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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-11-21

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] RĂ©forme du sucre : Mariann Fischer Boel appelle Ă de nouveaux efforts en faveur de la restructuration du secteur communautaire du sucre
  • [02] EU-Belarus : new message to the people of Belarus
  • [03] ENP at work : Ukraine and Moldova to strengthen border cooperation
  • [04] Commission clears joint venture between NLMK and Duferco
  • [05] Stronger together in ICT : Europe to pool private, national and EU research efforts in order to become more competitive
  • [06] Recherche : €9 milliards pour les technologies de l'information et des communications
  • [07] Danuta HĂĽbner meets with Ministers for regional policy to discuss Cohesion Policy in support of innovation and competitiveness
  • [08] Crime prevention : Commission organises a high level conference on identity theft and payment fraud
  • [09] Autre matĂ©riel diffusĂ© Midday Express of 2006-11-21 Reference: MEX/06/1121 Date: 21/11/2006 EXME06 / 21.11

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communicationb

    21/11/06


  • [01] RĂ©forme du sucre : Mariann Fischer Boel appelle Ă de nouveaux efforts en faveur de la restructuration du secteur communautaire du sucre

    Mme Mariann Fischer Boel, membre de la Commission européenne chargé de l'agriculture et du développement rural, a demandé lundi aux ministres de l'agriculture et au secteur du sucre que de nouveaux efforts soient déployés pour que le processus de restructuration de ce secteur aboutisse. Un élément fondamental de la réforme du secteur communautaire du sucre entrée en vigueur le 1er juillet 2006 a été l'établissement d'un fonds de restructuration financé par les producteurs de sucre et destiné à contribuer au processus de restructuration nécessaire pour renforcer la compétitivité du secteur. L'objectif est de supprimer quelque 6 millions de tonnes de quota afin de garantir l'équilibre du marché après une période de transition de quatre ans. Au cours de la première année d'application, près de 1,5 million de tonnes de quota ont été libérées dans le cadre du régime de restructuration. La date limite de dépôt des demandes pour 2007/2008 est le 31 janvier 2007, mais, étant donné que les consultations avec les parties intéressées pourraient durer jusqu'à 45 jours, les intentions en matière de restructuration doivent être annoncées d'ici début décembre. Malheureusement, les intentions déclarées de renonciation aux quotas pour 2007/2008 ne représentent pour le moment que 0,7 million de tonnes, ce qui est bien inférieur au volume nécessaire pour équilibrer le marché.

    [02] EU-Belarus : new message to the people of Belarus

    Today, European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner is launching a document setting out what the EU could bring to Belarus, were Belarus to engage in democratisation and respect for human rights and rule of law. The document is being transmitted to the Belarus authorities today both in Minsk and Brussels. It contains concrete examples of how the people of Belarus could gain from a rapprochement between the EU and Belarus within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Due to the current political conditions, it has so far not been possible for the EU to offer to Belarus the full advantages of the ENP, which are already enjoyed by other countries in the region including Ukraine and Moldova. The paper makes clear that "the people of Belarus are the first victims of the isolation imposed by the country's authorities, and will be the first to reap the benefits on offer to a democratic Belarus".

    [03] ENP at work : Ukraine and Moldova to strengthen border cooperation

    Today Ukraine and Moldova will sign in the presence of the European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy agreements which commit the two sides to step up their exchange of information on movement of goods and people across their shared border. This will improve controls on the Transnistrian section of border which cannot be adequately controlled on the Moldovan side at present. The agreements set up an automated system for exchanging pre-arrival information on cargo crossing their shared border, and for the exchange of information among border and customs services of the two countries. The agreements are the result of discussions in trilateral format with the EU, and the countries' cooperation with the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM).

    [04] Commission clears joint venture between NLMK and Duferco

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to a joint venture between OJSC Novolipetsk Steel (NLMK) of Russia and Duferco Participations Holding Ltd (Duferco) of Guernsey, the Channel Islands. NLMK and Duferco will acquire joint control of various companies (the JV Companies) currently under the sole control of Duferco and its affiliates. NLMK produces and sells carbon steel semi-finished and finished flat products and electrical steel products. Duferco produces and sells carbon steel semi-finished and finished flat and long products, and buys and resells electrical steel, stainless steel and high-alloy steel. The JV Companies are active in the production and processing of carbon steel semi-finished and finished flat and long products. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Stronger together in ICT : Europe to pool private, national and EU research efforts in order to become more competitive

    For the first time ever, the European Union is changing the method of financing key technological research by launching Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs). The idea for JTIs came from the European Commission and was supported by EU Heads of State and Government at their recent informal summit in Lahti (Finland). JTIs will pool the resources of private industry, EU and national programmes to pursue ambitious common research objectives. The first JTI to be launched in early 2007 will be ARTEMIS. The ARTEMIS JTI will steer Europe's research in embedded computing systems, which are increasingly essential for many key industrial sectors. This initiative will act as a beacon for further such initiatives to follow. Industrial leaders and national and EU research experts are meeting today in Helsinki to further discuss this new method of European research funding.

    [06] Recherche : €9 milliards pour les technologies de l'information et des communications

    L'UE prévoit d'investir plus de €9 milliards pour la recherche dans le domaine des technologies de l'information et des communications (TIC). Cette somme représente, et de loin, le plus important poste budgétaire du 7ème programme-cadre communautaire de recherche et développement technologique qui se poursuivra jusqu'en 2013. Cette priorité a été définie par l'UE, qui confirme ainsi l'importance qu'elle accorde aux technologies de l'information et des communications pour la croissance et la compétitivité de l'Europe. Près de 3.500 membres de la communauté des chercheurs se réunissent aujourd'hui à Helsinki dans le cadre de la conférence et de l'exposition "Information Society Technology 2006" afin de discuter du nouveau programme-cadre et des priorités stratégiques à adopter pour la recherche fondamentale et appliquée dans le domaine des technologies de l'information.

    [07] Danuta HĂĽbner meets with Ministers for regional policy to discuss Cohesion Policy in support of innovation and competitiveness

    During the informal meeting today chaired by Hannes Manninen, Finnish Minister for Regional and Municipal Affairs, European Ministers for regional policy discussed with the Commission how an innovative approach towards Cohesion Policy by the public sector can lead to more innovation in the private sector. The Commissionner welcomed this initiative taken by the Finnish Presidency.

    [08] Crime prevention : Commission organises a high level conference on identity theft and payment fraud

    On 22 and 23 November 2006, the European Commission organises in Brussels the Conference "Maintaining the integrity of identities and payments: Two challenges for fraud prevention". It aims at further strengthening public- private cooperation against identity theft and fraud on credit cards and other non-cash means of payment in order to increase security and respond effectively to issues that, as a recent Eurobarometer shows, are broadly perceived as widespread.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    Partenariats public-privé dans le domaine des technologies de l'information et des communications - foire aux questions

    Discours du Président José Manuel Barroso à la signature de l'accord ITER (Palais de l'Elysée, Paris)

    Speech by Franco Frattini : "The EU's approach to fight trafficking in human beings" at International Seminar on Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation (Lisbon)

    Speech by Franco Frattini : "The EU's comprehensive approach to migration policy" at Conference Gulbekian 'EU perspective on International migration' (Lisbon, ! embargo 15h00 !)

    Speech by Viviane Reding : "FP7: A new framework for competition, innovation and growth" at IST 2006 - Strategies for Leadership (Helsinki)

    Speech by Peter Mandelson : "Trade Policy and stable, secure and sustainable energy" at Conference on Strategic Energy Policy

    Speech by Danuta HĂĽbner : "Regions for Economic Change: creative and innovative solutions for regional modernisation" at informal meeting of Ministers for Regional Policy

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy at European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs

    Discours de Louis Michel : "Partenariat UE-ACP : soutenir des Etats capacitaires et renforcer la cohésion sociale pour faire face aux défis de la mondialisation" à l'Assemblée parlementaire paritaire ACP-UE (20/11, Bridgetown)

    Speech by Andris Piebalgs : "External projection of the EU internal energy market" at the External Energy Policy Conference (20/11) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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