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Daily News – 04.02.2013

EXME 13 / 04.02

Midday Express of 2013-02-04

News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne

December 2012 compared with November 2012 - Industrial producer prices down by 0.2% in both euro area and EU27

In December 2012, compared with November 2012, the industrial producer price index fell by 0.2% in both the euro area (EA17) and the EU272. In November prices also decreased by 0.2% in both zones. In December 2012 compared with December 2011, industrial producer prices gained 2.1% in the euro area and 1.9% in the EU27. The average industrial producer price index for 2012, compared with 2011, increased by 2.6% in the euro area and by 2.7% in the EU27.

Food Chain: EU authorises the use of lactic acid for decontamination of bovine carcasses

A measure authorising the use of lactic acid to reduce microbiological surface contamination on bovine carcasses was today adopted by the European Commission and will enter into force on 25 February 2013. EU hygiene legislation provides the possibility to approve the use of a treatment for surface decontamination of food of animal origin, such as by applying lactic acid. The possibility to use lactic acid should in no way be considered as a substitution for good hygienic slaughtering practices and operating procedures. Indeed, it should be integrated into good hygienic practices and into systems which are already in place, based on risk analysis and critical control points. This additional tool would help reduce the contamination by the most important pathogens widely found in food borne diseases such as Verocytotoxin-producing E. coli (VTEC) and Salmonella. The measure was preceded by a thorough risk assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which resulted in a favourable opinion published on 26 July 2011 on the safety and efficacy of lactic acid.

Food Chain & Animal Health: EU authorises import of live pigs from the United States

A measure authorising the import of live US pigs into the EU for breeding and production was today adopted by the European Commission. These new rules will lead to the import of a limited number of breeding animals. They will apply from 25 February 2013. Import conditions include individual testing of pigs destined for export for vesicular stomatitis, an infectious disease which affects several different animal species. Such individual testing is a supplementary guarantee to protect Member States from the introduction of this disease since outbreaks of vesicular stomatitis have been notified by the United States. However, those outbreaks are sporadic and limited to certain areas. Moreover, EU animal health import conditions follow the standards established by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The US has today been added to the list of non-EU countries authorised to export live pigs into the EU (Annex I of Regulation EU (No) 206/2010). The measure also provides for the transit of live pigs through the EU to their final non-EU country destination.

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Memo "The European Commission hosted the ceremony for the signing of the Protocol on Cooperation in Prosecution of Perpetrators of War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity and Genocide between the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the War Crimes Prosecutor’s Office of Serbia" - rediffusion

Speech by Commissioner M. Barnier: "Licences for Europe: quality content and new opportunities for all Europeans in the digital era" – UNDER EMBARGO TILL 12:30 CET

Speech by Vice-President N. Kroes: "Digital technology and copyright can fit together" UNDER EMBARGO TILL 12:15 CET

Speech by Commissioner A. Vassiliou: "Culture and copyright in the digital environment"