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EXME 12 / 04.04
Midday Express of 2012-04-04
News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne
Each year, EU citizens and companies have to move some 3.5 million vehicles to another Member State, and need to get them registered according to the national legislation. However, what should be a simple registration procedure in the 21st century Single Market remains a cumbersome and lengthy administrative procedure because of the diversity of rules and the various conflicting requirements. It takes on average 5 weeks to complete the procedure and the cost is estimated at €400 for citizen and for businesses. Moreover, these problems also represent a significant barrier to the free movement of goods, services and workers, and therefore for growth and jobs creation in Europe. This is why the European Commission is acting today to dramatically reduce this unnecessary administrative burden. The proposal presented by Vice-President Antonio Tajani would lead to a very substantial administrative simplification with total savings of at least € 1.5 billion per year for businesses, citizens and registration authorities.
La Commission européenne a ouvert une enquête approfondie afin de déterminer si les accords financiers conclus entre les pouvoirs publics et l’aéroport de Carcassonne (France), ainsi que les remises et les accords de commercialisation convenus entre l’aéroport et la compagnie aérienne Ryanair, sont conformes aux règles de l’UE en matière d’aides d’État. L’ouverture d’une procédure d’enquête donne la possibilité aux tiers intéressés de faire part de leurs observations sur les mesures soumises à examen; elle ne préjuge en rien de l’issue de l’enquête.
La commissaire à l’éducation, à la culture, au multilinguisme et à la jeunesse, Mme Androulla Vassiliou, remettra le premier Prix MEDIA de l’Union européenne au cinéaste Iranien Asghar Farhadi le dimanche 20 mai 2012 au Festival de Cannes.
Asghar Farhadi, distingué en Europe et dans le monde pour ses films «A propos d’Elly» (Ours d’Argent Berlin 2009) et «Une Séparation» (Ours d’Or Berlin 2011, Oscar du meilleur film étranger 2012), recevra avec son producteur Alexandre Mallet-Guy (Memento Films Production) le Prix MEDIA de l’Union européenne pour leur nouveau projet qui sera tourné en France en langue française à l’automne prochain.
In February 2012 compared with January 2012, the volume of retail trade decreased by 0.1% in the euro area (EA17) and by 0.4% in the EU272. In January retail trade rose by 1.1% and 0.9% respectively. In February 2012, compared with February 2011, the retail sales index fell by 2.1% in the euro area and by 1.1% in the EU27.
Animal health: Commission repealing restrictions for classical swine fever in wild boar in Germany
At the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) today in Brussels, animal health experts from all 27 EU Member States unanimously agreed on lifting animal health control measures relating to classical swine fever in Germany. The few remaining restrictions due to the classical swine fever situation in wild boar in certain limited areas of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westfalia in Germany are now repealed. Great efforts have been made and favourable results achieved in the last decade in the eradication of the disease both from domestic pigs and more recently in wild boar. Therefore, dispatch of pigs from Germany will no longer be subject to any restriction. This represents an important achievement in disease eradication as this is the first time since the internal market was established in the early '90s that no restriction applies to Germany. http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/diseases/controlmeasures/csf_en.htm
Animal health: Rules on bluetongue updated
At the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) on April 03, EU Member States supported the European Commission's proposed package to update the rules on bluetongue. A draft legal text was presented at the Committee that reflects the new rules which came into force as of 22 March 2012 ( see press release), allowing the use of inactivated vaccines against Bluetongue in all parts of the EU. The Member States endorsed the amendment of the rules on movement restrictions and monitoring of bluetongue in line with recent scientific opinions that were prepared by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), following a Commission request. The proposed amendment of Commission Regulation (EC) No 1266/2007 allows for more flexibility for Member States to design surveillance programs for Bluetongue and reduces the burden for farmers and central authorities, where possible. The Member states also endorsed amendments to the rules governing requirements applicable to the import of cattle, sheep and goats into the EU as regards Bluetongue. With these changes, the EU import rules for domestic ruminants (cattle, sheep and goats) are updated to take account of scientific developments and are further aligned with the intra-EU movement rules and international standards for this disease. It should be noted that the Bluetongue situation in the EU improved considerably over the past years. This success is attributed primarily to the vaccination campaigns, using inactivated vaccines, which the EU has co-financed over the years (€150 million in 2008, and allocation of €120 million in 2009, €100 million in 2010 and €16 million in 2011). In 2008, a total of 45.000 outbreaks were reported across the EU. That number dropped to 1.118 in 2009, 176 in 2010 and only 39 in 2011. For more information: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/diseases/index_en.htm
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