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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-05-02

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

[I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] Company taxation/Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base : Commission presents a progress report on the preparatory work made before finalising its proposal due in 2008
  • [02] Proposed budget 2008 : growth and employment at the heart of EU spending
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [03] Marché intérieur: la Commission ouvre le débat sur la politique future de l'UE concernant les services financiers de détail
  • [04] Europe to take another step towards a new EU maritime policy in Bremen
  • [05] Promouvoir la protection des données par les technologies renforçant la protection de la vie privée
  • [06] The new EU Regulation to reduce roaming charges ahead of the European Parliament plenary vote : frequently asked questions
  • [07] La Commission se félicite de l'acquittement de Me Nlandu, ancienne candidate l'élection présidentielle en RDC
  • [08] Lorenzo Natali Prize for excellence in reporting on human rights and democracy to be awarded by Louis Michel
  • [09] On-line consultation opened on new perspectives for the European Research Area
  • [10] March 2007 : Euro area unemployment down to 7.2% ; EU27 stable at 7.3%
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-05-02 Reference: MEX/07/0502 Date: 02/05/2007 EXME07 / 2.5

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    02/05/07


  • [I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

    [01] Company taxation/Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base : Commission presents a progress report on the preparatory work made before finalising its proposal due in 2008

    Following a first progress report in 2006 (IP/06/448), the European Commission has adopted a second Communication on the progress towards a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB). The Commission, in this Communication draws the attention of the other EU institutions to the work that has been done and the work that has to be done at experts level, identifying the problems and the possible options to solve them, before making a formal proposal in 2008. The CCCTB would enable companies to follow the same rules for calculating the tax base for all their EU-wide activities, rather than in accordance with the existing 27 systems, thereby, simplifying procedures, improving efficiency and reducing compliance costs (IP/04/1091). The consolidated tax base would be distributed between Member States in accordance with an agreed fair sharing mechanism which will also form part of the proposal. Member States will retain full sovereignty over their tax revenues as they will continue to set their own national tax rates. The Commission confirmed that it will not make any proposal on harmonizing tax rates.

    [02] Proposed budget 2008 : growth and employment at the heart of EU spending

    (! embargo 12h30 !) For the first time, spending on growth and employment policies will represent the highest share of the budget, ahead of agriculture and natural resources. This is the key message sent by the Commission in its budget proposals for 2008, adopted today. At €129.2 billion in commitment appropriations, the budget increases by 2% compared to 2007. Payment appropriations are set at €121.6 billion, a 5.3% increase.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [03] Marché intérieur: la Commission ouvre le débat sur la politique future de l'UE concernant les services financiers de détail

    La Commission européenne vient de publier un livre vert dans lequel elle donne sa vision de la politique future de l'UE concernant les services financiers de détail, savoir les produits financiers tels que les comptes bancaires, les prêts, les hypothèques, les investissements et les produits d'assurance offerts aux consommateurs individuels. Le livre vert de la Commission vise mieux comprendre les problèmes rencontrés par les consommateurs et par les entreprises dans ce domaine, définir les principaux objectifs de la Commission et identifier les domaines dans lesquels il y a lieu de poursuivre les efforts. Il constitue une contribution importante au réexamen du marché intérieur entrepris par la Commission pour faire en sorte que ses politiques soient adaptées au 21ème siècle (voir IP/07/214). La Commission invite les parties concernées faire connaître leurs observations au sujet du livre vert pour le 16 juillet 2007 au plus tard.

    [04] Europe to take another step towards a new EU maritime policy in Bremen

    This evening, 2 May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso will open a major international conference in Bremen on the Commission's Green Paper on a future Maritime Policy for Europe. Hosted by the German Presidency of the European Union Council of Ministers and by the Land of Bremen, this event will be one of the high-points of the year-long Green Paper consultation process. The three days of debate will bring together political and business leaders with scientific experts, and stakeholders' representatives from across the EU. The main focus of their discussions will be on the added value of an integrated European maritime policy, and how to identify new potential for sustainable development of Europe's oceans and seas and coastal regions. Participants will review the preliminary results of the ongoing process of consultation, and their conclusions will inform the activities of the Commission and the Portuguese Council Presidency during the second half of 2007.

    [05] Promouvoir la protection des données par les technologies renforçant la protection de la vie privée

    La Commission européenne a adopté une Communication destinée identifier les avantages des technologies renforçant la protection de la vie privée et fixer les objectifs de la Commission dans ce domaine, objectifs qu'elle souhaite atteindre par une série d'actions spécifiques de soutien au développement des technologies renforçant la protection de la vie privée et leur utilisation par les responsables du traitement et les consommateurs.

    [06] The new EU Regulation to reduce roaming charges ahead of the European Parliament plenary vote : frequently asked questions

    On 10 May, the plenary of the European Parliament will vote on the European Commission's proposal for an EU Roaming Regulation to bring down mobile roaming charges by up to 70%. The vote will be preceded by a public debate in the European Parliament in Brussels on 9 May, Europe Day. "For years, the European Parliament, in the name of EU citizens, has asked for lower roaming charges. Now, we have the unique chance to abolish this last border in Europe's internal market once and for all," commented EU Telecom Commissioner Viviane Reding. "I trust the European Parliament, together with the Council of Ministers, to make sure that already this summer, European consumers will benefit from substantially lower charges when using their mobile phone abroad."

    [07] La Commission se félicite de l'acquittement de Me Nlandu, ancienne candidate l'élection présidentielle en RDC

    La Commission européenne se félicite de l'acquittement de Maître Marie-Thérèse Nlandu et neuf autres prévenus en République Démocratique du Congo, accusés de lancer un mouvement d'insurrection lors d'une manifestation en novembre 2006. Le verdict écarte toute politisation du procès et renforce l'image d'une justice indépendante et efficace en RDC.

    [08] Lorenzo Natali Prize for excellence in reporting on human rights and democracy to be awarded by Louis Michel

    European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Louis Michel will award the 2006 Lorenzo Natali Prizes for excellence in reporting on human rights and democracy in the developing world in the Commission's Press Room tomorrow 3 May. The ceremony will start with an introduction to the prize and an audiovisual portrait of the 15 nominees at 14h15. Prizes will be handed over by the Commissioner at 15h45. The 2006 edition of the Lorenzo Natali Prize achieved a significant success with more than 1500 applications from 165 countries all over the world. The Jury chaired by Femi Oke, anchor of CNN's "Inside Africa" called on 16 April in Berlin and nominated 15 journalists, first, second and third prizes in each of five world regions as well as a "grand prix" will be awarded. The nominees are : Massoud Ansari (Pakistan), Mohammad Ben Hussein (Jordania), Maria Paz Cuevas (Chile), Andrej Dynko (Belarus), Talal El-Atrache (Syria), Tanya Farber (South Africa), Lucky George (Nigeria), Syed Shoaib Hassan (Pakistan), Mario Kaiser (Germany), Mauri Konig (Brasil), Siew Ying Leu (China), Robert Mugagga (Uganda), Maria Teresa Ronderos Torres (Colombia), Michael Tierney (Scotland), Aijaz ZakaSyed (India). A VNR with a portrait of the prize winners will be distributed by EBS on 3 May. All articles will be online on 3 May at: <a href="http://www.nataliprize.eu/nataliprize/index.php">http://www.nataliprize.eu/nataliprize/index.php

    [09] On-line consultation opened on new perspectives for the European Research Area

    A broad online public consultation on the future of the European Research Area is now open for contributions, as announced in the recent Green Paper 'The European Research Area: New Perspectives' of 4 April 2007. The consultation is accessible on <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/research/era">http://ec.europa.eu/research/era and it will remain open until 31 August 2007. The results of this online consultation provide important input to the overall debate on ERA which will run until the end of 2007 and which will help prepare further initiatives in 2008. The possibility of commenting informally via the website of European Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik remains open as well:

    <a href="http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/potocnik/Weblog/giving_europe_a_fifth_freedom">http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/potocnik/Weblog/giving_europe_a_fifth_freedom

    [10] March 2007 : Euro area unemployment down to 7.2% ; EU27 stable at 7.3%

    Euro area (EA13) seasonally-adjusted unemployment stood at 7.2% in March 2007, compared with 7.3% in February. It was 8.2% in March 2006. The EU271 unemployment rate was 7.3% in March 2007, the same as February. It was 8.2% in March 2006. In March 2007, the lowest rates were registered in Denmark and the Netherlands (both 3.4%) and Ireland (3.9%). Unemployment rates were highest in Poland (11.4%) and Slovakia (10.8%). These figures come from Eurostat.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Technologies renforçant la protection de la vie privée

    Green Paper on Retail Financial Services in the Single Market – frequently asked questions

    &lt;!-- PRV_REF ID="SPEECH|07/263|0|FR" --&gt;Discours de M. Louis Michel : "Tenons les promesses que nous avons faites dans le domaine de l'éducation" From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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