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MIDDAY EXPRESSNews from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction GĂ©nĂ©rale Communicationb
 GALILEO Ă la croisĂ©e des chemins : mise en Ĺ“uvre des programmes europĂ©ens de radionavigation par satelliteLa Commission europĂ©enne a adoptĂ© aujourdâ€™hui une communication sur lâ€™Ă©tat d'avancement du programme GALILEO. Ce document rĂ©pond Ă la demande du Conseil des ministres des transports et le Parlement EuropĂ©en. La Commission constate que la feuille de route de Galileo doit ĂŞtre adaptĂ©e pour respecter l'Ă©chĂ©ance de 2012 pour la pleine opĂ©rabilitĂ© de Galileo. Le partenariat public privĂ© pour mettre en Ĺ“uvre Galileo doit ĂŞtre reprofilĂ© pour permettre la mise en Ĺ“uvre de Galileo en 2012.
 11 EU-supported films on show at the 2007 Cannes Film FestivalEleven films funded by the EU's MEDIA programme have been selected at the 60th Cannes International Film Festival 2007 underlining the MEDIA programme's vital role in supporting Europe's film industry. In recognition of the importance of the audiovisual industry to Europe at a time when technology is creating profound changes, EU Ministers will renew their commitment to Europe's audiovisual sector by attending the Europe Day at Cannes on 26 May. The French-Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles will be the patron of this 5th Europe Day.
 New Commission Decision creates a single reference point for uniform EU radio spectrum informationRadio spectrum users will soon benefit from greater clarity on what spectrum is available and how this may be used across Europe. Such information helps industry to make informed decisions when developing business opportunities, and so will stimulate investment. It is also essential for secondary trading of rights to use spectrum, which is also a Commission objective. The Decision, adopted today, builds on existing requirements in the EU Telecom Rules and defines a common format and level of detail for information that Member States should provide.
 Towards a comprehensive European Migration Policy: Cracking down on employment of illegal immigrants and fostering circular migration and mobility partnershipsThe European Commission is determined to tackle the pull factor for illegal immigrants created by employers providing illegal work. Today it presented a proposal for a Directive on sanctions against such employers. This is part of a comprehensive European Migration policy which supports legal migration, fights illegal migration, builds cooperation with Third Countries and works with the development agenda. Two Communications on the external dimension of migration were also published today.
 L'Union europĂ©enne se dote de rĂ¨gles harmonisĂ©es en matiĂ¨re de loi applicable Ă la responsabilitĂ© civile (rĂ¨glement â€śRome IIâ€ť)AprĂ¨s quatre annĂ©es de nĂ©gociation, le Parlement europĂ©en et le Conseil, rĂ©unis en ComitĂ© de conciliation hier soir, ont approuvĂ© un texte de rĂ¨glement harmonisant les rĂ¨gles concernant la loi applicable aux obligations non-contractuelles (Â« Rome II Â»). Cette mesure sâ€™inscrit dans le cadre des travaux en cours au sein de lâ€™Union europĂ©enne en vue de crĂ©er un vĂ©ritable espace europĂ©en de libertĂ© et de justice. Il sâ€™agit dâ€™assurer que les tribunaux de tous les Ă‰tats membres appliquent la mĂŞme loi en cas de litige transfrontiĂ¨re en matiĂ¨re de responsabilitĂ© civile, facilitant ainsi la reconnaissance mutuelle des dĂ©cisions de justice dans lâ€™Union europĂ©enne. Les rĂ¨gles adoptĂ©es permettent de rĂ©aliser un juste Ă©quilibre entre les intĂ©rĂŞts des diffĂ©rentes parties impliquĂ©es dans un litige transfrontiĂ¨re et de dĂ©signer une loi qui prĂ©sente des liens Ă©troits avec la situation.
 Agreements on visa facilitation and readmission between the European Community and Serbia are initialled todaySerbia joins today the group of Western Balkan countries, with which visa facilitation and readmission agreements have recently been initialled.
 FiscalitĂ© directe: la Commission considĂ¨re que l'amnistie fiscale portugaise est contraire au droit communautaireLa Commission europĂ©enne considĂ¨re que l'amnistie fiscale portugaise de 2005 est contraire Ă la libre circulation des capitaux car celle-ci prĂ©voit une rĂ©gularisation Ă un taux prĂ©fĂ©rentiel de 2,5% pour les investissements dans les obligations d'Ă‰tat portugaises (au lieu de 5% pour les autres titres). La Commission a donc envoyĂ© un avis motivĂ© en vertu de l'article 226 du traitĂ© CE demandant au Portugal de mettre un terme Ă cette infraction au droit communautaire en appliquant le mĂŞme traitement fiscal Ă toutes les rĂ©gularisations effectuĂ©es en 2005. Si le Portugal ne prend pas les mesures nĂ©cessaires pour se conformer Ă la lĂ©gislation de l'UE, la Commission peut dĂ©cider de saisir la Cour de justice.
 April 2007 - Euro area annual inflation stable at 1.9% - EU down to 2.2%Euro area annual inflation was 1.9% in April 2007, unchanged compared with March. A year earlier the rate was 2.5%. Monthly inflation was 0.6% in April 2007.
EU annual inflation was 2.2% in April 2007, down from 2.3% in March. A year earlier the rate was 2.3%. Monthly inflation was 0.6% in April 2007. These figures come from Eurostat. In April 2007, the lowest annual rates were observed in Malta (-1.1%), France (1.3%) and Finland (1.5%), and the highest rates in Latvia (8.8%), Hungary (8.7%) and Estonia (5.6%). Compared with March, annual inflation rose in nine Member States, remained stable in eight and fell in ten.The lowest 12-month averages up to April 2007 were recorded in Finland (1.3%), the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden (1.6% each) and the highest in Latvia (7.0%), Bulgaria and Hungary (6.2% each).
 Joe Borg at MedTrade conference in ValettaTomorrow, Joe Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, will give a key note address to the fifth MedTrade Conference, in Malta. In his speech, entitled "a Maritime Policy for the Union: Opportunities for the Mediterranean", Commissioner Borg will say that "as a vital component of Europe's economy, both in it own right and as a link in the chain of the international trade on which Europe's prosperity depends, shipping merits â€“ and is getting â€“ much attention." Underlining the need to approach all our maritime activities in a coherent and comprehensive manner under a Maritime Policy, Dr Borg will point out that "shipping can only gain from such a strong emphasis on Europe's maritime dimension." Making the industry more attractive to young and skilled workers, the development of marine clusters and the need to balance growth and the protection of the marine environment as the resource base of this growth will be among the themes that the Commissioner will raise in his speech. On the need to ensure the sustainability of shipping and other maritime activities, Dr Borg will say that "Combining cutting-edge technology with political will can render the economy and ecology mutually reinforcing." He will encourage conference participants to respond to the consultation that the Commission launched last June on the basis of a Green Paper on a future Maritime Policy for the Union. This year-long consultation comes to a close at the end of next month. On Friday, Commissioner Borg will meet with the Maltese Parliament Foreign and European Affairs Committee for a wide-ranging debate on the move towards a European Maritime Policy.
 Commission welcomes new Declaration on Equality between women and menCommenting today at the informal meeting of ministers for gender equality and family affairs in Bad Pyrmont (Germany), VladimĂr Ĺ pidla, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities welcomed the discussions saying "If Europe is to meet its economic, social and demographic challenges, equality between women and men has to be the starting point. Recent success in the EU's labour market performance is largely thanks to more women joining the workforce. We are seeing that, in countries where women participate actively in all aspects of economic, social and political life, well established work-home reconciliation policies are the norm - these are also the countries where women and men have, on average, more children". Following the first session of the two- day meeting, Commissioner Ĺ pidla added, "The Commission especially welcomes the Team Presidency declaration from Germany, Portugal and Slovenia, on equality. It sets out a concrete work programme for the next 18 months based on Member States' commitments to the 2005 Gender Equality Pact and will contribute to the European Commission's Roadmap for Equality between men and women". The main areas for discussion over the two day event will focus on the changes in perceptions of women and men as role models and the challenges this brings about. The meeting will also deal with how to strengthen strategic alliances with the economy so as to promote better reconciliation between work, private and family life, while promoting equal opportunities for women and men in the workplace. Other issues on the discussion table will include the progress of women, as well as of men who are active fathers, in reaching management positions and how to provide more support for migrant women and children. The meeting is an opportunity for the German Presidency to report on the new â€śEuropean Alliance for Familiesâ€ť as called for by the Spring European Council last March. To support the European Alliance for Families, the Commission adopted last Thursday (10 May) a communication entitled "Promoting solidarity between the generations" where three areas to help achieve reconciliation between work and family life are particularly highlighted: financial support to cover family related costs; high quality care services for children and dependent older people and flexible working hours with appropriate leave arrangements.
 Autre matĂ©riel diffusĂ©Memo on preparation of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Brussels, 21/22 May 2007
Memo on Circular migration and mobility partnerships between the EU and the third countries
Memo on Sanctions against employers of illegally staying third-country nationals
Memo on Applying the Global Approach to Migration to the Eastern and South- Eastern Regions Neighbouring the EU
Speech by Margot WallstrĂ¶m "Presentation of the Commission's Annual Policy Strategy (APS) for 2008 in Berlin
Memo â€“ Calendrier hebdomadaire du 21 au 27 mai 2007
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