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Item 6 Environmental action plan
Janice
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Dr. J.P. Darch
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School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia
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U.K.

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> *********************************************************
> EN02:12 UKRO - European News (6 June 2002)
> *********************************************************
> News on non-Framework Programme 5, programmes & policy
> *********************************************************
>
> GENERAL:
> 1. UKRO Annual Conference - Reminder
> 2. Commission Adopts Consumer Policy Strategy
> 3. JRC Offers New Research Fellowships
>
> LIFE SCIENCES:
> 4. Pesticide Monitoring Report 2000
> 5. Public Health Projects 2001
>
> ENVIRONMENT:
> 6. Parliament Plenary Adopts Sixth Environmental Action Programme
> 7. EU Ratifies the Kyoto Protocol
>
> INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES:
> 8. New Directive on Re-Use of Public Sector Information
> 9. Commission Presents eEurope 2005 Action Plan
> 10. Council Adopts Resolution on Digital Content
>
> INDUSTRY & TECHNOLOGIES:
> 11. Full Steam Ahead for European Maritime Safety Agency
> 12. UNICE Supports Increase in Research Spending
> 13. Corporate Social Responsibility
>
> SOCIAL SCIENCES:
> 14. Work is good for you!
>
> CULTURE:
> 15. Eurovision Result
> 16. European Cinema Heritage Week
>
> COLLABORATION WITH NON-EU COUNTRIES:
> 17. INTAS prize
>
> *********************************************************
>
> 1. UKRO Annual Conference - Reminder
>
> ELOs are reminded that registration forms for the UKRO Annual Conference
> should be received by 17 June 2002 to ensure participation. Places are
> filling quickly, with more than 140 participants so far! Places are
limited
> by the size of the venue, and by the size of breakout rooms for parallel
> sessions. Book now to avoid disappointment.
>
> FURTHER INFORMATION:
> Full information, including online registration, is available from:
> http://www.ukro.ac.uk/public/conf2002/main2002.htm
>
>
> 2. Commission Adopts Consumer Policy Strategy
>
> After lengthy discussions, the European Commission has adopted a Consumer
> Policy Strategy to be implemented over the next 5 years. The document sets
> out its three main objectives for the period 2002-2006 as: a high common
> level of consumer protection; effective enforcement of consumer protection
> rules; and the involvement of consumer organisations in EU policies. These
> objectives, to be implemented through a short-term rolling programme, are
> designed to integrate consumer concerns into all other EU policies, to
> maximise the benefits of the Internal Market for consumers and to prepare
> for enlargement. The strategy covers safety, economic and legal issues
> relevant to consumers in the marketplace, consumer information and
> education, the promotion of consumer organisations and their contribution
> with other stakeholders to consumer policy development. Food safety issues
> are not covered by the scope of this strategy as they have their own
> legislative agenda.
>
> FURTHER INFORMATION:
> The full text of the Commission Communication on a new Consumer Policy
> Strategy is available at:
>
http://europa.eu.int/comm/consumers/policy/intro/consumer_policy_strategy_en
> .pdf
>
>
> 3. JRC Offers New Research Fellowships
>
> The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has launched a call
for
> interest for PhDs and post-doctoral fellowships.
>
> The fellowships aim to reinforce the Commission's scientific capacity in
all
> of its areas of involvement in the Framework programmes for research and
> technological development and encourage young scientists to enhance their
> experience in an international, multicultural and multidisciplinary
> environment.
>
> The minimum duration of the grants is six months and the maximum is three
> years for PhD fellowships and two years for post-doctoral fellowships. In
> the case of PhD grants, applicants must be in possession of a university
> degree. For post-doctoral grants, they must hold a PhD or have at least
four
> years full-time research experience at post-graduate level other than
> doctoral studies. The call is open to scientists not older than 35 years
of
> age from EU Member States or those States associated to the European
> Community Framework programme for research and training activities, or
> residing in the Community for at least five years.
>
> FURTHER INFORMATION:
> http://www.jrc.cec.eu.int
>
>
> 4. Pesticide Monitoring Report 2000
>
> The Commission's Food and Veterinary Office has published the outcomes of
> the EU-wide, co-ordinated Pesticide Residue Monitoring Programme for the
> year 2000. The report highlights the results of the analysis of pesticide
> residues in 45,000 samples of fruits, vegetables and cereals. Whilst 61%
of
> the samples contained no detectable pesticide residues and a further 35%
had
> levels below the maximum safety limits, the remaining 4.5% of samples
> exceeded Maximum Residue Limits. Further, samples containing 4 or more
> residues increased to about 3%, in part due to more effective testing.
> Although this may not necessarily present a health risk to consumers, it
> suggests that there is scope for further research and for progress in
> reducing residue levels.
>
> FURTHER INFORMATION:
> The full report, including detailed data, is available from:
>
http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/inspections/fnaoi/reports/annual_eu/index_
> en.html
>
>
> 5. Public Health Projects 2001
>
> DG Health and Consumer Protection have produced a list of the projects
> funded in 2001 as part of the Health Monitoring Programme. These results
> complete the publicity for funded projects in each of the Public Health
> Programme activities for 2001.
>
> FURTHER INFORMATION:
> The funded projects for each of the activities may be found from:
> Health Monitoring
> http://europa.eu.int/comm/health/ph/programmes/monitor/proj01indx_en.htm
> Health Promotion
> http://europa.eu.int/comm/health/ph/programmes/health/proj01indx_en.htm
> AIDS
> http://europa.eu.int/comm/health/ph/programmes/aids/2001indx.htm
> Cancer
> http://europa.eu.int/comm/health/ph/programmes/cancer/fp01_sommaire.htm
> Rare Diseases
> http://europa.eu.int/comm/health/ph/programmes/rare/fundproj2001_list.htm
> Injury Prevention
>
http://europa.eu.int/comm/health/ph/programmes/injury/proj2001_index_en.htm
> Pollution Related Disease
>
http://europa.eu.int/comm/health/ph/programmes/pollution/ph_poll_fp01_sommai
> re.htm
> Drug abuse
> http://europa.eu.int/comm/health/ph/programmes/drugs/fp01_list.htm
>
>
> 6. Parliament Plenary Adopts Sixth Environmental Action Programme
>
> On 30 May the European Parliament plenary approved the Sixth Environmental
> Action Programme in third reading, after conciliation.
>
> The new Environmental Action Programme addresses the Parliament's concerns
> over the key issues of environmentally harmful subsidies, eco-taxes, Kyoto
> Protocol emission targets and thematic strategies for tackling
environmental
> priorities. It will:
> - help to mainstream environmental concerns into all EU policy making;
> - support the reform of "environmentally damaging subsidies";
> - encourage environmentally related taxes and incentives "at the
appropriate
> national or Community level";
> - set tougher targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the
post-2012
> Kyoto Protocol period;
>
> As part of the EU's efforts to reduce greenhouse gases by 8 per cent, the
> Commission will by the end of this year issue a paper on quantifiable
> targets for a sustainable transport system, including the rising volumes
of
> urban traffic. The EU's Sixth Environment Action Programme sets out the
EU's
> environmental policy priorities until 2012 and forms the basis for the
> environmental dimension of the EU's Sustainable Development Strategy.
>
> FURTHER INFORMATION:
> http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/com/pdf/2001/en_501PC0031.pdf
>
>
> 7. EU Ratifies the Kyoto Protocol
>
> The European Union has ratified the Kyoto Protocol. This act reaffirms the
> commitment of the EU and all its Member States to pursue multilateral
> solutions to issues of global concern and fulfils the EU's ambition to
> enable the Kyoto Protocol to come into force before the World Summit on
> Sustainable Development in August/September 2002.
>
> FURTHER INFORMATION:
> Commission Press Release IP/02/794 of 03/06/02 available from:
> http://www.europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh
>
>
> 8. New Directive on Re-Use of Public Sector Information
>
> A new draft Directive on the re-use of public sector information,
presented
> by the Commission on 5 June, aims to lower the barriers for EU wide
> information services and products based on public sector information.
>
> In January 1999, the Commission published a Green Paper on public sector
> information in the Information Society. During the following consultation,
> the information industries strongly signalled the need for clear rules on
> the re-use of public sector information. In October 2001 the Commission
> adopted a Communication on the re-use of public sector information.
Earlier
> this year the Commission held an online consultation on this
Communication.
>
> The Commission's draft Directive aims to lower the barriers which EU
content
> companies face to develop a new generation of information services and
> products based on public sector information. These barriers are mainly of
a
> legal and practical nature, with differing rules and practices in the 15
> Member States concerning charges, response times, exclusive arrangements
and
> the general availability of information for re-use. This draft Directive
> introduces a single set of rules for the exploitation of public sector
> information, covering issues such as fair trading, charges and response
> times. The economic value of EU's public sector information is estimated
to
> be 68 billion euro.
>
> The proposal for a directive will be submitted to the EU's Council of
> Ministers and the European Parliament for adoption under the co-decision
> procedure. It is on the Council agenda on 17 June 2002.
>
> FURTHER INFORMATION:
> ftp://ftp.cordis.lu/pub/econtent/docs/consultation_0102.pdf
>
>
> 9. Commission Presents eEurope 2005 Action Plan
>
> On 28 May the Commission presented an eEurope 2005 Action Plan, due to be
> adopted by the European Council in Seville on 21-22 June 2002.
>
> The eEurope 2005 states that by 2005 Europe should have:
> - modern online public services;
> - e-government;
> - e-learning services;
> - e-health services;
> - a dynamic e-business environment.
> and, as an enabler for these:
> - widespread availability of broadband access at competitive prices;
> - a secure information infrastructure.
>
> To achieve these objectives, the 2005 Action Plan comprises four separate
> but interlinked tools:
> - policy measures to review and adapt legislation at national and EU
level,
> such as a cyber security task force;
> - facilitation of the exchange of experience, good and bad;
> - policy measures to monitor and better focus, by benchmarking the
progress;
> - an overall co-ordination of existing policies will bring out synergies
> between proposed actions.
>
> FURTHER INFORMATION:
>
http://europa.eu.int/information_society/eeurope/news_library/eeurope2005/in
> dex_en.htm
>
>
> 10. Council Adopts Resolution on Digital Content
>
> On 23 May the Culture and Audiovisual Affairs Council adopted a Resolution
> on preserving digital content for future generations and decided the
> Television without Frontiers Directive should undergo an in-depth review.
>
> The Culture and Audiovisual Affairs Council recently adopted the following
> decisions:
> - a Resolution on preserving digital content for future generations;
> - a consensus Decision that the Television without Frontiers Directive
> should undergo an in-depth review, with all EU stakeholders being
involved;
> - a Resolution on a new work plan on European cooperation in the field of
> culture;
> - an extension of the Culture 2000 Programme to 2006;
>
> FURTHER INFORMATION:
> Resolution on preserving digital content
> Resolution on a new workplan in the filed of culture
>
>
> 11. Full Steam Ahead for European Maritime Safety Agency
>
> The European Parliament's Transport Committee gave the go ahead for the
> proposal to set up a European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). Seeking to
> avoid any unnecessary delay in the establishment of the agency, MEPs
> approved the Council common position with only minor amendments.
>
> The new agency will provide Member States and the Commission with
technical
> and scientific support to implement Community legislation in the fields of
> maritime safety and the prevention of pollution from ships. It will also
> monitor the implementation of legislation and evaluate the results of
> measures in force.
>
> The proposal forms part of the second raft of measures put forward by the
> Commission in the wake of the Erika tanker disaster off the French coast
in
> 1999. Apart from the establishment of EMSA, the package provides for the
> introduction of a European maritime traffic control system and a European
> compensation fund for oil spills.
>
> This recommendation for second reading is scheduled for debate at the July
> plenary session in Strasbourg.
>
> FURTHER INFORMATION:
> European Parliament Press Release of 22/05/2002 on the outcomes of the
> Committee on Regional Policy, Transport and Tourism, available from:
> http://www.europarl.eu.int/press/index_en.htm
>
>
> 12. UNICE Supports Increase in Research Spending
>
> Representatives of the Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations
of
> Europe (UNICE) have announced their support for the planned increase in
> European research and technological development (R&D) spending from the
> current average of 1.9% of GDP to 3 % by 2010 agreed at the European
Council
> in Barcelona in March 2002. Businesses across Europe currently fund, on
> average, 55% of research, compared to more than 66% in the USA. Thus, in
> addition to increasing research spending, it is proposed that businesses
> should increase their share of research funding. However, the business and
> industry organisation stressed that, in order to meet this objective,
public
> bodies would have to mobilize to significantly improve the conditions for
> research investment in the EU.
>
> FURTHER INFORMATION:
> Commission Press Release number IP/02/762 of 23/05/2002, available from:
> http://www.europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh
>
>
> 13. Corporate Social Responsibility
>
> A new study by the Commission, reveals that half of Europe's small and
> medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) engage in socially responsible activities.
>
> The new study by the Commission on 'European SMEs and social and
> environmental responsibility' is based on a survey of over 7600 SMEs in 19
> European countries. The main conclusions of the study are:
> - 50% of European SMEs are already involved in socially responsible
> activities;
> - Support for sports, cultural and health/welfare activities is the most
> common type of community involvement;
> - Geographically, the share of socially engaged SMEs ranges from 32% in
> France to 83% in Finland;
> - three-quarters are able to identify business benefits for their CSR
> activities, although SMEs mainly state ethical reasons for their
involvement
> in CSR.
>
> Following the outcome of the study the Commission is expected to in July
> issue a policy paper proposing an EU-wide approach to corporate social
> responsibility.
>
> FURTHER INFORMATION:
>
http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/enterprise_policy/analysis/doc/smes_obs
> ervatory_2002_report4.pdf
>
>
> 14. Work is good for you!
>
> An independent report, published by the European Commission, has shown a
> positive link between employment and health. The study, by researchers
from
> Berlin University of Technology, aimed to assess the impact of
unemployment
> and employment rates on mortality patterns in the EU and the USA, has
shown
> that the main factors influencing mortality and life expectation relate to
> economic trends such as employment and unemployment rates and economic
> growth.
>
> The focus on social well-being - specifically physical and mental health -
> has not only indicated that trends toward full employment lead to
decreased
> mortality but that high unemployment could be directly related to
heightened
> mortality rates and decreased life expectancy. In addition, national
wealth
> per capita was indicated as a simultaneous source of improvement in the
> health and longevity, despite a tendency toward increased consumption of
> tobacco, alcohol and animal fats, all of which are known to exert great
harm
> on a nation's health.
>
> FURTHER INFORMATION:
> Commission Press Release number IP/02/760 of 24/05/2002, available from:
> http://www.europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh
>
>
> 15. Eurovision Result
>
> Latvia has won the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest for the first time with a
> Latin-influenced song called "I Wanna". The winning entry, sung by Marie
N,
> took 176 votes, 12 points ahead of second-placed Malta.
>
> FURTHER INFORMATION:
> http://www.eurovision.tv
>
>
> 16. European Cinema Heritage Week
>
> Organised for the first time and running between 15 and 23 November 2002,
> European Cinema Heritage Week will consist of a programme of major
European
> cinema films in cinemas and film libraries, with special showings
organised,
> particularly for schools.
>
> The Week will have a dual aim: to raise the awareness of Europeans, and
> particularly young people, of the great wealth of European cinema
cultures,
> with the hope of encouraging them to go and see more non-national European
> films, but also to promote discussion of the visual image and approaches
to
> education in the visual image.
>
> Specifically, the Week, which the Commission intends to make an annual
> event, will include:
> - mobilisation of the European networks of film libraries and of the
"Europa
> Cin�mas" network in approximately 50 European cities, with a special
> programme of films considered to be representative of the various European
> cinema cultures;
> - encouragement for a similar mobilisation of European public and
> private-sector television;
> - a series of measures in schools with encouragement and support from
> education ministers. These measures may include cinema-related games, a
> competition for short films and a discussion by educationalists of the
role
> played by the image in our societies;
> - close cooperation with Netd@ys 2002, an annual operation by the
Commission
> based on new information and communication technologies, which this year
> will have as its theme education in the visual image and European cinema.
>
> FURTHER INFORMATION:
> http://europa.eu.int/comm/avpolicy/media/cineday_en.html
>
>
> 17. INTAS prize
>
> Deadline: 13 September 2002.
>
> INTAS - international association promoting scientific co-operation
between
> its members states and its NIS (New Independent States of the former
Soviet
> Union) partners - has launched its second writing competition for NIS
young
> scientists, who were awarded an INTAS grant. Prizes will reward the best
> three articles.
>
> Young scientists who were awarded a grant, either in the INTAS fellowship
> program or as an individual grant in an INTAS project, can submit an
article
> presenting their research results to a lay audience, such as industry,
> policy-makers, non-scientists, etc.
>
> INTAS will announce the winners of the competition in November 2002. The
> author of the best article will receive EUR800. There is also a prize of
> EUR400 for the runner-up, and one of EUR200 for the third place
competitor.
> All winning texts will be featured on the INTAS web site.
>
> FURTHER INFORMATION:
> For additional information and guidelines on this competition, please
> contact Joelle Lepot at lepotatXYZxyzas.be, or Aoife Leydon at
leydonatXYZxyzas.be,
> or by fax on +32-2-549 01 56.
> For more information about INTAS in general, please consult the web site:
> http://www.intas.be
>
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