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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-05-22

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] Defining the Commission's global policy on the fight against cyber crime
  • [02] Journée mondiale sans tabac : le nombre d'Européens favorables aux politiques antitabac augmente, selon un nouvel Eurobaromètre
  • [03] Nature conservation : one in six European mammals threatened with extinction shows assessment by the World Conservation Union (IUCN)
  • [04] Commission conditionally approves Article 22 derogation for the Poseidon gas pipeline between Greece and Italy
  • [05] Günter Verheugen welcomes Council decision to repeal knots in the wood directive and agreement to simplify pre- packaging directive
  • [06] Euro area external trade surplus € 7.4 billion - € 11.1 billion deficit for EU27
  • [07] La production dans le secteur de la construction en hausse de 0,9% dans la zone euro ; hausse de 1,1% dans l'UE27
  • [08] Conference to take stock of the Healthy Democracy process
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-05-22 Reference: MEX/07/0522 Date: 22/05/2007 EXME07 / 22.5

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    22/05/07


  • [01] Defining the Commission's global policy on the fight against cyber crime

    (! embargo 16h30 !) The European Commission has adopted the Communication "Towards a general policy on the fight against cyber crime". Specific actions to improve coordination and cooperation between law enforcement authorities and between law enforcement and private sector operators will play an important role in the fight against cyber crime, and complement other actions taken at national, European and international level.

    [02] Journée mondiale sans tabac : le nombre d'Européens favorables aux politiques antitabac augmente, selon un nouvel Eurobaromètre

    La majorité des citoyens européens sont favorables des politiques anti-tabac, selon les résultats d'un nouvel Eurobaromètre sur le tabac que Markos Kyprianou, commissaire européen la santé, a présenté au Parlement européen en prévision de la Journée mondiale sans tabac du 31 mai. Une majorité écrasante d’entre eux (88%) est pour une interdiction de fumer dans les bureaux ainsi que dans les locaux de travail et les lieux publics fermés – une légère augmentation par rapport l'enquête de l'année dernière (86%). L'enquête révèle également qu'un fumeur sur trois a tenté de renoncer la cigarette au cours des douze derniers mois. Toutefois, plus de 70% d'entre eux ont recommencé fumer moins de deux mois après. Le commissaire Kyprianou a annoncé que l'une des actions s'inscrivant dans la campagne européenne anti-tabac "HELP - Pour une vie sans tabac" serait le lancement, le 31 mai, d'un service d'accompagnement personnalisé par courrier électronique, destiné aider les personnes décidant d'arrêter de fumer. Un Manifeste européen des jeunes "Pour une vie sans tabac" a également été présenté au commissaire et aux députés européens Strasbourg.

    [03] Nature conservation : one in six European mammals threatened with extinction shows assessment by the World Conservation Union (IUCN)

    Published on the occasion of World Biodiversity Day an assessment of all European mammals shows that nearly one in every six mammal species is threatened with extinction. The report, commissioned by the European Commission and carried out by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), demonstrates that population trends are alarming : a quarter (27%) of all mammals had declining populations and a further 33% had an unknown population trend. Only 8% were identified as increasing, including the European bison. The report also highlights successful recoveries resulting from targeted conservation measures and shows that to reverse the observed decline such measures need to be integrated into all European Union policies on the use of natural resources.

    [04] Commission conditionally approves Article 22 derogation for the Poseidon gas pipeline between Greece and Italy

    The European Commission today conditionally approved article 22 derogation to the "Poseidon pipeline", a new gas pipeline that will connect Greece and Italy. This derogation, foreseen in article 22 of the Gas directive (2003/55/EC), exempts major new infrastructures from the third party access rules of the same directive for a limited period of time in order to make the investment possible.

    [05] Günter Verheugen welcomes Council decision to repeal knots in the wood directive and agreement to simplify pre- packaging directive

    The Member States of the European Union adopted on 21 May the European Commission proposal to repeal the so called "knots in the wood" Directive 68/89/EEC. It regulated the quality and size of wood in the rough in detail at EU level. In the future it will be up to standardisation organisations to define wood criteria for industry. In addition to important progress of other initiatives to simplify EU legislation, this vote is the first tangible withdrawal of a European law since the Commission announced its Better Regulation programme in spring 2005. At the same time the Member States came to a political agreement on the deregulation of packaging sizes, except for wines and spirits, which will be adopted formally in the foreseeable future. Both acts of Better Regulation were already adopted by the European Parliament. The Commission's efforts on simplification will intensify in the future, for example with regard to areas such as construction, business statistics and the environment. Moreover, the Commission has tabled an EU Action Programme cutting unnecessary administrative burdens on businesses by a quarter by 2012 at the beginning of 2007 (IP 07/77).

    [06] Euro area external trade surplus € 7.4 billion - € 11.1 billion deficit for EU27

    The first estimate for the euro area (EA13) trade balance with the rest of the world in March 2007 gave a €7.4 billion surplus, compared with €+0.6 billion in March 2006. The February 2007 balance was €-1.3 billion, compared with €-3.4 billion in February 2006. In March 2007 compared with February 2007, seasonally adjusted exports rose by 1.2%, while imports fell by 2.6%. The first estimate for March 2007 extra-EU27 trade was a deficit of €11.1 billion, compared with €-13.5 billion in March 2006. In February 2007, the balance was €-17.6 billion, compared with €-16.2 billion in February 2006. In March 2007 compared with February 2007, seasonally adjusted exports rose by 1.1%, while imports fell by 2.2%. These data are released by Eurostat.

    [07] La production dans le secteur de la construction en hausse de 0,9% dans la zone euro ; hausse de 1,1% dans l'UE27

    Dans le secteur de la construction, la production corrigée des variations saisonnières a progressé de 0,9% dans la zone euro (ZE13) et de 1,1% dans l'UE27 en mars 2007 par rapport au mois précédent. En février, la production avait augmenté de 1,3% dans la zone euro et de 0,7% dans l'UE27. Par rapport mars 2006, la production a enregistré en mars 2007 une hausse de 11,4% dans la zone euro et de 11,2% dans l'UE27, après des hausses de 11,7% dans la zone euro et de 9,5% dans l'UE27 en février. Ces premières estimations sont diffusées par Eurostat.

    [08] Conference to take stock of the Healthy Democracy process

    Meglena Kuneva, European Commissioner for Consumer Protection, will give the opening address tomorrow at a conference to discuss greater stakeholder involvement in EU activities related to consumer protection, health and food safety. The conference, which will be held in Brussels, will take stock of the extensive stakeholder consultation, entitled "Healthy Democracy", which was launched by the Commission's DG Health and Consumer Protection last year. The objective of the "Healthy Democracy" process was to look into how the Commission could increase contact with citizens on consumer protection, health and food safety policies, and maximise their input on these issues. Participants at the conference will have the opportunity to hear the findings and recommendations of the "Healthy Democracy" process, and to discuss how stakeholders at national, regional and local level could be more involved in the policy and decision making processes in these areas. In the long term, the plan is to establish a solid network of stakeholders and research bodies, who would provide regular contributions to the decision-making process. Director General of DG Health and Consumer Protection Robert Madelin will also take part in the conference, and Philippe Brunet, Deputy Head of Cabinet of Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou, will make the closing remarks at the event. For more information, see: <a href="http://www.sanco-stakeholderinvolvement.eu/">http://www.sanco- stakeholderinvolvement.eu/

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    Commission Communication "Towards a general policy on the fight against cyber crime" (! embargo 16h30 !)

    Questions and answers on Tobacco

    Speech by Mariann Fischer Boel : "The Future of Rural Regions" at the Informal Agriculture Council (Mainz)

    Speech by Markos Kyprianou : "Towards a European Commission initiative on Health Services" in the European Parliament debate on the Vergnaud report on Health services (21/05, Strasbourg) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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