Archive pour novembre 2009

Joe Borg Member of the European Commission Responsible for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Making the Common Fisheries Policy reform work for the outermost regions Opening of the Conference on the Green Paper on the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy Arrecife, Canary Islands (Spain), 27 November 2009

Samedi 28 novembre 2009

SPEECH/ 09/561 Joe Borg Member of the European Commission Responsible for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Making the C ommon Fisheries Policy reform work for the outermost regions Figures and graphics available in PDF and WORD PROCESSED O pening of the …

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November 2009: Economic Sentiment Indicator continues to rise though consumers more cautious

Samedi 28 novembre 2009

IP/0 9/1830 Brussels, 27 November 2009 November 2009: Economic Sentiment Indicator continues to rise though consumers more cautious In November, the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) rose to 87.9 (+1….

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Commission updates the list of airlines banned from the European airspace

Samedi 28 novembre 2009

IP/09/1831 Brussels, 27 November 2009 Commission updates the list of airlines banned from the European airspace The European Commission published today the twelfth update of the Community’s list of airlines banned in the European Union which comprises …

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José Manuel Durão Barroso President of the European Commission President Barroso announces the New Commission Press conference in the Berlaymont Brussels, 27 November 2009

Samedi 28 novembre 2009

SPEECH/ 09/562 José Manuel Dur ã o Barroso P resident of the European Commission President Barroso announces the New Commission Figures and graphics available in PDF and WORD PROCESSED Press conference in the Berlaymont Brussels, 27 November 2009 I know …

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President Barroso unveils his new team

Samedi 28 novembre 2009

IP/09/1837 Brussels, 27 November 2009 President Barroso unveils his new team José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, today announced the portfolios responsibilities for the next Commission….

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EU-China Summit to focus on efforts in striving for ambitious deal on climate in Copenhagen

Samedi 28 novembre 2009

IP/09/1835 Brussels, 27 November 2009 EU-China Summit to focus on efforts in striving for ambitious deal on climate in Copenhagen The 12 th EU-China Summit in Nanjing on 30 November 2009 provides an excellent occasion to discuss with China the way towards …

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EU extends its help to Somalia

Vendredi 27 novembre 2009

EU strengthens its engagement in Somalia. This is the outcome of the EU Foreign Affairs and Defence ministers’ meeting held on 17 November. A new a concept to train Somali security forces will be designed, and this decision comes in response to a request from the transitional government in Mogadishu.

A maximum of 200 EU trainers are estimated to be required to instruct between 1000 and 2000 Somali policemen and soldiers. The operation is expected to take place in Uganda, with the agreement of Uganda’s government.

The mission is based on the fact that piracy can only be combated effectively on the sea once the situation on land is under control. The project will therefore support the maritime security operation, Atalanta. The new security forces should contribute to restoring stability and peace and to promoting development in the war-torn country.

In the framework of Atalanta, the EU plays an important role in combating piracy in the region. That is why the Council is preparing to extend the operation for another year. Since December 2008, EU vessels have patrolled the waters off the Somali coast to protect ships against acts of piracy. This applies in particular to vessels of the UN World Food Programme delivering food to displaced persons in Somalia. 1.5 million people get to eat every day, thanks to the safe arrival of the food aid convoys.

The Council stressed the importance of the Somali government’s ownership of the security force and its clear commitment to building a viable and sustainable security sector. It also emphasized that EU efforts must be closely coordinated with all relevant actors, in particular the UN and the African Union.

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European Parliament awarded the LUX film prize to “Welcome”

Vendredi 27 novembre 2009

This year, the prize has gone to a French film about a would-be Kurdish immigrant to Britain who is befriended by a swimming teacher. “Welcome” (Philippe Lioret)has received widespread praise from critics since being released earlier this year. It came ahead of “Sturm” and “Eastern Plays”, films which looked at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunals and Neo-Nazism respectively.

According to the EP President Jerzy Buzek, the LUX prize is a young and forward-looking initiative. “We want the medium of film to spark debate on subjects that attract public attention in the EU Members, and give rise to questions that can be of relevance to us all, questions that are also relevant to this Parliament”, he added.

Accepting the award Philippe Lioret told the Chamber that the impact the film had on French society made me change.

The winner was chosen by Members of the European Parliament who could cast their vote for the shortlisted films.

23 languages, 27 prints

The 87,000 euro prize will finance the subtitling of the winning film in the 23 official EU languages and the production of a 35 mm print per EU country or a contribution to the DVD release. The hope is that it will me more accessible to viewers throughout the Union.

Since 2007, the European Parliament has supported the European film industry by awarding the prize annually.

The aim is to help break down language barriers that often hinder the circulation of films throughout Europe. It also helps to contribute to the raising of social issues across Europe.

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Towards a better quality of higher education in the EU?

Vendredi 27 novembre 2009

The first day of the Education, Youth and Culture Council in Brussels (Nov, 26th and 27th) focused on education issues. The ministers discussed how higher education in the EU can be improved. They also adopted conclusions on the professional development of teachers and education for children with a migrant background.

The ministers adopted conclusions on the professional development of teachers and school leaders. The Council conclusions focus on how the Member States individually and the EU as a whole can stimulate the development of teachers’ skills. This will happen through the creation of better opportunities for teachers and headteachers to take part in ‘mobility programmes’ (exchanges) and the establishment of European networks where teachers and headteachers can exchange knowledge and experience.

The Council adopted conclusions on how children with a migrant background can be better integrated in education. The conclusions include the need for experience exchange and the importance of discussing the issue at EU level. The conclusions also stress that education is important for the integration of immigrants in the EU and to combat marginalisation.

The ministers also adopted conclusions on better collaboration between education, research and innovation (the ‘knowledge triangle’). The conclusions state the role of the knowledge triangle in meeting the long-term challenges of climate change, an ageing population and Europe’s competitiveness in a global economy. A number of areas were emphasised as being of particular importance, including:

* partnerships between universities and the business world
* a culture of innovation in universities
* greater educational reform to encourage creativity and entrepreneurship.

Eventually, the ministers discussed the role of education in the EU’s future strategy for growth and jobs for the period 2010–2018. The current strategy, the Lisbon Strategy, covers the period until 2010. The ministers highlighted the importance of common political goals such as investment in qualitative education, the goals in the strategic framework for education until 2020 and the importance of collaboration between the three sides of the knowledge triangle.

The Commission presented a report on the progress that has been made on quality assurance in higher education. Cross-border quality assurance has become increasingly important, in particular considering the emergence of so-called ‘diploma mills’ (fake universities that sell fake degree certificates on the Internet). The ministers also discussed diversity and transparency as driving forces for high quality within higher education in Europe.

€275 million for the eradication, monitoring and control of animal diseases

Vendredi 27 novembre 2009

The European Commission adopted yesterday a financial package of €275 million to support programmes to eradicate, control and monitor animal diseases in 2010. 224 annual or multi-annual programmes will be thus lauched by the EU which will fund research and activities in the field of animal diseases that impact both human and animal health. The large EU contribution towards these programmes reflects the high level of importance attached to disease eradication measures, for the protection of both animal and public health.

Each year the Commission approves programmes for the eradication and monitoring of animal diseases, for the control of zoonoses such as salmonella, for the monitoring and eradication of TSEs and for avian influenza surveillance. These approved programmes receive financial contributions from the EU.

For 2010, 224 eradication, control and monitoring programmes for animal diseases and zoonoses have been approved, for which Member States wish to receive a financial contribution from the Community for 2010.

Animal disease eradication programmes

For the year 2010, 76 annual or multi-annual programmes to eradicate 10 important animal diseases have been granted Community financial support. The total EU contribution to these programmes is around €174M. The increased budget for 2010 is mainly due to allocations to counter Bluetongue disease in many Member States and the approval for the first time of a Bovine Tuberculosis eradication programme for UK. TB programmes are expensive and the EU will provide €12M for Ireland, €10M for UK and €7.5M for Spain.

Within this budget, diseases that might be transmitted to humans are prioritised. Significant sums are being spent on the eradication of brucellosis, tuberculosis and rabies. Following the success of the programmes in recent years which have virtually eradicated rabies in the western part of the EU, most of the activity in 2010 will be focused towards the Member States on the Eastern border of the EU, almost €12M have been allocated to this task. Rabies is spread by infected wildlife and the programmes aim at producing immunity in the wildlife by orally vaccinating them with baits containing vaccine.

Zoonoses control programmes

Salmonella programmes have further expanded this year with the inclusion of activities in turkey farms (now turkey, broilers, layers and breeders are covered). Historically, the use of salmonella funds have been difficult to predict and funds have often been underused as a large part of the cost depends on the slaughter of infected flocks, whose value varies considerably depending on the stage of production.

A financial contribution of €26M has been allocated to control zoonotic salmonella in poultry ( Gallus gallus) and turkey flocks (Meleagris gallopavo) in 25 Member States.

Avian influenza surveillance

Member States will also continue to carry out surveillance for avian influenza in poultry and wild birds in 2010 with financial assistance from the EU towards laboratory testing and wild birds sampling costs. More than €4M will be available from the EU budget.

This surveillance is the most effective way to detect early outbreaks of both high and low pathogenic influenzas and was extremely useful in previous years, allowing early detection of avian influenza in wild birds before commercial flocks became infected.

Monitoring and eradication programmes for Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs)

The overall trend is positive and is improving year after year due to a good implementation of the monitoring and eradication programmes in most Member States.

The Commission has agreed to make €67M available from the EU budget to assist Member States in the compulsory monitoring of TSEs, and for BSE eradication and Scrapie eradication measures. The requests from Member States for BSE eradication (i.e. culling of cohorts of BSE infected animals) have dropped in line with the reduction in new BSE cases and which have become rather unpredictable. The second year of the special multi-annual programme for scrapie eradication submitted by Cyprus is included and over €8M has been allocated as foreseen.