'Union, et réduire sensiblement le rythme de la réduction l'échelle planétaire d'ici 2010.

    [07] Warsaw water supply and waste water treatment project gets EU financing

    Danuta Hübner, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, has signed the Commission Decision granting financial assistance to the project "Warsaw water supply and waste water treatment". The total cost of the project is estimated at €405 million with an EU contribution of €248 million. The project will improve the quality of drinking water and will also contribute to the considerable improvement in the health of local citizens.

    [08] Commission approves acquisition of Innovene by the INEOS Group

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Innovene, a US petrochemical company by INEOS, a UK based group involved in intermediate and speciality chemicals. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it.

    [09] First estimates for the third quarter of 2005 : EU25 current account deficit €21.1 billion ; €9.6 billion surplus on trade in services

    According to the provisional data issued today by Eurostat, the EU25 external current account recorded a deficit of €21.1 billion in the third quarter of 2005, as compared to a deficit of €9.1 billion in the third quarter of 2004 and a deficit of €21.2 billion in the second quarter of 2005. In the third quarter of 2005 the EU25 external balance of trade in services recorded a surplus of €9.6 billion as compared to a surplus of €10.8 billion in the third quarter of 2004 and a surplus of €15.3 billion in the second quarter of 2005.

    [10] Iraq : Commission proposes negotiating mandate for a Trade and Cooperation Agreement

    The European Commission has proposed that the EU should start negotiations for a Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) with Iraq in 2006. Once the Council has approved the mandate, the Commission will negotiate the Agreement with the first constitutionally elected Iraqi government. Also, Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, on behalf of the Commission, and Ambassador Mohammed Jawad Al-Doreky, on behalf of the Iraqi government, have signed today an agreement ("Accord de Siège") to open a European Commission Delegation office in Baghdad.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Climate change - successful conclusion of UN Conference in Montreal - statement by Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas (10/12)

    Key facts on EU agriculture

    Speech by Mariann Fischer Boel : "Agriculture: outlook for Hong Kong" at the Family Farmers' Conference on International Trade (Hong Kong)

    Speech by Louis Michel : "Lessons from the 2005 'annus horribilis': improving effectiveness, timeliness and equity of the humanitarian response" (Geneva)

    Speech by Janez Potočnik : "Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe: New Challenges, New Opportunities" at European Parliament, From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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