Archive pour septembre 2008

Informal meeting of EU development ministers

Mardi 30 septembre 2008

The EU development ministers, gathered with the European Commission and members of the European Parliament, call for a rapid conclusion in the respect of the European Council Conclusions of June 2008 and the current Financial Perspectives, of the ongoing work based on the Commission’s proposal

They support the proposal for an additional EU response to the food crisis by raising €1 billion to tackle its impact on the poor in developing countries. They recognise the need to take action now, so that those vulnerable are given immediate support, so that the next years’ harvests are not lost and so that there are sustainable improvements in agricultural productivity in future years, indispensable for facing increases in populations and consumption.
Moreover, a long term concerted strategy must be defined to tackle the root causes of the crisis, relaunch sustainable food and small scale farming, support private sector development and investment, improve critical conditions in agricultural production, and to help developing countries be less vulnerable to volatile food prices and food shortages.
Plans will be prepared with the partner countries, as part of the global partnership for agriculture and food launched in Rome and agreed within the EU Agenda for Action on MDGs by the European Council of June 2008. The follow-up of this process will be ensured at the next November GAERC.
Ministers underlined the need to coordinate with the ongoing work of the UN Task Force, and the evaluation of needs by UN specialised agencies.
In order to move fast, by the end of 2008 we must define the list of actions and notably the infrastructures required to revitalise agriculture, in collaboration between Member States, Commission, EIB, World Bank, Partner Countries and Regional Organisations, and in the case of Africa the AfDB and the African Union/NEPAD.

European Fishing policy - Cod-fish: Fishing less and better

Mardi 30 septembre 2008

The Agricultural and fishing Council has held an orientation debate on the EC’s proposition concerning the reexamination of the cod-fish stocks reconstruction plan, dating from 2005, which aims at establishing a sustainable utilizing of vulnerable stocks

Article only available in French

Croatia and the European Commission “Together for health”

Mardi 30 septembre 2008

The European Commission and Croatia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that enables Croatia to benefit from the second programme of Community action in the field of health 2008-2013

The health programme has a total budget of 321.5 million euros and is intended to finance projects and other actions which contribute to increased solidarity and prosperity in the European Union. The 3 main objectives of the Health Programme are: improving citizen’s health security; promoting health and reducing health inequalities; and generating and disseminating health information and knowledge.

Debate on EU strategy for Baltic Sea Region

Mardi 30 septembre 2008

The European Commissioner responsible for regional policy, and the Swedish Prime Minister, will launch a debate on the EU’s future strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

Commissioner Hübner and Premier Reinfeldt will open a stakeholder conference in Stockholm, attended by representatives of Member States, NGOs, local authorities and financing institutions, with the aim of laying the foundations for a stronger and more coordinated Baltic Sea policy.

The Strategy will focus on four main objectives:

* to improve the environmental state of the Baltic Sea Region, which is the largest brackish water system in the world. Protection of the rich biodiversity and development of risk prevention will be among the priorities.
* to make the Baltic Sea Region more prosperous by supporting balanced economic development: promoting innovation through small and medium enterprises; helping the region to fully implement EU legislation, especially single market rules. These are just some possible ways forward.
* to make the region more accessible and attractive, for its inhabitants, for its labour force and for tourists. The region needs better transport links and to improve an energy security with interconnected electricity grids and gas pipelines.
* to make the region safer and more secure, for instance by reinforcing cooperation between Member States through EUROPOL, the European Police Office.

Planning of financial assistance to the Western Balkans and Turkey

Lundi 29 septembre 2008

The Commission has completed the strategic planning of EU financial support for 2008-2010 to the candidate countries and potential candidates

This financial assistance aims to enhance political and economic reform and development to realise their European perspective.

Climate change impacts: a challenge for Europe

Lundi 29 septembre 2008

The Joint Research Centre studied the effects of global climate change on the environment and human activities

The key message of the report is that all natural compartments and societal sectors are shown to be vulnerable to climate change
The impacts and their projections into the future are sufficiently serious for decision makers to take action and plan for adaptation, along with action to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases

EU-India Summit: a new phase in EU-India relations

Lundi 29 septembre 2008

The purpose of this summit is to revitalize the exchanges between the two countries, it is also the opportunity to talk aboutregional issues of mutual interest and major global challenges

This summit should constitute a new phase in EU-India relations , should lead to the adoption of a revised joint action plan to adapt the strategic partnership established in 2004 to new common concerns

Equality in the heart of social agenda of EU

Lundi 29 septembre 2008

The French Presidency of the EU put equal opportunities and the fight against discrimination at the centre of the debate on the Social Agenda

The European Commission suggested to extend existing EU protection from discrimination to areas like access to goods and services, education and healthcare. Equality ministers and stakeholders – NGOs, social partners, companies and independent equality bodies from around Europe – will be able to give their views on the proposal, and also follow up on the commitments made by EU countries as part of the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All in 2007

Agreement about the European Immigration and asilum Treaty

Vendredi 26 septembre 2008

The Justice and Internal Affairs, which met on the 25 September, approved the European Immigration and asilum Treaty in order to adopt it on the next 15th and 16th October

Article only available in French

26 September,European Day of Languages

Vendredi 26 septembre 2008

It’s Friday 26 September and it’s the eighth European Day of LanguagesC

atch up with events across Europe, from TV and radio programmes to language classes, conferences and events for children and don’t forget to check in on the European Parliament with its website and web TV in more than 20 languages.

Linguistic diversity is intrinsic to the EU with its 500 million citizens, 23 official languages, 60 regional and minority languages and 3 alphabets.

Celebrate linguistic diversity every day

The EP celebrates multilingualism every day with every MEP allowed to speak in their official language of choice from Maltese to Finnish - making the parliament the largest employer of interpreters and translators in the world along with the European Commission. “Linguistic diversity is an opportunity rather than a barrier as it was in the past, it is a trump card and the foundation of our day-to-day work here,” Mr Pöttering said.

All parliamentary documents are published in all official EU languages - which will amount to around 2 million pages in 2008. In comparison, the epic novel “War and Peace” is only 1392 pages.

The EP’s website is updated with news and useful information in 22 languages every day, while the recently-launched EuroparlTV is the most ambitious audiovisual project in the world in linguistic terms, providing TV programs in more than 20 languages.

The way ahead

The Parliament backs proposals for all EU citizens to be proficient in at least two foreign languages as a way to improve communication, mutual understanding and foster mobility and economic competitiveness. Multilingualism Commissioner Leonard Orban will outline the project to the Culture Committee in October.