Midday Express of 2008-06-09
European Commission - MEX/08/0609 09/06/2008
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EXME08 / 09.06
News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communication
09 / 06 / 08
This year’s EU-US Summit will take place in Brdo, Slovenia on Tuesday 10 June. The Summit will cover the full gamut of global and regional issues where the EU and the US seek to act in partnership. Issues for discussion will include assisting the development of Kosovo, following up on the Middle East peace initiative launched last year at Annapolis, shaping a comprehensive and binding post-2012 global agreement on tackling climate change, and working together to promote energy efficiency as well as energy security through the diversification of supply sources and the development of sustainable new forms of energy. Furthermore the EU and the US will discuss the strengthening of the economic and regulatory cooperation and the deburdening of enterprises on both sides of the Atlantic, following the cooperation in this field in the framework of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC). The EU will also be asking the US for an update on progress towards its commitment to bring further EU Member States into the US Visa Waiver Programme.
Un règlement adopté par la Commission européenne instaure un système plus efficace et plus clair d’identification des chevaux, des ânes et des autres espèces de la famille des équidés, dans le but d’améliorer la santé de ces animaux. Un passeport individuel devra donc désormais être attribué à tous les équidés dans un délai de six mois suivant leur naissance. En parallèle, lors de la délivrance de ce document, les animaux se verront implanter dans le cou une puce électronique correspondant à leur passeport. Cette proposition vise à moderniser le système d’identification des équidés, qui se fonde actuellement sur des signalements graphiques réalisés à la main.
Joe Borg, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will attend tomorrow an international conference in Portorož, Slovenia, to open a debate on the maritime-related challenges and opportunities for the Mediterranean Sea basin. The discussions will focus on cooperation and governance in a variety of maritime sectors and activities such as environment, sea transport, surveillance and research. Closer cooperation in these areas between EU and non-EU countries in the region, as well as increased collaboration between sectoral players, will be the leitmotivs. The conference, organised by the Slovenian Presidency of the EU, the European Commission and the University Centre for Euro-Mediterranean Studies in Piran, will be an important step towards applying the EU's Integrated Maritime Policy in the regional context.
Taking goods and services together, the EU and the USA account for the largest bilateral trade relationship in the world. The significant amount of bilateral trade and investment illustrates a high degree of interdependence of the two economies. On the occasion of the European Union - USA summit, which will take place on Tuesday 10 June in Brdo in Slovenia, Eurostat issues data on trade and investments between the USA and the EU.
This week, Commissioner Kovács will visit customs at the port of Rotterdam (9 June), Frankfurt airport (11 June) and at Röszke (12 June), which is the land border between Hungary and Serbia. Commissioner Kovács and the customs authorities will illustrate to journalists how customs cooperate across the EU, how quickly information is exchanged on the possible arrival of risky consignments and what tools are used to detect them. The visits will show practical examples of how customs protect European citizens in their daily lives against all kind of illegal or dangerous imports. The Customs Action Week is part of the celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the EU Customs Union. An audiovisual news package will be available on Friday, 13 June via EbS. Further information on customs roles and the Customs Union: http://ec.europa.eu/40customs
Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, welcomed the Ministerial Declaration signed today by Energy leaders of the G8 countries, China, India, South Korea and the European Community in view of the establishment of a new multilateral energy initiative: the "International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation", "IPEEC". The signature took place during the G8 Energy Ministerial Meeting attended by Commissioner Piebalgs and organised by Japanese G8 Presidency in the Aomori Prefecture.